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Salvatore Alaimo Freelance Contributor

After graduating from California State University, Northridge, California, Sal Alaimo Jr. has continued with his passion of the automotive industry. Alaimo's been an auto enthusiast since his early years, and grew up learning about cars from his father, Sal Alaimo Sr. If its got a set of fat rear tires and 8-cylinders, Alaimo Jr. is all for it. Today, Alaimo Jr. brings with him a pool of enthusiasm and pride as a contributing freelance writer for Chevy Hardcore.


Nissan’s twin-turbo GT-R is an unrivaled technical achievement, making 545 horses from a relatively small V-6 and delivering that power through sophisticated all-wheel-drive, but it also came with quirks. Among these are a 3,800-pound weight and touchy electronics, so is GM’s Z51 Stingray a better car?

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No generation of Corvette design has made the marque into America’s supercar like the 7th-generation of the make, a Vette creation that brings back the “Stingray” nameplate while introducing a list of high-tech goodies. Among these are electronic traction management, along with a computerized differential!

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Performance Power Racing out of West Palm Beach, Florida has built what could be the fastest and most obscure Z06 on the planet, an ’04 C5 with twin-turbos that’s broken the 250-mile per hour barrier in the standing mile. It’s our featured eBay Find, and it’s one of the C5 generation’s rarest performance pieces!

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The Vette enthusiast community has been thrilled at GM’s unveiling of the C7 Stingray for 2014, ever since we first saw the car earlier this year. It could possibly be the Corvette that ends all Vettes, but it doesn’t mean that it won’t take a little time to get one. Is the ’14 Stingray worth the wait to you?

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As the latest member of the Corvette family, the C7 Stingray for 2014 has brought a series of changes, among these a Eurocentric eye for styling and a standard lighter, aluminum frame. The C7 also brings back to the scene GM’s previous “LT” engine code, which according to GM will put out some 455 horses!

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Helen Emsley’s career with General Motors goes back nearly 20 years. Starting with Opel in Europe, Emsley’s talents were extended to Holden in Australia, and for the last 14 years, the C7′s chief designer has given her talents to Detroit. Emsley was surprised, however, when GM asked her to design the ’14 Stingray

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Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” was one of the more suggestive tunes of the 1980s, but it was also the Artist’s first hit to successfully be erotic without being so blunt, as many of Prince’s earlier hits were. The Artist came up with the song while dozing in-and-out in the back of Lisa Coleman’s pink Edsel!

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Colin Chapman’s Lotus was often at the apex of race car development during the 1960s, a decade in which the Grand Prix sanction had made technological advances like at no other time in Formula car racing. The Lotus 49 in particular was a race car born from necessity, but can our C6 ZR1 keep up with the legend?

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Corvette has not won the American Le Mans Series GT class at Florida’s 12-hour Sebring since 2009. This year, however, America’s sports car pulled ahead of Risi Competizione’s 458 Italia in the race’s final 13 minutes. Thanks to our featured links from Corvette Blogger, you can relive the racing magic!

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Goodguys Rod And Custom Association has been organizing the nation’s best motoring enthusiasts venues since their founding in 1983. In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Goodguys will be hosting 19 events nationwide to commemorate some of the custom car craft’s finest, bringing with them their own big rig!

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Famed tuner Bill Thomas’ career started while he was building Corvettes for road racing. By 1963, Carroll Shelby’s 427 Cobra was racing its way to a sports car legacy, but Thomas was responsible for helping Chevy to create their Cobra equivalent, the 1,520 pound Cheetah, a racer that never got the shot it deserved

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Sales and marketing are half the battle when it comes to selling a car, but in the Internet age they have become interactive thanks to applications like Chevy’s all new online Colorizer for the C7 Corvette. Ever wonder what it would be like to build your own Vette from home? With the Colorizer, now you can!

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It’s hard to find a car enthusiast who doesn’t love the second-gen Corvette. The mid-year cars brought true performance, racetrack credibility, and timeless style to America’s sports car. In our featured clip, Eric Correia takes us down PCH in a sweet, ’67 C2 Sting Ray!

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A premiere concept car fabricator out of The Netherlands, Ugur Sahin Design’s “Z03″ closely resembles the just-revealed C7. Many of these styling cues are Ferrari-like in appearance, possibly even borrowing from the 458 and 599, but do you think it’s a more successful design than the factory 2014 Corvette?

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Ice drifting in a Corvette may seem like a stretch, especially in a 500-horse Z06, but apparently it’s not too much of a push for the Telegraph’s own Chris Knapman who buries our featured Z06 in the snow at the Laponie Ice Driving experience in Arjeplog, Sweden. Is it a good idea, or just plain dumb?

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Randy Curtis’ “Fugitive” C3 became a wheelstanding legend during the mid ’70s as it campaigned throughout the southern States and East Coast, even extending its wheelie-popping campaign into Canada. Pics of the drag Vette in action are today rare, though it still holds a place of honor with drag race fans!

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