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L88 Midyear Brings Record Price at Mecum Dallas

Collector Buddy Herin’s ’67 L88 Corvette topped the list of money earners at Mecum Auctions’ Dallas event, held September 5-7. Its hammer price of $3.2 million established a new high-water mark for Corvettes sold at auction.

The Marlboro Maroon, four-speed convertible came complete with full documentation, including vintage racing photography and quarter-mile timeslips earned during its career as an NHRA drag car in the late ’60s.

Other Corvettes ranking among the event’s top sellers included a ’57 “Airbox” car ($290,000), a ’63 Z06 ($250,000), and a ’67 coupe ($205,500).

For a complete list of auction results, visit www.mecum.com.

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Popp, Carlyle Nab VETTE Awards at ’13 LS Fest

Congratulations to Mark Carlyle, who won VETTE Magazine’s Fastest Corvette/Quarter-Mile Award at the Holley LS Fest for an incredible third year in a row. Carlyle’s twin-turbo ’07 Z06 posted a 7.35-second e.t. at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, effectively running away from the rest of the Corvette contingent.

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Danny Popp, meanwhile, wheeled his Van Steel–prepped ’72 to wins in both the Fastest Corvette/Autocross and Fast Corvette/3S Challenge categories. The latter event—whose name reflects an emphasis on “speed, stopping, and steering”—was new this year, replacing the Speed Stop Challenge.

Popp, a seasoned Corvette racer, suffered a drivetrain-part failure late in the day Saturday, though not before laying down what would stand as the quickest autocross pass of the event. After effecting repairs, he returned Sunday to edge out Tyler Powell’s LS2-powered Grand Sport replica in 3S.

Look for full coverage of this year’s LS Fest in an upcoming issue.

C6.R No. 3 Tops GT Class in Austin

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No.3 C6.R drivers Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia notched their second class victory in a row on September 21, besting an ultra-competitive ALMS GT field at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Garcia led the final 58 minutes of the race, fending off SRT Viper driver Jonathan Bomarito to win by less than a second.

The First Place finish pushed the pair to the head of the drivers’ championship standings with two rounds remaining in the ’13 season. The win also widened Chevrolet’s lead in the manufacturer points chase and Corvette Racing’s advantage in the team category.

Previous drivers’ championship points leaders Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner started third but quickly moved into first place at the start of the race. Unfortunately their No. 4 Corvette suffered a transmission failure less than an hour into the race and was withdrawn.

The season’s remaining races were scheduled to take place at Virginia International Raceway on October 5 and Road Atlanta on October 19.

’14 Stingray Delivery Update

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Chevrolet reported on September 18 that it had begun shipping the all-new ’14 Corvette Stingray coupe to dealerships. The initial batch of approximately 1,000 cars was expected to be delivered by the end of the month. The Plant is currently producing around 130 cars per day on a six-days-per-week operating schedule.

Meanwhile, the National Corvette Museum received its first shipment of 25 R8C Museum Delivery Corvettes. The first few cars were slated to be handed over to their new owners on September 30, when the Bowling Green Assembly Plant reopened to customers participating in the R8C program.

To date, the Plant has received 356 orders for R8C-optioned Corvettes. Up to eight R8C deliveries will take place each day, with special VIP tours of the Plant and Museum included as part of the $990 package. Additionally, participants’ Corvettes will be displayed in the Museum and on the Internet via Webcam.

Visit www.corvettemuseum.org/ncm_delivery/index.shtml for more information.

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