Corvette “Shooting Brake” Design Concept – Video

The 1954 Corvette Nomad -  The first GM shooting Brake concept (Photo: GM archives)

                    What could be more American on the 4th of July than                  a Corvette Station Wagon – opps I mean Shooting Brake! Rick Tavel© – Corvetted – July 4, 2015 – Okay, Okay, I know this is a Corvette site, arguably the best Corvette site on the web, but occasionally as a site for enthusiasts there is occasionally room to share some information of other enthusiast automobiles and concepts. So please bare with me as we examine the automotive design concept known as the “shooting brake”. To placate the Corvette enthusiasts in this first article we will look solely at the Corvette “shooting … Continue reading


Brainerd is always the site of exciting Trans Am racing (Photo: Jerry Winker)

There’s sure to be fireworks on the race track at the Brainerd July 4th Trans Am – Corvetted – July 3, 2015 – MIAMI, Fla. (June 29, 2015) – As Trans Am prepares for its annual northern pilgrimage to Brainerd International Raceway, it does so in the midst of the creation of a new tradition, a celebration of both Trans Am’s heritage at this historic home for the Series and our country with the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic, Round 6 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship on July 4th and 5th. Trans Am brings with it a 41-car field to assist in the celebration, a near record entry at Brainered International Raceway (BIR), in the Series’ long and storied … Continue reading

Mecum’s Monterey Madness for Corvette Collectors

1969 L88 Lot R302 (Photo: Mecum)

Mecum is offering an outstanding selection of low mileage rare Corvettes in their upcoming Monterey Daytime Auction. Rick Tavel© – Corvetted – July 2, 2015 – Mecum’s annual “Daytime Auction” in Monterey is just around the corner and from the early consignments there will be a number of excellent and rare Corvettes crossing the block on August 13th through 15th at at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course. The number of rare low mileage Corvettes crossing the block is arguably the strongest auction offering in almost two years. The breadth of rare third generation low mileage Corvettes being sold in Monterey is unquestionably the best in the past several years. With still six weeks to … Continue reading

A Rare Pair of Third Gen Corvettes


Mecum will sell two of the rarest third generation Corvettes in Monterey Corvetted – July 2, 2015 – A rare pair of third generation Corvettes is scheduled to cross the block in Monterey when Mecum returns to the peninsula in August for their traditional “daytime auction.” The two Corvettes are part of five high performance cars being sold from the Jeffery Cohen Collection at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa – Del Monte Golf Course on August 13th – 15th. The Corvettes are two of the rarest third generation models, a 1969 open-chamber L88 convertible, one of 116 L88’s produced that year, and a 1970 ZR1 convertible, one of 25. Both Corvettes have earned the coveted NCRS Top Flight … Continue reading

GM Announces New Corvette Assembly Plant Manager

Kai Spande will become the new Corvette Assembly Plant Manager on September 1 (Photo - GM and the NCM )

–  Corvetted – July 1, 2015 – General Motors announced today the new Plant Manager for their Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Kai Spande, Director of European Powertrain Test Facilities, Engineering Operations and Quality will take the helm, reporting to Arvin Jones, Manufacturing Manager, North American Manufacturing, General Motors. Kai replaces Jeffrey Lamarche who was promoted to the position of Plant Manager Flint Assembly and Stamping. The organizational change is effective September 1st. Spande has been instrumental in accelerating the implementation of GMS in the European Laps and PPO operations, and in leading a 250M Euro upgrade of the Powertrain test facilities in Turino, Italy, Ruesselsheim, Germany, and at the Dudenhoffe Proving Grounds in Germany, according to an … Continue reading

UPDATE: NCM Motorsports Park Responds to Noise Complaints

(Image NCM Motorsports Park)

Corvetted – June 30, 2015 – Corvetted reported a story which appeared in the Bowling Green Daily News yesterday which said that the NCM Motorsports Park was issued a Notice of Violation requiring the stoppage of all events and work at the park due to noise complaints. The Motorsports Park was in the process of addressing the residents’ concerns and had developed an acceptable plan to rectify the issues without cancelling events when the notice was served. The NCM Motorsports Park has issued the following statement regarding the notice. The NCM Motorsports Park has recently been fielding noise complaints from residents in an adjacent neighborhood. We have been working closely with residents and others and have hired an experienced sound … Continue reading

NCM Motorsports Park Ordered to Cease Events & Building

(Image NCM Motorsports Park)

Corvetted – June 30, 2015 – According to the Bowling Green Daily News on Monday, June 29th , the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park was issued a Notice of Violation by the City-County Planning Commission and ordered to cease all event and building related activities in response to complaints from neighbors about noise. The Notice of Violation was delivered Monday morning and requires the motorsports park, open less than a year, to comply with adopted binding elements for the property and conditions of approval of the detailed development plan approved for the property, including installation of a noise abatement structure. The notice also calls for a detailed construction site plan compliance summary that verifies all existing buildings along with other … Continue reading

Corvette Racing’s Official Site Slights Fans


Corvetted– June 30, 2015- In yesterday’s Corvette Blogger Keith Cornett, owner and editor, wrote a commentary that called out a subject that has needed attention for a long time, the fact that the Corvette Racing’s public relations and official website Corvette Racing is woefully outdated and lacking sufficient authoritative information about the team, activities, upcoming racing events as well as the race results. Sure the site gives a summary of the races but in not nearly the detail a team like Corvette Racing or Corvette enthusiasts deserve. Sadly  most categories on the site are completely outdated.  Like the “Tracks” category; when was the last time Corvette racing raced at Baltimore while COTA and Daytona are missing? The Photos category doesn’t … Continue reading


A soggy #90 Team took the checkered in a rain soaked Six Hours of the Geln on Sunday 
(Photo: IMSA -
LAT Photo USA - The Checkered

Wayne Taylor Racing loses lead in late race spin Corvetted – June 28, 2015 – WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 28, 2015) – The final hour of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International saw its fair share of action and excitement, not least of which was the first repeat Prototype (P) class winner of the 2015 season by the #90 Racing Corvette DP driven by Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante. The victory placed Westbrook and Valiante, in the #90 Corvette DP, in sole possession of the TUDOR Championship’s Prototype Driver’s points lead. The victory also increased Chevrolet’s advantage in the Manufacturer standings. Action Express Racing’s Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi finished … Continue reading

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