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9 November 2008: New Corvette in the club: '86 Convertible Pace Car News: 2020


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Our judging chairman grew his collection once more with a Corvette. This time with an all original 1986 Indy 500 Pace Car with only 21.000 miles on the odometer. This car is an original festival car and fully documented.

The car can be viewed in the Dutch Corvette museum in Wezep (NL).




 
23 October 2008: Mrs. Elfi Arkus Duntov (1915-2008)
If Zora Arkus-Duntov is considered the "Father of the Corvette", then his wife Elfi was most certainly Corvette's First Lady. The National Corvette Museum announced that Elfi Arkus-Duntov passed away on October 23, 2008 at St. Johns Hospital in Detroit. She had been hospitalized there for several weeks with a severe leg infection.

The former dancer from the Folies Bergere in Paris was 93 going on 19. Together, she and Zora personified the performance and allure of the early Corvettes. Even well into their years, the pair had an energy and spark that infected everyone around them. Now they can be together again.

Funeral arrangements are pending and additional information will be made available via the Museum. Elfi will be cremated and her ashes will be joined with Zora's as part of the current tribute inside the Museum.

Source: CorvetteBlogger.com
 
13 September 2008: Flight Judging 2008
Last Saturday the 13th of September it was the day of Flight 2008. Last year we had only one car to judge but this year two of our member provided a car.

Stef Sindorf, one of our local members, provided his original 1978 Pace Car. The car has only 2600 miles on the odometer and looked stunning. Stef bought the car last year in Holland, a unique find. Next to that our European Member Oliver Brandenburg from Germany provided his Corvette Orange 1977 car. Oliver is the 2nd owner and bought the car 16 years ago in the States. Bot cars came with a complete set of documentation!

In total the event was visited by 21 people but only 8 were actually judging. This meant that 4 teams had 6 hours to judge 2 cars and do a PV. A heavy job! Around 4 PM the judging of the technical side, chassis, interior and exterior was finished. Then we immediately continued with the nerve wrecking PV. Both cars failled during the check of the alarm systems.

Under a close eye of our Judging Chairman Andre Boer the scores were calculated. The results were good, Stef achieved a Top Flight with his 78 Pace Car and Oliver a 2nd Flight!

All in all a good day!
 
19 June 2008: The Dutch Corvette Collection in VETTE MAGAZINE
In the latest edition of VETTE Magazine a 3 page articles is published on the Dutch Corvette Collection of our Judging Chairman Andre' Boer and his family.

The article describes the unique collection and the fact that for once a collection like this is not in the States, but in a little vilage on the Dutch country side.
 
14 June 2008: Billy is comming to Holland with his LT-1
Finally it is the time that our US member Billy Olson is crossing the pond and moving to The Netherlands. Here Billy will build up a Dutch life with his wife Monique. We hope to meet Billy, Monique and the LT-1 on one of our future meetings.




 
7 May 2008: Registry of Corvette Race Cars launched


INTRODUCING THE WORLDS ONLY REGISTRY DEDICATED SOLELY AND EXCLUSIVELY TO CORVETTE RACE CARS FOR EVERY MODEL YEAR OF PRODUCTION

Now there is a better resource to help research and track cars, drivers, race series, make contacts, search to buy, list for sale and have more serious fun.

CORVETTE RACE CAR ROSTERS and the CORVETTE RACE CAR SERIES CHRONOLOGY offer the greatest concentration of core data free of charge on Corvettes raced under FIA, IMSA, SCCA Club, SCCA Pro and Grand-Am sanctioned series in the US, Canada and Europe.

Members of the Registry can access Tier 2 data such as histories, updates, driver lists, specs, chassis chronologies, references, photo galleries, intimate details on car ownership, anecdotes, write-ups, features, links, a membership directory, sources, events and more.

Visit this new website and become a Member. Introductory annual membership is only $20 US. It is easy to apply on line and tell us about yourself in the process.

www.registryofcorvetteracecars.com
 
2 May 2008: For sale: C5R-002
To: Potential Buyers,
General Motors is offering for sale:



One CR5 002 Chassis Corvette Race Car
- Vehicle is not equipped with race engine or transmission, but has a standard engine and transmission for moving and loading purposes.
- Entered in 6 races
- Feb. 1999 -Daytona 24 Hour; Drivers: Pilgrim, Sharp, Heinricy
Results: DNF (Mechanical)
- Mar. 1999 12 hours of Sebring; Drivers: Pilgrim, Sharp, Heinricy
Results: 7th in class (crash)
- Sept. 1999 Petit Le Mans; Drivers: Pilgrim, Sharp, Collins
Results: 4th in class
- Feb. 2000 Daytona 24 Hour; Drivers: Pilgrim, Collins, Freon
Results: 10th in class (Mechanical)
- Mar. 2000 12 Hours of Sebring; Drivers: Pilgrim, Collins, Freon
Results: 5th in class
- June 2000 24 hours of Le Mans; Drivers: Pilgrim, Collins, Freon
Results: 3rd in class

Contact Steve Wesoloski for viewing: 313-667-1952 / Located in Michigan

Detailed History:
Entered in 6 races
- Feb. 1999 Daytona 24 Hour
o Drivers: Pilgrim, Sharp, Heinricy
o Result: DNF (mechanical)

- Mar. 1999 12 Hours of Sebring
o Drivers: Pilgrim, Sharp, Heinricy
o Result: 7th in class (crash)

- Sept. 1999 Petit Le Mans
o Drivers: Pilgrim, Sharp, Collins
o Result: 4th in class

- Feb. 2000 Daytona 24 Hour
o Drivers: Pilgrim, Collins, Freon
o Result: 10th in class (mechanical)

- Mar. 2000 12 Hours of Sebring
o Drivers: Pilgrim, Collins, Freon
o Result: 5th in class

- June 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans
o Drivers: Pilgrim, Collins, Freon
o Result: 3rd in class
 
25 April 2008: Body off resto is finished - 1958 Frost Blue C1 from Eddy Jongejans
It was only last January that this C1 arrived to The Netherlands. After almost 4 months of daily labor Eddy, Rene' and Sander completed the body off restauration on this beatifull 1958 car.
 
21 April 2008: Body off resto is finished - 1959 Crown Saphire C1 from Rob Musquetier
After 2 years of tough and hard labor Rob finished the body off restoration of his C1 Corvette.
 
3 April 2008: Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2008: unique Jewel Blue 1961 was being auctioned
1961 Jewel Blue Corvettes are unique cars. This shade of blue is a perfect contrast with the white coves and a lot of Corvette fans think that this is the first year GM got a blue color right. The one year only color option produced just 855 examples. The rarity and beauty of Lot# 678.1 instantly became one of the favorite Corvettes from the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach last weekend.

This 1961 Corvette is the result of a recently completed frame-off restoration in 2008. Features include a 270 hp dual quad 283 ci V8 coupled to a 4-speed transmission, white wall tires, wonderbar radio and a white soft convertible top.

The Corvette was bid on for nearly 5 minutes before hammering at $118,000.
 
31 March 2008: NCRS The Dutch Chapter is officially recognized!!!!
On the 31st of March or board received some great news from Amerika. Our regional director Marc Lincoln informed us that during the last NCRS board meeting in the States the decission was made not to prolong the probation status of NCRS The Dutch Chapter.

Fortunately for us this meant that the board decided to give The Dutch Chapter full recognition! This means that The Dutch Chapter is now the official organisation representing the NCRS in The Netherlands. This recognition is a success what we as a club achieved after 2.5 years of hard work. We would like to express our appreciation to some people who helped in making this happen:
- all our members, because without you there would be no chapter
- Marc Lincoln, our NCRS regional director
- Jack Humphrey, our international ambassador
- Alan Foster
- Rob Musquetier, without his energy this idea could not materialize

 
25 March 2008: Corvette B-List: The Affordables
Last week Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvettes shared his Corvette A list. This was his top 10 Corvettes to buy if money was no object. Those 10 Corvettes represented the rarest of the rare, from a 1963 Grand Sport to a 1971 LS6. This week, Terry brings us his B-List: The Affordables. This list contains 15 of the most collectible Corvettes that are still in reach for most collectors. With Barrett-Jackson happening this week it's possible that Proteam could be shipping back to Ohio several Corvettes on this list.

Terry's Corvette B-List:
1) 1955 V-8
700 produced (7 Blue Flame Six; 693 with V-8s) values $125K to $350K

2) 1957 Fuelie
1,040 produced (RPO-684 HD racing suspension, 51 produced; RPO-579E air box, 43 produced) value $250K up on the RPO-684/579E

3) 1958-62 Fuelies
RPO 684 + RPO 687 HD brakes + suspension; 884 produced in all 5 years/177 per year value $150K up (1958 RPO-684 are very special and more expensive)

4) 1958-61 Dual Four
245 hp and 270 hp value $100K up
1963 Fuelie Split Window
1,300 prox. produced value $100K up

5) 1965 Fuelie
last year fuelie (771 produced) value $100K up

6) 1965 396-425 hp
first/last year for the 396 (only 2,157 produced) value $100K up (M-22 adds $150K to $250K)

7) 1966 427-425 hp
5,258 produced #2 in top 40 fastest muscle car list value $100K up 15 M-22 produced (adds $150K to $250K)

8) 1967 435 hp
3,754 produced (popular then/popular now) colors & documentation is important & rare value $150K up

9) 1963-67 Tanker
63 63s produced, 38 64s produced, 41 65s produced, 66 66s produced, 2 67s produced values range $125K up 63s are hot and just try to find a 67 (probably $500K to $1 million)

10) 1967 400 hp/air/convt.
colors & documentation is important value $150K up

11) 1968/69 L-89
624 1968s/390 1969s produced with aluminum head option value $150k up

12) 1970 LT-1
1,287 produced value $60K up

13) 1971 LT-1
1,949 produced value $60K up

14) 1972 LT-1
1,741 produced value $60K up add air and price soars especially convertibles (less than 50)

Footnotes:
- must be the real deal not fakes or frauds
- Colors (Black) adds a lot must be factory original body/trim tag
- Original documentation, history, and Bloomington/NCRS show awards adds a lot
- Original rare options adds a lot (set of Kelsey bolt-on wheels & red stripe tires sold on eBay in 06 for $33K)
- Original, unrestored in excellent condition adds a lot.
- Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware). We are adrift in a sea of sharks disguised as mermaids.
- When it is time to sell be a smart seller. High-profile events like the Barrett-Jackson and Mecum Muscle Car auctions will get you more money for your car than newspaper and trade publication advertisements. Plan ahead if youre considering selling your baby: seek good lot numbers (pay a premium if you must) and baby-sit your car during the event to answer questions and show pride in your car it is a reflection of you, and people simply pay more if they like the seller.

Do you see anything here you would like in your garage? Let us know!

Source: www.corvetteblogger.com
 
22 March 2008: 1954 edition - underestimated value
With all the attention the 1953 Corvettes have been getting recently, we thought we'd take a look at what some are calling the best value of the early C1s - the 1954 Corvette.

The rising values of the 1954 Corvette has surprised many as it appears the 2nd year model is finally making its move. Many factors justify the appreciation of the 1954s, none more significant than the fact that the model year is sandwiched between the sky-rocketing values of the 1953 Corvette and the V8 Powered 1955 Corvette. In the past, the 1954 Corvette was in many ways considered the stepchild of the early C1 generation, but no more as collectors are beginning to appreciate the Corvette on its own merits.

Production of the 1954 was moved to its own renovated assembly plant in St. Louis and benefited greatly from the lessons learned from the mostly hand assembled 1953 Corvette. GM's estimated 10,000 units would be produced but only 3,640 constructed. While the sales projection was way off for the time, this production number is over 10 times the number of 1953 Corvettes produced and over 5 times greater than the 1955 Corvette that followed it.

As there were no real drive-train options offered, the 1954 Corvette is one of those rare years where the values are driven almost exclusively by the exterior color. Of the 3,640 1954 Corvettes produced, it's estimated that the colors were broken down as: 3,230 Polo White, 300 Pennant Blue, 100 Sportsman Red and 4 Black. Therefore with similar cars (condition, documentation, etc.) any color other than Polo White will be valued at $10,000-$15,000 more while the ultra-rare Blacks could command three to four times that.

Our Corvette Price Guide documents the rising values of the 1954 Corvette with an average price of $65,000 and a high of $143,000. However most astounding is the appreciation figures. The 1954's 1 year appreciation is 30% and the 5 year appreciation figure is 85%. Who's the stepchild now!
 
19 March 2008: When Money is No Object: Terry's Corvette A-List
Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvettes has been buying and selling Corvettes for decades and is arguably one of most knowledgeable Corvette pricing experts in the country. When you're buying and selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of Corvettes on any given weekend, you better know where the market is, right? So when Terry told us about his Corvette A-List, ie the top 10 Corvettes to buy if money wasn't an object, we decided to sit in the front row and take notes.

Terry's Corvette A-List:

1) 1963 GRAND SPORT
5 produced value $6 million and up (good luck) none for sale

2) 1969 ZL1
2 produced value $3 million and up (good luck) none for sale

3) 1967 L-88
20 produced value $1.5 million and up (good luck) none for sale

4) 1968/69 L-88
196 produced value $350K to $750K (They are out there)

5) 1971 ZR2
12 produced value $350K to $650K (4 known to exist)

6) 1967 L-89
16 produced value $450K to $750K (few known to exist)

7) 1953 BLUE FLAME
300 produced value $300K to $500K (VIN 003 sold for $1 million; VIN 005 sold $850K)

8) 1963 Z06/TANKER
63 produced value $275K to $400K (add for race history)

9) 1970-72 ZR1
53 produced value $125K to $200K (few exist)

10) 1971 LS6
188 produced value $125K to $200K (not hard to find)

Footnotes:
- must be the real deal not fakes or frauds
- Colors (Black) adds a lot must be factory original body/trim tag
- Original documentation, history, and Bloomington/NCRS show awards adds a lot
- Original rare options adds a lot (set of Kelsey bolt-on wheels & red stripe tires sold on eBay in 06 for $33K)
- Original, unrestored in excellent condition adds a lot.
- Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware). We are adrift in a sea of sharks disguised as mermaids.
- When it is time to sell be a smart seller. High-profile events like the Barrett-Jackson and Mecum Muscle Car auctions will get you more money for your car than newspaper and trade publication advertisements. Plan ahead if youre considering selling your baby: seek good lot numbers (pay a premium if you must) and baby-sit your car during the event to answer questions and show pride in your car it is a reflection of you, and people simply pay more if they like the seller.
- A-E Equals an overall package and desirables.

If you have one in your garage let us know!

source: www.corvetteblogger.com
 
10 February 2008: New editor Restorer Magazine
The National Board of Directors would like to announce the appointment of Vinnie Peters as our new editor of the Restorer Magazine. Vinnie is presently serving as interim editor and has done a fine job with the latest issue of our magazine. Vinnie has served the NCRS in many capacities in the past serving as President, Vice-President & National Activities Chairman, Regional Director and has also served as editor of the Restorer and was responsible for two issues when we had a gap between editors. He also served as co-editor along with Dennis Clark for our 25th Anniversary Edition Magazine. We are extremely excited and look forward to future issues of the Restorer Magazine. Please join me in welcoming Vinnie Peters as our new editor of the Restorer Magazine. He is presently working on the next issue of the magazine and is in need of technical articles and articles in general.
 
14 January 2008: Dutch polo spotted at the Florida Regionals
Our new orange polo was spotted during the Florida Regionals. Alan Foster was representing us during this impressive event. We wish we could have been there as well...