Summer / Fall 2007
American Iron Baby, 8 Huge Cylinders of
Fall is here, the leaves are changing and it’s a great time for one last
Corvette ride before the snowflakes start to fall. Unless, of course,
you’re like me and are lucky enough to live in the sunny south! The
holidays are upon us and we are looking forward to a bright New Year.
Whoa, could this be the
Corvette Super Car?
This year is going to be kind of special for all of us
Corvette enthusiasts because the 2008 Detroit Auto Show will include the
introduction of the new “Bad Boy” $100,000+ Corvette Super Car! This limited
production 220 mph+ Super Car is Chevrolet and GM’s foray into the world of
exotic expensive sports cars. Although I think my C6 can hold it’s own with most
Porches, Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s, it still lacks that exotic car appeal,
mostly because of its large production numbers. This new Super Car will be a
limited production masterpiece that definitely will compete on the world’s stage
head to head with the best from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and a host of
other limited production automobiles.
Photos by Scott Erickson
This is a new area as yet uncon-quered by American name plates and
hopefully as Corvette dominates the premium sports car market, this new
exotic super car from Chevrolet will dominate the ultra luxury high end
super car market. I’m sure there will be the usual European snubbing of
a U.S. built car for a reason only they can quantify. Now bear with me,
because I’m going to get on my soapbox for a minute. I for one am
getting a little tired of the hypocrisy of the European auto press.
Chevrolet consistently puts out a better Corvette each and
every year at a third the price of most European sports cars. Corvette buries
them in acceleration, precision handling and all the things that you buy a
sports car for, but they just abhor admitting that the Corvette is superior!
They have to work hard to find some mythical reason why a slower, higher priced
sports car that happens to be made in Germany is better than our Corvette.
I for one feel it’s time to stand up and say /x-tad-smaller>
“This is American iron baby, 8 huge cylinders of raw power, that’s how we like
it, take it or leave it, we really don’t care because we can beat you any way
you want to be beat - acceleration, horse power, lap time around the NurburgRing,
quarter mile, stopping distance, you name it and we can take the category!”
/x-tad-smaller>As you would expect, the only categories
the European press ever talks about are the categories that can’t be quantified.
I for one am doggone tired of being told that I should feel inferior because my
Corvette interior accoutrements aren’t up to European standards. Well, let me
make this loud and clear… /x-tad-smaller>I don’t care,
because the horsepower is up to U.S. standards and I’ll kick your butt with it,
plain and simple!/x-tad-smaller>
So no matter how good the Corvette Super Car will be, you can bet it will be
bashed in the European auto world, even though it’s numbers will be better than
anyone else’s. I think it’s time to say, /x-tad-smaller>
“This is raw American horse power, in your face, slap you down and blow your
doors off time! We really don’t care what you all think in Europe!”
Okay, the staff at the Registry office has thrown a glass of water on me and
calmed me down with a couple of Tums. I’m ready to move on now, but I just had
to get that off my chest. Be sure to join us at Cobo Hall in beautiful downtown
Detroit, MI for the Super Car’s introduction. Chevrolet has teamed up with the
National Corvette Museum to coordinate the registration of the first 200 lucky
Corvette enthusiasts who sign up to enter the show on Saturday, January 19, 2008
prior to the public opening.
You will need to register through the NCM website when this event becomes live
in early November.
I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I am as it is chock full of year-end C6.R
Racing articles. Our enthusiastic reporters have been all over the country
attending the C6.R racing venues to bring you a first hand and up close report
on our exciting and victorious C6.R Racing Teams.
Now here’s something that does not happen every day… How many of you remember
the 1965 movie with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon called /x-tad-smaller>
The Great Race/x-tad-smaller>? This movie was very loosely
based on the real Great Race which began on February 12, 1908. The first
around-the-world automobile race began with six entrants, starting on 43rd
Street in New York City. Their destination was Paris. The first car crossed the
finish line on July 18, but its team was penalized 15 days for using railroad
transport to meet a critical North American deadline. They ended up losing to
the American entry driven by George Schuster, which arrived on July 22. I know
it’s hard to believe, but this organization is still around, and they will be
celebrating the race’s 100th Anniversary in 2008.
The Great Race Sports, Inc. plans to celebrate with a 65-day driving adventure
from New York to Paris from May 30th to August 2nd 2008. In a re-run of that
milestone event, an international field of motor vehicles will head west from
New York City on May 30, 2008, for a 12,231 mile trek by land en route to Paris.
Some of the participants will be driving historic cars in celebration of the
rugged spirit of freedom and adventure displayed in the milestone race a century
ago. Others will be traveling in vehicles powered by renewable fuels to prove
the viability of these alternative technologies. Those of you that have traveled
to Europe with the Registry know what a great time it can be to drive your own
Corvette through foreign lands. Can you say “Trip of a Lifetime!”? Stay tuned…
we will have more information on this in our next issue.
Between my fall foliage Corvette tour and the Corvette Super Car introduction in
Cobo Hall, is my favorite time of year (and practically everyone’s)… the
Holidays. Even though we’re facing $3 a gallon gas, a slow down in the economy
and a war on terrorism, we have an awful lot to be thankful for. We live in a
great country that produces fantastic automobiles, and we all own one of them…
our Corvettes! It doesn’t get any better than this!
So, drive your Corvette until the snow keeps you in, and then get ready for an
exciting new 2008 and another amazing new Super Corvette!
Have a wonderful Holiday Season.