We told you a few weeks ago about a one-of-a-kind 1965 Corvette Sting Ray that has been on the track since it was born – and in the same family for more than 30 years. Brian Hobaugh will again be aiming for the top prize with his family’s Corvette in the OPTIMA Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational 2013 on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PST) in Pahrump, Nev.
It would just be another in a long line of victories for this Sting Ray. In 2013, Brian won six trophies at the American Street Car Series Run to the Coast event, including autocross, speed/stop, and road course. He also became the first qualifier for the Goodguys Shootout after winning several Goodguys autocross events.
Even before Brian’s dad bought the car in the early 1980s, it had been run in autocrosses by previous owners, dating all the way back to the time it left the showroom floor.
An original fuelie, the car now has a 364 engine with Brodix heads and TPiS fuel injection and Accel DFI Gen 7 engine management, among other power enhancements that have upped the horsepower to 525 and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.
It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Hobaugh’s Corvette wins the USCI next month, especially since he finished second last year and third the year before that.
He’s hoping a new paint job from his shop, Car West Elite, and the hand-laid fender flares, along with the matte black bumper wrap, might be enough to push him over to a victory in the Lingenfelter Performance Design Challenge.
Not that Brian doesn’t already have plenty of memories in his ’65 since, after all, it was the car he drove with a learner’s license at age 15 and the car he autocrossed four days after he turned 16.
That kind of history could be just one reason why Brian has been told for years that his Sting Ray is their favorite autocross of all time.