’69 CORVETTE ZL1: TRIBUTE WITH PERSONAL TOUCHES!

’69 CORVETTE ZL1: TRIBUTE WITH PERSONAL TOUCHES!
Historical ZL1 background info plus George Haddad’s stunning alloy-engined Corvette Tribute.To understand the importance and uniqueness of George Haddad’s ‘69 Corvette ZL1 Tribute, top, you have to go back to late-1968. Hot Rod magazine broke the ZL1 Corvette story in the December 1968 issue with an unforgettable all-aluminum big-block 427 engine wearing bright yellow headers, above, on its cover. Haddad built this ZL1 Tribute at his shop, http://www.fabulousrestorations.com/ Exact production n...
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’19 CORVETTE ZR1: IT’S GOOD TO BE KING!

’19 CORVETTE ZR1: IT’S GOOD TO BE KING!
America’s sports car morphs into a contender for international Supercar honors. In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, today, Chevrolet introduced the ‘19 Corvette ZR1, a supercar that boosts Corvette’s performance heritage with the highest power, greatest track performance and most advanced technology in its production history. “I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Glo...
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’19 CORVETTE: MID-ENGINE STINGRAY!

According to Michael Accardi at GM INSIDE NEWS, the myth is real and mid-engined Corvette production is slated for January 2019. Moving the Corvette’s motor to the middle has been an idea General Motors has hung onto ever since Zora Arkus-Duntov almost made it happen in 1960. His mad brilliance has left behind a long legacy of dreamy concepts both from his time at GM and after. Unfortunately, the idea was always dismissed as too expensive and boutique both for the company from an economics stan...
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4WD VETTE: YEAH, IT’S GOT A HEMI!

Go anywhere and everywhere Corvette is powered by an old-school, dual-quad 392-inch Chrysler Hemi. It’s truly unstoppable.  When you live close to the New Jersey shore, like Dewey Powell does, it’s not uncommon to see 4WD and AWD vehicles with surf fishing racks on the front bumper. Most are trucks but some are one-off cars that feature conversion from Crossovers and SUVs. Dewey Powell’s Corvette is more than likely the only fully-functioning on and off-road Corvette powered by an engine th...
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CTEK BATTERY CHARGERS: CONNECT & FORGET!

High-tech plug & play chargers insure peak battery performance for all cars, especially exotics and Supercars with difficult to access batteries. Consider one as ‘cheap life insurance for peace of mind.’ You’ve come a long way, baby! When I bought my first trickle charger in the 1970s to keep the battery in my ’67 Corvette convertible at full strength during cold New Jersey winters, it was a multi-pound, steel cased green “brick.” It had a power cord, Charging and Storage warning lights ...
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BEST OF THE BEST: 2017 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS!

Bill Warner and his team delivered yet another whirlwind weekend of cars, cars and more cars in spite of a major challenge from Mother Nature. This year’s Concours amazed with sensory stimulation at every turn. Not to say that there weren’t challenges. Mother Nature forced a change from Sunday to Saturday, which they handled with aplomb and grace. They are to be congratulated for working untold hours to ensure the show went on. 2017 Honoree was Al Unser, standing next to the Borg Warner Tr...
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RAREST OF THE RARE: ‘57 CORVETTE SUPER SPORT!

One of the rarest factory-built Corvettes ever built can be seen for the first time in 60 years at the Amelia Island Concours next month. The ‘57 Corvette Super Sport prototype originally built for GM's famous Motorama shows of the 1950s will, after six decades hidden from view, break cover in a special exhibit at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 12, 2017. After its auto show duties, it was sold to Ralph Poole of Albuquerque, NM. The current owner, John Baldwin purch...
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’59 STINGRAY: TRIBUTE TO A MASTERPIECE!

It’s “the Sting of Inspiration’ blogs CarGuyChronicles’ Jim Palam, who succumbed to the magnetic appeal of the Fiberfab Centurion. Bill Mitchell's real XP-87 Stingray, top, photographed with two other Corvette legends - SR-2 and the iconic Grand Sport coupe - by Marty Schorr at the GM Proving Ground. Jim Palam's photo of the Fiberfab Centurion, above. In 1959 GM design chief Bill Mitchell  wasn't buying into the ban on manufacturer-sponsored racing proposed by the Automobile Manufactu...
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CLOSING THE GAP: AMERICA’S ONLY MID-LEVEL ENDURANCE RACING CHAMPIONSHIP!

There are plenty of endurance races available to anyone who wants to race $500 junkyard relics. There are also some endurance races available to drivers who want to race million-dollar prototypes. But the options are pretty limited for those who want to race something in between, blogs Stephen Cox.  A cavernous gap separates the numerous entry-level $500 series and the high-end Weathertech Sportscar Championship, which offers only four events of six hours or longer. For some time, Nort...
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BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE: CARS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED!

Our man on the Left Coast, Jim Palam, blogs about some two and four-wheel machines you may have missed while binge-watching the hobby’s premier auction. While overall auction totals at Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale showed a decline from the big numbers in 2015, there was little evidence of a downswing in enthusiasm for sellers, buyers and attendees at the self-proclaimed, "World's Greatest Car Auction" in 2016. Our West Coast contributor Jim Palam looked for vehicles that were less in the med...
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