Indifferent Corvette girl gets blown for her birthday


You may recall a video from last year, when a guy bought his girlfriend a brand new 2014 Corvette Stingray and she didn’t seem overly interested in it. A lot of internet users called that young lady a lot of not so nice names. My guess is she’s just the reserved type who wasn’t overly interested in her boyfriend documenting her birthday surprise on camera. Either that or she truly is a spoiled, ungrateful being. I would rather give her the benefit of the doubt.

For this year’s birthday, the boyfriend decided to up the ante a bit by sending the Stingray out for some tuning. Specifically, the installation of a supercharger. The video is a bit slow and I would love to see more of the car in action, but the beast sounds spectacular at idle.

Who let the dogs out?

This is one of those images that would be hard to believe if we didn’t know the shooter involved. Florida photographer Louis Galanos grabbed this shot of “Fast Phil” lapping at Sebring in 1973 with his faithful pooches, Moss & Fangio. Galanos tells the tale:

“On one of his laps he stopped the car on the back airport straight and let out Moss because the mutt wanted to get out and run. Fangio, with his short legs, was not interested. The photo shows Fangio with his head out the window and Moss keeping pace with the Corvette. Those were the early days of IMSA. While the dogs are long gone Phil still has the vintage split-window Corvette and still races. No wonder they call him “Fast Phil.”

April Fools gag or just another example of how things have changed since the golden years of racing! Read the whole story over at Sports Car Digest.

Paul Newman’s race winning Vette sells for $275,000

Over the years we’ve seen more than a few actors who have taken their fortune and gone racing. Some of them were even pretty good at it. Guys like James Garner, Steve McQueen and new school guys like Patrick Dempsey have all been regarded as talented racers. Possibly the most successful of the bunch was none other than Paul Newman, who raced for decades, right up into his Eighties. Racing under the name PLN, Newman scored wins in both IMSA and Trans-Am racing.

Using his home track, Lime Rock Park, as a base, Newman raced this Riley & Scott Corvette Trans Am car from 2003 onwards, scoring his final win a year to the day before his death. Think about that, in 2007 at age 82, Newman won a GT1 race behind the wheel of a 700 horsepower TA car! This was that car.

It was in this car that Paul Newman took his final laps of Lime Rock, at 83 years of age, just one month before passing away from cancer.

The car was offered up for auction at Amelia Island recently by Canadian auction house, RM Auctions. When the bidding came to a close, the final sale was made for $275,000.

Head past the jump to read the full press release and catch a glimpse of the freshly restored #83.

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Amy Ruman becomes first woman to win a Trans Am race

Having come oh so close to winning her first Trans Am series race several times, Amy Ruman finally took top spot on the podium this weekend at Road Atlanta. Ruman got the jump on Mike Lewis on the 5th restart, when the race went yellow once again due to contact between Glen Jung and John Baucom. All Ruman had to do then was cruise for 3 laps under yellow to became the first woman to win in 45 years of TA racing.
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Going Fast: Gateway Racing number 07 Corvette is up for sale

That’s right, Blaise Csida’s magnificent Corvette Trans Am car could be yours. Quite possibly one of the most attractive cars on the Trans Am circuit and certainly one of the best prepared, the Gateway Racing Vette is leaving the stable to make room for the next new build. For the experienced driver looking to move up to GT1 or go pro in the Trans Am series, this is the perfect vehicle. Meticulously built and maintained, this car is reliable and fast and comes with a comprehensive spares package.

Full details:
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Tony Ave wins rain soaked Trans Am crash fest at Mosport

While the Trans Am cars sat on the mock grid, the World Challenge teams were circling Mosport International Raceway under a full course yellow. The reason? A damp track that deposited 5 cars into the tires between corners 9 and 10. Typical of Mosport’s weather patterns, the rain stopped and started a couple of times. As the TA cars made their way out on the track, the skies opened.

One quick lap behind the pace car and the field went green. For about 30 seconds.
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Chevy Celebrates with Corvette Centennial Edition

Chevrolet will be celebrating its 100th birthday in 2012, and to commemorate this milestone, Chevy is offering the Corvette Centennial Edition. The package is strictly cosmetic, so sorry guys, no extra performance is available by clicking the option box here. So what do you get? First, a Carbon Flash Metallic paint color, satin black graphics, Centennial decals, black painted wheels, and red brake calipers. Inside, all Centennial Editions receive an Ebony leather wrapped instrument panel, doors and seats, with red stitching throughout.

The Centennial Edition will be available on every model Corvette, coupe and convertible. Magnetic Selective Ride Control is standard equipment. No pricing is available, but expect more details on that when the Centennial Edition becomes available this summer.