TAIL OF THE DRAGON ROCK
rock slide on US 129 is located between the Dragon
and Happy Valley Road/Foothills Parkway. TDOT has
announced in a press release that the 11 mile
section known as the Tail of the Dragon will be open
from 8 am to 8 pm beginning Monday April 12, 2010.
The only access is from North Carolina US 129. THP
announced that there will be zero tolerance for
traffic violations, so travel the Tail with extreme
caution. Please obey the traffic laws and report any
undue harassment to the Tennessee and North
Carolina senators and representatives who worked so
hard to get the road open. The only alternatives
from 8 pm to 8 am are the Cherohala Skyway and US
441 through the Great Smoky Mountains. There are
many great roads in North Carolina and the Cherohala
Skyway is clean.
TN 73 Little River
Road has reopened. Cades Cove Loop is closed until
April 24 for repaving. US64 slide area will reopen
on April 16. In north Georgia, a 7 mile section of
Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway will be closed
until late spring to fix road damage. More
information can be found at:
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Corvette Z06 Carbon To Be Auctioned!
The first of 500
2011 Corvette Z06
Carbon Limited Edition
coupes will go to the highest bidder at
Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 3The
winning bidder will also be given the unique
opportunity to tour GM’s Performance Build Center in
Wixom, Mich., home of the hand-built LS7 and LS9
engines found in the Z06 and ZR1 respectively. The
winner will also have the opportunity to watch the
car going down the line at the famed
Bowling Green, Ky.
“The Corvette Z06
Carbon will surely be an instant collectible,” said
Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Chevrolet
Marketing. “For that reason, we see Barrett-Jackson
as the premiere venue to sell the first retail Z06
The Corvette Z06
Carbon was designed as a tribute to the 50th
anniversary of Corvette’s first race in the 24 Hours
of LeMans. As such, it continues the technology
transfer between the production Corvette and racing.
Notable features of
the Z06 Carbon include Brembo carbon ceramic brakes,
Michelin PS2 tires, Magnetic Ride Control and
enhanced cooling. Black headlamps and mirrors, a
ZR1-style body color spoiler, body color door
handles, carbon fiber raised hood, and black carbon
fiber rockers and splitter enhance the Z06’s dynamic
design and reduce mass and aerodynamic lift.
continues Chevrolet’s tradition of offering exciting
At the Scottsdale, Ariz., auction in 2008, the first
retail production 2009 Corvette ZR1 sold for
$1,000,000. The first retail 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
was also sold for $350,000 at a Barrett-Jackson
auction last year. Most recently, a limited edition
Corvette Z06 (number 427 of 427 produced) garnered
$200,000, all of which was donated to the Red Cross
relief efforts in Haiti.
Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction runs from April 1
to April 3
Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition
track-to-street technology to a new level !
When the 2006 Corvette Z06 was introduced, it
represented the closest connection to the Corvette
race cars ever. The 2009 Corvette ZR1 closed the gap
between racing and production even further. This
year, Corvette continues its tradition of
track-to-street technology transfer with the 2011
Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.
further incorporate technology developed through
racing, the Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition is a
tribute to the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first
race in the 24 Hours of LeMans,” said Jim Campbell,
Chevrolet General Manager. “With a limited
production of 500 units, this car is a must-have for
the true Corvette collector and driving enthusiast.”
The Corvette Z06
Carbon Limited Edition is another example of the
expanded Corvette line-up. Five years ago, customers
had the choice of a Corvette coupe or convertible.
With the addition of the Z06, Grand Sport coupe and
convertible and ZR1, Corvette enthusiasts now have
more choices than ever.
“For track use, the
Z06 Carbon is the best balanced Corvette yet. It
combines the lightweight and naturally-aspirated Z06
engine with the road-holding and braking of the
ZR1,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer.
“For technical tracks like Laguna Seca, the Z06
Carbon could shave up to three seconds off the Z06
edition Z06 will boast Brembo carbon ceramic brakes
with specific dark gray metallic calipers. These
powerful brakes were first introduced on the ZR1.
Black 20-spoke 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels
complement the car’s Michelin PS2 tires. Other
mechanical features include Magnetic Selective Ride
Control for the first time on the Z06 and enhanced
cooling. The car also features a special carbon
pattern engine cover.
The Corvette Z06
Carbon will be available in two colors: Inferno
Orange and the all-new Supersonic Blue. Black
headlamps and mirrors, a ZR1-style body color
spoiler, body color door handles, carbon fiber
raised hood, and black carbon fiber rockers and
splitter enhance the Z06’s dynamic design and reduce
mass and aerodynamic lift. For track events,
customers can also install the Euro-styled racing
numbers that come with each car.
The Z06 Carbon’s
ebony leather and suede interior is complemented by
blue or orange seat stitching to match the exterior
color chosen. Other features include a unique
steering wheel emblem, sill plate and logoed
headrest. The suede used on the steering wheel,
shifter, seat inserts, armrests and doors add to the
luxury of this limited edition Z06.
An optional Z07
performance package that includes the mechanical
upgrades introduced on the Z06 Carbon can be added
to a regular 2011 Z06. This package also includes
Competition Gray 20-spoke wheels and all the chassis
and cooling upgrades.
The CFZ Z06 carbon
fiber package includes black carbon fiber rockers,
splitter and roof panel with the full-width body
color spoiler. It can also be purchased with or
without the Z07 package on regular Z06 models.
The 2011 Corvette
Z06 Carbon Limited Edition, as well as the new Z07
and CFZ Z06 option packages will be available in
The ALMS' Petit Le
Mans race on September 28, 2009 was the first true
endurance test for Corvette Racing's new class
participation in GT2.
Click here to
read Matt Parker's Corvette Racing Report on this
GM draws on global designers for new
from Automotive News | March 8, 2010 - 12:01 am EST
GENEVA -- For the
first time, General Motors Co. studios across the
world have submitted design studies for the
next-generation Chevrolet Corvette.
Late last year, Ed Welburn, GM's vice president of
global design, invited GM's 10 styling studios to
submit design proposals.
Some "were absolutely phenomenal," Welburn said.
"There is a lot to pick from. The direction that we
take is very important, and the decision has not
Global input on the Corvette's design is one of
several steps GM is taking to attract buyers in
Europe, where the car has little appeal, and young
U.S. buyers who favor imports.
"We have challenges in the States with the
Corvette," Welburn said in an interview at the
Geneva auto show. "The average age of the customer
is really rising."
The current average age of a Corvette buyer is 54,
according to the Power Information Network, a unit
of J.D. Power and Associates.
Corvette sales are in a tailspin. Last year 13,934
were sold in the United States, down 48 percent from
The current Corvette debuted in the 2005 model year.
Prices range from $49,880 for the base coupe to
$107,830 for the ZR-1. Both prices include shipping.
A redesign is due in two to three years, industry
Corvette critics often cite the sports car's size,
saying it looks big. They also point to what they
say is a cheap-looking interior.
Welburn admitted the interior has a problem: "The
execution, materials selection -- it's got to be a
much better interior. Our customers desire that."
Welburn said today's Corvette is about the same size
as the Porsche 911, but the styling makes it look
bigger. "We have to develop a design that feels
trimmer, meaner, to go along with the incredible
performance that the car has," he said.
In addition to styling, content, pricing and
marketing strategy are under discussion, he said.
"It is a key time in the development of the
Corvette," Welburn said. "There is a lot of debate
and a lot of study on the bandwidth of Corvette."
But, he added, "It can't mutate into something that
gets so far away from Corvette that it is no longer
Corvette Racing C6.R and Production Corvette ZR1
Represent the Culmination of More Than 10 Years of
C6.R to Race in 2010 Le Mans, 50 Years After
Corvette’s First Appearance in Legendary Endurance
Racing’s second-generation C6.R will be powered by a
new 5.5L production-based V-8, to compete in the new
unified GT class in the 2010 American Le Mans Series
as well as the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The updated C6.R and the Corvette ZR1 on which it’s
based represent the strongest link yet between a
production Corvette and the modern Corvette Racing
team. Both cars are well-equipped to compete on and
off the track with showroom competitors including
Aston Martins, BMWs, Porsches and Ferraris.
has a long history of production-based endurance
racing, making its first appearance at the 12 Hours
of Sebring in 1956, and its first appearance at Le
Mans in 1960. Then Corvette chief engineer Zora
Arkus-Duntov leveraged the racing program to improve
the production Corvette, as evidenced by the
development of heavy-duty and high-performance
components and the introduction of the race-bred Z06
option on the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.
transfer of technology between racing and production
cars resumed with the start of the modern Corvette
Racing program in 1999. More than a decade later,
it’s impossible to imagine one team without the
other, according to Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief
put, without Corvette Racing, there would not be a
Corvette Z06, much less the ZR1. And, without the
foundation of the Corvette C6, Z06 and ZR1, the
Corvette Racing team would not be the dominant
presence in production-based racing.”
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Lutz to Retire May 1
Motors Vice Chairman Robert A. Lutz will retire
effective May 1, 2010, capping a 47-year career in
the global auto industry that included senior
leadership positions at four of the world’s leading
Lutz, 78, rejoined
GM September 1, 2001, as the head of product
development, and has led the company’s resurgence in
developing great cars and trucks. He also worked at
BMW, Chrysler and Ford.
“The influence Bob
Lutz has had on GM’s commitment to design, build and
sell the world’s best vehicles will last for years
to come,” GM CEO and Chairman Ed Whitacre said. “I,
along with many other men and women in GM and
throughout the industry, have greatly benefited from
his passion, wisdom and guidance.”
Lutz said he
decided to retire now in part because hot-selling
vehicles like the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac SRX, GMC
Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Camaro,
along with the growing strength of GM’s four brands,
prove that a product-focused mindset inside the
company is in place for the long term.
“I can confidently
say that the job I came here to do more than nine
years ago is now complete – the team I have been
fortunate to lead has far exceeded my expectations,”
Lutz said. “Our product lineup is as strong as it
has been in GM’s history. The perception of our
products and brands is beginning to catch up with
reality. And most importantly, the absolute
commitment to being a product-driven company is
ingrained throughout the organization – from the top
down – and I am confident that, under Ed Whitacre’s
leadership, the straightforward, singular focus on
product will endure.”
Lutz, a GM vice
chairman, was appointed senior advisor in December
2009 and will continue to provide guidance on design
and key product initiatives until he retires May 1.
THESE NEW SAFETY MIRRORS!
- Check out this ZR1 mirror with a built-in turn
signal that is being sold on all European-bound
Corvettes. This mirror was designed to meet
requirements that turn signals on automobiles sold
outside of North America must be visible from every
angle. We at the Registry believe this safety
feature is well worth letting GM Corvette Management
know that these European styled turn signal mirrors
should be placed on all Corvette models built for
North America. If enough of us let them know that
this is important to us, we believe that Corvette
Management will certainly consider it.
The best way to let
them know is to go to the Bowling Green Assembly
Plant site where they have a "Contact Us" link on
their web site. So
to go to the plant
website, then click on "CONTACT US" and
scroll down and select, the "Customer
Vehicle" category, and let them know you
want this safety feature on your 2011 Corvette!
The Legend Goes On In Europe
the Chevrolet press conference at the 80th Geneva
International Motor Show, GM vice chairman Bob Lutz
announced that the legendary Corvette sports car
will continue to be available to European customers
and more fully integrated into Chevrolet's European
"Our sales network will include select Chevrolet
Europe retailers in addition to some of the current
Corvette distributors, many of whom have been doing
a fantastic job creating and serving a loyal and
enthusiastic customer base," said Lutz.
The Chevrolet Corvette has been built and sold
longer than any other sports car. Ever since its
market introduction in 1953, the legendary American
icon has been a dream car for generations of
enthusiasts. In 2005, Chevrolet introduced the
sixth-generation Corvette. In the following years,
high performance versions, like the Corvette Z06 and
the Corvette ZR1, were added to the line-up. Today,
visitors of the Geneva motor show will find the new
Corvette Grand Sport, another nameplate with great
history, on the Chevrolet stand in hall 2.
"We are very proud to be responsible for the most
iconic Chevrolet of all," said Wayne Brannon,
Chevrolet Europe's president and managing director.
"Like customers everywhere else in the world,
European car buyers will see the Corvette lined-up
alongside the rest of the Chevrolet range."
CORVETTE TO ADD TWO NEW COLORS!
Members – Breaking News….All indications are
that Corvette will be adding TWO new colors for the
2011 Corvette lineup. Super Sonic Blue is a
brand new color not currently available, that we are
aware of, on other GM models. The second color will
be Inferno Orange (28U), which is currently
one of the 2010 Camaro colors. No credible
information is available on any interior or
Convertible top color changes, but we will keep you
2010 Inferno Orange Camaro
SPECIAL DELIVERY: A VETTE FIT FOR A VET
Former U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff General Richard
Cody is now in possession of his 10th Chevy
Corvette, but instead of driving the 2010 Torch Red
Grand Sport Convertible off a dealership lot, he
recently picked it up at the National Corvette
Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
The idea to watch his car being built came to
Cody from GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, who suggested
that seeing the build process would enrich Cody’s
ownership experience. Cody made it a family affair,
bringing along his son, Major Clint Cody, just back
from Iraq where he was an Army Apache helicopter
pilot; and his brother, Bob Cody, a Chevrolet dealer
in Montpelier, VT.
Annually, hundreds of Corvette customers get up
close and personal with the build process, visiting
the plant and museum to soak in the Corvette
“It was more than I expected,” Richard Cody said.
“I really came here thinking I would see how the
Corvette was made. Certainly the experience of
watching Corvettes come down the line, the
complexity as well as the orchestration of that
assembly line was very, very unique.
“But what really impressed me the most was the
American worker, the GM worker in the plant taking
great pride every day in putting out what I think is
the best sports car in the world.”
The retired general made sure the workers knew
how he felt, stopping along the assembly line to
greet workers and thank them personally for helping
bring his car to life before picking up his car at
the museum located across Interstate 65 from the
“All of our deliveries are special,” said Gary
Cockriel, delivery manager for the museum, which has
handed off nearly 7,500 Corvettes to their new
owners since 1996. “To have the general here and him
being a Corvette guy, to us Corvette owners is
The general said he bought his first Corvette, a
1973 model, when he graduated from West Point
CORVETTE PRODUCTION IS RAMPING UP!
Members – The Registry has just learned from our
“Friends in High Places” about the status and
current production of our beloved 2010 Corvette.
Across the country Corvette “In-Dealer Stock” has
dwindled! This has led to our friends at Bowling
Green Corvette Assembly Plant ramping up to an
OVERTIME production schedule for the next several
months. Our sources indicate there is an extremely
low volume of Corvette Convertibles available, so
restocking of this valuable “roadster” on many
Dealer lots has become a priority.
Current 2010 TOTAL
Production Exterior Colors to date are as follows:
(41U) Black dominates with 23%
(70U) Torch Red 19%
(89U) Crystal Red Metallic Tintcoat 14%
(57U) Cyber Gray Metallic 14%
(85U) Jetstream Blue Metallic Tintcoat 8%
(17U) Blade Silver Metallic 8%
(10U) Arctic White 7.6%
(45U) Velocity Yellow Tintcoat 5.5%
Current Leading 2010
Exterior Colors by Model:
Base Coupe & Grand Sport Coupe – Black is the
color of choice!
Base Convertible & Grand Sport Convertible –
Torch Red is the color of choice!
Z06’s are dominated by Cyber Gray Metallic
ZR1’s are dominated by Black
2010 Corvette Model
The production of Corvette Coupes is running 50/50
with half of all Coupes being the Base Model and the
other half are Grand Sports. Production of Corvette
Convertibles is skewed to 70% being Grand Sport
Convertibles and only 30% Base Convertibles.
The surprise to enthusiasts is that the Grand Sport
Coupe with the Z52 Package (6 speed manual with dry
sump oil system) is only 22% of all Grand Sports
produced thus far. We expect this number to grow as
summertime arrives and track activities begin. There
is no finer package for an enthusiast to enjoy than
the low cost Z52 Grand Sport Coupe.
ZR1 production for 2010 is currently at 950 “Beasts”
sent to dealers with a slightly less number of Z06’s
on their way. But these production numbers are
growing daily as emphasis is being placed on
producing Corvette’s finest and having them
available on your dealer’s lot for spring.
For those of you attending the 12 Hours of Sebring
event from March 17 – 20, 2010, the current plans
are for the well publicized SEMA accessorized
Corvette Grand Sport with Heritage Package to be on
display for your viewing pleasure.
On our website ...
Thank you members for all the emails you sent us
regarding the excellent Car & Driver
magazine article about the 2009 Lightning Lap Event
at Virginia International Raceway. The ZR1
was the overall quickest with a time of 2:51.8.
Don’t miss how well the 436 horse Grand Sport
Z52 Coupe (at less than half the price)
performed with an absolutely respectable time of
2:58.8! Check out these wonderful Car &
Driver links and the video of each of these
Corvettes Lightning Laps!
On a separate note of importance, Chevrolet USA was
the number ONE brand in total sales in January 2010,
up 36% over this time last year. Ford was also up
26%, but Toyota was down 19% and Honda was down 5%.
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Corvette Racing to Return to Le Mans in 2010
Confirms Full-Season ALMS Schedule, Revises
Endurance Racing Driver Lineup
Racing will take on its most formidable challenge to
date when it competes in the GT2 class at the 24
Hours of Le Mans in Le Mans, France, on June 12-13.
The twin Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars are among
the 17 entries in the GT2 class invited by the
Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), organizers of the
classic endurance race.
Corvette Racing has
scored six wins in the GTS/GT1 class at Le Mans
since 2001, including a victory in last year's race.
The GT2 version of the Corvette C6.R, which is based
on the production Corvette ZR1, made its competition
debut in August 2009, competing in five American Le
Mans Series events and scoring the team's first GT2
win at Mosport International Raceway. The list of
invitees in the GT2 class for Le Mans includes two
Corvettes C6.Rs, five Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs, two BMW
M3s, a Jaguar XKRS, five Ferrari 430 GTs, an Aston
Martin Vantage, and a Spyker C8.
"We are pleased and
honored that the new GT2 Corvette C6.R has been
invited by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest to compete
in the world's most prestigious sports car race,"
said GM Racing manager Mark Kent. "Our objective is
to carry forward Corvette's legacy of success as we
celebrate the 50th anniversary of Corvette's first
participation at Le Mans. This year's race will
certainly be a challenge because of the depth and
quality of the competition in the GT2 division. The
entries represent the world's most storied sports
car brands and underscore the relevance and value of
racing production-based cars."
will also compete with two cars in the full
nine-race ALMS schedule in 2010, starting with the
58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 20.
"While Corvette is
truly a global brand, our most important market is
North America," said Corvette Racing program manager
Doug Fehan. "Our participation in the American Le
Mans Series is both a proving ground for our
technology and a showcase to demonstrate Corvette's
capabilities for our customers and fans."
driver lineup has been revised with the addition of
Emmanuel Collard alongside Oliver Gavin and Olivier
Beretta for three long-distance races (Sebring, Le
Mans, and Petit Le Mans). Antonio Garcia will return
as the third driver with Johnny O'Connell and Jan
Magnussen in endurance events. Canadian Ron Fellows,
a charter member of Corvette Racing, will continue
with the team in an ambassadorial role.
Collard, 38, of
Champs sur Marne, France, has scored multiple
victories in the Sebring 12-hour, Daytona 24-hour,
Le Mans 24-hour, and Spa 24-hour races. He is a
two-time Le Mans Series champion, and drove for the
Cadillac LMP team in 2000-02.
"We are pleased to
welcome Emmanuel back to the GM Racing family," said
Fehan. "He has proven his ability at all levels of
racing, and he understands the demands and
discipline of endurance racing. He will be a
valuable addition to our international lineup of
"I'm very happy to
join Corvette Racing for the 2010 endurance
classics," said Collard. "Corvette has been the most
successful car make and team in GT racing for over
ten years now, so I'm obviously thrilled to be a
part of this team. The Corvette C5-R and C6.R have
been the absolute benchmarks in GT1 racing, and the
new GT2 Corvette C6.R is already heading in that
same successful direction. I hope my experience with
GT2s from the past seasons can help Corvette secure
class wins in the three endurance races."
also is continuing its longstanding relationships
with its sponsors and technical partners in the new
season. Compuware is the team's primary sponsor for
the eighth consecutive season, and Michelin, Mobil
1, XM Satellite Radio, UAW-GM, Genuine Corvette
Accessories, Bose, Motorola, PRS Guitars, and BBS
are continuing their support for America's premier
production sports car team.
and experts ensure that our customers' most
demanding business applications perform at their
best," said Compuware Chairman and CEO Peter
Karmanos, Jr. "Partnering with General Motors, Chevy
and the Corvette Racing team gives Compuware another
dynamic opportunity to deliver peak performance and
winning results. Like the Corvette Racing team,
Compuware stands for uninterrupted, optimal
performance – whatever the environment – and we look
forward to producing another great year on the
next event is the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve
Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in
Sebring, Fla., on March 20, 2010. The 12-hour
endurance race will be televised live on SPEED.
Newest Eagle Flies on 2011 Corvette
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
is announcing its newest ultra-high
performance tire, the Eagle F1
SuperCar G:2, and its arrival is
boosted by the achievement of an
original equipment position on the
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.
new Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 builds
upon a three-decade relationship
between Goodyear and Corvette. For
Corvette owners and other
enthusiasts who demand the most from
their performance automobiles, the
Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 is
"street-refined, but track-capable,"
Bob Toth, Goodyear's director
of new products.
asymmetric, directional tread design
with massive tread blocks on the
outboard shoulder help enhance dry
cornering grip, while sweeping
Aquachannel grooves on the inboard
side of the tread help enhance wet
cornering grip. An innovative
multi-radius mold shape helps to
offer precise handling and smooth,
Even the appearance of the tire is
important; a serrated band sidewall
styling and distinctive lettering
add to the overall ultra-performance
"The new Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 is
positioned as a race-inspired,
ultra-high performance dry traction
tire for select supercars. With a
left-side, right-side specific tread
design, it offers superb dry
traction and precise handling,
complementing both the performance
and appearance of sports cars," Toth
tire, tested on some of the most
renowned road courses in
America, will be available
this summer in these run-flat sizes:
P275/35ZR18 and P325/30ZR19.