The 1960 Cunningham Corvette was the first Corvette to win at Le Mans. The story of the skillful restoration of this classic Corvette will be told to fans attending the C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum on May 1. Lance Miller, son of “Corvettes at Carlisle” founder Chip Miller, plans to bring the Corvette to Bowling Green along with one of its drivers, John Fitch.
The 1960 Corvette team that ran Le Mans (3 of them) were managed by Briggs Cunningham with a considerable amount of GM factory support. Corvette took first in class and 8th overall. It was the first Corvette to ever win Le Mans and held the title until Pratt & Miller/GM won again in 2001.
The 50th Anniversary of the Corvette’s win at Le Mans is recognized for its significance by General Motors who released a new limited edition Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition.
The C5/C6 Bash is loaded with events to keep Corvette lovers moving. Road tours, a digital scavenger hunt, drag racing, seminars, silent auction, autograph sessions, golf cart autocross, poker run, car show will all lead up to the unofficial “inauguration” of the National Corvette Museum Conference center which will be the focus of the fun Margaritaville Banquet.
Other optional events are dyno pulls, customer assistance from Corvette quality representatives, Maker’s Mark Bourbon Distillery Tour, an update on the future Motorsports Park, C5/C6 registry meeting, General Jackson Lunch Cruise, and Bob Parcell’s analysis of the future of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, a 2011 preview, and Winner’s Circle and Duntov Society Recognition reception.
A special session on planned giving to the National Corvette Museum with experts on the subject answering questions is also on the docket.
Activities end with the Margaritaville Banquet, a whole party based around a Cheeseburger in Paradise with fun foods, decorations and live music for dancing, inaugurating the NCM Conference Center and party in style.
If you are interested in attending the C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum, click here for registration information.
Mark Leevan, writer for the Corvette Examiner contributed this story.
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