National Corvette Museum Breaks Ground On Road Courses
Ground has been broken on National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park (MSP). The facility will feature a two-mile west and 1.1 mile east road courses, which can be combined in multiple configurations, ranging from a high-speed loop 1.96-miles long to a 3.15-mile technical course. There will also be an autocross/skidpad area, paddocks, control tower, and classrooms.
Corvette Racing, along with Pratt and Miller, contributed to the course’s design, with features pulled from the world famous Le Mans circuit. MSP will also provide a venue for vehicle testing by engineers from the nearby Corvette assembly plant, teen driver training, and corporate events.
The MSP is slated to open on Labor Day weekend 2014, to coincide with the Corvette Museum’s 20th anniversary celebration.
On the Block
Here’s a trio of interesting cars that we found in different auctions and/or for sale online.
’69 Camaro ZL-1
Rolling across the block at the August ’13 Mecum auction in Dallas was the 62nd ’69 ZL-1 Camaro produced, and the only Garnet Red car built with a matching red interior. Final sale price was $530,000. Fully documented with complete ownership history, the car has its numbers matching L72 engine and M22 four-speed trans. Records show this ZL-1 was sold new at Colonial Chevrolet on July 10, 1969, to Johnny Tripp on his birthday. This car is one of only 12 known to have been built with an M22 transmission, and also features a factory tach and radio.
’70 Chevelle SS396
Also at the Dallas Mecum auction (and more on the “good deal” side of pricing) was this ’70 Chevelle. A legit SS396, it featured a period-correct L78 between the fenders, original SS wheels, was fully restored, and in its original Shadow Gray color, rare for an SS. It sold for $24k, at least a third of the price it would cost to find a ’70 SS that still had a period-correct engine and restore it to similar condition. That’s a bargain in our book.
Jumping over to Criagslist for some bargain hunting, we came across this ’61 Impala bubbletop for sale. Asking price was $6,500, and according to the seller, the car had new full floors and rockers, was completely media blasted then primed, sat on a boxed Canadian-built chassis, and the doors, fenders, hood, and decklid all came from Arizona and were rust free. The ’61 also came with a TPI 350, and all interior trim was in good shape, along with all the glass. Sounds like a pretty good deal for one of the most sought after fullsize body styles.
Early Novas are continuing to soar in popularity, so finding a good one to build for a decent price can be tough. Another Craigslist find, this car was only 45 minutes from the Super Chevy Tampa office. For $5,495 you got a supposedly all-original, unmolested two-door sedan in running and driving condition with a clean title. The ad said it did need some floor and trunk patching, but a new trunk pan was included with the car, along with new door panels, kick panels, package tray, and window rubber.
New Port Engineering Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Bob and Linda Galbraith, family, and staff at New Port Engineering are celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary of making electric windshield wiper conversions. What began in 1989 with only three vehicle applications has grown into over 180 different applications today covering hot rods, muscle cars, classic cars, and trucks. The original product, the Clean Wipe Wiper Drive, is a vehicle specific, bolt-in motor that attaches to the factory linkage. For more information on the company’s history and its products, visit www.newportwipers.com.
In Memory – Tracy Winters
Back in September, Super Chevy learned of the sudden passing of Tracy Winters, VP of Sales and Marketing at JW Transmissions in Rockledge, Florida. Tracy was the daughter of JW founder John Winters, and along with her duties at JW also served the Drag Racing Association of Women (D.R.A.W.) in various roles over the years. Tracy was 46-years-old.