General Motors Galore At Mecum Kissimmee 2016

13 01 2016

69 Trans Am Convertibles, ’69 ZL1s and Featured Corvettes at
Auction, Jan. 15-24

WALWORTH, WI – January 13, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  As the world’s largest collector-car auction featuring 3,000 vehicles, Mecum Kissimmee is unequaled in its variety of makes and models being offered this year. An auction historically dominated by “The Big Three,” for 2016, more than one-third of the cars set to cross the auction block hail from the factories of General Motors, including more than 200 Corvettes, more than 100 Camaros, nearly 100 Chevelles, Bel Airs, Impalas, Trans Ams, GTOs and more. Imagine walking into a dealership back in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and finding this vast of a selection. Fast forward a half century, and Mecum assembles perhaps the most comprehensive GM automotive toy store to stimulate the senses. With 10 full days of auction action, Jan. 15-24, the selection at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla., is simply unparalleled. The docket includes cars that range in value from entry-level prices up to multimillion-dollar investment vehicles headlined by some of the rarest vehicles ever produced by GM, including two 1969 Trans Am Convertibles, two 1969 Camaro ZL1s, several of Corvette’s finest such as a ’68 L88, a ’63 Z06 Tanker and four of the first-year hand-built examples from 1953.


1969 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible (Lot F138)
Photo by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

With very scant advertising upon its initial introduction, the 1969 Pontiac Trans Am is a rare and highly sought-after car in its own right; only 697 were built that year. Rarer yet is the Trans Am convertible. Produced for one year only, just eight of these storied cars were ever manufactured. Astoundingly, two of those eight will be offered for sale in Kissimmee. The first (Lot F138) is one of just four automatics and sports a deep blue interior, while the other (Lot F115) is equipped with a four-speed manual transmission and boasts the title of the only triple-white example ever produced. The opportunity to purchase a Trans Am convertible could easily be a once-in-a-lifetime chance… Mecum Kissimmee 2016 will allow buyers the chance to bid on two.


1969 Pontiac Trans Am Convertible (Lot F115)
Photo by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

Another car considered an elusive dream machine by many classic muscle-car enthusiasts is the 1969 Camaro ZL1, only 69 of which were ever produced. Purpose-built to rule NHRA and AHRA Super Stock drag racing, the astronomical price made them attractive only to those who planned to recover some of that cost in professional race prize winnings. The Mecum Kissimmee Auction will present two of the finest surviving examples, both four-speeds with their original all-aluminum 427 cubic-inch ZL1 engines. Numbers 18 (Lot F107) and 30 (S90.1) of the total 69 produced are both sterling examples of Chevrolet’s true “Super Camaro.”


1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZLI (Lot F107)
Photo by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

America’s favorite sports car, the Corvette, has become a staple and a very important part of the Kissimmee auction, and this year’s lineup is stellar. One of 80 built, a four-speed 1968 Corvette L88 coupe (Lot S140) will cross the auction block featuring its matching-numbers engine, original tank sticker and an older frame-off restoration, which earned it Bloomington Gold Certification as well as an NCRS Top Flight award, both in 1988. Another rare and desirable Bloomington Gold Certified and Top Flight-awarded ‘Vette on offer will be a 1963 Z06 Tanker (Lot S160), one of just 63 built with the code-N03 36-gallon racing tank. In addition to those uncommon and exceptional ‘Vettes are four from the model’s debut year—Lots F183, S225, S229 and S233. All four of these 1953 convertibles boast membership in the exclusive group of just 300 built that year, all of which were constructed by hand.


1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (Lot S90.1)
Photo by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

For an opportunity to lay claim to one of the 1,000-plus GM vehicles at this year’s event, register to bid today. The Mecum Kissimmee 2016 auction is open to buyers, sellers and spectators with general admission tickets available at the gate for $30 per day or $180 for all 10 days; children 12 and younger are admitted free of charge, so bring along the whole family for a perfect Florida vacation. Bidder registration is $100 when completed in advance online, or $200 on-site at the auction and includes admission for two. Portions of the auction will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network with a stream of the entire event presented on Mecum’s website. For more details on the auction, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum auctions, visit or call (262) 275-5050.


1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Coupe (Lot S140)
Photo by Jeremy Cliff, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker (Lot S160)
Photo by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

About Mecum Auctions

Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 28 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook,  Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.


  • Mecum Kissimmee 2016
  • Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744
  • Jan. 15-24, 2016
  • Admission: $30 per person, per day or $180 per person for entire auction
  • Preview: Gates open daily at 8 a.m.
  • Auction: Vehicles start at 10 a.m., Jan. 15-17 and Jan. 19-23; Road Art starts an hour before the vehicles each day with a full days of Road Art offered Jan. 18 and 24.
  • TV Schedule (NBCSN, unless noted otherwise): Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7:30-11 p.m. (Same Day Delay) and 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Next Day Delay); Friday, Jan. 22 from noon-6:30 p.m. (Live) and 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (NDD); Saturday, Jan. 23 from 4:30-10 p.m. (SDD); Sunday, Jan. 24 from 5-11 p.m. (Delay); Special NBC broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 2-3 p.m. (Delay)
    (All Times Eastern)



Cray Wheels Enable Corvette Owners to Upgrade to 20-inch Wheels in Black, Chrome or Silver

1 05 2015

Cray wheels designs wheels exclusively for Corvette vehicles and
now offers 20 inch wheels in their lineup

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – May 1, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Corvette owners searching for aftermarket Corvette wheels that are larger and wider than their OE wheels and that also add gobs of charisma and a personalized touch need look no further than Cray Wheels’ website introduces shoppers to thirteen different combinations of models and finishes that fit 30 years of Corvette sports cars in diameters of 17, 18,19 and 20 inches and widths up to 12 inches.

“Corvette owners, more than any other make, are obsessed with giving their vehicle a unique identity,” observed Cray Wheels President Terence Sheckter. “The factory indulges this obsession with a lengthy option list. We at Cray go a step further with a lineup of classic and cutting edge Corvette wheels that truly set Corvettes apart from the crowd. And with our light-alloy, precision manufacturing methods, we’re pushing Corvette performance in the direction ‘Vette owners demand,” Scheckter added.


Focused on design, engineering and manufacturing solely on wheels for Corvettes, Cray understands the critical importance of achieving precisely the right offset, both front and rear, for each different wheel width and diameter That means Corvette drivers can count on perfect compatibility whether they are in the market for C4 wheels, C5 wheels, C6 wheels, C7 wheels or Z05 wheels.

Take, for example, the newest Cray wheel, the Brickyard model. Taking its name from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Brickyard has been selected as the official wheel of the Indy 500, Brickyard 400 and the Indianapolis Grand Prix races. It is a paired five-spoke design, with each spoke emanating from the center hub at a steep angle. At the juncture with the outer lip, the spokes define a deep back-cut barrel section. The Brickyard is offered in an array of stunning finishes, including silver with a mirror-cut face, matte black with a matte machined face and in solid matte black.

A unique feature of Brickyard custom Corvette wheels is its esoteric manufacturing technology, known as rotary forging. In rotary forging, the wheel is spun at high speed while the outer rim is forged under high pressure. The process alters the alloy’s molecular structure to both enhance its strength and substantially decrease the wheel’s weight. Thus, rotary forging produces a wheel that is simultaneously stronger and lighter than conventionally manufactured wheels. Auto enthusiasts know that reducing the “unsprung weight” of a vehicle—the tire and wheel—is vital to both speed and handling performance.

While Corvette today offers just 18-inch and 19-inch wheels, the Brickyard, like all Cray wheels, is also available in 20-inch diameter. Twenty-inch wheels must be paired with ultra-low profile tires, which improve vehicle performance in multiple dimensions. The Fitment Guide tab on the Cray homepage provides important information about which sizes are optimized for each year and model Corvette. The guide also indicates that most Cray wheels for most model years are available in a staggered fitment, meaning wider wheels available for the rear axle. A staggered fitment not only embellishes Corvette’s already aggressive posture, but also improves grip under acceleration and while cornering.

Other Cray models include the multi-piece Hawk, which features ten “tuning fork” spokes, available in gloss black with a chrome stainless cut lip, matte black, chrome and silver with a machined face and a chrome stainless lip; the mesh-design Manta wheel, available in gloss black with a mirror cut lip, hyper silver with a mirror cut lip or in chrome and the five spoke Scorpion, also available in those three finishes.

All Cray Corvette wheels are designed to accept the factory’s checkered flag center cap, use OE wheel lugs and support Corvette tire pressure monitoring systems. Cray wheels are hub centric, which ensures that they fit precisely over the center flange so the wheel is concentric with the wheel bearings for a truer, better balanced wheel/tire assembly and a smoother ride.

Beyond the Fitment Guide, the Cray website provides other useful shopping tools. The Configurator tab, for example, enables users to invoke a three quarter view image of their year, model and paint color Corvette, then “try on” each of the various models and finishes of Cray wheels to see exactly how each enhances their Corvette’s appearance. That experience is buttressed by the Gallery tab, which accesses nearly one hundred photographs uploaded by actual owners showing off their new Cray custom Corvette wheels. The Inventory tab enables users and dealers to access actual factory inventory of each Cray wheel. In-stock orders received by 4pm ET are shipped the same day.

Cray aftermarket Corvette wheels are available at all better automotive tire and wheel dealers. A dealer locator is available at 1 800 479-9723 or on the Cray website. Cray dealers are located throughout North America and worldwide, including Discount Tire Direct at


Michelin Rolls On As The Official Tire Of Sebring International Raceway

18 03 2015

GREENVILLE, SC – March 18, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Michelin and Sebring International Raceway announced today that Michelin will continue as the Official Tire of Sebring International Raceway through 2017.

“Sebring has a great tradition and a distinct character that presents a wide range of technical challenges,” said Chris Baker, director of motorsports for Michelin North America. “Virtually our entire portfolio of MICHELIN Pilot ultra-high performance tires can trace its technical heritage to innovations and insights gained through open competition in endurance racing at tracks like Sebring and Le Mans.”

Michelin Sebring International Raceway

“Our Michelin Bridge at Turn 17 is a great reminder of how we link our race tire technology in the Sebring pits to our tire technology in the paddock at BMW, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche car corrals and to consumers on the street,” said Baker.

The 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race will provide a robust test of the balance of tire performance as exceptional handling, braking, power down and extended wear all contribute to overall performance.

“We are proud to continue our relationship with Michelin as the Official Tire of Sebring,” said Tres Stephenson, Sebring president and general manager. “Michelin technical partner teams have enjoyed great success at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida for many, many years. Our Sebring fans know and respect Michelin.”

Manufacturers and top independent teams from Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Nissan, Porsche, Toyota have chosen Michelin as their technical partner for the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and/or FIA World Endurance Championship competitions.

Michelin and its technical partner teams have claimed the overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the past 17 consecutive years.

Michelin technical partner teams from BMW, Audi, Peugeot and Porsche claimed the overall 12-hour race victories at Sebring for 15 consecutive years (1999-2013) before the creation of the TUDOR Championship, where Michelin participation is constrained to the open tire GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. Last year’s GTLM class was won by the Porsche North America factory team and Michelin.

Michelin became the first tire maker and just the fourth manufacturer (joining Audi, Ferrari and Porsche) inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame in 2010.

The 63rd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida will be held on March 21, 2015, and broadcast live on FOX Sports.

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America ( employs more than 22,750 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants.


Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle

20 01 2011

January 20, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A stretched 05 Kawasaki ZX10 piloted by Nick “Apex” Brocha vs. a Corvette-Powered RX7 driven by Jim Guthrie in a high speed drifting battle.

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Nick’s Icon Gear:
Variant Salvo HiViz Helmet
Overlord Prime Hero Jacket
Overlord Prime Pants
Overlord Gloves
Patrol Boots

Jim’s Icon Gear:
Alliance Reflective Helmet
29’r Gloves

Canon 5D
Canon 7D
Panasonic GH1
GoPro Hero HD

Traxxas Rustler VXL Brushless w/ 11.1v LiPo Battery

General Motors draws on global designers for the new Chevrolet Corvette

10 03 2010


March 10, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For the first time, General Motors studios across the world have submitted design studies for the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette.

Late last year, Ed Welburn, GM’s vice president of global design, invited GM’s 10 styling studios to submit design proposals.

Some “were absolutely phenomenal,” Welburn said. “There is a lot to pick from. The direction that we take is very important, and the decision has not been made.”

Global input on the Corvette’s design is one of several steps GM is taking to attract buyers in Europe, where the car has little appeal, and young U.S. buyers who favor imports.

“We have challenges in the States with the Corvette,” Welburn said in an interview at the Geneva auto show. “The average age of the customer is really rising.”

The current average age of a Corvette buyer is 54, according to the Power Information Network, a unit of J.D. Power and Associates.

Corvette sales are in a tailspin. Last year 13,934 were sold in the United States, down 48 percent from 2008.

The current Corvette debuted in the 2005 model year. Prices range from $49,880 for the base coupe to $107,830 for the ZR-1. Both prices include shipping.

A redesign is due in two to three years, industry sources say.

Corvette critics often cite the sports car’s size, saying it looks big. They also point to what they say is a cheap-looking interior.

Welburn admitted the interior has a problem: “The execution, materials selection–it’s got to be a much better interior. Our customers desire that.”

Welburn said today’s Corvette is about the same size as the Porsche 911, but the styling makes it look bigger. “We have to develop a design that feels trimmer, meaner, to go along with the incredible performance that the car has,” he said.

In addition to styling, content, pricing and marketing strategy are under discussion, he said.

“It is a key time in the development of the Corvette,” Welburn said. “There is a lot of debate and a lot of study on the bandwidth of Corvette.”

But, he added, “It can’t mutate into something that gets so far away from Corvette that it is no longer a Corvette.”



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