Back in the early 1970′s Hot Rod magazine was looking for a project car to go racing in. What they decided to use was a 1957 Corvette with the 270hp 283ci engine and a 3 speed transmission. Once completed they tore up west drag strips en route to national ET and speed records. After it’s short racing career, nothing much was heard of this car until it showed up last weekend at Detroit Autorama sporting a fresh frame off restoration.
Detroit Autorama takes place each year in early March. For those of us up here in the snowy Midwest, it’s the first sign that winter may actually be over and that car show season is in the near future. 2014 marked the 62nd edition of the massive indoor custom car show. Thousands of custom, restored, and original cars fill Cobo Hall each year competing for a multitude of awards. Click past the jump to see our gallery of Corvettes for the 2014 Detroit Autorama.
Back in 1990 Bloomington Gold introduced their SURVIVOR award for original, unrestored Corvettes. Award winners would need to be 20 years old, complete a short road test, and be at least 50% unrestored in 3 of 4 categories. Now, as we count down to the 2014 show, they’ve announced some sweeping changes to their SURVIVOR judging program.
Since 2009, Corvette America had been the Official Fun Field Sponsor at Carlisle but now will expand its presence by becoming the Official Presenting Partner for the 2014 event, which will be known as Corvettes at Carlisle Presented By Corvette America. The event will be held Aug. 22-24.
One of my all time favorite annual Corvette events is the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee, Florida. While I love doing the stories and coverage of the new C7 Corvette Stingray and Z06, there’s just something about walking through a field literately strewn with used Corvette parts and accessories for every generation but the C7.
A special event for the veterans of the United States Armed Forces brought Corvettes and Vets together for the first annual Vettes for Veterans. This was a very humble show that offered a nice break from the major auto industry shows like the 2013 SEMA show — it almost every way, the Vettes for Veterans show on November 9th was the exact opposite of the major industry auto shows of 2013.
The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show is celebrating its 5th anniversary this weekend in Chicago. The annual fiesta of fiberglass and steel is back inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont Saturday and Sunday November 23th – 24th. Show hours are 9am-9pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday. A $20 bill will get you in the door. Kids 12 and under are free.
Corvette owners love their cars.
But family comes first. Witness the inspirational story of Ben and Sandy Labaree of Alabama.
Thirteen years after Sandy passed away from cancer, Ben continues the legacy that the couple started in the late ’90s.
One of our happy places, The Lingenfelter Collection, will be holding their annual fall open house coming up on Saturday, October 12th. Festivities will run from 10am to 5pm. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, proceeds from the event will go to the Shades of Pink Foundation which helps ease the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis.
Alright Corvette folks, it’s time to do some good for the neighborhood. The 10th annual Toys for Tots Corvette Cruise hosted by