I am in love with the mere thought of a mid engined vette, but it's gonna be a reality with a pushrod v8? Oh yea...I haven't been to the new car show in over a decade, but I'm going this year, I gotta see this thing in person! I wish it were our little family resto business providing this, but you can bet that the person who offers manny swap kits will make plenty of loot...I couldn't believe it either, the previous corvette was one of the last cars where the manual trans was actually standard. The only way to get an auto at one point in the vetttes history was to buy the convertible! That's what I get for making fun of the porsche guys for no stick in the gt3, now I feel their pain. I've never met the guy, I would love to pick his brain during the power tour or drag week, but that dude has made me shake my head in wonder over the years. I thought he was a much better fit as editor in chief of car craft. I was just reading an old issue of hot rod from 02, remember how much he supported the sport compact craze/fad? It seemed like those days he was just trying to get more people to read hot rod, but the tone was almost mocking. I remember once someone's letter got printed saying something like "I love hondas, all these rednecks and old guys can't keep up, they really believe there is no replacement for displacement. The turbo is one" Ummm...what makes more power under boost, 1.8l or 5.7? Maybe he simply doesn't care for mid engined cars, or is a true vette traditionalist, but the vette is way better than the Ford gt. Didn't the camaro get a better time than the last vette at the nurburgring?