When Lance Miller set out to return the #3 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Corvette and its driver John Fitch to Le Mans for the 50th anniversary of the cars win, he was accompanied by Corvette collector and documentary filmmaker Michael Brown who captured the experience in HD. A fall release of the feature-length documentary as well as a book are expected. While we wait, a trailer of the coming film has been released.
In Episode 9 of Corvette Racing’s Track to Street, Oliver Gavin, driver of the no. 4 Corvette, and Ken Flory, chief engineer of the no. 3 Corvette, show they know what it takes to compete in long distance races. Both are accomplished marathon runners and successful Corvette Racing competitors. Gavin speaks about his experiences both on and off the track, as he compares the mindset and environments for both sports. He also talks about the focus and determination that drive him to compete at a high level.
This midyear Corvette was parked alongside one of the turns at the famous Nurburgring in Germany and from the video it appears the car was stalled. Not a great place to be as a recent rainstorm had passed through leaving the track wet and several cars had trouble navigating the turn as the video shows. Eventually, the driver got the Corvette started and was able to move to a safer location.
Corvette Racing Returns to High-Speed Wisconsin Road Course
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Two events occurred in 1955 that would forever change the face of American road racing: Chevrolet introduced its new small-block V-8 engine, and the good citizens of Elkhart Lake, Wis., opened a new road racing circuit near their quiet rural town. The Chevy small-block went on to become America’s most successful production-based racing engine, and Road America became one of the world’s most revered race tracks. On Sunday, August 22, Road America will host the seventh round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series, and the roar of Corvette Racing’s 5.5-liter V8s will echo through the rolling hills of the Wisconsin countryside.
Check out this great video of a Torch Red Corvette ZR1 driven hard by the very capable Juan Pablo Montoya at the Milford Proving Ground’s road course affectionately known as the Lutz Ring. Montoya currently drives a Chevy in NASCAR and won the checkered flag two weeks ago at Watkins Glen. So what did he do to celebrate his win? By scaring the hell out of people who rode shotgun in the ZR1.
I have been informed by several readers that the first L88 Corvette did sell at $1.25 million at the Mecum at Monterey auction. A review of the mecum.com results confirms this. I apologize for the error.
The first documented L88 Corvette sold at the Mecum at Monterey auction yesterday afternoon for $1,250,000. The mid year was the first documented 427/430 hp Corvette that was campaigned by Tony DeLorenzo in the SCCA A Production class. Years later the Corvette was restored and won awards from Bloomington Gold and the NCRS.
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Noted Corvette collector and baseball legend Reggie Jackson will be offering four Corvettes at the Mecum at Monterey auction on August 13-14th at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. The four cars include two 1967 L68 427/400 Corvettes and two straight axle C1s. The Corvettes are part of Jackson’s 16-car sale at the Monterey auction.