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Corvette Is King



Imagine Target trumping Saks Fifth Avenue. Timex outshining Rolex. Chevy beating Lamborghini. Actually, that last one should come as no surprise. The Chevrolet Corvette has added to its status as the world's most affordable supercar as it emerged the king of the 2015 Car and Driver Lightning Lap competition at Virginia International Raceway. It outran such thoroughbreds as the $353,115 McLaren 650S Spider, $274,120 Lamborghini Huracan and $163,000 Porsche 911 GT3.



So quick was the $100,245 Z06 - Corvette's 650-horsepower performance model - that in the nine-year history of the famed Lightning Lap only one car has ever recorded a faster time: the 2014 Porsche 918 hybrid, a carbon-fiber cyborg from the future that costs nearly nine times as much the Corvette. The $875,175 Porsche was faster by a mere 1.5 seconds. That's over $250,000 per half second.

"It's incredible how much performance they pack into that $100,000 price point," Alterman said. "One of the interesting things about the Z06 is it proves the car with the highest top speed is not necessarily the fastest car around a race track. The McLaren (top speed: 204 mph), for example, was faster on the straights, but the Z06 with more down-force and grip just dominated on the more technical parts of the track."

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Source: Henry Payne, Detroit News

Submitted by Phil Ellison
9/25/16



2018 Corvette ZR-1 Spied



Aerial-photo confirmation that our speculation concerning the last great C7 Corvette is legit. Building on 1990-1995 King of the Hill and 2009-2013 Blue Devil heritage, the 2018 ZR1 will be the ultimate front-engined Corvette and a sure collector's item. Our images captured at GM's Milford, Michigan, proving ground show a hotted-up Stingray in the final phase of development. Close inspection reveals blue-painted opposed-piston brake calipers, gaping front-fascia intercooler air intakes, and attachment locations for an adjustable(?) rear airfoil.



With the Dodge Viper's demise imminent, the Corvette soon will be one of only two U.S.-built sports car. (Don't forget the Ohio-built Acura NSX; the Ford GT will be assembled in Canada by Multimatic.) The new ZR1 will toast seven generations of classic American V-8 performance and value. Anyone with $100K burning a hole in their wallet would be wise to consider this Vette before they're embarrassed by one at their local track-day event.

The ZR1 will use the aluminum-spaceframe, composite-body, two-seat architecture introduced for the 2014 model year and nurtured since then with various power and handling improvements.

We expect the new ZR1 to join the 700-hp club with an aggressively supercharged and intercooled LT4 small-block. There's sufficient room inside this fifth-generation pushrod V-8 to stretch displacement past the current 6.2 liters in order to achieve sufficient output. While 750 horsepower has a nice ring to it, torque management may be necessary in the lower gears to circumvent rear-tire meltdown and to safeguard the Tremec seven-speed transaxle we expect to serve in this beast-with GM's 10-speed automatic a possible option. Members of the sacred order of the clutch should be advised that this likely will be the last hot Corvette with three pedals, as the 2019 C8 Zora due in 18 months or so is expected to be automatic-only.

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Source: Don Sherman, Corvette Magazine

Submitted by Phil Ellison
9/18/16



1969 L36



Garry Lansing is a Corvette technician from Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. That means he knows Corvettes inside and out. So when Gary falls in love with a particular Vette, you know it has to be something special. While he's owned a lot of Corvettes over the years, this 1969 big block coupe is one of Garry's all-time favorites.

"I like that one and the yellow one up there," the 48-year-old said, gesturing toward a sleek Corvette parked near Old Woodward Avenue and Merrill Street. Both roads were closed to traffic during the Saturday day-long event.



Garry purchased the '69 in August 1989 from the original owner and put the 65,108- mile Corvette in storage until he had time to restore it. In 1995 Garry pulled it out of storage and got to work. The body was repainted an alluring shade of Ferrari Red. The Corvette's Interior didn't need much; just seat covers and a new carpet set. The L36 427/390 horse engine got the cam from the 425 hp big block, aluminum intake manifold and Holley 650 carburetor and a set of Hooker Headers. When the L36 was reassembled, Dave Janus put a super tune on the big block.

Mated to the L36 is an M20 wide-ratio four-speed gearbox and a 3.36:1 Positraction rear. It's also equipped with soft ray tinted glass, power windows, power steering, headrests and AM/FM radio.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this Corvette is, since Gary purchased it in 1989, he has put just 138 miles on the odometer. It's also a very early production car, built before the 575th unit in St. Louis. This low VIN, low mileage, lovingly restored big block Corvette is truly something special.

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Source: Paul Zazarine - Corvette Magazine

Submitted by Phil Ellison
9/11/16



One Of The Best Corvette Shows



Les Perkinson III of Troy stopped to admire a "money-green" Corvette in downtown Birmingham, Mich. during the North Oaks Corvette Club's Fourth Annual Corvette Generations Car Show on July 23, 2016.

"I like that one and the yellow one up there," the 48-year-old said, gesturing toward a sleek Corvette parked near Old Woodward Avenue and Merrill Street. Both roads were closed to traffic during the Saturday day-long event.

"I like poppin' colors," he added.



Perkinson, and his 22-year-old son, Les Perkinson IV, share a love of sports cars. Both said they'd be happy with any of the more than 100 gleaming rainbow of 'Vettes lined up on display along Old Woodward.

"I always have wanted to get a Corvette," said Les III. "We are the Motor City. Why not have something that represents the city."

Many other clubs joined the party, including the GMC Corvette Set club. Member Robert Jason drove his 2013 torch red Corvette to the show. "Clubs support one another," he said.

The Washington Township resident declared the Birmingham show "awesome." "I like the downtown atmosphere, people are wandering around and it's neat to see," Jason said.

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Source: Ron - Corvette Events

Submitted by Phil Ellison
9/4/16



$290 Million - Corvette Plant Upgrade



DETROIT -- General Motors plans to spend $290 million on its Corvette plant in Kentucky, just as rumors about GM's plans for the next generation of its iconic sports car heat up.

GM today said it will "upgrade and modify" the Bowling Green plant's vehicle assembly operations for "technology upgrades and manufacturing process improvements." It didn't say whether the investment is needed for an eventual redesign of the Corvette, which is three years into its seventh generation.



The announcement comes amid speculation about the next iteration of the 'Vette. Last month, Car & Driver reported that a midengine Corvette -- for decades the subject of enthusiast rumors and lust -- is slated for the 2019 model year.

The magazine's report cited an "impeccable source" and includes plenty of detail, even reporting that some prototypes of the "C8" (eighth-generation) Corvette are housed in Building 54 at GM's proving grounds in Milford, Mich. It says the car would use a version of today's V-8 engine, be priced around $80,000 and will be shown at the Detroit auto show in January 2018.

The report also says that the current C7 Corvette Stingray will be phased out by late 2018. That would leave the critically praised current version in service for slightly more than five years, a truncated product cycle relative to previous Corvettes. The C6, for example, was in service for about eight years. Some industry forecasters don't expect the next-gen Corvette to appear until after 2020.

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Source: Mike Colias - Automotive News

Submitted by Phil Ellison
8/28/16



Three Crunched Cars



As witnessed by Phil Ellison, NMCA webmaster: Sunday August 21st I took my father to the car show held at the American Legion Post 49 hall on east Central. As we were approaching the entrance I heard a substantial bang or thud. Didn't give it much thought as there were other large trucks making noise in the area. We strolled through the cars, and came upon a very nice looking 1940's coupe. As my dad explored the car I said hello to the older gentleman standing in front of the car. "What a shame" he says to me. He could see I was puzzled - then he pointed to the passenger side of the car - As I rounded the front I saw what he was talking about. A fine looking 1969 GTO had its driver rear end pressed into the 1940's car. To the 1940's car there appeared to be relatively minor damage - but still would require body work and paint. The tail of the GTO received more damage. But the story doesn't stop there. I'm looking at the GTO, and wondering how on earth did it get to where it was. I swing around to the other side of the GTO, and find that the passenger tail was smashed rather badly. What happened was that an older truck was backing into place to be on display. The GTO was in the row behind the truck. When it came time to stop, the truck hit the gas instead, ramming into the GTO, which got pushed a solid 3 feet sideways, and into the 1940's car. In all of my car shows I've never seen an accident like this one.

The police showed up and took their statements, etc. However I left before the GTO owner showed up. I can only imagine the scene as he walks back to his car and both sides of his rear end are crunched badly.

The one time I leave my phone in the car is the time I needed it to get a photo.

Submitted by Phil Ellison
8/21/16

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