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Don Roy Staff Writer

Don's background includes 14 years in the OEM and Tier2 domestic auto industry, as well as three years as Technical Editor of a muscle car enthusiast print magazine. He is a mechanical engineer by trade and completed his first project car when he was 16 years old - after rebuilding the engine in his bedroom. His hobbies include photography, film making and building the odd robot from time to time.


While there were a number of things that distinguished the early third generation Corvette, neck-snapping power was not at the top of the list. Chevrolet and the domestic auto industry in general were contending with the change to unleaded fuel and emissions requirements.

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Corvette Blogger has provided photos of a 1957 bard find Corvette that was on exhibit at the Bloomington Gold event in St. Charles, IL, last month. What otherwise appears to be a C1 fuelie in reasonable shape was exhibited in all it’s barn find glory, complete with dust, dirt and we shudder to think of what else.

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Well boys and girls, we’re not playing in the sandbox anymore. Originally bought at the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this custom roadster has had less than 20 miles put on it since then, according to the seller.

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In a move that mirrors what the rental car company did with Shelby in 1966 and again in 2006, Hertz commissioned five hundred special edition Corvettes for use in its Hertz Fun Collection rental program. The first of these is now available after being juiced up at Edelbrock with a supercharger and fat tires.

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The first public display of Harley J. Earl’s dream car – the Corvette – was in January of 1953 at the GM Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Based on enormously favorable public reaction, the Corvette went into production, in Flint, Michigan, with the first car being completed on June 30, 1953.

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Held this past weekend in St. Charles, Illinois, the auction portion of the Bloomington Gold event saw total sales of $5.8 million. The auction is part of a larger Corvette-only event which includes a car show, seminars, cruises and more.

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For Grand Am’s first return to Road America in ten years, the event-filled 250-mile race could not have been better scripted as a Hollywood thriller. The week’s inclement weather cleared on Saturday, leaving sunny, mid-70′s conditions for the two hour race.

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Since the first crossover vehicle appeared in 1957 – in the form of a Ford Ranchero – the idea of combining passenger car ride and pickup truck utility just hasn’t been abandoned. Adding in the possibility of some significant performance, though, brings this 1984 ‘Vette squarely to our attention.

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Early July will see a new event come to the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. On Friday, July 8 the museum will celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day with a new event in their annual calendar.

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Corvette Racing’s #73 Compuware Corvette C6.R, driven by Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia at the Le Mans 24 Hour race, would complete 314 laps during the 24 hour race and finish two minutes and 29 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Ride along for a few minutes and enjoy the ZR1′s V8 symphony.

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The National Corvette Museum recently joined Blue Star Museums, an initiative that offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their immediate family from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011.

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While Zora Arkus-Duntov and others at Chevrolet were working hard in 1961 to establish the competitive bona fides of the Corvette, it is unlikely that, even in their wildest dreams, would they have seen this particular car coming.

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Is launch control “cheating”? Can an experienced driver beat the computer at getting Chevy’s ultimate performance car off the line quickly? There’s only one way to find out, and it’s best left to the professionals to do the testing (unless you are borrowing somebody else’s ZR1).

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Almost from the beginning of the Corvette’s existence, one could say that it has been the red-headed stepchild of Chevrolet, careening through the halls of high volume, mid-American sensibilities with little regard for place or respect for precedent. For one thing, Corvettes don’t have to be old to be rare.

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The CEO of Bloomington Gold claims to be a contrarian. Prior to 1978, judging at the Bloomington Gold show was competitive. David Burroughs introduced judging against how original the car is, compared to when it left the factory. “Every Corvette left the factory as a Gold Certified car,” he told us recently.

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If you’ve been saving for a new Corvette, your piggy bank just got a reprieve for the time being because you won’t be taking the hammer to it quite as soon as you thought. Information just released to Corvette Blogger has revealed GM’s plans for 2012 pricing and the news isn’t particularly good.

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