Jimmie Johnson No. 48 Car Painting Time Lapse
Watch over 12 hours of work in painting the No. 48 Lowe's Patriotic
Chevrolet condensed into 1 1/2 minutes. Amazing to see the work that the
Hendrick Motorsports crew can do for each race!
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Robert Yates Sells Davey Allison 92 Daytona Car
Davey Allisons T-Bird, Dale Earnhardt's Wheaties Car -- and Rusty Wallace's
car sell at the 2010 Barrett Jackson Classic Car Auction. Statistically,
1992 was Davey Allison's best season in Winston Cup racing. And yet, it was
also a very painful and heartwrenching season. Davey started sixth in the
1992 Daytona 500 but was probably not quite as fast as the Junior Johnson
teammates of Bill Elliott and Sterling Marlin. But the race would change
dramatically on lap 92 when Elliott, Marlin, and Ernie Irvan triggered a
multi-car crash at the front of the pack. Fourteen cars were eliminated,
but Allison—and eventual runner-up Morgan Shepherd—somehow made it
through the mess. He would lead 127 laps to join his father as a Daytona
BJ '09 Pt.2- Richard Petty Plymouth Superbird $501,000 By Year One GoldBerg
YearOne has teamed up with Richard Petty, Evernham Racing, Musclecar TV and
automaniac Bill Goldberg to create an updated legend— a NASCAR Superbird.
The car was auctioned of for $501,000 at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale AZ,
all proceeds will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. An additional
$175,000 was donated by non-winning bidders to help the foundation.
First 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray Sold To Rick Hendrick At Barrett-Jackson
Congratulations to Mr. Rick Hendrick for winning the first C7 Corvette
Stingray, Vin #0001, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona
Details about the new 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray:
(Copied from AOL Autos)
Inside a ramshackle industrial facility in northern Detroit, Chevrolet
unveiled the 2014 Corvette C7, the model's first overhaul in nine years. It
contains a next-generation V8 engine, a small-block LT1 that combines
several advanced technologies into one package and takes drivers from 0 to
60 in less than four seconds.
But for Corvette, this isn't about statistics. "It's more than just a
sports car," said GM design chief Ed Welburn. "It's an emotion. It's a
passion. It is a vehicle that is larger than life."
For those reasons, it was perhaps the perfect vehicle to headline the first
night of the North American International Auto Show. After years of
economic doldrums brought on by the Great Recession, the auto industry
needed a larger-than-life icon to help celebrate more than 15 million units
sold in 2012.
Hundreds of sports-car enthusiasts hooted and hollered Sunday night as
Chevrolet pulled curtains back and revealed the C7 inside the Russell
Industrial Center, which felt more like a nightclub than a factory. They
lingered around the bright-red specimen displayed for more than an hour
after the reveal.
Most of the hard-core already knew some specifics about the model, like
it's 450 horsepower and 450
pound-feet of torque.
Chevrolet added a twist, announcing the C7 will carry the Stingray name, a
nod to the Corvette's early heritage throughout the 1960s.
"It matches the concept they had a couple of years ago, and they really hit
the nail on the head," said John Dunlap, a 27-year-old Corvette owner and
enthusiast who scored a ticket to Sunday's unveiling through the National
Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
He drove his 2002 C5 from Minerva, Ohio to Detroit for the unveiling. Years
ago, he was tempted to upgrade to the C6, but was instead glad he waited
for the oft-delayed C7 model.
"They needed to make it sexier and relate it to its heritage," Dunlap said.
"And the interior is going to blow our minds. Hopefully, that's really up
there, the quality of the materials. I'm a touchy-feeling kind of guy, and
the interior, before, was something that everyone knocked on."
Critics had panned the no-frills interior on the C6 model. But that was the
least of Corvette's problems in recent years. There were few brands that
symbolized the auto industry's crisis better.
As General Motors teetered on the brink of bankruptcy, the sports-car
market was ravaged by the economy, losing approximately 41 percent of its
sales from its pre-recession high. Sales of the Corvette, which debuted in
1953, slumped to their lowest numbers in nearly a half-century, falling to
13,164 in 2011.
Worse yet perhaps, the Corvette's more muscular sibling, the Chevy Camaro, gained a ton of
attention after a mid-decade redesign that drove sales as high as 88,248 in
2011. But even as General Motors discarded sacred brands and models in the
midst of its government-backed rescue, the Corvette endured.
"The soul of our company is indeed in Corvette," Mark Reuss, GM's chairman
of North America, said Sunday. "Since 1953, through good times and bad for
this company, there was always the Corvette, demonstrating what it means to
If there are nods to the Corvette's heritage in the new design, there are
also subtle nods to the present competition. Gone are the car's trademark
rounded tail lights, replaced with more boxy lights that resemble those
found on the Camaro.
That's not an update that sits well with many long-time Corvette owners.
"Many individuals are concerned about the rear square lights," said Tommy
DeLuca, who owns a 2005 Corvette. "My concern would be how to differentiate
the tail lights from other GM cars. The tail lights should be different so
that anyone looking at the car will know it is a Corvette."
The C7 is one of 13 new Chevrolet products that will hit U.S. show rooms
this year. Like many of the others, it arrives lighter than past models.
Engineers said Sunday they had trimmed 90 pounds from the car, and used
carbon fiber on even the base trim level.
Pricing was not announced Sunday night, but it is expected the base model
of the C7 will cost more than the $49,600 of the base C6 predecessor. Fuel
economy is expected to reach 18 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on
Combine the overhauled interior with the substantial exterior changes with
the structural differences and drop in weight, and it's a dramatically
"It's a bigger departure from the C6 to the C7 than I think it was from the
C5 to the C6," Dunlap said. "It has a more exotic look, a more sexy look.
They're trying to get a lot of young people involved, and I think this is
the car to do it."
Always In Our Hearts - A Tribute to Ten
October 24, 2004. This will be a day that no NASCAR fan will ever forget,
yet never want to remember. Nine members of Hendrick Motorsports and the
pilot for Tony Stewart all lost their lives in a plane crash en route to
the Subway 500 at Martinsville that same day. It would be a very diffucult
week for the NASCAR community, but Jimmie Johnson helped the healing
process with an emotional win at Atlanta that next week. I will pay tribute
to these lost loved ones to the tune of Afterglow by INXS. "Always In Our
Hearts," a saying that was on the HMS racecars for the rest of that year
and a saying that still holds true to me today.
In loving memory of John Hendrick, Kimberly Hendrick, Jennifer Hendrick,
Ricky Hendrick, Jeff Turner, Randy Dorton, Scott Lathram, Dick Tracy, Liz
Morrison, and Joe Jackson.
1968 Corvette L-88 #12 Owens/Corning FIA/SCCA Racecar Sold To Rick Hendrick At Barrett-Jackson
Congratulations to Mr. Rick Hendrick for winning a phenominal piece of
Corvette history tonight at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr.
Hendrick also went on to win Vin #0001 of the new 2014 C7 Corvette
Details and info about the '68 L-88 Owens/Corning #12 Corvette Racecar:
(Copied from RM Auctions)
Est. 685 bhp at 6,600 rpm, 427 CID L-88 big block Chevrolet racing engine,
Muncie M-22 "Rockcrusher" transmission, front and rear independent
suspension, coil springs to the front, and transverse leaf to the rear with
Koni adjustable shock absorbers. Wheelbase: 98"
• Generally considered the most victorious racing Corvette in history
• Ex-Tony DeLorenzo and Jerry Thompson
• Multiple SCCA championships; NCRS American Heritage Award
• Fresh Kevin MacKay restoration
• Extensive documentation
America's Star-Spangled Sports Car
For nearly four decades, the Chevrolet Corvette was the only sports car
designed and built in North America. Capable of taking on and beating the
world's best production sports and GT cars on the international circuit,
Corvettes roared on the Mulsanne straight at Le Mans, flew on the high
banks at Daytona, and blazed their lights around Sebring. On amateur SCCA
circuits, Corvettes won fourteen "A Production" and fifteen "B Production"
divisional titles in the 1962 to 1976 period. SCCA Nationals saw Corvettes
capturing no less than 25 Run-Off Championships in A, B, and C Production
in the same time frame.
A Russian born ex-race driver and engineer hired by GM's Ed Cole gets the
credit for the almost unbelievable transformation that took place from 1954
to 1957. The '53 Corvette was thoroughly underpowered, but the 1957 V-8
version won its class at Sebring, as well as the Sports Car Club of America
"B" Production National Championship. In fact, in 1960, a Cunningham
Corvette placed First in GT at Le Mans! "Corvette -- The Real McCoy"
trumpeted the full page ads in the national media and that really said it
The classic, solid axle Corvette gave way to the beautiful Sting Ray coupes
and convertibles with independent suspension in 1963, and four-wheel disc
brakes became standard in 1965. In 1968, it emerged as the dramatic
Stingray (one word) with a "Coke bottle" shape, inspired by the '67 Mako
Shark Show Car.
Corvette Big Block Bruisers: "The Fast and the Few"
Only a few Corvettes can legitimately claim membership in this exclusive
club. John Greenwood's "Stars & Stripes" L-88 cars of the 1968--1973
period, backed by BFG and often racing on that company's new radial tires,
certainly qualify for this short list. Dave Heinz's two Corvettes, liveried
as "Rebel Flag" cars in a competitive response to the BFG effort and driven
by Heinz and Bob Johnson, often beat the Greenwood team due to better race
strategy and superior reliability.
However, the very best racing results were scored by the two Tony
DeLorenzo/Jerry Thompson Corvette team cars, which contested both the SCCA
Divisional and National circuit, as well as all of the important
U.S.A.-based FIA distance races. One of these, 002/68, their 1968
Owens/Corning Fiberglas L-88 car, is the very same that we are privileged
to present here.
Impressive period results include the 1969 and 1972 SCCA National "A"
Production Championships, 1968 and 1970 SCCA National "A" Production
Runner-Up, Second Place in GT at the 1969 12 Hours of Sebring, and the 1969
and 1970 GT Class wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona. In the 1970 event, it
finished Sixth Overall, behind two Porsche 917s, a Ferrari 512, and two
Ferrari 312s, but ahead of a Ferrari 250 LM in Seventh and a Ford GT40 in
Eighth. This car, together with its team car, won 22 of 22 SCCA/FIA
National Events during 1969--1971, with this car winning 11 of these!
Observers will note that these two team cars changed numbers for each race
entered, in order to give the perception of a large team effort. This car
was always the highest numbered car and driven most often by Jerry
One Year Later: A Split-Bumper, 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
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