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Huge 2011 Corvette Sale Going On Now At Ross Downing Chevrolet!

It’s that time of year again.

The 2012 Corvettes are here, and we need to make room for more. We’re offering our remaining 2011 Vettes to you at INSANELY low prices. No seriously, we’re practically GIVING these bad boys away. If you or someone you know is in the market – no matter where you live – please do them a favor and tell them about Ross Downing Chevrolet! CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR 2011 INVENTORY!

No one will beat our prices, and it doesn’t matter if you live in another state – we frequently get customers making the trip from multiple states away just to get the best deal on their next Corvette. We’ll make it worth the trip, we promise! So give us a call today at 888-242-6209 and speak with a member of our Corvette team. There will NEVER be a better time to buy a Corvette than right now!

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Greatest Moments in Corvette Racing History

When the terms “Chevrolet” and “racing” are mentioned together, most people think of the Corvette. Not only is it the most iconic muscle car ever, but it has also provided some of the most pivotal and influential moments in the history of Chevrolet racing. Here are just a few.

Corvette’s first Sebring race helps make Chevrolet America’s performance leader

In a gamble that even Zora Arkus-Duntov thought too risky, Ed Cole sent four Corvettes to the Sebring 12-hour endurance race in 1956. Overall, they fared poorly. But the efforts that went into putting them into the race had a monumental effect on the Corvette as a racecar, and on Chevrolet as a racing institution.

Team manager John Fitch’s pre-race testing produced numerous parts failures. Ad hoc attempts to deal with them on the fly rapidly evolved into a new quick-response system within Chevrolet’s engineering department. And, since Sebring rules forbade the use of non-production parts, the more robust components had to be immediately available through Chevrolet dealers, a situation that led to the creation of a new factory heavy-duty parts distribution system. Soon, Chevrolet was America’s premier source for race-inspired knowledge and hardware.

In March, 1957, Chevrolet was back at Sebring with a full-fledged factory effort introducing Ramjet fuel injection. Later that year, American auto manufacturers jointly agreed to shut the door on overt factory motorsports involvement. However, Chevrolet continued to quietly work with a select band of professional motorsport independents. The list included the legendary racecar builder Smokey Yunick, Jim Hall of Chaparral fame, and a young racer named Roger Penske.

With a few exceptions during the next quarter-century, Chevrolet officially wasn’t racing. But since its customers certainly were, it seemed fitting that the factory would help them remain competitive.


‘Never give up’ spirit generates admiration and respect for Corvette at 1960 Le Mans

To Zora Arkus-Duntov, the European expatriate Corvette racing engineer, the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the Mount Everest of motorsports. He had personally achieved a class win there, driving a Porsche.

From the beginning, the goal of Duntov’s 1957 Corvette SS program was an overall Le Mans victory, but that ambition became a casualty of the American auto industry’s 1957 racing ban. However, Duntov and Ed Cole found wealthy sportsman Briggs Cunningham a willing ally in a plan to capture a Le Mans class win for the Corvette in 1960. American road racing cars were still a curiosity in Europe then, so the four Corvettes appearing on the grid for the race were given considerable attention, but not much respect. 

When John Fitch turned quicker lap times during the rainy night with Corvette No. 3 than cars bearing such noble marques as Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin, a few in the crowd took notice. At dawn, others, some of whom initially voiced surprise that any Corvettes were still running, also began to focus on the American cars.

As the race wound down, Corvette No. 3 was assured of a class win if it could make it to the end. Then, with team driver Bob Grossman at the wheel and less than four hours to go, the engine overheated. Rules prohibited adding fluids so late in the race. As spectators shouted encouragement and waved American flags, Grossman continued on, pitting often so his engine bay could be packed with ice.

Years later, Grossman would say the memory of the ovation he got on his last lap still gave him goose bumps. Five decades after its 1960 class victory, to the great delight of Le Mans spectators, the Fitch/Grossman No. 3 Corvette was back at Circuit d la Sarthe in 2010, with 93-year-old John Fitch at the wheel.


Shades of the ’50s: Corvettes rule in 1980s U.S. road racing

Rather than stand by in 1984 while privateers went road racing with their new C4 design, Corvette engineers took a page out of Ed Cole’s 30-year-old playbook and linked with top-flight independents, in a quasi factory competition effort that turned out to be almost too successful.

Teams led by Tommy Morrison, Kim Baker, Doug Rippie and John Powell participated in testing the cars for the Corvette racing group.

The result was a 19-for-19 win record in SCCA’s Escort Endurance Championship series, a clean-sweep performance that resulted in an invitation after the 1987 season for the Corvettes to race elsewhere. That led to the multi-million-dollar Corvette Challenge series of 1988 and ’89, which produced an extreme rarity at Chevrolet, a collectible batch of VIN-specific production C4 racers. 


Corvette factory race team opens a new chapter in Chevrolet performance history

A turning point in Chevrolet’s approach to motorsports occurred in the late 1990s, when an unabashed Corvette factory racing team was established. Working with partners Pratt & Miller Engineering, Chevrolet stepped out from behind the curtain it had kept between itself and the racing arena since 1957.

Since 1999, Corvette Racing has garnered seven class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and eight American Le Mans Series team championships. The group also booked an overall win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2001, the year that an Earnhardt duo, Dale and Dale Jr., were co-drivers in one of the Corvette team cars.


Chevrolet V-8 race engine receives global recognition.  

In a rare nod to the elegance of pushrod overhead valve engine design, the Corvette LS7.R engine that powered, with a perfect reliability record, the Compuware C6.R team to manufacturers, drivers and team championships in the 2006 American Le Mans Series, was named the Global Motorsport Engine of the Year.

Fifty key race engine engineers polled by England’s Race Car Engineering magazine made the selection. They praised the LS7.R engine for its compactness, simplicity, reliability and high specific output. Not coincidentally, those winning attributes have been inherent virtues of all Chevrolet small-block V-8s since 1955.


Magnificent Corvette effort produces 2011 Le Mans class win

Of all the great Corvette runs at Le Mans since 1960, none were more meaningful than the 2011 GTE Pro class victory, accomplished during Chevrolet’s Centennial year.

Team Corvette’s number 74 C6.R, driven by Jan Magnussen, Oliver Gavin and Richard Westbrook, was leading its class at dawn, when a collision put it out of the race. With seven hours to go, another of the Corvette Racing team’s C6.R entries, the No. 73 car driven by Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia, suddenly became the Corvette Racing team’s best hope for victory.

C6.R No. 73 was running a lap behind the AF Corse Ferrari that instantly became the frontrunner when their teammates’ car crashed. But, as the track became damp, the American car began gaining. Excellent pit stops helped put the Corvette within striking range, and with just two hours and 10 minutes to go, Milner slipped past the Ferrari, putting Corvette in the lead for the remainder of the race.

Counting Corvette Racing’s 2011 GTE Pro Class win, Corvette has won the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans trophy seven times since 2001.

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2012 Corvette Grand Sport Centennial Edition On Sale

In Super Bowl XLVI, MVP Eli Manning was presented with this sweet 2012 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Centennial Edition. Fortunately you don’t have to have a Super Bowl championship ring to be able to drive one of these bad boys!

2012 Corvette Grand Sport 3LT Centennial Edition Coupe

Here it is! Click here to see our current selection of Centennial Edition Corvettes! As of right now, we have two in stock. But they won’t last long, so if you don’t see any for sale by the time you read this post, please give us a call and we can help get one for you. Also, if you’re looking for an even newer Special Edition Corvette, click here to check out the details of the upcoming 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector’s Edition! You can also watch our walkaround video of the ZR1 Centennial Edition Corvette here.

These won’t last long, so hurry up and grab this collector’s item today!

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C7 Corvette Finally Revealed… Sort of

Spy shots. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re an unavoidable sign of the times we live in. We love them because we get a sneak peak at cars we’ve been waiting years to see. We hate them because we read the headline we’ve waited so long to read, only to be let down by blurry images of a black-and-white checkerboarded monstrocity that is never really what we had hoped to see.

The good news is, there’s no checkerboard cover on these brand new spy shots of the 2014 C7 Corvette. The bad news? It’s using a slightly modified C6 shell for testing purposes. So those of you yelling “Wait a minute, it looks JUST LIKE THE C6! WHAT A RIPOFF!” can breathe easy for the moment. Though unfortunately this still means we have pretty much no idea what the C7 Corvette will look like.

Ok, now that we’ve gotten beyond that initial letdown, let’s take a look at what we actually CAN tell from these pictures. AutoWeek breaks it down:

Looking at these photos, it’s evident the wheelbase of the Corvette will change. The wheels, particularly in front, are clearly off-centered in this C6 body shell being used as a test mule. This indicates a longer wheelbase which could return a more comfortable drive character. The photos also suggest a narrower layout.

In back, there’s a quad exhaust configuration, though intriguingly, the outer two pipes are capped off. That could have a variety of implications.

An added bonus came in the form of confirmation that the highly-divisive Stingray concept as seen in the new Transformers movie will not be the body style of the C7 Corvette. Which is a relief (unless you were among the few who actually liked that particular look).

So here we are again, mostly back to where we started. Still no official body shots, but a few more clues. Will the torture never end? Join the discussion and share your thoughts.

Related discussions: C7 Corvette Engine Will Be Small, High-Rev Turbo V8 , Opinions of the Concept Look for the C7

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Borla C6 Corvette Exhaust Videos Let You Try Before You Buy

…Ok, so maybe you can’t actually TRY them. But still. When shopping around for exhaust systems for any car (especially a Corvette), you want a robust demonstration from every possible angle. Takeoffs, flybys, idle, shifting, etc.. Well, Borla’s gone the extra step to give you the ultimate demonstration of their 3 Corvette C6 cat-back exhaust systems. Check out the video and decide for yourself!

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2012 Corvettes For Sale Now!

2012 Corvettes are in stock now! Click here to see our selection.

More are on the way, so check back often!

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Corvette Car Show – 20th Anniversary ExtraVetteGanza is Fast Approaching!

Don’t forget, the Greater New Orleans Corvette Club’s 20th Annual ExtraVetteGanze All Corvette Car Show is quickly approaching. The event will be held on Saturday, Octobet 15th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Bayou Country General Store in Slidell, LA.

The pre-show party will be on Friday night, October 14th at 7:00 PM at The Hampton Inn Hotel.

For reservations, please call 985-726-9777. For further information, please visit the GNOCC website. We look forward to seeing you there!

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