C7.R Debuts at NAIAS
Chevrolet kicked of the 2014 racing season by revealing the new Corvette C7.R at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 13. At press time, the car was scheduled to make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona less than two weeks later.
Chevy clearly hopes this latest racing Corvette will build upon the success of its predecessor, the C6.R, which racked up a formidable list of accolades during its eight-year run in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
In addition to radical new bodywork based on the C7 Z06, the car will wear an updated version of the “Jake” skull logo that first appeared on Corvette ALMS cars in the early 2000s. The revised Jake sports a more modern and aggressive look intended to mirror the appearance of the C7.R itself.
“The best thing about Jake is that the logo transcends age and gender, uniting the Corvette Racing team and enthusiasts alike,” said Tom Peters, Director of Design, Performance Vehicles. “The new Jake logo reinforces the brand’s success on the track and signals the transition from the C6.R to the C7.R.”
“Corvette Stingray: The Legend Lives” on Sale Now
For the second year in a row, VETTE has teamed up with sister title Motor Trend to produce a special-edition publication focused exclusively on America’s Favorite Sports Car. On sale now, Corvette Stingray: The Legend Lives is packed with historical, technical, and lifestyle articles on both the all-new ‘ray and its legendary predecessors. Look for it on newsstands wherever MT and VETTE are found.
Funfest ’14 to Honor Vets
In recognition of Military Family Appreciation Month, Mid America Motorworks will honor “Vets with Vettes” at its 21st annual Corvette Funfest event, scheduled for September 18-21.
“Every year at Corvette Funfest, we see more and more Corvettes with patriotic paint jobs and designs,” said company president and “Chief Cheerleader” Mike Yager. “With some of my own brothers who served, members of the Mid America Motorworks family with military backgrounds, and all of the service men and women in our extended Corvette family, it is a privilege to show them how much their commitment and sacrifice means.”
Veterans and Corvette owners with patriotically customized Corvettes will receive special parking in a place of honor on the Corvette Funfest grounds. The weekend will also include special attractions and presentations honoring members of the military, past and present.
Visit www.corvettefunfest.com for more information or to register.
Split-Window Earns Top-10 Price at Mecum KC
A ’63 L76 coupe sold for $76,000 at Mecum’s Kansas City Auction in December, landing it in the top 10 for prices paid at that event. The Ermine White four-speed car featured a numbers-matching powertrain and had been “highly detailed to NCRS specifications,” according to the seller.
The next Mecum event will take place April 10-12 in Houston. Visit www.mecum.com for more details.