Sunday, May 28, 2017

1971 IMSA Tribute Corvette

While attending this month's Cars & Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars in Lake Mary, hosted by Cruisin Orlando, I took some time to go inside their huge showroom to check out their inventory.

Of course, I always pay special attention to the C3 Corvettes they have for sale and this 1971 IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) tribute Corvette immediately caught my eye. And it's hard to miss a car built like this one.

Stunning is one word that can be used to describe it, but you have to see it in person in order to appreciate the amount and quality of the work that went into building it.

Unfortunately, the hood was closed and I did not want to risk opening it to snap a few pics of the engine, but GCC Orlando has a lot more pics of the Vette on their website including some of the motor and suspension.

So, if you happen to have an extra $150K in your bank account and have no clue as to what to do with that money, this is one option.
























Monday, May 8, 2017

Corvette: The Meaning Behind the Famous Name


According to an article in The Gentleman Racer, Myron E. Scott (1907-1998), a photographer and art director with the Dayton Daily News, submitted the name for the car that would become known the world over.

Scott, a 2002 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductee, worked for Chevrolet as an assistant director for the Public Relations department for more than three decades, starting in 1937.

In early 1953, Chevy executives were scrambling in attempts to find a name for their still-in-development, new sports car. The mandate required that the name of the car start with the letter C, but the task proved tougher than anyone could've anticipated as every submission was rejected by the top brass.

So one evening at home, Scott turned to section C of a dictionary to search for potential names, and that's how he came across the now-famous Corvette name.

But it was actually the French who first used the corvette name for small, fast, and agile ships that were used as escorts in the late 1600s. The name was used again on British escort vessels during World War II, which were also used successfully by the United States Navy for anti-submarine warfare.

US Navy Corvettes were armed with a 3-inch/50 caliber gun, dual-purpose gun aft, two 20mm anti-aircraft guns, two depth charge racks, four depth charge throwers, and one Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar.

Corvette ships are still in use today by many nations.

Above: Swedish navy's stealth corvette HMS Helsingborg by Jesper Olsson

US Navy WWII Corvettes

  • USS Action
  • USS Alacrity
  • USS Brisk
  • USS Haste
  • USS Intensity
  • USS Might
  • USS Pert
  • USS Prudent


Above: USS Intensity (PG-93), Flower-class corvette, mid-1943 by Gdr

Corvette word origin: Mid 17th century. French, from Dutch korf, denoting a kind of ship, plus the diminutive suffix -ette. | Google.

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Above: The first Corvette rolls off the line.

Above: With such a maritime background, it's no surprise that Corvettes prototypes bore names
such as Mako Shark I and II, and Manta Ray, although the Mako Shark inspiration was the result
of a fishing expedition, rather than warship vessel related.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Car Show: Rock & Brews, Oviedo, FL 4/30/2017

Thank God for overcast skies and a slight breeze. Otherwise, most of us would've roasted during the Rock & Brews cruise Sunday, April 30th. By 3:00 pm the temperature was 90° with high humidity. That's Spring in Florida!

My bud Dave Preston drove his LS1-powered 1989 Trans Am and I followed in my Corvette, and even though the event started at 11 am and we arrived at 9:45 am, the place was already busy. By 11 it was packed, and cars kept coming in.

Here are a few photos I snapped during the event, but with an estimated 300-plus cars in attendance, I limited them to a few C3s as well as a few other interesting vehicles.




Above: My '76 Stingray ran great and having a working a/c system is wonderful!








Above: Love 1st generation Firebirds, and this one was a beauty! 
  

Above: All-original Pontiac Fiero GT.


Above: Dave's 1989 LS1-powered Firebird Trans Am.



Above: Back to the Future DeLorean. Marty McFly was nowhere to be found.

Above: Leaving the show. Photo by Russ Muller Photography.

For more info about this and other Central Florida events, visit Cruisin Orlando and FLA Car Shows.

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