by Joel Patel as republished from Car Buzz
Really, really difficult
Dateline 11.28.15: There are powerful Chevrolet Corvettes and then there’s this 3,000-hp Chevrolet C6 Corvette Z06. Kelly Bise Racing and KP Racing took a stock C6 Z06 and added a pair of turbos with other performance upgrades for a whopping total of 3,000 hp. Continue reading
as republished from Corvettblogger
Dateline October 2015: With all the back-and-forth going on between the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, the City-County Planning Commission, the Code Enforcement Board, and the neighbors near the track, we figured the disagreement would wind up being settled in court. Continue reading
Video from the Tv Show, Jay Leno’s Garage
Joe Rogan stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage with his sexy, supercharged 1965 Corvette restomod for a longer-than-average interview. Continue reading
by K.C. Colwell, Tony Quiroga, Aaron Robinson, and Eric Tingwall | Illustration by Raúl Allén as republished from Car and Driver
7 Questions for Corvette ride and handling Engineer, Jim Mero
Dateline October 2015 Corvette ride-and-handling engineer Jim Mero knows a thing or three about putting down a fast lap. Watch him attack the Nürburgring in a C6 ZR1 on YouTube if you don’t believe us (see above). During his 11 years working on the Corvette, he estimates that he has done more than 15,000 laps on tracks all over the world. Continue reading
Let’s hope there’s a retest with a Z06 that’s running right! – Video
Dateline: 10.1.15 – Watch and listen to this car and it’s hard to believe this is a factory-built street car. Factory Corvettes haven’t “sounded” this good since the days of the ’65-’69 big-blocks with side pipes. While in the beginning the car “sounds” awesome, something wasn’t right with this particular Z06. You hear are few sour exhaust notes then hear Pobst say, “This is REALLY not running right AT ALL!” The car grips and brakes great, but the LT4 was not delivering. Let’s try this again, Chevrolet.
Bum test car aside, with absolutely nothing to apologize for or make “yea, but…” arguments over while splitting hairs, you have to wonder, “Where is all this going???” I don’t think this will be the Corvette’s high-water-mark as far as power is concerned. Continue reading
1-Millionth Corvette Restoration Timelapse
Chevy finishes restoring one millionth Corvette after sinkhole damage
by JORDAN CHITTLEY as republished from The Globe and Mail
When a sinkhole opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky last year, it swallowed the one millionth Corvette that rolled off the assembly line – a white 1992 model.
The fall made the iconic sports car look more like a pancake. Now, after more than four months and 1,200 man hours the restoration is complete. Continue reading
Corvettes on Netflix Watch Instantly!!!
Dateline: 9.5.15 – If you are a Netflix subscriber, you’re in for a treat! Corvette Nation aired for two seasons with the third season bogged down in a law suit. Well, it you missed the series as it rolled out on the cable network, Velocity, seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix in their Watch Instantly library.
Corvette Nation is fun with great visuals and if you’re already a Netflix subscriber, you can’t beat the price. Concerning the lawsuit, Continue reading
The First Z06 Corvette Was a Race Car!
Dateline: 8.30.15 – The original Z06 was Duntov’s “racer kit” for the then-new 1963 Sting Ray. Unlike modern Z06s, there was no flash to the first Z06, it was strictly hardware designed for the racetrack – no badges, special body panels, or designations at all! But considering the official “we don’t race” policy of GM, 199 1963 Fuel Injected Corvettes with heavy-duty brakes and suspension, wasn’t anything in GM’s big picture. But, if you wanted to race your Corvette in ’63, it was everything, and Duntov made sure you got what you needed.
Thanks to the SCCA rules that allowed the 2000-pound Cobra to race against the 3100-pound Corvette, even with the Z06 racer kit, the Vette was at a serious disadvantage. Continue reading
It’s not about numbers,
it’s about PASSION!
Dateline: 8.27.15 – Carlos Lago at Motor Trend arguably has one of the coolest jobs of our time – driving and hot-lapping modern and classic cars, and getting paid to do it and HAVE FUN! Carlos says it all up front. The Camry is an appliance, the 1966 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe with a 4-speed, knock-off aluminum wheels, and factory side pipes is what you WANT to drive, it’s what you LUST to drive! (Make those side pipes BARK and GROWL!)
Not much is known about the Corvette other than the obvious – it’s a small-block with a four-speed and everything is stock, right down to the car’s weakest point, the painfully skinny bias-ply tires. The tires just killed the Corvette’s lap time. The Camry turned in 1:37 @97-mph compared to the Corvette’s 1:44 @ 83-mph. Continue reading
How C7 Z06 Corvettes are built…
BY SEAN SZYMKOWSKI as republished from GMAuthority.com
Dateline: 8-7-15 It’s hard to take a closer look at manufactured goods, especially automobiles. Every piece and part has been welded, clipped and bonded together at a rate we couldn’t even begin to fathom. But, when we do peer into the manufacturing process, it’s astonishing. Take this video of the 2016 C7 Corvette Stingray for example.
The 2016 C7 Corvette recently made it onto Velocity‘s “How It’s Made: Dream Cars”, and the channel has provided a small sliver of the build process for us to gawk at.
Corvette Mike’s Beautiful Video Presentation of the 1956 SR-2 Corvette Racer
Dateline: 7.21.15 “Corvette Mike” of Anaheim, California, the car dealer that ONLY sells used, refurbished, and restored Corvettes, produced this beautiful video of the stunning 1956 SR-2 Corvette Racer. I covered this car in Part 2 of my Vette Magazine “Corvette Experimental, Prototype, Concept, and Show Car Corvettes” series that ran in the December 2014 issue. That article is republished in its entirety at the bottom of this post.
VIDEO HERE: Continue reading
Here’s What Corvettes Mean To People
The other day Joe Pruitt, the Event Coordinator/Owner of the National Corvette Homecoming event contacted me to tell me about their new event video by Efran Films that covered the National Corvette Homecoming 2014 event. This is a very touching video that captures what Corvettes mean to people. As we know, they’re not just “car” they’re something else. Actually, the people in the video say it perfectly. This video has heart! Enjoy! – Scott
Late 60’s Corvette-Porsche Rivalry on Video
Dateline: 2-10-15 – Motor Trend has taken the car magazine experience to a whole new level with their video productions. And having the videos up on YouTube is just too sweet. This video was published last August and somehow I missed it. What’a matchup: The 1967 427/435 Corvette Sting Ray Roadster vs the 1968 Porsche 911 L.
Both cars are period perfect. What the Corvette has in brute force and beautiful stereo-music booming from the factory side-pipes, the Porsche makes up for in better braking experience thanks to the 911’s low weight and agility due to quicker steering. If you go strictly by the numbers, the Corvette slams the 911L. However, the driving experience isn’t just about 0-60 and ¼-mile times. Continue reading
The second time was the charm as the Corvette Daytona prototype STOMPS the competition in Hotlanta!
Congrats, Kudos, and Three Cheers to the Corvette Daytona prototype team’s first win! When the flag came down it was the electric blue Spirit of Daytona Corvette prototype to took the checkered flag at the Porsche 250 race at the Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Alabama. Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia drove the car 103 laps with a best time of 1:22.245.
The next race will be the Grand Am Rolex Series Grand Prix in Miami on April 27-29. For more info about the team’s first big win, CLICK HERE.
And for AutoWeek’s coverage of the race, CLICK HERE.
NOW Feast your eyes on this beauty!
Vette Videos: Larry Shinoda and Peter M. De Lorenzo Talk About Corvette Design Legend, Bill Mitchell
Shinoda shares his Mitchell “fish story” and De Lorenzo shares his “”neighborhood kid on a bike” Mitchell story!
Here’s one for the Kawinkydink Department. I thought we were all done with our look back and the life and career of Larry Shinoda – wrong! This morning while surfing around the net, I found a video about Bill Mitchell. Before I knew it, there’s Larry Shinoda telling stories about his former boss, Bill Mitchell!
Most of us in the Corvette community are very familiar with the unique “shark” paint style used on the Mako Shark-I, Mako Shark-II, and the Manta Ray concept/show cars. Larry shared a wonderful story about how the guys in the painting department perfected that distinctive paint scheme.
Also interviewed in the video is the late David E. Davis, former Campbell-Ewald Advertising man, former editor of Car and Driver, and founder and former editor of Automobile Magazine. Here’s the video…