Corvette Racing Team to Field a Third C7.R for WEC?

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Though we usually don’t contribute to unsubstantiated stories but this is just too exciting to pass up and wouldn’t want our readers to be left out of the loop. And at this point, it appears that the scales are tipping in favor of it being more fact than fiction. John Dagys of Sportscar 365.com (www.sportscar365.com) reports that the Corvette Racing Team is preparing a third Corvette C7.R to race in the September 20 FIA World Endurance Championship taking place at the Circuit of Americas as part of the Lone Star Le Mans weekend. That weekend also includes a TUDOR United Sports Car Championship in which Corvette Racing’s two C7.Rs are also scheduled to compete. According to Dagys, several sources have … Continue reading

NBC Sports Group Launches “Mecum Dealmakers”

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STAMFORD, Conn. – July 29, 2013 – NBC Sports Group will launch a new reality series – Mecum Dealmakers – on Thursday, July 31 at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, providing car enthusiasts with a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the high-intensity world of Mecum Auctions, as collector cars change hands with the smack of an auction gavel. Mecum Dealmakers dovetails off of the Mecum Auctions series on NBCSN, and tells the story of President and Founder Dana Mecum and his son Frank Mecum. The father-son tandem works together to manage the high pressure of the auction floor, where buyers and sellers hope to make the deal of a lifetime, often with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line. Mecum … Continue reading

First Read – Rewound – Remembering Henry Gregor Felsen

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by Rick Tavel© July 30, 2014 & June 7, 2013 In yesterday’s Hemmings there was an article on Henry Gregor Felsen and his daughter’s recent republication of his books. I know that I probably don’t need to explain who HGF was, especially if you are a car enthusiast and have survived for six or more decades.  If you don’t fall into that age bracket you may not know that Felsen was a writer that captured the imaginations of adolescent and teenage guys who were consumed with cars and girls. And what guy wasn’t? You might have seen some well worn and battered copies in flea markets and used book stores. Hot Rod, Crash Club, Rag Top, were just some of … Continue reading

Terry Michaelis’ NASCAR Corvette Wins Again

ProTeam Corvettes" 1953 NASCAR Corvette (Photo: R. Tavel / Corvetted.com)

by Rick Tavel© July 28,2014 Terry Michaelis’, number 27 1953 NASCAR Corvette has won again, though this time not on the race track but on the show field at the 36th Annual Concours d’Elegnace of America at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan. After winning two awards at Cincinnati’s Ault Park Concours, a 1st in Class in the Racing Division and the Bill Rudd “Best Vette” Trophy, the Michigan concours added another ribbon in the “Racing Through the Ages” category. Michaelis, president of ProTeam Corvette, has been campaigning the historic blue-ribbon 1953 Corvette race car at concours and shows throughout the country since ProTeam completed the restoration late last year. On Sunday, July 27th, more than 250 important … Continue reading

Corvette Racing Gets Ambushed and Snake Bit at the Brickyard Grand Prix

Corvette Racing at the legendary Indianapolis Brickyard. (Photo: Paul Ryan posted at Jan Magnussen Official Site)

by Rick Tavel© July 25th, 2014 For the first time since Sebring the Corvette Racing Team failed to finish on the podium in a TUDOR United Sports Car Championship race. The Friday evening Indianapolis Brickyard Grand Prix proved challenging for the Corvette first with an early race incident that spun the #3 Corvette, driven by Jan Magnussen, and then a mid race pit stop under caution that had both cars in the back of the pack. Coming into Friday evening’s race at the legendary Brickyard, the impressive Corvette team had won four straight TUDOR USCC races and led the series point standings for all three categories: Driver, Team and Manufacturer. But it was the #93 Dodge SRT Viper that ended … Continue reading

Corvette Racing Debuts at the Brickyard Friday Evening

Corvette C7'R on the track at Mosport  (Photo: Paul Ryan @ Magnussen site)

Thursday, July 24, 2014. Most enthusiasts know Indianapolis as the home of the great American race, the historic Indianapolis 500. To capitalize on the legendary reputation of Indy and to bring Grand National racing to the Midwest in 1994, NASCAR added Indianapolis to its venue with the Brickyard 400. Fans were thrilled to welcome the country’s most popular racing series to the heartland. But tomorrow evening, Friday, July 25th, Indianapolis will debut one of the fastest growing racing series in America, IMSA’s TUDOR United Sports Car Challenge. Unlike NASCAR the TUDOR USSCC is no stranger to the Midwest with several races on the schedule. As most Corvette racing fans know the TUDOR USSCC is one of the most exciting race … Continue reading

Michigan’s Fantasy Week for Corvette Enthusiasts

A few of the hundreds of C1's at Corvettes on Woodward (Photo: R.Tavel)

by Rick Tavel© July 21, 2014 We are less than three weeks away from one of the most exciting weeks of Corvette fun in the country and if you haven’t made plans yet to be in Michigan the week of August 10th through the 16th then you may not be aware of all the Corvette activities that go on there in conjunction with the world famous Woodward Dream Cruise and the outstanding Back to the Bricks® car show. What happens in Michigan the second and third weeks of August is virtually a fantasy of automotive nirvana. Though any car enthusiast worth their engine oil has heard about Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise and Flint’s Back to the Bricks show, surprisingly some … Continue reading

Actor, Racecar Driver and Team Owner James Garner Died Saturday

James Garner in Academy Award winning movie Grand Prix 1966

  James Garner, well known actor, automobile racing driver and enthusiast died Saturday, July 19th, of natural causes at his Los Angeles home, he was 86. The star of two long running television series, Maverick and the Rockford Files, and several movies the former veteran and purple heart recipient, may be best remembered to auto enthusiasts as a racecar driver and star of the 1966 Academy Award winning movie about racing, Grand Prix. The film became well known for the outstanding racing footage and the use of actual racing drivers in the film which won three academy awards. It was during the filming of this movie that Garner realized he not only loved of racing but had a real talent … Continue reading

In the Pits at Mecum’s Monterey Daytime Auction

LeMans TRIBUTE 1967 Corvette (Photo: Mecum)

by Rick Tavel July 21, 2014 As we reported earlier in the week, Mecum has put together an impressive offering of vintage Corvette racecars for their “daytime” auction in Monterey, August 14th -16th. Over the past years Mecum, like other major auction houses, places considerable focus on former racecars for their Monterey events. We thought we’d share some of the Corvettes scheduled to cross the block in Monterey just in case you can no longer resist the urge to get back in the pits and on the track. If you want more information on the cars you can sign on to Mecum’s website, www.Mecum.com, which is arguably the most thorough of any auction house website. And if you want even more … Continue reading

Important Competition ’63 Z06 “Tanker” Heads to Monterey

Lot S158 is Paul Reinhart's historically  important Z06 "tanker" (Photo: Mecum)

  by Rick Tavel© July 18, 2014 Mecum’s Monterey auction event has traditionally been loaded with several competition cars and this year’s event, August 14 -16, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course, is no exception. The consignment team at Mecum’s has managed to assemble some outstanding Corvette competition cars for this year’s event. One of those is Paul Reinhart’s 1963 fully restored 1963 Z06. Race car drivers as well as the public anxiously awaited the release of a whole new generation of Corvette for the 1963 model year. The newly added RPO Z06 was particularly exciting for drivers who spent their time cementing Corvette’s racing reputation on the track/ The new Z06 option … Continue reading

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