Interpreting Mecum Monterey in Regards to Corvette Sales

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by Rick Tavel(© August 21, 2014 Most of the news in and around Monterey last week was focused on Ferraris, not only at the several auctions but also at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance when a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe won Best of Show for the first time in the event’s 64 year history. But not everything was Ferrari-centric; Mecum’s managed to find some new homes for America’s sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette in their sixth annual daytime auction which took place Aug. 14-16.   The affluent bidders that converged on the Del Monte Golf Course coupled with Mecum’s atypical automobile offerings helped to make their sixth Monterey event the most successful in their history with total sales reaching … Continue reading

Corvette Racing GTLM – The Pressure Is On

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by Rick Tavel – Corvetted – August 20, 2014 The Importance of the Oak Tree Grand Prix to Corvette’s Championship Quest With only three races to go in the hotly contested TUDOR USCC GTLM class the Corvette Racing Team is preparing for this weekend’s important Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway. Though Corvette Racing leads in the driver, team and manufacturer point standings in the GTLM class, the team’s last two races have been disappointing and the SRT Viper has cut into their lead. Following the Corvette team’s four consecutive wins prior to Indianapolis their lead over the third place SRT Viper was a solid fourteen points. In the last two races the SRT Viper team has closed … Continue reading

Nightmare on Woodward Avenue – Stolen Corvette

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by Rick Tavel – Corvetted August 19, 2014 For over 40,000 owners of participants of the world’s largest single day automotive event, the Woodward Dream Cruise, for one Corvette owner it was more of a nightmare than a dream. After cruising the legendary avenue all day in their 1965 Nassau blue convertible, Gordon and Arlene Ondrisek met some friends for dinner at the trendy Pita Café on Old Woodward Avenue in downtown Birmingham. Gordon felt pretty fortunate to find a parking spot right in front of the café in the fashionable Birmingham downtown. It’s not unusual to see expensive sports cars in Birmingham’s downtown on a normal basis, but during the Dream Cruise downtown Birmingham, the epicenter of the Woodward … Continue reading

Ruman Slips in Trans Am Point Standings

An accident prevented Ruman from advancing in the Trans Am point standings ar Mid Ohio. (Photo: Ruman Racing)

One of Corvetted’s favorite race drivers is Amy Ruman. Going into this past weekend’s Trans Am battle at her home track of Mid-Ohio Amy was second in the point standings. Read what happened in Ruman’s press release below in the hotly contested Trans Am series which is shaping up to be a battle between Corvettes and their drivers. We’re still pulling for you Amy! STRONG MID-OHIO RUN SLIPS AWAY FROM RUMAN IN TRANS AM ROUND 7 AUGUST 16, 2014 Munroe Falls, Ohio – The Trans Am series put on another great show this weekend, as part of the NASCAR Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Throughout practice and qualifying, Amy Ruman, in the … Continue reading

Doug Peterson Extends Trans Am Points Lead

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While a million and a half automobile enthusiasts lined the Woodward Avenue for the Woodward Dream Cruise, hard core race fans enjoyed their own dream cruise at Mid Ohio when the Trans Am race series took to the track. Read a recap of the race in the Trans Am press release below. Doug Peterson continues Championship charge at Mid-Ohio August 16, 2014 LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2014) – (Provisional) Defending TA Champion and current points leader Doug Peterson and the No. 87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette came away with the overall victory and TA class win in the 3Dimensional Services Next Dimension 100 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in a race that included four lead changes in the TA class. With … Continue reading

Corvette Reunion – Biggest and Best Ever

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The Corvette Reunion – A Fantastic Finale to Michigan’s Corvette Fantasy Week   by Rick Tavel© August 17, 2014 The Corvette Reunion and Back to the Bricks events welcomed hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants in downtown Flint, for their largest and most successful event since the show’s inception. This is quite an accomplishment when you consider that just sixty miles to the south of the historic city the world’s largest one day automotive event, the Woodward Dream Cruise, was taking place. But as in the past years it did not seem to limit the exuberant crowds that flocked to the “vehicle city”, birthplace of the Corvette, to view over 750 Corvettes and several thousand other muscle, performance, custom … Continue reading

REMINDER Corvette Reunion SATURDAY SEPT 16 Flint Michigan

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Just a reminder that perhaps the best event of Michigan’s Corvette Fantasy Week may be the Corvette Reunion which takes place tomorrow in Flint, Michigan. We told you about this in an earlier article. (See:http://www.corvetted.com/michigans-fantasy-week-corvette-enthusiasts/  )Below is an update from the organizers. We have expanded our parking to accommodate even more Corvettes than ever. We have room for over 800 cars and we have folks from several states including Canada planning to attend. Last year our furthest traveled award went to Tony Banaszak of Hawaii, Best of Show Awards Men’s went to Art Sawve’s 1963 Silver Split Window and Women’s went to Freddie Harsley’s 2011 Crystal Red Grand Sport. They both are featured cars on this year’s flyer Steve Stone … Continue reading

TRANS AM RESUMES: RUMAN READY FOR HOME TRACK SHOW

Amy Ruman's Trans A, Corvette will compete at Mid Ohio this weekend. (Source: Ruman Racing)

AUGUST 14, 2014 Munroe Falls, Ohio – After a long eight-week summer break in the schedule, the Trans Am series is back in action this weekend as the series is set to be part of the NASCAR Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The Trans Am 3-Dimensional Services Next Dimension 100 will be a huge event for the No. 23 McNichols Chevrolet Corvette driver Amy Ruman, who grew up in the Akron, Ohio area. Ruman has long considered Mid-Ohio her home track since her early endeavors in racing. While the Trans Am competitors enjoyed a long mid-summer break, the Ruman Racing crew has been diligently preparing the No.23 Corvette for the upcoming event. … Continue reading

New World’s Auction Record Set for a Collector Car

New World's Record - This Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $38,115,000 at Bonhams (Photo: Bonhams)

  I can hear it now, “What is a Ferrari doing on CORVETTED?” Okay, okay trust me, this won’t take long but to those of you that are involved in the collector car market, as many of Corvetted’s readers are, this is a piece of information you need to know. A 1962-63 FERRARI 250 GTO BERLINETTA set a new world’s record when it sold for $38,115,000 at Bonham’s Quail Lodge Auction yesterday in Monterey. (http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21917/lot/3/ ) The Ex-Jo Schlesser/Henri Oreiller, Paolo Colombo, Ernesto Prinoth, Fabrizio Violati Ferrari was estimated to sell for between $30M and $40M but some auction experts thought the car may top $50M. And though the price set a new world’s record it doesn’t indicate the collector … Continue reading

IMSA Unveils 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Schedule

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Lime Rock Added Back to the Venue for 2015 IMSA Press Release Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs finished 1 & 2 at Lime Rock in 2005, 2007, and 2008   DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 10, 2014) The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has unveiled its 12-event calendar for the 2015 Tudor United SportsCar Championship season. Each of the four Tudor Championship classes will compete in 10 races. The 2015 schedule includes one notable addition at the historic Lime Rock Park. The race at the Lakeville, Conn. circuit will be held on Saturday, July 25. The series is not returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Kansas Speedway in 2015. The season opens with the 53rd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona … Continue reading

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