[VIDEO] Veteran Flag Flies for Corvette Racing At Le Mans for 19th Straight Year


[VIDEO] Veteran Flag Flies for Corvette Racing At Le Mans for 19th Straight Year

Corvette Racing wrapped up another exciting chapter as the team completed their 19th consecutive campaign for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Our friend Charley Robertson from the Corvette Racing Fans facebook page sent out this great story about a special American Flag that has become part of Corvette Racing Tradition: The Veteran Flag!

The full story and video below comes from Lain Macbeth who is part of Corvette Racing crew when they make their trip to Le Mans every year.

Veteran flag flies again at Le Mans!
Nineteen years ago, this flag was bought to celebrate a visit to the Corvette garage during practice for the first participation of the Pratt & Miller-run Chevrolet Corvette C5R programme at Le Mans, and was flying over my tent in the campsite during practice.

Veteran Flag Flies for Corvette Racing At Le Mans for 19th Straight Year

Photo Credit: Lain Macbeth

Only it turned out that I ended up doing the pitboard for the #64 car during the race. The team had hoped to give the factory Vipers a run for their money, but a podium on the C5R debut at Le Mans was probably a long shot. I’d stashed the flag in my bag, but as it became apparent that a podium was on the cards, it was also clear no-one had thought about a large flag to celebrate with! Doug Fehan was delighted when I said I had something that might work, and a tradition was born.

The flag has returned to every subsequent 24 Heures de Mans, always flown by Doug, and had featured in many iconic images of Corvette’s crossing the line at Le Mans. It’s a bit grubby, but every single year is recorded on the flag, marking the fortunes of team. Hopefully, it will return in 2019 to Mark the 20th Anniversary of Corvette Racing at Le Mans. Not bad for a humble campsite flag!

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