If you’re looking for your Corvette ‘fix,’ then Carlisle is the place to be this weekend. Here, you’ll see more than 5000 Vettes from all generations of this 60th anniversary classic. Two of the standouts this year are:
This 1963 Corvette was ordered specially, minus paint, by speedboat racer Bob Nosrdskog. Initially, the car was shipped to George Barris, the King of Custom cars, so he could perform some of his customization magic. The car he eventually delivered was radically different than the one he received. Here are some of the modifications:
- Extended the nose cone and positioned headlights behind the bladed grille,
- Created custom headers that exited behind the front wheels,
- Removed the split window,
- Filled the rear tail panel, and
- Opened up the rear wheel wells to allow for the installation of big wheels.
Finally, the car was painted a blindingly bright metallic copper, making it appear to be both on fire when in the sunlight, and moving at a high rate of speed while standing still. No wonder, the car was dubbed the Asteroid.
Corvette Rondine Concept Car
Built for the Paris Auto Show in 1963, this one-of-a-kind one-off Corvette Rondine concept car was on display since its inception until 2008 at the Pininfarina Museum in Italy. It was then sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for a cool $1.6 million. This Corvette, which was based on the 1963 Corvette C2 chassis, but with a classic Pininfarina body, is the only steel-bodied Corvette ever created. It has a 4-speed transmission, and its 327 cu-in V8 delivers 360 horsepower.
More Exciting Events Planned
Other exciting events during this Carlisle Corvettes weekend are:
- Corvette Technician Seminars,
- Test Rides
- Burnout Competition,
- Onsite dyno machine,
- Installations of aftermarket Vette accessories, and
- Discussions with onsite Corvette Engineers.
Some renowned Experts in attendance are:
- Dave McLellan, chief engineer for Corvette from 1975 until his retirement in 1992,
- Peter Brock, designer and author within the automotive hobby, and
- Wil Cooksey, who has the record of being the longest running Corvette plant manager in Corvette history.
As expected, the many 2014 Corvettes are drawing quite a crowd, as everyone jockeys for their position to closely inspect one of these new Corvettes. And, of course, there’s always the car corral and swap meet that brings thousands of people back to Carlisle year after year.