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News Roundup: New Corvettes, old Corvettes and a Ford Truck

News Roundup: New Corvettes, old Corvettes and a Ford Truck
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Chevrolet introduces the 2020 Corvette Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette, Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Tustin, California. The 2020 Stingray features a new 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine producing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with performance exhaust. The mid-engine layout provides better weight distribution, better responsiveness and control, as well as the fastest 0-60 time of any entry-level Corvette. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production in late 2019 and will start under $60,000. (Photo by Dan MacMedan for Chevrolet)Chevrolet

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.

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American graphic pop artist Peter Max had grand plans for the ‘Vettes when he purchased them from the man who’d won them in the 1988 VH-1 call-in contest. But the project remained on the back burner year after year and the cars, one from each of the first 36 years of production, sat in an underground parking garage in Manhattan, gathering dust and, eventually, the Internet’s attention . Now, years after the procrastinating artist finally handed the keys to a group of NYC high rollers, the cars are set to be raffled back into the world with proceeds going to charity. 

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Chevrolet

The first-ever mid-engined Corvette has been revealed in , along with a ballpark pricing. The gorgeous 2020 Corvette Stingray will start around $70,000 in Canada, making it “nothing short of magic,” according to Driving’s David Booth , who had an advanced briefing with the C8’s chief engineer. With 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque coming from the LT2, the Corvette is allegedly capable of getting to 60 mph (97 km/h) in under three seconds. Some questions remain, however, like what the higher end variations will look like and whether the 1,000-horsepower rumours are true. 

Ford dealerships in Nova Scotia and Ohio are bringing the ’90s back in an effort to move some steel. The two-toned F-150 pictured above was custom decaled and fitted with faux Alcoa wheels by the fans of vintage at Hollis Ford in Truro, Nova Scotia. And the trend continues at another dealer in Ohio where a similarly thrown back F-150 was stacked with a roll bar featuring KC Hilites, and actual period-correct wheels. Does this mean black lights will make a comeback too? God, we hope not.  

The Vantrue T2 dashcam Jonathan Yarkony / Driving.ca

We’re saying it: dashcams are worth it. Take the case of one of Driving’s contributors whose car was hit and damaged while parked behind his Toronto home. Normally it would’ve cost him around $1,000 to pay the deductible and have insurance cover the repairs, but that turns on automatically when it senses movement nearby, even when parked, police were able to track down the offending party and he didn’t have to pay a dime. 

1973 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

What better way to celebrate the unveiling of the eighth generation Corvette than with a retrospective of all the nasty and negative things reviewers have said about the American sports car over the last 66 years. In compilation format, the comments identify some of the various model’s shortcomings, like the “washboard-like phony louvers on the hood and Pontiac-like chrome strips on the trunk” of the ‘58, or the 1968’s V8 that “idles so lumpily at 700-800 rpm that it seems to be doing a jig all over the engine compartment.” Ouch. But also true. 
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