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|All-new Corvette Stingray comes to New York City 60 years to the day after Motorama debut 2013-01-16 Sixty years ago tomorrow, spectators lined New York City's posh Park Avenue, waiting to get a glimpse of the ground-breaking Chevrolet Corvette on display at the General Motors' Motorama show. On Thursday, the Corvette will be back in The Big Apple, marking the historic milestone with the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The all-new Corvette Stingray debuted earlier this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 'The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most advanced and engaging Corvette in the long, prestigious legacy of this uniquely American success story,' said Chris Perry vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. 'It is a car woven into the fabric of American culture and it got its start right here in the Big Apple.' The introduction of the original Corvette took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Jan. 17, 1953. That year, more than 1.4 million people saw the curvaceous design and futuristic approach of the Corvette at displays around the United States. The enthusiastic response prompted Chevrolet to accelerate production plans and by late June that year, Corvettes were rolling out of a specialized assembly facility in Flint, Mich. Only 300 were built in 1953 – all of them white with a red interior. They represented an auspicious launch for a car that would become synonymous with performance, technology, design and aspiration. The 2014 Corvette Stingray remains true to its roots as a two-seat sports car that delivers an engaging driving experience through advanced engineering and lightweight materials. Its technologies are supported by a racing-influenced design and features engineered to work cohesively and deliver the most connected driving experience in the nameplate's history. It is also the most powerful standard model ever and the most efficient, with 450 horsepower (335 kW) that enables 0-60 times of less than four seconds and projected highway fuel economy greater than 26 mpg. The 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013. Corvette Fast Facts: •The Corvette was originally championed by GM's legendary styling director Harley Earl, who insisted there was room for an American entry in the European-dominated sports car market. It was also his idea for Corvette to have a fiberglass body. •Corvette was named for a small and fast class of naval ships. •The 1953 Corvette had a base price of $3,498 and offered only two options – a heater for $91 and an AM radio for $145. •Every Corvette model has used innovative materials, from fiberglass in 1953 to advanced carbon-nano technology and carbon fiber on the 2014 Corvette Stingray. •A V-8 engine was first available in 1955. That year, it was selected by 90 percent of customers. After that, all Corvettes featured strictly V-8 power. •The Stingray name was first used for a prototype race car, the design of which influenced the second-generation Corvette that debuted in 1963. The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray split-window coupe has since been called one of the most beautiful and influential designs in automotive history. •Corvette's legacy of mainstreaming technology previously reserved for high-end luxury cars includes the introduction of fuel injection in 1957, independent rear suspension in 1963, four-wheel disc brakes in 1965, antilock brakes in 1986 and a tire-pressure monitoring system in 1989. •Corvette is the longest-running, continually produced sports car in the world. •Nearly 2 million Chevrolet Corvettes have been sold since it went on sale in 1953 and in 2012, it accounted for approximately one-third of all sports car sales in America.|
| BUICK TURNS 110: M18 HELLCAT REMEMBERED ON V-E DAY'Hot rod of World War II' a key piece of 'Arsenal of Democracy'|
DETROIT – Buick production lines have been rolling for 110 consecutive years but for a short period during World War II, the vehicles produced looked decidedly different. In February of 1942, the last civilian car left a Buick facility before full attention was placed on engineering and producing aircraft engines, ammunition and the M18 tank destroyer, better known as the Hellcat.
The M18 originated in the design studio....
| MINI CONVERTIBLE BOAT TO JOIN DAD VAIL REGATTAVisitors to the 2013 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta on May 10-11 will experience an intriguing sight that they won't be expecting… a Chili Red MINI Convertible appearing to 'drive' on the water along the Schuylkill River during this famous annual festival of university and college rowing.|
It will be the first time that the specially-created MINI Convertible 'boat' has visited Philadelphia and it can be seen throughout Friday and Saturday cruising on the river. This one-of-a-kind boat was the brai....
| Raw Power Has a Stamp of Its Own Muscle Cars Roar at Spring Classic AuctionWhat do you get when you bring the U.S. Postal Service and Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction together at the State Fairgrounds — a Muscle Car Extravaganza!|
Since it began 26 years ago, Mecum's Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis has featured the largest auction of muscle cars in the world. This year, the Postal Service will celebrate the raw power of the performance vehicle at the Spring Classic event by dedicating five, limited edition stamps featuring iconic muscle cars....
| Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival Celebrates Corvette'S 60 Years At Sonoma Raceway• Fast cars, fine food and wine highlight May 18-19 weekend|
• Paul Reinhart is honored guest, popular racing seminar scheduled for second year
SONOMA, Calif. (April 27, 2013) - The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival returns to Sonoma Raceway on May 18-19 for the fourth straight year under that title. The program for the 27th annual historic-car event organized by General Racing Ltd. in Sonoma will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the popular Corvette, created by the ....
|Shelby Performance Parts Introduces Wide Body Kits For 2005-2009 MustangShelby Performance Parts (SPP), a division of Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK), is now offering the highly sought-after Shelby Wide Body Kit for 2005-2009 Mustang and Shelby models. The Shelby Wide Body package was unveiled on the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January, and is now available through SPP, giving customers the option to buy the kit and have it installed by a local s....|
| Norra Names Mark Mcmillin Grand Marshal For 2013 General Tire Mexican 1000Legendary Baja racing champion and San Diego-based homebuilder Mark McMillin has been named by the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) as the honorary Grand Marshal for this year's upcoming General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000. The unique fourth annual on and off-road rally is set to kick off this Saturday, April 27th in Mexicali, Baja, Mexico and will conclude at lands-end in San Jose Del Cabo on May 1. |
Mark McMillin's Grand Marshal role places him in an elite group of previous icons ....
| BUICK TURNS 110: 11 HIGHLIGHTS OF 11 DECADESBuick vehicles today are built in state-of-the-art facilities around the world. The Enclave luxury crossover's Lansing Delta Township plant was the industry's first LEED Gold-certified manufacturing facility. The brand has evolved in many ways since 1903, when the first Buick was hand-built in a small barn behind David Dunbar Buick's Detroit home. Here are 11 top highlights from Buick's first 11 decades:|
• Through the end of 2012, Buick has sold more than 43 million vehicles. That's the equiv....
| Eleanor of 'Gone In 60 seconds' Will Cross The Block At Mecum's Indy AuctionThe Opportunity to Own the Original Movie Hero Car is this May 18 in Indianapolis|
A true movie star will make its way down Mecum's signature red carpet this May in Indianapolis. Known by most simply as 'Eleanor,' the modified 1967 Ford Mustang from Touchstone Pictures' 'Gone in 60 Seconds' will cross the block as Lot S135 at Dana Mecum's 26th Original Spring Classic auction this May 14-19.
This collector car icon piloted in the movie by retired master car thief Memphis Raines, playe....