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CORVETTE TODAY - Kevin Mackay Talks About The Cunningham Corvette & Bringing It Back To Life

In 1960, Briggs Cunningham took 3 Corvettes to France to race at Le Mans. After that race, the cars were brought back to the United States, put back to original and sold to consumers. The #3 car was recovered about put back to the way it was when it raced in 1960 at Le Mans and is owned by a private owner. https://youtu.be/_g_9Eah8pS8; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...FbtXiohpLYxLCh The car is owned by Bruce Meyers of the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. But what happened to the car? After a long legal battle, Kevin Mackay from Corvette Repair in Long Island, New York, has been putting this historic Corvette back to it's original 1960 livery for the past year (after it was purchased by Briggs Cunningham's family at auction). Kevin comes back on CORVETTE TODAY to tell the story of the Cunningham Corvette and to tell you when and where you can see this car...with its two siblings! If you love the history of Corvette and its racing past, DO NOT MISS this episode of CORVETTE TODAY. www.CorvetteToday.com
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Corvette Brand Manager, Harlan Charles Talks Everything E-Ray

Corvette Marketing & Brand Manager, Harlan Charles returns to CORVETTE TODAY with your host, Steve Garrett, to talk about the new 2024 Corvette E-Ray. https://youtu.be/3u0WMcgtnWI ; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...GToHlBAjuBPZxz. Harlan gives us an extensive overview is this revolutionary new Corvette and give us insight never heard before about the upcoming E-Ray. www.CorvetteToday.com
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Corvette Today News & Headlines: Late January, 2023

With the announcement of the 2024 Corvette E-Ray, your CORVETTE TODAY host Steve Garrett, and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger have a lot to tell you about !!! https://youtu.be/734VgDupTBI; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...UAAEX2obMOXMml
Plus, we get a possible glimpse into the Corvette future with Manny Katakis from Muscle Cars & Truck with what the C9 Corvette could look like. Besides the E-Ray, here are some of the other stories Steve and Keith will discuss....
1. Corvette beats the Porsche 911 as Consumer Reports most satisfying car to own.
2. GM delivers over 9,000 Corvettes in the 4th quarter of 2022
3. Corvette Racing debuts the GT3.R on January 27th at the Rolex 24
4. The Mecum Auction at Kissimmee sells the very first Corvette Sting Ray
5. The National Corvette Museum hosts exhibits to celebrate 70 years of Corvette
All the Corvette E-Ray news you want and need plus much more on next week's CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines show!
Listen to the podcast, watch the YouTube video, join the Facebook group, sign up for email notifications and shop in the Merchandise Store at: www.CorvetteToday.com
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2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

E-Ray Visualizer: https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?...US&channel=b2c
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...rs-information
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 BUILD & PRICE: https://www.chevrolet.com/performanc...d-price/config
Z06 Order Guide: https://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NA...D=22412&type=0
Z06 Pricing Spreadsheet: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...9Chvp%E2%80%9D
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual: https://www.corvetteblogger.com/docs...ersManual.pdf; and,
https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...owner-s-manual
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer: https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?...US&channel=b2c
* COPMPLETE 2023 STINGRAY PRICING: https://www.corvetteactioncenter.com...ion-Center.pdf
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide: https://www.gmfleetorderguide.com/NA...D=22412&type=0
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer: https://visualizer.chevrolet.com/ui?...US&channel=b2c
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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Carbiturary - C7 Corvette

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  • Carbiturary - C7 Corvette

    A British Point of View:

    Rarely bought on this side of the Atlantic, but it will still be sorely missed

    It's easy to make jokes about the Corvette. So let's do that first. This is the all-American hero that uses cart springs and pushrods, which smells like the inside of a chemical factory and has the sort of panel gaps that get elephants horny. This is a sports car whose ownership demographic is older than that of pretty much any other. It travels outside its homeland about as well as twangly country music, non-ironic rhinestone boots and that flavourless plastic that Americans call Cheddar cheese.

    How was that?

    Now that's out of the way, let's pass straight to the case for the defence. That infamous leaf spring is made from carbon fibre and fitted transversely at the back, effectively allowing for a more compact suspension design. The pushrod V8 is about as highly developed as any engine can be, using its lack of cams in the heads to give both lightness and the compact dimensions that allow for such a low bonnet line.

    Then there's the unanswerable one: the Corvette is the world's longest lived sportscar, in production since 1953 giving it ten years on the 911. Its appeal is long proven, its simple recipe of brawny performance, low weight and relative affordability having survived fuel crises, emissions controls and changing fashions. Haters gonna hate, but in terms of pure sales the Corvette blows every significant rival out of the water.

    Which is why we are here to mourn the end of an era. The C7 generation, due for imminent replacement, is set to be the last of its line. The first seven generations of 'Vette evolved at such a gentle pace they wouldn't upset an ardent creationist. From the arrival of V8 engines in 1955 the basics have remained unchanged. But the next one, due later this year, is set to make the dramatic transition to a mid-engined layout that will enable it to go and play with the junior supercars.

    You might well be asking why we should care. Despite being nominally on sale in the UK during at least some of its lifespan you are much more likely to see a Ferrari or Lamborghini than a C7 Corvette. It's the American football of cars: huge at home but pretty much ignored everywhere else.

    There is, of course, a basic financial reason for this. In the U.S. a base Corvette is officially $55,500 - £42,800 at current exchange rates - although there is usually deep discounting on top of that. Further up the range it becomes even better value, the supercharged 650hp Z06 costs $79,500, almost exactly the same as the Cayman GTS but with twice the cylinders and nearly double the power.

    Any Corvette that crosses the Atlantic is pretty much guaranteed to lose this bargain status and therefore a big chunk of its appeal. But there's also something about the Corvette's unashamed brashness that has always riled some people up. There's no doubting it feels big and short on finesse when asked to tackle UK roads, especially with the need to pilot it from the wrong side. Yet it's really not long since all sportscars were as raw and unfiltered as the C7 is.

    It's not a car that ever downplays the seriousness of going really fast. The engine is raucous and lumpy at low speeds, turning loud and angry as the revs rise. The seven-speed manual gearbox is a proper workout, needing to be guided both firmly and carefully between ratios. Cruising is never anything but loud; stratospheric gearing makes use of the engine's low-end torque, and can deliver impressive economy, but road noise struggles to escape from the cabin's composite structure. And yes, it still does smell strongly of the resin that holds the plastic bits together: Eau De Corvette.

    Yet as with the good reasons for the archaic mechanical carry-overs the C7 is far cleverer than a dumb Yank stereotype. Selectable drive modes do more than tweak throttle maps and steering weight, they also tighten the active dampers, reign back the stability control and alter the behaviour of the active rear differential. Build confidence in the low-feel steering and the Corvette can be driven at a pace very little can keep up with. Even in standard form it will tolerate hard track use.

    It's not hard to see GM's logic in moving things on. The mid-engined Vette will undoubtedly be quicker and probably also a good deal slicker. Presuming it keeps a segment appropriate price advantage it could well end up as a viable cut price alternative to an Audi R8 or McLaren Sports Series. But we should also miss the C7; with its combination of huge, loud performance, look-at-me styling and an attractive price tag it is pretty much the better-handling American equivalent of a Wheeler-era TVR. Which is meant as a complement.

    Yet there might be another twist in the tale. Word from the 'States is that a heavily updated version of the C7 will be sold alongside the mid-engined Vette for those with more traditional tastes, for a while at least. Offer the pair in right-hand drive and we might start to take them more seriously.
    https://www.pistonheads.com/news/gen...corvette/40044

    I think the bit at the end about continuing the C7 alongside the C8 is a fantasy, though.
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    I will say, my roadster was quite odoriferous for quite a while, made me wonder what I was breathing. But i usually drove it with the top down, so all those unknown vapors went up to the ozone layer

    After reading that, it makes it that much harder to give up. Wonder if owners of XK-150s had the same issue when the XK-E came out?
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      Thank you meyerweb for finding and post that article.
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