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- motorcontributor at Open Road7 mths ago
The Chevrolet Corvette has been thrilling drivers since 1953. Chevrolet is introducing the seventh generation of this legend in the 2014 model year. From 1963 to 1967, the Corvette Sting Ray was spelled with two words. It became the Stingray from 1969 through 1976. In 2014, this model is returning to the original Sting Ray spelling. To fully appreciate the Corvette, look at a brief history of where this vehicle began.
First Generation 1953 to 1962 Chevrolet introduced the first generation of the Corvette in 1953. General Motors only produced 300 of this first edition masterpiece. The body was fiberglass and the vehicle was designed as a concept car. The engine produced 150 horsepower and used a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. In 1958, the Corvette, designed by Chuck Jordan, featured dual headlights and twin chrome spears on the trunk.
On June 1 st the Boys Republic, a private school for at-risk boys and girls in Chino, CA hosted The Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show. The school’s most famous alumnus, Steve McQueen, said the time he spent at the campus turned his life around. For the rest of his life, McQueen remained close to the Boys Republic and become one of its most generous benefactors.
Each summer, as a celebration of the famous actor’s love of automobiles and motorcycles, the Boys Republic hosts the car show in order to raise money for the campus. This year’s car show was themed after the famed classic film, The Great Escape, and included an exciting reenactment of the escape itself, complete with a daring motorcycle jump. Covering the school’s expansive lawns were several hundred classic cars and motorcycles, many of which were related to McQueen himself, such as a mint condition 1958 Porsche Speedster he raced, which his son Chad McQueen owns today, and a recreation of the Triumph 650 TT Special Steve rode in The Great Escape.
For car enthusiasts, the first signs of local cruise-ins are the signal that summer is coming. Going to local events is a guaranteed Good Friday evening or Saturday afternoon. If you're lucky, hitting the road for a car show and road trip will make your summer spectacular. Start out on the west coast and work your way east; there are plenty of shows waiting for you.
Roseville, California: Antique Trove Summer Car Show Series This event is being held on multiple Sundays: July 21, August 18 and September 15. Admission is free and you can even enjoy free barbeque with soda and chips. The show is held at 236 Harding Boulevard in Roseville. The event starts at 9 a.m. each Sunday and runs until 2 p.m. In addition to classics and antiques, the show has custom cars and hot rods.
You might never own your own race park like Tony George or play chicken on the track like Lewis Hamilton, but that doesn't mean you can't indulge your raceway fantasies at some of the most famous raceways in the country. From professional classes to family outings, each of these parks has something unique to offer.
1. Indianapolis Motor Speedway
It might be a cliché, but most clichés developed that reputation for a reason. If you've never traveled to Speedway, Indiana, now is definitely the time to realize that dream. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is arguably the most well-known venue of its kind, offering a museum and a racing experience two-seat ride. Don't forget to visit the top of the Pagoda so you can really appreciate the entire facility.
2. Road Atlanta