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    Cool GM Officially Announces it will be announcing C8

    GM posted the following on their facebook page today

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    And provide a sign up form for being kept in the loop

    https://www.chevrolet.com/upcoming-v...ation-corvette


    So the reveal event will be on July 18, 2019 for those who are interested.
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    Hey Jeff - since we now have learned that the STINGRAY nameplate will live on with the C8 - it seems that STINGRAYFORUMS has new life!
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    Coming from a never satisfied audience member here...next question: Where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer_X View Post
    Hey Jeff - since we now have learned that the STINGRAY nameplate will live on with the C8 - it seems that STINGRAYFORUMS has new life!
    Actually I don't think that Stingray has been confirmed by GM as being used for the C8 (though I could be wrong). As for new life, fortunately our forum seems to be reasonably steady in the addition of both new members and new sponsors. I guess it will be up to the site owners and admin as to whether they will broaden our forum to be both the 7th generation and the 8th generation Corvette forum.
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    I saw this article in the Detroit Free Press. Only the taillights are hidden in the accompanying video, while the rest of the car has a camo wrap, rather than a camo tarp on it. I also noticed an array of LEDs in the headliner, which helps illuminate the car's occupants.

    The author speculates about pricing of the C8, which has already been done on these pages, but he does make a good point about the C7 continuing in production, which opens up some room to have the C8 priced at a higher level.
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    C7 is definitely ending before C8 production starts. The author in that article is flat out wrong about the C7 probably continuing. GM officially told us this week that they are auctioning off, in the June 28th Barrett Jackson auction, the rights to the last C7.

    Quote Originally Posted by media.GM
    Auction of Final Seventh Generation Corvette To Benefit Siller Tunnel To Tower Foundations!

    Sale to help veterans and first responder families, pave way for Next Gen Corvette

    2019-04-11

    General Motors will auction the final production seventh generation Chevrolet Corvette this summer, with the proceeds benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

    The announcement, along with confirmation of the Next Generation Corvette’s development, was made this evening by General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, who was honored at the foundation’s annual Footsteps to the Future Gala in New York.

    “GM, GMC and Chevrolet support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its commitment to injured and fallen military members, first responders and their families,” said Barra. “The sale of this iconic Corvette will help the foundation continue its good work, and pave the way for the Next Generation Corvette that we will introduce on July 18.”

    The final seventh gen Corvette — a black 2019 Z06 model — will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in Connecticut June 28. Registration information is available at www.barrett-jackson.com.

    Every dollar of the winning bid will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named for New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who died during the Sept. 11 attacks.

    The foundation builds mortgage-free, accessible smart homes for the most catastrophically injured service members and helps pay off the mortgages for families of first responders killed in the line of duty. More information is available at www.tunnel2towers.org.

    “The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation thanks GM, GMC and Chevrolet for supporting the brave men and women of our armed forces and our first responders,” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO. “This generous gift will help us provide more injured veterans with the independence they deserve.”

    For the past five years, GMC has supported the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation as its national foundation of choice. In that time, it has helped the foundation raise more than $10 million. That includes $2.2 million raised last year, with $925,000 of it coming from the auction of the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1. It was purchased by Chevrolet dealer and NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale.

    Other money has come from employee donations and events across the country such as 5K Tunnel to Towers races and other activities sponsored by GMC dealers.

    GM is committed to helping those who have given so much for their country. GM’s current and retired workforce includes 60,000 veterans.
    https://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/...1-auction.html

    The C8 will definitively, because there will be no more C7 after its end of its production this summer, have to be priced very low. As Bob Lutz has said twice, “expect version for version, a C8 to cost a little more than the C7.”

    I am hearing Tadge say at the 1.181.9 reveal, “if you can afford a C7 Grand Sport, you can afford a C8.”
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    Engineering must be hustling along quickly on the electrical and making it's butt stronger to not break the glass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnu View Post
    Engineering must be hustling along quickly on the electrical and making it's butt stronger to not break the glass!


    I'm not worried about either of those uncorroborated rumors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noxqq View Post
    Coming from a never satisfied audience member here...next question: Where?
    My bet is that GM will hold the C8 unveiling at the National Corvette Museum, with some interesting displays and track events at the NCM Motorsports Park.

    The July 18th reveal is intended to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission (i.e., the 1st lunar landing with Neil Armstrong), and the NCM currently has an ongoing display honoring NASA.

    The Apollo Astronauts loved their Corvettes!

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    Thanks Mobius. There is currently at NCM, an exhibit tying the Corvettes with the astronauts in previous days, with a title of something like “From Gas Station to Space Station.”

    Here’s one video.



    At the BASH, we are going to tour that exhibit.

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    FROM GAS STATION TO SPACE STATION: NASA EXHIBIT NOW OPEN

    February 14, 2019

    On July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong made his way down the ladder of the Lunar Module. He looked down to see that the foot pad at the bottom of the ladder had sunk an inch or two into the fine powder of the Moon’s surface, further confirming that the landing site was stable. He stepped down on to the pad, firmly gripping the handrail, and then made sure he could get back up to that first rung. The strut hadn’t compressed on landing as fully as expected, which led to a 32-inch span that had to be cleared to get back up on the ladder. With only one-sixth of the gravity of Earth holding him down however, he found that the jump was easy enough to make, even in the 25-layer space suit.

    As he stood on the precipice of the event that would define human achievement, he looked out over the lunar landscape. The chatter from Mission Control ended while the world waited for him to take that famous first step.

    “Okay. I’m going to step off the LM now,” he announced.

    He then stepped onto the Moon to become the first human to set foot on extraterrestrial soil.

    He has said that he hadn’t decided on his first words until after the Eagle had landed. Over 238,000 miles away, 550 million people back home on the planet Earth watched the grainy images of history being made, listening intently for what he would say.

    “That’s one small step for … man; one giant leap for mankind.”

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that epic achievement in human history, the National Corvette Museum, in conjunction with NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center, have put together an exhibit that will inspire and remind us that no goal is too far out of reach. The exhibit is called From Gas Station to Space Station: How NASA Conquered Low-Earth Orbit.

    With Mars being the next giant leap for mankind, conquering low earth orbit is key to making that happen. Through the experiments and lessons learned on our journeys to the moon, along with all we’ve discovered from the Space Shuttle program, Skylab, and the International Space Station, we are already preparing for that next epic adventure. This exhibit explores the ongoing quest for interplanetary travel.

    NCM Curator, Derek E. Moore, is looking forward to sharing this story with visitors to the Museum. “This exhibit shows where we’ve gone since going to the moon and tells the story of where that transformative moment in history has led us,” Derek says. “We’ll be looking at some stories about how one becomes an astronaut and look into how we landed on the moon, and how that is leading us into the future.”

    Derek is happy to also highlight a local connection to space travel. “Western Kentucky University has been kind enough to loan us Terry Wilcutt’s actual flight suit, helmet, boots and glove. Col. Wilcutt actually went to Naval Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) and he has been on four Space Shuttle missions. Getting to see these artifacts up close will give our guests another fascinating look at this history.”

    To do this celebration properly in National Corvette Museum style, we decided to take it a step further and spotlight the fascinating connection between the space program and America’s sports car.

    It’s no surprise to anyone that those people who push the envelope in performance aircraft and rockets would want to drive high-performance cars when Earth-bound. For many, the natural choice was Corvette. Alan Shepard started the trend when he drove a 1957 Corvette to the astronaut training base. Later, when he became the first American to travel in space on May 5, 1961, GM President Ed Cole gave him a new Corvette to honor his accomplishment.

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    Many believe that GM continued to hand out Corvettes to astronauts, but this was not the case. It was former Indy 500 winner, turned Florida Cadillac/Corvette dealer, Jim Rathmann, who perpetuated and cultivated this association by offering a lease agreement for $1 to astronauts. Many of them from the Mercury Program thru Apollo 12 took Jim up on his offer, forever forging a connection between Corvette and the space program.

    “Rathmann just got it,” Derek says. “Being a bit of a thrill seeker himself as an accomplished race car driver, he saw Corvette as the perfect car for people who live on the edge. The sleek and fast look of the Corvette went with the personalities of the astronauts, while the power and reactive way that Corvettes handled, appealed to those who have been test pilots and fighter pilots. The fact that it is America’s sports car just completes the picture. Rathmann’s forward thinking on this wound up promoting Corvette at a time when the space age was in full throttle. To honor that aspect of the story, we’re bringing in a few of those cars as well.”

    “We also plan to tell the story of Betty Skelton, who had a fascinating role when it comes to Corvette and those early days of the space program. Most Corvette fans already know that she liked to push the limits and that she was a real pioneer in challenging so many male dominated roles. She did it by doing, setting land speed records, paving the way for women in auto racing, aviation and even astronautics. In fact, she became the first woman to go through NASA’s rigorous physical and psychological tests. These were the same tests used to qualify the Mercury 7 Astronauts. She did it to prove that it could be done by a woman. On the cover of LOOK magazine, there she was in a pressure suit and a helmet, next to the headline “Should a Girl be First in Space?” Who knows how many women that Betty has inspired by her example? We hope this exhibit will encourage everyone in the school groups that come through the Museum, to go after their dreams too, and literally reach for the stars.”

    To learn more about this story, please make plans to go through From Gas Station to Space Station: How NASA Conquered Low Earth Orbit, now in the Exhibit Hall running February 14th – June 30th, 2019.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elegant View Post
    C7 is definitely ending before C8 production starts. The author in that article is flat out wrong about the C7 probably continuing. GM officially told us this week that they are auctioning off, in the June 28th Barrett Jackson auction, the rights to the last C7.

    The C8 will definitively, because there will be no more C7 after its end of its production this summer, have to be priced very low. As Bob Lutz has said twice, “expect version for version, a C8 to cost a little more than the C7.”

    I am hearing Tadge say at the 1.181.9 reveal, “if you can afford a C7 Grand Sport, you can afford a C8.”
    Well, it looks like I was correct all those years ago. I said over, and over, and over that the C8 prices would be the C7 prices+inflation, but most people didn't believe me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdslon01 View Post
    Well, it looks like I was correct all those years ago. I said over, and over, and over that the C8 prices would be the C7 prices+inflation, but most people didn't believe me.
    To paraphrase the old E.F. Hutton commercial: When Rodney talks, I listen.
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    The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that the actual design has to differ from what we are seeing in camouflage today. GM won't produce a vehicle with a weird triangle protrusion sticking out from the door, will it? That thing looks lethal with the door open. When Mary Barra opened the door and stepped out, all I could think about was all the people and bikes who are going to smack into it.

    I must be wrong but it just strikes me as so odd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1962 View Post
    The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that the actual design has to differ from what we are seeing in camouflage today. GM won't produce a vehicle with a weird triangle protrusion sticking out from the door, will it? That thing looks lethal with the door open. When Mary Barra opened the door and stepped out, all I could think about was all the people and bikes who are going to smack into it.

    I must be wrong but it just strikes me as so odd.
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    I fully agree Dave1962. As a matter of fact, if you watch the video with Tadge opening the door for Mary, he does it very cautiously/gingerly when he reaches under the 'flying wing' on the door.
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