by Steve Temple as republished from Super Chevy
Heartbeat: How a ’75 Corvette stole a women’s heart—and then it received a transplant
Dateline 12.18.15: Who hasn’t felt their pulse quicken at the sight of a Corvette? And for many, that experience gets into their blood, and beating in their chest as a lifelong passion. Just ask Sandy Redden. When she met her husband, M.J., marrying him in the early ’70s, “I was driving a red ’63 Corvette roadster, a car I absolutely loved.” She had it modified with fender flares, side exhaust, stinger hood, custom paint and one of M.J.’s race-car engines. Then heartbreak ensued in 1978. Continue reading
by Steven Rupp as republished from Super Chevy. photos courtesy of Super Chevy.
Full Circle: Wayne Sanchez Jr. keeps his family’s
love of Corvettes going strong with a ’69 restomod
Dateline 12.2.15: After you read enough stories about what inspires gearheads to buy and build classic cars it often involves exposure at an early age. This is exactly how Wayne Sanchez Jr. got the Corvette bug. As he told us, “I’ve always been an avid Corvette fan. No, not the numbers-matching kind, but I do appreciate those as well. When I was 4 or 5 years old my dad, Wayne Senior, bought a blue 1972 Corvette with a Targa top with aftermarket side pipes. Continue reading
by Chris Demorro as republished from Corvette Online
SCCA B/Production vintage racers offer a balance between price, power and that raw racing sound
Dateline 11.28.15: Racing is a rich man’s sport for sure, though some forms of it are much more affordable than others. Essentially, the faster you want to go, the more you have to spend. SCCA B/Production vintage racers offer a balance between price, power and that raw racing sound. You can get behind the wheel of a period-correct SCCA race car for about the same price as a new Mustang GT or Camaro SS. Continue reading
by Peter C.T. Elsworth as republished from Providence Journal
Christopher DeGrave’s Ontario Orange 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454 LS5
is a striking reflection of the bond he has with his father, Dennis
Dateline 11.28.15: RICHMOND, R.I. — Christopher DeGrave’s Ontario Orange 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454 LS5 is a striking reflection of the bond he has with his father, Dennis. Together, they’re a team with deep roots. Christopher is an only child, as was Dennis. Indeed, the tradition of only children — and only sons at that — goes back five generations to Christopher’s great-great grandfather, who immigrated to the United States in 1912 from northern France, near the port city of Calais. Continue reading
as republished from Robb Report
Duntov’s Thundering L88 represented much of Duntov’s race-oriented thinking
Dateline 11.28.15: Restlessly transformed into a serious high-performance car soon after its introduction by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his Corvette Engineering team, the second-generation Corvette Sting Ray represented much of Duntov’s race-oriented thinking. Carroll Shelby’s Ford-powered Cobras began hitting the track around the same time as the new Corvettes and while Shelby’s upstarts were hardly “true” production cars, Duntov never wavered in his quest to keep the Corvette on top. Continue reading
by Collin Woodard as republished from Road and Track
“This car’s from the 70s when everything smelled of man-musk…and the cologne used to cover up said musk.”
Dateline 11.18.15: Oh, Mr. Regular is reviewing another Corvette? Hasn’t he already reviewed a C3 Corvette? Why do another one? This Corvette is a little bit different, though. This Corvette is a restomod. Specifically, this is Neal’s restomod. You remember Neal, right? He’s the guy who rescued the Vagabond Falcon. Continue reading
by Sarah Shelton as republished from corvettes.about.com
Worthy Investment for a Corvette Collector or Money Pit?
Dateline November 2015: The clandestine barn find: many classic car enthusiasts daydream that they will unearth such a mythical beast. That they will happen upon a rare specimen that’s been hidden from view for decades, dusty and neglected in some darkened corner. Corvette barn finds can certainly be a gratifying treasure, both to discover and to restore. But the costs required to bring the car back to a roadworthy condition or to show quality should not be overlooked. These expenses often separate a worthy investment from a money pit. Continue reading
by Scott Teeters as originally published in Vette Vues
A tribute to John Greenwood’s groundbreaking C3 Corvette racecars
Dateline: 10.15.15: In the entertainment industry, there are a handful of one-name legends that include; “Elvis,” “Cher,” “Ringo,” “Liberace” and a few others. In the Corvette community we have; “Duntov,” “Shinoda,” “Callaway,” “Yenko” and a few more. The name, “Greenwood” is definitely in that short list. Just say, “Greenwood suspension,” or “Greenwood body-kit,” or “Greenwood racecar” and a huge bundle of understanding comes to mind. Continue reading
Corvette Timeline Tales: 10.4.73 -The Four-Rotor Experimental Corvette makes its debut at the Paris Salon Automobile Show
October 4, 1973 – The Four-Rotor Experimental Corvette makes its debut at the Paris Salon Automobile Show – Video Below
Photo: GM Archives
Dateline: 10.4.15: GM president Ed Cole spent $50 million dollars for the license to develop and build Wankel engines for Chevrolet cars. The plan was to start with a 2-rotor Wankel as an option in the ’74 Vega in October 1973. But the car biz is part show biz, and what a better way to make a big splash for the new “rotor-motor in a Chevy” concept than to build a super-sexy Corvette with not just a Vega-type 2-rotor Wankel, but a 585-CID, 350-to-370-HP 4-rotor monster! Corvette engineer and Duntov’s right-hand man Gib Hufstader, hand-built the unique engine and said that it could have produced 480-HP!
VP of Styling, Bill Mitchell directed the look of the Four-Rotor and Hank Haga and Jerry Palmer worked out the details. Inspiration for the design came from the Mercedes speed record-breakers of the late ‘30s. Getting to the teardrop shape Mitchell wanted wasn’t easy, but the end result definitely looks like a “Corvette” and Continue reading
The late ‘70s were indeed “strange dayz” for the Corvette.
Art, Article and Video production by Scott Teeters
In the late seventies, founding Fathers had all been put out to pasture. Harley Earl was long gone, Ed Cole made his exit in September 1974, Duntov was gone from GM in January 1975, and Bill Mitchell took exit, “stage left” in July 1977. Without angels in the boardroom, what would become of the Corvette?
Fortunately, the afterglow of the work of the Founding Fathers had tremendous momentum, despite power cuts, weight increases, and 100-percent price increase since 1967. The ’77 Corvette set an, all-time-high sale record of 49,213 units. When the ’78 Corvette was introduced on October 6, 1977, the press and public were surprised to see a very handsome facelift – the return of the fastback. Continue reading
Words and Art by K. Scott Teeters as written for Vette magazine and republished from SuperChevy.com
A look back at Chevrolet’s experimental, prototype, concept car, and show car Corvettes
General Motors makes hundreds of kinds of cars and trucks. Some sell hundreds of thousands of units a year, which makes Chevrolet’s Corvette a complete enigma. Given the small number of Corvettes sold every year, it is a modern American manufacturing miracle that the car survived for 61 years. Continue reading
A Tribute to John Greenwood’s Groundbreaking C3 Corvette Race Cars
Poster design by Scott Teeters, main photo by Bill Oursler
To celebrate John Greenwood’s racing and street Corvette achievements, Jan Hyde of Registry of Corvette Race Cars has organized a special “John Greenwood Tribute Event” for November 12-to-15, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway.
In the entertainment industry, there are a handful of one-name legends that include; “Elvis,” “Cher,” “Ringo,” “Liberace” and a few others. In the Corvette community we have; “Duntov,” “Shinoda,” “Callaway,” “Yenko” and a few more. The name, “Greenwood” is definitely in that short list. Just say, “Greenwood suspension,” or “Greenwood body-kit,” or “Greenwood racecar” and a huge bundle of understanding comes to mind. Continue reading
A Look Back at Chevrolet’s Experimental, Prototype, Concept Car, and Show Car Corvettes
General Motors makes hundreds of kinds of cars and trucks. Some sell hundreds of thousands of units a year, which makes Chevrolet’s Corvette a complete enigma. Given the small number of Corvettes sold every year, it is a modern American manufacturing miracle that the car survived for 61 years.
The Corvette was “officially” born on January 17, 1953 at the GM Motorama Show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York. To understand the impact of Harley Earl’s two-seater sports car concept car, you have to look at typical cars of 1953. The car was low and sleek, and wasn’t over festooned with styling gimmicks. Based on the response from attendees, Chevrolet rushed the car into production, and the rest is history. Continue reading
The Illustrated Corvette Designer Series No. 211
by Scott Teeters as written for Vette Magazine and republished from SuperChevy.com
John And Burt Take The “Racer Kit” Off-Planet
The L88 “racer kit” package was huge success for the Corvette and brought racing glory through the late ’60s and into the ’70s. Winning L88s included the “Owens Corning,” “Rebel,” and the Greenwoods’ “BFGoodrich Stars & Stripes” cars. After the Greenwoods’ sponsorship expired, John and Burt Greenwood took their Corvettes to a new level. Making power was easy but tires were so wide that the L88 factory flares weren’t big enough. Enter the final “racer kit,” the widebody. Continue reading
Very Rare C3 Corvette Barn Find – Super Nostalgia!
Dateline August 2015 by Jerry Heasley as republished from SuperChevy.com
Tony Back is so elated with his Vette Rare Find, a month has passed and he hasn’t cleaned the ’72 T-top coupe. “Five or six people have come by my house and said, ‘I hear you found a barn find. You mind if I take a look at it?’” Back is happy to show his treasure but as he explains, “Everybody around here says the same thing, ‘Why haven’t you washed the car? I couldn’t stand that.’” Back tells them the truth. “Once I wash that car, it will never be that dirty again.” In other words, the treasure-find appearance will be gone. Continue reading