50 Years After Stunning Victory, Iconic Chaparral 2 Returns to Sebring

Jim Hall's legendary Chaparral 2  (Photo: Stingrayforums.com)

Press Release IMSA – Corvetted – March 5, 2015 – Fans at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida will take a trip down memory lane when the famed Chaparral 2 turns exhibition laps around the historic Sebring International Raceway on the 50th anniversary of its 1965 victory, prior to the 63rd running of the classic on Saturday, March 21. With the publicized battle between Ford and Ferrari for supremacy in international endurance racing, interest in the sport was at an all-time high in 1965 – especially following Ford’s breakthrough first victory for the GT40 earlier in the year at Daytona. For Sebring, though, it was a Chevrolet-powered prototype fielded by Texan Jim Hall that … Continue reading

Big Block Cheetah – Bring A Banker

Documented 1964 Cheetah with an extensive race history is being offered for sale on eBay.  (Photo: eBay - seller)

Rick Tavel – Corvetted – March 4, 2015 Only a couple weeks ago we told you the history of Bill Thomas’ Cheetah, which could have ended up as being Chevrolet’s answer to Ford’s Shelby Cobra. So while perusing eBay this original example caught our eye. And to make it even better it’s right here in our own backyard, in the Valley of the Sun. One of the unique attributes of this original 1964 Cheetah, originally ordered & built for Clarence Dixon Cadillac in Hollywood California, was that it was stored at Bill Thomas’s shop for four years following delivery and he was able to perform several upgrades on the car. Originally delivered as a Sebring Silver 327 Rochester Injected 360 … Continue reading

AMY RUMAN WINS FOAMETIX TRANS AM 100 AT SEBRING

Ruman captures her sixth career victory winning the hard fought Trans Am at Sebriing (Photo _ Chris Clark / Trans Am Racing)

Ruman also captures the “Cool Move of the Race Award” in her hard fought victory Press Release Results Provisional – SEBRING, Fla. – Corvetted – March 1, 2015 – It was Amy Ruman and the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette who emerged victorious at the FOAMETIX Trans Am 100 at Sebring International Raceway and at the front of the record setting 69-car field, after a vigorous battle in the TA class in which she fended off the likes of RJ Lopez, Simon Gregg and defending Champion Doug Peterson. “I couldn’t be happier with the McNichols 23,” said Ruman. “The car was just a rocketship today; I’m so proud of our crew and my father who gave me a great … Continue reading

The Goodwin Z06

The owner of almost 40 years intended to restore his Z06.

An ongoing story and video account of Shaun Goodwin’s search and restoration of an original 1963 Z06 Rick Tavel© – Corvetted – March 1, 2015 As automobile enthusiasts most of us are familiar with “the quest.” And though it is an excellent video that all enthusiasts should watch, I am not referring to Michael Brown’s compelling tale of Lance Miller’s long search for the 1960 Le Mans winning Corvette. It is, however, just one example of what almost every collector and enthusiast has experienced in varying degrees; the search for that one special car that has dominated your thoughts and dreams. Maybe the quest was merely for a new car at the right price, or perhaps it was the hunt … Continue reading

RUMAN ON POLE FOR FOAMETIX 100 AT SEBRING

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-GoTransAm Release – Corvetted – SEBRING, Fla. February 28, 2015 – After the dust settled on qualifying for the FOAMETIX Trans Am 100 at Sebring International, it was Amy Ruman who secured pole position at the front of Sunday’s 73-car Trans Am grid and the 21-car TA class field. Joining Ruman atop their respective classes are Cameron Lawrence in TA2, Lee Saunders in TA3 International, and Ernie Francis, Jr., in TA3 American Muscle. “We’re excited to start the season off on pole,” said Ruman. “The guys have been working hard all year getting the car ready, and the McNichols 23 was fast today! I’m really excited to be on pole. My dad (Bob Ruman) and the guys made the car … Continue reading

Corvettes Fastest in Rain Delayed Trans Am Practice

Simon Gregg - Derhaag Motorsports led with the fastest lap and top speed in Saturday's  practice. (Photo: Simon Gregg - GoTransAm)

Gregg and Lawrence lead TA and TA2, Ellis and Snow split TA3 Press Release – GoTransAm – Corvetted – January 28, 2015 – SEBRING, Fla. (February 27, 2015) – RESULTS UNOFFICIAL- After rain delayed yesterday’s qualifying, the 2015 Trans Am Championship commenced in earnest today with the first practice session of the FOAMETIX Trans Am 100, Round 1 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship at Sebring International Raceway. All 73 event entrants participated in the session, beginning the year with more participants than in any other session in Trans Am history. Simon Gregg, in the No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, led all competitors with a 2:05.141 as the 2012 Trans Am Champion kicked off 2015 on a high note. … Continue reading

FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER ADMITS TO LOVING THE CORVETTE – (VIDEO)

Former President Carter A Closet Corvette Fan (Photo: )

He Also Admits to Breaking the Speed Limit Riding in his Son’s New Corvette Corvetted – February 26, 2015 – Former President Jimmy Carter reveals he and his wife are not only racing fans but also admits to being a passenger in his sons new Corvette while exceeding the speed limit.  In the short video below President Carter talks about his early remembrances of Sebring including buying a 33 RPM record of the various engine sounds of the race cars so they could identify the cars by sound.  Though he said the Corvettes sounded like a “John Deere,” he redeemed himself when he said he loved the Corvettes which could certianly hold their own on the track. Enjoy the short … Continue reading

Bob Bondurant Remembers A Friend

Bondurant 1961 LATimes GP  (Photo SportsCarDigest.com)

Corvetted – February 26, 2015 – Though perhaps most associated with Carroll Shelby and his cars, most Corvette enthusiasts realize the important role Bob Bondurant played in validating and helping establish the Corvette’s reputation as a world-class sports car. Bondurant established his reputation behind the wheel of Corvettes in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s before joining the Shelby America team in 1964. In 1959, when ground zero of road racing in the US was centered in California, Bondurant’s 1957 B-production Corvette captured the West Coast National Championship dominating the competition and winning all but 2 races. The same year he won the Corvette Driver of the Year Award, a time when typically thirty to forty Corvettes would compete in … Continue reading

CORVETTE RACING’S BRISCOE TALKS ABOUT SEBRING

Ryan Briscoe (Photo: Corvette Racing)

Is a Back To Back Victory in the Cards??? IMSA Press Release – Corvetted – February 26, 2015 – Ryan Briscoe had a competitive run in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R co-driven by Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia in both the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida in 2014, although various issues kept the team off the podium in both events. The team changed its luck in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24, with Briscoe, Magnussen and Garcia giving Corvette Racing its first Daytona GT victory since 2001. Now, Briscoe is looking to make it two in a row at Sebring, where he finished eighth with the … Continue reading

Amy Ruman & No. 23 Corvette Ready for Sebring & 2015 Trans Am Season

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  McNichols Company Continues Sponsorship for 15th Season Ruman Racing – Amy Ruman – Corvetted – February 25, 2015 – Munroe Falls, Ohio – After ending the 2014 Trans Am Season with a victory at Daytona International Speedway last November, Amy Ruman and the Ruman Racing team will be back in action after a short winter break. The season opener is scheduled for March 1st at Sebring International Raceway in Florida this weekend. Ruman returns to the series this year after taking home third place in a very tight championship points race. McNICHOLS CO., an Industrial and Architectural Hole Product Solutions company, will continue its long time partnership with Ruman and is set to back the team and their championship … Continue reading

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