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Gus Grissom's Corvette Sting Ray Will Be Offered at Mecum Kissimmee

America may never know a time like the 1960s when our nation was on a frantic race to reach the moon before the end of the decade.

This weekend at Mecum Auto Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida, someone will be able to buy a piece of space exploration history when Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom’s 1967 Corvette goes on the block.

Apollo XII Astronaut's 1969 Corvette to be Displayed at the Corvette Chevy Expo

We’ve all heard of the AstroVentilation that was used to keep passengers cool in the 1960s and 1970s, sort of a poor man’s air conditioner. But Austin Reed of Texas has an “AstroVette.”

His unusual 1969 Corvette originally belonged to astronaut Alan Bean – the fourth man to walk on the moon nearly 44 years ago – and will be on display Sept. 28-29 at the Corvette Chevy Expo at the Dallas Market Hall.

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Former Bondurant Student Qualifies for 8th Annual NASA National Championship

Paul Plemenos and his 2006 Corvette Z06 readies for national championship in Utah

If you want proof of the value of schooling, then you might want to talk to Paul Plemenos.

Six years ago, at the age of 38, he bought a stock 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and, despite having no formal racing experience, decided he wanted to race his new sports car.

That’s when he decided to learn from the pros, taking his Z06 to the Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving in Phoenix, Ariz., where he took to racing immediately.

Take One Giant Leap with Neil Armstrong’s 1967 Corvette

Every little kid at some point in his or her life wanted to be an astronaut at one time or another. Only a very few actually end up living out there spacey dreams. Neil Armstrong did just that when he became the first person to step on the moon in July of 1969. Unfortunately, you can’t be the first person on the lunar surface, but you can at least drive his Corvette if you have the winning bid on eBay.

[VIDEO] C5 Z06 Corvette Chases Down a C6 ZR1 at the Track

Watch this C5 Z06 take on a C6 ZR1 and hold its own.

This video – taken at the National Auto Sport Association’s Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Rubber at Memphis International Raceway in July 2011 and found on Pfadt Race Engineering’s Facebook page – features a matchup between those two vehicles.

The result shows that a little driving skill can sometimes match up with big horsepower.

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