Corvettes from various years returned to the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed held in England on July 2nd-4th. Although Chevrolet had a 2010 Corvette ZR1 on display as well as a new Camaro, it was a 1963 Grand Sport Corvette Coupe that stole the show.
The 1954 Corvette was never known for its performance. After all, it was originally equipped with a 155-hp straight six blue flame engine and a 2-speed powerglide transmission. But that didn’t stop Timeless Kustoms of Camarillo, California for rewriting history as they resurrected a 1954 parts car into this LS9 powered custom show stopping roadster.
There was some morning show hi-jinks happening today at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving. The local fox affiliate’s morning show was live as Mr. T and the crew of WillItMakeIt.com were on hand to perform some of their stunts, which included a hot pursuit reenactment with Roscoe P. Coltrane’s ,1970’s Plymouth Fury Police Car trying desperately to keep up to Bob Bondurant’s 2010 Corvette ZR1.
Most Corvette enthusiasts are familiar with the legendary L88 package which was essentially a collection of limited edition racing parts installed on the L71 427/435 hp engine. I would also say that most are not that familiar with the 1970-72 ZR1 package which essentially did the same with the LT-1 350 ci small block. Much rarer than the 216 L88s made the three years prior, only 53 ZR1 Corvettes were produced during the three year span making them the rarest of all Chevy small blocks. So its a pretty big deal when one shows up for sale like this 1972 Corvette ZR1 which was recently listed for sale on eBay.
The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving recently received two new Corvette ZR1s that are used to train new buyers of the 638-horsepower super car. GM gives a free 2-day training course to new ZR1 buyers and the Bondurant course is designed to make new owners appreciate their ZR1s on a whole new level. And speaking of appreciating new ZR1s, catch Bob Bondurant utilizing launch control before tearing into the school’s autocross course. Just another day at the office for Bob and the gang!
Production of the 2010 Corvette model has wrapped up and GM has released the final production statistics for the 2010 Corvette model year. The final count of Corvettes produced for MY 2010 is 12,194. That’s a decrease of 28.1% from 2009′s 16,956 production and a whopping 65.5% off the 35,310 Corvettes produced in 2008.
GM has released the MSRP pricing for the 2011 Corvette and overall, prices for all the models except the Corvette ZR1 have increased just $20 over the prices of the 2010 Corvette. For the ZR1, pricing has increased $2,920 to $109,800 for the base model.
As an automotive buff and especially as a Corvette enthusiast, I love to look at the drawings made by members of the GM design studio as they sketched out new designs and ideas for America’s sports car. Before you could buy a Corvette, GM’s studio artists first had to sketch it. And now thanks to Route 427′s “Art in Motion”, you can own some of the most iconic automotive artwork ever produced during the heyday of automotive design.
This 2010 Corvette ZR1 has obviously seen better days. I thought at first it was flood damage based on the mud in the interior, but one of the members on Corvette Forum says it was caught in a Oklahoma tornado. Could this be the first 300 mph Corvette ZR1?
This Corvette ZR1 has been wrapped in the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee livery in anticipation for the GoldRush Rally that is being held over June 8-13, 2010. A General Lee themed Corvette is certainly over the top, however, that orange against the black wheels, headlights and carbon fiber splitter and rockers is stunning and I’m starting to question if this shade is better than the 2011 Corvette’s Inferno Orange.