Harley Earl Corvette Roadster - Currents

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Harley Earl Vette on West Coast
The Visalia Motorsports Council will host the second annual Visalia Motorsports Festival and Pan-Pacific Road Race Celebration during Memorial Day weekend. We're talking an action-packed weekend filled with car shows, cruises, and vintage racing. The highlight of the event will feature the debut of the Harley Earl Corvette roadster on the West Coast. Probably one of the most well-known factory Corvette "styling cars," this one-of-a-kind creation was hand-built in 1963 by the General Motors Styling Facility in Warren, Michigan, and delivered to Harley Earl for his personal use. Harley was GM's Chief Designer for decades and was responsible for influential cars like the Cadillac Eldorado and Buick Skylark. The Harley Earl Corvette's special features include a 327 churning out 340 horses, a leather interior, knock-off wheels, special side-port exhaust, and an experimental instrument panel with over 15 gauges. This car was also equipped with unique features that would be included on the 1965 models, including disc brakes and a rear-mounted battery. Come out and see what's going on-you won't be disappointed. For more information, call (559) 651-5025, or go to www.visaliamotorsports.org.

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Corvette Cruise-In
The National Corvette Museum will hold its first Annual Corvette Forum Cruise-In on May 25-28. Coordinated by the National Corvette Museum and co-hosted by corvetteforum.com, this four-day event celebrates the Corvette lifestyle. Festivities include guided tours of the Corvette assembly plant and Holley Performance, a full day of racing at Beech Bend Raceway Park, and presentations by those directly involved in the design and development of the Corvette. The event concludes on Sunday as the Museum hosts a viewing of the Indianapolis 500 in the Chevrolet Theater and then will bid farewell to all with a trademark "Final Road Tour," departing from the front circle of the Museum. It promises to be a great weekend for all involved. For more information, contact The National Corvette Museum at (800) 53-VETTE, visit their website at www.corvettemuseum.com, or visit www.corvetteforum.com.

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Calling all Sharks!
Corvette clubs come in all forms. Many cater to any and all Vette owners, while others cater to a specific aspect of the Corvette hobby. For example, some clubs are made up of those who own solid-axle Corvettes, while others are comprised of those who only like to race. Well, there's another specialized club on the horizon that's dedicated to the '68-82 body style, commonly known as "The Shark." Centered in Monmouth County, New Jersey, the main objective of the club is for Shark owners to get together, have fun, and share with other owners the experiences associated with the unique car that the Shark-bodied Corvette is. For more information, contact Barb Balchus (732) 671-5668, barbs75@earthlink.com, or Carl Bessey (732) 531-5108, besseyc@mwhse.com.

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