“Corvettes On Woodward” Kicks Off Motown’s Woodward Dream Cruise

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Some 400 Corvette owners and friends participated in Corvettes on Woodward.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 — What an awesome day for Corvettes to party in Motown.

Close to 400 Corvette owners and friends participated in the sun-filled 10th annual “Corvettes on Woodward” funfest Aug. 13 that kicked off the massive 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise in metro Detroit.

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A Corvette cruiser.

“It’s a pretty amazing event” was a common theme the Corvette lovers used to describe two days worth of Corvettes on Woodward activities, which included tours, dinners and other special things to do.

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Corvettes on Woodward's Larry Courtney.

“We have Corvettes from all over … California, New York, Florida, Ohio, Ontario and even one from Hawaii,” said event coordinator Larry Courtney. “This is another great event leading up the Woodward Dream Cruise and then the 5th National Corvette Caravan on Aug. 26.”

Courtney is the captain of the Michigan, Indiana and Western Kentucky caravan, with its delegation of 360 Corvettes, heading to the National Corvette Museum’s 20th anniversary celebration Aug. 28-30 in Bowling Green, Ky.

“I basically started Corvettes on Woodward back in 2004 as a Corvette club event to get more involved in the Woodward Dream Cruise,” he explained. “We switched to only Corvettes, moved to the Radisson Hotel grounds in Bloomfield Hills, and started the Open Hands Food Pantry (based at St. John’s Church in Royal Oak) food drive back in 2006. The first few years we had about 200 Corvettes. Now we’re enjoying Corvettes in the 400 to 500 range.”

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Checking out the Corvettes.

One plus of Corvettes on Woodward is the opportunity to see things you don’t normally see at a Corvette show. “We’re lucky to have such super Corvette players join us,” said Courtney, adding some examples that he likes to highlight:

  • Three decked out and modified Lingenfelter Corvettes and the opportunity to talk first hand with the Lingenfelter staff.
  • Jeff Nowicki and his 2014 Concept 7 Corvette with carbon fiber components, unique new stabilizer bars and a host of other amenities with a $90,000+ price tag. One of these Mobil1 designer cars will be auctioned off at the National Corvette Museum.
  • GM’s Corvette product and marketing manager Harlan Charles, several of his Corvette team members, and three stunning Corvettes. Charles mingled with the crowd, did interviews and answered Corvette questions.
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Harlan Charles from GM's Corvette team mingled with the crowd.

“This is a great event … the food drive, everything,” Charles said. “The Woodward Dream Cruise is exciting for everyone, especially Corvettes. This is our hometown and we’re excited to be part of that. The turnout here for Corvettes on Woodward is fabulous ... just to see all the Corvettes from every generation and year. It’s awesome."

To participate in Corvettes on Woodward, Corvette owners are encouraged to bring a food donation for the Open Hands Food Pantry and pay a $5 admission. George Matick Chevrolet sponsored the food donation truck and, escorted by hundreds of Corvettes, delivered the goods to the food bank.

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Verna Courtney (center) and John Avery, an Open Hands volunteer, load food donations into the Matick Chevy van. 

“This all is now done to support Open Hands. They have 10,000 names on their needs list that they take care of. What really bugs me is that people are hungry. That’s why we do this. The pantry helps people locally,” said Courtney. “We can’t change the world, but we can help change the lives of a few people right here in our hometown.”

Courtney and his wife. Verna, also visit the food bank after the Woodward Dream Cruise to present more food donations and cash, which in the past has totaled in the thousands. The food pantry also is open during the Dream Cruise.

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Corvettes on Woodward attracted every year and generation of Corvette.

Alan Brown “loves the show and has been coming every year.” What makes it special? “It’s great fun with great Corvette friends. The best part is when we get all of these Corvettes revved up and head south along the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise route. I’m driving my 2014 lime rock green C7. They don’t make them any more and they are hard to find.”

Said Bob Stoler: “This is my first time. Never got around to getting here before and now I’m hooked. I’m also going with Larry Courtney on the National Corvette Caravan. I’m taking my C6. Larry puts on a great Corvettes on Woodward event so I’m anxious to see what he does for the caravan.”

Corvettes on Woodward began with a Wednesday morning tour of the GM Heritage Center in Warren and then moved on to the Radisson Hotel in Bloomfield Hills from noon to 7:30 p.m. The Corvettes then escorted the Matick Chevy van filled with food donations to the Open Hands pantry.

Many participants enjoyed dinner at the Moose Preserve before heading out on Thursday for tours of the Lingenfelter Collection in Brighton and the Lingenfelter Engine Build Center in Wixom.

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What's your favorite?

On Friday, Corvettes on Woodward enthusiasts had options to visit the Webber Wildlife Museum, the Katech high-performance engine plant, and Morley Candy Co., all in Clinton Township, and Stahl’s Automotive Foundation in Chesterfield Township.

Other event vendors included Corvette Central, Galli Sports Apparel, EyeCandyWraps, Cruis’ News, Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise, DJ Eric and the Radisson Hotel.

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Corvette enthusiasts get ready to hit Woodward Avenue to do a little cruising.

Standing in front of DJ Eric’s booming speakers, Skip Hartlerode and his wife, Donna, North Oaks Corvette Club members from metro Detroit, said they “like the show because everyone is so friendly and you can talk to anyone. We’re all Corvette enthusiasts and we all love our cars.”

Interjected Donna: “I love looking at all these cars and seeing what owners do with them, from the interiors to the vanity plates. It’s a real relaxed atmosphere. Everyone loves pulling out onto Woodward Avenue from the hotel and racing away.”

“Now if we could only run all those stop lights then it would be even better,” Skip said with a laugh.

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Larry Courtney leads the Corvettes on Woodward parade into early Woodward Dream Cruise traffic.


Harlan Charles on Corvettes

Charles attended the Corvettes on Woodward event and talked about what’s happening with the iconic car.

“Things are going great with Corvette. We’ve won the North American Car of the Year and all kinds of awards with the new Stingray … a great sales year with over 37,000 2014 cars built and we’re now getting ready to start with the 2015s … and getting the Z06 ready to go toward the end of the year, a 650 horsepower ultimate Corvette. So it’s been a very exciting time working for Corvette and being a Corvette enthusiast,” he said.

The all-new Z06 is the highest performance Corvette has ever offered at 650 horsepower with special packages. For the first time, Chevy also is offering the seven-speed manual and the eight-speed automatic.

“So it opens up that level of performance for a lot more people,” he added.  Production begins the end of 2014 and vehicles will be in dealer showrooms around spring.

2015 is a big year,” he concluded. “It is the completion of our vision of our 7th generation Corvette line up.”

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Corvettes on Woodward escort the Matick Chevy van to the Open Hands Food Pantry.

Photos by Robert Brodbeck Photography

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North Oaks Club Makes Splash With Its Annual Generations Car Show

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More than 100 Corvettes packed main street during Birmingham's Day On The Town.

Birmingham, MI – Colorful, classy Corvettes electrified the crowds attending the annual Birmingham “Day On The Town.”

The July 26 event, the city’s largest retail shopping event of the year, was one of the most successful ever for downtown merchants.

And the Corvettes were a big contributor to the turnout.

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Owners love to talk about Corvettes.

The north metro Detroit community’s two main downtown cross streets were closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and shoppers were treated to lots of retail specials and other entertainment activities.



The big draw: more than 100 new and classic Corvettes participating in the North Oaks Corvette Club’s Generations Car Show.

Now in its second year, the day-long Generations show took the term "street rod" literally as these beauties blanketed the street. Here, Old Woodward Avenue in this swanky city’s business district turned into a veritable showcase of color, thanks to seven generations of Corvettes.

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Show trophies were presented in both stock and modified classes for each Corvette generation.

“It was quite a display of beautiful cars … we had show entries from all seven generations … C1 through the exciting new C7 Stingray. That’s impressive for a second-year show,” reports Skip Hartlerode, club show chairman for the past two seasons.

“Nowhere else do you get to see only Corvettes take over a downtown shopping district like this. People were constantly telling our show volunteers and car owners how much they loved the Corvettes filling up the streets. And they loved the variety of Corvettes on display that they could look at up close and personal, and talk with the owners and ask them questions. They had a lot of fun and there was a lot of action all day long,” he adds.

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Thousands of shoppers and car enthusiasts enjoyed beautiful weather for the day-long event.

For Birmingham organizers, the day went smoothly and better than anticipated. “The 2014 event was one of the best we have seen in years,” says John Heiney, executive director of the Birmingham Principal Shopping District, which hosted Day On The Town. “Foot traffic was up, sales were up, and the car show really dressed up the downtown and created another unique attraction for shoppers.”

Adds Ryan Cykiert of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, who displayed one of his company’s cars: “What a great show! It had something for everyone. Outstanding Corvettes for the car lovers, friendly people, and for those who don’t like Corvettes … there was shopping. Just a well-rounded show. It was my pleasure to bring out one of our Lingenfelter powered Karl Kustom Corvettes.”

That 2009 Z06 Corvette, rebodied to look like a 1967 fastback, sports a Lingenfelter 427 CID LS7 under the hood and lots of other customized features.

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A sweet little C7!

Tim Duncan, a long-time Corvette enthusiast representing George Matick Chevrolet, the Generation show’s sponsor, sums it up: “Remarkable cars. Fun people. A great Corvette club with lots of new friends. Beautiful weather. Just a stunning view of Corvettes showcased along Woodward Avenue. Simply a great time all around. I can’t wait for next year’s show!”

In addition to 50/50 raffles and 45 door prizes, the North Oaks Corvette Club also raffled off a high-efficiency furnace from Air Repair Heating & Cooling as its top prize.

The Best of Show award was presented to North Oaks Corvette Club members Ray and Sue Miller for the 1959 Corvette Ray has owned since he was 13 years old.

“He wins a lot of trophies with that car,” says Hartlerode. “He’s painted every nut and bolt by himself in his driveway piece by piece. It also sat in a garage for almost 25 years. It’s quite a story.”

The “Birmingham’s Best Car” award went to Allen Brown and his C7 2014 Stingray.

Trophies also were presented in both the stock and modified classes, with two winners from each generation. George Matick Chevy was the trophy sponsor.

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Seven generations of Corvettes mixed with shopping deals and entertainment throughout the day.

“The show organizers did a great job. We love to see the cars come through in the morning and line up. It's a thrill to see them all come in and park one by one in front of the stores. The merchants have told me that they love to see the cars too,” says Heiney. “We absolutely expect the club back next year. Their car show has really enhanced our event and shopper experience. We would love to see it continue and maybe even grow a little in size!

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Another successful show presented by the North Oaks Corvette Club.

“I also want to recognize Dave Barran," says Heiney, "for bringing the idea to us a few years ago, and Skip Hartlerode and the rest of the North Oaks Corvette Club planning committee and volunteers. They are very organized, and a pleasure to work with.”

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Matick Chevy sponsored the show trophies.

Adds Hartlerode: “We enjoyed the support of many sponsors this year, including our club sponsor George Matick Chevrolet. They donated our great looking trophies and their team really knows their stuff about these beautiful cars we love so much.”

(Photos by Robert Brodbeck Photography)


Enjoy the show in more photos below!

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Harry Jones with his 1960 Stock Corvette.
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North Oaks Corvette Club volunteers work the show desk.
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Crain’s Detroit Business Salutes Michigan Corvette Dealer With Entrepreneur Award

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Crain's Detroit Business Salutes Matick Chevy As A Top Entrepreneur.

Dearborn, MI, July 24, 2014 -- It was an exciting morning at The Henry Hotel for the team at George Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit, thanks to a special award given to Dealer Karl Zimmermann and company as part of Crain’s Detroit Business Salute to Entrepreneurs.

The annual awards program, attended by Matick's leadership team, welcomed everyone from banking and HR executives to up-and-coming start-up CEOs and business-industry editors.

Only five nominees won the award, divided into three revenue categories, with others for intrapreneur and social entrepreneur. The program recognizes entrepreneuers who are noteworthy for their innovation, problem-solving ability or sheer relentlessness.

Zimmermann/Matick Chevy won in the $30.1 million to $100 million category.

"This is such an honor," says Zimmermann. "Metro Detroit is brimming with the entrepreneurial spirit, especially now, so you can imagine that we were quite surprised and gratified to be singled out as a winner." title="Matick Chevy Receives Crains Award" rel="lightbox351959"

The judges look for those companies that not only are thriving but also those who practice community involvement, employee commitment and other remarkable endeavors.

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Matick Chevy leadership team-- John Peters (left), Molly Williams, Jodi Dean and Ryan Esler -- accepted the Crain's Award.

Matick Chevy has been serving Corvette owners in metro Detroit and beyond since 1967 and has developed strong ties with Corvette aficionados, Corvette racing and Corvette sales and service. At any given time, Matick may have dozens of  Corvettes in its main vehicle display area, which is the largest indoor showroom in Michigan.

Matick Chevy ranks in the top one percent nationally of Chevy dealers for new-car sales. Automotive News also honored Matick as a top 100 Best Dealerships To Work For award in 2012 and 2014.

As one of the top-ranked dealerships in Michigan in customer satisfaction for sales and service, the business and its 117 employees are involved in dozens of community events, from sponsoring the local Redford Little League to hosting Friday-night banquets for area sports teams to offering Safety Days with local Rotary Clubs.

As the dealership is in the throes of wrapping up a two-year, multi-million-dollar renovation that has touched every corner of the 13-acre campus, this has been a good time to showcase Matick's strengths in the entrepreneurial arena.

The environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices integrated into Matick Chevy's new design also contributed to the award. The updated facility will soon be LEED certified. And Matick's new stand-alone, state-of the-art body shop, where Corvettes get A-1 treatment, is growing into one of the largest in metro Detroit.

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Chevy Presents MLB’s All-Star MVP Mike Trout With A Corvette Stingray

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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout gets behind the wheel of the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray he received for being voted the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game MVP July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

From GM News, July 16, 2014

The 2014 Ted Williams MLB All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Mike Trout, chose a Corvette Stingray, the 2014 North American Car of the Year, during the MVP award ceremony presented by Chevrolet.

Chevrolet gave Trout his choice of the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year – the Stingray or the Silverado full-size pickup – for his being named the All-Star MVP. Chevrolet has been the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball since 2005.

In addition, Chevrolet announced it would provide a second Stingray with a unique hood autographed by the game’s all-star players for auction at ChevyBaseball.com, a website powered by MLB.com, with proceeds to benefit charity.

“Tonight, we honor the achievements of Mike Trout, the 2014 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, while we showcase our own MVPs, the Corvette Stingray and Chevrolet Silverado,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “We hope many of our fellow baseball fans join us to help raise funds for a worthy cause.”

The Stingray being auctioned features both an autographed display hood signed by 2014 All-Star players and coaches and a factory original hood for driving. Bidding on the Corvette Stingray opened immediately following the MVP ceremony, and will continue until 5 p.m. EDT on Aug. 1.

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2014 Major League Baseball All-Star players and coaches autograph the hoods of two Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays before the Red Carpet Parade of All-Stars July 15, 2014 prior to the MLB All -Star game in Minneapolis Minn. The hoods will be put up for auction at Chevybaseball.com, with proceeds benefitting Chevrolet and MLB charities. (AP Images for Chevrolet)

In addition to the Stingray for auction on ChevyBaseball.com, Chevrolet will provide MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association with a commemorative Corvette Stingray hood, also signed by 2014 All-Star players and coaches, for auction with proceeds to benefit MLB Charities and the Players Trust, the 501 (c)(3) charitable organization created and administered by active Major Leaguers.

Chevrolet supports the friendships, optimism and spirit of teamwork built through the power of play. Currently in its ninth year, Chevy Youth Baseball has impacted the lives of approximately 3.8 million youth. Nearly 1,700 Chevrolet dealers support a youth league in communities across the country and have hosted more than 200 youth baseball clinics this year.

Metro Detroit's Matick Chevy, for example, is a long-time sponsor of the Redford Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball program. Chevy dealerships provide also financial support and donate baseball equipment to the youth leagues.

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Kellermeyer And His #37 Corvette Add More Wins Their 2014 Record

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Danny Kellermeyer takes the victory lap in his Matick Chevy-sponsored #37 Corvette.

Corvette Racecar Driver Danny Kellermeyer continued his winning tradition June 28-29 at Grattan Raceway in west Michigan.

The Matick Chevrolet/Corvette Central DJ Race Corvette won both SCCA Regional races at the Grattan track. The weather was beautiful for racing, except for a shower during qualifying.

These two first-place wins placed Kellermeyer, driver of the C6 yellow Matick Chevrolet Corvette, on the podium for all seven of this season’s races in which he has participated. After winning the WHRRI Championship in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Kellermeyer has recorded strong performances during his 2014 competitive schedule.

“Our Corvette racecars have been running good,” said Kellermeyer. “I should be leading the points, but I did not start one race due to low fuel pressure. I was afraid of leaning out the engine and doing damage to it. I’m only a few points behind in second at this time. If everything goes right, I can hopefully take the lead again in the next few races.” 

He has five more race events scheduled.

Upcoming Shows: The DJ Race Corvettes -- sponsored by Matick Chevy -- will be displayed at the Aug. 12-16 Back to the Bricks in Flint, Mich., which attracts 500,000 spectators. The event is the same weekend as the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit.

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The Back to the Bricks website

The gigantic Back to the Bricks event supports the Corvette Reunion, which is one of the largest Corvette shows in Midwest. Last year, 35,000 cars of all types were on display throughout downtown Flint.

For Flint's TV12 YouTube recap of the 2013 event, click here.

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Callaway Collector Works With Michigan Dealer To Add A 25th Anniversary C6 GS To His Collection

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Story from Corvette Magazine September , June 2014

Callaway Cars’ unique relationship with Chevrolet began in 1987. It was then, and remains to this day, the only company whose Corvette performance modifications were codified into a regular production option package. By choosing option B2K, buyers got an extensively reworked, twin-turbo Corvette that delivered true supercar performance on par with the fastest cars from Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. Between 1987 and 1991 a total of 510 of the legendary B2K Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes were produced.

... The 25th Anniversary of the legendary B2K Twin Turbo Corvette in 2012 was not for the weak of wallet: The B2K option package cost $52,980. (It was $19,995 in 1987.) Add in the price of a $56,900 Grand Sport coupe, and the car came in at $109,880, just about $3K shy of the C6 range-topping ZR1. Even so, within 20 minutes of Callaway opening up the order line for its authorized dealers, more than half of the cars were spoken for, and by day’s end all 25 were gone.

At least some of the dealers who ordered an Anniversary B2K Corvette did so without a specific retail buyer in hand. We know this because six were still available in February 2013 when renowned Callaway collector Tony Cardiello decided to buy one.

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"I saw an Anniversary car on display at Carlisle in August 2012,” explains Cardiello, "and thought it would be a perfect complement to my 1987 B2K Corvette. It would complete the circle, so to speak.” After calling Callaway, Cardiello learned there was a coupe available at a nearby Connecticut dealership, but when he spoke with a salesman there he didn’t like what he heard.

“He was rather condescending and that turned me off, so I called the next closest dealer with a coupe, which happened to be George Matick Chevrolet in Redford, Michigan. They were extremely knowledgeable about Callaway cars and could not have been more helpful.

Matick Chevrolet also happened to have a Cyber Gray ZR1 in stock when I called, and the salesman pointed out that it was about $10,000 less than the 25th Anniversary B2K, just so I would be sure that I did what was right for me. The ZR1 was tempting but I wanted to round out my Callaway collection, so in the end my decision was easy.”

... To read the entire story, click here.

In Michigan, Matick Chevrolet is the exclusive Callaway Cars' dealer of supercharged Corvettes and other Chevy models. 

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Tech Thursday: Corvette Add-Ons

How do you get your Corvette to stand out in the crowd?

Customizable add-ons can help your Corvette look and ride better. Here's a look at three options.


Did you know that spoilers are more than just a decorative kick?

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Corvette Rear Spoiler

While they do make Corvettes look slick, believe it or not, they are also good if you’re looking to crank up the speed. Rear spoilers keep cars low to the ground, providing traction and stability.

If you’re the proud owner of a 2008-2013 model, consider C6, Full Width or Z06 rear spoilers. There are two types for 2014 Stingrays: a Z51 style spoiler and a High Wing spoiler.

All these spoiler options are available in a variety of colors.


Looking for a sleek, quiet ride in your convertible? Your answer may be a windscreen.

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Corvette Windscreen

They are manufactured to reduce air turbulence in the passenger compartment when you have the top down. In effect, they help reduce road noise that allows for better passenger conversation.

Windscreens are made from glass or polyester mesh, and can be ordered with a Corvette logo if you’re looking for some style points.

Car Covers

If you want your Corvette to maintain its great polished look, consider using a car cover.

Car covers keep that shiny coat of paint nice and fresh. They are designed to repel rain and moisture, block excessive sun and keep out dirt and debris. They are one of the most popular accessories Corvette owners choose to add to their purchase, especially for those in climates where the cars won’t be driven year-round.

In northern climates, for example, Corvette buyers prefer to cover their vehicle rather than leave it exposed to winter’s unforgiving elements.

When it comes to selecting which one is right for your car, there are benefits to going with a Genuine GM model that offers a professional fit and lots of color options, all with Corvette flag insignias.

How To Order

There are plenty of other ways to customize your Corvette, both under the hood and to the eye. For the whole lowdown, check out the 2014 Performance Catalog produced by Chevrolet.

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GM Performance Parts Catalog

You can download your personal copy here and also subscribe to GM's FUEL Newsletter for car enthusiasts.

To order any of these add-ons, visit Matick Chevy's online accessories store.

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Racecar Driver Kellermeyer Off To Fast Start On Track, At Big Events

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Danny Kellermeyer's yellow #37 Corvette races at Waterford Hills in Michigan

Corvette racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer accelerated through another fast start this season.

The effervescent Kellermeyer hopes to win his fourth straight Touring 1 Class Championship at Michigan’s Waterford Hills Road Racing (WHRRI). He’s already competed well in six races.

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Danny Kellermeyer

The T1 class is the ultimate in production-style racecars and Danny’s Matick Chevrolet/Corvette Central sponsored Corvettes battles against Porsches, BMWs, Vipers and other Corvettes.

“One of our racecars, the C5R Corvette, was built for Speedvision World Challenge,” says Danny. “It was one of 42 Chevrolet Corvettes that GM structured for race teams to race and debut the new Z06. In fact ours is #002.”

Danny, the owner of DJ Race Enterprise, is winning off the track as well. His Corvettes have been displayed recently at several metro Detroit Corvette events.

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 Kellermeyer talked about Detroit Grand Prix races during the Matick Chevy Corvette Caravan Experience

Two of the DJ Racing Corvettes were showcased at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Matick Chevy Corvette Caravan Experience on May 31. Danny was the event’s breakfast speaker in Matick Chevy’s new “largest in Michigan indoor show” and he provided the crowd of more than 150 Corvette enthusiasts an overview of the Detroit Grand Prix races.

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Kellermeyer loves to talk about Corvettes

“Our Corvette family is always exciting to see and I was privileged to discuss racing before the caravan left for Belle Isle” says Danny. “More than 70 Corvettes were in the caravan and it was impressive to see them all come into the Corvette Corral on Belle Isle in the middle of the Detroit River for the big race event."

Danny’s Corvette racecars also were part of the Corvettes in the “D” on June 14. The second annual event, hosted by the Michigan/Indiana/East Kentucky Captain of the 2014 National Corvette Caravan and Corvette lover Larry Courtney, drew more than 300 Corvettes as their owners and friends enjoyed a fantastic day along the Detroit River outside the GM World Headquarters. Racing was the theme as GM displayed the C7R racecar along with the newly announced 2015 Atlantic and Pacific versions of the C7.

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DJ Racing's Corvettes in the D display

“While the racecars were the center of attention, our C5R Pedal Corvette was the hit of the displays. It will be given away at the Matick Chevy Open House on Sept. 20," says Danny. “The car was first shown at the Matick Chevy Caravan breakfast, and then again at Corvettes in the D. Corvette owners registered at both locations and are excited about winning the pedal Corvette.”

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The C5R Pedal Corvette raffle

Those attending any DJ Racing team events can register free of charge to win. “So be sure to stop by, say hi to our team and take your photo with the pedal car or you in our Corvette racecars,” he adds.

“Having sponsors like Matick Chevy in metro Detroit and Corvette Central helps me attend these events,” says Danny. “Corvettes and performance are in Matick Chevrolet’s DNA. It’s not being the brand's top 1 percent for sales volume or because of its 100-car showroom, high-volume Corvettes or massive new collision shop, it’s the Matick team of sales, service and parts employees they have put in place to serve their customers.”


Follow Danny’s latest fast and furious races online at djrace.com or join in the fun on his race days.

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Kellermeyer's DJ Racing display and #37 drew fans at Corvettes in the D
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“Corvettes In The D” Features Fast Cars And Special Guests At GM HQ

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Scenes from the 2013 "Corvettes in the D" with more than 300 Corvettes on display.

What a line up for the 2014 “Corvettes in the D!”

Atlantic and Pacific model Corvettes, the Corvette Racing Trailer with the C7.R Corvette and Indy frame display, autograph sessions and posters, on-going seminars by Corvette mechanic Paul Koener and Brittany George, a Pratt Miller C6.R display, and more showcase the Saturday, June 14 “Corvettes in the D.”

The second annual event, which attracted more than 300 Corvettes last year, spreads out along the Detroit River at the GM World Headquarters in Detroit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"You won't find this collection of GM's new and special Corvettes in one spot anywhere else," reports Larry Courtney, coordinator for this year's event. He also is captain of the Michigan/Indiana/Western Kentucky Corvette Caravan this August to the National Corvette Musuem

Corvette owners are invited to show their cars, which will be displayed in the east GM parking lot along the beautiful Detroit Riverfront, the world’s busiest international waterway.

A George Matick Chevrolet van will shuttle Corvette fans between the event site and the Renaissance Center, where participants can visit the GM vehicle displays inside the Ren Cen.

A $10 entry donation is encouraged with proceeds going to the National Corvette Museum and the 2014 Michigan/Indiana/Western Kentucky National Corvette Caravan.

Andiamo Pizza is the food vendor. A commemorative dash plaque will be presented to the first 300 Corvettes.

For more information, contact event coordinator Larry Courtney at michicaravan2014@aol.com.

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75 ‘Vettes Line Up For Matick Chevy’s 2014 Corvette Caravan Experience to the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle

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Father-son duo John and Jon Bernardi of Plymouth Township, Mich. are ready to go for the 2014 Matick Chevy Corvette Caravan to the Detroit Grand Prix.

The 2014 Detroit Grand Prix Matick Chevy Corvette Caravan Experience to Belle Isle was a huge success.

Some 75 Corvette owners with their Corvettes wheeled into the dealership's metro Detroit parking lot early this morning, anticipating a day of car fun.

Corvetteblog.com joined the car enthusiasts over breakfast plates of bacon & eggs (and all the accoutrements) as they prepared for speakers, a police-escort to the Grand Prix and a spot in the exclusive Corvette Corral near the track complete with day-long hospitality. We met up with folks like the retired Elvin and Doris Binns of Detroit.

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Elvin and Doris Binns of Detroit drove their 2012 metallic black Grand Sport convertible in the Matick Chevy Corvette Caravan.

They pulled up in their 2012 metallic black Grand Sport convertible. “I’ve had a Corvette since 1973, six over the years,” Elvin shared. “The one I’m driving now is over 700 horse.” Elvin, who worked for Chrysler for 41 years, says they couldn’t get tickets last year and made it a point to get them this year for the event that’s all-things-Corvette!

Incidentally, Elvin was driving Corvettes even as a Chrysler employee. “Every now and then I’d drive my ‘Vette to work,” he says. The ‘Vette aficionado worked at Chrysler’s Trenton engine plant. “I was always a performance guy, always up in engineering, seeing what they were doing. When Chrysler stopped with the Hemi and the V-8, they lost me, and I went to Chevy.”

Another fave car over the years was his ’71 Dodge Charger. His passion for cars goes back to his days as a kid. “Even today, I have a wall of dye cast metal cars and models, Matchbook cars … anything to do with performance.”

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Dan Watts of Novi (left) and good friend Mike Serge caravaned in Watts' yellow '05 convertible.

Enjoying breakfast just a few feet from the Binnses was Dan Watts of Novi, Mich. Dan owns a 2005 and a 1984 model. “I’m the original owner of the ’84,” Dan says, “and it’s got less than 21,000 miles on it.”

On this day, he arrived in his yellow ’05 convertible (matches today’s hat selection well!) with longtime pal Mike Serge (they’ve known each other since kids, growing up just a stone’s throw from George Matick Chevrolet, and even remember the old Topps store that was originally at the Matick location). This is their first Matick Corvette Caravan to the Grand Prix experience.

Dan’s favorite Corvette color over the years is …. “Well,” he says, “that’s a toughie. I guess I’d go with Millennium yellow, like my ’05.”  All this ‘Vette talk had Mike cruising down memory lane, too. He owned a ’63 red hardtop. “I sold that and then got a white ’64 coupe,” he recalls. The retired Chrysler employee, who’s always been a car buff, now has a ’68 Chevelle SS 454.

Women, too, came out in, well, droves. Kristen Lingenfelter and her husband, Ken, along with daughter Noelle and her friend, Chelsea, enjoyed the morning, including a slide presentation by Matick-sponsored Corvette racecar driver Danny Kellermeyer of DJ Racing Enterprise in Ortonville. Kristen arrived in her black C7.

“We just put a carbon fiber body kit on it yesterday,” she says. (Ken owns Decatur, Ind.-based Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, which he purchased from his race driver cousin, the former John Lingenfelter.) “I loooove the way the C7 handles on the road,” Kristen says. “I’ve been driving it daily, and I don’t want to put it away.” 

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Katrina and Trevor Kuester of Macomb are attending their first-ever Matick Chevy Corvette Caravan. 

Parked near Kristen’s car was a zippy black C5 Z06, owned by Katrina and Trevor Kuester of Macomb, Mich. The Kuesters were attending their first Matick Corvette Caravan. “It’s a cool event,” Trevor says, as he and Katrina prepared to head out to their beauty and get rollin’ on this, one of the most beautiful blue-sky days this spring.

Their car was lined up near John Bernardi and his son Jon’s ‘Vette. “Last year,” recalls Bernardi, Sr. of Plymouth Township, Mich., “we didn’t bring our ‘Vette. This year, we just had to. We’re absolutely looking forward to a spectacular day. You couldn’t order this weather!” Adds his son, “We’re Corvette fans and race fans, what more could we want but a day like today?”

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