1st & 2nd Gen Corvette Restomods – An American Revolution

This beautiful 1962 Restomod sold for $198K in Scottsdale last year Lot 1051 (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

by Rick Tavel© October 24, 2014 Corvetted There’s something going on in the Corvette collector car market and if you are not following it closely you might not pick up on the fact that, in the terms of an old Chevrolet advertising theme, An American Revolution is taking place. That revolution is Restomods. What’s so revolutionary about restomods, they have been around for years, you say. And of course you’d be right. They aren’t new, enthusiasts have been building Corvette restomods ever since someone thought they could improve on the performance and comfort of production models and make the car more suited to their own tastes. What is new and even revolutionary, in fact, is that as long as the … Continue reading

Corvette C7.R Technology Transfer (VIDEO)

The 2015 Z06 was developed side by side with the full race C7.R (Photo courtesy of Chevrolet)

The 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship season is history and most teams are already deep into planning their 2015 season. We’ve had a lot to say about the 2014 season and the Corvette Racing Team and much like the teams we are also gearing up for another great season of some of the most exciting racing in the world. On IMSA’s site they recently released this short video of Tommy Milner and Tadge Juechter talking about the C7.R technology transfer between the C7.R and the Corvette Z06. From the use of carbon fiber to advanced aerodynamics and tire technology it is clearly evident that racing definitely improves the production vehicles. And if you are not lucky enough to spend a little … Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale – Synergy of Success

BJ Scottsdale 2014

by Rick Tavel© October 16, 2014 After some of strongest overall results of the 2014 auction season, Barrett-Jackson® is gearing up for the greatest of the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” their renowned Scottsdale event. In order to top the success of their 2014 event, where record prices were hammered down on some outstanding Corvettes, the Barrett-Jackson team has been working hard on putting together the most exciting event in their 44 year Scottsdale history. And much of that success or failure will hinge on the quality of the auction consignments. Though it is never easy to attract quality consignments that will excite bidders enough to open their wallets, Barrett-Jackson has risen to the top of the auction business with … Continue reading

Corvette Racing – IMSA’s Tudor USCC – Season Ending Thoughts

Bishop France USCC Award

by Rick Tavel© October 17, 2014 CORVETTED Now that the Tudor United SportsCar Championship is history it seems just to sit around and wait for the 2015 season without some closure on 2014 isn’t right. I am surprised that Corvette Racing has not issued a seasonal wrap up with driver interviews and comments. In fact Corvette Racing has been noticeably silent since the end of the season and maybe that in itself says a lot. I realize that the Corvette Racing Team is perhaps the epitome of restraint when it comes to criticizing the organizers, even when it is justified. At the same time I understand the team’s obvious disappointment with the way the season ended, being virtually squeezed out … Continue reading

2014 Corvette Production Tops 37,000

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Largest Production Since 2008 by Rick Tavel© October 16, 2014 Corvetted The Bowling Green Kentucky Corvette Assembly Plant has released the official production numbers for the first model year of the seventh generation Corvette. Officially 37,288 2014 Corvettes were produced which is the largest production since the 2008 model year when 35,310 rolled off the Bowling Green assembly line. For the first year of the C7 Torch Red was the most popular exterior color chosen for 7197 Corvettes followed by Arctic White with 6153. The popular Z51 performance suspension option was chosen by 56% (21,111) of buyers and surprisingly the 6 speed automatic transmission (24,088) outsold the 7 speed manual (13,200) by a whooping 10,888. That seems to be a … Continue reading

Corvette Canvas

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit's Corvette Art Car (Photo: General Motors)

No, this will not be an optional paint scheme on the 2015 Corvette Stingray! It was the artistic creation of three young GM designers to benefit Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art.   2014-10-09 DETROIT – A 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray became a canvas on wheels when three General Motors automotive designers transformed it into a “performance art car” during the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) Gala Fundraiser last Friday. Through paint and brush, the designers brought to life Detroit’s “creative corridor,” consisting of industries that merge art, technology and business. on their 2014 Corvette canvas. “Creativity is the basis of everything in life, from fine arts to innovation, from design to manufacturing,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of … Continue reading

Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

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Corvetted’s Event Pick of the Month for November Corvetted’s November Event of the month pick is the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals which takes place annually the weekend before Thanksgiving. For any Corvette enthusiast this event must be on your bucket list. Just one of the special displays that is of interest to Corvette enthusiasts is Corvette Central’s Triple Diamond Corvette display and competition. There are simply so many activities and displays that it cannot be covered in a single article so check out the MCACN website to see all the interesting displays that are available. Over 500 of the rarest Muscle Cars and Corvettes will converge on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, (suburban Chicago) Illinois, filling … Continue reading

Furman Nominated for GM’s MARK OF CUSTOMER EXCELLENCE AWARD

Mike Furman

  Mike Furman is the first GM employee from a dealership to be nominated for GM’s Mark of Excellence Award by Rick Tavel© 10-13-14 Corvetted It seems that GM and Corvetted see many things the same way. One is in regards to recognizing outstanding performance. As you may have read, Corvetted lists only one Corvette Specialist in our lists of outstanding Corvette sites, services, and individuals. That Corvette Specialist happens to be the top Corvette Specialist in the country, Mike Furman, of Criswell Chevrolet. And now Mike has become the only person from a dealership to be nominated for GM’s prestigious Mark of Customer Excellence Award. Strangely, this award has traditionally been confined to non dealership employees. In many ways it … Continue reading

Dodge’s SRT Motorsports Withdraws From Racing

SRT Motorsports Team has withdrawn from future TUSCC series (Photo: IMSA)

by Rick Tavel© 10-7-14 Though we were all disappointed that the Corvette Racing Team did not win the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, according to many Corvette enthusiasts they were satisfied to see the championship go to the only other American manufacturer, SRT Motorsports, who valiantly chased the Corvette all season long and fought hard for the championship. Barely 48 hours after winning the TUSCC Team and Driver championships the Dodge SRT Motorsports Team announced they would no longer participate in future TUSCC series and withdrew from the racing series. The SRT Viper was the only other American car in the GTLM class and has been Corvette Racing’s nemesis whenever they were on the track together. So we were deeply sorry, … Continue reading

Champaign and Bloomington Gold Parting Company

Bloomington Gold is leaving Champaign

by Rick Tavel If you were planning on heading to Champaign, Illinois, in June for the annual gathering of some of the finest Corvettes in the country, don’t book your room; Bloomington Gold is pulling up stakes and moving from the location they have used for the last couple years. Problem is no one knows where they are headed. At least not yet. The catalyst for the move is the massive and ongoing remodel of the State Farm Center and show promoters feel the inconvenience caused by the remodel is too much for show participants to endure. Rumor is the show will likely remain in the greater Chicago area. Expect an announcement in the near future detailing Bloomington Gold’s future … Continue reading

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