Tuesday, December 8, 2009

1966 L72 427/450 HP 4-Speed Coupe

What an amazing car. This entirely original 1966 427 coupe has turned only 28,000 miles and has won both the Bloomington Gold Survivor and NCRS Top Flight Awards.

One of the rarest, most highly awarded, original and well-documented Corvettes in existence, this 1966 427/450 HP Sting Ray Coupe is a fascinating Survivor. It was built by the second shift of the St. Louis assembly plant at approximately 5PM on October 12, 1965 and then shipped to Pantier Chevrolet in Danville, Arkansas for delivery to its first owner, Danville resident Edward Page.

I think I would have liked Edward Page.

More at Mecum Auction.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

LG Motorsports Laguna Seca Video

Great footage, especially if you play Forza on the X-Box:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cascade Green '57

Dual 4-barrels, 3-speed manual. What I really like about this peach is its Beige interior, a great complement to the Cascade Green exterior and matching top. A very nice car.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

1968 L88

I really enjoyed driving this 1968 L88 Corvette. I was going to write "this wild 1968 L88 Corvette" but that would have been redundant; every L88 is wild.
Thanks to its telescopic steering column, I was able to position the wheel close enough to use it as leverage for depressing the clutch pedal, the primary consideration in driving this car.

Once the engine warms and you are on your lumping thumping way, you know in the blink of an eye that the L88 is a bottomless fount of unrelenting power. At speed, the clutch effort lightens considerably thanks to all the adrenalin suddenly coursing through your veins, an elegant bit of engineering.

There really is nothing like the L88 Corvette. It will slam you back in your seat as if hit from behind by a Kenworth and thrill you with its big-bore basso profundo roar.

It's America's very own vintage race car, a production beast that has beaten all comers.

So: Get in and hang on. You'll love it.

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The Mitchell Corvette

Here are a couple of the photos I took of the 1967 Sting Ray GM styling chief Bill Mitchell had specially built for his wife Marian. It has a 400hp 427 Tri Power and drives like a dream. My article on this car for the Mecum Bloomington Gold Auction is here.

Any Corvette enthusiast will tell you there is no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than cruising around town in a Sting Ray convertible with the top down. But when that town is Newport Beach, CA and the car is this stunning 1967 Ermine White Tri Power convertible, that sunny afternoon is exceptional indeed. And when its owner is along for the ride to tell the car’s story as we rumble around Lido Isle, one gets the full sense of its incredible significance in Corvette history.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Preston Chevrolet Show, June 21 2009

This was our second time participating in a Corvette show. Dee and I had to drive through a summer downpour to get there and then spend an hour cleaning the car after we arrived, but so did everyone else, so we had the opportunity to watch others deal with the clean-up and see how far they were willing to go to prepare for the show, which was a judged affair. The rest of the day was overcast, but it was a high quality field of cars and the event a great success.

Ironwood Show & Shine, June 27 2009

The Good News: My Z06 won Best in Class, Stock 1980 to Present. What a pleasant surprise! Thanks to everyone who voted for the car- I'm so glad you enjoyed it enough to do that.

The Bad News: I left my camera at home!
Translation: contributors welcome!

What a great show and a great experience.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dennison Chevrolet Show, June 14 2009

My wife Dee and I attended our first Corvette show as owners at the Riverside Corvette Club's all-makes event at Dennison Chevrolet in the Richmond Auto Mall (Richmond, B.C.) on June 14, my birthday! It was a high-calibre gathering of Corvettes, rods and muscle, the best of which was a Tuxedo Black 1966 Chevelle SS396, all stock and all original. I do not have a photo, so if anyone else can contribute, I'd like to post it.

Here we go:

The star of the show, Corvette ZR1 #004.

1930 MG won Best British.

'61 Biscayne 2-door post with modern underpinnings.

My Electron Blue 2002 Z06.

The best Cadillac ever? 2009 CTS-V. 550 bhp, a 7.59 at the Nurburgring.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I Love Corvettes

I love Corvettes. Always have.

I bought my first one in September 2008: a 2002 Electron Blue
Z06. It's all stock and original, only 18,000 miles.
I love Corvettes. Always will.