Upcoming Super Chevy ShowsJuly 11-13, Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton (Reading), PA
August 15-16 Bandimere (CO) Speedway
September 26-28 Bristol (TN) Dragway
October 3-4 Rockingham (NC) Dragway
October 11-12 Royal Purple Raceway at Houston, Baytown, TX
On The Move: Chevy’s Performance, Racing ShopsStarting next year, all engineering of Chevy’s high-performance engines will come from the new General Motors Performance and Racing Center (GMPRC), now under construction in Pontiac, Michigan. It will also house all of GM’s factory race shops.
“The GM Performance and Racing Center will serve as a resource to help our race teams and drivers continue to win races and championships,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president, performance vehicles and motor- sports. “It will also help advance technical sharing between racing and production engine programs.”
The engineering staff from GM’s current race engineering center in Wixom, Michigan, will start moving to the GMPRC next spring, with the facility due to be finished and fully up and running in 2016.
Michelin Sponsors NCM Motorsports ParkMichelin and the National Corvette Museum are partnering on a three-year deal that will make Michelin the official tire of the NCM Motorsports Park. Michelin will also be the presenting sponsor of three events to be held at the park over the next three years.
The park—which has already booked 130 days at the track in its first year—will be dedicated in late August. (Seen here is an aerial view of it taken in late April.)
Last June, the NCM broke ground on the $25 million, 184-acre, dual-track facility, and it’s expected to attract more than 80,000 visitors—and an estimated $15 million in motorsports tourism and racing events revenues per year—to the greater Bowling Green area. Along with two circuits that combine to form a high-speed loop of 1.96 miles, to an extended 3.15-mile course, the NCM Motorsports Park will also feature a control tower with classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces; garages; a fueling station; overnight camping; and commercial property available for businesses that complement the park.
For more information on the NCM Motorsports Park, visit motor-sportspark.org.
On the BlockMecum KC Spring ’14 Edition
Once more, the Bow Ties crossed the block, and sold, at Mecum’s Kansas City Spring 2014 auction, where seven of the top 10 sellers were Chevys. (Prices quoted are the ones these Chevys sold for, less Mecum’s 7 percent buyers’ and sellers’ commissions.)
-’63 Corvette Sting Ray coupe…hammer price $107,000. The second-highest selling vehicle, under whose no-hit body (restored from a flared-fender custom) is a 0.030-inch-overbored 327 fuelie wearing correct heads. It also boasts its original differential and metallic brakes at each corner. It wasn’t as far gone as some restorations started out as, but this Riverside Red split-window benefitted from its frame-off, scoring a six-figure price for its seller.
-’10 Camaro SS…hammer price $61,000. Another of the auction’s top 10 sales (No. 7, to be precise), Extreme Innovations built a wild fifth-gen with an LS9 under the carbon-fiber hood, Tremec six-speed, four-link suspension with a 9-inch rear, roll bar, custom exhaust, Budnik wheels, and big Wilwood disc brakes.
-’70 Nova two-door sedan…hammer price $12,500. Probably the biggest bargain of the Chevys that crossed the block in Kansas City, this plain-looking Nova sports a 383-inch small-block with Dart heads and an Eagle rotating assembly, Turbo 350 with a B&M “Hammer” floor shifter, and an Auburn HP-series Posi with 3.73 Richmond Gears in it—all inside the original Body By Fisher. Can you build one this nice for that price?
-’61 Bel Air Sport Coupe…hammer price $34,500. A factory V-8 car with a 409 and T-10 four-speed, it also has California bumpers, OEM high-performance exhaust manifolds, and a 21/2-inch custom exhaust system with cutouts.
(All photos courtesy Mecum Auctions)