Talk about making a car last. Mark Blackwell’s C5 Corvette has accumulated 773,338 miles all on the original engine. But he decided it’s time to retire it and has donated it the Corvette Museum up the street in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Blackwell bought the brand new 2000 Corvette back in 1999 and used it to commute to Georgia and across Florida from his Jacksonville home which explains the odometer numbers. That averages out to about 100 miles a day for 18 years. And even more impressive than that number is that it still has the original 5.7-liter V8 under the hood. According to Road and Track, it needed the original head gaskets replaced only 20,000 miles ago! Have a car with crazy mileage? Let us know about it in the comments.
This week Katie has two gorgeous rides that best represent the quality and variety you’ll see at the Summit Racing Show Car Series. Former General Manager of the ISCA Bob Millard will be her guest to talk about the 28 car shows in the series. The International Car Show Association (ISCA) is the sanctioning body behind the series. Owners from all over the U.S. and Canada compete for the title of Grand Champion.
In the studio is a 1939 Ford Coupe owned by Bob’s wife Sandy. It’s got a small block Chevy 350 bored over to 355, custom paint, custom interior and a slick BASF “red” wrap. The second car belongs to Megan Tracy and is a show-stopping 1970 Camaro RS. It’s powered by a Chevy 350 making 385 horsepower and features custom interior and custom wheels.