If you love historically significant Corvette racecars, it doesn’t get much better than the collection of six very rare cars that will be on display at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Aug. 16-18.
We all know Chevy takes the lessons it learns from racing and transfers that knowledge to the production cars. To illustrate that point, each of the six classic racers will be shown with its street counterpart from the same timeframe.
Those six racers to be displayed include:
- 1960 Cunningham Corvette No. 3, which took first in its class and eighth overall after the crew cooled off the overheating engine with dry ice from the catering tent.
- 1967 Corvette Le Mans, piloted by the legendary Dick Guldstrand and Bob Bondurant at the 1967 Le Mans, where its 427 set a record speed of 171.5 mph on the Mulsanne Straight before engine failure.
- 1968 Owens Corning Corvette, powered by an L88 engine and perhaps the most victorious Corvette ever with 22 consecutive SCCA A/Production wins over several years.
- 1989 Corvette Challenge No. 3 Car, overall winner of that series in 1989 which pitted Corvette against Corvette because the SCCA banned them from Showroom Stock racing after the ’Vette dominated its competition so much.
- 2001 Corvette C5R, built for Chevrolet Racing by Pratt & Miller Engineering and Fabrication with a 427/610 engine good for eight wins in 10 races that season.
- 2011 Corvette C6R, also developed by Pratt & Miller and the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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