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Corvette wins American Heritage award…

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

ProTeam’s ace mechanic, Billy Rodenhauser, participated and received the NCRS American Heritage award for ProTeam at the NCRS National Convention awards banquet on Thursday evening July 25th.

“It was fitting to have Billy receive the Heritage award for ProTeam.” Terry Michaelis, ProTeam president, commented on the long hours by ProTeam’s lead mechanic, “Billy was very involved in the 2011 forensic disassembly and inspection of the Lang race car remains prior to restoration.”

Billy travelled with Terry to the April 2013 Bowling Green, KY NCRS Regional where the car received its sign-off nomination. Billy left for Hampton, VA on July 20th with car in tow and participated in the five day NCRS National event and then towed the car back in time to be placed on the show field on July 27th at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan.

The AMERICAN HERITAGE Award® was created by the National Corvette Restorers Society fifteen years ago in order to recognize Corvettes proven historically significant with regard to the marque’s legacy. These cars by their nature fall outside of the NCRS judging criteria, cars like GM styling and GM experimental. As for vintage race cars, they must have actual race history and be presented in the race form. It is an exclusive club. Only two to three vehicles per year have been accepted with only 36 Corvettes having received this award.

ProTeam found the famed Lang Z06 Race Corvette remains in New Carlisle, Ohio from the third owner who bought this car in 1977 for $250.00.

Terry Michaelis added, “We found it. We researched it. We oversaw the restoration. And now we are displaying the Corvette at many concours invitationals around the country, including the big one at Amelia Island, Florida. We will be rewarded when we decide to sell this significant Corvette as we have received offers close to one million dollars.”

In 1963 Lang and this Z06 first raced at the Daytona International weekend and by 1964, Dick Lang was the only Corvette driver among four Cobras in the top five standings. The legend had been solidified on those tracks and against the Cobra in the 1963 Corvette. Those challenges to the elite of the sport placed Corvette squarely as the face of America’s coming muscle car obsession.

Lang continued to race joining the DeLorenzo Owens-Corning team in 1969. The Z06 tanker Corvette lived life on and off the track for decades before being brought back to its better than new racing splendor by ProTeam and Nabers Restoration of Houston, Texas.

The ex-Dick Lang Z06 Tanker Race Car is on display in ProTeam’s world famous classic Corvette collection in Napoleon, Ohio. The inventory of 1953 to 2008 Corvettes is open to the public in climate controlled indoor showrooms. Many of these Corvettes have been beautifully restored to like-new condition and carry prestigious honors such as the Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight award, and the Triple Crown designation. ProTeam Corvette is recognized as the nation’s leader in classic Corvette sales, service & restoration selling an estimated 10,000+ Corvettes over the past four decades. Email: [email protected] or on the web: www.proteam-corvette.com

1963 Corvette Z06 Dick Lange Race Car

1963 Corvette Z06 Dick Lange Race Car

 

ProTeam Corvettes Go 3 for 3 at Bloomington Benchmark Judging

Monday, July 8th, 2013

ProTeam Corvettes won not one, not two, but three Benchmark awards at the June 2013 Bloomington Gold event held in Champaign, Illinois. This feat is a rare jewel among Corvette hobbyists and unheard of when considering they were judged from one collection in the same weekend.

Bloomingtongold.com defines the BENCHMARK Certification® as the ultimate standard for unrestored vehicles. Fewer than 200 Corvettes over that period have earned the right to the award since 1991 and for good reason.

BENCHMARK could just as easily be called the IRON MAN for the gauntlet the car must pass though in the short 48-hour period. To gain entry into the field, the Corvette must first be deemed at least 51% original, complete a road course, demonstrate its originality and then be called BLOOMINGTON SURVIVOR before moving onto GOLD judging. There the car must be judged (95%) alongside the pampered restored cars and then earn GOLD. This combination wins the elusive BLOOMINGTON GOLD BENCHMARK. A phenomenal success for three very special original unrestored Corvettes.

ProTeam’s world famous collection three Corvettes up to the task were a Red/Black 1963 Fuelie Z06 Split Window Coupe; a Daytona Blue 1963 Export Right Hand Drive Fuelie Z06 Split Window Coupe that was an ex-GM Holden show car that served duty at the Melbourne and Sydney Motor Shows in Australia; and a White/Green 435hp 1967 Convertible from Allen Green Chevrolet of Seattle, Washington.

A combination of low miles and a “massage” back to life by the ProTeam shop and these cars had little trouble on the road and through the operations checks. Note that this is no afternoon in the sun with the hushed tones and static displays of other shows. The BENCHMARK judging creates its own energy. If not by the atmosphere but by the people who live these cars. “These shows need more energy and I gave them my two dollars and two cents worth.” Terry Michaelis, ProTeam president, made this comment before his signature burnout as he approached the awards ceremony to the cheers of the spectators. “Burn baby burn!”

These three BENCHMARK Corvettes as well three barns of L88s, LS6s, muscle, and Sunday drivers are on display in ProTeam’s world famous classic Corvette collection in Napoleon, Ohio. The inventory of 1953 to 2008 Corvettes is open to the public in climate controlled indoor showrooms. Many of these Corvettes have been beautifully restored to like-new condition and carry prestigious honors such as the Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight award, and the Triple Crown designation. ProTeam Corvette is recognized as the nation’s leader in classic Corvette sales, service & restoration selling an estimated 10,000+ Corvettes over the past four decades. Email: [email protected] or on the web: www.proteam-corvette.com

2013 marked Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA’s 40th anniversary.  Bloomington Gold is the longest running continuous national Corvette event and it has set the standards by which other Corvette events are measured. For more information about Bloomington Gold go to BloomingtonGold.com or email [email protected]

 

ProTeam Classic Corvette world famous collection

ProTeam Corvette goes 3 for 3 in Bloomington Benchmark judging

ProTeam’s ex-Dick Lang Z06 Tanker Race Car Wins Awards at Ault Park Concours

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Napoleon, Ohio – - ProTeam’s 1963 ex-Dick Lang Tanker Race Car recently took home the Best in Class award, First Place award, and Special Display award at the 36th Annual Ault Park Concours held in Cincinnati June 9th.

The Ault Park Concours d’Elegance has earned the reputation as one of most prestigious shows in the country. The show features 13 classes of classic, vintage, and exotic cars. This year’s Concours honored a century of the Aston Martin and 60 years of the Corvette. Among the featured Corvettes were two 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupes from ProTeam’s world-famous collection.

Terry Michaelis, ProTeam president, reflected on the accolades from the weekend, “To be invited to Ault Park is an honor and testament to legendary driver Dick Lang and the history he made in this machine. The other awards (Best in Class and First Place) are an acknowledgement to the high quality concours restoration of this Corvette.”

ProTeam’s 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe was among the earliest “batched built” Z06 Corvettes that battled head to head against Shelby’s Cobras in the early 1960’s. Dick Lang was from Xenia, Ohio and one of the best Corvette drivers of that era racing throughout the Midwest, Central, Northeast, and Southeast regions of SCCA.

When this car and driver connected it was something very special!

In 1963 they first raced at the Daytona International weekend and by 1964, Dick Lang was the only Corvette driver among four Cobras in the top five standings. The legend had been solidified on those tracks and against the Cobra in the 1963 Corvette. Those challenges to the elite of the sport placed Corvette squarely as the face of America’s coming muscle car obsession.

Lang continued to race joining the DeLorenzo Owens-Corning team in 1969. The Z06 tanker Corvette lived life on and off the track for decades before being brought back to its better than new racing splendor by ProTeam and Nabers Restoration of Houston, Texas.

The ex-Dick Lang Z06 Tanker Race Car is on display in ProTeam’s world famous classic Corvette collection in Napoleon, Ohio. The inventory of 1953 to 2010 Corvettes is open to the public in climate controlled indoor showrooms. Many of these Corvettes have been beautifully restored to like-new condition and carry prestigious honors such as the Bloomington Gold Certification, NCRS Top Flight award, and the Triple Crown designation. ProTeam Corvette is recognized as the nation’s leader in classic Corvette sales, service & restoration selling an estimated 10,000+ Corvettes over the past four decades. Email: [email protected] or on the web: www.proteam-corvette.com

The Ault Park 37th Annual Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for the first weekend in June 2014 with proceeds of the event going to the Arthritis Foundation, Ohio River Valley Chapter. Email: [email protected] or on the web: www.ohioconcours.com

1963 Z06 takes its bow at Ault Park Concours awards ceremony

The Great Hall Class of 2013

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Ingenuity is the mother of invention…

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

as seen at Amelia Island 2013. A small leak did not sideline the 1963 RHD Z06 Export Corvette. Every old Mechanic is going to love this one.

1963 Z06 RHD Corvette | A Perfect Cigar Holder

A leak and a good bottle of wine…

Corvette Engine Sealed-up tight

Corvette Engine Needs a plug

A bottle of wine and cork

Did we mention it was a fine bottle? The cork a perfect fit

a trip to O'Reilly's for some ties and glue

Dick Langs 1963 Z06 was perfect for the errand

1963 RHD Z06 was ready for the Amelia Road Tour

1963 RHD Z06 was ready for the Amelia Road Tour

1963 RHD Z06 was ready for the Amelia Road Tour

1963 RHD Z06 was ready for the Amelia Road Tour

tMichaelis School of Ingenuity

 

Amelia Island Road Tour 2013…

Monday, March 11th, 2013

featured 2 Corvettes from the ProTeam World Famous Collection:

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe “Dick Lang’s Z06/Tanker Race Car, VIN #6553. 1 of the early “batched built” 1963 Z06 Corvettes that went to battle against Shelby’s Cobras.

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Export RH Drive Z06 Fuelie GM Show Car with 22,723 actual miles. Original. Unmolested. Big hit on the show field. Born on: 5/11/63. Delivered new for export to Australia. EXCELLENCE!

Great Weekend | Consummate Hosts | Old Friends | Great Atmosphere | Amelia Island Concours

Dick Lang's 1963 Corvette Z06/Tanker Race CarExport RH Drive Z06 Fuelie GM Show Car

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe "Dick Lang's Z06/Tanker Race Car", VIN #6553. 1 of the early "batched built" 1963 Z06 Corvettes that went to battle against Shelby's Cobras. http://www.proteam-corvette.com/Corvette-1963-1066D/1066D.html

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Dick Lang's Z06/Tanker Race Car

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Export RH Drive Z06

1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe Dick Lang's Z06/Tanker Race Car

1963 Corvette Split Window Export RH Drive Z06 Fuelie

Untold Story of the Earliest Corvette Sting Ray

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Were it not for a twist of fate and a controversy within GM, this unique Corvette, if returned to the US, would have most likely met its end in the crusher!

The Expatriate resides in a private collection in London

However, since leaving GM Styling in late September 1962 for London’s Earls Court show stage, it has never returned home. A barn find back in 1982, it has remained in a private collection in London for thirty years.

The coupe arrived at GM Styling ahead of the main pilot line as a body and unnumbered frame assembly only. Identified by Styling data tag as S.O #10271 as early as May 62 on drawings found, marked 63 Corvette Custom (it is believed to be earlier). The complete floor pan, inner wing panels, lower front panel, doorsills and spare wheel tub are all hand formed GRP. Drawings list the Coupe at Interior Engineering in June referenced to Electric seats. Power seats had been tested in the XP720 coupe listed together with #10271. Bodywork finished in primer with numerous test siting/ locating holes for front, side and rear emblems. Experimentally trimmed in Silver leather with silver steering wheel and used for photography in the studio. All interior panels, remain the originals and are all marked with the S.O in black marker. Numerous trims and mouldings are hand formed in brass and chrome plated. Rear window mouldings are unique one piece construction in brass and chrome plated, retained by dozens of tiny brass screws. These one piece mouldings have been identified on GM archive footage and were also used on the prototype 4 passenger coupe. Numerous other interior differences as compared to known pilot line and production models.

It is believed that there was no power plant or transmission installed at this time – a push/pull mule!

The power plant is an incredibly rare,( one of only a few known) hand assembled Flint” Dyne Lab” engine, 59 283 290hp CS with unique 3758584 heads. Dyne lab inspection letters hand stamped to engine. As yet unidentified GM intake manifold. Engine painted red, detailed in red with various hand- made, chromed, GM engineering pieces. Engine bay shows experimentation with fuel injection. The larger radiator frame also suggests F.I but there is no frame cut out for the airway to plenum. The radiator has a small brass tag with SO T1 stamped into it and is copper and not aluminium. Transmission is a showpiece 4 speed M10 finished in ” Mitchell Blue”, unstamped. Bell housing is very first casting early type 3788421 but with no cast date or revision markers! A generator provides the current and not an alternator, as one would expect for 63. For reliability, an alternator is currently fitted along with a 63 fan to assist cooling. A full biopsy on the engine has never been carried out but it does appear incredibly lively!

From GM Styling files, on June 28 62 the Coupe was sent for paint. A brilliant high metal flake Airframe silver (not Sebring as imagined). It was also re-trimmed in full, in black hand stitched leather, including doors, dashboard and headlining. Panels of the original Silver leather are still present today beneath the revised black covering.

Trim Tag reads: Trim: BLK COLOR: PRIME

From July 62 the coupe was relisted on drawings as S.0 #10271 LONDON SHOW COUPE following a request for a show car by GM Canada.

Various additional trim pieces were fitted including chromed door locks, unique chromed plates to inner and outer door shuts. Unique front side emblems. All fittings have S.O number engraved on them, some initialled and dated. Instruments are stamped “ Show Job” initialled and dated 16 July 62.

27th August 1962 Stamped as build date to trim tag. Body 13 and pilot line Vin Tag #23 added.

Sometime in the latter part of September the show transmission was installed, however, the 59 power plant remained and the Coupe left Warren for England in time for the London Motor Show, 2nd week October.

It was delivered in secrecy, under covers to Earls Court Stand 138 sponsored and administered by GM Canada. It was to be shown alongside A Corvair Monza Coupe and a 4 door Impala saloon.

With 2 days to “ Press Day”, some GM execs from GM Canada’s European offices in London, visited Earls Court to see their latest offering up close. They were presented with a stunning Silver Corvette Sting Ray Coupe.

Blind panic ensued when, upon opening the hood, it was discovered that the new car did not have a 360 hp fuel injected power plant, as ordered and publicised! A frantic effort to find a replacement began and a second Silver Coupe (most likely the Turin Show car en route) arrived at the end of press day!

S.O #10271 languished under covers in a basement garage in central London for several months, until it was eventually registered for the road in January 1963. It is believed, but not confirmed that it was registered to GM in London as a company vehicle. It has been herein the UK since.

With only 72,000 original miles it is still used but understandably only occasionally. It has only been shown once at Good wood in 2003, at the “Cartier Style Et Luxe” concours. As part of Corvette’s 50th alongside GM’s Mako Shark and others, it was awarded best in class.

2006. It took park in the Drivers Parade with GM racing at the 24hrs of Le Mans and completed a full parade lap of the Le Mans circuit.

S.O # 10271 is quite unique. The only “63 Styling” buck. It is the earliest, fully documented “ Sting Ray”. It is also the earliest C2 S.O. car and the only 63 Show coupe in existence.

With thanks to: Jerry Palmer, Chuck Jordan, Franz Estereicher and Ken Kaiser ex GM. To Jim Gessner and Noland Adams

For more photos of this unique split window Corvette, click here

Rare Corvettes Reunited at NCRS Event

Friday, November 16th, 2012

ProTeam Hosts daylong NCRS Seminar featuring historic Corvettes

Napoleon, Ohio – - ProTeam Corvette hosted nearly 200 Corvette faithful at a NCRS Corvette seminar featuring some of today’s foremost Corvette researchers and a panel including the GM engineers who crafted the Corvette’s image and its sports car tradition. Still, the participants were over-shadowed by the real stars of the day-long event by three 1953-55 Corvettes fashioned by Chevrolet Engineering (Experimental Shop and Garage) for NASCAR stock car activity (racing) and a 1963 “Cinderella story”.

The three 1953-55 Corvettes on display were highly decorated and have left an indelible mark of the Corvette’s legacy on NASCAR and Sebring.  Among the three was #1194 that went onto wins in 1956 at Sebring with John Fitch and Walt Hansgen co-driving in this 12-hour race. Campbell-Ewald, Chevrolet’s advertising agency, celebrated the Corvette’s first international class victory with “The Real McCoy” advertisement which millions have seen.

Dick Lang’s storied 1963 Z06 Tanker Race Car was unveiled publically for the first time since its yearlong restoration. This is one of the early “batched built” 1963 Z06 Corvettes that battled Shelby’s Cobras back in 1963 and 1964. This car’s driver, Dick Lang, was one of the best Corvette drivers in the late 50′s and early 60′s. In 1963 Lang raced at Daytona International in two events; that weekend kicked off a winning streak including many notable podium appearances. In 1964, Lang’s Corvette stood alone alongside 4 Cobras in the top 5. It was this race when the fastest and most desirable cars in the world surrounded the Corvette and its story as America’s muscle car was written. Dick Lang’s Z06 Tanker is as testament to the driver and the celebrated legacy of Chevrolet Racing. The restoration was performed by the world famous Naber Brothers of Houston, Texas.

Terry Michaelis, ProTeam’s president, reflected on the daylong event, “This seminar really served two purposes. First was to spend the day with fellow enthusiasts and pick the brains of the people who were there when these classics first came off the GM line.  Secondly, we wanted to reestablish ProTeam Corvette as the leader in the classic Corvette community with access to our world famous collection. I believe we were a success in both categories.”

Images from this event for publication are available at: www.tmichaelis.com/NCRS/

ProTeam’s world famous collection has no peers. The quality of ProTeam’s cars is simply out of this world. We now bring you the finest selection/collection of Corvettes anywhere in the world! including many one of a kind and collector quality Corvettes.  The Holy Grail of Corvette Collections is open to the public Monday through Friday or visit ProTeam online at ProTeamCorvette.com, email: [email protected], or call toll free at 888-592-5086.

What is an L88? What makes an L88 Different?…

Friday, June 8th, 2012

What is an L88 Corvette?ProTeam Corvette L88ProTeam Corvette L88

Why were they built?
Zora Duntov wanted a factory production Corvette capable of winning major racing events. Duntov and Richard Keinath further developed the Mark IV 427 engine and introduced the L88 in 1967.
What did it compare to?
Other than Ford’s Cobra and Shelby variations, there were really no other factory produced cars of this caliber.
Who bought them?
People who wanted to go fast and win!
• Road racers (LeMans, France, Daytona, Sebring, Elkhart Lake, etc.)
• Drag Racers
Why was the 1969 the last year?
• Emission standards
Why is it so collectible, today?
• Rare and limited production
- 20 in 1967
- 80 in 1968
- 116 in 1969
• Horsepower highpoint
• Unique options
• Racing history on famous tracks
• Mystique and lore
What make an L88 Different ?
Engine:
• 560+ horsepower
• 12.5:1 Compression
• Special open plenum intake manifold
• 850 CFM Holley carb
• Aluminum cylinder heads
• Road draft tube to vent crankcase vapors
• Large aluminum radiator (instead of copper to save weight)
• No fan shroud
• Racing fuel (103 octane)
• Transistor Ignition
• Heavy duty reddish/brown ignition wires
• Unique distributor with “brown” cap
• Mechanical vs. vacuum advance
• Heater block off plates on passenger firewall
Chassis:
• Heavy duty transmission
• Heavy duty brakes
• Heavy duty suspension
• Proportioning valve below master cylinder
Interior:
• No radio
• No heater
• Plugs in dash where heater/vent pulls would normally be
• Fuel warning sticker in console (103 octane)
Body:
• Special holes & filter built into the raised hood to draw intake air from base of windshield
• No radio antenna
How much extra did it cost ?
The L88 option – 427 cubic inch/430 horsepower: $947.90
Delete the Heater and Defroster – C48 (Credit): (-) $97.85
Delete the Radio
Power Brakes: $42.15
Special Heavy Duty Brakes option – J56: $342.30
Transistorized Ignition – K66: $73.75
Special Heavy Duty Suspension package – F41: $36.90
Heavy Duty 4 Speed Transmission – M22: $237.00
Posi-Traction axle option – G81: $42.15

Total cost to order the L88 option: $1,623.40
Coupe (Base Price with L88 Option): $6,012.15
Convertible (Base Price with L88 Option): $5,864.15

Stand Back… Take Cover!… comments/questions/additions/subtractions? email: [email protected]

See & Hear More of the 1969 BFG #49 ZL1

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

1969 BFG #49 ZL-1 Corvette Race Car… one of 3 team cars sponsored by BF Goodrich during ’71-’73 showcasing their new line of T/A Radials. #49 competed in the trifecta of sports car racing; 12 Hrs of Sebring, 24 Hrs of Daytona, and 24 Hrs of LeMans. The 3 team cars #48, #49, & #50 were owned & campaigned by John Greenwood (inducted into the Sebring Raceway Hall of Fame in ’02). Driven by top road course drivers of the period; Greendyke, Greenwood, Johnson, Smothers, Yenko. 1st major win was 1st place in GT in ’72 at Watkins Glen 6 Hr driven by Greenwood and Smothers. In ’73 it was campaigned at 12 hr of Sebring, Daytona 24 hr and at 24 hr of LeMans. At LeMans, it set the GT speed record of 215mph on the Mulsanne Straight. Was delivered as a 69 factory L88 & was used by John Greenwood as a PR car. When the #50 car was heavily damaged in a crash in ’72, he converted the #49 to a race car, installing all of the famous Greenwood innovations, notched rear end, quick replacement radiator, quick camber adjustment, and a new Chevy ZL1 all aluminum 427 cu engine producing over 750 hp @ 6500 rpm. Restored to concourse condition in ’08 by Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair & debuted at Quail Motorsports ’08 where it received Best in Class over a strong field of Sebring Race Cars.
Much Much More…

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#49 on YouTube
The look of #49
The history of #49
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