Trailer Queens Not Welcome

More than a few 1978 Corvette Pace Cars have been socked away and not driven in hopes of getting top dollar (Photo: Motera)

Maybe the Collector Market should not be part of your investment strategy. – Corvetted & The DRIVE– February 9, 2016 Most of our readers are aware of the high regard we have for The DRIVE. The blog gives a diverse look at automobiles and viewpoints unlike so many other publications, which just seem to regurgitate automotive press releases and the bullsh_t fed to hungry journalists looking for a scoop or story. In today’s world it is a rare instance where an automotive publication would take the risk of pissing off any group of readers or advertisers by publishing a controversial article. There are a few publications out there that break out of the traditional automotive mold, willing to speak out … Continue reading

What’s A Corvette Z06 Doing in a Shelby Collection???

1963 Corvette Z06 - Part of the Mcmurray Shelby Collection to cross the block at Mecum Indy (Photo: Mecum)

The Elephant in the Room!  – Corvetted – February 5, 2016 – Joe McMurrey meticulously assembled an impressive collection of Carroll Shelby influenced automobiles. McMurrey’s collection, housed in Longview, Texas, only an hour away from Shelby’s birthplace, is focused on cars with ties to Shelby and his legacy. Though not every one of the cars in his collection has “Shelby” in their name, Shelby has influenced most of the cars in the collection either directly or indirectly. For example in addition to Shelby Cobras (originals and continuation examples), Shelby Mustangs – GT350’s and 500’s, and even a Dodge Shelby GLHS, his collection also includes cars that has ties to Shelby even though they don’t carry his moniker; cars like the … Continue reading

The Collector Market – A Closer Look Following the January Events

Three VIN #1 Corvettes were the top lot at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale selling for $1.6M (Photo: Barrett-Jackson)

Things look better for Corvette collector market than the overall collector market. – Corvetted – February 3, 2016 – Following Mecum’s Kissimmee auction Corvetted reported that Mecum’s results as a barometer of the Corvette collector market looked good headlining the article as “Get Ready for a Banner 2016 Collector Year”. But following the Scottsdale auctions many experts are crying the blues because the sales results were below 2015’s results but before predicting the entire 2016 collector market to be headed south a closer examination is required primarily because of some non-comparables in last year and this year. Apparently the market experts are concerned because the correction Corvette collectors have experienced for the last two years has spread to the overall … Continue reading

Cars – A Reflection of the Times of Our Lives

"Pearl" with her Porsche 356 SC  (Photo: RMSotheby's)

  The “Queen of Psychedelic Rock” Janis Joplin’s Porsche to be Exhibited at the Amelia Island Concours – Corvetted – February 3, 2016 – As enthusiasts we know that cars represent far more than a cobbled together bunch of metel, wires, wood, plastic, and glass. Aside from the cars’ styling, which is a reflection of the times, some owners take their rides a step farther by accessorizing, painting and customizing their cars. Certainly the hot rod, muscle car era was a reflection of our society during the 50’s and 60’s – even immortalized in the music of the times. But when the gas shortage and the government stepped in to strangle the performance car the trend to personalize our rides … Continue reading

Closest Rolex 24 Finish in History

The closest finish in the Rolex 24 Daytona (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Corvettes finish 1 & 2 in a nail-biting finish in the legendary race – Corvetted – January 31, 2015 – The Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of the toughest races on the planet for the teams, the cars and the drivers. It is rivaled only by the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the world of sports car racing and making it even more difficult is the fact that it is the kick off of the sports car endurance racing season every year; up until then the off season equipment changes and new regulations go untested on the track in a sanctioned event. Perhaps no team can attest to the challenges of the track and the stress it puts on … Continue reading

Corvette Racing Finishes 1 & 2 in the Rolex 24 GTLM Class

A thrilling finish - Corvettes 1 & 2  (Photo: Corvette Racing)

An outstanding effort by the entire Corvette Racing Team pays off with an impressive one/two finish in GTLM. Corvetted – January 31, 2016 – After 24 grueling hours of hard fought racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Series, the Corvette Racing team won the Rolex 24 at Daytona GTLM class with the #4 and #3 Corvette C7.Rs finishing first and second respectively. During the last twenty minutes the two Corvettes were actually battling each other to determine which one would take the checkered flag with Oliver Gavin driving the #4 Corvette barely edging out Antonio Garcia in the #3 by less than four feet. It was a stunning victory for the Corvette Racing Team winning the world famous endurance race for … Continue reading

Is This Corvette L89 the Real Deal?

This could be one of sixteen original L89's. (Photo: Leake)

  Corvetted – January 27, 2016 – Maybe the Rarest Corvette Crossing the Block This Spring Won’t Be a Part of the Scottsdale Auctions In the middle of auction week in Scottsdale it would seem that all eyes would be focused on the thousands of outstanding collector cars that will cross the block. About 10% of those cars will be America’s sports car, the Corvette. Among those there are some of the most interesting and rare Corvettes in the model’s last sixty-three years of production. But perhaps one of the crown jewels of blue chip Corvettes scheduled for the spring auction season will not be in Scottsdale nor in one of the six auctions scheduled during this week. The Corvette … Continue reading

Tandy Captures GTLM Pole for Rolex 24

Gavin and Magnussen will start on Row 4 for the 2016 Rolex 24 (Photo: Richard Prince)

C7.R’s Will Start Side by Side in Row 4 – Corvette Racing – IMSA – Corvetted – January 29, 2016 Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen will start side-by-side from the class’s fourth row in their Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs for this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Gavin set a best lap of 2:03.974 (103.377 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R that he will drive with Tommy Milner and Marcel Fässler. Magnussen, part of the lineup in the race-winning Corvette a year ago with Antonio Garcia, had a best lap of 2:05.979 (101.731 mph) in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R that he will share with Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller. Nick Tandy captured the GT Le Mans pole for the Rolex 24 … Continue reading

WeatherTech GTLM Competitors – The Rolex 24 at Daytona

The Corvette Team will go after back to back Rolex 24 victories. (Photo: Richard Prince)

IMSA – Corvetted – January 28, 2016 – Daytona International Speedway turns back the clock while looking ahead to the future for Saturday’s 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona, the opening event on the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Back in 1966, Speedway founder Bill France Jr. increased the distance of the Daytona Continental from 2,000 kilometers to 24 hours, in response to the international interest in sports car racing spearheaded by the battle between Ford and Ferrari. The move was a resounding success, leading to the event now known as the Rolex 24 At Daytona. This weekend, new or upgraded production-based cars from Ford, Ferrari, Corvette, BMW and Porsche in the prestigious … Continue reading

Rolex 24 at Daytona – Pre Race Report

Corvette C7.R at the "Roar Before"  (Photo: Richard Prince)

Corvetted – January 26, 2016 – One of the most important races of the 2016 season kicks off this weekend, a race that has become America’s equivalent of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona. This year’s event will be particularly exciting with an expanded GTLM field of eleven cars including the racing debut of Ford’s GT team. Eleven GTLM cars will be on the grid at 14:10 (2 PM ET) when the green flag falls and the Corvette Racing team attempts to repeat their 2015 Daytona victory. The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class features the pair of Corvette C7.Rs that won the triple crown of endurance racing, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve … Continue reading

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