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ProTeam’s Daytona Beach NASCAR 1953 Doubles-up at Ault Park Concours

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Napoleon, Ohio – - ProTeam’s Daytona Beach NASCAR 1953 Corvette recently took home two awards at the 37th Annual Ault Park Concours d’Elegance held in Cincinnati on June 8th. The historic car took home 1st in class in the Racing division as well as the coveted Bill Rudd “Best Vette” Honorary Trophy.

The Ault Park Concours d’Elegance is a well-heeled annual affair that has quietly become one of the more impressive car events in the country. The show features eighteen classes of classic, vintage, and exotic cars. This year’s Concours celebrated the “Art of the Automobile-Great American Design”. Special displays featured fifty years of the Mustang and the 100th Anniversary of Maserati and Micro cars.

ProTeam had three Corvettes accepted into the field of competition. The 1953 Daytona Beach NASCAR Corvette, the 1954 low-mile Corvette with only 1,455 actual miles and captivating backstory, and the 1962 GM Styling Show Car.

All three cars stood picturesque on the show field but only the 1953 Daytona Beach NASCAR Corvette captured the imagination of the judges. The historic Corvette took 1st place in the Racing Division and won the Bill Rudd Honorary Trophy named for one of the founding members of the Ault Park Concours who’s family keeps his spirit alive by honoring his favorite marque; the Corvette.

Terry Michaelis, ProTeam president, talked about the weekend, “Ault Park has become an annual event for ProTeam. It allows us to flex our muscle by showcasing the work our shop does and more importantly, the strength and significance of the world famous Corvette collection.” He added, “The Daytona Beach NASCAR ’53 fit this year’s celebration perfectly. It is very much rolling art and a true testament to great American design. Its accolades were well deserved.”

The Daytona Beach NASCAR 1953 Corvette Convertible, VIN #E53F001211, Chevrolet Engineering #3950, Race #27 is one of two, a 1953 and a 1955, that were reclaimed from the depths of Chevrolet Engineering. Work was done by Chevrolet Experimental Shop and Garage, subject title: “Rebuilding of NASCAR Corvettes for Stock Car Racing.” Delivered to NASCAR/Daytona Beach in time for the 7th Annual NASCAR Sanctioned Performance Trials and The Flying Mile competition in 1956. After Daytona Speed Week, the car raced at NASCAR’s Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem. This Dual Branding NASCAR/Chevrolet Engineering effort involved Briggs Cunningham, John Fitch, Z.A. Duntov, Ed Cole, and over 125 engineers and several 1953 to 1955 Corvettes that culminated with a win at Sebring in 1956 with John Fitch driving a 1955 Chevrolet Engineering Corvette VIN #1194 of which spared the Corvette from extinction. This is the earliest known Corvette to run NASCAR’s sanctioned events… and maybe the earliest Corvette (VIN) to ever race thus “A Pioneer of Speed”.

ProTeam’s world famous classic Corvette collection, Napoleon, OH. The inventory of 1953 to 2003 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.proteamcorvette.com

The Ault Park 38th Annual Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for the first weekend in June 2015 with proceeds of the event going to the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation, Ohio River Valley Chapter. Email: [email protected] or on the web: www.ohioconcours.com

ProTeam 1953 Corvette at Ault Park Concours d'Elegance 2014

ProTeam 1953 Corvette at Ault Park Concours d'Elegance 2014

WANTED Any Scoda/NASCAR…

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Photos, Programs, Race Grids/Results of the early 1953-55 Corvettes that raced against the T-Birds at Raleigh, NC around August 1955, Martinsville, VA on June 3rd, 1956, Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC (1956-57) and Daytona Beach, FL in February 1956.
The race numbers probably were #62, #92, #16, #27 and #3.

The Drivers were Bill France, Alvin or Jack Hawkins in Daytona and Pee Wee Jones, Bobby Myers and Billy Myers in the Carolinas and probably Martinsville, VA. The cars were probably maintained by Hubert Westmoreland.

I would like to communicate with the official or unofficial historian of each of these racetracks and persons knowledgeable on the NASCAR Scoda sanctioned events.

Any information will probably be used to write a book on this fascinating chapter of NASCAR History. Rewards! Email: [email protected] or write to: P.O. Box 606, Napoleon, Ohio 43545

Rick Tavel Talks Great Hall and tMichaelis…

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Automotive writer chats with Terry about ProTeam and his inclusion into the Bloomington Great Hall Class of 2014 in his Article Terry Michaelis Selected for Bloomington Gold Great Hall

Terry Michaelis inducted into Bloomington Gold Great Hall

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The Great Hall featuring the People, the Cars, and the Stories
Napoleon, Ohio — Terry Michaelis, President of ProTeam Corvette, has been inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall class of 2014. An honor reserved for those people and cars that were pioneers and influenced the Corvette hobby and the Corvette phenomenon.

The Bloomington Great Hall was designed as a five-year celebration of the 50 most significant and influential people and organizations and the 50 most influential and historic Corvettes; those pioneers, game changers, educators, and inspirators that have forever influenced the hobby. A selection committee of dedicated enthusiasts spearheaded by David Burroughs has assured preservation for the next generation of the stories and the why these people and cars matter. The induction on the grounds of the University of Illinois on June 27th, 2014 will include insights from the inductees, past and present.

Terry Michaelis is co-owner of ProTeam Corvette and has bought and sold more than 10,000 Corvettes in his storied career. Michaelis began his Corvette love affair over 40 years ago on a local car lot. By the mid-1970’s, Michaelis was dubbed “King” of Corvette aftermarket parts. Michaelis and his brother, Fred, formed ProTeam Classic Corvette in 1987, where they assembled the largest most dynamic collection of classic Corvettes in the world. He has become such a world-renowned expert on Corvettes that his knowledge has been the focus of hundreds of radio interviews and newspaper articles, as well as a long list of industry publications. Terry continues to lobby for the collector Corvette community with the same passion and affection for over the top marketing that he first had when he bought and sold his first Corvette in 1971.

Terry is honored to be included in the Great Hall but wants to make clear this hobby is much bigger than fifty people, “As flattered as I am to accept entry into the Great Hall, I don’t enter alone. I take along the decades of indelible friendships and memories,” he added, “It is those folks who stand in the shadow of our hobby. We fifty represent them and the thousands of other unsung Corvette scholars, craftsmen, and weekend warriors that ensure this hobby’s survival.”

Terry enters the Great Hall alongside members of the 2014 inductees including (People and Organizations) Cypress Gardens, Bob Gold/Bob Cook Auctions, Al Grenning, Ronnie Kaplan, Irwin Kroiz, Karl Ludvigsen, National Corvette Museum, Vince Piggins, and Larry Shinoda. For more information, email Bill Locke at [email protected] The Corvettes making the grade are the 1955 Duntov Mule, 1963 Mark II Z06; the 1966 427 coupe, the 1967 327 coupe, the 1967 DX L88, the 1968 Owens-Corning Racer, the 1969 Rebel L88 Racer, the Pratt and Miller Le Mans Racer; the fourth-generation Corvette; and the C7 Corvette. To learn more about the Great Hall and Bloomington Gold, visit BloomingGold.com or email [email protected]

ProTeam’s world famous classic Corvette collection, Napoleon, OH. The inventory of 1953 to 2003 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

Value Trumps Price…

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Collector Car Math: Value + Price + Exhilaration = Complete Satisfaction. I have asked/answered this equation thousands of times over my lifetime and since the Great Recession of 2008 took hold, the importance of getting this equation right has taken on a new importance. It isn’t just me but anyone who dabbles in the passionate world of collector cars has asked these questions. Mike Farbairn (RM Magazine, Summer ’13) wrote an article giving some sound advice in purchasing a classic car. First he asks, “How much is too much?” Ownership tenure involving a quick turn around like flipping the car and short-term ownership (90 to 100 days) necessitate a perceived monetary profit translating to a bargain hunter’s mentality. Long-term classic car proprietorship is a bit more ambiguous. It involves a bigger commitment to the car’s integrity, provenance, and market value. “In my experience, the very best is seldom cheap” but rest-assured the work in acquiring the “long-term hold” will pay dividends down the road. How can Mike be so sure? He is certain because of two universal collector car truths; (1) the market has always surpassed retail price and (2) when you own the best, there is always a profitable resale market. So in the end, Value Trumps Price. Price is secondary to exhilaration. Passion is incalculable.  Questions or comments? Email: [email protected]

1958 Corvette Convertible | Value Trumps Price

1958 Corvette Convertible | Value Trumps Price

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

It’s the People that make the hobby…

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Fresh off the trailer and into the collection. 1967 Corvette 327 Coupe, factory air, powerglide, numbers match, 76,577 actual miles. This Corvette was in the care of one owner for the  past 31-years.

As neat as the car is, my experience buying is proof that the Corvette hobby is littered with some really great people.

1967 Corvette 327 Coupe

From the trailer to the world famous Corvette collection

 

15 Reasons To Preserve And Not Restore Your Original Car…

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Examples of original cars recently sold at auction:

1. 1963 Corvette 360 hp Coupe – sold at Mecum for $328,600.00

2. 1963 Corvette 340 hp Coupe – sold at Mecum for $291,500.00

3. 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra – sold at Gooding & Co. for $1,320,000.00

4. 1966 Shelby GT 350 Fastback – sold at Barrett-Jackson for $247,500.00

5. 1967 Shelby GT 500 Fastback – sold at Barrett-Jackson for $192,500.00

6. 1967 Corvette 435 hp Convertible – sold at Mecum for $265,000.00

7. 1967 Corvette 435 hp Convertible – NO SALE at Mecum for $185,500.00

8. 1968 Corvette 435 hp Convertible – sold at Mecum for $83,740.00

9. 1969 Corvette L88 Convertible – sold at Gooding & Co. for $825,000.00

10. 1969 Corvette L88 Coupe – sold at Mecum for $595,720.00

11. 1969 Boss 429 Fastback – sold at Mecum for $442,000.00

12. 1969 Boss 429 Fastback – NO SALE at Mecum for $296,800.00

13. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda – sold at Mecum for $339,200.00

14. 1975 Oldsmobile 98 Coupe  - sold at Barrett-Jackson for $47,300.00

15. 1978 Cadillac Eldorado –sold at Mecum for $50,350.00

There are dozens of other examples that I could recite about original, unrestored, unmolested cars.

Original, unrestored, unmolested cars are the pinnacle of preservation and an icon of fresh air after looking at hundreds of boring restored classic cars that are wearing their new basecoat/clear coat finishes and heavily Armor-All’d interiors.

Restoring these original unmolested cars robs the car of its soul, destroys its fingerprints and character and some would say is an act of vandalism.

We are but temporary caretakers of these pieces of automotive history and as we and the market matures we are seeing the whole automotive preservation movement growing out of its infancy and its being recognized by more than just the seasoned collector.

Comments or questions email: [email protected]

For more information on the preservation movement, click here and read David Burroughs article on Restore it? Or Not!

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

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