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65 Corvettes, and that isn’t even the cool part!

The most remarkable thing might not be the 220-mph Ferrari Enzo in Ken Lingenfelter’s fleet, or even the 1,001-horsepower Bugatti Veyron. It’s that his driving record is as clean as the Bugatti’s hood.

Lingenfelter, 64, loves cars. All of them. But the ones that go faster than practicality or common sense might demand …

Those, he especially loves.

Among other things, that explains how he got expelled from high school. It’s also the reason he’s amassed the Lingenfelter Collection, 250 smoldering Corvettes, muscle cars and exotics — plus an AMC Pacer — that might, if started simultaneously, blow the roof off the spotless Brighton warehouse where about 170 of them lurk at any one time.

The 40,000-square-foot warehouse is not open to the public. Lingenfelter is operating a business, not a museum. Fortunately, the older and more successful he gets, the more he realizes that not even his 2014 Supercharged Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray can outrun things like autism or Alzheimer’s. And cancer?

Cancer has already tracked down his family. So maybe 50 times a year, he’ll let a charitable organization throw some sort of small fundraiser among the vehicles — and come April 29, everyone is invited.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lingenfelter and his wife, Kristen, will be the genial hosts for an open house that raised $25,000 for the American Cancer Society last time around.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” says Cheryl Donohoe of the ACS, and not just to collect money. There’s added value to being associated with rare cars and a rare glimpse of them, and to exposing thousands of people to potentially life-saving literature.

She saw checks last year for $100 and more, though there’s no specific entry fee; just make whatever donation your heart demands and checkbook will permit. Or if you can’t get there, wait until October and a similar event for the breast-cancer-specific Pink Fund.

There will be food trucks, a new attraction. There will be gawking. There will be a demonstration of proper polishing and protection. And there will be audience participation, in that historically people drive their own collectable cars to 7819 Lochlin Drive to show them off.

“I can’t get out of the building that day,” Lingenfelter says, and there is regret in his voice, because as noted he is a man who adores automobiles.

Fortunately, so was the last police officer to pull him over.

It was four years ago, he says, in a 25 mph Oakland County speed trap. He was driving a juiced-up Chevy SS Trailblazer with a none-too-subtle Lingenfelter banner across the top of the windshield.

“I can’t wait to see your driving record,” the officer told him. “I got the champion.”

He came back a few minutes later with a sheepish expression and a request. He would not sully Lingenfelter’s file, he said, on one condition:

“Show me what’s under the hood.”

To Read More:

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/neal-rubin/2017/04/17/lingenfelter-collection-corvettes-bugatti-brighton/100552966/

Car collector Lingenfelter to showcase treasures at cancer fund-raiser

An open house featuring performance-car builder and enthusiast Ken Lingenfelter’s massive collection will showcase around 175 cars and raise money for cancer research. About 30% of the cars in the collection are muscle cars, 30% Corvettes and 40% drag- and road-racing cars from the Lingenfelter family’s history of competition and building mega-horsepower specialty cars.

One-of-a-kind models and rare vehicles from the 1950s to today will include Lingenfelter’s personal La Ferrari, a million-dollar hybrid sports car, one of just 500 ever sold. Other Ferraris in the collection includes an Enzo and 280 GTO.

Lingenfelter also has a Lamborghini Reventon, one of just 20 sold by the other Italian exotic brand. Lamborghini named the 6.5L V12 coupe after a Mexican fighting bull that killed a famous matador in the ring in 1943.

Other rarities on display will include:

The sole surviving supercharged 1953 Chevrolet Corvette
A Bugatti Veyron, the 1,000-horsepower car that revived a legendary brand
A Ford GT from the car’s 2005-6 generation
A Vector, one of just 50 of the aircraft-inspired “American exotics” built in the 1980s and ‘90s
Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione, the car that began Alfa’s rebirth a decade ago
Cars built by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering include a 2002 Corvette that hit 60 m.p.h. in 1.9 seconds racing the U.S. Navy Blue Angels down a runway.

“If it’s a nice day, there will probably be a lot of great cars to see in the parking lot,” as owners bring their favorites to the show, Lingenfelter said

The open house raises money for the American Cancer Foundation. There’s no set admission charge, but donations of any amount are welcome at the door.

Previous Lingenfelter open houses have drawn 4,000-5,000 people.

“We’ve got a steady crowd in and out all day,” Lingenfelter said.

To read more:
http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/mark-phelan/2017/04/15/car-collection-ken-lingenfelter/100433088/

Sam Schmidt to Take on Mario Andretti at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Sam Schmidt to Take on Mario Andretti at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

LONG BEACH, CA (April 8, 2017) – Former INDYCAR drivers Sam Schmidt and Mario Andretti announced today they will go head to head in a race next month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports co-owner and Indianapolis 500 legend will race semi-autonomous cars on the circuit’s 2.439-mile permanent road course on May 13 ahead of the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

Sam Schmidt, who is paralyzed from the neck down, will pilot the Z06 SAM Car, a semi-autonomous vehicle that global technology company Arrow Electronics modified for him. Sensors mounted on a high-tech headset the Las Vegas resident wears connect to infrared cameras mounted on the dashboard and detect his head-tilt motions to steer. A sip-and-puff device that Schmidt breathes into enables him to accelerate and brake. Voice commands enable Sam to switch gears and turn the SAM Car on and off. Andretti will use the same technology to drive an Arrow-modified Stingray SAM Car.

“It’s always exciting when I can get in this awesome car and go fast,” Schmidt commented. “However, this time will have extra meaning as I never had a chance to race against Mario during my driving career. He is a true legend that is world renowned and I appreciate his willingness to participate and showcase the next evolution of this technology.”

“Indianapolis has long been considered a test ground for automotive technologies, and Sam and the Arrow Chevy Corvette have continued to prove that, including a 150-mph run last year at IMS,” said Doug Boles, President of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Adding a match race between Mario Andretti, one of the most popular and talented drivers to ever compete at Indy, and Sam this May just takes the technology to the next level!”

This will be the first time two semi-autonomous cars have raced head to head. The legendary faceoff will benefit Conquer Paralysis Now, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and a leading authority on spinal cord injury research and treatment founded by Schmidt. Race week donation details will be available at a later date by visiting www.conquerparalysisnow.org.

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About Conquer Paralysis Now
Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to cure paralysis. The organization is leading the charge for a cure through funding scientific research, medical treatment and technological advances benefiting those paralyzed by spinal cord injuries, stroke or diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s or in other ways. For more information, visit www.conquerparalysisnow.org.

About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 125,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 465 locations serving over 90 countries. Learn more at fiveyearsout.com.

About Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Established in 2001 and owned by former IndyCar driver Sam Schmidt and Canadian businessman Ric Peterson, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) currently competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series. With a storied history in the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series with over 70 wins, over 70 pole positions and seven championship wins, the Indianapolis-based team has also found success in IndyCar with five wins, two Indianapolis 500 pole positions and four poles claimed overall, as well as three top-five finishes in the championship points standings. For more information, please visit spmindycar.com.

Media Contacts:
Meghan Macdonald – Arrow
mmacdonald@arrow.com
(303) 824-4589

Veronica Knowlton – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
veronicak@spmindycar.com
(317) 341-3488

Craig Williams – Conquer Paralysis Now
cwilliams@conquerparalysisnow.org
(609) 737-1919

LINGENFELTER CAR COLLECTION CHARITY SPRING OPEN HOUSE Benefitting the American Cancer Society

One of the top rated car collections in the world will be opening its doors to the public for one special day. The unique vehicles will be available for viewing as money and awareness is raised to support the programs of the American Cancer Society during an open house on Saturday, April 29, 10 am – 5 pm.

“We are thankful for the generosity the Lingenfelters and their ongoing support of our mission,” said Cheryl Donohoe, senior director corporate relations for the American Cancer Society. “The donations raised at this event will help the Society provide critical support to cancer patients through the many programs and services we offer, fund lifesaving research to save lives from cancer and enable us prevent cancer in our community and across the nation.”

The Lingenfelter Collection is a private collection of Ken and Kristen Lingenfelter. Over 200 distinctive vehicles, comprised of Corvettes, Muscle Cars and Exotics, fill the large, 40,000 Sq. ft., facility in Brighton. Each spring and fall, the Lingenfelters open the Collection to the public while raising support for important nonprofit organizations. This is the second consecutive year that the American Cancer Society has been chosen to be the recipient of the proceeds from the spring event.

The American Cancer Society relies on more than 100 years of evidence and proven results to prevent cancer, save lives, and diminish suffering from cancer. The organization provides the funds for cutting-edge cancer research that can lead to better treatments; advocates for better laws to help people locally and across the nation who are threatened by cancer; and helps patients and their families with their most pressing needs, including getting rides to treatment, navigating the health care system, and dealing with the side effects of treatment. Thanks in part to the Society’s work, there are nearly 14.5 million people alive in the United States alone who have survived cancer. In fact, more than 500 lives are being saved each day that would have otherwise been lost to cancer.

Guests attending the Open House will be able to support the Society by making a monetary donation at the door. Throughout the afternoon, Ken Lingenfelter will be signing a limited edition event poster, the 2017 Indy Show Car used to promote the Detroit Grand Prix will be on display, Dream Maker’s Automotive will have an exhibit and special show car for viewing, and door prizes will be awarded. Refreshments and food vendors, including Tony’s Dogs and Marconi’s Pizza, will also be available as guests browse the showroom. All open house proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

New to the event this year is an Adam’s Polishes Detail Clinic. Adam Pitale, Founder of Adam’s Polishes, will share tips and advice on proper/safe washing, machine polishing/swirl removal, and proper protection and maintenance.

Saturday, April 29,
Adam’s Polishes Detail Clinic 9:00 am – 5 pm
Collection Open House 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Donations accepted at entrance
Lingenfelter Collection
7819 Lochlin Drive, Brighton
248-782-7359
www.lingenfeltercollection.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/103310363501110/

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About The Lingenfelter Collection: This private collection of over 200 vehicles is hailed as one of the best rare car collections in the World. Belonging to Ken Lingenfelter, the collection is 40% Corvettes, 30% Muscle Cars and 30% Exotics. At times, Ken and his wife Kristen open the 40,000 sq. ft. showroom to the public for viewing, with all proceeds going to a charity. To learn more about the Collection and to purchase merchandise, visit www.lingenfeltercollection.com.

About the American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

Enter To Win a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray “Fuelie” and a 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette!

GRAVETTE, Ark. – April 3, 2017 – PRLog — The 2017 Corvette Dream Giveaway, a nationwide drawing sponsored by New Beginning Children’s Homes–a charitable organization, has officially launched! This year is the 10th Anniversary of the Corvette Dream Giveaway and the winner of this extraordinary prize package will receive two amazing Corvettes! Included in the grand-prize package is a “split window”1963 Corvette Sting Ray and a 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06 Coupe, plus $50,000 cash for taxes!

To enter to win this never-before-seen prize package, the general public can call toll-free to (866) 600-0646 or enter online at http://dreamgiveaway.com/dg/corvette.

The Grand Prize: This extremely rare, fuel-injected, split window 1963 Corvette Sting Ray is the most desirable Corvette in the marque’s 65-year history. It is one of only 2,610 “fuelie” Corvettes made from August 1962 through July 1963. “Fuelie” 327ci V-8s were the most powerful powerplant available to Corvette in 1963 and the “fuelie” remained the most powerful Chevrolet small-block engine for over 30 years. It comes finished in Riverside Red with a beautiful matching red interior. This Corvette is restored to strict NCRS standards and was awarded the coveted NCRS Top Flight Award. Other features include the desirable M20-4 speed manual transmission, P48 cast aluminum knock-off wheels and a Positraction rear end.

The 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06 Coupe, which sports Serial #001, cranks out 800 horsepower thanks to a 376 cubic inch (6.2 liter) Chevy LT4 Gen 5 small-block featuring a Magnuson TVS2300 Heartbeat Supercharger System (engineered for the seventh-generation Corvette Z06), ported and polished factory cylinder heads, and ultra-high-performance GT3 cam, all courtesy of the horsepower experts at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. This unprecedented Corvette comes finished in Torch Red with a 3LZ interior, which features Jet Black perforated Napa leather seating surfaces and a unique, serialized dash plaque. The exterior also features unique styling and badging. It is loaded with high-performance factory options, including the Z07 performance package (Track Package), carbon fiber visible package, 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, competition sport seats, and Z06 black aluminum wheels.

New Beginning Children’s Homes (NBCH), the sponsor of this giveaway, is a 501(c)3 provider of family-style long-term residential care with a mission to provide foster children a safe and faith-centered family atmosphere where they can heal, grow, and be loved while working through difficult life issues. In addition to the funding they receive, NBCH will provide grants to several worthwhile charities, including Disabled American Veterans, National Guard Educational Foundation, Smile Network International, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Bright Pink and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

For low-res and high-res photography and video assets, please contact Kim Meyers.

A 2017 Corvette Dream Giveaway spokesperson is available for press interviews for traditional print, broadcast, and radio media and digital-only sites. Please contact Kim Meyers to arrange a press interview.

Contact
DGGroup, Inc. / Kim Meyers
kmeyers@dggroupinc.com

48- Hour Corvette Update

It has been a FANTASTIC weekend for the RideTech crew, as Chris Smith piloted the Instinct-equipped 48-Hour Corvette to yet another amazing win!!

The Fort Worth Goodguys show is historically hot, dusty, and chock-full of great competition. RideTech and our customers again filled the leaderboard at this event; four out of the top 5 spots in the PRO class were RideTech-equipped, with the 1st, 2nd, and 4th place spots going to cars with our new Instinct Electronic Shocks! Texas is also renowned for truck culture, so it’s no surprise that the Truck class at this event was one of the largest of the entire Goodguys season…and it’s also no surprise that all of the top 3 spots in the Truck class were RideTech customers! The weather was fantastic and boasted near-record attendance, the turnout for the autocross was phenomenal, and both competitors and spectators were impressed by the turnout and the awesome autocross action. We’ve got lots more events coming up in March and April, so stay tuned for even more great finishes by the RideTech team!

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Corvette Homecoming and Chevy Invitational INC.

Bowling Green, KY, November 28, 2016: Corvette Homecoming and Chevy Invitational,Inc .is excited to announce that it is moving to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky the home of the Corvette. The dates for the 36th annual event will be June 1, 2017 through June 3, 2017.

The Corvette Homecoming and Chevy Invitational,Inc. is an annual event held in Bowling Green, Kentucky celebrating America’s sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. First held in 1981, it was created by two Corvette enthusiasts, Tom Hill and Sam Hall, in response to the assembly of Corvettes moving from St. Louis, MO to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, which is currently the sole assembler of the car. In 2015 the Chevy Invitational was added to the event with great success.

The event features competitions in numerous judged shows for Corvettes and Chevys along with informative seminars. The Corvette Homecoming and Chevy Invitational,Inc. features numerous vendors, parade, National Corvette Museum tours, auto and memorabilia auction, live music, women’s events/vendors. The event offers an exclusive show called Sans Pareil (without equal) and Ultra Originals where the cars are at least 30 years old and 85% original. The event also has a Full Custom judged class. Grand Marshal and Special Guest Ken Lingenfelter; Owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will be present.

Corvette Homecoming and Chevy Invitational and The National Corvette Museum will maximize their impact on the area’s tourism, local economy, and culture with this event.

Corvette Homecoming and Chevy Invitational, Inc. is proud to be locating to The National Corvette Museum in June of 2017.

Come See Both Legendary Camaros Featured In the 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway at the 22nd Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance!

Win The Camaros!

Gravette, AR – February 17, 2017- The 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway is a nationwide sweepstakes sponsored by New Beginning Children’s Homes. The winner of this extraordinary prize package will receive a fully restored 1967 Rally Sport Camaro and a 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Camaro ZL1. The grand-prize also includes $35,000 towards the prize taxes.

On March 11-12 both Camaros will be on display at the 22nd Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance inside the Dream Giveaway tent. Visitors will have the chance to see these two legendary cars up close!
On Saturday, March 11th, the Cars & Coffee at the Concours event will take place from 9AM to 1PM. Over 400 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs will be displayed. Close to 30 Camaros will be on display during the event next to the Dream Giveaway tent. Ken Lingenfelter, the owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, will be there to greet fans.

The 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway celebrating 50 years of Camaro high performance is brought to you by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. The 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Camaro ZL1, which sports Serial #001, cranks out 800 horsepower thanks to a 376 cubic inch (6.2-liter) Chevy LT4 Gen 5 small-block featuring a Magnuson supercharger, ported and polished factory cylinder heads, an ultra-high-performance cam, and custom tuning, all courtesy of the horsepower experts at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

The 1967 Rally Sport Camaro features a Chevrolet big-block V-8 and a Tremec five-speed overdrive manual transmission. It has a long list of restomod upgrades, including Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, QA1 shocks and front coil springs, Billet Specialties suspension, TMI Performance Sport interior, Electric hide-a-way headlamps, LED taillamps, vintage air climate system, and show-quality engine bay with polished aluminum and billet steel. It is painted Tuxedo Black with contrasting Torch Red stripes and a matching black-and-red interior.
You can enter to win both Camaros by going to http://www.dreamgiveaway.com/dg/camaro and making a tax-deductible donation to New Beginning Children’s Homes. Use promo code LE0317R3 to get 25% bonus tickets with any donation of $25 or more.

New Beginning Children’s Homes (NBCH) is a 501(c)3 provider of family-style long-term residential care with a mission to provide foster children a safe and faith-centered family atmosphere where they can heal, grow, and be loved while working through difficult life issues. In addition to the funding they receive, NBCH will provide grants to several worthwhile charities, including Disabled American Veterans, National Guard Educational Foundation, Smile Network International, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Bright Pink and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

Climbing the Ladder – Dirk Stratton and his LS7-Powered #Driftvette

The Block - Dirk Stratton

Holley’s LS Fest (link is external) is an event near and dear to our hearts. We attend every year for a chance to witness drag racing, autocross and drifting, all in one weekend and all cars featuring an LS or LT engine. This is where Dirk Stratton comes into the picture. Two years ago, at the 2015 Holley LS Fest, we saw a grey C6 Corvette ripping through the gears at Beech Bend Raceway with a trail of white smoke behind it and we were blown away. It was refreshing to see a Chevrolet chassis dominating in a motorsport series comprised almost solely of small Japanese cars, so we have been keeping our eyes on the driver, Dirk Stratton, ever since.

As it turns out, he has grown leaps and bounds since we last saw him at LS Fest. That year, in 2015, he won the Midwest Drift Union Championship which earned him a spot in the Formula Drift Pro2 series, only one tier below the big dogs of Pro1. He competed in the ‘16 season of Formula Drift (FD) and came in a very impressive 4th place in the overall series points which earned him the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” title.

Dirk is now positioned to compete in the FD Pro2 series again in 2017, although his “Rookie of the Year” title did earn him a license to compete in Pro1. “You know, I just think my team and I should compete another year in Pro2 in order to refine a few things and continue to grow. We hope to enter the Pro1 series in 2018 as a better team and I’m confident we can dominate,” Dirk told us.

So, within a matter of just a few years, Dirk climbed the ladder from the grassroots level of drifting to a professional level, competing alongside some of the best drifters in the world. We were intrigued to find out how he got here and how he progressed so quickly, so we gave him a call to learn more about his story.

Read Article: https://theblock.com/news/climbing-ladder-dirk-stratton-and-his-ls7-powered-driftvette

ZR-1 of None

Lingenfelter’s “Gen III” LT5 provides a glimpse of what might have been with the original King of the Hill

It’s difficult to overstate the significance of the C4 ZR-1 upon its introduction. In the years leading up to it, rumors swirled and grainy spy phots of a royally dubbed “King of the Hill” high-performance variant captured the imagination of countless enthusiasts. At a time when any new vehicle with more than 250 horsepower was virtually guaranteed the cover of an automotive magazine, this first-ever Corvette supercar promised to be a game changer.

When its extra-wide 315/35ZR17 Goodyear Eagle ZR rear tires finally lit up the pavement in 1990, the ZR-1’s exotic LT5 DOHC V-8 was hailed as a marvel of mechanical achievement, and its 375-horsepower output equaled that of the Ferrari Testarossa’s V-12. The engine was famously developed in a joint venture between Chevrolet and Lotus, and assembled by marine-engine manufacturer MerCruiser.

Chevrolet indeed made a statement that its flagship performer could run with the world’s best. Everyone agreed. Unfortunately, they didn’t exactly acknowledge it with their wallets. Despite an initial stampede for the first few cars off the line, demand for the roughly $30,000 ZR-1 option—applied on top of the $32-$37K tab (depending on model year) for a base C4 coupe—quickly waned.

Read More: https://www.corvette-mag.com/issues/112/articles/zr-1-of-none#.WKxUPBLyvOQ

 

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