Racing at Monterey is always a challenge and with the ALMS Drivers and Manufacturers Championship titles on the line, Corvette Racing needed a strong result to keep them in contention. For six hours, Corvettes battled BMW, Ferrari and Porsche on the roller coaster that is Laguna Seca raceway. Did the team succeed and force a “game seven” for the championships at Petit Le Mans? Hit the jump to see the results of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca.
Corvette Racing was back on the track yesterday at Lime Rock in the American Le Mans Series first race following the Le Mans break. Limerock is the ultimate bullfight with 4 separate classes running the 1.5 mile historic track in connecticut and yesterday’s race lived up to the hype. The ALMS Northeast Grand Prix will be rebroadcast today at 1pm ET on ESPN 2. However, if you want to find out how the Corvette team did, click through the jump for yesterday’s results.
Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns
The atmosphere at this year’s Bloomington auction was interesting. The tent was generally full of bidders and spectators all weekend. Surprisingly, though, bids were hard to come by at times. This can be seen in the numerous cars that sold for less than $10,000. On the flip side of this were the high-end cars. The 1971 ZR2 opened and bidding promptly stalled at $400k. A few moments later the bid was raised to $410k, the reserve was lifted, and the ZR2 was off to its new home.
We’ve noted several good Corvette buys this weekend at Dana Mecum’s Spring Auction in Indianapolis but I don’t think anyone was prepared to see a 2009 Corvette ZR1 sell for $70,000. But that’s what happened when the VIN #0006 crossed the auction block Saturday afternoon.
The American Le Mans Series at Long Beach proved to be another tough battle in the GT class. Long Beach is often referred to as a street fight and that description was apt for describing the multiple lead changes and some shocking mistakes made by drivers during the two hour race. ESPN 2 carries the replay Sunday at 5:00 pm EST. Hit the jump for the results.
Barrett Jackson held their annual Palm Beach collector car auction last weekend. The three-day auction featured something for everyone as 50+ Corvettes ranging from 1954 through 2012 were offered. The biggest surprise was the inclusion of Chevy’s new 2012 Centennial Edition which was the second-highest sale of the entire auction.
Mecum’s Kansas City Auction was held a couple of weekends ago and it was definitely the place to be for buying and selling Corvettes. 59 Corvettes crossed the block and 42 of those found new homes. That’s a 71% sales success rate for the Corvettes in the auction. All together, Mecum sold $1.2 million in Corvettes during the two-day sale.
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring kicks off another exciting year of sports car racing and the Corvettes look more than ready to challenge the competition in this year’s crowded GT field. However, due to changes in the broadcast schedule, not everyone is able to watch the races live. So when we do publish the results, we’ll use a generic title with the [SPOILER] tag so as not to let the cat out of the bag until you hit the jump.
There is a song by Pearl Jam called “Soon Forget” that opens with these lines: “Sorry is the fool who trades his soul for a corvette. Thinks he’ll get the girl he’ll only get the mechanic.” I was immediately reminded of those lyrics when I came across this 1958 Corvette barn car that was sold at a Canadian auction over the weekend.
As a 1966 Corvette owner, I have a special affinity for other ’66 Vettes. So when I was walking the auction staging area at the 2011 Mecum Kissimmee auction last week I came to dead stop when my eyes fell upon this beautiful 1966 L36 427/390 hp Corvette Convertible painted in Laguna Blue.