Back in the first part of 2011, ProTeam Corvette Sales posted an article on their website seeking more information on Dick Lang’s 1963 Corvette Z06 racer which they had recently discovered. After several months and a $224,000 Nabers Brothers restoration, they unveiled the recently completed car last weekend during a NCRS-sponsored Corvette Seminar at their Napoleon, Ohio facility. This was the first time it had been seen by the public since being returned to its Daytona racing livery.
Dick Lang was one of the top Corvette racers during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. He owned a Xenia, Ohio Chevrolet dealership and raced in several SCCA divisions gaining regional and national regards as one of the top wheelmen in the A and B Production classes.
In 1963 he ran at Daytona International Speedway in two separate events. That weekend began a significant run of event wins and podium finishes. In 1963 He finished 4th in the SCCA A Production national standings and followed that up with a 3rd in 1964. He had already claimed another 4th place back in 1962. In 1964, Lang was the lone Corvette driver finishing in a top 5 dominated by Shelby Cobras. He sat out the 1965 – 67 seasons but returned in 1968 and then joined the Tony DeLorenzo Owens-Corning team in 1969.
The 1963 Big Tank Corvette Coupe, VIN #6553, was built on January 11th, 1963 and delivered to The Lang Chevrolet Co. according to the NCRS Shipping Data Report. That’s within 5 days of other famous Z06’s belonging to Delmo Johnson and Mickey Thompson. It spent almost 50 years within 15 miles of Lang’s dealership. The car is now fully documented including a full owner history and numerous old photos. It is one of 199 Z06’s (http://www.corvettemuseum.org/specs/2006/Z06History.shtml) built that year and one of just 63 with a 36-gallon fuel tank.
Check out the Registry of Corvette Racecars for more information on Corvette Racers. Meanwhile, enjoy our photos of Dick Lang’s 1963 Z06 racer below.
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