Each January all eyes on the automotive world focus on the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. All the major carmakers roll out their latest creations and concepts for the world to see. This year General Motors created a whole new display to highlight their portfolio of products. We grabbed a couple of tickets to the ritzy charity preview event so we could check out all the good stuff before the show opened to the public.
Article contributed by Mitch Talley
For those of you who believe it’s time for the current C6 Corvette to be replaced by the highly anticipated and shrouded-in-secrecy C7 edition, a video test by the British auto magazine Autocar offers plenty of ammunition.
Admittedly, the results were skewed a little since Autocar tested an automatic Grand Sport, the slowest of the 2012 GS lineup, but the competition, a 2012 Nissan GT-R and Jaguar XKR, both were, alas, still considerably faster than the Vette.
Motor Trend recently tasked their editiors and writers to come up with a list of the Best and Worst cars they drove in 2011. Corvette owners have rightly taken offense to the comments from Associate Online Editor Jason Udy who named the 2011 Corvette Grand Sport as the worst car he drove in 2011. Not only did he give the Corvette this dubious award, but he took is a step further by saying the Corvette “lacks soul”.
We often like to remind our readers about things that you shouldn’t do in your Corvette and driving while intoxicated is at the top of the list. Although it wasn’t a drunk Corvette driver that hit these new Corvettes at a Miami area Chevrolet dealer, you can see the carnage that can result to innocent people and property as a result of making the decision to drive while impaired.
We can debate all day long on whether the ability to slide your car around corners with the tires spinning and a huge cloud of smoke is a real form of “racing”. But where we will probably find agreement in is that the art of drifting is definitely something that takes a lot of practice to do right. The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah has spent many hours behind the wheel of various autos and even he admitted to not having a clue on how to properly drift. So he headed to the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving where Formula Drift newcomer Corey Hosford was ready for a full day of instruction.
I was perusing the web late last week when I came upon this beautifully customized Corvette Grand Sport from The Corvette Guys at Purifoy Chevrolet in Fort Lupton, Colorado. Each year, Purifoy takes 3 or 4 Corvettes out of their general dealer stock and transforms them into unique, custom creations. This 2012 Grand Sport was dressed up and put on display at the Greybeard Creme de la Chrome car show at the Denver Convention Center.
Santa and Mrs. Claus took some time off their preparations for this year’s Christmas celebration by stopping by the National Corvette Museum’s annual Breakfast with Santa last Saturday in Bowling Green. As you can see, St Nick arrived in style, driving the 15th Anniversary NCM 2010 Corvette Grand Sport.
BD in Florida submitted this 1996 Corvette Grand Sport to Corvette Values:
1996 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, VIN #1G1YY3251T56007XX. Admiral Blue with Red/Black leather interior. All original with no modifications. 20,000 Miles, LT4 350/330 HP. Options include F45 suspension, U1F Delco Bose Stereo, UJ6 Low Tire Pressure Warning System, Run Flat Tires. Documentation includes window sticker and shipping documents.
Find out how we valued this Corvette Grand Sport Convertible after the jump.
GM has released an update on the current production statistics of the 2012 Corvette through October 10th. From it we can gather some of the purchasing habits of new Corvette owners including models and colors as well as acceptance of certain options. The Grand Sport Corvette Coupe is the most popular model with 43% of all Corvettes produced and 23% of new Corvette owners picked Torch Red as their favorite color. Of special note is the new Centennial Corvette package which accounts for 17% of all new Corvettes produced so far.
Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals and their MVP 3rd baseman David Freese. Freese hit .348 during the series with a home run and seven RBIs and the three runs he drove in during Game 6 kept the Cards alive to go all the way. As the series Most Valuable Player, Chevrolet awarded him a 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition Grand Sport.