Tag: Rick Tavel

Corvette History through Ads: Europe Blinked

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Obviously the same government regulations that impeded straight-line performance for the fourth generation of America’s sports car also limited competitors cars as well. Dave McLellan, Corvette’s chief engineer from 1975 until his retirement in 1992, understood the impact strict CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) and safety government regulations dictated, and though challenging, he recognized that […] More »

  Comments | By - October 2, 2013

Corvette History through Ads: Rave Reviews


With government regulations increasing pressure on car manufacturers to meet ever tightening standards in both CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) and safety, Dave McLellan knew the fourth generation Corvette would have to blaze new trails to remain at the top of the performance heap. But the very definition of performance had to be revised due […] More »

  Comments | By - September 25, 2013

Corvette History Through Ads: World’s Most Technologically Advanced Car


The most successful Corvette to date, the C3, ended production in 1982, completing an unheard of 14 year model run and opening the door for the long overdue C4. The C3’s chassis is even older dating to 1963, the beginning of the second generation Corvette. The all new fourth generation Corvette was originally scheduled to […] More »

  Comments | By - September 18, 2013

Corvette History through Ads: Mission Accomplished

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The curtain was falling on the most successful generation in Corvette’s history. More third generation Corvettes were sold than any other generation, a title still held with 542,861 cars sold. The third generation was also the longest running body style, being produced for fifteen years. It was a generation of extremes and contradictions, a generation […] More »

  Comments | By - September 11, 2013

My Generation: Our Tribute Cars

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For Corvette owners in northern climes the anxiety meter is beginning the annual upward move in anticipation of summer’s end, the onset of fall and inevitable, impending winter when our cars get bundled up and put away in storage. The angst in many ways reminds me of my childhood when the ten week summer vacation […] More »

  Comments | By - September 5, 2013

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