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A Naked Corvette? – Driveable Chassis ’67 Big-Block Corvette

67 Big Block Corvette Chassis

67 Big Block Corvette Chassis

Let’s Play, “Corvette Oddball!”
Quirky Vette Factoids

by K. Scott Teeters

Question:
Do you really need a body for your Corvette?

Answer: Not really, but it’s nice to have one.

A Naked Corvette…

This car has been seen at many  Corvette shows. over the last few years. It’s just too quirky to not share. The car is a fully functional ’67 big-block Corvette… with no body – just the fully running chassis. It must be a BLAST to drive! Continue reading

Looking at C6 LS3 Small-Block Chevy Corvette Engine, The Mighty LS3

ICS 154 Article as Seen in Vette Mag

ICS 154 Article as Seen in Vette Mag

From a recent issue of Vette magazine

Written and Illustrated by Vette Columnist, K. Scott Teeters

Illustrated Corvette Series No. 154
The C6 LS3 Small-Block Chevy Engine “The Mighty LS3”

I believe that one day, we will look back at the first six years of the C6 and call them “The Golden Years of High-Performance Corvettes.” Continue reading

Social Media is Catalyst that Gets New Corvette Book Published!

LinkedIn Plays Key Role in Getting K. Scott Teeters his Illustrated Corvette Series Book Deal!

The Creation of the Illustrated Corvette Series

by K. Scott Teeters

ICS Front Cover

ICS Front Cover


That Corvette History Column

The Illustrated Corvette Series book is something that I have been thinking about for a long time. My VETTE Magazine monthly column began as a wild idea – “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to do an illustrated monthly column telling the chronological history of the Corvette?” That was in Winter ‘97. I created a rough layout and faxed it to VETTE’s then editor, Richard Lentinello. Richard thought it was cool, but didn’t have any open pages for another monthly column. Thanks, but, no thanks. A few days later, he called me to tell me that one of his columnists bagged out on him. “Are you still interested in that Corvette history column?” It was a shocker for me because “no” usually means, “no.” I replied, “Ahh… sure, YES!” After I got off the phone, I thought, “Oh wow! Now I HAVE TO get these done every month! Continue reading

World’s Only Turbine-Powered Corvette

1978 Turbine Powered Corvette

1978 Turbine Powered Corvette

The Spirit of Andy Granatelli’s 1967 Indy 500 Race car lives on  in a 1978  Turbine-Powered Corvette.

By K. Scott Teeters, illustrator and author of Vette Magazine’s The Illustrated Corvette Series

Did Chevy ever seriously consider a turbo-powered Corvette?

Car designers have been playing around with the notion of a turbine-powered car since the dawn of the jet age. Continue reading

Car Guys Who Lunch. Performance Car Enthusiasts Unite While Dining!

Performance  and Specialty Car Enthusiasts,

Start Your Own Cafe Racers Chapter.

By K. Scott Teeters


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Are You A Car Guy?

What exactly makes someone a “car guy”? Cars are everywhere and have been around for well over 100 years. At first they were called “horseless carriages” and then became known as “motorcars.” It didn’t take long for men who liked mechanical things to focus on the new contraptions. Continue reading

A Four-Door Holden Corvette? Get Me a Barf Bag, NOW!!!

A Four-Door Corvette? What???

by K. Scott Teeters

Holden's Commodore HSV W427

Holden's Commodore HSV W427

Holden’s new Commodore HSV W427? – Bing! Zoom! To the MOON! Get it Outta Here!

Talk about an act of desperation!

GM’s tired old car guy, Bob Lutz has spoken! But I can’t believe what I’m reading. Lutz says that a Holden-based four-door Corvette is a possibility. They’re getting all warm over the Corvette-powered Holden Commodore HSV W427. Obviously, with a Z06’s 427 LS7 engine the car will be bloody fast. Continue reading

Part 2-Million Dollar Gulf One Corvette Racers

1963 Gulf One Z06 Corvette – “The $1.113 Million Sting Ray”

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Click here for Part One on the 1962 Gulf One

Million Dollar Classic Corvette Racers – Intro to Part Two.

Corvette 1963 Gulf One Z06 Racer

ICS 152 by K. Scott Teeters

By the end of the first generation of live-axle Corvettes, Chevrolet’s fiberglass sports car had become a solid competitor in sports car racing. Race cars, for all their glory, often times are quickly forgotten as a result of faster, more modern, more outrageous race cars. Corvettes are just the same. When the C2 ‘63 Z06 Corvette Sting Ray racers were unleashed, there was a mad dash to the new independent suspension car. The Fuelie Sting Rays yielded to the big-block Vettes, and the adventure just rolled on.

62 and 63 Gulf One Racers

Two of the winningest Corvette racers faded into racing history in the process – the ‘62 Gulf One Corvette and the ‘63 Gulf One Z06 Sting Ray. Continue reading

Million Dollar Gulf One Corvette Racers-Pt One

Gulf Oil ’62 Corvette Racer “The Most Successful C1 Racer?”

Million Dollar Classic Corvette Racers – Intro to Part One and Two.

ICS #153 1962 Corvette Gulf One Racer

Race cars, for all their glory, often times are quickly forgotten as a result of faster, more modern, more outrageous race cars. Corvettes are just the same. By the end of the first generation of live-axle Corvettes, Chevrolet’s fiberglass sports car had become a solid competitor in sports car racing. When the C2 ‘63 Z06 Corvette Sting Ray racers were unleashed, there was a mad dash to the new independent suspension car. The Fuelie Sting Rays yielded to the big-block Vettes, and the adventure just rolled on. Continue reading

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Corvette Oddball: Did GM ever explore more than 8 cylinders for Corvette?

Let’s Play, “Corvette Oddball!” Quirky Vette Factoids

Question: Did GM’s Chevrolet ever explore more than 8 cylinders for the Corvette?

By K. Scott Teeters, creator of Illustrated Corvette Series as seen in Vette Magazine

Answer: Briefly, but not deeply.

Falconer12cylinderThe Dodge Viper certainly gets a lot of attention, thanks to its stunning good looks and impressive V-10 engine. Over the last few years we’ve seen high-end, luxury concept cars sporting V-10, V-12, and V-16 engines. But you know how it is with overcooked concept cars.

Back in ’92 Corvette Engineering must have been in a press-teasing mood. They decided to show the car mags their latest engineering study that stretched a late-model Corvette to accommodate the 55.5-inch long,  601-C.I.D. Falconer aircraft engine that cranked out a leisurely 660-horsepower and 782 ft./lb. of torque. Continue reading

Corvette Oddball: Did GM ever consider a rear engine Vette?

Let’s Play, “Corvette Oddball!”
Quirky Vette Factoids

Question: Did GM’s Chevrolet ever seriously consider a “rear-engine” Corvette?

By K. Scott Teeters, creator of Illustrated Corvette Series as seen in Vette Magazine

Answer: Ah… yes, but fortunately, not seriously. I covered this unusual engineering study car in The Illustrated Corvette Series as installment No. 42. Take note of how tiny the car was. Here’s the story…

Rear_engine_ corvette

Car companies make prototype cars all the time. Most of these machines are never shown to the public. Continue reading

Motion Performance by Martyn L. Schorr; Book Review

COVERLOGO Book Review: Motion Performance – Tales Of A Muscle Car Builder by Martyn L. Schorr – Forward by Joe Oldham

Hardcover – 176 pages, 10.9” x 9.4” x 0.7”, 262 photos (113 color, 149 B&W), $35.00, Published by Motorbooks – First published 2009, Copyright © 2009 by Martyn L. Schorr

Review by K. Scott Teeters

I’ll say this up front. I was NOT disappointed with this book. Actually, I had a tough time putting it down. Author, Martyn L. Schorr is THE man to tell this story because not only was he there as CARS Magazine editor, he helped plan, develop, promote, and market the entire enterprise. Plus, he got to drive most of the Baldwin-Motion Phase III Supercars! Continue reading

Fritz Quits: Who will lead “The General” Now?

Shake Up at GM: Fritz Leaves, International Search is On!

Fritz Henderson, former GM CEO

Fritz Henderson, former GM CEO

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The shock waves are still rumbling through the automotive community. I do a lot of my work online and I first saw the story on MSNBC News around 8-pm est December 1, 2009. The report used a lot of jargon and wasn’t really specific as to Fritz’s reasons for leaving, but there was enough to read between the lines. Continue reading

“Corvette Oddball!” Grumpy’s Toy – A Corvette?

Let’s Play, “Corvette Oddball!”
Quirky Vette Factoids

Grumpy’s Toy- A Corvette?

by K. Scott Teeters

Hey! No mailbox hood scoop and Lakewood traction bars???

Hey! No mailbox hood scoop and Lakewood traction bars???

Question: Is the “Grumpy” Corvette for real?

Answer: I’m going to make a broad assumption that everyone reading this knows who Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins is. If not, we’re going to have to suspend your drivers license for a month while you take Muscle Car and Nostalgia Drag Racing Sensitivity Training Classes. Test at the end.

But seriously folks, Bill Jenkins is a true living legend, right up there with Zora Arkus-Duntov, A.J. Foyt, Don Garlits, and lots more. Da’ Grump doesn’t live too far from the Carlisle Fairgrounds – just up the PA Turnpike a ways. Back in 2007at the Corvettes at Carlisle Show,  it seemed that the bright guys from K. C. Kerbeck, in Atlantic City, NJ thought it would be a lot of fun to dress up an out of the box, $44,950 Corvette with a few official Corvette accessory items, add some stripes, letter the car with “Grumpy”  and “JENKINS/KERBECK” graphics. Then, to really send up the flag, they got the grumpy one himself to come by on Saturday, sign autographs, and grunt through endless bench racing stories. Continue reading

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