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1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Found in Driveway Of All Places

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by Jerry Heasley as republished from SuperChevy.com, Photos Vette Magazine Staff
Rare Finds: Mid-Year Driveway Discovery

Dateline 2.7.16: Do people park vintage Corvettes in their home driveways for decades without moving them? Apparently so, according to this story. An original owner actually parked his Corvette, a ’66 convertible with removable hardtop, in his driveway in 1990. Years later, he added a car cover, which cut down on the buy inquiries. Continue reading


1953 NASCAR Corvette Racer

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by K.Scott Teeters as written for Vette Magazine and republished from SuperChevy.com
Illustrated Corvette Series No 226: The First Factory-Built Corvette Racer

Dateline 2.5.16:  There isn’t another car in Detroit history that has been so consistently involved in racing as the Corvette. Today, the base model C7 is more racecar than ever. But it all had to start somewhere and the generally accepted break-out racing event for the Corvette was Sebring 1956 when a factory-prepared 265 4-speed Corvette won 1st place in the Sports 8000 Class at the 12-hour race event. Chevrolet marketing ran print ads declaring the Corvette as “The Real McCoy.” But, we have to roll the clock back to 1955 to get to the very first factory-built Corvette racecar, and it wasn’t a road racer, it was a NASCAR racer. A “NASCAR”, Corvette? Yes! Continue reading


650-HP Not Enough for Your Z06? Lingenfelter Safely Adds 100-HP to the LT4

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by Patrick Rall as republished from Torque News, Photos Torques News Staff
Lingenfelter Stage 2 Safely Adds 100hp, 100tq to the Corvette Z06

Dateline February 2, 2016: The folks at Lingenfelter have just announced their Stage 2 package for the C7 Corvette Z06, which lifts the output by 100 horsepower and 100lb-ft of torque in a very reliable way – adding improved internal engine components rather than just jamming in a bunch more boost. Continue reading


Motor Trend’s 2015 Corvette Stingray Z51 Long-Term Update 4

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by Chris Seabaugh as republished from MotorTrend.com, MotorTrend Staff Photos
Corvette Spends a Week at the Dealer

Dateline February 2, 2016: Since the last update, I’ve had plenty of time to get reacquainted with my long-term 2015 Corvette Stingray Z51. Unfortunately, so has the dealer.After addressing a handful of fit and finish issues, I finally had the kick in the pants I needed to get me to the Chevy dealer: a MyLink center console display that no longer displayed images. Continue reading


Relive the Spectacular Final Minutes of the 2016 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

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by Chris Perkins as republished from RoadandTrack.com
The last 15 minutes of this 24-hour race was some of the tightest racing we’ve ever seen

Dateline February 2, 2016: After the two Corvette GTLM cars got around the class leading #912 Porsche 911 towards the end of this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan gave his drivers permission to race each other. What followed was the most spectacular 15 minutes of racing many have ever witnessed. Continue reading


1971 – Owens-Corning L88 Corvettte #11 Wins Daytona

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Corvette Milestones: January 30, 1971 – Owens Corning Fiberglass L88 Corvette #11 wins at Daytona – Finishing 1st in GT+2000 class and 4th overall, driven by Jerry Thompson and John Mahler

Dateline February 2016: The Owens Corning 1968 L88 Corvettes raced by Jerry Thompson and Tony DeLorenzo have the distinction of being the winningest L88 Corvette racers. While racing in two series, the team won 22 races in a row, with car #12 winning 11 times from 1969 to 1971. Continue reading


1979 – Dave McLellan Redesigns the Corvette

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Corvette Milestones: January 22, 1979 – Dave McLellan receives approval for a complete redesign of the Corvette

Dateline February 2016: By 1974 it was becoming painfully obvious that the Corvette was in serious need of an overhaul. Between the increased weight due to energy absorbing bumper systems, side door guard beams, and reduced horsepower thanks to increases in emission standards, the Corvette was showing its age. Continue reading


1953 – Corvette Concept Car Debuts at GM Motorama, NYC

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
January 17, 1953 – Happy Birthday, Corvette! Chevrolet’s concept car, the Corvette, makes its debut at the GM Motorama at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City

Dateline February 2016: While it is not generally known exactly when Harley Earl first sketched, perhaps on a napkin, his idea of an American Sportscar, built by Chevrolet – we do know when the Corvette made its grand debut to the automotive world. January 17, 1953 should be considered the Corvette’s birthday. Continue reading


1966 – L88 66 Corvette Built for Roger Penske, Daytona & Sebring Racing

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Corvette Milestones: January 14, 1966 – A pre-production L88 1966 Corvette is built at the St. Louis assembly plant, destined for the Roger Penske’s shop in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, then Daytona, and Sebring

Dateline February 2016: For 1966 the new Mark IV “big-block” was offered as it was designed to be, a 427 cubic-inch beast. Duntov’s next step was to offer an all-out racing version of the Mark IV with aluminum heads, as part of what would become his legendary L88 “racer kit” package. Continue reading


1999: Winning Corvette Race Team Tests Two C5-R Race Cars at Daytona

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
Corvette Milestones: January 10, 1999 – At the Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona, Florida, the Corvette Racing group tests its two Corvette C5-R racecars

Dateline January 2016: All we can say is that it was about time GM and Chevrolet got behind a factory-supported Corvette racing effort! While Pratt & Miller built the cars, Corvette engineers were right there assisting and observing what worked and what didn’t, then applying their finding to what would become the Z06, the ZR1, the C7, and the C7 Z06. Continue reading


1963: Corvette’s Bunkie Knudsen Produces All New Mark IV Big Block Design

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by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Views
January 4, 1963 – GM President and Chief Operating Officer, Jack Gordon gives Chevrolet General Manager, Bunkie Knudsen approval to proceed with an all-new big-block engine to replace the W-Series 409/427 engine

Dateline January 2016: When you think of “big-block” Chevy engines, the Mark IV, aka “Porcupine,” Rat Motor” usually first comes to mind. But the first Chevrolet “big-block” was the W-Series engine that was in production from 1958 to 1965 – only eight model years! Continue reading


1991 ZR-2 454 Big-Block, “Big Doggie” Experimental Corvette

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by K. Scott Teeters, written for Vette Magazine as republished from SuperChevy.com
Excerpted from: Trend Setting, Part 15: A look back at Chevrolet’s experimental, prototype, concept car, and show car Corvettes

Dateline 01.23.16: There must have been something in the office water cooler in the late ’80s that inspired engineers to want to put seriously big engines back into Corvettes. Scott Leon was a project coordinator at the GM Proving Ground in Arizona. And although the Corvette was being hailed as “The Best Vette Yet!,” hammering the competition in the SCCA Showroom Stock series, and had won several magazine new car top speed competitions and was crowned “The Fastest Car In America!,” there were some that longed for the days of big-block horsepower and torque. So, Scott Leon cooked up a plan. Continue reading


1983 – Production begins on the First C4 – 1984 model Corvette

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By Scott Teeters as written for Vette Vues
January 3, 1983 – Production begins on the 1984 model Corvette, the all-new C4 Corvette.

Dateline January 2016: Chevrolet had a lot riding on the all-new C4 Corvette – expectations were very high since the C3 had been riding on the C2 chassis that was designed in 1960! Even though the new C4 used the 1982 Cross Fire Injection, rated at 205-hp, the new structure, modern suspension and brakes, and huge tires made the new Vette handle better than ever. Continue reading


1990 ASC ZR-1 Corvette Spyder Show Car

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by K. Scott Teeters, Written for Vette Magazine as republished from SuperChevy.com
Excerpted from: Trend Setting Part 15: A look back at Chevrolet’s experimental, prototype, concept car, and show car Corvettes

Dateline 01.22.16: Corvette product planners spend a lot of time playing “What if?” But at least 80 percent or more of what they come up with never goes into production. Continue reading


1995 – Third Time Corvette Chosen as Official Indy 500 Pace Car!

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by Scott Teeters for Vette Vues
Corvette Milestones: January 3, 1995 – Chevrolet announces that for the third time, the Corvette has been chosen as the official pace car of the 1995 Indianapolis 500 race.

Dateline January 2016: Chevrolet announces to its dealers that 522 pace car replicas would be produced, with 87 replicas for the Indianapolis festival and public relations. Twenty cars were scheduled for export to Canada. The remaining 415 available replicas were distributed to the top Chevrolet dealers. The final tally of 1995 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car Replicas was 527. Continue reading

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