On Monday before noon local time, Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs were picked up in the paddock and taken to downtown Le Mans where they officially underwent scrutineering. Thousands of fans gathered in Jacobin square and looked on as the Corvettes were studied, tested and then deemed good to go for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After pictures in front of the historic Le Mans Cathedral, team members headed back to the track for a photo shoot with the 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette that won at Le Mans 50 years ago.
If all goes as planned, one week from now the two Corvette C6.Rs will be racing through the French countryside in the dead of the night locked in battle with the best sport car manufacturers in the world. Two years ago we pulled this video off a French website during live streaming of a practice session. After watching the Johnny O’Connell behind the wheel of the #63 Corvette C6.R, I tell you I can’t wait for next weekend’s 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans!
Here are photos of the two Corvette C6.Rs being delivered to the Paddock at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After some baseless speculation about a possible livery change to match the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette’s white/blue stripes for the 50th Anniversary of Corvette’s first race at Le Man, we see both cars in dressed in their standard 2010 Yellow/Black livery. Like Monterey, both Corvettes feature the new 50th Anniversary logo front and center on the hood.
We just got word through Lance Miller that his 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette has made it safely to the port of Le Havre in France. The Corvette was placed in a large cargo container last month and made its trans-Atlantic voyage by ship. By now the Corvette should be resting comfortably at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum.
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As one of the partners in the Race to Win Corvette Sweepstakes, AutoWeek’s Editorial Director Dutch Mandel was able to sit down with Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Racing’s Engineering Director Doug Louth. The two engineers discussed the individual aspects of the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition and how cascade engineering with the racing program has created the best track Corvette yet.
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Corvette’s first visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, GM has opened up the media archives and is showing this 1960 documentary which captures Corvette’s first class win at the historic sports car race. Narrated by Dr. Dick Thompson, aka “The Flying Dentist”, the 35-minute film follows the three Briggs Cunningham Corvettes and the #4 Camoradi Corvette from arrival in France to the post-race celebration.
Chevrolet had some big plans in 2009 for honoring the Corvette Racing team with the GT1 Championship Special Edition Corvettes. Built to commemorate the 10 years of GT1 racing which included 70 victories, 8 GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the initial plan was to offer 600 Corvettes, however, the global automotive recession limited production to only 125 cars. The 2009 Coupe you see here is #18 of only 24 Black GT1 Championship Edition Coupes produced.
Chip Miller of Corvettes at Carlisle had a dream to return the #3 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette and its driver John Fitch back to Le Mans for the 50 anniversary of Corvette’s first class win and 8th place finish overall in the world’s most prestigest road race. Sadly, Chip passed away in 2003 and now his son Lance is working to fulfill his father’s dream. This is a neat video that will introduce you to the #3 Corvette and the people who have played a role in restoring it to it’s former racing configuration.
At last weekend’s American Le Mans Series at Monterey, Chevy and Corvette Racing took the time to honor the men and their Corvettes who were the trailblazers for today’s Corvette racing program. On hand for the celebration was Dr. Dick Thompson (aka The Flying Dentist) who drove the #2 Corvette at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans and Dick Guldstrand who raced with Bob Bondurant in 1967. These two legends told some incredible stories of their exploits and you can watch the videos after the jump.