But it all began somewhere and Mike Waal from Maryland is the man that has stitched together a written chronology of events and fascinating pictorial documentation of what quickly became an annual event. And the future Corvette would become a player in sports car racing. Read More
June/July 1975 issue had what might have been one of Duntov’s last interviews before retiring as Corvette Chief Engineer. The article starts out, “As we entered his office at Chevrolet Engineering, Zora greeting us warmly…” What followed is an insightful, warm, eight-page interview with the Godfather of Corvettes. Read More
On June 5, 1992, with Duntov wearing his yellow polo helmet and behind the controls of a bulldozer wearing a large cardboard cutout of a Corvette on the sides, construction was started. Zora said, “Piece of cake!” Two years, 2 months and 28 days later, The National Corvette Museum officially opened and the Corvette’s godfather, Zora Arkus-Duntov was there. The four-day event attracted over 120,000 fans and over 5,000 Corvettes from all over the nation! Read More
As the hundreds of enthusiasts get ready to rev their engines along Woodward Wednesday, it wouldn’t hurt for them to take a moment to remember the father of the Corvette. “Every one of those guys can take a little extra pride in their car because of what Zora brought to the table,” said Burton. “It’s very true that the Corvette wouldn’t be there if not for him.” Read More
Judging by the recent introduction of the new C7 model, interest in Corvettes is bound to remain strong for generations to come. Just try to name another car that comes close to what the Corvette has achieved. Advertising in enthusiast magazines played a huge role in the Corvette’s success. Read More
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
Thirty-six years ago today Chevrolet released the new 1978 Corvette. Chevy’s sports car was selling well considering the times. Muscle cars were all but dead, gas prices were up to around 75-cents-a-gallon (GOSH!), and the economy was in a slump. However, the Corvette was getting a little stale-looking, so when the ’78 model was released, it was a “WOW!” Read More
1986 Corvette Convertible Is Back!!! The Corvette was born as a roadster, so it was a sad day in 1975 when Chevrolet announced that the 1976 Corvette would only be available as a Coupe. Yes, the convertible was history! “Safety concerns” were the stated reasoning. Yea, it was “A Bummer, Man!” Fast forward to October… Read More
“Corvette Sixty Years” weighs in at 254 pages of text. A book covering the entire 60-year heritage of the Corvete. In the first three chapters Leffingwell takes you on a quick and concise tour of six generations of Corvettes in 179 pages. Read More
Back in the olden days, you know, pre-Bowling Green, if you wanted to buy a Corvette, you simply went to your friendly local Chevrolet dealer and bought your car. While some Corvette buyers may have been aware that their Corvette was built in St. Louis, most couldn’t have cared less, and were more focused on the experience of owning and driving their Corvette, rather than where it was assembled.
All Corvettes from 1953 to 1980 were built in the old St. Louis assembly plant. If you go back and read early road tests from the ‘60s and ‘70s you’ll see a consistent complaint – spotty to poor builkd quality. Some cars were built very well, most okay, and too many not good at all. It was a time when you didn’t want a “Monday car” for obvious reasons. Owners and magazine writers complained and GM listened. Read More
The Corvette’s tough-guy legend is founded on racing and performance. By the mid-to-late ‘70s, Corvette high-performance and racing efforts were in the pits. Power was down, weight was up, and Porsches were eating the Corvette’s lunch at the race track. The announcement that the 25th anniversary Corvette would also be the pace car at the ’78 Indy 500, looked like the highlight of the decade for Corvette fans. But controversy was in the mix right from the beginning.
Initially, it looked like a triple-play for Chevrolet. First, the ’78 Corvette received a sleek new fastback roof that completed the overall redesign started in ’73 with the soft bumper covers. Second, all Corvettes wore the 25th Anniversary badges. And third, three special Corvettes would serve as the pace cars at the ’78 Indy 500, and replicas would be available. Then the details set in. Read More
Kevin Mackay’s “Corvette Repair” doesn’t just perform world-class restoration work on classic C1, C2, and C3 Corvette race cars and regular Corvettes, Kevin is also a mechanical, educational artist. Read More