Monday, August 26, 2013

Corvettes at Carlisle 2013

This was a very, very special Corvettes at Carlisle for a number of reasons:

  1. 60th anniversary of the first Corvette
  2. 50th anniversary of the first Corvette Stingray
  3. Announcement of the new C7 Corvette Stingray
My lovely bride of 30 years came along to keep me from buying a 3rd Corvette :)   Plus, we left there to go have dinner with our son Michael at VT that evening, then went on to Dandridge TN to spend the weekend at Lake Douglas with Julie's aunt and uncle.  We took the 2011 Grand Sport I own that got 27mpg on the highway, which is not bad for 445hp and 325/30 tires on the rear.

 Above is a 1965 Exoto Grand Sport.    I don't know how many millions this is even worth - literally.

Most importantly, Julie looks great in the new Corvette Stingray.

 This is my favorite color of what they currently have in 2014 which is called crystal red.

Above is me with Kirk Bennion of GM who designed the Corvette Stingray! Kirk gave me a Stingray pin that is typically for Corvette team members who actually work at GM which I thought was very cool.

Above is me with Tadge Juechter of GM who is Chief Engineer for the Corvette Stingray!  I spoke with Tadge for 15 minutes without any interruptions which is incredible amount of time with an industry legend.

They have lots of seminars in the GM Engineers Tent (which is where I tend to hang around).

Above I am talking with Jason - who designed the Corvette Stingray's

Above is the cutaway of the Corvette Stingray which is always fascinating to look at.

Below is the C6R race car that has been kicking butt and taking names in the GT2 class and previously the GT1 class prior to 2009.

 Above are the rows of the most famous Corvette of all time - the 1963 split window Coupe. 

Above is the famous knockoff wheel on the C2 Corvettes (1963-1967).

Below is the partial view from the hill at Corvettes at Carlisle in 2013.