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AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE EXPLORES A MAJOR ISSUE IN MARCH: JUST WHICH VERSION OF THE CORVETTE IS THE FASTEST?

 AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE EXPLORES A MAJOR ISSUE IN MARCH:
 JUST WHICH VERSION OF THE CORVETTE IS THE FASTEST?
 ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- America's sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette, comes under intense scrutiny in the March issue of Automobile magazine as the editors brave the high-banking of the Charlotte Motor Speedway to find out just which one of the federally legal versions is the fastest.
 A contingent of the staff drove four of the fiberglass-bodied two- seaters through the western North Carolina hills and on the high-speed NASCAR track. Two of the 'Vettes were turbocharged by aftermarket tuners while the other two came from the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors.
 All, according to Executive Editor Rich Ceppos, made a major statement.
 "If you'd like to know what it feels like to be a celebrity, you don't have to host the 'Tonight Show,' play in the Super Bowl, or even own a Ferrari Testarossa," wrote Ceppos. "Just bring four Corvettes together and drive around...especially if one is painted candy tangerine and has more slots and scoops than a F-15 fighter plane, and suddenly, there's enough voltage to blast a good-size hole through the general public's wall of ennui..."
 But reporting on fast, ostentatious cars is, as usual, just one part of the issue (on newsstands next week) -- although Editor/Publication Director David E. Davis Jr. also writes about driving the new Ferrari 512TR from Florida to Michigan.
 The issue's editorial breadth ranges from an interview with an ex-nun who sells Saturns to a wrap-up of the editors' 12-month experience with the Volvo 940SE to a look at the new Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Suburban.
 And to cover the sublime as well as the ridiculous, English columnist Phil Llewellin takes some friends for a ride in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, which at more than $600,000 is the world's most expensive production limousine, and Jamie Kitman chauffeurs his buddy on a majestic tour of New Jersey -- "What kind of idiot would want to ride around New Jersey in an open car ...me..." -- in the newly restyled Alfa Romeo Spyder.
 Automobile magazine, a member of the K-III Magazine Corporation, reached the 525,000-circulation plateau with the January 1992 issue. Approaching its sixth anniversary, it was the only major monthly automotive publication to show an advertising lineage increase in 1991 when compared to 1990.
 "Last year was obviously a landmark one for us," said Davis. "We celebrated our fifth anniversary, went solidly into the black, countered industry trends by increasing our advertising pages by some 5 percent and topped a half-million circulation for the first time."
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