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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. ; Harlan gives us an extensive overview is this revolutionary new Corvette and give us insight never heard before about the upcoming E-Ray.
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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 !!!;
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:
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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:
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:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
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:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*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:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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Today’s My 4 Year C8 Deposit Anniversary

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  • Today’s My 4 Year C8 Deposit Anniversary

    After doing extensive internet and personal research, four years ago today, Feb. 1, 2015, I called Mike Furman and asked, “would you please take a deposit on the mid engine Corvette?” Mike’s response was, “I sure do not know when or if there is going to be a mid engine Corvette, but I will take a $1,000 deposit.”

    When one enters into an pre-ordering purchasing agreement with a dealer, and they say to you that they will consequently place you in a prioritized pre-ordering list, it is critical that you are working with a dealer who has beyond just verbally issued you those words, for the dealer to then insure that they will do what they have promised you. They need two things to accomplish what they are saying, e.g., integrity and allocation!

    Background for those new to ordering Corvettes: An order merely placed by a dealer can not become a built Corvette unless that dealer submitted order is literally paired up with a GM granted allocation for that specific model Corvette ordered. This matching of a “dealership submitted ordering request” with GM granting of a specific allocation for that order, occurs during a six day consensus process. Here is an outline of how that process works.


    Because of [email protected]’s time and date stamped pre-ordering process, coupled with their huge Corvette allocations, my ME pre-ordering deal was done with Mike exactly 1,461 days ago.

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    As to when the C8’s reveal will occur, we do not yet know, but the three things that I am personally sure of: I am waiting until the ME is revealed; second, I will order one as soon as I can; and third, with my pre-order being time and date stamped, it will be matched with a GM granted allocation in the exact order it was received originally by Mike.

    Four years has passed since I started my C8 purchase process. I wonder how much longer I/we all have to wait until the first one of us has it in our garage?

    2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    You must be at the top of the list if it's been four years.

    I hope you will be doing NCM delivery so I can drive up and watch it happen in person.
    1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
    2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

    NCM Lifetime Member since 2003


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      Museum Delivery is our hope, but if the timing results that it would be in the middle of winter, driving it home from Kentucky over the Rockies would make that a non-starter. Wonder how the ME starts at -24 degrees LOL.

      We are very close to but not at the top of his list. But with his huge allocation, as you know, it will depend on who orders which model with what options, e.g., the old option constraint possibilities. We could again get one made the first week, or maybe not until week six, or ???
      Last edited by John; 02-01-2019, 02:03 PM.
      2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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        Congrats John! - assume you are one of the 1st batch orders.

        I sense a Forum delivery party gathering - if I can make it, I ball dibs for a shotgun ride!


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          Happy Anniversary John. I hope this is your last!


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            I'm way behind as it's now only the first anniversary for me. However I'm #3 on the list with the biggest Corvette dealer in Canada. I think that's still a pretty good place to be.
            2020 C8 Corvette.D.O.B 2/03/2020
            Shadow Grey Metallic on Black
            2LT, Z51 + MRC. GT1 seats.
            Spectra Grey Tridents.
            Carbon flash mirrors and spoiler.


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              Bikerjulio, sounds like a really good place to be!

              As above, what we will not know until probably right before the first consensus, is whether the HT would be delayed, and which options would be constrained at the beginning (as typically happens at the beginning of a new generation or model).

              If those kinds of things were to happen to our invidious orders, then comes the untimate angst, do I knowingly allow my dealer to hold off on placing my order until the color pink (which I wanted) is no longer constrained, or the visible carbon fiber splitter that I also really wanted, comes off constrained (hold) status. Or do I compromise on those two constrained items — especially since it is rarely known as to hold long a constrained item will be on hold, nor if limited production, does my dealer have enough “comparative allocation” to get that partially constrained, limited, option approved for my own order?
              Last edited by John; 02-01-2019, 04:15 PM.
              2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, CCB’s, 3LZ, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option order-able including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.