In 1958, every Chevrolet dealer in the country received one of these Corvette posters. Chevy ad man Jim Bernardin tells of using the Myron Scott photo and adding the blue racing stripes to give it sports car racing feel.
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.
This 1961 Ermine White Corvette once owned by Rock legend Alice Cooper was sold this weekend for $78,000 Australian Dollars ($65,481 USD) at the 2010 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction. The Corvette comes with a signed Fender Squier Guitar, hence the “three fender” nickname. Equipped with a 283 ci V8 and a three speed automatic powerglide, the Corvette has recently been overhauled with new shocks, brakes, tires and other parts. Because the Corvette is older than 15 years, it is not subject to RHD-conversion rules as long as the car is used for personal transportation. Rock on!
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.
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.
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Corvette’s debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Chevy rounded up three historic Le Mans racers for a special display at the ALMS race this weekend at Monterey’s Laguna Seca raceway. Here is a short video of the three Corvettes joining up with the #4 C6.R and the one of one 2011 50th Anniversary Le Mans Corvette Z06 for some promotional photos.
Alice Cooper, the rocker whose career has gone on for fifty years is selling his 1961 Corvette. The Corvette will be offered for sale at the 2010 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction in Australia on May 31st. To sweeten the offer, Cooper autographed a white Fender Squier guitar and tossed it into the deal.
A rare and valuable 1954 Corvette roadster was stolen from a Wilwaukie, Oregon man’s garage. Emory Molchan said he discovered the Corvette missing from its garage on Tuesday. Molchan owns three 1954 Corvettes but the stolen car was the most valuable. Following a four-year restoration, Molchan says the Corvette only has just 500 miles on the odometer.
Check out the design for this year’s dash plaque and name tag which was passed out to all attendees here at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. Notice anything interesting?