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A. J. FoytAnthony Joseph Foyt, Jr., or as he is universally known as in motorsports circles, A. J. Foyt (born January 16, 1935, in Houston, Texas), is a retired American automobile racing driver. He raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes USAC Champ cars and midget cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC. He won several major sports car racing events. He holds the all-time USAC career wins record with 159 victories and the all-time American championship racing career wins record with 67.
ABSAnti-lock Braking System. Sensors monitored wheel rotation and prevented wheel lockup during braking by modulating hydraulic pressure. Corvette's ABS was standard equipment starting with 1986 models.
AC - Air ConditioningAir Conditioning. AC was introduced in the middle of the 1963 model with only 278 cars so equipped, making these the third most rare of '63s (36 gallon tank cars and Z06 being fewer) and more rare than many other cars. In later years, the number grew to where AC became standard equipment. No '53 to '62 Corvettes had air conditioning from the factory.
AerovetteThe Chevrolet Aerovette is a concept car created by the Chevrolet division of General Motors, beginning life as Experimental Project 882 (XP-882). It has a mid engine configuration using transverse mounting of a V-8 engine.
AFB (Carter AFB)A high performance 4 bbl carburetor built by Carter in the early '60s. It was used on the 327-300hp and the 327-340hp engines. Typically, they were about 600 cfm.
Air Box In the late '50s, part of the racing options included a box for channeling air through the body to the rear brakes for cooling.
AirbagAn inflatable bag deployed in front or side impact intended to cushion and restrain a vehicle's occupants. First installation of an airbag in Corvette came in 1990.
Anniversary EditionSpecial paint and/or trim to mark the anniversary model years of 1978 (25th), 1988 (35th), 1993 (40th), and 2003 (50th).
Arkus-Dontov, ZoraArkus-Duntov, Zora - (December 25, 1909April 21, 1996) was a Belgian-born American engineer. His work on the Chevrolet Corvette earned him the nickname "Father of the Corvette
ASRASR - anti-slip regulation, or something like that. Traction control.
B-pillarIn Corvettes, the area between the door glass and rear window

B2K Callaway Twin-Turbo

In 1987, the factory B2K option became available from the factory. The Callaway Corvette was a Regular Production Option (RPO B2K), the only time in Chevrolet's history a specialist manufacturer was entrusted with a technically advanced high performance RPO. The B2K option coexisted from 1990 to 1991 with the ZR-1 option, which then replaced it.

Early B2Ks produced 345 hp (257 kW) and 450 ft·lbf (610 N·m) of torque; later versions boasted 450 hp (336 kW) and 613 ft·lbf (831 N·m)


Basket CaseUsually a vehicle that has been taken apart (or torn apart as in a wreck) and the pieces are scattered about in baskets or boxes, waiting to be put back together. While the price is often cheap, the labor required to put a car together can be overwhelming to many, which is why the owner sells a basket case in the first place.
BBCBig Block Chevy - the 366, 396, 402, 427, and 454 family of engines. See Rat Motor and Big Block Chevy
Big Block (Chevy)

Large displacement V8 engines of either 396, 427 or 454 cubic inches, optional in Corvettes from 1965 through 1974.

The 366, 396, 402, 427, and 454 Mark IV family of engines. There have been other variations in the aftermarket world and in the Chevrolet special products world of aluminum engines for Can Am and for boat racing but those are expensive and you will rarely see one. The 366 is an old truck engine from the mid '60s and is probably equally rare today, even though many were built.

Big Tank
  Optional thirty-six gallon fuel tank for 1963 through 1967, or twenty-four gallon fuel tank for 1959 through 1962 Corvettes.
Black-BookSee Corvette Black Book
Bloomington Gold This is one of the oldest Corvette shows in the US. When someone mentions Bloomington, they mean the Corvette show that started in Bloomington, IL at the McLean County Fairgrounds in 1973 as a club event. The show quickly grew to be the largest Corvette show in the country and became a commercial operation. In 1992, the show moved to Springfield, IL to the State Fairgrounds, where it stayed until 1997 when it moved back to Bloomington at the Interstate Center. In 2002, the show moved again to St. Charles, IL to the Pheasant Run Country Club where the cars are displayed on the golf course greens. 

Interestingly, both previous sites were  on what was Route 66, furthering the association between Corvettes and Route 66. Bloomington Gold is held on the last weekend in June. The certifications from the show have become very important to Corvette owners interested in original or restored cars, as the awarding of a Gold or Silver certificate can greatly increase the value of the Corvette. The swap meet has traditionally been described as "if you can't find the part there, it doesn't exist". You can find them at Bloomington Gold for information on the next show.

Blue FlameEngine used in the early C1's - Chevrolet for 1953 gave customers a choice of two 6 cylinders engines. They could choose the high compression 115 horsepower "Blue Flame" teamed with a Powerglide automatic transmission or the advanced 108 horsepower "Thrifty King" engine with a standard transmission.
Body offExtensive restoration in which a Corvette body is completely removed from its frame
Bowling Green,Bowling Green, Kentucky, the current home of Corvette. Corvettes have been built here at the Chevrolet - Pontiac - Corvette plant since 1981. It is located right on I-65 and is easy to find. The National Corvette Museum is located basically "across the street".
Burnouts - Burn OutSlang A burn out is when you accelerate such that the rear tires spin and get hot enough to create smoke from burning rubber. Several terms for this are: Burning rubber, peeling out, peeling rubber, lay rubber, and so on. This demonstrates the manliness of the driver due to his possession of such a powerful car and the more rubber one can lay, the more manly he is. (Very tongue in cheek commentary)
C1, C2,...C6Abbreviations for Corvette generations, which came into popular use in the 1990s. C1=1953-1962, C2=1963-1967, C3=1968-1982, C4=1984-1996, C5=1997-2004, C6=2005-201x, C7=201x
C5-RThe C5-R racer was built by Pratt & Miller for GM Racing. It was based on the C5 road car but had a longer wheelbase, a wider track, an enlarged engine and more aerodynamic bodywork with a rear wing and exposed headlamps. It took part in the American Le Mans Series in the GTS Class and competed in five 24 Hours of Le Mans races as a Corvette Racing entry.
  • 2005 The C6.R was unveiled for its first race at the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race of the American Le Mans Series. Later, in the 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans, it made up for Sebring by placing first and second in the GT1 car class (5th and 6th overall) after a lengthy duel with the Aston Martin team's DBR9 racers. Corvette C6.R went on to win its class at every race it entered in the 2005 ALMS season.
  • 2006 In 2006 Corvette C6.R won both American Le Mans GT1 Championships: Teams and Manufacturers.
  • 2007 On March 17, 2007 the C6.R won the GT1 class in the 12 Hours of Sebring. For Le Mans 2007, there were four C6.R's on the entry list, as the two Corvette Racing entries were joined by single entries from the Luc Alphand Adventures and PSI-Motorsport teams. However, the Corvettes could not equate their increased numbers into a GT1 class win, as Corvette Racing finished second in class, one lap behind the class-winning Aston Martin DBR9 entered by Aston Martin Racing.
  • 2009 Corvette will officially leave the GT1 class. In August, Corvette Racing will officially debut their GT2 class entry at the Mid-Ohio ALMS race. The new GT2 car has body work inspired by the ZR1 Corvette

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