Barrett Jackson Auction 2016

VIN 001 Corvette Purchased by Rick Hendrick 2016 Barrett-Jackson

History of the Barrett Jackson Auction

For more than four decades, Barrett-Jackson has been known as the world’s undisputed leader in collector car auctions.  The legacy started in the 1960s as a meeting between two car enthusiasts, Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett. The early auctions, held in Scottsdale, AZ, were so popular that fellow collectors and car buffs across the country demanded their own auctions. In 2003, the first Palm Beach, FL, auction was held and in 2008 it was brought to Las Vegas, NV.

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Rick Hendrick, A Corvette Icon

Rick Hendrick has long been identified with the Chevrolet brand and with the Corvette in particular. That association has now been officially recognized with Rick’s induction into the Corvette Hall of Fame during the 21st Anniversary Celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Rick was honored for his achievements both on the racetrack and in the automotive sales and service field. These accomplishments led to Rick’s selection in the Enthusiast field as a 2015 inductee into the Corvette Hall of Fame.

Rick Hendrick

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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. 

“A legit Porsche killer from Detroit”

CNN Money posted a review of the new C7 Corvette last week in which writer Peter Valdes-Dapena had this to say about the new “Vette:”

But it just hasn’t gotten the respect. It’s been seen as a much lesser alternative to a Porsche for those who just don’t have the money to pony up for those Porsche prices. Probably that’s because the Corvette costs so much less money, looks so much bigger and it carries its engine out front, like any regular car, not in back. Also, let’s face it, it’s a Chevy.

Now, with the 2014 Corvette Stingray, that disrespect just needs to stop. I had the chance to drive the new ‘Vette on roads and highways not far from San Francisco and, while today’s Corvette is not bad, this one’s better. It feels even quicker, more nimble, more intuitive and it’s lots more fun.

Visit the link for more photos and video from CNN Money’s C7 Corvette review.

The Detroit Free Press’ Mark Phelan writes here about the history of the Corvette from a car with “more ‘show’ than ‘go'” to a true performance vehicle.

Check out this story from Car and Driver’s blog with the history of the Corvette as a race car with some great photos of past racing Vettes.

As part of the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Chevrolet brought examples of all seven generations of the Corvette in running condition.

Vintage Corvette owners gathered in Laguna Seca this weekend at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as Chevrolet showed off the new 2014 Corvette. Corvette owners lined their cars along paths through the “Corvette Corral” and paraded around the track.


2014 Corvette Stingray to Pace Indianapolis 500

For a record 12th time, a Corvette will lead the field to green at the start of the Indianapolis 500. Chevrolet announced today that the 2014 Corvette Stingray has been chosen as the pace car for the 97th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” on Sunday, May 26, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Check out our Pinterest board of past Corvette pace cars

“It is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette Stingray at the hallowed Brickyard and further the legacy between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, GM vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s performance was influenced by racing, making this prestigious assignment even more fitting.”

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The Stingray is Back!


 The sheet has been pulled on the new Corvette, and like it or not, it’s out.  GM Design legend Ed Welburn said the team could call it the Stingray only if the design and technology of the car backed it up.  And I think it does.  Looking at pictures of the 1963 Sting Ray, I can really see the heritage of our newest Corvette.  Is it perfect? No.  But I think it is as close as possible.  No matter what area of the new Stingray you don’t like, the rest of it more than compensates.  If you don’t like the look of the rear end, no worries, because you’ll most likely just be staring at the front and side that you won’t even go to the back.  If you don’t like the exterior, jump in the car and enjoy the latest technology that the automotive world has to offer.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray will come in 3 variants, standard, Z51 Performance Package, and the Z51 Performance Package with Magnetic Selective Ride Control.  The Z51 Package will add bigger wheels and tires, dry sump oil system, electronic limited slip differential, larger front brakes with black calipers, unique shocks, springs, and stabilizer bars, differential and transmission cooling, and a specific Aerodynamic package.  The optional Magnetic Suspension is the 3rd generation of this technology, and reads the road every millisecond and adjusts every 10-15 milliseconds.

The interior of the Stingray is a place drivers will want to be.  In my opinion, the interior of the C6 was not that bad, it wasn’t exactly special either.  But the problem with the C6 interior was that the Car itself performed so well, it could only be compared to high priced sports cars.  And when you’re comparing the performance of an expensive sports car and a Corvette, you can’t help but compare the other aspects of the cars as well.  But all of that aside, the C7 is the cure.  I am extremely anxious and excited about getting behind the wheel and inside the cabin of the 2014 Corvette.  The car is lavished in luxurious and exotic materials that just invite the driver and passenger to come in and enjoy the ride.

We’ve seen what is to come with the C7, but now it is time to say good-bye to the C6.  And let’s be honest, the Current Corvette is a spectacular sports car.  And thankfully we still get to spend a few more months with it!

The C7 Approaches!


Chevrolet has finally announced when and where the C7 will be unveiled.  It is going to be at its own special event hosted by the National Corvette Museum on 1.13.13.  Tickets were sold to a lucky 150 enthusiast to be at the Event for $1200 (for two people), and it did not take long to sell out.  Along with unveiling event, Chevrolet also showed the world the C7’s Cross Flag Logo.

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