Many argue that black is actually the absence of color. I would argue that is also is the perfect color when it comes to sports cars. Take the Batmobile, for example, would it look the same in a different color? Now with that being said I’ve seen lot’s of great hot rods painted in bright colors, and we’ll be featuring some in future posts. Today we’re looking at black cars.
We were lucky enough to have the chance to provide photography services for the recent “Vette to Victoria” event hosted by the Victoria Corvette Club, and we came away from the weekend with a great set of images to add to our catalog. It was an absolutely incredible weekend filled with events that kept everyone jumping. It included a great Show ‘n Shine, a rally race, slalom events and organized cruises. We’ll be featuring images from almost all the events in upcoming posts, so please do stay tuned for those!
One of the best parts about being part of a larger community of enthusiasts like our local Corvette club here in Victoria is the ability to participate no matter what your level of interest or investment is. We found ourselves immersed in a group of passionate people who shared a smile or a story without a second thought or expectation. This allowed us to get close and personal with almost all the cars on display at the Show ‘n Shine on Saturday and left us with some great memories that will never fade.
This is a beautiful example of the latest generation Corvette modified with some tasteful customizations that made the car unique and personal. The carbon fiber hood was a real stand out on this car, adding a dash of muscle and sportiness to a car that already looks like it’s doing about 300mph standing still. The black custom rims further add to this feel, and I was quite certain that if this car was fully let loose that all forms of light would be sucked up behind it much like a vortex as it cut through time and space with the smallest effort.
As we strolled around viewing and photographing the cars we went from the latest 6th generation Corvette to this stunning 2nd generation beauty sitting in the sun, waiting for visitors to stop by in awe. This generation of the Corvette is where its reputation for being a significant player in the world of muscle cars started to really emerge. Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov is considered by many to be the true driving force behind the car, and his passion and vision are still evident in today’s models. Several of the Corvette’s from this generation remain as the most valuable cars to collectors today.
The 427 big-block version with a 4-speed manual transmission has since become things that legends are made of. And no doubt as to why, either. One glance at the flowing lines with the elongated hood really delivers a feeling of intense power and speed. The side-pipes on the car produced an interesting addition that only served to accent this. And if you’ve ever had the chance to witness the sound that these powerful machines make either sitting still idling or running at full throttle, you’re one of a lucky few.
The fabled 427 badge on the hood makes Corvette aficionados stop dead in their tracks. This is a symbol of an emerging time that was all too short-lived due to the gasoline crisis of the seventies. These cars were designed from the ground up to move through the air at maximum velocity, all by leveraging physics through the use of brute force.
Bereft of modern intricacies like fuel injection or complex fuel-management computer systems, this car runs on cubic inches, gas and air. Even though this great car on display at the show didn’t start it’s life as a true 427 monster-machine, the owner has spent an incredible amount of time and money creating his version of this storied car. I can honestly also readily admit that I would take out a bank loan to build a garage for this car in The Hollow if ever one made its way to our driveway. The new generations of Corvette are all direct reflections of this car, and just having a chance to see this beauty in person was a highlight of the event for us. You can literally feel the history and it’s deeper underlying meaning as you take in the lines and exquisite engineering elements at work here.
The Chevrolet Corvette is much more than just a car. It’s a passion and a way of life for many. We really love all makes and models of muscle cars as there is something to be enjoyed and admired in all of them. But we also can say with much enthusiasm that the Corvette is our hands-down favorite, no matter what year or model.
Many thanks for your visit today, we really hope you enjoyed checking out these incredible cars on display with us. As always, we really do love to hear from all our visitors so please don’t hesitate to leave us your thoughts and comments!!