Hi Folks, please join us on May 4th for our first Open House of the season. We’ve got 26 cars on the floor. We remodeled. The shop now has 6 service bays, and we’re going to have food, music, tech tips and of course, Corvettes and classic cars. Bring your car, bring the family or just stop by to talk about cars. Our full staff will be on hand. We’re at 60 Shore Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527 630-230-0441 See you on May 4th 10am to 3pm! Warmly, Bob Sindelar
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Remember the Corvette Museum sinkhole?
At 5:39 a.m. on February 12, 2014 at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Mother Nature struck in a very unkind way. A 40-foot sinkhole opened up inside the Skydome and eight rare and unique Corvettes took a 30-foot plunge to the bottom. The disaster was also caught on film in case anyone doubts this really happened.
Never let a crisis go to waste, the museum took advantage of the sinkhole by turning it into a tourist attraction once geologists confirmed it was stable. There were even plans at one point to permanently keep the sinkhole because of the large crowds it drew, but ultimately the decision was made to fill it in.
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The Chicago Auto Show is the premiere “new car” show in the country. It’s bigger than any other auto show and includes specialty cars and classics. Not enough people know about the classics!
We’re looking forward to another Chicago Blackhawks Day including a visit from former Chicago Blackhawk Bobby Hull to the Chevy Dealers exhibit at Noon, Friday February 15th. Chevys and Blackhawks are a good match. And, Corvette Mike Midwest is here! Thanks to our friends at Windy City Corvettes, we’re part of the showcase of classic Corvettes on display. We’re hearing from everyone walking past our area, “Hey we didn’t know there were classics at the show.” And that’s been OK to hear. It gives us an opportunity next year to work with the auto [...]
Comments Off on The “Racer’s Option” Corvette – Check out this great story about speed and style!
The first Corvettes with RPO ZR1, called the ZR-1 (with dash), were produced from 1970-1972 (same as the LT-1’s). To get the ZR-1 option you first had to check the box for the LT-1 motor, as no other motor option could be used. Other options that came standard with the ZR-1 package included an expansion tank, power brakes, M22 “Rock Crusher” heavy duty four-speed transmission, J56 Heavy duty power brakes, transistorized ignition, special aluminum radiator and the F41 suspension that included special springs, shocks and front and rear stabilizer bars.
The car was designed with racing in mind so you could not get amenities like air conditioning, power windows, power steering, radio, alarm system, rear window defroster, or special trim items like P02 wheel covers. Only 53 C3 ZR-1’s Corvettes were produced (25 in 1970, 8 in 1971 and 20 in 1972), making [...]
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A Florida driver and business owner claims he has over 700,000 miles logged on his 16-year-old sports car, according to two YouTube videos. If true, he is only 300,000 miles away from joining the handful of vehicles that have logged one million on their odometers.
A Florida driver took a 2000 Chevrolet Corvette out for its paces, but the miles on the odometer weren’t produced on a race track.
The man known only as “Mike” claims he owns a business in Florida and Georgia that requires him to be out on the road a lot, according to this YouTube video. In the latest video, Mike shows the Corvette has since acquired 709,972 miles since his purchase.
According to a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, the sports car in question has changed owners twice since its initial purchase in 1999. The first owner put 196,186 miles from 1999 to 2004. The second owner leased it for [...]
Comments Off on Bill Mitchell and his Stingray Racer XP87 – this is a great read.
In 1957 Bill Mitchell wanted to build a Corvette racecar capable of beating Europe’s best. With an AMA ban on manufacturer-sponsored racing, the project had to be privately financed and the design could not have any recognizable association with Chevrolet. With Mitchell’s own time and money heavily invested into the project, he contracted Larry Shinoda to assist in the development of the revolutionary concept.
Combining the SS Corvette mule chassis (Sebring ’57) with the new fiberglass body resulted in a sleek and muscular roadster. Mitchell’s Stingray was completed in 1959 with the engineering help of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Accomplished SCCA driver Dick Thompson raced the Stingray and piloted it to two consecutive class championships. At the end of the 1960 season, Mitchell retired the Stingray [...]
Comments Off on Leading up to the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans – Ford-Corvette, an all-American duel
While Ford’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 brings with it after half a century a new episode in its stunning duel with Ferrari, for the American manufacturer this 84th edition will also be a matter of national prestige facing Corvette.
But for a better understanding, let’s go back in time to the mid-1960s. After Enzo Ferrari rebuffed his buyout offer in 1963, a stung Henry Ford, II set out to beat the Italian manufacturer on its favourite playing field at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where Ferrari had dominated since 1960.
But this sporting challenge was part of a much broader business strategy: a comprehensive rejuvenation of Ford’s image and range. Two cars quickly became the posterchildren of that ambition: the GT40 and its various configurations at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the circuit side, and the Mustang cabriolet coupe on the road side.