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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.


Cotati Speed Shop owner, Zane Cullen is proud to be able to say that all of his roadster builds, including our featured ’61 Vette from this year’s SEMA, use Flowmaster’s premium exhaust technology. Cullen prefers Flowmaster for not only their signature sound but their continuous quality and dependability.

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Dealing with the unexpected is a mark of maturity – some people have it, and some people don’t. How would YOU react to the hood suddenly unlatching at triple-digit racetrack speeds?

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The Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta turned into a battle of fuel economy, with the Compuware C6.R finishing second behind the leading Ferrari, thanks to a winning gamble on skipping the final fuel stop.

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This last August, we covered the awesome turbo and nitrous-fed C3 creation of Poland’s VTG. Stuck on top of a solid truck frame with a Syclone/Typhoon front clip, VTG’s fast Vette is seen in our featured clip pulling an 8.09 pass at nearly 200 miles per hour at Hungary’s Kiscunlachaza Airport!

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A suspected illegal street race between a C4 (on big rims, no less) and an SUV ended in a crash, but by the time authorities arrived, there were no drivers to be found, and one of the vehicles came back as stolen…

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This year’s Texas Invitational “King of the Street” at the Caddo Mills Municipal Airport was the ultimate rolling start showdown between American and foreign forces. Corvette was a well-represented marque, and several examples of the flagship racer ran side-by-side with Supras and others from around the globe.

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All too often, our favorite sports cars become our favorite actors. As seen in our featured clip from the 1981 West German cult classic, “Mad Foxes,” those car actors don’t always take-on the most award-winning roles. Watch as our protagonist drives his C3 while getting revenge and taking numbers!

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Next year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway will honor Corvette as the event’s featured marque. America’s sports car will be acknowledged during its 60th anniversary model year, and Laguna Seca anticipates that all six generations of Vette will be represented in Monterey.

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Barn Finds stumbles across some of the most forsaken old cars on the web, but their featured ’62 Vette is an early cruiser with potential though currently in need of a massive overhaul. Unfortunately, the V8, manual trans drivetrain is now gone from what was a well-equipped convertible.

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Looking for a track toy or time attack roller? Pfadt Race Engineering may have just what you’re looking for – you just need to provide the motivation (and the cash…)

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Two of the fastest-production Vettes currently on the market for the 2013 sales year are the 638-horse ZR1 and the 505-horse Z06. Car and Driver’s Michael Austin goes out to Chuckwalla Valley Raceway to test both flagship models to see which is the king of the Vette world, and his findings may surprise you!

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Corvettes At Carlisle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is the ultimate Vette fest as-is, so how can it be made even better? By throwing in a beauty contest, of course!

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Last November marked the construction of GM’s 100-millionth small-block, a supercharged LS9 built at the General’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan for display purposes only. It was a milestone for GM, but today’s featured video shows us in brief just how complex the assembly process can be!

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When eBay Motors first found their current project, a ’63 split window from Yakima, Washington back in February, it was in running condition but needed work, especially since it had many different Vette components that weren’t necessarily era-correct. eBay’s fan base has helped restore the C2 to its former glory.

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This year, LMR of Houston, Texas has stunned us time and time again with one radical Vette build after the other. This time, however, they make our hearts throb with model Sarah Leann and an equally beautiful ’13 ZR1. Between the two, we don’t know who has the better curves. We’ll let you decide!

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At CMP in Kershaw, South Carolina, a C3 was recently seen blowing-out a tire massively as it approached the track’s notorious Turn 10, also known as “The Kink.” It’s yet another lesson in what not to do with your Vette, and it’s also a basic lesson in car maintenance: always check your tires!

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