Our digital cover kicks off a week filled with exclusive Corvette features as Spitta helps Chevy celebrate a great American sports car's 60th birthday.
This feature is a part of Complex's Corvette Week.
Sixty years ago, the opening of General Motors' Motorama exhibition attracted more than 45,000 people to New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel. Among the futuristic automobiles on display (accompanied by singers, dancers, and an orchestra) was the first ever Chevrolet Corvette, a sleek convertible made of lightweight fiberglass. Most of the cars showcased at Motorama—the Buick Wildcat, Pontiac La Parisienne, and Oldsmobile Starfire—are now lost to history. But late that year the first 300 hand-built Corvettes were delivered to retailers in "polo white." Ten years later, in 1963, Chevy introduced a second-generation Corvette known as the Stingray. This was the car that took its place in pop culture as an American automotive legend, the same one that serves as the inspiration for the C7, a new ridiculously fast generation of Corvette that will become available in the third quarter of 2013.
Nobody in hip-hop loves Corvettes more than Curren$y. The New Orleans rapper—one of the few who's been signed to both No Limit and Cash Money before inking a deal for his own Jet Life imprint to be distributed by Warner Bros—sprinkles his lyrics with automotive references and has a collection of American muscle cars that includes two Corvettes. He also runs an auto shop in his hometown. So we decided to celebrate the Corvette's big anniversary by collaborating with Curren$y and General Motors on a week filled with exclusive Corvette features. Complex Rides editor Tony Markovich traveled with Curren$y to Detroit for a Vette-lovers dream weekend. All the visuals—including a brand-new cherry red 2014 Corvette C7 and two white vintage Vettes from 1966 and 1972—were captured by Ross Haines. Go ahead and pop the hood on our cover story, and make sure you keep checking back every day for more of Complex's Corvette week.