Over the weekend we learned that actor James Garner had passed away. Garner was a favorite of ours back in the day with great character roles like Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford. But did you also know that he was a serious race car driver who owned a Corvette racing team?
When Corvette Racing’s two C7.R entries take the green flag Sunday with the rest of the field in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International, the Corvettes will again be running with Mobil 1 Oil.
ExxonMobil and Corvette Racing have just announced they’ve renewed their collaboration agreement for the 18th consecutive year, with the Mobil 1 brand again a major associate sponsor for Corvette Racing and the “Official Lubricant of Corvette Racing.”
The headline is not a typo or a joke — a price for anything that includes seven digits is a serious matter and especially so for a car that hasn’t been started since 1967. Our friends at roadtrippers.com noticed this ad on eBay and understandably wondered if the ad and the car were legitimate. Certainly it’s not every day that you see a price that high on eBay, but it’s not even close to the highest eBay sale on record—that belongs to a Frank Mulders designed, 405-foot yacht that sold for $168,000,000 in 2006.
General Motors announced this week that they have begun construction of a state-of-the-art facility for race engine design and development that will also include an electric motor laboratory and a gear center. The new building is expected to be opened and in use by mid-2015 and completed by early 2016.
The Center represents GM’s continuing investment in motorsports that stems from the time-tested belief that racing is the ultimate proving ground for much of the technology in the vehicles that GM sells.
One of the most successful Corvette race car drivers from the 1950s passed away on March 6, 2014.
Jim Jeffords started his career as a Chevy racer after impressing Ed Cole with his driving behind the wheel of a Jaguar 140 on Memorial Day weekend 1956. That performance led to Jeffords being asked to race John Fitch’s modified Corvette in the feature the next day.
With the new Corvette Stingray Z51, Chevrolet is not only giving you a world-class sports car for the open road, but a car that has been designed and engineered for the track as well.
While conventional wisdom is that manufacturers don’t want you to race your cars, and may even void your warranty if evidence suggests that you were racing your car at a track event, Chevrolet has taken a different approach by providing an official guide for preparing your Corvette Stingray with the Z51 Performance Package for track events.
Last month we spoke with Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles about the Corvette Stingray Track Preparation Guide and he told us that following these guidelines will not only help you get the near out of your Z51 Corvette Stingray, it will also help you keep the warranty intact.
We’ve heard all the good news about the 2014 Corvette Stingray over the past few months, with numerous honors being awarded to the seventh generation of Chevrolet’s sports car.
The good news shows no sign of stopping, either.
The National Corvette Museum is racing toward its 20th anniversary in August, literally. That’s when it will open a widely anticipated Motorsports Park featuring a 3.1-mile road course on 184 acres across the interstate from the museum.
Sometimes we forget just how unpredictable and dangerous racing can be.
Take, for example, this Corvette C6 ZR1 that was involved in a pitlane fire during the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship over the weekend.
When Brian Hobaugh’s dad bought a 1965 Corvette to compete in the world of autocross back in 1983, he probably didn’t realize he was creating a family legacy that shows no signs of ending anytime soon.
But that’s exactly what he has created over the past 30 years with his magnificent 1965 Sting Ray that has never known anything but life on the autocross since it was created in St. Louis, Mo.