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Ralph Eckler Passes Away at the Age of 74

Ralph Eckler Passes Away at the Age of 74


Back when I was a kid in the 1970s and becoming a real Corvette enthusiast, one of the first names I remember hearing was that of Ralph Eckler.

Mr. Eckler started Eckler Industries in 1961 in Titusville, Fla., and was one of the true pioneers when it comes to selling Corvette parts and accessories. Over the years, he expanded the business to other Chevrolet models, and I remember buying emblems from Eckler’s for my dad’s 1970 Impala as I restored it a few years ago.

Sadly, Mr. Eckler passed away on Saturday, April 23 at the age of 74.

[PICS] Black Rose Metallic Returns to the 2017 Corvette

[PICS] Black Rose Metallic Returns to the 2017 Corvette


With the release of the 2017 Corvette Order Guide, we are pleased to see GM opting for something a little bit different when it comes to the four new exterior colors. We’ve already seen in person the new Admiral Blue and Watkins Glen Gray. The third new color is called Sterling Blue Metallic which we’ve read is a version of the dark blue Cadillac color called Adriatic Blue, but we do not have confirmation on that yet.

But it’s the fourth new color we are really jazzed about as Black Rose Metallic will return to Corvettes since it was last offered in the early 1990s.

2017 Corvette Order Guide Details New Corvette Options and Colors

2017 Corvette Order Guide Details New Corvette Options and Colors


Changing up how they normally release the new information on the latest Corvette, Chevrolet has published the 2017 Corvette Guide in advance of this week’s reveal of the new model year at the National Corvette Museum’s Bash event. So there will definitely be some spoiler information discussed if you want to wait. But for those that want all the latest details for the 2017 Corvette, let’s dive in!

Former BMW Owner Shares His Delivery of a New 2016 Corvette Z06

Former BMW Owner Shares the Delivery of a New 2016 Corvette Z06


I love stories like this next one.

A former BMW owner who was so taken with the C7 Corvette Z06, he made the plunge and is now a new Corvette owner. He has not only documented his delivery, but he has some great things to say about his dealer, Robert Kramer and the professional staff from Sport Chevrolet in Silver Spring, MD.

Sanjay, who goes by the Corvette Forum handle of “Checkmate1” purchased a Torch Red Corvette Z06 in 2LZ trim with an 8-speed automatic. Here is what this now former import owner has to say about America’s favorite sports car:

[GALLERY] All Corvettes are Purple Today (29 Corvette photos)

[GALLERY] Purple Corvettes for Prince (39 Corvette photos)


So why did Prince like the color purple so much? We see several websites trying to answer the question but there doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer and now that he is gone, perhaps we’ll never now. Try as we might, but we couldn’t come up with any current artist so closely associated with a color as Prince was to purple.

So here is one final tribute to Prince with a special photo gallery featuring 29 Purple Corvettes. Some are painted, some are wrapped, and some may be just appear to be purple in the sun. Like Prince and his motorcycle in Purple Rain, it takes a special kind of person to pull that color off.

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Chevrolet Pays Tribute to Prince

Chevrolet Pays Tribute to Prince


As everyone has now heard, Prince passed away yesterday at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota at the age of 57 years old. Growing up in the 1980s, his music and movie will always be remembered when I look back at my youth.

One of his biggest hits over his career was Little Red Corvette and for those that didn’t listen closely enough to get the double entendres, it wasn’t about a car. But for Corvette lovers, we’re okay with that and the song is one of the anthems of any red Corvette owner for sure.

Tadge Juechter and 2017 Grand Sport to Headline Monterey’s Corvette Racing Banquet

Tadge Juechter and 2017 Grand Sport to Headline Monterey's Corvette Racing Banquet


The scheduling Gods weren’t very thoughtful to Corvette enthusiasts when they scheduled IMSA’s Monterey Grand Prix the same days as the National Corvette Museum’s Bash Event. Unfortunately, that means no Corvette Racing seminar at the Bash and the absence of Tadge Juechter, who will be in Monterey at the Corvette Corral at Laguna Seca.

The Top 11 Corvette Sales of Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

The Top 11 Corvette Sales of Barrett Jackson Palm Beach


The Barrett Jackson experience was in Palm Beach, Florida a couple weekends back. With some help from Marshall Fancher at Vette-N-Vestments we previewed a few of the 44 available Corvettes. Interestingly 3 of the 4 cars we previewed ended up on the top 11 list.

We already told you about the 2017 Grand Sport VIN 001 which sold for $170,000, but that wasn’t the most expensive Corvette to change hands in Palm Beach.

1960 Corvette Roadster to be Offered at RM Sotheby’s Monaco Auction

1960 Corvette Roadster to be Offered at RM Sotheby's Monaco Auction


We not sure what it was that made us take a closer look at this 1960 Corvette that will be sold next month in Europe. After all, how many of you plan to be in Monte-Carlo on May 14th for the RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction? But the closer we looked, the more we liked the thought of driving this little roadster on the narrow streets and historic cities of Europe.

As an added bonus, the beautiful photography of this 1960 Corvette in classic Ermine White with Red interior and white wall tires with scenes of Monaco serving as the backdrop is all the reason we need to share the details of this American automotive icon.

Dude, Where’s My 2016 Corvette’s Performance Timer?

Dude, Where's My 2016 Corvette's Performance Timer?Photo Credit: CorvetteForum


If you have owned your 2016 Corvette for some time, no doubt that you have gotten into the C7’s instrument panel and the Driver Information Center (DIC) to play with some of the settings. One of the “fun” items in the Performance Menu is the Performance Timer which will record your speed from defined start and stop locations.