Entries in Corvette (10)


Test Drive: 2016 Corvette Convertible

As a man in his late 40’s that was born and raised in the U.S.A. and whose favorite music includes Bruce Springsteen and The Eagles, I’m pretty sure I fall into the primary market segment for a Corvette Convertible. Paying attention to the type of men actually driving Corvette’s bears this out, as I can’t remember the last time I saw someone driving a Corvette who wasn’t a middle-aged white guy. Be that as it may, the 2016 Corvette is such a good car that it will make you forget (mostly) about all the clichés that go with driving one.

I may fall into the target market for Corvette buyers, but I’ve always been much more attracted to European sports cars like Ferrari’s and Porsche’s. As a teenager, my bedroom wall was covered with posters of cars like the Ferrari 308 GTB and Porsche 930 Turbo, not Corvettes, Camaro’s or Mustangs. It wasn’t until I started attending American Le Mans Series races in 1999 and watching the Corvettes race that I started taking a closer look at the road cars and gaining an appreciation for them. Driving them over the last several years as an automotive writer has affirmed that, though they were not without their faults. After spending a week driving the new Corvette Convertible, it’s clear that Chevrolet has done their homework on the new C7 to make it the best Corvette yet.

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The Enduring Quest

For sports car and road racing enthusiasts, this weekend is one of the most anticipated on the summer racing calendar. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of four of the greatest racing events in the world along with the Indianapolis 500, the Monaco Grand Prix, and the Daytona 500. Signature events all, and each special in their own right, these races define greatness and add chapters to their illustrious histories every time they’re run. Of the four, the 24 Hours of Le Mans stands out as the most prestigious endurance road racing event in the world. The round-the-clock race in the beautiful French countryside is one of the “must sees” of any racing enthusiast’s portfolio, and the unique atmosphere is almost indescribable to those who have never been there.

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Book Review ~ Corvette Racing the GT1 Years by Nigel S Dobbie

Corvettes have been a part of GT racing since the mid 1950’s, but they have only raced officially since 1999, and in that time have become one of the most popular and dedicated teams on the grid at any event, emphasised by the amount of fans wearing ‘Jake’ caps/t-shirts, and the grin that everyone wears when the thundering V8 shakes the ground as it passes you. In this book, Nigel Dobbie has put together a comprehensive history of both Corvette Racing and the various European privateer teams that campaigned the GT1 car from 1999-2009 with some stunning illustrations to accompany the in-depth text.

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