Mid America Motorworks Seals Corvette Time Capsule
Mid America Motorworks recently sealed a time capsule celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Corvette. The capsule, which was filled with marque memorabilia donated by enthusiasts from around the world, will be opened in September 2053 to celebrate the car’s centennial.
Some of its more notable contents included the following:
- 50th Anniversary Corvette medallion—Given by Chevrolet to signify a milestone in the brand’s history, this medallion was presented to the Official C5/C6 Registry by then-Corvette Chief Engineer David Hill at the Corvette Celebration in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2003. (Submitted by the Official C5/C6 Registry Organization.)
- Bottle of port—This bottle was from the first Australian National Corvette Convention, held in Melbourne in 1989. The event, which continues to this day, celebrates Australians’ abiding passion for America’s sports car. (Submitted by Darren Pelacchi of Melbourne, Australia.)
- Corvette cookie box—This box was given out at an event commemorating the first anniversary of the National Corvette Museum. It bears the autograph of Zora Arkus-Duntov, the “Father of the Corvette.” (Submitted by Bill Dunbar of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.)
- Commemorative plaque—This plaque was a souvenir at the grand opening of the National Corvette Museum on September 2, 1994. It features an image of Duntov and a message from Dan Gale, the first president of the NCM. (Submitted by the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.)
“This time capsule represents the first 60 years of Corvette history and the passion it instills in enthusiasts around the world,” said Mike Yager, the company’s owner and “Chief Cheerleader.” “It will be interesting to how the hobby evolves…over the next 40.”
The time capsule was originally scheduled to be buried on-site during the 2012 Corvette Funfest event, but inclement weather intervened. Instead, Yager’s youngest son, Blake (seen here), sealed the capsule and placed it in storage.
Mantic Performance Clutches Photo Contest
Got a hot-looking C5 or C6? Here’s your chance to show it off—and maybe win some money in the process. From January 1 through March 31, 2013, VETTE and Mantic Performance Clutches are teaming up to present a photo contest open to all LS-powered ’97-’13 Corvettes. The owner of the winning car, as selected by our staff, will receive a $2,500 check from Mantic.
- A high-res photo of your LS-powered ’97-’13 Corvette (5 MB or less)
- A short (160 words or less) description of the car
- Your contact information, including e-mail address
Submissions will be judged on both the appearance of the car as well the overall quality of the photo, so don’t be afraid to get creative. The photos will also be posted on our website, Vetteweb.com>, so be sure to stop by and check out the competition.
That’s it. Now get out there and start snapping!
It’s Official: C7 Vette to Debut in January
Chevrolet will unveil the seventh-generation Corvette the evening of Sunday, January 13, 2013, in Detroit. To kick off the countdown, company officials debuted the ’14 Corvette’s new Crossed Flags logo (shown).
“The all-new Corvette deserved an all-new emblem,” said GM Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn. “The new Crossed Flags design reflects the character of the next Corvette. The flags are much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before, underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car.”
The new emblem was shown at Road Atlanta, where Corvette Racing celebrated its sweep of the 2012 production-based American Le Mans Series GT championships. At the event, the team announced that it will campaign the C6.R for the 2013 ALMS season; the C7.R is expected to make its racing debut in 2014.
According to Chevrolet, the only C6 parts that carry over to the new car are the cabin air filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel. This news came as something of a surprise to industry observers, many whom had speculated that the C7 would use fresh bodywork atop a lightly modified C6 chassis.
Chevy will leak more details of the seventh- generation Corvette from now until the official reveal. Visit www.one13thirteen.com to stay abreast of all the latest developments.
LG Unveils World Challenge-3 Carbon Hood
LG Motorsports recently released a new carbon C6 hood, dubbed the World Challenge-3. It’s available in full-race form, with retaining pins and hinge points, as well in an OEM-style bolt-on configuration.
“These [hoods] are built to factory specs and fit like OEM,” says LG Motorsports sales manager Anthony Forney. “The massive array of louvers in the hood will provide your Corvette with the utmost in cooling and added downforce.”
World Challenge-3 hoods feature a clear carbon finish that can be left bare, or primed and painted. Contact LG Motorsports at (972) 429-1963 or visit www.lgmotorsports.com for more info.