Since its inauguration in 1911, Chevrolet has been a staple on the racetrack, having competed in every major contest over the past century. Chevrolet has also competed in the global market – having raced and won at illustrious venues such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Germany’s Nurburgring. In celebration of Chevrolet’s Centennial, the brand takes a look back at its greatest racing moments over the past 100 years.
As part of Chevrolet’s Centennial celebration, GM Performance Parts’ Dr. Jamie Myers was given the difficult challenge of putting together a list of models that has defined Chevy Performance over the last 100 years. It’s a difficult task for sure, so Dr. Meyers visits the GM’s Heritage center where he presents his list of six classic vehicles that defined street performance.
Here is a pretty cool five minute video from Chevrolet in Europe that takes all Chevy fans back to where it all began – Louis Chevrolet’s birthplace, La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.
Over the last few years, Chevrolet has utilized Barrett-Jackson to preview upcoming Camaro and Corvette production models by auctioning off one the cars before they are built. One of the most prolific buyers of these low VIN cars is Chevy dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. Last year at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction, Hendrick purchased the first retail 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition. Although he could not be at this year’s auction in person, he was there in spirit, phoning in the winning bid of $175,000 to purchase VIN 100 of the upcoming 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition Z06. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
GM’s VP of Global Design Ed Welburn was asked to put together his list of the top 10 Chevrolet’s ever produced as the company celebrates the 100 years since the founding of the brand. As head of the General Motors design studios, Welburn follows in the footsteps of legendary Chevy designers Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell. As such, Welburn picks are tightly focused on the heritage of style and innovation that resulted in some of the most iconic cars and trucks produced by the automaker. In his list of top 10 Chevys, two of Welburn’s picks are Corvettes.
2012 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Saturday.
Chevrolet is an automotive company born from racing. Many of the iconic images we see of founder Louis Chevrolet are those of him at the track, racing the cars he himself designed and built. One hundred years later, Corvette carries the racing banner of its founding namesake and the 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition celebrates that performance heritage. Due in the summer of 2011, the Centennial Edition will be a package that will be available on all Corvette models including Grand Sports, Z06 and ZR1.
This morning we were tipped about a “mystery” Corvette or Camaro that will be auctioned this weekend at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach. After digging around the interwebs and firing off a bunch of emails, it was our tweet to Corvette PR rep David Caldwell who confirmed that the 2012 Chevrolet on Barrett-Jackson’s run list was indeed a special edition Corvette.
The weekend of August 18-21 will be a busy one for Corvette Racing fans. In addition to the American Le Mans race that will be held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Chevrolet and Road America are hosting a special salute to some of most significant Corvette race cars and the drivers that made them famous. The Corvette World Tribute will feature special presentations and displays, vintage racing, a vendor marketplace and more!