We are often asked, “what is the best or biggest Corvette show?” Well, in our opinion, there is really only one answer to that question. Each August the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, PA hosts the biggest and baddest Corvette Show in the world – Corvettes at Carlisle. This show draws over 5,000 Corvettes from all over the world. Attendance is always more than 30,000 Corvette enthusiasts passing through the gates during this weekend.
This show includes an all Corvette car corral, a huge swap meet area where you are bound to find that “almost impossible part” for your 62 or even a set of tires for your 88. The show also includes the largest all Corvette Manufacturers Midway, here great companies like Billy Boat (www.bbexhaust.com) will install a brand new system on your 2015 Stingray! Or the great folks over at the National Corvette Museum (www.corvettemuseum.org), maybe you are looking for some great add on parts for your C5, C6 or C7 Corvette, stop on by RPI Designs (www.rpidesigns.com). Maybe you want to pick up some great detailing or car wash supplies..look no further than Adam’s Polishes, Adam is always there in person and will normal even clean your Corvette if you ask nicely (www.adamspolishes.com).
Don’t forget about the world famous all Corvette burnout contest. Wil Cooksey had a very memorable burnout a few years back!
No matter what your are looking to do, if its Corvette related we are betting that you will be able to find it at Corvettes at Carlisle. The most fun you can have with your Corvette! If you have never been there, we encourage you to put it on your bucket list – you will be glad you did!
Lloyd mats has been in the floor mat business for a long time and they have been the standard for the Corvette for as long as I can remember. The first time I saw set of them was in a C4, and the fitment and just general quality of the mat was super impressive. Of course, the embroidered Corvette logos certainly helps with appeal also. My point is that most all Corvette owners usually gravitate to either the Lloyds Ultimat or LUXE line of floor mats when they are looking to get upgrade their mats (which is as soon as you get the car). If you compare the Lloyds Corvette C7 Floor Mat next to the OEM Corvette floor mat you will see the difference as to why you would want to replace the OEM Mat with a Lloyds floor mat as soon as possible.
Lloyds just recently released their line of C7 Corvette Floor Mats and they look simply amazing. Keeping in line with previous traditions, the C7 Floor and Cargo mats fit perfect, look outstanding, and provide a level of protection far and above what comes with the car from the factory. Honestly, it still amazes me that GM has not ever sourced their Corvette floor mats from Lloyds rather than what they are using now. It just seems like they would be so much better off getting the from Lloyds and I am guessing their customer satisfaction numbers might go up a bit also (however much a floor can influence that).
The C7 Corvette Mats are offered in most all of the Lloyds mats lineup, that includes LUXE, Ultimat, and TruBerber. The Ultimat has been the Corvette favorite for years but if you want the absolute best (you pay for it also) go with the LUXE. LUXE is the thickest mat on the market and has a LIFETIME warranty. The Ultimat has a 5 year warranty and is not quit as thick, but still much thicker than factory. All of the Lloyds line of Corvette Floor Mats does utilize the OEM Corvette fastening system, so no concerns with the mats getting bunched up under the brake pedal.
Of course, they also are continuing to offer the Lloyds Corvette Cargo mat for the C7. The Cargo mat is also a very nice addition to the Corvette and once you add the embroidered logo you will find yourself wanting to pop open the rear hatch to look in the cargo area more than usual. In all seriousness the Lloyds Cargo Mat does make the cargo area of your Corvette look super nice, not to mention it is also functional and protects your Vette OEM carpeting for stains and debris.
It looks like the aftermarket companies such as APR Performance, LG Motorsports, RKSport and ZR7 Performance are 100% full speed ahead into making new Corvette C7 Carbon Fiber Parts. Many of these companies have designed great looking under hood dress up accessories, as well as exterior modifications. There are many front splitters, side skirts and rear spoilers to pick from. Some of our top picks for the C7 are below.
LG Motorsports not only design great looking carbon fiber accessories for the C7 Corvette Stingray, but they also race cars and can prove the great quality of all their products. This front splitter looks great, we think it’s possibly the best looking front splitter currently available.
Everyone can agree that the 2014-2015 C7 Corvette hood looks great, but that vent just does not fit in at all…Luckily APR Performance has come up with a solution to this problem. APR designed a 100% solid carbon fiber hood vent insert that will replace the OEM GM plastic unit. We are told you simply remove your existing vent and install this one in it’s place. The entire installation only takes 15-20 minutes and the rewards pay dividends.
There is no better way to show off your pride of owning a new C7 Corvette Stingray than adding some under the hood bling. APR Performance has designed real carbon fiber engine covers (plenum cover and fuel rail covers) that are direct replacements of factory GM pieces. These Corvette covers simply snap into place once you remove your OEM pieces. Installation takes no more than 15-20 minutes and will really change the entire look of your engine bay. This is a great way to get those trophies at local and national events and car shows.
You can never be sure what you might just find in a New York City basement….This collection of 36 Corvettes was recently “found” in NYC. This collection of Corvettes, one from every year from 1953 to 1989 was bought by artist Peter Max many years ago in hopes of creating “pieces of art”. For whatever reason this never materialized. The entire collection was recently purchased by collector Peter Heller who plans to restore the vehicles and put them up for auction as a complete collection.
So us guys at Corvettenewsblog.com wonder is maybe we’ll see this collection pass the auction blocks at Barrett-Jackson in the coming years? Anyone want to venture a guess on what this amazing collection might bring?
Just in time for holiday shopping….The Z06 is about to hit the streets and aftermarket vendor RPI Designs has come up with a replica of the Z06 side skirts for the C7 Stingray. These side skirts give your base model the look and feel of a 2015 Z06. We understand these are made from fiberglass and come available in a satin black, Carbon Flash Metallic and also in all Corvette exterior body colors.
These side skirts install to your body the same way that General Motors is equipping all Z06’s from the factory. They bolt into the lower rocker area. These skirts are more than visual improvements, they also provide better down force and help protect your investment from those nasty rock chips.
The Corvette is back! Sales numbers are great for the 2014 model year. The last year for the C6 Corvette was not good, sales numbers were just about 12,500. We feel this might have been a combination of an outdated look or perhaps the consumer was just waiting for the all new Stingray. From our sources it looks like GM made a total of 37,288 Stingrays in 2014…not a bad increase year over year.
With the Z06 coming out in 2015, we expect to see 35,000 or more Stingrays roll off the assembly line in Bowling Green in 2015. It’s very exciting to see that the Corvette is back and back in full force.
All Corvette fans are going to be very excited for the Barrett Jackson Auction in Scottsdale this year. The 2015 Z06 Convertible with VIN 001 will be one of the main attractions at the auction we are sure. We are betting the very first Z06 Convertible ever produced will bring a million bucks or more based on the previous two C7’s with VIN 001 both bringing a million. If you are thinking that a million bucks is crazy, well, it is, but that money is all being donated to charity, and this is the first ever C7 Z06 Convertible. So we think it’s money well spent.
Who could buy this beast? We’re betting that NASCAR’s Rick Hendrick will be the winning bidder, we could be wrong, but that’s our guess. Rick Hendrick has bought the first couple of C7’s that crossed the auction block at previous Barrett Jackson events. Tune in to the auction in January 10-18.
Despite Chevrolet’s Best Efforts, Renders of the C7 Z06 Have Leaked Ahead of the Vehicle’s Official Unveiling
In the information age keeping things a secret is almost impossible, and Chevrolet keeps learning that the hard way. As has been the case with the C7 Corvette every step of the way, more information has been leaked ahead of Chevrolet’s planned unveiling. This time, it’s rendered images of the C7 Z06.
This vehicle is undeniably busy from front to back. Chevrolet has put aerodynamic touches and extra vents seemingly everywhere they could fit them. It’s beautiful–there’s no denying that–but it may not be to the minimalist’s tastes. The new side skirts, front lip spoiler, rear spoiler and rear fascia, and other body components should equate to improved downforce and drag coefficients.
The extra vents should all be active. If the supercharger rumors are true, that will explain the large inlet on the car’s hood, and the brake vents should help to keep, what will almost certainly be carbon-ceramic, the advanced brakes cool while trying to stop the C7 Z06’s 620HP and 650 Lb/Ft of torque.
Tomorrow’s the big day, and around 10am or so we should have lots of solid information. For now, though, check out these rendering and appreciate what the next greatest American supercar will be.
Here’s a Tease of just how Incredible the C7.R will Sound
Corvettes sound great. It’s common knowledge. A proven fact. A law of automotive science. Corvettes always sound great. They always have and they always will. That’s why it was no surprise to me when I heard that the C7.R sounded amazing. No, the surprise came when I heard just how amazing.
The C7.R is Chevrolet Racing’s next GT-class performance race car based on their Corvette chassis. The C6.R, which recently took a pole in Dubai at a GT1 event despite it being sunset in the months to come, has dominated other tarmac and driver alike for years now, and it’s finally time for it to retire. In its place will be amazing variation on the C7 Stingray Corvette specially designed to tackle the world’s toughest courses at some of mankind’s greatest speeds.
We showed you what the C7.R Corvette looks like a few weeks ago when the first spyshots were leaked. And we’ll share official photos of it from its Detroit International Automotive Show unveiling on Monday. We’re excited, and we know you are too, and that’s why this sub-10 second clip is so wonderful. It’s one more taste of what’s sure to become the next world class Corvette racer ahead of its official unveiling.
So, turn up your speakers, sit back, and enjoy, because if this any indication of the what the C7.R will be like then we, the Corvette adoring public, are in for quite a treat.
Chevrolet Has Introduced an Incredible New Performance Data Recorder for their Flagship Corvette at the Consumer Electronics Show
Ahead of the unveiling of the C7.R and the C7 Z06, Chevrolet has provided Corvette lovers another fantastic bit of news. At last week’s CES, Chevrolet unveiled a new Corvette Performance Data Recorder technology that will be made available for Corvette owners to provide them an even greater edge at track days.
The Corvette Performance Data Recorder isn’t new technology, ultimately. Formula One, American LeMans Series, and other high end race cars have utilized functions just like it for years and years now; however, its dealer installed availability on a production race car like the Corvette is nearly revolutionary.
The Corvette Performance Data Recorder will allow Stingray owners, and almost certainly those people who are lucky enough to get a hold of a C7 Z06, the ability to record and review their racing performance. The box itself will use telemetry data taken from the vehicle’s computer to provide full hardline data on the driver’s performance at a track. This can show a skilled and knowledgeable driver where they lost precious seconds due to unnecessary movements.
Of course, that information alone wouldn’t be revolutionary. It is, instead, the second aspect of Chevrolet’s new toy that makes it so special. The Corvette Performance Data Recorder will allow the Corvette driver to insert an SD card in to their glovebox and pull off not only their hardline data, but also HD video of their laps. An HD video recorder will be installed high along the windshield line and will provide video footage of the lap, which can then be overlayed with live telemetry data for a full race experience.
This technology will allow any individual a chance to see their driving from a competitive perspective, and, ultimately, give Corvette drivers a chance at seriously improving lap times at tracks that they race multiple times. The videos themselves can also, and certainly will also, be shared online. Corvette communities are certain to explode with track day videos of Corvette racers dominating the twists and turns of their favored local tarmac.
Check out the Chevrolet video below:
Also be sure to watch CNet’s great test of the technology as well: