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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.


The upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale have been highly anticipated since news leaked-out that one of GM’s first C7s was to be up for bid at the event. But the newest Vette isn’t the only one to be featured, as several Corvettes spanning multiple generations and styles will be up for grabs in Arizona!

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The key to successful sales is knowing how to pitch your product, but is GM going about it the wrong way with the upcoming C7? Autoline’s Peter De Lorenzo seems to think so, as he expresses the opinion that GM would be better off surprising the Corvette fanbase instead of stirring them up and making them wait…

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Corvette has been America’s favorite sports car since the 1950s, but it’s the people that make the Vette hobby possible. For this reason, Illinois’ Bloomington Gold Great Hall event will be held annually until fifty of the hobby’s most influential cars and faces have had a spot. Will you be at this June’s event?

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Last year the very first 427 C6 convertible built for 2013 was sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction block, though the event’s catalog labeled the car as simply a stock Corvette. This year they’re sure to not make the same mistake as one of the very first C7s makes it to Scottsdale’s Lot #3016 to find a new home!

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Earlier this year, eBay Motors and Randy Nonnenberg stumbled across a split window C2 that would become their Bring-A-Trailer restoration project. The coupe was filled with aftermarket parts and needed some work, but a little handiwork and some online persistence led to the remarriage of the C2′s body and chassis!

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While Corvette may always be the most high-speed, aerodynamic thing that GM has to offer, General of North America’s president, Mark Reuss also recognizes the company’s need for a luxury performance segment. That’s why Chevy’s new SS sedan for ’14 promises to be the Vette’s 4-door equivalent, even packing an LT1!

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Moser Engineering offers some of the industry’s best in terms of rear assembly construction, and our featured item is their current solid-axle kit made specifically to fit all ’97-04 C5s. The kit features a 12-bolt housing, 35-spline alloy axles and everything that you need to retrofit your C5 for drag duty.

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Reeves Callaway celebrates 25 years of ‘Vette performance with 2012′s B2K and the 2013 SC652 convertible, both supercharged and lightning-quick in the Callaway Cars fashion. Both C6s run in the high-11s, and both commemorate a Corvette milestone, one the past and one for the future of the marque!

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Centerforce has made drift racing virtual with the all-new, Drift Mania Championship 2 APP available for download from the ITunes Store and Google Play marketplace. With over 10 million players worldwide and a highly-addictive gameplay layout, Drift Mania 2 makes for a competitive, web-based arena!

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World Class Motoring in Agoura Hills, California is one of those businesses that have been fortunate enough to benefit from Los Angeles-based CXC Simulations’ race simulator technology. CXC’s patented “Motion Pro II” system gives race fans the chance to engage in every aspect of the race track experience!

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As the costs of classic and muscle car restorations inflate, so does the cost of restoring an era-correct motor. For many enthusiasts, maintaining such running characteristics as idle speed, compression and fuel mixture are of paramount importance, and that’s where Crane comes in with their Blueprint cam series.

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Everybody who’s into cars has taken a picture or two of their favorites. But what does it take to actually get professional results? Here’s a look behind the scenes at the work that goes into getting that perfect shot.

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Some enthusiasts just never learn about the possible dangers of illegal street racing, and apart from this they just don’t seem to understand that the emphasis is on the ILLEGAL part. Unfortunately such behavior often results in tragedy, as was the case with the March, 2011 death of Ashley Krieger.

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Does the new virtual gauge cluster found in Cadillac’s XTS offer clues into what may be incorporated into Chevy’s C7 design? While it’s still up in the air, this 12.3-inch, LCD screen-based system designed by senior creative designer Scott Martin may just be an important part of the Corvette’s future as well.

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Police were notified within minutes of the discovery by the RPM shop owner, and by Sunday night an arrest had been made in connection with the incident, though only some of the stolen items, including the Corvette and trailer, were recovered while some “big ticket” items were still missing.

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When noted auto designer Don Johnson and rod builder Dean Arnold joined forces in the late ’90s to build the ultimate C5 split-window, the resulting car was the rare 2002 Avelate C5 of which only 27 were ever produced. Using Euro-style side panels and other custom moldings, the Avelate is now part of C5 history.

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