Star-Spangled Sports Car
Corvette books are plentiful these days, but that wasn't always the case. Back in 1973 the Corvette community was treated to what is arguably the first major hardback published on the Corvette's history: Corvette – America's Star-Spangled Sports Car by Karl Ludvigsen.
The book was like a day pass into the inner sanctum of Corvette R&D. Weighing in at 288 pages, 19 chapters, a 36-page color plate section, plus a genealogy chart and three pages of 1953 to 1973 statistics, Ludvigsen's book was a delicious meal for Corvette lovers.
Could it be better? Yes! Bentley Publishers has updated this classic. The 2014 version has been greatly expanded and covers the history of the Corvette from its inception in 1951 to the end of the C3, 1982 Corvette. And we mean expanded! The revised and updated book now has 784 pages, 52 chapters, and 989 photos and illustrations.
Ludvigsen walks you through 30 model years with a technical review of each year, R&D backstories, plus stories of the legendary Corvette men that shaped what is arguably the most unlikely of all cars ever built by a major Detroit car manufacturer. And unlike the original that had a color plate section at the back of the book, the updated book is color throughout. Jam-packed with archival photos of prototypes, concept art, clay models, work-in-progress cars, experimentals, show cars, race cars, engines, production Corvettes, technical illustrations, statistics boxes, and more.
The first 30 years of Corvettes laid down the foundation to what is now General Motors' flagship automobile that is truly “world-class.” To understand why the Corvette is the car it is today, you must understand its past. And it doesn't get any better than Karl Ludvigsen's expanded and updated, Corvette – America's Star-Spangled Sports Car: The Complete History, 1953-1982.
The original Doug's Headers has announced a new and improved version of their stainless steel construction electric exhaust cutouts in 2 1/2- and 3-inch diameters. The engineers at Doug's have taken their exhaust cutouts and dramatically decreased the size for more versatile installations while lowering the price as well. The cutouts feature a rugged gear reduction 12-volt DC motor and a rotating gate for a leak-proof seal every time the cutout is opened and closed. A pre-wired harness with an illuminated rocker switch is supplied for easy installation. Uncork your exhaust with the flip of a switch from your dash. Doug's cutouts are available in singles or pairs and in complete kits with Y-pipes for easy installation. Call Doug's Headers at 909.599.5955 or go to pertronix.comfor more information.
Holley's new billet aluminum fuel rails make a great addition to any GM LS1, LS2, LS3, LS6, or L99 engine bay. They are direct bolt-on rails for OE-style intake manifolds and are machined from solid aluminum with the undersides relieved for ultimate weight savings. The aluminum is finished in a high-gloss anodizing making it both durable and good-looking. Fuel rail kits come with matching hand-polished fittings and a stainless braided hose. Both the fuel rail set and kit come with -6 to 3/4-16 O-ring adapters but are also machined to accept -8 O-ring fittings—available separately—to take full advantage of the 5/8-inch diameter fuel passage. For more information contact Holley at 270.781.9741 or visit them on the web at holley.com.
McLeod is proud to reintroduce its world famous Line Launch system. With the McLeod Line Launch, you depress the clutch pedal to the desired position for release and then by activating a switch you lock the clutch in place. Simply let go of the switch to release the clutch and launch the car for a quicker reaction time. For cars equipped with an existing roll control device, McLeod's new two-stage button is available. Using their two-stage button in conjunction with the Line Launch and your existing roll control device, you can release both the brake and clutch at the same time. “Products like the Line Launch give McLeod drag racing stick shift customers the competitive edge they need at the track,” says Paul Lee, NHRA Funny Car driver and McLeod Racing owner. For more information visit mcleodracing.com or call 714.630.5129.
RHS Pro Elite 3.900-inch bore LS7 CNC-ported cylinder heads not only get the best LS rectangular port heads onto all GM LS 5.7L – 6.0L blocks, they also provide up to 100 bolt-on horsepower over stock and feature all the benefits of other RHS LS7 heads. These new Pro Elite cylinder heads fit all LS applications down to the 3.900-inch bore and utilize LS7 intake manifolds. Offered in CNC and P-Port (unfinished runner) versions, the heads' intake ports are raised 0.220 inches from the stock location for a straight line of sight into the cylinder, and utilize the LS six-bolt head design compatible with the RHS LS Race Block and GM LSX block. RHS Pro Elite 3.900-inch bore LS7 CNC-ported cylinder heads are designed to use eight standard LS1-style exhaust rockers and eight offset LS3-style intake rockers and stands. For more information go to racingheadservice.com or call 877.776.4323.
Fiberglass Repair DVD
In this 90-minute DVD, Kevin Tetz and Paintucation take the mystery out of fiberglass repair. This instructional DVD shows how to do the simplest repairs up to the most advanced projects, including paint removal techniques, full-panel replacement on a vintage Corvette, solving problems with aftermarket fiberglass, and modern SMC (new Corvette) panel repair. Kevin also demonstrates safety tips and eliminating “the fiberglass itch!” The DVD is available from paintucation.comor eastwood.com for $39.95.
What's Your Sign?
Whether you're a true car guy or just like the vintage look of nostalgic signs for your home or garage, SignPast has something for you! They sell over 100 different signs, including automotive, gas and oil, drags, nostalgic, and neon, and take pride knowing that every sign is made in-house by one of their talented screen printers. SignPast offers remarkable quality hand-screened signs on heavy-duty gauge steel using original vintage designs of yesteryear. Check out this newly available Corvette Sting Ray sign and many others at signpast.com or call them at 855.539.1525.