While Your Corvette’s in the Shop

It’s a fact that many Corvette owners love to work on their cars. But what if you just don’t have the time or capability? Then you should look for a certified technician to make sure your Corvette is in the best hands. And to make sure all repairs and detailing are accurate, there are some questions you need to ask and common concerns that you need to know about.

Questions to Ask the Mechanic
When you first arrive at dealer you should always ask the mechanic to take a test drive with you to fully explain what is wrong. If your problem affects the exterior including lights or mirrors, then ask them to inspect the car with you present. Once that is complete, you should ask them a few questions such as:

  • What is your warranty on parts and labor?
  • Will I have the option to choose new or used parts?
  • What repairs should I get done for safety? What can wait?
  • What would you do if this were your car?

Minor Repairs and Tune-ups
No car part is made to last forever, but Corvettes tend to have some common occurrences that affect several models.

If your car has been overheating or is leaking green fluid, it is most likely an issue with the water pump. Water pump issues are typical for 1992 – 2007 models. Most water pumps are designed to last 100,000 miles, but it’s not unusual to see leaks at 50,000 miles. Leaks can be caused by a broken seal or cracked connector.

Another common issue with Corvettes is steering. Things often go wrong the control valve or steering column. Of the two, the most common is the steering column and it’s commonality to lock the steering wheel in place. The cause of this issue is the Electronic Column Lock (ECL) failing. It affects pre-2000 A4 and all MN6 or MN12(Z06) cars.

To prevent these issues, as well as others, it is recommended that you keep up with routine maintenance. You can also contact your local Chevy dealer for any additional problems that come up.

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Indy Speedway Laps and Churchill Downs Lunch Highlight Day 2 Of Michigan/Indiana Corvette Caravan

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Michigan/Indiana/West Kentucky Caravan participants take a lap around the Indianapolis Speedway on Wednesday.

"It's been an absolute blast."

Reports from the Michigan/Indiana/West Kentucky Corvette Caravan echoed Mark Madion's enthusiastic response to his two-day adventure driving his Corvette to Bowling Green, Ky.

"Despite driving through monsoon-type rainstorms, and construction zones that seemed to last forever, it's been a blast," says Madion, of Chesterfield Township, Mich. "Arriving at the museum yesterday made the whole trip worthwhile. Check-in lines at the National Corvette Museum could have gone quicker, but it was all worth the wait. Corvettes of every kind are everywhere." 

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Michigan Caravan Corvettes begin lining up at Caron Chevy on Tuesday for lunch.

After a Tuesday morning breakfast send-off at Matick Chevrolet in metro Detroit, the Michigan Caravan enjoyed lunch on Tuesday (Aug. 26) at Caron Chevrolet in Marshall, located in south central Michigan.

Michigan Corvette owners from east (departed from Matick Chevy), north (departed from Graf Chevy) and west Michigan converged on the Caron dealership to form the 160-plus Michigan Corvette delegation that would then snake south along I-69 intro Indianapolis, Ind., to meet up with the Indiana delegation.

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Cockpit view: Corvettes take a lap at the Indy Speedway.

Once there, one highlight of the delegation's cruise to Bowling Green were laps around the Indianapolis Speedway. Sixty Corvettes at a time, all from the Michigan/Indiana/West Kentucky Caravan, were able to enjoy early morning sprints around the legendary track and have photos of their cars taken crossing the finish line.

"It doesn't get much better than that for a Corvette owner," said Larry Courtney, a Warren, Mich. resident and captain and coordinator of the Michigan/Indiana/West Kentucky Caravan. His group was one of 26 other caravans from around the country heading to the museum to party this week.

"Our Indy Speedway event was very unique. This is a memory they'll never forget and the photo of their personal Corvette crossing the finishing line with the track background will be a memento they'll talk about for the rest of their lives," added Courtney.

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Corvette Caravan enthusiasts enjoyed lunch at Churchill Downs

After the Indy track experience, Courtney's caravan raced to Louisville, Ky., where the 300-plus Corvettes, now the official combined Michigan/Indiana/West Kentucky Caravan, enjoyed lunch at the famed Churchill Downs horse-racing track. Louisville Corvette clubs hosted the luncheon.

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Caravan Captain Larry Courtney readied to lead the Corvettes from Churchill Downs to Bowling Green Wednesday afternoon.

The Michigan/Indiana/West Kentucky Caravan "arrived excited and happy," according to Courtney, at the National Corvette Museum Wednesday afternoon. More than 4,500 Corvettes will cover the museum's grounds to help celebrate its 20th anniversary.

"We're a little tired, but thrilled with what's to come over the next several days," said Courtney. "It's a Corvette lover's playground here."

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Corvettes at Churchill Downs.
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Corvette Caravan cars line up to enter the National Corvette Museum celebration complex.
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Michigan/Indiana/West Kentucky Corvette Caravan on the road.
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Finally, owners have time to enjoy activities at the National Corvette Museum.
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Dashboard View: On-The-Road In A C7 With A Corvette Caravan Rookie

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Michigan Corvette Caravan Captain Larry Courtney directs activities at the Marshall, Mich. meeting site.

“It was like watching a huge, colorful snake speeding down the highway.”

That’s how George Matick Chevrolet Owner Karl Zimmermann described the Michigan Corvette Caravan on its first interstate leg Aug. 26 of a multi-day adventure to the National Corvette Museum’s 20th anniversary celebration in Bowling Green, Ky.

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Michigan Caravan participants lined up at the site where east, west and north contingents met Tuesday afternoon (8/26/14).

While most of the 160+ owners in the Michigan Corvette Caravan sport veteran credentials from previous caravans of some type, Zimmermann, whose dealership is in metro Detroit and was a sponsor of the Michigan Caravan kick-off event, was the rookie – both to the caravan experience and driving the new C7 Stingray.

“I’m a driving enthusiast who loves Corvettes and I’ve been on road tracks and ovals at high rates of speed. But I’ve never participated in an extended Corvette caravan like this,” said Zimmermann. “The novelty of this caravan event and my exposure to such Corvette camaraderie is outstanding.”

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Michigan Corvette Caravan enthusiasts headed back to their vehicles.

“The experience was purely wonderful and enjoyable. I’ve now come to better appreciate the friendships that develop during these caravans … and being with fellow Corvette owners who have aspired to enjoy "America’s Sports Car" and being on the open road in them,” he added.

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Michigan Caravan Captain Larry Courtney's U.S.-flag wrapped Corvette.

But Zimmermann made a rookie caravan mistake: running low on fuel.

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Dealer Karl Zimmermann (right) and Art Sprong.

“The fact is, that despite having a significant allocation of these beautiful new Stingray C7s in our dealership's inventory, this is the first time that I have driven one. To personally participate in the caravan, I drove a new convertible home the day before the caravan was to begin so I could get a feel for the car,” he admitted.


“Problem is I didn’t check the gas gauge before I left because I was so excited to be involved in the caravan, especially since our dealership was hosting the send-off breakfast for Caravan Captain Larry Courtney and 100 Corvette owners.”

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Day-Two Update: The Michigan Corvette Caravan readies for photo laps around the Indianapolis Speedway Wednesday morning (8/27/14).

So before he reached the Caron Chevrolet staging area in Marshall, Mich. more than two hours away, where the east (Matick Chevy), west and north (Graff Chevy) Michigan contingents of the Michigan Caravan met up, Zimmermann had to pull off I-94 for gas.

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On the road!

While trying to catch up with the caravan, he ran into highway construction delays and decided to take a different route, passing his alma mater (Albion College) on the way to Marshall. “Another fun part of this adventure was seeing scenic Michigan in an iconic American car on old country roads and cruising by my old college.”

So how does he rate the new Stingray?

“It’s unbelievable. Its capabilities … its refinements, its touch points, its performance … its accommodations in five different driving modes is just exceptional. I enjoyed four of the modes and found them very nice,” he said.

“Plus, I was able to make several business calls along the way. The Bluetooth quality of experience talking hands-free with the top down while driving on the expressway is outstanding. And then the new large-screen navigation system is just fantastic.”

Matick Chevy’s multi-million-dollar renovation added to the excitement for Zimmermann. “Leaving our 13-acre campus all shiny and new as the caravan pulled out was a sight to behold. Everything looked beautiful as Redford Township Police escorted our leader, Larry Courtney, and the caravan onto the highway."

“Looking forward and backwards in my rear-view mirror on the road … wow … what a thrill to see that extended column of Corvettes stretching out in the distance. The more than two-hour ride from Matick Chevy to Caron Chevy gave me time to think about how thankful I am for Corvettes, Chevrolet, our customers and a great staff back at the dealership taking care of business while I’m out here having some fun.”

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Michigan Corvette Caravan members gather for the second-leg meeting for their trip to Indianapolis.

The Caron Chevrolet gathering point for the Michigan Caravan also provided Zimmermann a chance to see Larry Courtney, the Michigan/Indiana/Western Kentucky Caravan captain, in action. “The staging site was exciting and it took more than 10 minutes to get all the Corvettes back on the interstate. I came to appreciate Larry and the affection so many Corvette owners have for this guy. He takes a thankless leadership position in the Corvette community, especially in organizing all these fun events for so many. He does it all so wonderfully and remains pleasant the entire time. Corvette owners just love him.”

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Larry Courtney detailed activities planned for the group's overnight in Indianapolis.

What’s next for Zimmermann?

“I’m looking forward to spending more time in a Corvette … yea the incredible C7s  … and hopefully being involved in a longer caravan in the future. I'm enjoying this special Corvette community more and more!”

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The Michigan Corvette Caravan Winds Its Way To The National Corvette Museum Celebration

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It’s just minutes before some 100 ‘Vettes will roll out of George Matick Chevrolet and hit the highway, bound for Kentucky.

"Let's roll," shouted Michigan Captain Larry Courtney. With that, the Michigan delegation in the 5th National Corvette Caravan began its multi-day road trip adventure to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

Of the thousands of Corvettes from around the United States traveling to the museum today in the National Corvette Caravan, at last 100 departed this morning from the sparkling, newly renovated George Matick Chevrolet in Redford Township, Mich. ‘Vette owners from Michigan, Ontario and beyond converged here with friends, spouses, fellow drivers and others for a hearty send-off breakfast party. 

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Mark Barton of Orlando, Fla., and Al Stone of Ludington, Mich., longtime friends, get ready to hit the highway in Mark’s beauty.

This 5th National Corvette Caravan celebrates the 20th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum, located near GM's sole Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green. There are some 26 other caravans — totaling about 4,500 Corvettes — from states around the country participating in the big event.

Matick Chevy is a sponsor of the 2014 Michigan Caravan and one of the nation's top Chevy dealers. The colorful kaleidoscope of zippy vehicles ribboned its way out of the dealership and onto I-94 to a gathering point at Caron Chevrolet in Marshall, Mich.

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Happy trails to these two from Ontario, rollin’ in a true classic!

There, the Matick Chevy delegation teamed up with more Corvettes from western and northern Michigan. The northern delegation started at Graff Chevrolet near Flint, Mich.

This combined Michigan Corvette Caravan, more than 160 cars strong, headed out to meet the Indiana contingent in Indianapolis tonight, where the caravan has special events planned at the Indianapolis Speedway tomorrow and at Churchill Downs, Ky., on Thursday. The Corvette owners will get a photograph of their car crossing the speedway's finish line.

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Corvette Caravan captain and coordinator Larry Courtney and his wife, Verna, prepare for departure in their U.S. flag-wrapped stunner.

The Michigan, Indiana and West Kentucky Caravan, lead by Captain Larry Courtney of Warren, Mich., will join with the other national caravans on Thursday for three more days (Aug. 28-30) of Corvette-related activities, speakers, competitions and tours at the National Corvette Museum.

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Ira and Billie Hill sign the commemorative Caravan banner, which will hang at Matick Chevrolet.

Some of the Corvette aficionados at Matick today included Ira and Billie Hill of Southfield. They pulled out in their dark metallic 2002 C5. “The C5 was the model that had increased horsepower,” said Billie. “I believe it’s the best made so far of all the Corvettes; it’s too early to see the results of the C7.”

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Matick Chevrolet GM Molly Williams directs the parade of ‘Vettes as they enter parking lot.

Meanwhile, Joe Sabelli and Tom Wissing, from America’s Corvette Club, are hitting the highway in a 1964 beauty. Florida’s Mark Barton joined his lifelong friend, Al Stone, formerly of Redford, Mich, and now living in Ludington, Mich. “The last caravan we did together was in 1999,” Mark said, after spending time with local newspaper reporters and photographers.

The pals are driving off in Barton’s second Corvette, which he purchased in 2008, opting for a special “Museum Delivery,” which meant he enjoyed all the bells and whistles when picking up his Velocity Yellow stunner. “They had our names in lights as we drove up to get it,” Mark recalled of the exciting pick-up day in Kentucky at the museum, right across from the plant where it was made. “The museum delivery was I think $500, and it was money well spent.”

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Les and Chris Langenderfer of Shelby Township wave hello as they arrive for the activities.

Les and Chris Langenderfer of Shelby Township, Mich., also attended, joining folks such as Claudia and Dan Warmus of Sterling Heights, Mich. The Warmuses were more than happy to attend the event in their brand-new C7 that they won in a Corvette Museum raffle on Aug. 14. “We entered for $150 and look what we won,” they said, beaming about their new vehicle. “We were number 503 in a total of 1,500 entrants.”

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Claudia and Dan Warmus of Sterling Heights, Mich., won this C7 on Aug. 14 in a Corvette Museum raffle.

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Pat Bean awaits her driver, Stephen Bean.

Pat Bean, who purchased her spiffy C7 from Matick Chevy, was also excited to get the "show on the road."

Also in attendance was Police Officer Scott Ivey of Redford Township. A former ‘Vette owner (he was crazy about his 1996 Collector’s Edition Sebring Silver ‘Vette), he certainly understood the anticipation swirling about during the event. He joined four other police officers who all helped to usher and escort the lengthy, colorful caravan onto the highway.

"It's a truly fascinating event," said Caravan Captain Courtney. "We've put a lot of time into this and probably started the planning, well, back at least two years ago. We're fortunate to have Matick as a sponsor; they put on a great event."

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Ladies ‘n Gents … start your engines! 

Courtney had earlier been interviewed by legendary broadcaster and Corvette owner Frank Beckmann for a WJR-AM radio segment about the event.

As the various contingents joined each other, the revving pack grew larger, with anticipation growing by the mile. Check back here through Sunday (8/31) for updates on this exciting and memorable 'Vette adventure.

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Anxious participants can’t wait to get behind the wheel for days of caravan-ing fun!
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Fill ‘Er Up: Dozens of drivers fuel up on a great breakfast at Matick Chevrolet before pointing their ‘Vettes in a westerly direction.
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The newly renovated Matick Chevy dealership hosted the 2014 Michigan Caravan for breakfast and a happy send-off.
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News reporters and photographers await the revving of the engines.
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Jessica Paciorek, who works with Chevy enthusiasts from all over, prepares to hand out gifts to Caravan attendees.
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Corvette lovers get ready for the Caravan send-off.

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They're off! The Matick Chevy staff ensured that participants were well fed and ready to roll!

Photos by Robert Brodbeck Photography.




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America’s Supercar: 2015 Corvette Z06 Starts At $78,995

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The 2015 Corvette Z06 will deliver unprecedented levels of aerodynamic downforce.

From Chevrolet News, Aug. 22, 2014

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – the most powerful and technologically advanced model in the iconic car’s 62-year history – will be offered at a suggested retail price of $78,995 while the convertible model will start at $83,995, Chevrolet announced today.

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2015 Corvette Z06 engine.

“The 2015 Corvette Z06’s performance and technical capabilities place it in the elite fraternity of supercars,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager. “Very few cars in the world deliver 650 horsepower, true aerodynamic downforce, carbon fiber and performance technologies such as Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management and an electronic limited slip differential – and none gives the driver a transmission choice or the choice of a coupe with a removable roof panel or a full-power-top convertible.”

Leveraging learnings from the Corvette Racing program, the $2,995 Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package enables the Corvette Z06 to produce true aerodynamic downforce for increased stability at high speeds. The package adds a functional carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber rocker panels and a larger rear spoiler.

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For 2015 model year, Chevrolet offers four Corvette models, including the Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible, delivering up to 460 hp and 29 mpg, and the Corvette Z06 coupe and convertible, which deliver at least 625 hp and 635 lb-ft of torque.

For the ultimate performance, the Z07 Performance Package is available for $7,995, adding Brembo carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors that improve braking performance and contribute to better handling through reduced unsprung weight. The Z07 package adds adjustable front and rear aerodynamic components to the Carbon Fiber Ground Effects package for unprecedented aerodynamic downforce and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires for enhanced grip.

“The Z07 performance package enhances overall performance to make the Corvette Z06 one of the most track-capable cars you can buy off the dealership floor and still drive it to work every day,” said Charles.

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2015 Corvette front view.

Z06 models are offered in 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ trims. A range of available features enables customers to tailor the look and feel of their Z06, including:

  • Premium Package with leather-wrapped interior
  • Aero-enhancing carbon fiber ground effects package
  • Performance Data Recorder and navigation
  • Competition sport seats offered in leather or sueded microfiber
  • Carbon fiber interior trim and carbon fiber convertible tonneau cover inserts
  • Visible carbon fiber roof panel (Coupe)
  • Tintcoat exterior colors, several available wheel finishes and several available brake caliper colors.

Most powerful, technologically advanced Corvette ever

The Z06 rejoins the Corvette lineup for 2015 with a stronger aluminum frame than previous models, an aero package designed to produce performance-enhancing downforce and an all-new, supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine rated at an SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) and 650 lb-ft of torque (881 Nm).

That makes it the most powerful production car ever from General Motors and one of the most powerful production cars available in the United States.

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An interior view of the 2015 Corvette Z06.

To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray – direct injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing – and leverages them with a new, more efficient supercharger. Combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction, they help make the new Z06 surprisingly efficient.

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The 2015 Corvette Z06 console.

The Corvette Z06 also leverages other technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray, including the strategic use of lightweight materials and advanced driver technologies, with calibrations tailored for its capabilities. The aluminum frame structure, for example, is 20 percent stiffer than the previous, fixed-roof Z06.

Additional technologies support the car’s tremendous performance capabilities and enhance the driving experience, including:

  • Third-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers are standard and can be adjusted for touring comfort or maximum track performance via the standard Driver Mode Selector
  • Performance Traction Management is available in the Track mode of the Drive Mode Selector and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving
  • Launch control is available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration
  • An electronic limited-slip differential, also standard equipment on Z06, adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions with more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes.
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The all-new, 2015 Corvette Z06 will be one of the most capable convertibles on the market, offering at least 625 hp, 0-60 acceleration in under 3.5 seconds, true aerodynamic downforce, and available performance hardware including carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

The Z06 offers three increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce:

  • The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and an aggressive rear spoiler.
  • The available carbon-fiber aero package – in either carbon flash paint or a visible carbon-fiber finish – adds a carbon-fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill, which combine to create true aerodynamic downforce
  • The available Z07 package adds larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler for track use. With this package, the Corvette Z06 delivers the most aerodynamic downforce of any production car GM has tested.
  • Drivers can monitor the Z06’s performance without taking their eyes off the road via a standard color head-up display that, among the range of performance readouts, displays a g-meter in Track mode.
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2015 Corvette rear view.

The Z06 also offers the award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder – or PDR – which enables users to record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their driving experiences on and off the track. The racing-derived system is included with the available navigation system.

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“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 
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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)


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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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