Morrison 1990 ZR-1 Speed Record: Aver 24-Hour 174.885-MPH! – VIDEO

It was a cold, windy, overcast, nasty in Texas on the day of the record run. The timed event started at 9:55:12am on March 1, 1990 with John Heinricy at the wheel of the ZR-1 and Tommy Morrison driving the L98. The pace was essentially flat-out! Heinricy said, “Speed was in the low 190s. We didn’t lift in the turns. We entered them foot on the floor and by the time we came out of it, we’d be in the high-170s. It didn’t slow down much in the turns.” Fuel stops only took about 45-seconds to fill the 48-gallon fuel cell. Interestingly, the chassis and tires weren’t really stressed that much by the low cornering loads – something that would have been an issue at one of the high-banked tracks. Read More

Car Club USA: Corvette Homecoming – Video

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. Read More

Vette Videos: 13 Videos Featuring the Sights and Sounds of the Corvettes at Carlisle Show!

I can only describe the Corvettes at Carlisle experience as a “happening.” Pardon the 60s expression, but I AM a baby boomer. There’s so much to see, look at, oggle, take in, sounds, smells, talking, laughing, smiling. Plus, the Corvettes! I though that the best way to present the Carlisle experience would be through videos. So, here we present some YouTube videos from Corvettes at Carlisle past. A little of this, that, and everything. While it’s not the same as being there, it’s close. All you’ll need is a knockwurst with mustard on a bun with a tall, frosty root beer. Enjoy! Read More

Vette Videos: Callaway Corvette vs RUF 911 Porsche vs Jeremy Clarkson

To start the Callaway portion of the video, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson gets the back end out about 45-degrees on the first turn. After dissing the stock suspension and brakes inability to cope with the added horsepower from the Callaway twin-turbo engine, Jeremy tries to dial in the Corvette. He doesn’t provide any info about the Callaway, it appears to be an ‘87 model which probably didn’t yet have any suspension or wheel/tire improvements. What the car is very good at is bringing the back end around, which if you’re not used to, can be unnerving, to say the least. Read More

Vette Videos: 1988 Callaway SLEDGEHAMMER!!!

Yesterday we told you about the ASTONISHING 254.76-MPH twin-turbocharged Callaway Corvette. The below video is an excellent presentation of this impressive machine. Reeves Callaway and project manager Tim Good take you on a full tour of the Sledgehammer project. You’ll get to see the Sledgehammer blast the Transportation Research Center in Ohio and even the late John Lingenfelter has a few words to say. Watch this and you WILL be a fan! Read More

Vette Videos: 1992 C4 ZR-1 Corvette Promotional Video

Even though the big news for the ‘92 Corvette was the LT1 350 engine with 300-horsepower (a 50-hp jump from the previous L98 engine), the 375-horsepower ZR-1 continued to get most of the attention. The ZL-1 and it’s LT5 engine had proven itself in March 1990 when the Morrison Motorsports ZR-1 shattered a 50-year 24 hour average speed record, recording an astonishing 175.885-mph speed!

The engine was so stout that engine builders, such as Corvette racing legend, Kim Baker, were building LT5 engines that were pulling horsepower figures in the low 600-plus range, WITHOUT the use of turbos, roots, or centrical superchargers! The LT5 was arguably one of the strongest engines to ever work under the hood of a Corvette. Read More

Vette Videos: MotorWeek ‘92 Video Road Test of the 1992 LT1 Corvette!

For decades Chevrolet was rather shy about drawing attention to significant improvements to the t Corvette. Not in every case, but in many and 1992 was an excellent example. While the press was besides themselves with the exotic double overhead-cam LT1-powered ZR-1, hardly anyone noticed the arrival of the return of the LT1. The 350 L98 served the Corvette well from ‘85 to ‘91, enough to keep the Porsches and everyone else in the SCCA Showroom Stock series scratching their heads. Story has it that Porsche even bought a Corvette just to take apart to see why their 944s couldn’t keep up. Read More