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Gordon McDonald Contributor

Gordon's background stems from the print media world. He has extensive knowledge of the entire motorsports industry.


In decades past, GM executives have limited certain powertrain alternatives in order to protect the performance position of the Corvette. In fact, as the muscle car phenomenon was developing in the 1960′s, this kind of restriction was exactly what spawned the original ZL1 Camaro.

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It has long been said that it’s best to get your information from the horse’s mouth, otherwise you’re just left with what comes out the other end. So it was for the Corvette faithful who gathered at Sebring International Raceway recently for the American LeMans Series (ALMS) debut race.

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Last season’s runner up, RJ Lopez from the Dominican Republic, pulled off a trifecta in the season-opening SCCA Trans Am race at Sebring International Raceway. In his #6 Chevrolet Corvette, Lopez swept the event by taking pole, recording fastest lap during the race and leading every lap from start to finish.

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Taking advantage of changing demographics in the viewing audience for this year’s ALMS broadcasts, Chevrolet has a new commercial ready to show. Sales of the Corvette have shown an uptrend this year, so it is certainly a good time to push a strong position.

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The 1963 Corvette Grand Sport is a legend in Chevrolet history, but bore as much resemblance to the C2 Corvette as today’s NASCAR runners bear to their namesakes. On the outside, the Grand Sport’s fiberglass body was visually similar, but from there, the car took an entirely different approach.

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According to Corvette chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, “Behind the scenes, the race team and the production car team have grown closer together, finding numerous ways to support each other and to make both cars better.”

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If you want to watch the ALMS season live within the 50 states, you’ll have to watch on ESPN3, which is part of a package available through most, but not all, cable TV systems, unlike what was originally announced by the organizers.

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A 1965 Corvette convertible with the coveted Bloomington Gold Benchmark status sold last weekend for $188,000 during the Mecum Kansas City Spring Auction. C2 Corvettes dominated the Top Ten results from the two day auction, taking six of the Top Ten spots.

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The starting grid for this Friday’s Trans Am race at Sebring will be comfortably familiar for those who followed the season last year, with just a minor twist. Defending SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series champion Tony Ave picked up where he left off last season, but RJ Lopez took the pole in today’s qualifying run.

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Having a new car is nice, but eating that first year depreciation is pretty hard to swallow for a lot of people. The used car market for these two seaters is surprisingly competitive for such highly rated models as the C6 generation.

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GM has announced a new Push On campaign, aimed at getting owners of OnStar-equipped vehicles to press their blue OnStar button. From March 14 through May 31, everyone that pushes the blue Onstar button in their GM vehicle gets a chance to win a GM vehicle of their choice.

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As the saying goes, “Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.” The Corvette owner in this video certainly listened to that saying, so that when he turned up at Atco Raceway in New Jersey, he was ready to rumble. The combination of LG’s G6X3 cam and the headers is shown to deliver 500 rwhp and 462 ft-lb of torque.

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The B&M Automotive Group, a company that is well known in the automotive performance field, has added Flowmaster Exhaust to their portfolio of companies. Flowmaster has been providing performance exhaust systems and components to enthusiasts since 1983.

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Oliver Gavin and the Corvette Racing team are in Florida in preparation for this weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. We’ve got a video, courtesy of Mobil 1 The Grid with Gavin discussing how his marathon training helps with endurance racing, plus comments on the level of competition in ALMS GT2 class.

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Even as Drive Angry 3D continues to be hashed to death across the Internet, it only serves to build the undeniable connection between Nicolas Cage and fast cars. Listing the car movies that Cage has starred in would be a daunting task, but if you’re a fan – you already know all of them.

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Imagine the quandary. You just took in a ‘barn find’ Corvette… really, can there be many of these left by now? Wait, on digging deeper, the car is also a 1963 Z06, which is a rarity. This car was also built with the RPO N06, 36-gallon fuel tank, specifically made for endurance racing – a special car for sure.

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