The Classic Corvette Club UK held their 30th Anniversary Nationals show recently and corvette owners turned out to display a variety of the classic American sports car from all generations. Like most shows, participants entered Corvettes ranging from stock through modified, race cars and recreations. Some of the customs are very well done and so we thought a pictorial feature would be nice to show what our brothers and sisters from across the pond are doing to their Corvettes.
One of the Corvettes which generated a lot of buzz was Tony Pitt’s Black Sting Ray Racer, a replica of the 1957 SS Corvette built by Zora and later driven around Detroit by Bill Mitchell. Tony’s Sting Ray Racer was built by Corvette Kingdom of Norfolk and is based on a 1978 Corvette C3 chassis that was shortened by 2 inches. The SS replica is powered by a 350 ci engine and the body has a clam-shell style opening front and rear bodywork.
Another Corvette built by Corvette Kingdom is a 1966 Coupe that was transformed into a recreation of the Grand Sport race car. A badly damaged ’66 Corvette served as the basis of the build and a GS kit from the States was incorporated to give the the Coupe that aggressive racing stance that the Grand Sports are known for. Powered by a 425-hp V8 engine, we’re sure this Corvette turns heads wherever it goes.
Finally, Santa Pod Raceway brought along several competition Corvettes including a C2 Coupe named “High Risk”. With an engine mounted way back of the centerline for a perfect weight transfer, the Corvette stunt car is known for it’s quarter-mile Wheelies down the track. The floor has a clear Perspex opening so the driver can still see where he’s going.
Here are just some of the Custom Corvettes that appeared at the Classic Corvette Club UK Nationals:
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Photos by Paul Bussey