Truckload of New C8s goes up in flamesOctober 16, 2021
Video courtesy of GM Specialty Vehicles
A handful of C8 owners expecting to pick up their new Vette are about to receive some bad news.
Videos shared early on Wednesday by Corieblue Fickes to Facebook show what looks to be a truckload of newly built C8-generation Chevrolet Corvettes going up in flames in a parking lot roughly 30 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee—about an hour and a half south of the car’s Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.
C8 E-Ray Hybrid Spied Near The Nurburgring
The Corvette spied has a body that’s nearly identical to the new Z06. The only minor difference is that it has a pair of exhaust pipes squared off at each corner instead of in the center on the new Z06.
We cannot be sure it is truly a hybrid though, as Nürburgring requires a special sticker for cars running on the track that are partially, or fully, powered by battery power. As the Vette was only spotted on the street, it is possible Chevy is waiting to apply the sticker closer to the track so as not to give anything away to the spy photographers.
Video courtesy of GM Specialty Vehicles
Here is a peak behind the scenes at the Bowling Green production plant in Kentucky USA, where the Right-Hand-Drive C8 is now being proudly built. It’s exciting for the Corvette to be offered as a worldwide product and expand their customer base.
2022 C8 Changes
The 2022 Corvette is now rolling off the assembly line. So, we thought it would be nice to point out the changes this new model year brings.
New exterior colors for 2022 are: Caffeine Metallic, Hypersonic Gray Metallic, and Amplify Orange Tintcoat.
Deleted exterior colors are: Zeus Bronze Metallic, Shadow Gray Metallic, and Sebring Orange Tintcoat.
Gone is also the 5-spoke Performance Pewter-painted aluminum wheels.
The only interior change is the addition of illuminated door sill plates (dealer-installed).
There are a few new options available now: Low rear spoiler and front splitter, Black Ground Effects.
New options that will be available later in the production: Visible Carbon Fiber door intake trim and a high wing spoiler with visible carbon fiber.
There is also a new IMSA GTLM Championship Edition which is loaded up with options. It comes in a No. 3 edition (Accelerate Yellow body with gray graphics) and a No. 4 edition (Hypersonic Gray body with yellow graphics). Both also come with a matching Custom-fitted indoor car cover depicting the appearance of either the No. 3 or No. 4 Corvette C8.R race car depending on the model.
Doug Freedman, Founder of the Concours on the Avenue,
has Passed Away
Doug Freedman founded the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue, a free event that kicks of Monterey Car Week and became one of the must-sees in a long week of must-sees. He was also a past national president of the Ferrari club.
Freedman, his wife Genie, and along with about 300 volunteers, put on the Concours on the Avenue every year in the streets of the storybook town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It was always a terrific time with the morning fog rolling away politely almost at Freedman’s behest to reveal blocks and blocks of Porsches, Ferraris, and all kinds of unique and rare cars, all there for the public to see for free. Every year that the show ran, Freedman always said it was the best year ever.
Freedman passed away October 3, 2021 of a heart attack while attending the Audrain Concours, a car guy to the very end.
The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Knoxville, Iowa. This month they have kicked off their 2021-22 fundraising campaign and they are giving away a new 2022 Corvette IMSA GTLM Championship C8.R Edition plus $25,000 cash to help pay the taxes!
The 2022 Corvette C8.R Edition commemorates Corvette Racing’s sweep of the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Championships by Corvette Racing’s mid-engine C8.R in its inaugural year of racing. During the 2020 race schedule, the C8.R would win IMSA’s Manufacturers, Drivers, and Team Championships. Chevrolet is celebrating that trifecta of championships with the production of only 1,000 examples, but you have a chance to take home a Hypersonic Gray Z51 Coupe with your donation!
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Save the date
The Village of Burr Ridge is putting on a car show in partnership with Corvette Mike Midwest and Windy City Corvettes on Saturday, October 9th! Enjoy music, food, and a fantastic collection of cars. Is your car worthy of the Best in Show? Judging categories include Best in Show Corvette, Exotic, Muscle Car (1960 & Newer), Classic (1950 & Older), Engine and Paint. Come and join us! Spots are filling fast this year! Great news for car enthusiasts. Register now! $10 for pre-registration, $20 for day-of registration, and free for spectators!
The show is at Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527.
John A. and his 2018 Dodge Challenger in Miami, Florida
It was love at first sight when John bought this brand new 1 of 1 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT demon finished in indigo blue over demonic red interior when it hit the dealer’s lot in May of 2018. He knew it was going to be fast as it came with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 rated at 840 hp mated to an 8-speed torqueflite automatic transmission. John was amazed the first time he punched it, as the front tires wanted to lift off the ground.
He said the only issue he has had with this demon, was where to store the, $1 option, crate full of goodies to make the car even faster.
This Week’s Specials
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Roman Red w/White coves and Red interior, 283/270hp, 4-speed
Here’s a Roman Red example that will surely turn heads wherever it goes! It’s undergone an extensive and correct frame-off restoration and features a matching #’s “dual quad” 283ci engine putting out 270hp. It’s backed up by a 4-spd. manual transmission and posi-traction rear end.
Only 5k miles!
Arctic White w/Kalahari interior, 376/650hp, 7-speed manual
This one owner, low mileage ZO6 is loaded with options, including but not limited to:
ZO7 Performance Package, 3LZ Equipment Group, Carbon Fiber Package, Carbon Fiber Interior Package, both Transparent and Painted Roof Panels, Chrome Wheels, Red Painted Brake Calipers, and more!
Only 1,600 miles
Arctic White with Kalahari Interior and Top.
This powerful model encompasses the sharp styling of the ZR-1 in addition to many options, includuding: 3ZR Performance Package, Magnetic Ride Control, Chrome Aluminum Wheels, Performance Exhaust, Blue Calipers, 8-Speed Paddle-Shift Automatic Transmission, Power Convertible Top with Remote Operation, and so much more.
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- 1956-1962 Corvette Hardtops – Priced from $4,888.
- 1963-1967 Corvette Hardtops – Priced from $2,000.
- 1968-1975 Used convertible top assembly. Good condition.
Fully restored 1963 through 1967 factory hard top. Restored by Nabers Brothers years ago and it has been in the crate ever since! This was restored specifically for 1966 a Nassau blue 427 convertible. Very hard to duplicate and very expensive to restore. On sale this week for $4,750!
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