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

Plans In Place for Flint’s Mega Corvette Reunion

Campbell - father and son Vettes

by Rick Tavel© July 16, 2014 Each year the Corvette Reunion, held in conjunction with the Back to the Bricks car show in downtown Flint, Michigan, continues to attract more and more Corvettes from all across the country and this year plans have been made to accommodate 800 Corvettes, up about 150 over last year’s numbers. In 2013 Corvettes showed up from as far away as Hawaii and included every generation plus hundreds of restomods and custom Corvettes. Officially this is the fifth anniversary of the event and will take place on Friday night, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th. The Reunion, though a part of the Back to the Bricks® mega event, is actually an “event within an event” … Continue reading

Instant Replay: Seattle “No-Sale” 1969 Corvette L88 Heads to Monterey

1969 L88 Side Seattle 2014 (Photo - Mecum)

by Rick Tavel© July 12, 2014 Late last week we reported on the “Bounty Hunter”, one of two third generation Corvette L88’s being offered at Mecum’s Monterey auction in August. The second, an excellent 1969 Corvette L88 Coupe (Lot R132) that was bid to $400K in Seattle and failed to meet the consignor’s reserve, is going to once again try to find a new home when it crosses the block Saturday August 16 in Mecum’s Monterey event. We’re not sure if the consignor has reconsidered his reserve price or whether he feels more confident with the affluent Monterey crowd. Based on the high bid of $400K in Seattle we’d have to agree with the seller that compared to other third generation … Continue reading

Corvette Racing Captures 11th Victory in 14 Years at Mosport

Magnussen &  Garcia win at Mosport (Photo Paul Ryan @ Mugnussen official site)

by Rick Tavel© July 13,2014 Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen added their fourth straight Corvette Racing Team GTLM victory in the TUDOR United States Sports Car Championship series and extended their lead in the driver, team and manufacturer standings at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday just outside of Toronto on Sunday. This gave Corvette Racing their eleventh victory in fourteen years at the track formerly known as Mosport. Defending Mosport ALMS winners Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner finished seventh in the GTLM class. Early in the race, running in the third position, the number 4 Corvette C7.R was hit by a slower Daytona Prototype car which caused Milner to spin and hit a tire barrier. The Corvette was … Continue reading

Mosport – Next Challenge for the Corvette Racing Team

Corvette (Chevrolet) leads Porsche by only one point in the Manufacturers Standings

By Rick Tavel© July 10, 2014 (Press release by Corvette Racing) This weekend the Corvette Racing Team heads to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a track known to most long time racing fans as Mosport, looking for their fourth TUDOR USSCC win. Though the Team holds down the number one spot in the Driver, Team and Manufacturer rankings it is a close battle with BMW only nine points behind in theTeam category and Porsche only one point behind Chevrolet in the Manufacturer category. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen lead in the driver category with 154 points with BMW drivers, Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx, only nine points behind. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner are third in the ranking with 140 … Continue reading

Infamous “Bounty Hunter” Corvette Headed to Mecum Monterey

1968 L88 Bounty Hunter (Photo: Mecum)

by Rick Tavel© July 10, 2014 As usual. Mecum’s Monterey auction in August is shaping up to once again dazzle the collector with an impressive offering of some excellent investment grade automobiles from classics and sports cars to historically important competition cars. The Monterey auction is well known for its concentration on important collector cars with a racing heritage as well as European sports cars and rare Corvettes and this year is no exception. August 14 – 16 Mecum is offering a selection of competition racing Corvettes along with some excellent examples of rare optioned blue chip collectibles. On this year’s docket is a rare “big tank” 1963 Z06 with a competition heritage, a 1974 Corvette IMSA race car and … Continue reading

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