Corvette News from Around the Web: February 2015

Here is what is happening in the Corvette community this month.

  • If you can’t take the heat, the 2015 Z06 Corvette isn’t for you. Check out this infographic from Car and Driver about the engineering behind this driving machine.
  • Die-hard Corvette fans can own a piece of the brand’s history. For just $25, you can get a branded piece of the original Corvette factory. Learn more here.
  • Someone got lucky this President’s Day! The Bellevue Hospital Foundation gave away a 2015 Vette on Monday. Read more.
  • A match made in heaven and just another reason you should be driving a Vette! Read this Corvette love story.
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Corvette News from Around the Web: January 2015

Check out what was going on in the Corvette world this month.










  • Spoiler alert! A little more information about the 2016 Corvette has been released to the public.


  • If you missed it, read about the Corvette team’s domination at the Rolex 24 in Daytona – the opening race for the 2015 Tudor United Sports Car Championship season.









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The Details on the Z06’s Engine Plus Corvette News

The 2015 Corvette Z06 is expected to hit dealership lots in early 2015 and news is still coming in about what to expect from this supercar. Motor Trend recently wrote a full breakdown on what will be GM’s most powerful production engine ever. You can read the full post here. 

The article includes many details about the Z06’s 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 engine as well as the objectives of GM’s engineering team when they planned to develop the engine.

Cancer Survivor Turns Her Corvette Into An Awareness Billboard

After she survived Stage IV breast cancer, Jenifer Barnett chose to turn her 1974 Corvette into a tool to raise awareness for breast cancer. Barnett wrapped her Corvette with the names of fellow survivors. You can read more about her special Vette on GM Authority. 

Corvette Museum Sinkhole Repair to Begin Next Month

The National Corvette Museum announced this week that work is expected to begin in November to fill in the sinkhole that opened in February, swallowing eight Corvettes. The project is scheduled to be completed in July 2015.

Officials considered keeping the hole open as part of a display but said safety and maintenance costs would have made that too difficult.

Corvette News from Around the Web

Check out some of the latest Corvette news from around the Web:

  • If you want the full story of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum, then look no further than the official DVD available from NCM Films. Check out the trailer below:


  • At this year’s annual Cattle Baron’s Ball in Detroit, one lucky bidder will win a 2015 Corvette Z06 in his/her choice of color. In addition, the winner will receive a free two-day performance driving course in Ron Fellows Performance Driving School in Nevada. The winner can even choose to take delivery of their Z06 at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. The event is hosted by the American Cancer Society, with proceeds directly benefiting the ACS. You can read more about the auction here.  

#ThanksDad for the Corvette Memories

Most Corvette fans sat in their first Corvette thanks to the guidance of their father. We asked you to tell us how your father turned you into a Corvette enthusiast and you responded with some fantastic stories. Read more here:

My family owns a small used car dealership, where my dad always kept a Corvette. Some of my favorite memories were made driving them around town. When I got my license he started me out in a C4, and since I have had a few different ones, including a new C6 in 2012,currently I have a C5. My dad sparked my enthusiasm, and has fueled the fire since then. #ThanksDad – Jacob Hatfield



Corvette News

Take a look at some of the most interesting Corvette stories from around the web in the last week:

The National Corvette Museum is considering keeping the sinkhole as part of an attraction for the museum. 

Attendance at the museum in Bowling Green rose 56 percent in March and 48 percent in April after the 40-foot sinkhole formed Feb. 12, museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said. Current visitors can see the sinkhole, and museum officials are considering installing a glass floor or bridge above the hole. 

The New York Times published a strong review of the Stingray Convertible recently:

For me, a powerful balm for the punishing, depressing, recurring winter finally arrived with an unexpectedly glorious spring weekend in the Catskills, at the wheel of a Corvette convertible.

The timing was perfect, the car nearly so: an open-air version of the formidable new Stingray coupe. Like Olaf, the sun-loving snowman in “Frozen,” the Corvette had me ready to sing a melting, dripping paean to summer. And it was only April.

Jalopnik posted a video of the 2015 Corvette Z06 starting up that will get you excited for your chance to get in the driver’s seat:

Here’s a really cool story from Wired about a Corvette that a quadriplegic will drive using just head movement.

Four infrared cameras mounted in the cabin track when Schmidt, wearing an ordinary ball cap adorned with small reflective balls, moves his head. He tilts his head left or right to steer, and tilts it backward to accelerate. To brake, he bites down, triggering a pressure sensor in his mouth. Within milliseconds, those signals are verified (to ensure they were intentional, not the result of, say, a sneeze), and transferred to a computer that controls the rotary actuators that turn the steering wheel and engage the pedals.

How The Corvette Allocation Process Works

Our Corvette Specialists at Rick Hendrick Corvette are often asked when we find out which new Corvettes will be arriving at the dealership as well as when they will arrive.

A key factor in this process is understanding GM’s Corvette allocation process for dealerships. Every two weeks on a Wednesday, GM informs dealerships of their available allocation for the next two weeks. GM breaks this number down by total coupes and convertibles.

The next day, GM informs dealerships how many of these coupes and convertibles can be Z51 or non-Z51. In addition, GM provides us with the list of constraints on the variety of Corvette options we can order. Currently, GM has the Z51 option on a 50% constraint.

So how can you stay updated on the new Corvettes we have available?

Latest Corvette News

Our latest round-up of Corvette news features bits about preparing your Stingray for the track, how to get your hands on the first Z06 and some Stingray star power.

  • If you’re planning on taking your 2014 Corvette Stingray out on the race track, then you need to make sure you’ve made the necessary preparations to get the best performance out of your vehicle. Chevrolet has published a Track Preparation Guide to give Stingray owners instructions on how to prep their vehicle for the track. You can read more about it here.
  • Looking to own the first 2015 Corvette Z06? Your chance will come at the Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach on April 12. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute. Read more about the auction here.
  • Greg Migliore from Automobile Magazine takes a Stingray Convertible out in the winter to see how it performs in snowy conditions. 
  • The Stingray Corvette could be found alongside stars such as Scarlett Johnansson and Chris Evans on Thursday night at the world premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 
  • A famous Corvette with a unique color scheme was on display last weeked in Florida in Amelia Island in Florida. 

Corvette News Around the Web

We’re back with the latest round-up of Corvette-related news from around the web. Of course, the biggest piece of news from the last week was the sinkhole accident at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Eight rare and irreplaceable Corvettes fell into the hole, six of which were donated by Corvette collectors. Two were on long-term loan from GM. Early estimates from salvage and repair teams expect the work to take 2-3 months to complete. The museum remains open with the damaged area off-limits to visitors.

One of the Corvettes, a red 2001 Mallett Hammer Conversion ZO6, was donated just six weeks ago by a couple from Tampa, Florida.

“It definitely hurts, and I’ve cried,” said owner Kevin Helmintoller. “There’s no question I’m definitely upset, but there’s no way to conceive of anything like this.”

Chevrolet announced they will partner with the museum to help restore the damaged Corvettes. In addition, Corvette aficionados have reached out to the museum offering help and support.

“I probably have seven or eight hundred emails from folks saying their thoughts and prayers are with us, that they’ll make a donation to help with things — they’re thinking of us,” said Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum. “They’ve really reached out and said “let us know what we can do.”

In other Corvette news, USA Today recently featured an interesting story about the owner of a 1960 Corvette, one of the first American cars to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Goodwood driver Anthony Reid puts the 2014 Corvette Stingray up against Britain’s top sportscars – the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and the Jaguar F-Type V8S in this interesting video.