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Our friends at ProTeam Corvette will be in spotlight this Saturday at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale. That’s when a very special Corvette race car with ties to NASCAR will be offered for sale during the “Salon Select 5000 collection”.

We’ve written about ProTeam’s 1953 NASCAR Corvette before which started out as VIN 211 of the first 300 Corvettes built. The first-year Corvette was repurposed as a race car through an internal Chevrolet Shop Order and originally saw action for the 1956 Flying Mile competition on Daytona Beach before entering competition in NASCAR’s International Series for sports cars.

CorvetteBlogger contributor Rick Tavel from Corvetted.com worked with ProTeam Corvette to help write their 50-page flipbook highlighting the research and history of the 1953 NASCAR Corvette and we are fortunate to be able to share some of the important history of this Corvette prior to its auction at Barrett-Jackson.

Terry Michaelis' NASCAR Corvette Wins Again

Terry Michaelis’, number 27 1953 NASCAR Corvette has won again, though this time not on the race track but on the show field at the 36th Annual Concours d’Elegnace of America at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan. After winning two awards at Cincinnati’s Ault Park Concours, a 1st in Class in the Racing Division and the Bill Rudd “Best Vette” Trophy, the Michigan concours added another ribbon in the “Racing Through the Ages” category. Michaelis, president of ProTeam Corvette, has been campaigning the historic blue-ribbon 1953 Corvette race car at concours and shows throughout the country since ProTeam completed the restoration late last year.

Historic 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car Invited to the Concours d'Elegance of America

This year the prestigious Concours d”Elegance of America is taking place on Sunday, July 28, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan, and has a special category in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 Corvette.

Two of the six 1963 Corvettes in the Corvette Category will be Z06 race cars. Perhaps the star of the entire event will be the Z06 originally owned and raced by Dick Lang with an impressive and storied race history from the early and mid 1960’s when the car took on the legendary Shelby Cobras which were terrorizing the race tracks.

[PICS] The Corvette Sting Rays of Amelia Island 2013

The new 2014 Corvette Stingray was one of the star attractions at the Amelia Island Concours earlier this month. In addition to showing off the new C7, they also gathered together a collection of some very rare 1963 Sting Rays as well. Click past the jump to check out some of the 50 year old Corvettes that were in attendance at Amelia Island.

The Corvette King of Napoleon, Ohio

Corvette fanatics probably think they have died and gone to heaven when they walk into the showroom at ProTeam Corvette Sales.

And little wonder.

Owner’s Terry Michaelis and his brother Fred – who have been in the Corvette hobby since the early 1970s, when they first began buying and fixing up used models – currently have the world’s largest collection of classic Corvettes in a collection of surprisingly simple buildings in the small Ohio town of Napoleon.

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[PICS] 1962 Shop Order Styling Corvette at Amelia Island
ProTeam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis and the 1962 Style Corvette

One of the features at last month’s Amelia Island Concours D’elegance was a class made up exclusively of Corvette styling cars. Included in the chic, invitation-only collection of cars was this Firemist Gold 1962 Corvette created under GM Shop Order #10224. It is believed that this one-off was an exercise to produce a 50th Anniversary package to celebrate Chevrolet’s golden anniversary.

1969 BFG Stars & Stripes ZL1/L88 Racer Finds New Home at Proteam Corvette

Remember John Greenwood’s 1969 BF Goodrich Stars and Stripes ZL1/L88 racer that sold at RM’s Monterey auction for $638,000? Purchased by Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvette, the ’69 BFG Corvette recently made its way home to the company’s Napoleon, Ohio facility. The former Le Mans race car will be the centerpiece of Proteam’s L88 collection which now numbers seven special production L88’s of the 216 produced between 1967-1969.

Bloomington Gold to Host Cubic Knowledge Training Seminars at 2011 Event

Article contributed by Steve Burns

Ever wonder what takes to prepare a car for Bloomington Gold Certification? What to look for in a restoration shop for your Corvette? Need some detailing tips? Know the difference between NCRS and Bloomington judging? If you’ve ever asked these and other Corvette-related questions, then the folks at Bloomington Gold may have just the seminar for you. Click past the jump to check out all the classes being offered during this year’s event which runs June 23rd – 26th at the Pheasant Run resort in St. Charles, Illinois.

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