• Dec 1st 2006 at 10:14PM
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Last month we posted on a recent sighting of the infamous "Blue Devil" supercharged uber-vette that had been shot numerous times while undergoing testing.
We wrote at the time, "This latest shot comes courtesy of The Car Connection via a student near Milford, Mich. by the name of Yonni G. Mr. G. happened to have his Dad's camera in tow when this newest prototype blew by him at speed and judging by the quality of the shots, we hope he got a sizeable check from the folks at TCC."

Well, last night we got word that those stellar shots were part of an elaborate prank of sorts, put on by the folks over at Winding Road to see if the images would make their way onto the pages of their competition and other automotive resources. They succeeded, getting the faux-pics ran in Autoweek, Motor Trend and a variety of internet sites and blogs, including this one.

Follow the jump for more on the story of Winding Road's imitation super Vette...

All of the media outlets who published the photos feel a bit foolish right now, though some will likely take it more serious than others. We don't know if any publication paid for the photos, in which case there might be some question surrounding the liability of someone selling fake photos. We know for a fact, however, that Winding Road only took pictures of the vehicle for its own article and never distributed photos of the vehicle to other outlets. The photos published in various magazines and on the internet were taken by people out in public and submitted to those outlets without any involvement from Winding Road. On account of this, we doubt WR will find itself in any legal trouble over this, since it's not against the law to tape up a Corvette and drive it around.

The entire buildup is chronicled in the January issue of Winding Road, which is available at their website. In order to view the latest issue you have to subscribe, which is free, however, some have voiced their disgust and don't want to give WR any more publicity than it's already garnered. Keith from Corvetteblogger.com, for instance, writes on his blog, "You've just proved that you are not worthy of the link on my blog and I hope others will take anything that comes from Winding Road in the future with a grain of salt."

We're in the process of rounding up comments from some of the other players now, including those of spy photographers in the business and the staff of Winding Road itself. Watch this space for more information as it develops.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      That is the funniest thing to happen in automotive journalism in a longtime. I kept reading about the this so called Blue Devil in so many websites and magazines and all the GM was tellin us the truth...there is no such car. Comical!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Um, that should have been http://www.carbuzzard.com. My apology.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL, this is great! I'm sure this fooled even some inside GM. They sure did look convincing!
      • 8 Years Ago
      WR is a bunch of assholes for have speed junkies dreaming about a 700 horsepower production Corvette, as i said assholes.
      if autoblog is accurate, which it usualy is i have to commned you guy for keep us autoethuist on our toes.
      this is the also the funniest prank pulled on the auto industry.
      • 8 Years Ago
      From the sounds of it WR should not be accountable for this. The companies that took the information and used it believing it to be true are. It seems like most magazines and blogs will post anything...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Excellent. David E. strikes again. Viral advertising at its best. My digital chapeau is off to thee. No doubt this story will ricochet around the internet for, well, who knows how long. Certainly it will p.o. some people, but almost everyone who reads it will stop in to see what's going on. Wish I had thought of it for carbuzzard.com... but I'm not too proud to hitch a ride on the back of that particular wagon for as long as I can. ;-) Y'all come.

      That said, it's not bad for journalism, whether or not its good for those who got taken in. The rush to be the first to break a story should be tempered with caution to make sure the story is true...or at least some weasel words like "believed to be" should be put in. But at least my colleages who were fooled didn't have a political agenda like Dan Rather.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Credibility? The only idiots whose credibility has been hurt are those who published the so-called "spy shots" without doing even a minimal level of confirmation. After all, Winding Road DID NOT publish the pictures...someone else did and represented them as something that they weren't.

      Sounds like some sacred cows have been gored.

      Too damn funny and nice prank.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys are hillarious.. and I mean everyone who is getting worked up over this.

      -AJ Quick
      • 8 Years Ago
      Viral marketing for a few hundred bucks? priceless.

      Getting readers ticked off and getting more web traffic? Mission accomplished.
      • 8 Years Ago
      um... the Sting Ray still exists...

      this was just a fake version of it. there will still be a production version of the sting ray...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Buuuuuut what about the Blue Devils on the Nürburgring?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I find it a bit amusing. It's an example of how one can "seed" the Internet and get your message spread for free... As long as no money changed hands I don't see anything wrong with it.
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