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CHP officers use OnStar to disable stolen Corvette during pursuit

CHP officers use OnStar to disable stolen Corvette during pursuit

Corvette police chase: Satellite security system credited with stopping Van Nuys pursuit

A satellite security system is being credited for stopping a police chase involving a stolen sports car.

A satellite security system is being credited with stopping a police chase involving a stolen sports car.

A driver suspected of stealing the Corvette was leading California Highway Patrol on a chase in the San Fernando Valley around 1:15 p.m.

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But thanks to the OnStar security system, the chase ended peacefully in Van Nuys. Officers on scene said the security system automatically disabled the shiny purple car after it realized the Corvette was stolen.

CHP officers were able to place the police chase suspect in custody.

In addition to being charged with stealing the car, the suspect was accused of having an AK-47 with them.

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1969 Chevy Corvette 427 Was Hidden for 15 Years, Its Cool Stories Are Remembered

1969 Chevy Corvette 427 Was Hidden for 15 Years, Its Cool Stories Are Remembered

Check out the gallery embedded below, and you’ll see a nice lady standing beside a dusty Corvette coupe. It’s the same Chevy looking as pristine as it gets in the rest of the hero shots, and the duo made up a family alongside the car’s original owner some years ago. Just in case you want to know all about their story, be sure to spend another two minutes watching the video testimonial at the end of the article. It’s well worth the effort.

Some vehicles just have cool background stories attached to them. As such, they’re not just soulless pieces of metal, rubber, and glass. And this matching-numbers 1969 Chevy Corvette 427ci L36 four-speed is certainly one of them. It doesn’t matter the seller going by the eBay username ca_guy is (apparently) just trying to flip the vehicle for a profit.

We are dealing here with a no-reserve auction, so this will ultimately end up in the hands of someone who hopefully appreciates the intrinsic value of its life story. But let’s get on with the details about the vehicle. The cool stuff about what happened with it over the years is best described by the eye-witness account.

So, we are dealing here with a 1969 Corvette that was acquired when new by the original owner from Harry Mann Chevrolet in Los Angeles, one of the biggest dealers of Corvettes at the time. It was lovingly nurtured, garaged, and upgraded until the owner passed away, at which point it was left “forgotten by many” for some 15 years.

Now it’s owned by this seller, who at least had the common sense to refresh its dusty appearance and bring it back to life once more, allegedly “to be enjoyed by many.” We dig the enjoyment part. The ‘Vette has a 427ci Big Block Chevy V8 engine under the hood. It’s of the L36, not the famous L88 variety, but it was still capable of churning out 390 horsepower off the factory floor.

The matching-numbers mill is mated to a four-speed transmission and the Cortez Silver paintjob (originally this was a Riverside Gold example) bodes well alongside the rest of the highlights. Such as the U.S. Mags wheels, side exhaust with headers, custom valve covers, or the “100% bone stock and original” interior. So, do we need to wonder why the highest bid has already gone up to over $26k?

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Russia to commission Project 20380 corvette Rezky earlier in 2022

According to information published by Tass on July 29, 2021, the Amur Shipyard integrated into the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is planning to commission the Project 20380 corvette Rezky four months earlier than planned, Shipyard CEO Vladimir Kulakov told Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during his visit to the outfitting pier.
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The Rezky Steregushchiy-class or Project 20380 (Picture source: Duster clubs)

The corvette is expected to be commissioned by Victory Day in 2022.

In early July, the Rezky corvette left the slipway of the Amur Shipyard and was moved to the outfitting dock for outfitting work and trials.

Earlier, the Amur Shipyard built Project 20380 corvettes Sovershenny, Gromky and Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov. After the Rezky is commissioned, the shipyard will construct another ship of the type, i.e. the Grozny. The enterprise is loaded with state orders through 2028 and may receive additional orders for 2025-2033.

The shipyard needs a new transport dock and a hydraulic unit to extend its range of ships. The operational dock is 80% worn-out. Its service life was prolonged several times by the Pacific Fleet commander. In 2021, it was prolonged for the last time. The construction of the transport dock is estimated at 9.2 billion rubles ($125 million).

The Rezky Steregushchiy class, Russian designation Project 20380, is a class of corvettes being built for the Russian Navy and designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The corvettes has a steel hull and composite material superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. She has a combined bridge and command center, and space and weight provision for eight SS-N-25 missiles. Stealth technology was widely used during the construction of the ships, as well as 21 patents and 14 new computer programs.

The is armed with one100mm A-190 Arsenal or 130mm A-192 naval gun, one Kashtan CIWS-M (Close-In Weapon System), eight Kh-35 (SS-N-25) subsonic cruise anti-ship missile, two AK-630М CIWS (Close-In Weapon Systems), eight 330mm torpedo tubes for Paket-NK (Paket-NK/E for export) anti-torpedo/anti-submarine torpedoes and two 14.5mm MTPU pedestal machine guns.

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Cochranite coasting in the Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise

Cochranite coasting in the Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise

“It will be a beautiful drive,” Messner said. “Our only worry right now is what’s going to happen with the fires. Every day is a bit of a challenge in making sure everything is going to work out.”

COCHRANE— Setting out on an epic cruise across Alberta and British Columbia, a convoy of Corvettes departed Okotoks on Monday (July 19).

Cochranite Jim Messner was selected as a cruise captain for the Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise and drew on his experience with Cruise Cochrane to help organize and run the logistics of the journey.

The Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise has been running for about eight years and has a rich group of participants experienced in the art of cruising. Messner participated in the cruise for the first-time last year.

The 2021 Rockies Cruise saw 36 Corvettes from across Alberta and British Columbia meet in Okotoks before starting on a five-day epic journey across Alberta and British Columbia.

“We come through some of those stops or towns, whatever the case may be, and you get surrounded by people wondering what’s going on,” Messner said with a laugh. “We get a chance to talk to them and show the cars to the kids which I think is important. It’s a really good time and everyone is happy and friendly— It’s a real relief after being locked up for so long.”

This year marks the eighth annual cruise. Since its inception, it has grown from a one-day event to five days.

The cruise began with people from across the western provinces gathering in Okotoks on Monday with the Corvettes officially hitting the road on Tuesday (July 20) traveling and visiting Nanton, Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, The Frank Slide and the large truck in Sparwood, B.C. The day ended in Cranbrook.

On Wednesday (July 21) the day was spent touring, with a stop in Yahk for ice cream. After a trip to the Castlegar Sculpture Walk and a lunch break, the drivers met with other car enthusiasts from the local area. The drivers ended the day in Osoyoos.

On Thursday (July 22) the convoy toured through Keremeos, taking the Green Mountain Road and stopping at Apex Mountain Resort before landing in Kelowna. The trip then continued along the east side of Okanagan Lake to Vernon.

On Friday (July 23) the group drove up to Nakusp and onto Revelstoke enjoying two ferry crossings as well and lunchtime hospitality in Nakusp. The Revelstoke Mountain Resort is hosting the group, Messner said, and they are looking forward to racing down the Pipe Mountain Coaster before having supper at the Rockford Grill.

On the final day of the cruise Saturday (July 24) everyone will head back home or continue on their personal voyages with their Corvettes.

Bringing together 36 Corvettes is a sight to behold, Messner said, and the cars span decades ranging from the 1970s to brand new. Messner hit the road for the Rocky Mountain Corvette Cruise with his 2007 Corvette.

“It’s an adventure,” Messner said with a laugh.

He is happy to see the cruise has doubled in size in comparison to 2020 and was looking forward to connecting with old friends and seeing the new faces.

“People are more comfortable doing it and being among a crowd,” Messner said.

He considers the cruise lucky, because last year the timing was just right allowing them to avoid most major COVID-19 public measures. This year they face a new challenge— Planning around the forest fires ravaging British Columbia.

“It will be a beautiful drive,” Messner said. “Our only worry right now is what’s going to happen with the fires. Every day is a bit of a challenge in making sure everything is going to work out.”

Contingencies have been built into the drive so they can adapt as needed and stay safe, he said, explaining the route of the ride could change based on fire and smoke levels.

“We just hope that it all goes safely and that the fires subside and that the weather is good,” Messner said. “The fires are more important though, if they can get some rain and shut down these fires, we’ll put up with that before just to help the people in B.C.”

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Manlius police identify 2 Syracuse men in Corvette after fatal crash

Manlius, N.Y. — Manlius police have identified the passenger killed when a Corvette crashed into a tree Monday afternoon.

Gregory Damon, 71, of Syracuse, was pronounced dead at the scene, Manlius police Sgt. Kenneth L. Hatter III said in a news release.

Damon was riding in the front passenger seat of a 2017 Corvette. The driver, 75-year-old Donald Reals, also from Syracuse, was traveling west in the 7200 block of Richmond Road East in the town of Manlius at about 2:45 p.m. when he veered off the road at a curve and hit a tree on the north side of the road, police said.

Reals was trapped in his car, but conscious after the crash, Manlius Police Capt. Jeffrey Slater said at the scene. Minoa firefighters extricated Reals from the Corvette, he said. Both Minoa and EAVES ambulances responded to the scene. EAVES ambulance crews transported Reals to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, officials said.

A chaplain arrived on Richmond Road East after Damon was pronounced dead. Someone from the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office also responded, police said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Members of the Manlius and DeWitt police departments’ Accident Investigation Team spent several hours Monday trying to “determine the sequence of events that led to the collision,” Hatter said in the release. They used a 3-D scanner to recreate the accident and take measurements, and police flew a drone over the crash site as they tried to piece together what exactly happened.

“The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made,” Hatter said in the release.

Richmond Road East was closed between East Kendall Drive and Fremont Road for several hours after the crash, but has since reopened.

Manlius police ask anyone who saw the crash to call them at 315-682-2212 or 315-682-8673.

A Manlius police officer takes a photo on Richmond Road East on Monday, July 26, 2021 after a Corvette crashed into a tree. One person was killed and another injured, police said.Catie O’Toole | [email protected]

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Corvette was going 138 mph just before California crash killed 2

Corvette was going 138 mph just before California crash killed 2

A driver in a convertible Corvette was going 138 mph after a night out drinking and just before he crashed at an Irvine intersection, leaving his two passengers dead, a prosecutor told jurors on Monday, July 26.

Norman David Martin, 26, faces two counts of murder in connection to the July 22, 2017, crash at Jamboree Road and Main Street that claimed the lives of Jamie Lopez and Nancy Ortiz, both 26.

During the trial’s opening statements on Monday, Deputy District Attorney Eric Scarbrough told jurors that only minutes before the crash a friend who had been out with Martin that night told him over the phone that he hoped Martin wasn’t driving.

Earlier that day, Martin and a friend had quit their jobs at Fletcher Jones Motorcars, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Newport Beach, Scarbrough told jurors. They had dinner and drinks in Laguna Beach, the prosecutor said, then met up again that night at a Costa Mesa nightclub.

Someone they knew had reserved a private table and bottle service at the club, the prosecutor said, and security footage reportedly shows Martin drinking at least five mixed vodka drinks within an hour and a half.

While at the club, Martin met Lopez and Ortiz, the prosecutor said, and persuaded the women to go to an apartment in Irvine to meet up with his friends.

The group called an Uber, but the driver told them he didn’t have enough room to take them all to the Irvine apartment in one trip, the prosecutor said. The driver wouldn’t let anyone sit in another person’s lap.

So Martin told his friends that he and the two women would meet them at the apartment.

Shortly after the friends arrived at the apartment, Scarbrough said one of them received a call from Martin saying they were on their way. The friend responded by telling Martin, the prosecutor said, “I hope you aren’t driving.”

Police investigators would later determine with the help on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette’s on-board computer that the car was traveling at least 138 miles per hour as it approached Jamboree and Main.

Martin struck the intersection’s crown and the car went airborne, with some witnesses saying they saw sparks as it came back down to the ground, the prosecutor said.

The car landed in a different lane, still going more than 100 mph, and Martin apparently over-corrected and steered into the curb, the prosecutor said, with the Corvette striking three palm trees and a fire hydrant before spinning back onto the street.

During the prosecutor’s opening statement, the seating arrangement for the women passengers in the Corvette was not brought up.

Martin, Lopez and Ortiz were all thrown from the car. Martin and Ortiz landed in the roadway, while Lopez struck a palm tree.

Lopez and Ortiz died at the scene. Martin was taken to a hospital, where hours later his blood alcohol-level was tested at just below .08 percent, the legal limit for driving, police and the prosecutor said. Given the amount of time that had passed, police determined that Martin had been too intoxicated to drive.

Martin, who is representing himself in his trial, opted to not give an opening statement to the jury on Monday but could do so later.

If convicted, Martin faces up to 30 years to life in prison.

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL Photos Preview New Corvette C8 Rival

2022 Mercedes-AMG SL Photos Preview New Corvette C8 Rival

The all-new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL was recently caught testing in a series of fresh spy photos, giving us our best look yet at the up-and-coming Corvette C8 Convertible rival.

According to General Motors, the most cross-shopped vehicle for C8 Corvette buyers is the Porsche 911, as GM Authority covered previously. However, the Mercedes-Benz SL is another worthy contender, and although the C8 Corvette handily outsells the SL, dominating its segment with 62 percent segment share during the second quarter of the 2021 calendar year, the new SL is shaping up to be quite the rival all the same.

For starters, AMG is playing a major role in the new vehicle’s development and engineering, which means it will surely have the performance needed to raise a few eyebrows. That go-fast attitude will be underlined with new styling inspired by the venerable Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, while the roof configuration will go from a retractable hardtop, to a folding fabric unit.

Another critical update will be the addition of two new rear seats, bringing the cabin layout to a 2+2 configuration. Previously, the SL was known as a two-door roadster, but with a new 2+2 layout, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL will inch that much closer to the Porsche 911.

The new model’s lineup will start with the SL 43 and rear-wheel drive, while at the top of the heap, Merc will offer the SL 73e with 4Matic all-wheel drive. The range-topping power spec in the SL 73e will include a hybrid, twin-turbo 4.0L V8, the same system expected to throw down 800 horsepower in the upcoming AMG GT 73e.

For the moment, the current SL has not performed all that well in terms of sales – in fact, it’s one of the slowest-selling models in the German automaker’s lineup. Nevertheless, the new 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL could very well change that. Look for the new Mercedes-AMG SL to debut late in the 2021 calendar year, with sales kicking off in 2022.

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ACS Composite Introduces C8 Corvette Stingray Rock Guards

ACS Composite Introduces C8 Corvette Stingray Rock Guards

C8 Corvette Stingray owners frustrated by rock chips in their paint can look to ACS Composite for a solution with the company’s latest C8 Corvette Rock Guards. The new product is featured in the following 15-minute, 24-second video, which includes not only the benefits on offer, but the product install process as well.

“When we’re talking about rock chips, they usually happen from the wheels,” says Joseph from ACS Composite. “The spinning wheels going down the road projecting rocks all over your bodywork, and usually that happens all over the side.”

To stop the rocks, ACS Composite developed a new rock guard kit that installs new components around the rear of all four wheel wells.

From the factory, the C8 Corvette Stingray is equipped with what ACS Composite refers to as a trim bezel, which doesn’t really offer any protection from rocks hitting the paint along the flanks.

Alternatively, General Motors also offers an official Chevrolet Accessory dubbed the Front Splash Guards and Rear Splash Guards. These components add a degree of extra protection for the paint, protruding out from the wheel well by about half an inch. ACS Composite offers these items on its website, which includes all four items in textured black for $189, and all four items in Carbon Flash for $349. Alternatively, the items are also available in Black for $75 per pair (one pair for the front, another for the rear) on the official Chevrolet Accessories website.

For those C8 Corvette Stingray customers that need even more protection than what’s offered by the OEM Splash Guards, ACS Composite offers its C8 Corvette Rock Guards. The new piece retains the same mounting points as the factory components, while extending protection around the wheel well by more than an inch in terms of height and width. Critically, ACS Composite also made sure the look of the piece would not impact the C8 Corvette Stingray’s style.

Pricing for the new Rock Guards is set at $499, per the ACS Composites website.

Check out the new pieces and how they install in the video below:

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1969 Chevy Corvette L88 Drag Races 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T, It's Extremely Close

1969 Chevy Corvette L88 Drag Races 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T, It’s Extremely Close

So what happens when the Hemi and the L88 meet at the drag strip? Well, regardless of the cars they’re in, things become exciting, to say the least. Especially if it’s a Factory Appearing Stock Tire event, which allows certain changes to the drivetrain.

The footage below shows an L88-powered 1969 Chevrolet Corvette lining up against a Hemi-powered 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T for an extremely close encounter. But before we check out the outcome, let’s take a closer look at the cars.

On one lane we have a 1969-model-year Corvette L88. In stock form, these cars were underrated at 430 horsepower and 460 pound-feet (624 Nm) of torque thanks to a 12:1 compression ratio. This Corvette now hits the drag strip with a 13.5:1 compression ratio and an L88 that has been bored to 439 cubic inches (7.2 liters). There’s no info on how powerful it is, but it’s safe to assume that the rear wheels spin to the tune of at least 500 horsepower.

The 1967 Coronet R/T in the other lane features similar upgrades, including a compression ratio increased from 10.25:1 to 11.75:1 and modified rear gears. Whether the 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) Hemi is stock or not remains a mystery, but it’s plenty powerful at 425 horsepower and 490 pound-feet (664 Nm) of torque in (underrated) factory form. A cool detail about this car is that it’s a one-owner survivor.

Both cars are equipped with three-speed automatic gearboxes, so things are level in this area, but the Corvette is significantly lighter. Devoid of a radio and a heater, the Chevy tips the scales at 3,454 pounds (1,567 kg). The Coronet R/T comes in at 3,726 pounds (1,690 kg), to the Corvette is almost 300 pounds (136 kg) lighter.

On paper, the Corvette has what it takes to score a comfortable win, right? Well, the Chevy goes on to win the race, but only because the driver had a slightly better reaction time. The ETs are extremely close at 10.95 seconds for the Coronet and 10.98 clicks for the Corvette, but the latter takes the win thanks to a better reaction time. Their trap speeds are also almost identical at 125.63 and 125.80 mph (202.18 and 202.45 kph), respectively.

Should these cars race again, it could be anyone’s win. But before that happens, hit play to watch the tightest drag race you’ll see today.

GM considered a four-seat Chevrolet Corvette in 1962

GM considered a four-seat Chevrolet Corvette in 1962

General Motors once considered a four-seat Chevrolet Corvette, even building a prototype in 1962. A photo of that prototype recently popped up in an Instagram post from the automaker’s design department last week.

Based on the C2-generation Corvette that was about to launch for the 1963 model year, the four-seater was an answer to the Ford Thunderbird, according to the post. By the early 1960s, the T-Bird had grown from a traditional sports car into a cushier “personal luxury car.”

Aside from its stretched wheelbase, the prototype looks similar to the production 1963 Corvette. It even sports the split rear window that was unique to the 1963 model year. While it looked cool, the split window limited rear visibility, and was quickly deleted.

The C2 wheelbase was stretched by 6.0 inches, to 104 inches, according to a Corvette Blogger post. The roof was also slightly taller than a standard C2 roof, according to the post.

GM design staff hated the four-seat Corvette, but what actually killed it was a GM executive getting stuck in the back seat, according to the post, citing a later interview with designer Larry Shinoda. As the story goes, after an executive got in the back seat, the front seat locked, leaving him trapped. Not the best first impression, admittedly.

The Corvette has remained a two-seater ever since. Now that the ‘Vette has adopted a mid-engine configuration, the only way a four-seater could reach production will likely be if rumors of a Corvette-badged electric SUV prove true.

At $37,500, Is This 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454 The C3 To Snag?

At $37,500, Is This 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454 The C3 To Snag?

Nice Price or No Dice 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454

It’s always been said to “go big or go home.” Supporting that maxim, today’s Nice Price or No Dice Corvette has a big block mill that you can take home or wherever else you want. That is if the price isn’t too big a deal.

The comments on yesterday’s 1995.5 Audi S6 Avant heaped praise on the car but called into question its $19,955 price. In the ad for the car, the seller noted that they were in no hurry at all to move the metal. With the price earning an overwhelming 95 percent No Dice vote in our poll, that seems a sensible attitude for the current owner to have adopted.

Hey, when you think of the Apollo space program what springs immediately to mind? Is it the Moon landings? Maybe it’s Tang, the powdered orange-flavored beverage that the astronauts supposedly downed while in space. Honestly, since you’re reading Jalopnik, I’m going to guess that it’s neither of those two iconic aspects of Project Apollo. What I’m betting is that when you think of Apollo, you also think of the Chevy Corvette. It was, after all, the official sports car of the rocket-riding Apollo crews.

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This 1971 Chevrolet Corvette 454 hails from the same year as the Apollo 14 mission, the program’s third successful attempt to land on the Moon. Even by that time, the new had worn off the Moon landings, and I’ll bet that today, most people can’t name the members of the mission’s crew. Not to leave you hanging, that was Alan Shepard, Stuart A. Roosa, and Edgar D. Mitchel. The Apollo 14 mission was the first, and eventually only trip into space for Roosa and Mitchell. It was Shepard’s second, having been feted a decade earlier as America’s first man in space.

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Part of that earlier celebration included General Motors gifting Shepard with a white 1962 Corvette, thus setting up GM’s practice of making sure that America’s space heroes drove America’s sports cars.

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There’s nothing in its ad to indicate that this Mille Miglia Red over beige convertible was ever owned by anyone notable, much less a spacefarer. What the ad does disclose is that the car is kitted in a way that might make anyone feel like a rocketeer.

That starts with the engine, which is an LS5 big block with 454 cubic inches of displacement and an 8.5:1 compression ratio. As spec’d, that mill pumps out 365 (gross) horsepower and 460 (again, gross) lb-ft of torque. How do I know these facts? Well, it’s noted right there on the console, right behind the shifter for the four-speed Muncie M21 gearbox.

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Okay, so you get a hot mill and something for your left leg to do while driving it. What else does this C3 have to offer? Well, there’s that incredible styling, which looks like it was yanked straight off a spinning car show dais and shoved straight into the pleasure centers of our brains. There has perhaps been no more iconic look for the ‘Vette than that of the Mako Shark-aping C3 Stingray.

This one looks to be in damn-good shape with acceptable panel gaps, shiny paint, and bright chrome trim thrown in here and there. Each of the aggressively arched fenders is underpinned by deep-dish steel wheels wearing turbine center caps and bright beauty rings. Fat, raised white letter Goodyears keep the wheels off of the macadam.

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The vinyl top, in white, looks like it doesn’t get a lot of air time, but seems serviceable. The only major gaffe on the exterior is a recalcitrant cowl for the windshield wipers that doesn’t seem to want to stay seated. Typically, the cowl raises on springs to let the wipers do their thing. When the wipers are stowed, the panel is held down by engine vacuum. The raised panel here indicates a leak, but that’s usually not that big a deal.

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The interior looks completely stock, right down to the AM/FM radio. There’s a little bit of wear evident here, but again, nothing too bad. The worst of it is probably the fiberglass in the door jam that’s showing through where the paint has been abraded by a slight misalignment of the door.

The ad claims the car to rock its original engine and transmission, which is a big deal when you’re playing in this league. The car carries a clean title and, according to the ad, has just seen $3,000 in unspecified repairs. The seller claims the car “Runs and drives excellent” and is “very clean in/out.” The asking price is a cool $37,500.

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What do you think about this big block ’Vette and that $37,500 price? Does that feel like a good deal to pretend you just took a trip into space? Or, is that too much despite all the car’s bona fides?

You decide!

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Chevrolet Corvette sold out for foreseeable future

Chevrolet Corvette sold out for foreseeable future

First batch of 250 mid-engined supercars all spoken for; no ETA for further shipments

GM Specialty Vehicles has confirmed its initial allocation of Chevrolet Corvette vehicles is already sold out before the first example even arrives, but won’t say when more supplies of the mid-engined supercar – or the ballistic new circa-450kW Z06 version – will come to Australia.

GMSV opened the official order book for the five-variant MY22 Chevrolet Corvette coupe and convertible in early June, and all 250 vehicles in Australia’s first batch have now been spoken for – without a single test drive taking place and despite at least one dealer charging an additional $43,000 in delivery fees.

List prices (excluding on-road costs) for the new Corvette were announced by GMSV in March, with prices starting at $144,990 plus ORCs for the 2LT Coupe and $159,990 for the 2LT Convertible, and higher-spec 3LT variants costing $15,510 extra.

In addition, each GMSV dealer was allocated one example of a 3LT Coupe-based Carbon Edition variant fitted with a host of options available in the US, created exclusively for Australia and New Zealand and priced at $189,990 plus ORCs.

carsales understands each of GMSV’s 54 dealers were allocated fewer than five Corvettes from the initial batch, with a limited range of paint colours.

The first example of Chevrolet’s first global Corvette made its Australian debut in the hands of Craig Lowndes at The Bend circuit in early May, but that was a left-hand drive vehicle.

And the first right-hand drive Chevrolet Corvette made its global public dynamic debut at Fuji Speedway in Japan early last month, but no Aussie-spec RHD versions have so far landed Down Under.

GMSV told carsales this week that US production of Australia’s MY22 Corvette models in Kentucky won’t take place until the fourth quarter of this year, ahead of first local deliveries by the end of this year.

“Shipment of the first RHD C8 Corvette from Bowling Green is to start in Q4, with the balance of the first allocation to follow shortly after,” said GMSV spokesman Ed Finn via email.

But when asked when subsequent shipments of Corvettes will arrive in Australia, Finn said: “TBA – let’s get the first allocation landed and into customer hands!”

The GMSV website continues to invite registrations of interest for the Corvette and, given the demand, more examples of the MY22 Corvette are expected to arrive in Australia once they’re produced in RHD, followed by updated MY23 vehicles.

As for the Corvette Z06, which will soon be revealed in the US ahead of a 2022 launch as an MY23 model, Finn told carsales last week: “The Z06 is a high-performance version of the C8 Corvette, but nothing has been officially announced regarding a possible launch date – and no right-hand drive markets have been confirmed as part of the program.”

Australia’s standard Z51-spec Corvette Stingray is powered by a mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre LT2 pushrod V8 (369kW/637Nm) matched with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.

The first global mid-engined and auto-only Corvette accelerates to 100km/h in 3.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 312km/h.

But the more powerful Z06 will pack the first road-going application of the high-revving, naturally-aspirated 5.5-litre LT6 V8 seen in the Corvette C8.R race car, featuring a flat-plane crank, 32-valve DOHC cylinder-heads and a redline north of 8000rpm.

And it will be followed by an even more potent new Corvette ZR1, almost certainly blessed with a 500kW-plus turbo V8 – and hopefully right-hand drive.

Here's What We Love About The 1997 Chevrolet Corvette

Here’s What We Love About The 1997 Chevrolet Corvette

1953 saw Chevrolet introduce the world to its latest creation, the Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette, otherwise known as the Vette, is a beautiful two-door two-passenger American sports car. This sports car has been in production for the past sixty years and is currently in its eighth generation.

Since it debuted in 1953, all Corvettes until 2019 featured front engines. It was after 2019 when Chevrolet opted for mid-engine layouts for the Corvette. There is no doubt that the Corvette is one of the most popular American cars. Among the many reasons that many people love the Corvette is the unmatched body style it features, the proper handling, and the beautifully crafted interior.

While all Corvettes have a special place in every enthusiast’s heart, there are some that are more memorable than others. One such example is the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette. This ride was the first in the fifth-generation Corvette lineup, which is also known as the C5 generation.

The C5 Corvette featured a number of redesigns that saw the sales number of the Corvette increase significantly. The designs and crafting of the C5 started in 1996, but it was not until 1997 when the first C5 rolled off the production line. The delay was caused by several mishaps during manufacturing and engineering. The new redesign went on to inspire future Corvettes. Narrowing down what we love about the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette is no easy task, but we’ve done it.

So, without further ado, here is what we love about the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette.

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The 1997 Chevrolet Corvette was a two-door coupe that made its debut 44 years after the Corvette lineup was first unveiled. And 24 years later, we are still in awe at what this ride was and remains to be. If you have never heard of or read about the fifth-generation Corvette, it’s easy to think of it as another used car.

However, if you have, then you understand how significant and iconic the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette was, especially when it comes to what we now know as the Corvette. The 1997 Corvette was the first in the C5 lineup; it featured a whole new facelift that was long overdue.

This facelift alone saw it boost Corvette sales. Further, the redesign saw it used as a template for all the future Corvette builds. Its frame was made of hydro-formed steel, which made it lighter than its predecessors. It also featured a new and improved rear transaxle that distributed its weight evenly.

The 1997 Corvette was wider, which meant that less of the car was extending beyond the axles, the front, and the aft. This also helped a lot when it came to proper weight distribution. The 1997 Corvette was available in seven beautiful colors, namely, Arctic White, Sebring Silver Metallic, Nassau Blue Metallic, Black, Light Carmine Red Metallic, Torch Red, and Fairway Green Metallic.

While the new redesign managed to steal the show, it could never overshadow the powertrain strapped to the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette.

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What We Love: The Powertrain



Under the hood of the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette was one of the most iconic engines ever made. Chevrolet fit this ride with an all-new, all-aluminum LS1 V8. This engine saw Chevy live up to the small block engine legacy that had proven one of the hardest to live up to.

This new engine demonstrated Chevy’s prowess when it came to balancing the horsepower, torque, fuel efficiency, durability, and reliability in terms of the engine. This new engine was made of cast aluminum that was used as the block material. The same cast aluminum was used as the cylinder head material. The intake manifold of this engine was composite; the exhaust manifold was an insulated dual wall stainless steel.

The valve train on this engine was an OHV valve train with 2 valves per cylinder. The main bearing caps used in this engine were made of powdered metal. Chevy made the crankshaft with cast iron that had undercut and rolled fillets. The camshaft was made of hollow steel, and powered metal was used to make the connecting rods.

The specs of this engine were a 5.68-liters displacement. This engine had a maximum power output capacity of 345 HP at 5,600 RPM and 350 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 RPM. When it came to performance, the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette cleared a 0 to 60 MPH sprint in 4.72 seconds while on manual transmission and 5.05 in automatic. The top speed of this car was 175 MPH.

To many people, this is where the numbers game stops. And we agree, the power output capacity and the engine build not only added to the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette’s stamina but to its reputation as well.

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2021 New York Auto Show Poster Features C7 Corvette GS Wheel

2021 New York Auto Show Poster Features C7 Corvette GS Wheel

Hype is building for the 2021 New York Auto Show, set to take place in The Big Apple next month. Event organizers recently released a new poster advertising the show, and notably, the poster includes an image of the C7 Corvette Grand Sport’s wheel.

The poster is titled “The Future Is Bright,” and includes an image of the Manhattan Bridge, which spans the East River and connects Lower Manhattan with Downtown Brooklyn. In the background, we see the New York skyline, with gorgeous neon hues highlighting the city streets and sky.

In addition to these iconic NYC landmarks, the New York Auto Show poster also incorporates overlaid pictures of the Statute of Liberty and, notably, the C7 Corvette Grand Sport’s wheel. The roller design includes split spokes and a sizable lip, and measure in at 19 inches by 10 inches in front, and 20 inches by 12 inches in the rear. The wheel is also made from aluminum.

In total, the C7 Corvette Grand Sport offered five individual wheel finish options for the 2019 model year, including Pearl Nickel (RPO code Q8W), Black (RPO code Q8X), Machine-Face (RPO code Q8K), Chrome (RPO code Q8Z), and Satin Black with Red Stripe (RPO code RUR). Although it’s a bit unclear, the wheel featured in the New York Auto Show poster appears to have a Machine-Face finish to it.

The New York Auto Show was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, however, the show is slated to go forward, running between August 20th and August 29th at the Javitz Center in New York City. A press day will kick things off on August 19th.

2019 Cadillac CT6-V at the 2018 New York Auto Show

2019 Cadillac CT6-V at the 2018 New York Auto Show

“We are excited to welcome back auto enthusiasts and industry professionals for this year’s show with full, pre-pandemic attendance levels and a new exhibit focused on electric vehicles with five indoor tracks where attendees can go for a test ride,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “This is a sure sign that New York is coming back stronger and better than ever.”

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The Four-Seat Corvette Was Too Bad To Be True

The Four-Seat Corvette Was Too Bad To Be True

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The year was 1962 and Chevy was throwing around ideas for the C2, which would take the car in a new direction and help make the Corvette the most famous car in the world. One thing GM considered (briefly) back then: a four-seat Corvette, which looks all wrong.

The car never made it into production, of course, but GM Design’s Instagram account recently unveiled photos of it, in all of its blasphemous glory. The Corvette is the defining American grand tourer, which is power, the open road, and, yes, two seats, a car for the retired or the childless or the idle rich. The whole point of a grand tourer is that it is you and (hopefully) your love driving into the unknown, and not you and your love and two dumb friends in the back.

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This was apparently in reaction to the Ford Thunderbird. I would like to think that Chevy stuck to its two-seat guns out of some kind of principle, but the real reason this never got made was because a GM executive got mad. Corvette Blogger dug up an old interview with Larry Shinoda, a GM designer who worked on the C2. The interview included this amusing tidbit:

Ed Cole had a brilliant idea to do a four-passenger [Corvette], so they stretched the car out and it kind of looked like a two-hump camel. They’re really pushing at me so because the Ford had the Thunderbird which had gone into a kind of a luxury four passenger car. They had the model all finished and Jack Gordon, who was the President of General Motors, came in one day in his double-breasted suit and everything. He’s looking at it and he says Ed…tell me…can a human really sit in that back seat? Ed says, of course, Mr. Gordon and he yanked open the door and tilted the seat forward and Mr. Gordon climbed in sat down and was kind of hunched over in the back. Finally, he says let me out of this thing…for some reason the damn seat jammed up they couldn’t get the seat [to fold down], they had to unbolt the seat and he’s fuming, because you know, it’s all union and the union mechanics had to come and unbolt the seat. When he finally got out of the car, he was totally frustrated…he was madder than hell…and that killed the car, which is kind of good for Corvette fans…

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An executive getting into a car and getting mad is probably what kills 99 percent (if not 100 percent) of the cars and car features that never see the light of day instead of an engineer or designer making a more informed decision. In this case, at least, that was for the best.

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Here's your chance to win a 2021 Corvette Z51 and a trip to the Indy 500

Here’s your chance to win a 2021 Corvette Z51 and a trip to the Indy 500

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The C8 Corvette was one of the most anticipated cars of the past decade, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a V8-powered, mid-engine sports car with nearly 500 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque, a dual-clutch transmission and head-turning looks, all for under $60K when it was released. You’d be hard pressed to find that kind of performance bargain anywhere else. As good as the price was, winning one from Omaze sounds even better.

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This particular Corvette comes in Arctic White and has a value over $90,000. Here’s what’s included, according to Omaze: “Z51 performance package; 3LT trim; carbon fiber roof; Front Lift adjustable height with memory lifts the front end to clear driveways, speed bumps and remembers those locations to automatically lift when returning; 19”/20” Carbon Flash wheels, red brake calipers, red engine cover with carbon fiber engine bay accents, fully digital gauge cluster with head-up display, 8” HD color infotainment system with touchscreen and navigation, driver-focused cockpit with two-spoke, squared-off racing-inspired steering wheel, 14-speaker Bose Performance Series sound system.”

Plus, if you enter to win this giveaway between now and June 22, you’ll also be entered to win a two-person VIP Indy 500 experience including flights, hotel, a ride in the festival parade and a tour of the garages and the pits before the race. If that’s not enough, you’ll also be watching the race from the VIP suites. Don’t wear yourself out too much on race day, though, because the following day you’ll hit the track for a hot lap.

Here’s what we said about the mid-engine Corvette in our first-drive review:

“The Corvette Stingray we drive at Spring Mountain, pictured above, is equipped with the Z51 track package. It adds an electronic limited-slip differential, larger Brembo brakes with four-piston monobloc calipers, enhanced cooling, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, a specific axle ratio, the performance exhaust, front splitter and two-piece rear spoiler that together add up to 400 pounds of downforce, and the track-tuned FE3 suspension (the base is FE1 and there is no FE2) that alters the springs, sway bars, dampers and electronic calibrations. You can enhance all of that with the optional $1,895 FE4 magnetic suspension, a bigger wing and a pair of upgraded seats. While we didn’t get a chance to try the $1,495 mid-grade GT2 seats, we’d recommend trying out the $1,995 top-of-the-line Competition Sport seats before placing your order — both of your Autoblog test drivers are on the slender side and found the seat bottom uncomfortably pinchy. The standard GT1 seats (pictured below) were fine in that regard and still provide adjustable side bolsters that kept us sufficiently in place on the track. The low roof and roll structure also caused headroom issues for this pair of 6-foot-plus drivers, especially with helmets on the track.

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“Much has been made that the C8 is not available with a traditional manual transmission, but it doesn’t have a traditional automatic, either. Frankly, both would be out of place in what is effectively a mid-engine supercar capable of blitzing from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds. On the track, the new eight-speed dual-clutch automated manual developed by GM and Tremec is smart enough to shift at the right time most of the time, but there were nevertheless a few odd downshift choices and moments when pulling a paddle was needed. That virtually never happens when using the most aggressive settings of Porsche PDK or Mercedes AMG’s automated manual, but this is a critique concerning degrees of excellence. GM and Tremec should be applauded for their effort.

“So too should the Z51 package’s fat Brembo brakes that took lap after lap of pounding while maintaining their reassuring pedal feel. That pedal itself is also nicely placed for left-foot braking, which can’t be said for Porsche’s.”

You’re probably asking yourself, what does it take to win? First of all, according to Omaze, “no donation or payment is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes.” $10 will get you 100 entries, while $50 will get you 1,000 entries and $100 will get you 2,000 entries.

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Taiwanese Navy Receives Second Tuo Chiang-Class Stealth Corvette

The Taiwanese Navy received its first fast missile corvette of the Tuo Chiang class on Tuesday.

The handover ceremony was presided over by Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng at the Suao Naval Base in Yilan County, eastern Taiwan.

The corvette, named the Ta Chiang, has better stability and stealth capabilities than a predecessor launched in 2014, according to the navy.

The ship is equipped with Taiwanese-made weapon systems such as the Hsiungfeng II and III anti-ship missiles and Sea Sword II air defense missile system. It also features a 76 mm cannon and Phalanx weapons system.

Asymmetric Counter to Chinese Navy

The first Tuo Chiang-class vessel was delivered to the navy in 2014. The 60.4-meter (198-foot) ship has a maximum speed of 30 knots (55.56 kilometers or 34 miles per hour), displacement of 685 tons, and an operational range of 1,800 nautical miles (3,333 kilometers or 2,071 miles).

Taipei is building the Tuo Chiang class of vessels as an asymmetric counter to the amphibious capability of the Chinese Navy.

The navy expects a total of six indigenous ships of the class before 2023. Five additional vessels could be built thereafter, according to Janes.

New Details Found Underneath Corvette Z06 Prototype

New Details Found Underneath Corvette Z06 Prototype

Other spy videos have also shown the Z06 will have central exhaust tips like the C8.R. This isn’t the only similarity the Z06 will share with the CR.R either.

As we heard in Chevrolet’s official teaser video, the Z06 will be powered by a modified version of the C8.R’s 5.5-liter flat-plane V8. In the CR.R, this unit generates 500 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, but the Z06 is expected to crank it up to around 600 hp. This will make the Z06 significantly more powerful than the C8 Stingray, which generates 490 hp and 465 lb-ft from a 6.2-liter V8. More details will be revealed when the new Corvette Z06 debuts this fall.

$2,495 Carbon Side Skirts Make C8 Chevy Corvette Sport a Tasty “Wingless” Look

$2,495 Carbon Side Skirts Make C8 Chevy Corvette Sport a Tasty “Wingless” Look

Because the eighth iteration of “America’s Sports Car” has proven so darn successful, its popularity has attracted the attention of just about every player from the aftermarket realm. As such, one can take the C8 Corvette and make it their own with just about anything, from extreme Liberty Walk, builds to subtle and tasty carbon fiber enhancements.

Some like to have the C8 Corvette stand out in any crowd… and not necessarily for the right reasons. Others believe the mid-engine sports car needs a little more personality, but without breaking the bank or becoming the talk of everyone. As such, little companies such as RSC (aka Racing Sport Concepts from Columbus, Ohio) probably think the ‘ Vette can also be enhanced and then become the focus of discussions between knowledgeable fans.

It’s not the first time we have seen something tasty and carbon fiber from the company for the C8, as RSC has quickly come up with a wide range of parts. The Corvette can have either new brakes or enough pieces to assemble a very cool (yet thoroughly subtle) C8 carbon fiber aero kit. Among things like the RSC Carbon Fiber High Wing, the engine intake side and hatch vents, front intake vents, mirror covers, or front splitter and rear diffuser, there’s also the $2,495 carbon fiber side skirts.

These can easily change the looks of the C8 Corvette (preferably in combination with the rest of the carbon fiber parts) and their “wingless” appearance certainly makes a case for considering the Chevy for an unofficial GTC (Grand Touring Corvette) title. The GT styling of the parts is probably self-consciously infused by the company, as the hero C8 is a white example that proudly wears the carbon fiber additions with elegance and poise.

Now, all that’s left is to make the necessary calculations and figure out that adding most parts will not come cheap – if one chooses the ducktail spoiler instead of the high wing the aero kit will come out at no less than $12,660. But we think it’s well worth the investment considering the exclusivity of the carbon fiber parts as well as the subtle styling.

Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Surprises in Chevrolet Corvette C8 Drag Race

Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Surprises in Chevrolet Corvette C8 Drag Race

Asking for higher output C8s makes it sound as though the base Stingray isn’t up for scratch, but that couldn’t be further from reality. The 495 horsepower the American sports car makes is nothing to laugh at, and the figure alone only tells half the story. The real party trick of the eight-gen Corvette is what it can do with all that power.

People also sense this new mid-engine platform GM designed for the C8 can handle a lot more grunt, and they are understandably eager to see what it could do with it. The Corvette’s drag racing performance is already quite impressive, particularly for a rear-wheel-drive car, and its balanced weight distribution makes it a hoot around a circuit as well, so imagine how great the Z06 or the ZR1 are going to be.

Well, right now, even buying a standard Stingray can be a challenge since the C8 is either hard to find or, because of the low supply and high demand, has insane dealership markups. But why is the demand so high? Well, if everything we’ve said about it so far isn’t enough, then add the fact it also has a relatively low MSRP – at least for the kind of performance it offers.

The fact it sells for so little – again, in theory – means it will find itself competing against unlikely rivals. Things will differ from market to market, but in Canada, where the clip below is filmed, the C8 is only 2,000 CAD more expensive than the Toyota GR Supra 3.0, the German-Japanese sports car that, all things considered, sits at least one class below in terms of performance.

About that… does it really? Sure, its 3.0-liter straight-six turbocharged engine is only good for 382 hp to the C8’s 495 hp of naturally-aspirated goodness it gets from that glorious 6.2-liter V8, but will make that much of a difference in a head-to-head drag race?

You what they say, there’s only one way to find out. Sure enough, the C8’s excellent launch control does its thing again and puts the Corvette in the lead early on. The Supra never looks like getting in front, but after falling behind about a car’s length or so, it manages to maintain a steady distance until the end of the race, which is no mean feat against the might of a V8 engine. That shows grip and traction, and maybe also gearing, might actually be the main reasons why the Corvette took the W, and not necessarily the engine. But a win is a win, so if you want the quicker car, you know what to choose.

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Fourth Avante 2200 corvette takes to the water

Fourth Avante 2200 corvette takes to the water

Jazan is the fourth of five Avante 2200 corvettes for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. (Photo: Navantia)

A construction programme for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces also includes technology transfer for Saudi Arabian Military Industries.

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia on 24 July launched Jazan as the fourth Avante 2200 corvette out of five on order for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces.

Work on Jazan will continue at the San Fernando shipyard until the vessel is scheduled for delivery to Saudi Arabia in 2023.

The Avante 2200 programme began in late 2018 and Navantia launched the first vessel (Al-Jubail) in July 2020. The second and third (Al-Dariyah and Hail) were launched in August 2020 and March 2021 respectively.

Shephard Defence Insight forecasts delivery of the final vessel in 2024 and calculates the unit cost of each corvette at $420 million.

The Avante 2200 design is 104m long with a beam of 14m and a complement of up to 102 passengers and crew.

Navantia integrates multiple systems including its Catiz combat management system, Hermesys integrated communications system, Dorna fire-control system and Minerva integrated bridge system.

MTU provides the engines and RENK supplies gearboxes.

As well as construction of the five vessels, Navantia is responsible for lifecycle support (for five years after delivery of Al-Jubail) and crew training at a special centre in Spain.

It also provides equipment to maintain the corvettes Jeddah Naval Base.

The Avante 2200 programme is being executed in concert with the state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), which is benefiting from technology transfer to develop indigenous industrial capabilities. SAMI is tasked with implementing a Saudi government target of localising 50% of annual military spending by the end of the decade, in line with the Vision 2030 economic modernisation programme.

Taiwanese navy receives first improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette

by J Michael Cole & Gabriel Dominguez

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has received its first improved Tuo Chiang (also spelled Tuo Jiang)-class fast missile corvette.

Ta Chiang
(pennant number 619), the vessel was formally handed over in a ceremony held on 27 July at the facilities of Lungteh Shipbuilding in Suao, in north-eastern Taiwan’s Yilan County, that was presided over by Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng.

The corvette, which was launched on 15 December 2020, is set to be commissioned in August.

Taipei aims to build a total of six of these improved ships by 2023, with up to five additional vessels expected to be built thereafter.

Developed under the Hsun Hai programme, the Tuo Chiang-class vessels are designed to provide the RoCN with a high-end, asymmetric means to defeat amphibious landing and capital ships.

        The RoCN received 
        Ta Chiang
        , its first improved Tuo Chiang corvette, during a ceremony held on 27 July at the facilities of Lungteh Shipbuilding in Suao, in north-eastern Taiwan's Yilan County.
       (Via Taiwan's Military News Agency)

The RoCN received
Ta Chiang
, its first improved Tuo Chiang corvette, during a ceremony held on 27 July at the facilities of Lungteh Shipbuilding in Suao, in north-eastern Taiwan’s Yilan County.
(Via Taiwan’s Military News Agency)

reported, the corvettes, which feature a wave-piercing catamaran hull form, waterjet propulsion, and a low radar cross-section (RCS) design, are meant to assume responsibility for the lower intensity maritime security missions currently undertaken by the service’s larger and more-expensive destroyers and frigates in peacetime, while providing an affordable but effective asymmetrical counter against an adversary’s larger warships.

Ta Chiang
is the first series-produced vessel of the class and features several enhancements over first-of-class
Tuo Chiang
– which was commissioned in late 2014 – in terms of weaponry, mission systems, and design.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) quoted the RoCN as saying that
Ta Chiang

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This 1962 Four-Seater Corvette Concept Intended To Fight the Ford Thunderbird

This 1962 Four-Seater Corvette Concept Intended To Fight the Ford Thunderbird

The Corvette has always been America’s sports car, standing distinct from typical muscle cars as it built its legend over the decades. It’s always been a two-door, two-seat experience, pure and uncomplicated by any suggestion of greater practicality or purpose. However, this nearly changed back in the early 1960s, as shown in photos General Motors has shared on Instagram.

The model shown dates back to 1962, as the original C1 was winding down and just prior to the C2 Corvette entering production. Featuring the classic split-window design at the rear, the Corvette’s wheelbase is stretched by six inches in order to provide enough room for the back seats. The svelte snatched rear of the coupe becomes more rotund, necessary to give the rear passengers enough head room beneath the glass.

It’s not an awful design, by any means, but it certainly compromises the glorious lines of the classic C2 coupe. The four-door version recalls cars like the Porsche Panamera or the Nissan 260Z 2+2, all featuring a vaguely pregnant hump-like rear all the better for carrying children. Incidentally, though, one of the photos released shows what appear to be two adults sitting in the back of the stretched C2, so there may indeed have been plenty of legroom available in the rear pews.

The stated goal of the project was to have the Corvette compete better with the Ford Thunderbird, at the time available in both two and four seat configurations. The notable difference was that the Ford was intended to be a personal luxury car, and was given the additional seats for those who wanted to haul around the family. The Corvette was always intended to be a sports car, however, and it’s likely for this reason that the four-door concept never saw production.

According to Design Director Chuck Jordan, the design staff at GM were no fans of the four-seater anyway, reported CorvetteBlogger. The concept was the work of Larry Shinoda, who revealed another enlightening reason why the concept may have been cancelled for good. The story goes that a high-placed figure at GM decided to check out the prototype. When sitting in the back, the front seat locked in place, and workers had to uninstall the front seat to free the poor chap. The debacle supposedly brought the project to an ignominious end.

The prototype was later destroyed, and we’re sure it’s not particularly missed by the Corvette faithful. We’ve also seen four-door C3 Corvettes, including entirely custom builds, both of which further reinforce the idea that two seats is the correct amount. Expect America’s sports car to stay true to that format for the foreseeable future.

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71-year-old man dead after Corvette crashes into tree

Police in the town of Manlius say a 71-year-old man is dead after the Corvette he was riding in crashed into a tree Monday afternoon.

Officers were called to Richmond Road East shortly before 2:45 p.m.

According to investigators, 75-year-old Donald Reals was driving his Corvette when the vehicle drove off the road and hit the tree. His passenger, 71-year-old Gregory Damon, died at the scene while Reals was taken to the hospital.

Police say that at this time there are no tickets issued. There’s no word on what caused the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Manlius Police at 315-682-2212.