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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…

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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!”
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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

Pumpkin Run, Eclectic Car Show in SJ Pine Barrens

The 14th Annual Pumpkin Run at Fleming’s, Egg Harbor, NJ

Blast From The Past Car Show
At the Perfect Motorhead Hangout, An Old Junk Yard!

Amazing Sights, Sounds and Smells on a Beautiful Fall Day!

by K. Scott Teeters

OnePumpkinrunflagI’ve been a “car guy” for the last 45 years. That means I’ve been to LOTS of car shows. The whole purpose of a “car show” is to show off your car. So, most car shows are usually held in a “nice” place, you know, civic centers, convention centers, car dealerships, parks, quaint downtown streets, race tracks, and boardwalks. Flemings Auto Parts in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey is what I call, an “old fashioned junk yard.” They probably prefer “salvage yard,” but unlike most of the salvage yards I’ve visited, with the junk cars all lined up in rows with letter-number designations for easy location, Flemings Auto Parts is a meandering, sprawling “yard” with ALL KINDS of old machines.

What a PERFECT place for a car show! Continue reading

2009 SEMA intros Grand Sport Heritage Package

SEMA Attendees Treated to Corvette Grand Sport Eye Candy
GM’s Heritage Package a Sweet Eye-Full!


Upon reading about all the action at SEMA, I see that Corvette watchers got an unexpected eye-full at the Show last week. Just when you might have thought the new Grand Sport couldn’t get any sweeter, POW! right in the kisser with the stunning Grand Sport Heritage Package. The new Cyber Gray shows off the lines of the C6, as if the body had been carved from a solid chunk of pyrite or some material made by the BORG. Continue reading

2010 Grand Sport Corvettes are “Covered”!

Major Car Magazines Feature 2010 Grand Sport Corvette on Covers!

Corvette’s 2010 Grand Sport is the reanimation of what is arguably Chevrolet’s most exotic Corvette namesake.

by K. Scott Teeters

Have you noticed the extensive coverage of  the new 2010 Grand Sport? And it seems that the reanimation of what is arguably Chevrolet’s most exotic Corvette namesake has spurred new interest in the original ‘63 Grand Sport as well. I thought it would be fun to take an over view of the automotive press’ take on the new Vette.  Generally, everyone was more than impressed, especially when you factor in the $57,310 price tag and it’s only a few ticks slower than the $73,000-ish Z06. Nothing against the Z06. To me, the Z06 is what an L-88 might have been like with a little more development for the street. Continue reading

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