Chevrolet's got two newbies on the block this year: the Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Z06 and the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica convertible. Both will have interior and exterior ways to ID them (such as the Ron Fellows' Arctic White and the replica's Atomic Orange paint). The Fellows is unique in another notable way, too. It's the first signed special-edition Z06 in Corvette history. Only 399 will be made-300 for the United States, 33 for Canada, and 66 for export. Its MSRP will be $77,500, or $79,945 for OnStar and navigation, the only optional equipment. There will be 500 production Replicas, all convertible, which will set you back $66,995, or $68,245 if you choose the optional paddle-shift six-speed automatic transmission.
Ron Fellows gets a car named after him because he made Corvette Racing king of the GT1 class in the ALMS. He also helped develop the C5.R race car, twice won in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series, and had 19 SCCA Trans-Am wins.
7-Second Reads*North Korea's Kim Jong II is confiscating most Japanese cars. He's a wee bit perturbed about sanctions Tokyo has put on his country.
*Is Hollywood going to remake Vanishing Point yet again? If they are rebuilding the Bionic Woman, it's a safe bet on this ditty about a '70 Dodge Challenger R/T.
*The Center for Auto Safety is asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate tire and front-suspension issues on '04-'06 Pontiac GTOs.
*Monster Garage's Jesse James' West Coast Choppers has been fined more than $270,000 for bikes built between 1998-2005 that were said not to meet California Clean Air Act standards. *Who is Chex cereal's most popular driver? Wait, make that NASCAR's most popular cereal. No, most popular . . . eh, go to mostpopulardriver.com and you'll figure it out.
Taurus Collectibles Aren't Worth What You ThinkOne could call the death and rebirth of the Taurus a slapdash thing, what with the Sharpie barely dry on the tombstone before-surprise!-Ford announced that the car would be back after about eight months of being dead. We thought this only happened in soap operas! The '08 model will arrive this summer, replacing the Five Hundred. There will be more than 500 improvements, as well as a new all-wheel-drive system, a new powertrain, and, we're guessing, a minor chip on its shoulder.