Let’s Keep ’em Rolling, Guys
If you’ve been worried about that new Stingray you ordered ever since learning that workers at the Corvette plant have been considering walking off the job, there’s good news: After voting to authorize a strike last week at the Kentucky facility, it appears local union officials are making progress in meetings with General Motors and international UAW officials to get their issues resolved.
Well, you can add the first retail model of the 2015 Corvette Z06 to the coveted car collection of motorsports king, Rick Hendrick. The chairman of the Hendrick Automotive Group paid $1 million for the car at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Florida this past weekend. Not that it really should come as a big surprise: Mr. Hendrick, an avid Corvette enthusiast, also paid $1 million for the first production model of the 2014 Stingray last year at a Barrett-Jackson auction.
I knew the interior of the new Corvette Stingray would be impressive when I first heard General Motors Design Chief, Ed Welburn rave over it before the car’s official debut last year; however, I’m not even sure Welburn imagined the C7’s cockpit would get as much praise as it’s getting now.
It looks like the wait for that new Stingray you ordered could get a little longer if officials at the Corvette plant can’t come to a resolution on some issues. Members of the UAW Local 2164, which represents the 800 workers who assemble the new Stingray at the Kentucky plant, have voted to authorize a strike over complaints of mistreatment, safety concerns and a few other issues, according to news reports.
I’m not sure if you’ve had a chance to catch the new Captain America movie yet, which features the Black Widow driving a C7, but it’s certainly worth that 3D ticket price … and those expensive snacks at the theater that border on legalized extortion. In fact, my only real complaint is that the all-black Corvette driven by Scarlett Johansson who stars as the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the film, didn’t get more screen time with the actress.