National Corvette Museum Holds Ribbon Cutting for Skydome Post Sinkhole Construction

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NCM Press Releasw – Corvetted – August 4, 2016 – – It’s official! A year and a half after a large sinkhole formed in the Skydome of the National Corvette Museum, the 13 story iconic landmark is back, better than ever, with all eight “sinkhole Corvettes” returned to display. Though the Skydome re-opened to visitors on July 6, a ceremonial ribbon cutting (or rather, caution tape cutting) was held as part of the Museum’s 21st Anniversary Celebration. What could have been a major road block for the Museum became more of a speed bump as the sinkhole is credited with the 67% increase in visitors for 2014. Instead of immediately filling the sinkhole and restoring the Corvettes, the Museum “made … Continue reading

Dick Guldstrand Dies at Age 88

Corvette Racing driver Ron Fellows gets a helmet signed by former Corvette iron-man race car driver Dick Guldstrand. Dr. Dick Thompson looks on.
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The Corvette community has lost a great friend and legendary performance guru – – Corvetted – August 3, 2015 – Legendary performance guru, race car driver, engineer and Corvette Hall of Fame member Dick Gulstrand passed away last night at the age of 88. Though he began his career in the aerospace industry, it was the lure of his 1956 Corvette and racing that enticed Guldstrand to give up his future in aerospace in favor of racing and performance engineering. His career designing, engineering and modifying cars brought him to the pinnacle of his profession and worldwide recognition. His modified cars raced everywhere from the high banked NASCAR super speedways to the dry lakes of El Mirage; but he is … Continue reading

Championship “Mind Games” – BoP & the Lone Star Le Mans

The affect of Balance of Performance Adjustments can extend beyond physical changes to the car.  They can also affect a team's mindset and impact every area of performance.  (Photo: Jan Magnussen FB)

Rick Tavel© – Corvetted – September 2, 2015 – The Lone Star Le Mans There’s not many venues where the Tudor USCC series is the “opening act” for another renowned series, but that is exactly what happens when Corvette Racing and the 2015 Tudor series takes to the track for the Circuit of The America Lone Star Le Mans in Austin, Texas, which takes place September 17th – 19th. The Lone Star Le Mans is the only venue where the world’s two premier sports car series — the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship — compete on the same day and well into the night on the same circuit. The three-hour Tudor USC event is scheduled … Continue reading

Ford GT Readies for 2016 GT Season – Video

Ford GT Testing at Sebring 
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– Corvetted – September 1, 2015 – “Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer,” That was an invaluable lesson well learned by Michael Corleone in “The Godfather II”. In that spirit we thought you might like to see Corvette Racing’s newest competition for next year’s 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Series, Leaky Turtle has shared a short video of the new Ford GT testing at Sebring. In addition to competing against the Corvettes in the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar series the new Ford GT will also take them on next year in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as mounting a campaign for the FIA World Endurance Championship where it will compete against Aston Martin, … Continue reading

Update – Motorsports Park Noise Berm Construction Starts

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– Corvetted – August 31, 2015 – The National Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park received the permit and began construction on the large berm as part of the facility’s effort to help reduce the noise which has recently escalated on August 25. The berm will be built on property between the Motorsports Park and the Clark Circle neighborhood. Though the Museum does not own the land where the berm is being built, but they are in the process of purchasing about 10 acres of the optioned property for this purpose. The land owner has given the Motorsports Park immediate access in order to expedite and complete the construction within a few short weeks. As reported previously in Corvetted the Motorsports Park … Continue reading

A Love Affair with a Corvette Fixed Roof Coupe

The author's 2000 Corvette Fixed roof Coupe (Photo: Rick Tavel)

– Rick Tavel © – Corvetted – August 30, 2015 – Any regular reader of Corvetted knows my feelings about the Corvette’s Fifth Generation Fixed Roof Coupe, but for those that are new to the Corvetted family let me reiterate: “the C5 Fixed Roof Coupes (both Z06 and non Z06 models) are the most beautiful and competent of all Corvettes and is only rivaled in style by the second generation coupes.” Every time this comes up I get more than a few emails and comments from other Corvette enthusiasts who think I have lost my mind and while I won’t argue the fact that I may have in fact misplaced a few (or more than a few) brain cells along … Continue reading

Trans Am at Road America Marred By Accidents

McAleese survived the carnage and emerged victorious under a full course caution at Road America. (Photo: GoTransAm - Chris Clark)

Much of the race was marred by full course cautions – Corvetted – August 30, 2015 – ELKHART LAKE, Wis. [August 29, 2015] – In a race where competitors were faced with a variety of elements, including fog, mist and an already damp track, it was Jim McAleese and his Chevrolet Corvette who took the checkered in Saturday’s Next Dimension 100 Trans Am that at times resembled more of demolition derby or perhaps a better term would be labeled a survivors’ race, at Road America. The two favorites, Amy Ruman and Paul Fix finished well back in the pack following a late race mêlée that involved several cars and was responsible for the race finishing under the yellow flag. The … Continue reading

The Purple People Eater – 1959 Corvette MkIII

The Legendary 1959 Corvette MkIII "Purple People Eater" (Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)

  The Seven Figure Corvette That Was Once Used As a Shop Table – Rick Tavel – Corvetted – August 29, 2015 – One of the most storied Corvettes in the brand’s 62-year history, the Purple People Eater is one of the few Corvettes that in addition to winning a national SCCA championship, can claim two former owners who are now in the National Corvette Museum’s Hall of Fame. It was two time National Driving Champion Jim Jeffords that originally drove this 1959 Nickey-sponsored MkIII Corvette into the history books and after it fell into obscurity it was Chip Miller, collector and founder of Corvettes at Carlisle, who resurrected it decades later. In January at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale some lucky … Continue reading

Ebben Captures TA Pole at Road America

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Fix and Ruman start from P2 and P3 – Corvetted – August 29, 2015 – ELKHART LAKE, Wis. [August 28, 2015] – Cliff Ebben captured the TA pole in Trans Am “Fast Five” qualifying today at Road America in preparation for the Next Dimension 100, presented by the 3-Dimensional Services Group. For Ebben the pole was a continuation of decades of success at the Wisconsin-based track that he and Lamers Motor Racing call home. Ebben powered the No. 36 Stumpf Ford/McMahon Group Ford Mustang around the 4.048-mile track to the tune of a 2:05.321, strong enough to fend off the challenges of front runners Paul Fix and Amy Ruman. If Ebben can hold his position over the course of the … Continue reading

Serial One Corvettes – History To Cross the Block in Scottsdale

The very first 1955 - 1956 - 1957 - Serial #1 Corvettes are scheduled to cross the block in January 2016 as part of "The World's Greatest Collector Car Auction" (Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Preview – Corvetted – August 28, 2015 – Whenever any VIN #001 collectible car is up for auction, people tend to sit up and take notice. All you have to do is look at what VIN #001 Corvettes have garnered at past recent Barrett-Jackson auctions. But when three vintage VIN #001 vehicles are for sale at the same auction – and they just happen to be Corvettes from sequential model years – well, that is akin to finding a herd of unicorns for any Corvette aficionado. America has had a love affair with the Corvette for more than 60 years. Originally conceived purely to be a part of General Motors’ Motorama exhibit at the 1953 New York Auto … Continue reading

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