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Corvette’s GT Future at Le Mans “Critical” in ACO Talks – Sportscar365

Corvette’s GT Future at Le Mans “Critical” in ACO Talks – Sportscar365

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Having Corvette Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is “critical” for General Motors according to its sports car racing program manager Laura Wontrop Klauser, who is awaiting on the future of the ACO’s GT platform before being able to make any firm program commitments.

GM has yet to formally commit to either a GT3 future with Corvette or its expected Cadillac LMDh involvement as it waits for further clarity from the ACO on its future GT structure in the FIA World Endurance Championship and at Le Mans.

While GTE-Pro is confirmed for next year, Sportscar365 believes that the 2023 WEC season could see only a single GTE class for Am class entrants prior to a transition to GT3-spec machinery in 2024.

What’s unclear is whether there will be a pro class for GT3 cars or only a single category for Pro-Am entrants, which could come at a detriment to the longtime Le Mans entrant.

Klauser admitted that it’s “pretty important” to still have some sort of GT pro class at Le Mans for Corvette Racing to continue its involvement in the French endurance classic.

“It’s part of how we’ve represented the brand and the way we’re able to bring our team and know we have the best of the best running the car for us,” she said.

“Is it a deal breaker if we can’t? I don’t know. We’re not ready to say that.

“But it is something that we’d like to see to the opportunity to continue having that set up the way we are.

“If we have to switch vehicle platforms, so be it.

“Having the team here, having our drivers, having that kind of situation is critical for us.

“It’s nice that it’s nailed down [in IMSA]. Are we thrilled? No. But it’s nice that we know what we’re dealing with.”

She added: “It is definitely something that we’ve been discussing and has been part of this ambiguity that we don’t really have a clear ‘this is what we’re doing.’

“IMSA finally got to that at Road America but we’re still waiting for this part of the puzzle. What does it look like for 2023 and 2024.”

Klauser confirmed plans for Corvette Racing to return to Le Mans next year with its GTE-spec Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs, in what has been the only formal commitment made so far within GM’s factory sports car racing portfolio.

“We know what next year [in WEC/Le Mans] looks like,” she said. “[The ACO] has been pretty clear with us on that.

“This is all stuff that plays into it and not knowing is making it hard to commit because you want to make sure you have the balance and you meet all of your goals.”

Cadillac WEC Program “Depends on Program Goals”

Klauser said a WEC program for its Cadillac LMDh effort would be dependent on whether the brand would want to compete at Le Mans, having noted the process Corvette Racing undertakes annually to be invited to the event.

“It depends on the program goals and if we’re going down that path with Cadillac,” she said. “There’s going to be some discussions about requirements for how to get to a certain big race that happens in France once a year.

“If that is part of the requirements, we need to make the decision on how important is it that we’re here.

“I’d say historically it’s pretty important [to be at Le Mans]. I think you can see where we’d have to go down that path.

“On the production side, we’re slowly growing some presence over here [in Europe] with our production vehicles. So we have the opportunity to compliment that with our race program.

“That’s always exciting. But again, a decision hasn’t been firmed up yet.”

When asked if she would envision a full-season WEC program or just entering selected races similar to Corvette’s prerequisite for the race, Klauser indicated that a season-long presence may be necessary.

“If you look at what the grid is looking to shape up to be based on who has committed, I don’t see why they would need to feel to be extra nice,” she said.

“They’re going to have plenty of people that want to be here and they’re going to be turning people away.”

GM Targeting September Announcement Timeframe

While having delayed plans to announce its Cadillac LMDh program at Le Mans, Klauser said the next timeframe for a program announcement — either from Corvette or Cadillac — would be some time in September.

“We don’t have anything confirmed,” she said. “We’ve been working out butts off trying to figure out all of this and be able to fully commit and go down the path.

“These are several year commitments in all of the platforms so we want to set ourselves up, get ready to do that and as soon as we’re ready to say ‘yes we’re good to go,’ that’s when the announcements will come out.

“I think you’d see an announcement for what’s going on with Cadillac and an announcement for what’s going on with Chevrolet.

“My fingers are crossed that there should be something, sometime in September, probably just one [brand announcement] at that point.

“We’re still waiting to understand what’s going on here [in Europe] and I don’t know if that’s going to be part of the ACO announcement [on Friday].”

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Revealed! 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Total Production Number

Revealed! 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Total Production Number

As of this writing, 25,782 Corvettes have been completed at the Bowling Green, Kentucky manufacturing plant. Another 434 are scheduled for completion in the coming days. That’s a grand total of 26,216 units. An average of 175 examples were built each day, a figure Chevy hopes to surpass for the upcoming 2022 model year. Assuming there are no last-minute delays, the 2022 Vettes will begin rolling off the line this Wednesday, September 8.

It’s important to note that not all of the plant’s supplier issues have been sorted out though progress has been made. Despite everything, Bowling Green recently completed an impressive 13 weeks of uninterrupted production.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Production Totals 26,216 Units

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Production Totals 26,216 Units

For the 2021 model year, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray mid-engine sports car numbers 26,216 units that were manufactured in rather unfavorable circumstances. On the upside, the Bowling Green plant that makes the C8 won’t close next week due to the ongoing chip shortage.

According to Corvette Blogger, product manager Harlan Charles highlights that 2021 production figures are noticeably higher than in the previous year. He’s referring to an increase of 28.7 percent, which is understandable because the ‘Vette had even bigger issues last year due to the health crisis.

On the flip side, Chevrolet is nowhere near the most significant year of Corvette production despite increasing demand for the supercar-shaming sports car with small-block V8 power. Lest we forget, the 1979 Corvette sold 53,807 units despite surging fuel costs and despite a notable increase in price. More specifically, the entry-level powertrain used to retail at $10,220 in 1979 whereas the 1978 stickered at $9,645 excluding inflation.

Corvette Blogger says that 25,782 cars were completed as of Thursday, September 2nd. The 434 vehicles that still remain are to be produced until the end of Tuesday at an estimated rate of 175 vehicles per day. In other words, the 2022 ‘Vette may be entering series production on Wednesday.

Prospective customers don’t have too many changes to expect from the third model year of the C8, which is going to be configurable on Chevrolet’s website on September 14th. Three paints (Sebring Orange, Shadow Gray, and Zeus Bronze) will be replaced by three new choices (Amplify Orange, Hypersonic Gray, and Caffeine), and the Golden Bowtie is also bidding farewell to illuminated sill plates and the pewter-painted aluminum wheels.

The single most expensive addition to the Stingray is the IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Edition, a limited-edition package that adds $6,595 to the starting price of the 3LT trim level. Only 1,000 units will be available.

RPO code TVS designated a low-profile spoiler, and customers will be further treated to more visual goodies that include the black ground effects and visible carbon-fiber spoiler with the high-wing configuration. Those who are looking forward to the Z06 will have to wait until October 2021 for the official reveal and the 2023 model year for the first units to be delivered.

Why The 2021 Corvette Has A Warning Light For Diesel Glow Plugs

Why The 2021 Corvette Has A Warning Light For Diesel Glow Plugs

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When the C8 Corvette came out, it fulfilled one of the two big, longtime Corvette dreams: a mid-engined ‘Vette. That other dream, I think we’d all agree, is the dream of a smoky, slow, diesel Corvette. Right? What Corvette fan hasn’t dreamed of that? That diesel dream seems to have an unexpected glimmer of hope, thanks to an eagle-eyed person spotting a diesel glow plug warning light on a C8 dash. But don’t get too excited just yet. Just get ready to be confused.

This all started when I was alerted to this post on the Reddit r/Cartalk forum, where a user named RefrigeratorRunner posted an image of a 2021 Corvette instrument cluster, a closeup on the warning lights panel showing what is clearly the icon for a diesel glow plug:

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Huh. Look at that. Just to be certain someone wasn’t having a bit of fun with Photoshop, I looked for other C8 ‘Vette dash photos to confirm, and, yep, it’s there (I zoomed in and highlighted the shape, but you can see it next to the arrowhead):

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I also checked the owner’s manual, and it’s not mentioned there, which makes sense, because if it ever actually came on, that would mean somehow your entire engine had been swapped for a diesel engine with glow plugs.

Baffled by why a car with zero glow plugs would have a warning light for those non-existent plugs, I reached out to GM to get some answers. I asked why the light was there, and if it was a clue about a future diesel ‘Vette. Here’s what they responded with:

We appreciate the speculation, but that symbol was included as part of our standardization process. It is not indicative of any plans to add the feature to Corvette and we plan to remove the icon in the future

Okay, so nobody is delusional, that symbol is there on the dash! And GM has no plans to add glow plugs to the Corvette. Good to know.

But I still had questions. It’s not like the C8’s instrument panel was just yanked from the GM parts bin—it was designed very specifically for that car.

Why would the designers of the Corvette’s instrument cluster include an icon for a warning lamp for a component that GM had absolutely no plans to ever include on the car? This was the response:

It’s an internal GM process when we sell cars in international markets.

Okay, fine. But not really fine. I can’t quit thinking about this. Is there some rule in this internal process for international markets that states that all cars must have every possible dash light symbol, no matter if that particular car will never, ever use that warning light? Do GM EVs have to have catalytic converter warning light symbols, for example? What’s the rule here, what’s going on, why is it like this?

I got this response:

Jason:

Sometimes we plan to share some of the displays across vehicle programs and so we standardize icon placements.

The tone of that “Jason:” part made it sound like I was getting the PR rep irritated and pissed at my incessant questions about some ridiculous, unimportant bullshit, but I can’t help it. Every answer just introduces more questions!

He said “sometimes we plan to share some of the displays across vehicle programs”—does this mean that GM is actually considering some international-market diesel car that might use the instrument cluster from a Corvette? Is there going to be a new Indian-market Chevy Sail Diesel that might use this dash? Or a Chinese-market GMC Yukon diesel with a Corvette instrument cluster?

I can answer these questions: no. Hell, no, even.

There’s no way in our understanding of the universe that GM is going to use this particular instrument cluster in anything other than a Corvette, especially not in anything with a diesel. And there’s even less of a chance of some Corvette coming out with a 2.2-liter diesel four sitting back there behind the seats. Those are just not events that are going to happen.

And I’m pretty certain everyone involved in the development of the C8 Corvette knows this. And yet, somehow, an instrument cluster designer took the time—however minimal—to include that little scrim of the glow plug symbol on that shaped strip of indicator lights.

They had to adjust the spacing and size of the other lights to make sure it fit. It was silkscreened or whatever onto the plastic panels that form that part of the display.

Does the glow plug light have traces on that circuit board for the components to make it light up? Does it have the components themselves? I haven’t found a picture of the bare circuit board online yet to see, and have no access to a C8 to pull apart, so I just don’t know. How far does this go?

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I know GM is a company and like all companies there’s absurd rules that make no real sense but just exist, anyway. I understand that. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t at least a tiny bit of madness.

And when GM’s rep said

we plan to remove the icon in the future

…that just makes this even more absurd! I mean, it’s already bonkers that they would design and build a car with a warning lamp symbol (and possibly more hardware) that it was never, ever intended to use, but it makes even less sense to take the time and effort to remove it later.

It’s barely visible. It’ll never turn on. It’s already there. Why waste more time and effort to get rid of it?

I know I’m kind of obsessing over this, but I can’t help it. What would have happened if the instrument cluster designer would have just, you know, left out the symbol for the light that doesn’t exist, to warn about the parts that don’t exist? Would an inspector have noted it and halted the process until the designer went back and included the symbol? All while knowing that every single action being taken would result in absolutely no fucking difference whatsoever to the resulting car?

Is that what the process would have been? If so, why? And if not, then why is the fucking symbol even there?

This is haunting me. GM, why are you like this? Can’t you see what you’re doing to me?

Hodgenville native named Corvette Museum President and CEO |

Hodgenville native named Corvette Museum President and CEO |

Sharon Brawner, a native of Hodgenville, was named Wednesday to serve as president and CEO of the National Corvette Museum.

Brawner, who referred to the facility as a “world-class museum,” comes to the job in Bowling Green from Nashville where she served as the long-time senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“As a Kentucky native and a true car enthusiast, I have long been a fan of the Corvette,” Brawner said in a news release. “I’m thrilled to be able to bring my experience in tourism, museum and non-profit leadership to the National Corvette Museum.”

Brawner spent just shy of two decades at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum supporting its mission of preserving and interpreting the history of country music, according to the release. Brawner initially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum staff in 2001 as director of new business development.

Under Brawner’s direction, just since the museum’s 2014 expansion, earned revenues grew more than 42% through 2019. These gross revenues exceeded $42.1 million, having grown from $29.6 million in 2014, according to the release.

In her most recent role as senior vice president of sales, marketing and IT, Brawner had day-to-day oversight of the museum’s traditional revenue-producing areas including admission ticket sales, special event sales, restaurant and catering sales, product licensing, corporate sponsorships and the museum’s retail store sales, according to the release.

Prior to joining the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum staff, Brawner was vice president of sales, marketing and communications for the Nashville Sounds AAA Baseball team and, before that, served as vice president of administration for the Nashville Kats Arena Football team.

NCM Search Committee Chair Kai Spande said in the release that Brawner was “the clear choice.”

“We teamed with a firm specializing in not-for-profit organizations to conduct a thorough, nationwide search to find the best possible candidates,” Spande said. “There were many, but Sharon Brawner was the clear choice. Not only does Sharon have extensive experience leading one of the most successful museums in the world, but she’s also a true car buff who was born and raised in Kentucky. We’re looking forward to a bright future with Sharon in the driver’s seat.”

Brawner, who attended Western Kentucky University, assumed her duties Wednesday.

The National Corvette Museum names Sharon Brawner as new President and CEO

The National Corvette Museum names Sharon Brawner as new President and CEO

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The National Corvette Museum Board of Directors has selected Sharon Brawner to serve as President and CEO of the National Corvette Museum. Brawner joins the National Corvette Museum, effective today, from Nashville, TN where she served as the longtime Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

NCM Board Chairman Glenn Johnson said “We are thrilled to announce that we have hired Sharon Brawner as President and CEO of the National Corvette Museum. Sharon possesses the necessary skills to expand the mission of this museum and work collaboratively across the organization to help us reach our strategic objectives. Sharon’s leadership skills are proven, and we’re fortunate that her career path led her to our organization.”

NCM Search Committee Chair Kai Spande said of the process to find Brawner, “We teamed with a firm specializing in not-for-profit organizations to conduct a thorough, nationwide search to find the best possible candidates. There were many, but Sharon Brawner was the clear choice. Not only does Sharon have extensive experience leading one of the most successful museums in the world, but she’s also a true car buff who was born and raised in Kentucky. We’re looking forward to a bright future with Sharon in the driver’s seat.”

“As a Kentucky native and a true car enthusiast, I have long been a fan of the Corvette. I’m thrilled to be able to bring my experience in tourism, museum, and non-profit leadership to The National Corvette Museum,” said Brawner. “I’m beyond honored to accept the position of President and CEO, and I know that, together with the NCM team, we can create incredible new opportunities to continue the growth and success of this world class museum.”

Brawner spent just shy of two decades at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum supporting its mission of preserving and interpreting the history of country music. Brawner initially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum staff in 2001 as director of new business development. During her tenure at the museum, Brawner made a significant impact on many fronts. Under Brawner’s direction, just since the museum’s 2014 expansion, earned revenues grew over 42% through 2019. These gross revenues exceeded $42.1 million, having grown from $29.6 million in 2014.

In her most recent role as senior vice president of sales, marketing & IT, Brawner had day-to-day oversight of the museum’s traditional revenue-producing areas including admission ticket sales, special event sales, restaurant and catering sales, product licensing, corporate sponsorships, and the Museum’s retail store sales. Also operated by the museum, Brawner oversaw management of Historic RCA Studio B, the Home of 1,000 Hits, and Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress shops in America. Additionally, Brawner led the Museum’s traditional advertising, promotions and other marketing communications including the museum’s website, social media outreach, and publicity efforts.

Prior to joining the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum staff, Brawner was vice president of sales, marketing and communications for the Nashville Sounds AAA Baseball team and, before that, served as the vice president of administration for the Nashville Kats Arena Football team. Early on in her career, Brawner served 10 years in the hotel and hospitality fields within the areas of sales, marketing and corporate partnerships with the likes of Opryland Hotel, Loews Anatole Hotel, Galt House Hotel and others.

Brawner is a graduate of the 2019 class of Leadership Nashville and currently serves on the board of Feed America First. For 11 years, Brawner served as a board member of the Tennessee Tourism Committee and was a board member for the TransPerfect Music City Bowl. Brawner also served as an adjunct professor at Belmont University, teaching a Masters-level class on sports marketing with an emphasis on corporate sponsorships. Brawner is a native of Hodgenville, Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University.

Brawner will assume full CEO duties effective today, September 1, 2021.

1948 Land Rover Defender Revived With Corvette Engine And $300,000 Price Tag

1948 Land Rover Defender Revived With Corvette Engine And $300,000 Price Tag

Other modern additions include custom fender flares, rock sliders and power running boards. It features a Jeep power steering box, dual climate control, a “state-of-the-art” audio system and hand-stitched interior. But it didn’t throw everything at the SUV.

“Keeping the heritage of the HUE 166 in mind, we really wanted to keep it as classic as possible and didn’t opt for any big winch packages or roof racks. Everything is classic in feel. We even designed the wheels to replicate the classic steel wheel look, but with Brembo disc brakes tucked underneath,” said Shondel.

Himalaya says the Hue 166 is priced at $300,000, which for some insane reason, doesn’t surprise us. And it says it will be commissioning similar builds based on the Land Rover’s new Defender.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper SRT-10

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper SRT-10

Some might not consider a Corvette or a Viper to be in the supercar category. But, no matter the label, these high-performance sports cars are ready for a matchup in this latest edition of Auction Dilemma. Read on as we compare a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to a 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10. Both cars are up for auction on Bring a Trailer.

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There are few vehicles as iconic as a Vette; it’s a name that speaks for itself. And, when in Z06 form, it offers a healthy performance notch above the base Corvette. This 2011 C6 is a Supersonic Blue Metallic special edition that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Corvette’s first race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While Chevy has planned to make 500 of the Carbon Limited Editions, only 252 were built. This car’s near-pristine condition is no doubt due to just 18,000 miles on the clock. Notably, the vehicle history report shows a since-repaired accident in the right rear area.

Mouth-watering power comes from a 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 factory rated for 505 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed stick handles the rear wheels. This adds up to 3.8-second time to 60 mph, according to Motor Trend.

Auction Dilemma: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper SRT-10

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Matching the exterior’s cleanness is the condition of the ebony leather and microfiber interior. Blue stitching, carbon-fiber trim, and Carbon Edition badging also accent the cabin. Onboard goodies include heated power seats, automatic cruise control, and a Bose audio system.

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2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10

Auction Dilemma: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper SRT-10

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While a Viper doesn’t have the Corvette’s legacy, it’s equally recognizable for in-your-face looks and brutish performance. The phrase “a bull in a china shop” is an apt description of the Viper. This Viper Silver Metallic 2009 model shares some common things with its Auction Dilemma counterpart. It has very low mileage (13,000 miles), is exceptionally clean, and is a limited-production special edition. In this case, the Viper is #37 out of 100 VOIX models made to mark the 10th anniversary of the Viper Owner Invitational event.

Of course, the massive 8.4-liter V-10 is what makes a Viper a Viper. This car is not about subtlety as backed up by 600 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. You’d think this power (and a six-speed manual/rear-wheel-drive setup) would have it smoking the Z06. Well, that’s where this comparison gets interesting. Edmunds recorded a similar Viper’s performance at 3.7 seconds for a 0-60 sprint. So, despite its larger engine and output numbers, the Viper barely edges the Z06.

Auction Dilemma: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper SRT-10

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While original Vipers were more barebones in the cabin, the car had stepped up its game later, including in 2009. So, this interior benefits from black leather seating with gray suede inserts, air conditioning, navigation, and a CD audio system.

Auction Dilemma: Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Vs. Dodge Viper SRT-10

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From their near six-figure original price tags to almost identical acceleration stats, both the Vette and Viper offer different ways of doing the same thing. It’s more a question of what kind of tool you prefer; the Chevy’s preciseness or the “blunt instrument” nature of the Dodge.

There are five days left for the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 auction, which has a $41,500 current high bid. The 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 auction has a $44,000 best offer and will end in one day.

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Dealership gives C8 Corvette owner a 2022 model after mechanic's street race

Dealership gives C8 Corvette owner a 2022 model after mechanic’s street race

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Last month, a Corvette owner who took his 2021 C8 into the Fremont Chevrolet dealership in Fremont, California, was shocked to discover that his car had been raced at high speeds. The vehicle’s Performance Data Recorder, which is programmed to automatically track and record video, and clocked one of the dealer’s technicians taking the sports car for a spin and hitting speeds of 148 mph (238 km/h), as well as what looked like a street race with a Dodge Charger.

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To make good with the driver, the dealership had initially offered $500 worth of interior and exterior detailing, then extended warranty on the car. Perhaps the video going viral caused the owner of the dealership to reconsider because Michael was then offered the best deal possible — trade-in the year-old C8 (for which he originally had to wait 11 months, according to The Drive) for a brand new 2022 model, no taxes or questions asked.

“The owner of the family of dealerships reached out to me…and I’m laying in bed and he texts me at nine at night or something, just apologizing profusely and saying he wants to make this right,” Michael told The Drive. “And then [he offers] me a 2022 [Corvette], and that was pretty shocking. I followed up with [the dealership’s general manager] the next morning and said ‘hey, when can we meet?’”

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Michael says he showed up at the dealers next morning where all the paperwork was completed for him. He pushed the order button and is currently waiting to take delivery of his new car, that even comes with a few added options that were unavailable at the time of purchasing his 2021 Corvette, that he’ll continue to drive until his current one arrives.

So, for Michael, all’s well that ends well. What should have been a simple fix on his 2021 model — taken in for a ticking noise because a spark plug needed to be replaced — ended in him trading it in for a 2022 model. The dealership has new standards in place for the maintenance of performance cars, and if you’re wondering, the mechanic is currently being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

The 2021 Corvette Stingray Is The Best Of Audacious American Power

The 2021 Corvette Stingray Is The Best Of Audacious American Power

There’s something deviously appealing about a car so painstakingly designed for the driver’s experience that it manages, at the same time to tell the passenger, “Fuck you.” The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe has the audacity to be that vehicle — and it works.

If you don’t ride shotgun, there’s a chance you’ll never notice. I know I certainly didn’t until I hopped in the passenger seat of my Stingray to observe a professional driver at the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School take a lap around the track. That’s when I realized, oh shit, there’s no “oh, shit” handle. There’s not even a door handle. I just have to use my core muscles to hold myself steady while my driver has all the fun.

But that just made the Stingray all the more delightful when I got behind the wheel the following morning, ready to flex my skills. I couldn’t keep a sly, Grinchy grin off my face. The rest of the world can fuck off; this car is all about me.

Full Disclosure: Chevrolet provided me with a 2021 Corvette Stingray Coupe to drive from the Las Vegas airport to the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School and back again, and the Spring Mountain track kindly put me up at one of their condos and wine and dined me, which was wholly unnecessary because they could have made me camp out in the desert, and I still would have had one hell of a time. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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Let Me Be Honest…

The Corvette Stingray has been one of my dream cars since I was a kid. It was my mom’s dream car when she was a kid. It’s the reason I buy tacky, 80s-style Corvette crop tops and bright yellow Corvette sweatpants from Target. Call me a Boomer at heart, but it really is something to finally get to drive the car you’ve spent your life growing up with.

They tell you never to meet your idols, but when your idol greets you with a suede hug, a V8 engine, and 14 Bose speakers cranking Van Halen at an ungodly volume, there’s a damn good chance we’re going to get along.

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Let’s Talk Specs

  • The model I drove started at $70,850; with options and the delivery fee, it cost $81,515.
  • 6.2-liter V8 engine
  • 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission
  • Mechanical limited-slip differential
  • 490 horsepower
  • 465 lb-ft torque
  • 15 mpg city / 27 mpg highway / 19 mpg combined
  • Wireless charging, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Heated and ventilated seats

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The Good

Oh, where to start with the Corvette Stingray? Should I begin with the mid-engined body, which offers such balanced handling that I couldn’t spin it on the track, even if I tried? Drive modes so smooth that I had to remind myself to check the speedometer because the massive increase in speed was almost imperceptible? A changeable head-up display that enabled me to optimize what I could see based on whether or not I was on the track? I wish I could narrow it down.

So I’ll start with the basics that I learned at the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School. The ‘Vette accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds for me using launch control, which was a little low but was dependent on weather factors. In some cars, launch control can feel a little bit like you’re trying to guide a rocket ship through a pinhole, so violent is the acceleration. With the Stingray, I felt like I was floating like a cloud. Even nixing traction control couldn’t kill my vibe. It’s the same with braking: the sudden deceleration is massive, but it never feels jarring.

Take this car on the track, and you’re in for a treat. The weight distribution of the Corvette is so sublime (thank you, whoever decided to make this vehicle mid-engined) that you’d have to really be throwing it around to get it to spin out. I had a few wiggles that in any other car would have sent me off into the gravel.

But not in the C8. No, sir. I was able to hold it on the track, which gave me the kind of confidence I needed to continue experimenting with ways to put together faster laps. The C8 has a way of holding your hand and coaxing you into really letting your inhibitions fall away.

The short hood offered stunning visibility, and with a mid-body center of gravity, it felt like I was in charge of the car’s direction. Driving this car is a blessedly easy task, but in a way that still keeps you engaged as a driver. The car is taking care of the hard stuff for you; it’s up to you to put in the mechanical controls that will create the perfect lap.

On the road itself, the magnetic ride control reduces the feel of potholes and bumps (so long as you’re in touring mode), and you still maintain that track-ready sense of control over the car’s every move. You’ll just have to be wary of the speedometer. It has a knack for creeping up on you as soon as you take your eyes off it.

As far as aesthetics go, this is a car that’s designed around the driver, so you’ll always be comfortable. The bucket, leather-wrapped seats make you feel like a race car driver while the suede-wrapped steering wheel had me wishing I’d paid a little more attention to my nails so as to have them be worthy of holding something so luxe. Even the infotainment screen was nice; it’s angled toward the driver for ease of access, but it’s also recessed, so it doesn’t draw your eye unnecessarily.

The best feature, though? The volume knob. In a car full of new technology, the decision to retain that knob is the perfect callback to the Stingray’s long lasting heritage. Chevrolet: Thank you.

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The Bad

I hate to be That Guy, but there wasn’t much about this Corvette that I didn’t like. My main qualm was that I’d have liked the ventilated seats to be a little draftier, but that also may have been a natural result of sporting a fashionable layer of quarantine pudge in extremely high desert temperatures.

I also wasn’t sure how I felt about the strip of controls that lined the cockpit separating the driver from the passenger. That was where you toggled everything climate-related, and it could be a pain in the ass. In the sun, the glare would be so bad on the top buttons that I couldn’t easily see them — and those were the ones that controlled my half of the car.

At the same time, I can’t tell you how else I’d have preferred those features to be laid out. It was nice that they were out of the way so that you could focus on the controls that really mattered. It looked sleek, and I liked the insulated feel that the layout gave to the driver, where the car curls in around you to let you know that you’re in charge.

I was also annoyed that I had to get used to using the rearview digital camera. Yes, you can turn it off, but that camera is going to be the only reason you actually see any of the vehicles behind you. I, very grudgingly, put up with it.

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The Verdict

Halfway through my first day at the driving school, I learned that I did not actually win the bid I’d placed on my dream house. As I spent lunch wallowing in my own privileged misery, I unfolded my Stingray’s window sticker. If I paid cash for that exact car at that exact moment, it still wouldn’t have been my down payment. And for a very long moment, I sincerely thought to myself, “I could live out of a Corvette.” Ignore the limited trunk space. Ignore the tight, driver-focused cockpit. Ignore the fact that I would no doubt live out my days uncomfortable as hell. I’d have a Corvette.

That, I think, says it all.

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Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction: 1963 Corvette Split-Window Resto-Mod

Barrett-Jackson Houston Auction: 1963 Corvette Split-Window Resto-Mod

Presented by Barrett-Jackson – This 1963 Corvette Split-Window Resto-Mod was completed in March 2021 by Jeff Hayes Customs. It started with a clean, original GM donor car and now features a brand-new LS3 Hot Cam engine with 540hp backed by a 4L70E automatic transmission. It sits on an Art Morrison sport chassis with front and rear sway bars, and has Wilwood brakes with 6-piston polished aluminum front calipers and 4-piston rear calipers, as well as drilled and slotted rotors at all four corners. The wheels are new Schott Mach 5 with custom red line tires. It is equipped with power steering, power windows, power hood, AM/FM Bluetooth stereo, and Vintage Air heat and air conditioning. The classic look of the mid-year Split-Window combined with the technology of the new chassis and new fuel-injected LS engine is outstanding. The red paint and the custom distressed leather Saddle interior are stunningly timeless.

Hundreds of cars are set to cross the block with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Inaugural Houston Auction, September 16-18 at NRG Center. Check out the docket and become a bidder today!

Guy Steals Corvette Off Dealer Lot Right In Front Of Salesperson

Guy Steals Corvette Off Dealer Lot Right In Front Of Salesperson

Some people will do almost anything to get a brand new C8 Corvette. Take for example this Corvette caper who tried to simply drive away after a test drive with the salesman in hot pursuit. Luckily this Virginia-based Chevy dealership regained possession of their Red Mist Metallic Tint Coat C8 Coupe after the perpetrator only drove a few blocks down the road.

On a video posted on the C8 Corvette and Friends page on Facebook, we can witness a car salesperson’s worst nightmare. The perspective C8 owner tried to take off with a brand new C8 Coupe right in front of the entire sales staff. According to comments on the video, the dealership was able to recover their C8 after a very short pursuit that ended a block away from the dealership. Maybe the driver was upset the C8 doesn’t have a manual and decided to ditch his new ride.

With C8 Corvettes in short supply thanks to limited production and long waiting lists, it seems that prospective customers are looking to do just about anything to own a C8. For the C8 that are on dealer lots good luck finding one selling at MSRP as many dealerships are adding on markup fees.

The new C8 Corvette is a superb machine blending mid-engine performance with a comfortable and compliant chassis. The powerful C8 is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 495 horsepower (369 Kilowatts) and 470 lb-ft (637 Newton Meters) of torque. This classic pushrod V8 is mated to a sophisticated 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that helps the C8 spring from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.

Remember those stats are for the current base model C8, which means the upcoming C8 Z06 will offer supercar shaming performance. We cannot wait to see how the C8 evolves and remember if you want one, please don’t try and steal it.

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Survivor With 33k Original Miles Oddly Fails to Sell

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Survivor With 33k Original Miles Oddly Fails to Sell

With no less than eight generations under its belt, “America’s sports car” is an “old lady.” But it could reach 62 years of age and still look almost as pristine as the day it left the factory line. And without any “cosmetical surgery.” Of course, such examples are very hard to find.

Everyone is talking these days about the fact that barn finds are increasingly hard to come by. After all, the publicity across the Internet realm has prompted many owners to suddenly remember they had something cool in storage. Still, from time to time, luck strikes… and then takes it all back.

This red 1959 Corvette seems to have had all the makings of a great survivor. There was a low mileage odometer reading of just 33,084 miles / 53,244 km. The Roman Red example had a matching crimson hardtop, white-wall tires, period-correct steelies, as well as a traditionally red cockpit. And, according to the professional appraisal sheet posted online by eBay seller mjm426330, everything was mostly original.

Including the numbers-matching 283ci (270 horsepower) V8 engine with its four-speed transmission. Better yet, nothing had been restored on the car, so all the signs of wear and tear belong to an “untouched” 62-year-old vehicle! Sure, part of its life was spent in storage, from 1974 to 2016 when it was purchased by the current seller from the family of the original owner.

With all these details, it’s no wonder the professional appraisal concluded that overall, this 1959 Corvette is in the class of “mostly Survivor,” and that such vehicles “are almost impossible to find, as most have been restored or need a lot of attention.”

Oddly enough, the eBay listing ended ahead of its normal term, and after just eight bids. Interestingly, the auction already reached $60k by the time it was cut short by the seller, although the reserve hadn’t been met just yet.

Perhaps the planets didn’t align with this one, or maybe the seller had a change of heart and wanted to keep it a little longer. Or, who knows, someone might have wanted this so much they went to Akron, Ohio, and made an offer in person…

2023 Corvette Z06 Prototype Spied With Almost No Camo

2023 Corvette Z06 Prototype Spied With Almost No Camo

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The upcoming C8-generation Corvette Z06 is expected to be headlined by a flat-plane crank DOHC V-8 based on the engine in the C8.R racing car, but the fastest and most track-focused C8 yet will also feature some pretty aggressive new aerodynamic options. A report last Summer indicated those would include an active splitter and rear wing. New spy shots of a Z06 apparently testing near the Nurburgring with minimal camouflage appear to show those elements in action.

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The aggressive rear wing jumps out immediately. While previous generation Z06s were available with optional aerodynamic elements as part of the Z07 performance package, the body-shaped rear wing spotted on this particular C8 is a new benchmark for serious downforce generation from the factory. Reports indicate that this will be an active piece, something also expected from the aggressive front splitter and dive planes.

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The model being tested also appears to show carbon fiber wheels, another expected option for the Z07 package. The wheels are a relatively new industry benchmark, one that greatly reduces unsprung weight while also reducing some road noise.

GM previously revealed that the C8 Z06 would be revealed later this Fall, but it will likely be sold as a 2023 model-year vehicle. If the previous-generation Z06 is any indication, it should be priced around $85,000.

When it is eventually revealed, its unique sounds will be among its most distinguishing features. The first teaser trailer for the car included some onboard footage, revealing what may be the most exotic-sounding car available for under $300,000 right now. Roadside clips of the car’s launch control systems we shared back in May give an even better glimpse. That noise comes thanks to a rumored 617 hp naturally aspirated engine, a number that dwarfs the 500 horsepower the motor is estimated to make in the championship-winning C8.R racer.

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Corvette Owner Crashes Car On His “Last Ride” Before Selling It

Corvette Owner Crashes Car On His “Last Ride” Before Selling It

Wrecked C8 Corvette | Twitter: WITN

Reaching the foregone conclusion of selling something like your Corvette isn’t a decision made lightly. For some, merely achieving ownership of such a car is a dream they’ve yet to accomplish. For others, however, after a few years of owning one, they’ve lived that dream, and they’re ready to move onto greener pastures. That was the case for the former Corvette owner, Spencer Everette, from Greenville, North Carolina. Unfortunately, this doesn’t have a happy ending.

News affiliate, WITN, reported on Spencer Everette and his last “hurrah” in a once beautiful C8 Corvette Stingray before he decided to sell the car. Everette needed to experience the C8 in all of its glory before selling it, which we understand. He was traveling down Highway 11 in the area when he decided to call the potent V8 into action by activating all of its 490 ponies. It was a decision he’ll regret forever. Despite owning the car a few years, it proved to be too much. He lost control and rolled it into a ditch.

Wrecked C8 Corvette with Ironic Sign Placement | YouTube: WITN

Rescue crews were dispatched to the scene, where they stumbled upon the once gorgeous and wrecked C8 Corvette Stingray on its side. The used car marketing is soaring, so it’s possible he still gets a good offer. “One owner, low miles, minor damage.” It’s a stretch, but we said possible not probable.

Everette stuck to his story and told police it was his final drive before selling the car to a new owner the next day. Video captured at the scene by the local news affiliate, which can be seen below, shows the Silver Flare Metallic Corvette with severe damage. The Corvette went from zero to worthless in the same time it takes to reach 60, but the owner is lucky to walk away with his life. However, he’s facing some pretty hefty charges for his poor decisions.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol charged Everette with reckless driving for his stunt. While it remains a mystery how he lost control, we’re under the impression the traction control was off. It’s a bad situation all around, but one that’s completely avoidable. While propelling down a highway is never a good idea, especially when you have nearly 500 horsepower at the tap of your foot, maybe avoid flooring your car the day before you sell it? Food for thought.

This Corvette went from zero to worthless in a split second. >> https://t.co/8zLokq4o3m pic.twitter.com/vYl9UQZY3y

— WITN Headlines (@WITN) August 23, 2021

It's Still Hard To Find A C8 Corvette Stingray Selling At MSRP

It’s Still Hard To Find A C8 Corvette Stingray Selling At MSRP

As if C8 Corvette supply and demand wasn’t already playing a huge factor in the elevated prices for the privilege of owning one, production bottlenecks seem to be exacerbating the issue. The C8 Corvette is no exception as it consistently sells at about 2 percent above MSRP, according to AutoTrader, which places it within the top 20 cars with a price higher than what’s on the sticker. These are known as the “Toughest 20.”

Supply and demand are in constant motion with the C8 Corvette Stingray, as the heightened prices hasn’t hurt sales, and orders for the 2021 Corvette had to be suspended so that GM can make the attempt to catch up. In fact, Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter once told MC&T that the company could sell “triple the amount” of C8 Stingrays compared to what it can build.

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Corvette Isn’t The Only Vehicle With A High Price

The C8 is far from the only vehicle seeing price markups. Leading the charge is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, selling at 18 percent over MSRP. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is ranked at number 8, selling for at four percent over MSRP.  That’s actually ahead of the Chevrolet Corvette, which is ranked number 15. The Jeep Wrangler is two behind at 18 on the list with an average transaction price tracking at one percent above MSRP, with the GMC Yukon XL at number 19 at the same percentage. The Ford Bronco is on the list, too, at number 14, selling at two percent over sticker on average. Rounding out the list is the Chevrolet Bolt EUV is number 20 at 0.5 percent over suggested retail price.

Comparatively speaking, there are more GM products selling above the total retail price than any other automaker in America, according to AutoTrader data.

2021 Ford Bronco Warthog ConceptPhoto credit Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks

Second-Hand C8 Corvette Purchases Aren’t Cheap Either

Even if you wish to search for a vehicle and buy it second-hand, you’re likely to come across higher than average prices as people take advantage of the high demand, and lack of supply. But the Corvette is just a small story in a greater picture of a total and utter bottlenecking of automobile production happening around the world, due to the global microchip semiconductor shortage. This, in turn, has forced automakers into a holding pattern for necessary chips required to build vehicles. There doesn’t seem to be an immediate end in sight.

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Lingenfelter's 60th Anniversary Cunningham Corvette looks cool, sounds better

Lingenfelter’s 60th Anniversary Cunningham Corvette looks cool, sounds better

In the pantheon of modified Corvettes, this one is actually quite tasteful. It’s got quite a bit of history behind it, too.

Limited to 60 units, the 60th Anniversary Cunningham Corvette commemorates the 1962 Cunningham C4R and C4RK Le Mans race cars and Cunningham C3 grand-touring sports cars, with a vaguely similar livery consisting of a white body with unique blue accents on the side blades, unusual fender-mounted intakes, racing stripes (although they do look black in the picture above) and swan-neck(ish) wing that wears the number 3. There are also red trim accents front and rear. The name Cunningham is in honor of Briggs Swift Cunningham, a mid-century racing legend and team owner of those aforementioned cars.

Technically, this car springs forth from longtime Corvette tuner Lingenfelter. Officially, Cunningham is a separate company “established to develop new vehicles and automotive aftermarket parts. Specifically, advanced ceramic braking components, which (it is) currently developing as (it) transitions to become an all-electric vehicle manufacturer.” So, this is both a Lingenfelter and it’s a Cunningham. I was confused too, whatever.

Here’s what you get. Every 60th Anniversary Cunningham Corvette is a 3LT trim package car. The C8 Corvette’s 6.2-liter V8 is tuned by Lingenfelter to “600+” horsepower and includes a carbon fiber intake manifold, and Corsa Sport tuned headers and airbox. The exhaust is upgraded to a Corsa Sport unit, which you can hear in all its glory in the video below. The Z51 suspension with magnetic dampers is upgraded by Lingenfelter to “Performance Street/Track settings), while the standard 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels are replaced with bespoke forged aluminum HRE wheels enlarged to 20/21 inches. They look a tad plasticky, but they’re also modeled on the racing Halibrand Kidney Bean wheels used on the original 1960 Le Mans-winning Cunningham Corvettes. They were Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber with Alcon brakes lurking inside. The Z51 spoiler is replaced by Cunningham’s swan-neck-look wing as part of its larger aero package by Peter Stevens Design.

The car has the Corvette’s Tension Blue/Twilight Blue interior option with Competition Sport seats … at least in the above photos. A picture of one of those seats out of the car shows one entirely upholstered in a blue that matches the exterior accents.

Each car will be numbered (XX of 60 is even embroidered on the seat backs) and the VIN entered into the Cunningham Registry, which is good apparently. All will wear the number 3, though, so if you’re a big Jeff Gordon fan and would prefer a 24, too bad.

To be one of the lucky 60, you will need to put down $5,000. The purchase price is then $159,995, which is just a wee bit more than the 3LT’s base price of $72,945. But hey, Cunningham throws in a commemorative 1/18 scale model of an historic Cunningham Le Mans Corvette.

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C8 Chevrolet Corvette Owner's Final Drive Before Selling Up Ends In A Crash

C8 Chevrolet Corvette Owner’s Final Drive Before Selling Up Ends In A Crash

A few weeks back, we learned that someone wrecked an Acura Integra Type R having auctioned it off online for $51,000 only one night earlier. And now, similarly highlighting the perils of taking your car for ‘one last thrash’, we have this sad case from Greenville, North Carolina.

See also: Man’s C8 Corvette Lottery Prize Proving Hard To Claim Without Paying A Big Mark-Up

Spencer Everette took his C8 Chevrolet Corvette out for a “last hurrah,” with a sale planned for the following day. Given how difficult it is to get hold of a new C8 right now, Everette was likely to have done very well out of this transaction. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. Speaking to WITN, he described joining Highway 11 just to the north of Greenville and “gunning it,” which resulted in him losing control of the car and running off the road.

The C8 came to rest on its side, but judging by all the grass and other debris on the opposite flank of the car, this might have been a full-on rollover crash. The Corvette, which looks to have the optional high-level wing and the Z51 package (judging by the tyres), is likely a write-off.

The new mid-engine Corvette is known for being pretty forgiving at the limit considering the kind of car it is, with a setup that tends to favour understeer when pushed. However, it’s still a rear-wheel drive car with 488bhp on tap, so carelessness can easily lead to consequences like this.

Thankfully, no one else was involved in Everette’s unplanned off-road excursion, and he escaped without injury. That should prove as some consolation to losing his Corvette and the Highway Patrol charging him with reckless driving.

Source: WITN via GM Authority

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Hodgenville native named Corvette Museum President and CEO | Local News

Hodgenville native named Corvette Museum President and CEO | Local News

Sharon Brawner, a native of Hodgenville, was named Wednesday to serve as president and CEO of the National Corvette Museum.

Brawner, who referred to the facility as a “world-class museum,” comes to the job in Bowling Green from Nashville where she served as the long-time senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“As a Kentucky native and a true car enthusiast, I have long been a fan of the Corvette,” Brawner said in a news release. “I’m thrilled to be able to bring my experience in tourism, museum and non-profit leadership to the National Corvette Museum.”

Brawner spent just shy of two decades at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum supporting its mission of preserving and interpreting the history of country music, according to the release. Brawner initially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum staff in 2001 as director of new business development.

Under Brawner’s direction, just since the museum’s 2014 expansion, earned revenues grew more than 42% through 2019. These gross revenues exceeded $42.1 million, having grown from $29.6 million in 2014, according to the release.

In her most recent role as senior vice president of sales, marketing and IT, Brawner had day-to-day oversight of the museum’s traditional revenue-producing areas including admission ticket sales, special event sales, restaurant and catering sales, product licensing, corporate sponsorships and the museum’s retail store sales, according to the release.

Prior to joining the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum staff, Brawner was vice president of sales, marketing and communications for the Nashville Sounds AAA Baseball team and, before that, served as vice president of administration for the Nashville Kats Arena Football team.

NCM Search Committee Chair Kai Spande said in the release that Brawner was “the clear choice.”

“We teamed with a firm specializing in not-for-profit organizations to conduct a thorough, nationwide search to find the best possible candidates,” Spande said. “There were many, but Sharon Brawner was the clear choice. Not only does Sharon have extensive experience leading one of the most successful museums in the world, but she’s also a true car buff who was born and raised in Kentucky. We’re looking forward to a bright future with Sharon in the driver’s seat.”

Brawner, who attended Western Kentucky University, assumed her duties Wednesday.

Custom 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Is No Music Star, Crowds Still Go Nuts

Custom 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Is No Music Star, Crowds Still Go Nuts

It probably never was a better time for Chevrolet Corvette fans to be alive. For one, the bowtie carmaker has just stepped into the new era of America’s sports car, now rocking a mid-engine configuration, and then, there are probably more custom Corvettes of the old generations on the market than ever before.

A great number of these motorized jewels are on the lookout for new owners as soon as in two weeks’ time, when Barret-Jackson opens the gates for its auction in Houston, Texas. We’ve already seen number of them, like the LS6-powered C1 or the topless Elegance, but the list is much longer, so we’ll probably not stop here.

To get us all dreaming into the weekend we have this 1965 ‘Vette, a C2 so beautifully put together it would have been a shame not to give it its time under the spotlight. Especially given how it wears a nickname that is notorious in more ways than one: Sting.

Officially described as a “custom Pro-Touring Resto-Mod,” the car rocks under the red skin some of the best hardware available.

Under the hood we get “a ground-pounding professionally built crate 383 stroker fuel-injected V8” running a modified Keisler 5-speed transmission and breathing through a 3-inch dual side exhaust, capable of giving the vehicle a deeper note when breathing out. Sadly, no power ratings for the powertrain are provided.

Changes have not been made under the hood alone, but elsewhere as well. The unnamed shop behind the build fitted 4-wheel disc brakes, adjustable rear shocks for the rear, and lowered the overall stance of the car for a more aggressive look.

Sitting on new 20-inch wheels, the Corvette’s body hides an interior with leather seats, leather steering wheel, and Vintage Air.

Like all the other cars going under the hammer in Houston, this one too will sell with no reserve, and we are not being told how much the seller hopes to fetch for the ‘Vette.

National Corvette Museum in Kentucky names new CEO

National Corvette Museum in Kentucky names new CEO

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A new president and CEO has been named to lead the National Corvette Museum in southern Kentucky.

Sharon Brawner took the driver’s seat at the museum on Wednesday, according to a statement from the organization’s board of directors.

Brawner is a Kentucky native and car enthusiast who has long worked in the tourism industry, most recently serving as senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, the statement said. The board conducted a nationwide search and noted Brawner’s leadership skills and other qualifications in the announcement.

“Not only does Sharon have extensive experience leading one of the most successful museums in the world, but she’s also a true car buff who was born and raised in Kentucky,” said Kai Spande, a museum board member who led search efforts.

Brawner spent nearly 20 years at the Nashville museum and saw earned revenues grow over 42% under her direction from 2014 through 2019, official said.

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National Corvette Museum celebrates 27th anniversary - News 40

National Corvette Museum celebrates 27th anniversary – News 40

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The National Corvette Museum is hosting a mutli-day celebration in honor of their 27th anniversary.

One of the events they hosted Thursday was 20 at 24: Honoring Earnhardt, Corvette, and the overall win at Daytona.

The seminar took corvette race fans on a race down memory lane as Andy Pilgrim, Doug Fehanm, and Gary Claudio looked back at the victory in the 2001 Rolex 24 hours at Daytona. Andy pilgrim was one of the four drivers in that historic race with Dale Earnhardt Sr, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Kelly Collins.

The early afternoon was spent with pilgrim, Doug Fehanm who was the head of corvette racing at that time and Gary Claudio who was instrumental in bringing Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. into the program in late 2000.

The 2001 Rolex 24 hours at Daytona was special for many reasons but the two main reasons was because it was the first time Corvette had ever won and it was also the first and only time NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Sr.  joined the corvette sports car  racing program.

His son Dale Earnhardt Jr. also drove for the team that January as well. The afternoon was spent with all three man talking about what got the program to that point and their memories of Dale Earnhardt Sr who was killed just a couple weeks later  in a last lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500. We spoke to Andy Pilgrim who talked about remembering his friend Dale Earnhardt Sr

“Seeing this car again means an awful lot to me, because it brings back those four months of friendship that I had with Dale, including the letters here. Clearly the letter states some of the memories that he had about working with me. I have many, many memories of being with him, whether it was for the race weekends, whether it was testing or whether it was just hanging out with him on his boat. It was just a very short friendship, but a very special friendship for me, seeing the car again it’s always an emotional experience on many levels.” Pilgrim said as he stood next to the very car they drove together.

This event was one of the many that The National Corvette Museum is hosting to celebrate it’s 27th anniversary, it kicked off Thursday and will continue through Saturday with another set of  seminars Friday and a host of events on Saturday including replays of seminars from Thursday and Friday. There will also be book signings, celebrity choice car show and many other events.

If you want to check out the rest of the 27th anniversary celebration you can head over to the NCM and register for the rest of the event!

To find the full Itinerary of events you can click here.  The 20 at 24 exhibit will be at The Museum until December.

Ram, Dodge, and Corvette Take Top Honors In Latest JD Power Study

The results are in for the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS). And the results may surprise you. Ram placed first against its 32 competitors as the only truck-exclusive brand to claim the top spot in the study, while Dodge comes in second, retaining its status after a historical 2020 finish. The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette also does well, taking the highest rank in the Premium Sporty Car segment. Jeep also rose three spots up from the previous year, placing itself in eighth at the finish, which is the highest it’s ever been. The Jeep Gladiator even won the midsize pickup segment category in the new quality study, and the previous-generation WK2 Jeep Grand Cherokee landing on the podium for the midsize SUV category.

The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) measures the number of problems experienced during the first 90 days of ownership per 100 vehicles

Ram Trucks Come In First And Second Place

Owners of new Ram 2500 HD and Ram 3500 HD trucks brought the vehicle to the first-place finish within the large heavy-duty pickup segment, ahead of the Ford Super Duty. And the popular 2021 Ram 1500 ranked second among the large light-duty pickups, behind the Toyota Tundra. This is fantastic news for the Ram brand, as it had previously tied for third for the 2020 IQS, and was as far back as 21st the year before that.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody RedeyeImage copyright Steven Pham, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Dodge And Chrysler On Podium

These vast improvements made by the company compliment Dodge’s first-place finish last year, which marked the first domestic brand to claim top honors since the JD Power IQS study has been around. The Dodge Charger still finished at the top of its segment in the study, alongside the Chrysler 300 within the large car segment.

Suppose when a car’s been around as the current LX Platform Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans, a lot of the quality wrinkles tend to get ironed out. We’re sure quality isn’t the reason why they’re so often stolen, though. We’re sure it has more to do with the fact that they’re a blast to drive.

2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition Stingray C8R Belle Isle Grand Prix Laura Wontrop Klauser Jordon Taylor Tommy Milner Antonio Garcia Nick TandyImage copyright Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Corvette Takes First Place In Segment

The Corvette took first place within the Sporty Car segment, with the Porsche 718 in second and the Lexus LC in third. However, the biggest complaint geared towards the Corvette was the infotainment system, which isn’t uncommon amongst vehicles trying to integrate wireless connectivity between smartphones and cars.

This sort of thing also highlights the overall flaw in the JD Power IQS Study, as what could constitute as a “problem” for customers is a complete matter of perception, rather than a true disfunction in quality.

These results are spectacular for domestic brands, given that it’s turning the reputation of the companies around. With time, we may see more American vehicle brands on the road as people come to realize the quality and exponential improvements made over the past few years.

You can have a full look at the 2021 JD Power Initial Quality Study here.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX Rear ExhaustImage copyright Mattheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

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National Corvette Museum in Ky names woman as new President, CEO

National Corvette Museum in Ky names woman as new President, CEO

Sharon Brawner, a Kentucky native, took the driver’s seat at the museum on Wednesday, a statement from the museum’s board of directors said.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A new president and CEO has been named to lead the National Corvette Museum in southern Kentucky.

A statement from the organization’s board of directors said Sharon Brawner took the driver’s seat at the museum on Wednesday.

The statement said Brawner is a Kentucky native and car enthusiast who has long worked in the tourism industry, most recently serving as senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.

The board conducted a nationwide search and noted Brawner’s leadership skills and other qualifications in the announcement.

According to its website, the National Corvette Museum has been recognized as a 2021 Travelers’ Choice award winner.

1996 Corvette Collector Edition low mileage, bargain price

1996 Corvette Collector Edition low mileage, bargain price

Fourth-generation Corvettes, known as C4s and produced from 1984-96, generally reside in the bargain basement of performance sports cars, even though their styling has held up over time and they perform quite well.

There are scads of Corvette C4 coupes and convertibles available at any given time – the ClassicCars.com Marketplace has more than 330 of them for sale as of this writing – and perfectly drivable examples can be found in the mid-to-low teens and even 4-figure prices.

Most C4s reside in the $10,0o0 to $25,000 range, which is not much for such a good sports car. Even very special examples, such as low-mileage ZR-1s, can be had for modest prices, rarely approaching the $50,000 range.

The Pick of the Day is something of a special model, a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition convertible, one of just 469 produced with the optional 330-horsepower LT4 V8 and 6-speed manual transmission.

1996 Corvette Special Edition with low mileage engine

The Collector Edition models, produced to mark the end of the C4 generation (there was also a 1982 Collector Edition marking the end of the Corvette C3), are easily identifiable in their exclusive coat of Sebring Silver paint, silver five-spoke wheels, upgraded interior, and “Collector Edition” badging.

This all-original Corvette still looks like new, and for good reason; it’s been driven just 15,907 miles, according to the Manheim, Pennsylvania, dealer advertising the convertible on ClassicCars.com.

Corvette, Pick of the Day: 1996 Corvette  Collector Edition with low mileage, bargain price, ClassicCars.com Journal

“100% original except for Corsa 304 stainless-steel cat-back exhaust and short-throw shifter (with factory shift knob),” the dealer says in the ad. “Original paint, top, interior, engine compartment and undercarriage – all in excellent condition. Silver paint is near flawless with just a few stone nicks on the front bumper. Wheels are perfect – still wearing its born-with Goodyear Eagle GS-C tires.”

So, essentially a nearly new 25-year-old Corvette that the dealer says drives great and is ready to go, aside from that ancient rubber, which would need replacement before taking the car on the road.

Corvette, Pick of the Day: 1996 Corvette  Collector Edition with low mileage, bargain price, ClassicCars.com Journal

The dealer has a load of supporting documents and such, the ad says.

“Documentation includes: certificate of origin, original window sticker, original purchase documents, owner’s manual, warranty booklets, commemorative portfolio/sales brochure, GM Promotional VCR tape, and all maintenance records from day 1.”

With its “ultra-low mileage and superb condition,” as the dealer states, this apparently exceptional C4 Corvette is priced at just $29,900.

Corvette, Pick of the Day: 1996 Corvette  Collector Edition with low mileage, bargain price, ClassicCars.com Journal

Why have C4 Corvettes failed to soar in value? The one major knock I’ve heard, and experienced, is how hard they are to climb out of, the very low seat bottom about level with the extra-wide lower door sill, making a clean exit something of a gymnastic feat. Not terrible for occasional use, but try living with that as a daily driver.

Otherwise, these are sharp-driving and reliable sports cars, which have yet to catch on with collectors.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.