Security breach cancels 1960 Briggs Cunningham LeMans Corvette release

According to @CorvetteBlogger on twitter, the 1960 Briggs Cunningham LeMans Corvette was to be revealed at Carlisle today; however, they just tweeted about 25 minutes ago that it has been cancelled due to security concerns.

The Corvettes at Carlisle event is being held at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, fairgrounds and is expected to attract thousands of auto enthusiasts throughout the weekend.

According to carsatcarlisle.com, one of the most popular events, the Downtown Corvette Parade and Party, sees about 400 Corvettes park the streets of Carlisle for a one-of-a-kind experience.

PowerBlock will keep you posted as we find out more about what stopped the reveal.

 

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3 American Autos make “most beautiful cars” list

In honor of the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, CNBC has reported Total Car Score’s all-time best looking ides.

“Ask 10 people to name the best-looking car of all time and you’ll likely get 10 different answers,” said the website’s editor, Karl Brauer, to CNBC. “But I’d suggest these 10 cars would be among the most popular answers given. Furthermore, all 10 of these cars have modern-day successors that clearly trace their appearance back to these timeless designs.”

 

Topping out at #3 on the list is the 1963 Chevy Corvette. The story said it was the only year with split window rear glass and the first Corvette with hidden headlamps and independent rear suspension.

 

#6 – 1966 Ford GT40
At 40 inches tall, it was one of the lowest cars ever made, the story said. It was also the only car to win the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in first, second and third place.

 

# 8 – 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T
Brauer told CNBC that it made the list because it was the first E-Body and offered a 426 Hemi engine. You could also get in it “high-impact” colors, such as “Plumb Crazy Purple.”

Do you agree with this list? To see the whole list, click here.
http://autos.yahoo.com/news/the-10-most-beautiful-cars-of-all-time.html?page=all

 

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Video shows Corvette slamming into tree

When you see our project payoffs on PowerBlock, we’re usually on closed roads or professional race tracks so we can show off the work put in by the hosts.

So when it comes to showing off your ride, practice safety first, and don’t do what this guy did in a Corvette.

While showing off on back roads, a man driving the Corvette pictured above slams into a tree while going around a curve.

According to a YouTube description, the car was borrowed from an exotic dealership in Baltimore, Maryland. Because of the frame damage, the car was totaled out, and the dealership’s insurance paid for it. The driver was uninjured, and wasn’t fired for borrowing the car.

The 13-minute video of the incident can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLf-VqQdQ3I&feature=player_embedded

 

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GM closes plant to tours to gear up for next-gen Chevy Corvette

If you’re planning a trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky, with plans of visiting the Corvette plant, you might have to hold off on that.

Starting September 14, 2012, General Motors will close public tours because the Corvette plant will start preparing for the next generation vehicle.

According to detroitnews.com, GM is stopping public tours as it beings retooling and tearing up pieces of the production line and prepares for the sports car.

On July 30, GM suspended the popular Corvette buyers’ tour. You can pay $400 at the National Corvette Museum to see the Corvette being built, plus the $500 add-on that allows owners to buy a leather-bound photo book chronicling the build of their vehicle, the article said.

The plant draws between 40,000-50,000 visitors every year, but the $131 million investment into the Bowling Green plant will create 250 jobs as it installs new equipment to make the next-generation Corvette.

 

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General Motors CEO to auction Corvette for charity

General Motors’ CEO Dan Akerson will be auctioning off his 1958 Regal Turquoise Corvette, with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Detroit.

According to a press release from GM, Akerson wants to help revitalize the Morningside Commons neighborhood in Detroit’s lower east side.

“A strong America is built on strong communities, and building those communities starts with one hammer, one nail and one person – from there it’s contagious,” Akerson said.
The Corvette is powered by a 245-HP V8, and will be front and center at the 60th Anniversary Corvette Display at familiar Birmingham Triangle where more than 200 classic Corvettes will be on display, the press release said.

“The 1958 Corvette is a great example of American passion and ingenuity, and my hope is that the auction will help bring attention and resources to Habitat’s efforts to revitalize a historic Detroit neighborhood,” Akerson said. “I love this Corvette, and if putting it on the block can help rebuild the heart and soul of this neighborhood, I am all for it.”

 

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GM highlights Corvette’s lightweight legacy

In 1953, the Corvette was only supposed to be part of General Motor’s Motorama exhibit at the New York Auto Show. To say that it was well-received is an obvious understatement, because it has become one of the most recognized cars from GM’s Chevy division.

If you can improve the technology, you can improve results. An article on GM’s website features a story how technology has influenced the beauty behind the Corvette since the very first one from the 50s.

Harlan Charles, Corvette’s marketing manager, says horsepower isn’t the only measure of performance. “Balance and low weight are just as important, and that’s where the Corvette excels. It has a heritage of employing cutting-edge technologies and materials to help optimize performance.”

Using those “cutting-edge technologies and materials” started in 1953 when the body of a Corvette was made out of fiberglass, and since then, GM says every Corvette has featured a composite-material body.

The idea of using fiberglass came from Harley Early. According to GM, it was lightweight, rust-proof and provided an economical way to create the Corvette.

By the late 60s, starting with the third generation of Corvettes, body parts were manufactured with a press mold process, GM says. SMC, or sheet-molded composite, can be molded into complex shapes without wasting material. The fiberglass material and resin were shaped in a die-like tool that produced smoother parts more quickly, and according to GM, this helped lay the groundwork for a change in the body panel’s material by 1973.

Fast forward to 1997, the first year of the C5. GM says the ‘97 Corvette was larger, longer and wider than the previous year’s model; however, it weight nearly 100 pounds less, thanks to the technology of advanced materials.

SMC body panels were made with more plastic and was composed of 40% resin, 33% calcium-carbonate filler, and 20% chopped fiberglass, with the last 7% being resin and hardeners to improve the out-of-mold surface, GM says. For the C6 Corvettes, the same material is also used.

This was just a brief summary of GM’s story, but if you want to read more about it, check out the article here.

Photo Credit: General Motors

 

 

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