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Kevin Shaw Freelance Writer

Kevin Shaw is a self-proclaimed "muscle car purist," preferring solid-lifter camshafts and mechanical double-pumpers over computer-controlled fuel injection and force-feeding power-adders. If you like dirt-under-your-fingernails tech and real street driven content, this is your guy.


According to Detroit News, at nearly 2am in the morning, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from passing a bill that would push for higher ethanol content at America’s gas pumps.

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Hamill would play teenage car lover, Kenneth W. Dantley Jr. who loses his mind over his high school shop class project car, a dilapidated third-generation Corvette. Devoting all of his time (although, reduced to a short montage), Ken redesigns the ‘Vette into possibly the gaudiest example of 1970′s styling.

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Assembling your own hose is not as complicated as it might seem, and thanks to this video and Earl’s online catalog on their website, all the right tips and tricks are there at your fingertips.

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What happens when a car builder is A) Desperate to show off his talents on a national scale, B) Has a crazy idea that sounds really good on paper, C) Has enough spare resources to put that plan into action? He creates a mid-engined super ‘Vette that even Zora Arkus-Dontov never would have imagined.

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Built solely for race purposes, the first ever LSX454R was auctioned off yesterday at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ, with all the proceeds going to the American Heart Association. With such a worthy cause and so much horsepower at hand, it was no wonder the motor sold for SIX TIMES its retail value at 67K!

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Although sharing some of its heavy-hitting DNA with the street machines of Chevrolet’s past, it has remained a lean, trimmed track athlete compared to the middle and heavy-weight boxers of yesterday’s muscle cars. The Corvette is – and always has been – a super car, although it might’ve taken a while to get there.

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Oh, how often have we shoved our foot into our own mouths? Apparently, we’re not the only ones with the nasty habit of speaking before thinking, as Nurburgring champ, Sabine Schmitz piped off to the media after taking a ’10 Corvette Z06 out for a lap.

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There’s few things that fiberglass hates more than gasoline-fueled fires. During an impromptu burnout contest, this blown and bad ass Corvette Stingray (we’re thinking late ’70′s), caught fire when a fuel line broke loose, dousing the scalding engine and quickly catching ablaze.

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There are few Corvettes which truly embody the legacy of America’s sports car quite as much as the ’68 Chevrolet Corvette L88. Found over at the Hemmings Blog, we were wowed that this particular L88 is one of three L88 cars campaigned by James Garner’s American International Racing team at Daytona.

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OK, so we can’t believe what we’re seeing here. This is not a clone. This is the ’01 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. Spotted over on eBay, this historically significant piece of American road racing history is likely to be a prize for a big collector or even for someone interested in actively campaigning the car.

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Luckily, the judges were thorough and after careful analysis of the names, spellings and history of the name, concluded that indeed, the CorVOLTte and Corvette titles were too similar to another and ruled in favor of General Motors.

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But what exactly is the Z07 package on a Z06 ‘Vette, you ask? Easy, the Z07 package features Magnetic Selective Ride Control, Michelin PS2 tires and the ZR1’s Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. Of course, the Z06 also has the new CFX carbon fiber package making this the lightest Corvette in the lineup.

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Nairn started off with a regular old Cororado and ended with a tubbed, caged, and seriously tricked out mini truck touting some serious GMPP horsepower in the form of a LS7. The go-fast goodies don’t end there, but we think the gnarly 19-page thread speaks for itself.

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After posting a handful of videos with titles like, “1000+ HP Corvette Doing 195+ mph,” where Replogle videotaped himself reportedly going 195mph around Oklahoma City freeways, Oklahoma City PD got him to confess to owning the Corvette, speeding on public roads, and then posting the evidence to YouTube.

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There’s an old adage that nothing new – pertaining to the internal combustion engine – has been invented since 1948.

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We’ve seen plenty on GMPP’s E-Rod-powered ’55 Chevy 210-post, but these cool examples of vintage and exceptionally iconic Chevrolet muscle loaded with 505hp-producing LS7s is a cool treat. Late-model powertrain-equipped muscle was in high demand at this year’s SEMA show.

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