Many of us geezers know that G.M. ran Corvettes at LeMans in 1960. Fewer know about the "SS" sports racers than ran at Sebring in 1957. Fewer still know that production Corvettes ran in the same race (it was news to me). The production cars were a lot more successful than the 1960 LeMans effort. The car below was at the Meadowdale Car Show, an annual affair, held this year on September 14.
|These posters tell much of the story. Click on the pic for larger text.|
There were four Corvettes at Sebring in 1957. It was a factory effort, the brainchild of Zora Arkus Duntov, although the entrants of record were Lindsay Hopkins and John Fitch. Two cars were "SS's," entered in the sports racing class (prototypes in modern terms). They did not do well. One was DNF with suspension failure. The other came 17th overall and 7th in class, behind the overall (and class-winning) Maserati 450 S.