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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.


The 79th running of the 24 hour endurance race in Le Mans, France, was an event-filled affair and the Corvette Racing team was not exempt. Following the loss of the #74 Corvette, nearly 16 hours into the race, the #73 car was one lap down from the class leader. The team set about to re-take the lead.

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The move to create a new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) was approved recently by the FIA World Motor Sport Council. Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan was supportive, but non-committal on whether or not the team would participate in 2012.

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Corvette Racing will start from fourth and sixth places on the 18-entry strong GTE Pro grid at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team stood pat on times achieved Wednesday night, using the Thursday qualifying sessions to concentrate on preparing for the 24-hour endurance test.

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Onset3D Studios, a joint venture between Patrick Gramm and Philip Angelotti, have announced plans begin a groundbreaking Corvette documentary spanning all six generations of the legendary sports car and filmed entirely in high definition 3D video.

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If you can’t get enough coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which runs this weekend, 2011 may be the best year yet. SPEED has announced that they will carry 17 hours of live coverage on television Saturday and Sunday.

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Canadian racing legend Ron Fellows and partners in Canadian Motorsport Ventures Ltd. have announced the purchase of Mosport International Raceway from Panoz Motor Sports Group.

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Bloomington Gold is considered by many to be the granddaddy of Corvette shows. This longest-running national Corvette show is being held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL, on June 23-26. That kind of status has not been achieved without continual improvement and the story for 2011 is no exception.

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Rags to riches stories are normally reserved for people, but this is a case where the transformation applies to a car. Mind you, its not just any car, but an early Baldwin-Motion Corvette conversion car.

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Somewhere over the winter season, it seems that Tony Ave, of Maiden, NC, found three extra seconds in his #4 Lamers Racing/Beebe Racing/Optech/PME Corvette – three seconds that nobody else has managed to find. Ave took the 15th pole position of his career in qualifying for Sunday’s SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am race.

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Germany’s Nürburgring racing circuit is a curious collection of automotive history, both past and in the making. In particular, the Northern Loop (Nordschleife) has become the de facto common test ground for high performance cars.

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Will 2013 be a “Missing Year” for the Corvette as production switches over from C6 to C7, like the gap between the third and fourth generations in 1983? At the very least, a short run could be possible, according to one credible source…

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A new web site, SpeedDealz.com, is currently offering daily deals on aftermarket products and discount certificates. Right now, there’s a $50 discount card from Lunati that can be bought for $25. According to the web site, the certificate is good for any factory-direct purchase and has no hidden restrictions.

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Rounds five and six of the Pirelli World Challenge series were fought at Mosport International Raceway this past weekend, with Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, North Carolina, taking both wins in the #2 CRP Racing/Cragar Wheels Chevrolet Corvette.

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Sometimes, when you look at a highly customized car, the first question that comes to mind is, “What was he thinking?” We’re not entirely sure where the inspiration for this project came from, but the results confirm that top drawer fabrication skills were involved.

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Four years after Bill Mitchell’s Mako Shark concept car was introduced, the car was reborn in 1965 as the Mako Shark II. While publicly displayed as a show car, and carrying many interesting features that would never make it to production, the overall styling of the Mako Shark II became the mold for the C3 ‘Vette.

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Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C., holds the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am qualifying lap record at Virginia International Raceway and in early practice last weekend he showed why. Ave set the qualifying record at VIR in 2009, but he had yet to bring home a victory from the scenic venue in Alton, VA. Sunday changed all that.

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