Blue Lego Corvette

Ever since he can remember, Dave Slater has always wanted a 1969 Corvette. But rather than scrimping and saving for it, he just went ahead and built his dream car.

Out of Legos.

Lego_Corevette_build_stepsSince he uploaded it on Aug. 29, Dave’s design and creation of a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette is gathering support among both Lego and Corvette enthusiasts.

“I didn’t expect for the project to take off like it has. The response has been enthusiastic ever since I posted images of the design back in May.”

Dave has been a long time Lego fan, and sharing his love with his wife started him on the road to create this Lego masterpiece.

“Like so many other people, I grew up playing with Legos, but I put the sets away sometime around high school. When I found out my wife had never played with Legos, I knew I had to get out my old sets.”

Sharing the joy of Legos with his wife reignited Dave’s interest in the hobby, and he began thinking of ways he could design his own creations. He soon decided his first original creation would be his favorite car – the 1969 Corvette.

“For as long as I can remember, I have loved this car. The car just speaks to me. I love the curves and shape of it.”

Dave works as a designer in the litigation industry, and used his skills as an artist to help him create the Corvette.

“By day, I’m an artist creating 2D and 3D models within the tech sector, so I’m constantly drawing and modeling. When I set out to create the Corvette, I started by using the tools Lego provided to determine what pieces I would need for the build. I’d drawn the Corvette and modeled it in 3D so many times, I knew every curve of it.”

LDD_Corvette-520x300Using the Lego Digital Designer tool, Dave was able to see what Lego pieces were necessary to create the Corvette.

The Corvette ended up needing around 1,500 Lego pieces to create. Though he started off with many Legos of his own, Dave tapped in to a worldwide community of Lego enthusiasts to find the pieces he needed. That in itself was hard enough. What made the search even more difficult, however, was Dave’s color choice.

“I chose to make the Corvette blue for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s my favorite color. Secondly, this particular Corvette has always been blue in my mind (although I do prefer the C2 in red). And lastly, the online community tends to build kits like this out of red, black or yellow pieces, so I knew the blue would stand out.”

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We’re a fan of the blue… what do you think?!

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Engineered to work hard – 2014 Chevrolet Express Passenger Van

Engineered to work hard, the full-frame G-Series Chevrolet Express Passenger Van is a Express_Van_Longversatile vehicle with great hauling capabilities. The Chevrolet Express can carry up to 15 people and their cargo with ease.

The Express Passenger Van is offered in regular and extended wheelbase lengths, LS and LT trim levels and can accommodate eight, 12 or 15 people. The 1500 Series vans include light-duty models rated at 7,300 pounds GVWR. The 2500 Series includes heavy-duty models rated at 8,600 pounds GVWR. The heavy-duty 3500 Series vans rated up to 9,600 pounds GVWR.

The Express Passenger Van boasts an extensive roster of power choices for almost every situation. Engine choices include: 4.8L V8 (L20), 5.3L V8 (LMF), 6.0L V8 (L96) and the 6.6L Duramax V8 turbo-diesel (LGH). The LGH diesel is B20 biodiesel capable. A FlexFuel E85 5.3L V8 engine is also an available option.

Torque for the 4.8L and 5.3L V8 engines is delivered to the pavement through the Hydro-Matic 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission. The robust 6.0L V8 gasoline engine and the 6.6L V8 Duramax turbo-diesel engine are bolted to the brawny Hydra-Matic 6L90 heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is an available option for the regular wheelbase models.

Express_VanThe Express rides on stout, full-frame underpinnings permit the application of tried and true suspension hardware — independent short/long arm (SLA) with coil springs and a 30-mm stabilizer bar in the front; two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semi floating axle in the rear.

Inside, the Express features modern instrumentation which includes a Driver Information Center that provides drivers with a plenty of info. Access in and out of the Express is easy. A wide, low step-in is built into all door openings. 60/40 split double doors open wide at the passenger side and rear to facilitate loading of both passengers and cargo. A sliding passenger side door is also available.

Capacity Measurements:

  • Cargo capacity: regular wheelbase: 216.2 cu. ft; extended wheelbase: 252.84 cu. ft.
  • Payload capacity: 3,491 lbs.
  • Towing capacity: 10,000 lbs.

With a wide range of packages and options, you can customize your Express to perfectly fit your passenger, hauling, cargo and technology needs. Express can be built for any job, but most importantly, your job.

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‘Consumer Reports’: Skip BMW and Benz, buy a Buick

2014-Buick-RegalGSWidely consulted Consumer Reports says the latest Buick Regal is about the equal of the much more expensive BMW 328 and Mercedes-Benz C250.

While the publication’s report is unlikely to peel BMW and M-B loyalists from their German sporty sedans, it could intercept new buyers who want that kind of performance, but aren’t sure they should spend German prices.

CR: “Regal beat the Volvo S60 in a head-to-head road test. Ultimately, the Regal wound up finishing just one point shy of the class-leading BMW 328i and tied the Mercedes-Benz C250 for second place in the organization’s overall ratings of upscale sport sedans — while costing thousands less.”

That’s probably a surprise to shoppers who haven’t kept up with Buick’s evolution toward sporty performance (somewhat a return to the brand’s performance-oriented roots of the 1950s and 1960s), but it’s no illusion.

Jake Fisher, the publication’s director of automotive testing, says, “The Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying midsized sports sedan that’s more reminiscent of a German sports car than the softly sprung luxo-barges that Buick was once known for.”

The Regal bested the GM car that’s positioned as a true 3 Series rival, the Cadillac ATS turbo, previously tested by the publication. The ATS did well overall, though, only a few points behind the Buick, and earned a “recommended” rating from CR.

What does the Buick Regal really have to offer?: Check out this review!

As found on USA TODAY: July 23, 2014

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