Day One of the National Corvette Museum’s Bash is in full swing and its the first opportunity to see the new Black Rose Metallic exterior on the newest edition to the Corvette lineup, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport.
DETROIT (April 27, 2016) – Corvette Racing will wrap up its two-race swing on the West Coast at one of its most successful venues – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a two-hour sprint race near the Monterey coast. The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix presented by Mazda is the team’s third race of the season and last before the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Although we haven’t confirmed it, we were told this Arctic White 2017 Corvette Grand Sport with the Heritage Package was parked earlier in in the spot reserved for Kai Spande, the manager of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
It’s one of the perks of managing the world’s only Corvette assembly plant and well, as Mel Brooks might say, it’s good to be the plant manager.
We always try to stay out of politics when it comes to Corvettes but sometimes in a crazy political season, it’s really hard to stay above the fray. Especially when folks are willing to dress up a $100,000+ Corvette Z06 in a candidate’s swag.
The last time there was a presidential race going on, the candidate with the politically-wrapped Corvette was Ron Paul. This year, it’s Bernie Sanders and a C7 Corvette Z06.
The National Corvette Museum kicks off its 2016 show season this week with the Michelin NCM Bash. It’s also the public’s first chance to see all of the newest Corvette options for the following model. We’ve already mentioned that there will be 2017 Grand Sports on hand plus we’ll get to see the 4 new colors joining the Corvette lineup.
It can’t hurt.
Corvette Racing will be among four IMSA factory GT Le Mans teams that will be able to get an early feel for the new Le Mans-spec Michelin tires during this weekend’s event in Monterey, the last race before Le Mans in June.
Here’s one of our favorite special editions from the C6 era that you don’t see up for sale often. In 2009, Chevrolet released the ALMS GT1 Championship Edition with great fanfare to celebrate Corvette Racing’s 10th anniversary. The cars were available in Coupe, Convertible and Z06 models and two colors were offered, Yellow and Black.
We’ve previously talked about the 3 silver on black L88 convertibles that crossed the auction block last weekend in Houston. Worldwide Auctioneers offered the 1967. 1968, and 1969 Corvettes from a single California collection at no reserve. Having one L88 Corvette at an auction is always newsworthy, but having a matching set of all 3 model years is simply unheard of.
L88 equipped Corvettes were only produced for 3 years. 20 were produced in 1967, 80 were made in 1968, and 116 were born in 1969. Initially intended for the race track, these rare Corvettes have become the peak of the Corvette desirability iceberg. Values of these cars have grown significantly over the last several years.
I am so glad that Monday is here because I have some beautiful Corvette photos to share! Today’s Midyear Monday photo gallery features 37 Corvettes built from 1963-1967.
We do take submissions so if you’ve got a nice looking C2 Corvette or heck, even a barn find Midyear, send your photo(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org and if it’s post-worthy, you’ll see it on a future edition of Midyear Monday.
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.