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.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Corvette: The Meaning of 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.

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!

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.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Reilly Auto Repair | Corvette Specialists, Daytona Beach, Florida

After three unsuccessful attempts to have Corvette Masters of Maitland, Florida work on my '76, I decided I had wasted enough time and effort trying to get them to take my money. And after the third canceled appointment, I decided to give Reilly Auto Repair in Daytona Beach a try.

I talked on the phone with Paul Jr. who scheduled an appointment for me to bring the car in the very next day and have his dad take a look at it.

I arrived at Reilly Auto early the next morning and Paul Sr. gave my car a thorough inspection, which included a test drive with me in the passenger seat, in order to determine what needed attention.

He then gave me a tour of the facilities and assured me my car would be kept indoors while under their care.

And he also promised to have an estimate for me the next day, which they did, and I made an appointment to bring my car on April 10th.