First Restored Sinkhole Corvette “Blue Devil” Appears at SEMA

Remember, back in February, when eight precious Corvettes were swallowed by an unforgiving sinkhole that opened up inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky? While that natural disaster has brought visitors from around the globe to check out the gaping hole and the cars that fell in it, the museum and General Motors decided it was about time to repair the three Corvettes that are salvageable.

The first restored sinkhole Corvette, a 2009 Corvette ZR1 called the “Blue Devil,” made a surprise stop at the SEMA show in Vegas on its way home. The “Blue Devil” was the least damaged Corvette, and was lifted out of the sinkhole just weeks after the ground opened up, and has now been repaired to its former glory.

According to USA Today, damage consisted of cracked carbon-fiber ground effects, broken passenger-side rocker panel, damaged passenger front fender, and cracks in the windshield, both doors, and the oil lines leading to the engine. It took about six weeks to restore the classic car to its original condition.

“It was great to recover it, bring it back to Chevrolet, and begin the restoration of this significant Corvette,” said Jim Campbell, the US VP of performance vehicles and motorsports.

The other two Corvettes will be restored next year: the one millionth Corvette and a 1962 Corvette. The other five Corvettes, for the time being, will remain as they are, both a tourist attraction and a piece of history.

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All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout Chooses Corvette Stingray

All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout is all smiles.
Mike Trout was all smiles after winning the Ted Williams MVP award at the MLB All-Star game and a new car (Photo Courtesy of Muboshgu under CC BY-SA 2.0).

All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout had an important decision to make this past Tuesday.

Following his performance in the American League’s victory over the National League, Trout received the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award from Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. It was now after the game, and Trout found himself with a choice between two Chevrolets.

He could either pick the North American Car of the Year, the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51, or the North American Truck of the Year, the 2014 Silverado 1500. The choice was instantaneous.

When they came out and told me I’ve got a choice, I was pretty pumped,” Trout said at the postgame news conference. “I got my dad a truck a couple weeks ago, so I probably would have chosen a truck if I hadn’t done that. But you gotta go with the sports car.”

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General Motors Hints at Changes for Eighth-Generation Corvette

General Motors teases big changes with eighth-generation Corvette.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray

 

We’re still basking in the glow of the seventh-generation Corvette redesigned for the 2014 model year, but is General Motors already admitting to an eighth-gen ‘Vette in the works? Not only has the automaker ‘fessed up. GM is hinting that big changes are on the way.

Before you get too upset thinking the beloved 2014 Corvette Stingray is going away any time soon, let us put your anxiety to rest. Based on production history, we at Nehls Chevrolet expect the current model to stick around for about seven more years at least.

Whenever the next all-new model comes, we’re interested to know what changes we can expect to see. We think the key is in what GM Global Product Chief Mark Reuss declined to say.

While he freely admitted to reporters that a next-generation Corvette was already being conceived, he remained mum on whether it could come equipped with a hybrid or even an electric powertrain.

Thanks to recent developments, hybrid and electric vehicle technology no longer automatically equates to reduced power. GM still has several years to continue advancing the technology.

With such an iconic car, GM’s engineers certainly have their work cut out for them as they craft the next Corvette. However, as much as we love the redesigned 2014 Stingray, we have full confidence they will find a way to make the eighth-generation Corvette a more efficient model with even better performance, but still classically Corvette.

Sinkhole Aftermath: National Corvette Museum Reopens

The National Corvette Museum has reopened.
The National Corvette Museum has reopened as the museum and GM seek to save the damaged Corvettes (Photo Courtesy of Jonrev).

The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky reopened today after a 30-feet-deep sinkhole opened up Wednesday morning, swallowing 8 Corvettes on display in the “Skydome.”

No one was hurt, but the whole museum was closed down as a safety precaution following the collapse around 5:44 AM.

Two of the cars – a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” – were on loan from General Motors. The rest were owned by the museum.

The above video shows a few Corvettes above the rubble while the rest are pinned beneath the debris.

The following cars were victims of the destruction:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”
  • 1962 Black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

General Motors has vowed to restore any of the Corvettes that can be recovered. If you would like to contribute to the rebuilding of the Skydome Corvette display, visit the museum’s website here!

Chevrolet Sweeps the 2014 NAIAS Awards

Chevrolet took home two big 2014 NAIAS awards.
Chevrolet made quite a showing at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Chevy fans will not be disappointed at the Detroit Auto Show this year. Chevrolet took home the top 2014 NAIAS awards.

The automaker’s 2014 Corvette Stingray and Silverado truck took home top honors with Car of the Year and Truck of the Year.

The Stingray was a huge improvement on the last model with a better interior. Its performance was also better due to its 455 horsepower V8 engine. Its $51,000 also makes it one of the best value sports cars in its market.

Chevy’s Silverado truck has been praised by lots of critics, including Consumer Reports magazine. Its base v8-powered engine gets it an estimated 19 MPG overall. This fuel economy not only trumps the previous year Silverado, but it also outdoes the F-150.

It’s no wonder why these two vehicles are at the top of their class. A majority of 50 automotive journalists thought so.

Do you agree? Give us your thoughts on these two excellent vehicles.