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The First 1953 Corvette –
Building The First 1953 Corvette –
First-Ever 1963 Z06 Corvette Stingray –
Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today
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1955 Corvette Barn Find Extraction, parked in1977 – the lighter side of hoarding
Original Paint 1962 Corvette found in barn was stored in 1967
2019 Corvette Hall of Fame Briggs Cunningham
Briggs Cunningham was an adventurer, racer, car constructor and the man who gave Corvette its very first win at Le Mans back in 1960. This is the story of how he took America’s sports car to the greatest race Earth.
24 HOURS OF LEMANS 1953 GREG CUNNINGHAM JAGUAR RACING 51704b
Released in 1954 about the 1953 race, “International Road Race” shows the 24 Hours of LeMans with a special emphasis on the American sports car designer Briggs Cunningham and his new 300hp car known as “the Shark” or C-5R. The C-5R was powered by a 331.1 cubic-inch Chrysler eight-cylinder, hemi-head engine with Zenith downdraft carburetors developing 310 horsepower at 5200 rpm. It sat on a 100-inch wheelbase and weighs 5200 pounds. The film features images of the Alpha Romeo, Gordini (driven in part by American Harry Shell), Ferrari, Jaguar and other competitors. As the film shows in this era, the LeMans race was held on roads that were actually shared with motor traffic in practice sessions. The 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 21st Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 13 and 14 June 1953, at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans (France). It was also the third round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship. At 3:40 the race begins with drivers running to their cars and jockeying for position. Cars begin reaching speeds over 150 mph as the Jaguar takes the lead. The race continues for seven hours as the sun goes down at 5:00. By now 15 entries have dropped out, and Cunningham is shown in the pits at 5:20 having a tire changed. At 5:40, the 13th hour, Cunningham is in third. At 6:00, the narrator mentions the fatal accident that tragically killed Tom Cole. At 6:40, Cunningham remains in the top of the race against the Jaguar. The Jaguar’s disc brakes end up being a decisive factor, with the Jaguar setting a new course record, with Cunningham coming in third. British drivers Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton won the race with one of three factory-entered Jaguar C-Types, the first cars ever to race at Le Mans with disc brakes. Cunningham’s car the C-5R was the fastest car at Le Mans in 1953, and the pre-race favorite to win. It was nicknamed “The Smiling Shark” due to the appearance of the front grille. It was equipped with the largest drum brakes ever fitted on a racecar (17” diameter). Driven by Fitch and Walters, the C-5R clearly outpaced the Jaguar C-types in top speed, but innovative new Dunlop disc brakes allowed the Jaguars to maintain their speed much deeper into the corners. The result was an overall finish of third place for the C-5R. Sources differ about whether the car raced again, some say it did not, others that it was wrecked at Reims in 1954. Briggs Swift Cunningham II (January 19, 1907 – July 2, 2003) was an American entrepreneur and sportsman, who raced automobiles and yachts. Born into a wealthy family, he became a racing car constructor, driver, and team owner as well as a sports car manufacturer and automobile collector. He skippered the first victorious 12-metre yacht Columbia in the 1958 America’s Cup race, and invented the Cunningham Downhaul to increase the speed of racing sailboats. By 1940 he was building sports cars for others to race. His first race as a driver was with his Bu-Merc, a modified Buick chassis with Buick engine and Mercedes-Benz SSK body, at Watkins Glen shortly after World War Two. In 1950 Briggs Cunningham entered two Cadillac cars for Le Mans, one a stock-appearing Sixty Special, the other a special-bodied sports car dubbed “Le Monstre.” They finished 10th and 11th overall. On December 31, 1950 Cunningham participated in the 6-hour Sam Collier Memorial Race, the first automobile race held on the Sebring Airport race track, which was won by a Crosley HotShot. Cunningham finished 3rd in class and 17th overall in his Aston Martin DB2 Vantage LML/50/21, the first produced. 1955 was last year for the Cunningham marque of cars. Briggs was featured on the April 26, 1954 cover of Time magazine, with three of his Cunningham racing cars. He became an early member of the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC), an invitation-only club formed to honor notable road racing drivers. He was inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in 1993, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1997, and named to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2003. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD, 2k and 4k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
1960 24HRS OF LE MANS CORVETTE DOCUMENTARY
In 1960 GM was not officially affiliated with any of the teams, but for the first time Corvette was on the grid and GM commissioned a short documentary to be filmed. The #3 Corvette persevered and took 1st in class.
1960 Corvettes at les 24 hours Le Mans (Camoradi # 4 Car)
CORVETTE TODAY #74-The Story About the #1 Corvette From Le Mans In 1960 With Kevin Mackay
In 1960, Briggs Cunningham took 3 Corvettes to race at Le Mans. We know where the #2 and the #3 cars are. But what ever happened to the #1 car? Legendary Corvette hunter, Kevin Mackay, returns to the CORVETTE TODAY podcast to tell you the story of this famous Corvette! Kevin sits down with your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, to trace the chase for this #1 car, the legal battle that insured, and the auction of this car. Plus, find out where this famous #1 Le Mans car is now. It’s the Holy Grail of Corvettes-you get the full story on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!
“Sporty Twosome” 1966 Corvair and Corvette – Chevrolet Dealer Sales Training Film – (427 L72)
“Sporty Twosome” is a Chevrolet dealer training filmstrip from September ’65 which introduced the ’66 Corvair and Corvette to the Chevrolet sales counsellors. The film covers the new exterior and interior features of each model and also mentions the two new 427 cubic inch engines offered in the Corvette. This video was originally a filmstrip with the sound coming from a companion 33 rpm vinyl record with beeps to indicate when to advance to the next slide. This film was intended only for dealers and was not shown publicly. There are many more vintage dealer sales training videos uploaded to The Steele Garage and more are coming so please consider subscribing to this channel. Chevrolet, Corvair, and Corvette are registered trademarks of the General Motors Corporation.
Glass Bottle Video (By John Romano)
1966 Chevrolet Impala vs Ford 7-Litre and Pontiac 2+2 – Chevrolet Dealer Sales Training Film 327 427
“Chevrolet’s Big Features over Ford and Pontiac” is a Chevrolet dealer training filmstrip from November ’65 that educated the sales staff by comparing various features and equipment of each brand. This video was originally a filmstrip with the audio coming from a companion 33 rpm vinyl record with beeps to indicate when to advance to the next slide. To see a Chevrolet sales film dedicated entirely to the 1966 full-size Chevrolets click here: • 1966 Caprice, Imp…
Sounds of Corvette 1961 – Fuel Injected 283, Driven by Zora Arkus-Duntov, Chevrolet Engineer
Original soundtrack of a 1961 Corvette driven by Zora Arkus-Duntov. Skip to 1:50 for the good stuff (a high-rpm test drive around a road course). “Here’s an exciting record that brings you an expert’s knowledge and the sound of America’s sports car in Action! Listen as Mr. K. E. Staley, Chevrolet’s General Sales Manager, introduces you to the great ’61 Corvette. Then let your imagination go along for a thrilling ride with Zora Arkus-Duntov, world-famous sports car driver and automotive engineer, as he puts the new Corvette through its paces!” This was originally only a vinyl record that provided audio.
Elfi Arkus Duntov, The First Lady of Corvette – 2022 Corvette Hall of Fame
Elfriede “Elfi” Wolff married Zora Arkus-Duntov in February of 1939 just before the outbreak of World War II. Throughout his career with Chevrolet as the Chief Engineer of Corvette, Elfi was a constant companion, impressing everyone with her grace, enthusiasm, and knowledge of Corvette. After his retirement in 1975, Zora and Elfi would attend many Corvette shows together, often sitting for hours to sign autographs. After his passing in 1996, she became a source and principal enabler behind the definitive biography of Zora’s life.