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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.


These days, we know that a lot of car shopping begins online, well before you ever step into a showroom or onto a car lot. That’s why Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and Hendrick Automotive set up an comprehensive, dealer-based web shopping portal with nationwide coverage.

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After seeing these photos of a theft recovery of what used to be a Z06 Corvette, you may agree that sometimes you’re better off never finding out what happens to your beloved car after it gets stolen…

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Fifty years ago the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette won its class in the model’s LeMans debut. When the anniversary was celebrated last summer, Chevrolet built a special, one-off Z06 to honor the achievement. This tribute will be auctioned at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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There’s not much to go on beyond this dash video by Ken Brewer, but suffice it to say that someone wasn’t having a good day when this all happened. The course at Road Atlanta was certainly meant for drivers. Technical turns and elevation changes make it more of a test for both driver and machine.

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For $300, you can buy a one in one thousand chance to burden your driveway with a 2011 Supersonic Blue Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition, courtesy of the National Corvette Museum. You must be eighteen years old and have a valid driver’s license, and you gotta jump right now. The deadline is tomorrow afternoon.

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If Santa somehow missed your letter asking for a new Corvette for Christmas, you may be thinking of just going out and getting one for yourself. This would be a good time because in addition to less space in your garage, you’ll receive a complimentary two-day driving school to get familiar with your new ride.

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Imagine the life of a lowly automotive journalist… flying around the world, attending exotic car shows, driving expensive and unusual vehicles, being wined and dined by manufacturers. Ah yes, it is living the dream for sure. It does, however, create a unique view into the world’s automotive offerings.

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If there is a single thread that runs common through virtually all automotive enthusiasts, it is a desire to make their ride uniquely theirs. This drive can sometimes lead us to do things that are beyond the expected norm, whether intentionally, or just because we liked it that way.

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Other performance oriented models from GM included Z-spec Cruze and Spark models, as well as modified versions of the current Camaro SS. Chevrolet’s marketing head, Chris Perry, spoke with Automotive News about these cars and the fact that GM must continue to acknowledge the demand for performance cars.

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While Mike Skeen earned his first career Trans-Am Series pole position, Tony Ave wrapped up the 2010 series championship in qualifying yesterday at Road Atlanta. Starting from P2 on the grid earned Ave 6 points in the Championship, increasing his lead beyond reach of RJ Lopez, the series runner-up.

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The video below is the second to come out of the event coverage and is dedicated to the drag racing at Beech Bend Raceway. The wide range of racing classes kept the competition interesting and the playing field level for all.

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The battle for the 2010 SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series championship will conclude at Road Atlanta when Tony Ave, of Maiden, N.C., and RJ Lopez, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, race each other and the rest of the Trans-Am field in the 2010 season finale.

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In the eleventh episode of Corvette Racing’s Track to Street series, it’s all about the fan perspective, and how they feel about Chevrolet’s iconic car.

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Displays of cars are a perennial auto show favorite. All the manufacturers do it and the reaction by attendees is universally positive. This one, prepared by Corvette Central is a little different from the usual trade show fare, though.

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While some people find reason to moan about the relentless march of technology, those of us that are always looking for more performance cannot wait for the next improvement. This story began in the 1980s, when auto manufacturers started using oxygen sensors to provide feedback for electronic fuel injection.

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The battle for the 2010 SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series championship will go down to the season finale at Road Atlanta on October 1, following a wild finish in the round at Virginia International Raceway on Sunday. RJ Lopez took the win after a little paint swapping with race and championship-leader Tony Ave.

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