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CORVETTE TODAY #129 - Corvette News and Headlines, Early October 2022

Your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger team up once again to bring you the most current and up-to-date information on Corvette. It’s the CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines show to start off October! https://youtu.be/NG7JwFGJf04; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...lUqQwp7DeopRJV
Here are some of the topics Steve and Keith will cover next week....
—The Bowling Green Assembly Plant ran a rare “2 shift Saturday” last weekend
--C8 Z06 embargo on driving impression ended last week
--Corvette’s average sale price is almost 20% over MRSP
--The 1st customer ordered Z06 was built last week
--Is Ford benchmarking the C8 Z06?
--Road & Track magazine is now testing the C8 Z06
--Detroit News readers name the C8 Corvette “Best in Show” at Detroit Auto Show
--The new “Driven By Design” exhibit opens at the NCM
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Z06 Auto-Media Testing Results & Impressions

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2023 Corvette Info Including SR Pricing, SR 2023 Visualizer, 70th Anniversary SR/Z06 Press Release; The C8 Z06 Press Release, Order Guide & Its Visualizer Link

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51 Year Old C2 Race Car

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  • 51 Year Old C2 Race Car

    Thanks to our friends at Corvette Blogger, we have a touching C2 racer and his “driver” story. Video below.

    Originally posted by CorvetteBlogger
    Gave Gove Starts Up A Vintage 1955 Corvette He Raced 51 Years Old
    Mitch Talley
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    Jul 24, 2018
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    [VIDEO] Gary Gove Starts Up a Vintage 1966 Corvette He Raced 51 Years Ago

    You’ve got to check out this YouTube video from Jerry Heasley and the rumbling music coming from this 1966 427/425 Corvette.

    It may take some serious coaxing from the driver to stir this monster of a Sting Ray back to life, but the beautiful sounds emanating from its big block unmuffled sidepipes make it worth the wait.

    As Maynard Reed, who left a comment after watching the video, says: “That’s how a Corvette is supposed to sound. Mean!!”

    The fellow behind the wheel, Gary Gove, likely feels the same way. He raced this car way back in 1966, and he recently had the privilege of cranking it up again for the first time in 51 years.

    “I raced this car in 1966 for Alan Green Chevrolet, a Chevrolet performance dealer in Seattle,” Gove says while strolling down Memory Lane sitting behind the wheel of the car. “We raced it all up and down the West Coast in SCCA A-Production, from Riverside to Seattle to Canada.

    “And then today’s the first time I’ve seen the car in about 50 years, so I’m older … the car’s older. The car still looks the same as it did in 1966, whereas I don’t so much…”
    [VIDEO] Gary Gove Starts Up a Vintage 1966 Corvette He Raced 51 Years Ago

    When Gove finally gets the car to roar back to life, he relates how the Corvette would pull 170 mph down the back straightway at Riverside, “which made getting into Turn 9 a really fearful event, because your eyes were right at the end of their stalks! And the best way was to turn the car and let it slide because if you just tried to use the brakes, it was just too much for the brakes.

    “I love this car – it was fun to race. If you put it in fourth gear, it just started breathing air (shaking his head), and it ran!”

    Fast forward to July 19, 2018, and Gove was on hand at the NCRS Nationals in Las Vegas to see his old racer, which is now owned by Joe Scafidi and Jonathan B. White.

    Joe recounted how Alan Green Chevrolet was a significant muscle car dealer and wanted to be one of the bigger Corvette dealers in the Northwest back in the 1960s. Gove remembers he drove the car right off the showroom floor and raced it the day after that.

    “They raced it in stock form, roll bar, bigger tires, and some wheel well modifications for the first month or so,” Scafidi said, “and then from that point on, they were in contact with GM engineers and started to use GM heavy duty parts.”
    [VIDEO] Gary Gove Starts Up a Vintage 1966 Corvette He Raced 51 Years Ago

    Gove says he called a couple of contacts with Chevrolet, who provided the team “with the few things Chevrolet had that helped the car live longer and run better.”

    Scafidi says he found the car through a friend who approached him with some photos, and he and partner White brought the car back to Massachusetts.

    Gove says he only drove the car for one year in A-Production – “the hot stuff at the time,” he says, “(but) we qualified with enough points to go to the runoffs at Riverside,” he said.

    “At Riverside, we were up against 427 Cobras. I was doing 170 mph down the back, and the 427 Cobra was doing 183 and he could leave black stripes on the ground. They were quite a bit lighter. This car weighed 2950 to 3050 depending on the day, and the Cobras were easily 800 pounds lighter than that, plus they had Shelby’s Cobra drivers. I mean, Ken Miles, he was probably the fastest Cobra driver ever, and Carroll Shelby has admitted none of it would have worked, none of it, without Ken Miles.”

    Be sure to watch the end of the video when Gove signs a valve cover for the new owners on his old Corvette.

    Source: Jerry Heasley.
    https://youtu.be/2SIcDntF4mo

    http://www.corvetteblogger.com/2018/...-51-years-ago/
    Last edited by John; 07-26-2018, 10:17 AM.
    2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, complete high wing/aero package. CCB’s, PBC, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.



  • #2
    That car sounds terrific. What a wonderful reunion.
    Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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    • #3
      I like the color.

      The interior looks stock other than the roll bar and the 3 point belts.
      1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
      2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

      NCM Lifetime Member since 2003

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