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The all-new 2014 Corvette Stingrays have arrived here at Jerry’s Chevrolet. Not every Chevrolet dealer was awarded the opportunity to sell these new cars. Jerry’s Chevrolet is honored to be amongst the selected few. To celebrate their arrival we held a private viewing of the cars on the evening of Friday, October 11. We also invited the public to see the cars the following day on Saturday, October 12. For the unveiling we had not one but FOUR new Stingrays on display! The feature cars of this impressive display were: a Cyber Gray/Adrenaline Red Z51 Coupe 3LT – seven speed manual, a Blade Silver/Jet Black Z51 Coupe 2LT – paddle shift automatic, a Torch Red/Adrenaline Red Z51 Coupe 2LT – paddle shift automatic, and a Velocity Yellow/Jet Black Coupe 2LT – paddle shift automatic.
I want to thank all of the car owners for allowing us to share their cars with everyone. By now you may have seen some these owners out enjoying their new cars on the road. One of the cars you won’t see on the streets was sent to its new owner in California – Vic Edelbrock. It will be the first E-Force Supercharged Stingray in the world. It will be unveiled to everyone at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas during the 1st week of November. Soon we will have Edelbrock E-Force Superchargers available for installation for people who believe 460 HP just isn’t enough in their new Stingray.
On Friday the 13th of August, we asked our many customers and friends to join us again for a day of fun on the race track. This year we visited Motorsport Park Hastings (MPH) in Hastings, NE. MPH is a 150 acre mecca for the car enthusiast. The heart of MPH is the 2.15 mile, 13 turn race track with 3 long straight-a-ways. The corners offer a variety of different radii and angles for a wide range of cornering speeds. The long straights are long enough for high speed thrills and passing opportunities. What started out as a dream on a napkin in a local restaurant with a few friends, became a reality in 2006 when renowned track designer Alan Wilson designed this beautiful road course. In February of 2009, Forbes.com named MPH one of the “Best Places to Speed Legally in the United States.”
Our event began on Thursday night with a special invitation from, George Anderson, the managing partner of MPH for a dinner at the Guardrail Club catered by Murphy’s Bar from downtown Hastings. The Guardrail club is a clubhouse located on the final turn of the track. After dinner, George allowed everyone to take parade laps on the track with passengers. Guests were also treated to a special tour of the Klatt Motorsports car museum.
I just returned from the 13th Annual Sand Hills Open Road Challenge (SORC) in Arnold, NE. I was there for the inaugural event in 2001 with 34 drivers from 17 states. Today the event sells out its 120 grid positions on the first day. This year saw 122 drivers take the grid representing 27 states and Canada. This is simply amazing for a town whose population is only 597 people. Where else but at the SORC can you see a Corvette ZR1 parked next to a Ferrari 458 and Lamborghini Aventador?
The racing events started Thursday with the Loup to Loup race which runs on a 2 lane county road from Halsey, NE (population 76) to Purdum, NE (population 21). The road is 12 miles in length and is run up and back. Despite the short length there are 25 corners. A total of 67 cars started the race running classes from 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, and 110 MPH averages. My father and I were the first car off the line in my 2009 Corvette ZR1 in the 80 MPH class. Our 1st leg went off smoothly, but later a car in the 95 MPH class ran off course due to encountering heavy rain on the north end. As a safety precaution the race was red flagged so the 100 MPH and faster classed were not scored during the 1st leg of the race. Once the rain had cleared and every car had safely completed the 1st leg we staged to begin the return 2nd leg of the race. Before we could begin it started to rain at the south end of the course adding further drama and suspense. After a short delay, the rain quit and once again my father and I were the first car off for the 2nd leg of the race. We were warned that there would be caution flags flying near the finish line due to slippery conditions. Much to our surprise the course was safe and dry near the finish line. We finished 2nd overall in class behind Fred Schneider from Beemer, NE in his 1961 Corvette.
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I just returned from this year’s Black Hills Corvette Classic. This year’s event was particularly special because I convinced my friend’s at Chevrolet to bring out the all new Corvette Stingray. Although most people have seen it in photos, very few have had the chance to actually see it in person. I want to thank Brad Thatcher from GM who took his personal vacation time to bring the new Stingray to the event. Brad and his wife Ann left Detroit travelling to Yellowstone for their vacation. They planned their vacation route so they could be in Spearfish, SD to be a part of the Black Hills Corvette Classic. By the time Brad and Ann arrived at the Spearfish Holiday Inn on Thursday they had driven the new Stingray approximately 2500 miles in six days! Brad shared with me his impressions of the all new Stingray,“ Barry all you need to do is give your customers 5 minutes in this car and they will never want to get in their old car again.” These were very strong words. Brad has been involved with the Corvette group since the C5 days. In fact, he drove the all new C6 Corvette to the event in the summer of 2004, the first C6 Z06 to the event the following year and then the first C6 ZR1 in the summer of 2008. Brad is no stranger to Corvettes having driven the best Corvettes on the road and the track. His opinions certainly carry a lot of weight and show that the all new Stingray truly is something very special.
The car Brad was driving was a 2014 Corvette Stingray 2LT in Crystal Red Metallic with Jet Black Leather interior and a 7-Speed Manual Transmission. Brad spent most of his vacation driving in the car with its Drive Mode Selector in Eco mode. This mode optimizes the car’s fuel economy. Although the car is officially rated at 29 MPG on the highway, Brad was able to beat this quite easily. He shared with me photos of the car’s average MPG – once during a drive across I-80 in Nebraska running slightly above the posted speed limit – 36.5 MPG. His best was coming down out of the mountains to Spearfish – 41.5 MPG. His worst fuel mileage was 31.5 MPG. This is simply amazing for a 455HP sports car that runs 0-60 in under 4 seconds!