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Vega GT & Cosworth Vega in March 2014 Hemmings Classic Car

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My 1973 Vega GT - Millionth Vega & 1976 Cosworth Vega are featured in the March 2014 issue of Hemmings Classic Car magazine. Richard Lentinello, Editor for Hemmings photographed the cars at my Long Island residence and Terry Shea, Editor in Chief, penned the well-written article. The March issue is out now ($4.99) - The GT is featured on the top of the cover. Below is a sample from the 6-page article.

Chevrolutionary! "By all accounts, the Chevrolet Vega seemed to be the right car at the right time when it debuted late in 1970 as a 1971 model for General Motors. Small, attractive, economical to buy and efficient to own, the sporty and thrifty little car--available in two-door notchback and hatchback variants, as well as in station wagon and panel delivery models--marked big changes at GM, upending nearly 60 years of the way Chevrolet did business.
From its revolutionary die-cast aluminum engine block, to its small dimensions, to its innovative manufacturing and distribution techniques, the Vega screamed "New," though its design was otherwise relatively conventional..."
"The Vega was an immediate hit, enjoying a few good years in the showroom, but was ultimatley undone by a host of quality issues that plaqued the car in its early years and damaged its reputation almost beyond repair." Despite fixing these problems in the ensuing years—and turning the Vega into pretty reliable car—it was too late, and the model was finished by 1977." "Given the many jabs taken at the Vega in the ensuing decades since it went out of production, it takes a special kind of person to embrace the Vega. Fortunately, Robert Spinello is not your average collector. His garage includes not one but two, ultra-low mileage, limited-edition Vegas, both unrestored originals, and so pristine that the Monroney stickers have never been removed from the windows."

"Big, round gauges and simulated engine-turned dash perfectly fit the sporty Cosworth Vega, with its high-strung and powerful 16-valve four-cylinder engine." " Millionth Edition Vega's striking color combination of Bright Orange paint with a wide white stripe down the middle is mimicked on the flashy interior, complete with orange carpet. Who says the Seventies had no style? As with his Cosworth Vega, the owner keeps this ultra-low mileage car in as-new condition."

Hemmings Classic Car March 2014 - Vega GT / Cosworth Vega gallery
Link: http://www.he...feature4.html


Image: My photo taken at the Hemmings photoshoot, Nov. 2012

Vega GT Collects Seventh Trophy for 2013

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My '73 Vega GT won 1st Place (Stock 1970-'75) at its final show of the 2013 season, the Long Island Cars Show, Macarthur Airport, Ronkonkoma NY Sunday Oct. 20, 2013. The car participated in seven judged events in 2013.

Lions Club of Cutchogue 43rd Annual Classic Auto Show, Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchoque, NY July 7, 2013 Trophy Winner

1st Annual Studebakers, Stangs & Stingrays Classic Car Show, Hauppauge NY August 4, 2013 (Stock, 1973-'79) 1st Place

Long Island Car Show, Belmont Racetrack, Elmont, NY August 11, 2013 (Stock 1970-'75) 2nd Place

Long Island Cars Show, MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY Aug. 25, 2013 (Stock 1970-'75) 2nd Place

Antique Automobile Club of America (A.A.C.A.) NY Peconic region -
Hallockville Meet, Riverhead, NY September 29, 2013 Trophy Winner

Long Island Cars Show, Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY October 6, 2013 (Stock 1970-'75) 1st Place

Long Island Cars Show, MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY Oct. 20, 2013 (Stock 1970-'75) 1st Place



Link: - 2013 Show Results - 1976 Cosworth Vega / 1973 Vega GT/ 1971 Vega Panel Express
http://www.mo...chedule-10837


Photo: My 1973 Vega GT with 1st Place trophy 10-20-13

Vega GT Returns to "Long Island Cars" Show, Belmont Racetrack

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My 1973 Vega GT returned to the Long Island Cars Show at Belmont Racetrack in Elmont NY Sunday, August 11th.
In its third outing there since '06, the field was huge and the competition was fierce. The original Vega can hold its own to restored entries, pulling off 1st or 2nd Place in class and took 2nd this time. I asked the judge after the show what specific areas prevented the car from taking the top spot. As I suspected, a few paint chips on a wheel and the need for further engine compartment detailing were the reasons. If corrected he said, "You should be OK."
If any consolation, the flawless, yellow 2007 Corvette Z06 next to me also took 2nd place in its class.

Vega GT at Long Island Cars Show - Belmont Racetrack
August 6, 2006 1st Place
November 5, 2006 2nd Place
August 11, 2013 2nd Place


109 photos - Long Island Cars Show, Belmont Racetrack, Elmont, NY August 11, 2013
Link http://www.mo...11-2013-32945

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Award-Winning Vega GT Survivor Turns 40

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My 1973 Vega GT Millionth Vega has turned 40 years-old. But only in years as the all original, well-preserved Vega has but 8k miles. Built June 1973, the car is 1 of 6500 Millionth Vega special editions produced May thru July at the GM Lordstown Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio (where Chevy Cruzes are produced today).
The first titled owner (Illinois) bought it new at auction Sept.24, 1996 with 151 miles. I'm the second titled owner (NY) bought June 20, 2002 with 3,429 miles.
In the 11 years that I've owned the car, it's been driven mainly to shows and events and otherwise stored indoors as before.

The car has won more than 30 awards usually competing against restored entries, but was recognized for its originality at the Hemmings 2010 New England Concours D 'Elegance winning "Favorite Original" and "Best Preservation."
The same year the car was featured in a Motor Trend Classic retrospective Vega-Pinto-Gremlin comparison and featured in a video having been a selected winner in the Car Domain/Castrol Unlock Your Performance contest. The car has also appeared in Hemmings Motor News, Super Chevy and most recently, Hemmings Classic Car.
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Ever since the day I first saw a new Vega Millionth edition in the showroom (I was 13), It's been my favorite car. This one is as close to new as the one I couldn't have back in 1973.
Happy 40th to my survivor which has helped salvage the Vega's troubled legacy...

Frank Markus, Technical Director of Motor Trend wrote of my Vega after a drive for a Motor Trend Classic retrospective comparison test in 2010,
"After a few gentle miles, I begin to understand how this car won its awards and comparison tests."
He closes the article agreeing with MT's initial assessment of the Vega and how it fared compared to its domestic competition; he wrote-
"Chevrolet spun the Vega as a more American, upscale car. And let’s face it, the car looked hot. So can you blame us for falling hook, line, and sinker for the Vega and naming it 1971’s Car of the Year."
"..well-maintained examples are great looking, nice-driving, economical classics—like Baltic Ave. with a Hotel, the best ones can be had for $10K or less.


see also:
1973 Chevy Vega GT - Millionth Vega
Link http://www.mo...-of-6500-8783

Photo: 1973 Vega GT - Millionth Vega showing off first place trophies

Chevy Vega GT Brought Out of Hibernation - Takes Trophy

By vegavairbob

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After 10 years of shows and events, my 1973 Vega GT has been hibernating in the garage lately as my 1976 Cosworth Vega purchased last Summer had taken its place on the show circuit. But today I brought the GT out for a 250+ car show on Long Island's North Fork, the Cutchogue Lions 43rd Annual Car Show, July 7, 2013. A popular vote show awarding the top-fifty cars, the Vega was announced in the top-ten.
It was a hot weekend on Long Island; luckily, I had found a spot under a shady tree avoiding direct sun. The car looked and ran excellent; this Spring it was treated to a Zymol detail in and out, an Amsol Synthetic "Z-Rod" (added zinc) oil change and a coolant change. After the show, as always, the car was carefully driven home, washed then returned to its climate-controlled garage.

The GT will return to the Long Island Cars Show, Belmont Racetrack, Elmont, NY August 11, 2013, then first time at the Long Island Cars Show, MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY Aug. 25, 2013 and the A.A.C.A. NY Peconic region "Hallockville Meet" Riverhead, NY Sept. 29, 2013 where the car participated in the annual event 2006-'11

see also:
Award-Winning Chevy Vega GT Survivor Turns 40
Link http://www.mo...urns-40-12768


Photo: '73 Vega GT and trophy at home after the show July 7, 2013

Vega GT Millionth Vega "Super Chevy Show" Class Winner on superchevy.com

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My 1973 Vega GT - Millionth Vega won "Show Class Winner'' & "Best Open Class" at Super Chevy Show - Maple Grove Raceway, Pa. July 16-17, 2011. It was featured in Super Chevy magazine, November 2011 in event coverage and was posted on superchevy.com.

Caption from Super Chevy magazine/web article:
"An interesting oddity in the show-car field was Robert Spinello’s 7,000-original-mile ’73 Vega GT. He’s had it for nine years and is only the second owner of the special-edition Bow Tie. When he bought it, there were only 3,800 miles on the clock."

see also:
Link: Walking Tour Of Maple Grove Raceway Chevy Show
http://www.ch...y-chevy-show/

1973 Chevy Vega GT - CarDomain/Castrol EDGE Contest Winner

By vegavairbob

Filed under: 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT (Millionth Vega)

My Vega GT was a selected winner in the Car Domain/Castrol Edge Contest
The video was released Oct. 20, 2010

From the CarDomain / Castol Edge Contest Site Winners section:
VegaVairBob's pristine classic is the second winner of the Unlock Your Performance Contest. "In May 1973, Chevrolet produced the one millionth Vega. A million built in only three model years! Chevrolet chose a GT Coupe featuring a bright orange exterior with white sport stripes, a neutral custom vinyl interior including exclusive vinyl door panels, orange accent color carpeting, and Millionth Vega door handle accents to showcase the milestone car." Check out this custom video about his ride; brought to you by CastrolEDGE. It's More Than Just Oil. It's Liquid Engineering.

Chevy Vega GT in Motor Trend Classic Retrospective Comparison - Fall 2010 Issue

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Motor Trend Classic Fall 2010 features a "Loving Look Back" drive of my '73 Vega GT, a '72 Pinto Runabout and a '71 Gremlin X:

My Vega was petitioned for the retrospective comparison April 2010. The Pinto & Gremlin were then searched for close by on the east coast, and The University of Massachusetts was chosen as the photo-shoot site for its 70's building architecture. The meet-up took place June 12th, 2010.

Frank Markus, Technical Director of Motor Trend wrote of the Vega:
"After a few gentle miles, I begin to understand how this car won its awards and comparison tests."
He closes the article agreeing with MT's initial assessment of the Vega and how it fared compared to its domestic competition; he wrote-
"Chevrolet spun the Vega as a more American, upscale car. And let’s face it, the car looked hot. So can you blame us for falling hook, line, and sinker for the Vega and naming it 1971’s Car of the Year? Surviving Vegas are like a fossil record of everything that was wrong with the American auto industry circa 1970, but well-maintained examples are also great looking, nice-driving, economical classics—like Baltic Ave. with a Hotel, the best ones can be had for $10K or less. Emotionally, Jim Brokaw summed it up in January 1972: Gremlin has power, but Pinto has the price, and a much
quieter ride. Which car is best? Vega."


see also:
Chevrolet Vega Reviews - Chevy Vega Wiki
http://chevyv..._Vega_Reviews

Image: My photo, similar to MT's shot used for the double-page introduction.

Chevy Vega GT sweeps 2010 Hemmings New England Concours D' Elegance

By vegavairbob

Filed under: 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT (Millionth Vega)

My 1973 Chevy Vega GT won big at the 2010 New England Concours D' Elegance presented by Hemmings Motor News July 17th and 18th in Vermont.
The Saturday event, the Cruise-in Spectalcular was a non-judged show with winners selected by The Hemmings Motor News Staff. Winning vehicles were awarded glass-like trophies.
The Vega won "Favorite Original."

The main event on Sunday, The Fourth Annual Concours D' Elegance, was by invitation only and fielded 118 vehicles judged in 20 classes.
The Vega, all-original with 6k miles, was postioned in Class O - Preservation. With 15 vehicles, the Preservation (Preserved Original) class had the largest field and the most diverse assembly of vehicles, ranging from a 1935 Packard to a 1975 Porsche.

Class O - Preservation (as listed in program)
1935 Packard 120 Club sedan
1947 De Soto Diplomat
1963 Corvair Monza sedan
1965 Cadillac convertible
1965 Citroen 2CV6
1966 Mercedes-Benz 220 D
1969 AMC AMX California 500
1969 Chevrolet Impala hardtop
1969 Toyota Corona coupe
1971 Buick GS Stage I
1971 Cadillac Eldorado
1971 Chevrolet Caprice sedan
1973 Chevrolet Vega
1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega
1975 Porsche 914

My 1973 Chevy Vega GT won "Best Preservation." A 1969 Chevy Impala Coupe took second place.
In Sunday's awards presentation parade, mention was made that I had driven the car 300 miles to the event, a seemingly positive factor in the eyes of the Editor in Chief of Hemmings; another plus in favor of driving instead of trailering to an event!

The next largest class was AM-1 - American Muscle 1964-1974, fielding 14. Class V - Corvair, fielded 11 vehicles, with the other 17 classes each fielding 10 or less.
Second place winners of each class received glass-like trophies; the same type awarded in Saturday's "Cruise-in Spectacular." First place winners were awarded a distinctive round, solid glass-like trophy.
Photos of all the winning vehicles appeared in the Hemmings Motor News Oct. 2010 issue.

see also
New England Concours d'Elegance 2010 - Best of the Hemmings Nation
http://www.he...feature5.html


Image: My 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT - Millionth Vega at the 2010 New England Concours D' Elegance

1973 Chevy Vega GT - Millionth Vega

By vegavairbob

Filed under: 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT (Millionth Vega)

In May 1973, Chevrolet produced the one millionth Vega. A million buiilt in three years! Chevrolet chose a GT Hatchback coupe featuring a bright orange exterior with white sport stripes, a neutral custom vinyl interior featuring exclusive vinyl door panels, orange accent color carpeting, power steering and Millionth Vega door handle accents.
Chevrolet produced a special limited edition Millonth Vega replicating the milestone car. 6500 were built at the rate of 10 cars per hour from May through July 1973.(10% of total production for 3 months)

Millionth Vega - ZM5 option $497.00 included-
GT Package
Power Steering
Bright Orange Exterior (code 86)
White Sport Stripes
Light Neutral Custom Vinyl Interior w/exclusive Vinyl Door Panels
Accent-Color Carpeting - Orange
Millionth Vega Door Handle Accents

Chevy merchandising issued a colorful dealer folder showing the exterior and interior of car and highlighting its exclusive color combination.

Hot Rod magazine December 1973 said:
"On May 17th, 1973, the one-millionth Vega trundled down the ways and out the door of Chevy's Lordstown plant. Chevrolet was so smitten with the car that they've built 6143 "Millionth Vegas." The series is basically a styled-up Vega GT with some nice interior touches. It costs $500 more than the GT and comes with bright orange paint, white stripping, a "Millionth Vega' decal in the door handle, and power steering. They'll probably sell a million of 'em."

Notes:
Hot Rod made two errors - It wasn't $500 more than the GT. The One-Millionth Vega ZM6 option at $497 included the GT package; also previous GM inside sources say a total of 6500 were produced.

Regular production options were available not in conflict with the ZM5 package - (any transmission, a/c, etc.)
Bright Orange exterior color was offered as a regular production Vega color (code 69) in 1974.
Vinyl Door Panels became part of the Custom Interior option from 1974 on.


see also:
Chevy Vega Wiki
http://chevyv...let_Vega_Wiki

Photo: My 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT - Millionth Vega at the Hemmings 2010 Concours D' Elegance in Vermont

Vega Economy Camper - The Hatchback Hutch

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The Chevy Vega Hatchback Hutch dealer folder said:
"Every Vega Hatchack becomes a Two-Sleeper! It's the Vega Hatchback Hutch. Travel all day and then instead of turning into some place to sleep, you can just turn your Vega into some place to sleep. The March '72 issue of Friends magazine (for Chevy owners) prompted hundreds of inquires."
Easy to install
"...The entire process takes 5 minutes from unwrapping to completion'"
Durable quality contruction
..."they're made of extra-strength square-weave canvas. 10.38 ounce army duck and died to a bright, vivid yellow. The material is water and mildew resistant and extra heavy brass zipper is strong and reliable."
Convenient to pack
"...It folds up and tucks away in a corner of the Vega storage area."
"The Hutch can have Vega prospects camping on your doorsteps. Just set it up outside and watch the crowds gather."

Wheels Afield-the complete camping magazine - February 1973 in "Economy Camping" said: "Hatchback Tent for Chevrolet Vega sleeps two or three, opens in seconds and snaps into place, is lightweight and water resistant, has zippered flaps and can be quickly dismantled, folded and stored inside your Vega. Makes overnight camping easy. Price: about $75. available through Chevrolet dealers everywhere."


see also:
Chevy Vega Wiki
http://chevyv...let_Vega_Wiki

Image: My 1973 Vega GT - Millionth Vega w/ Hutch installed
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