MotoIQ Visits the Corvette Museum


Even Corvettes can pull off Hellaflush.  Too bad it’s only a toy.
The Corvette offers a few ‘period’ displays like this one to show the cars in their natural habitats.  
There’s something about pop-up headlights that’s just plain sexy.  Especially when coupled with that distinctive Stingray hood.
As cool as stock cars are, the Corvette Museum also has a treasure trove of beautiful old Corvette racecars.  So let’s look at some of them!  The first car here is a 1972 that was raced in the early 80s, winning the SCCA GT1 championship in 1981 and 82 and beating the favored Datsun and Triumph imports that were dominating SCCA GT racing at the time.  Today’s GT cars are all silhouette tube cars, but this C3 still uses the OEM chassis.  The museum claims it is the “Fastest stock frame Corvette ever built.”
This 1969 C2 was actually built in Sebring, FL and competed many times in the 12 hours of Sebring.  For a long time it had the largest engine to ever race in Sebring: 454 ci. That’s 7.4L for those without a calculator handy.
This car was used by Pratt & Miller as the prototype for the C5-R race cars that would begin Chevrolet’s domination of GT sports car racing.  For engine and suspension testing, production based cars had to be used, hence this car’s seemingly street car look.  Once the ACO approved of the car, Pratt & Miller would go on to build full racing chassis’ for competition.  The C5-R won at LeMans three times (2001, 2002, 2004), as well as taking 4 ALMS championships (2001-2004), and the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona.  Officially, this is a homolgation car, but homologation cars are generally road cars with lots of racing tweaks to allow crazier GT race cars (like the Toyota GT-1 or Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR).  While this car was never a road car, can you imagine if Chevrolet was forced to make a run of racing derived Corvettes like this?  With insane engines, bulging carbon fiber bodywork, and big fat endurance racing brakes?  

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