George Haddad’s Fabulous Restorations creates a picture-perfect TRIBUTE: PENSKE’S DAYTONA-WINNING L88 CORVETTE Sting Ray, GT-Class winner of the 1966 24-Hour Continental. Thanks to Fabulous Restorations, a mouth-watering recreation of Penske Racing’s first race car, the L88 Corvette that scored The Captain’s first win as a team owner in its debut in the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental - now the Rolex 24 At Daytona. It’s now on display at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach...Read More
BOOK REVIEW: THE CORVETTE HUNTER!
When it comes to finding rare, truly significant Corvettes, especially high-profile vintage racecars and bringing them back to life, Kevin Mackay is your go-to guy. He thinks nothing of spending years locating, documenting and then buying the rarest of the rare. He is the Corvette Hunter. “If you could look inside the head of Corvette Repair owner Kevin Mackay, you’d see one of the most organized, methodical automotive barn-finding minds in the world,” said Tom Cotter, author of Corvette In The...Read More
’69 CORVETTE ZL1: TRIBUTE WITH PERSONAL TOUCHES!
Historical ZL1 background info plus George Haddad’s stunning alloy-engined Corvette Tribute.To understand the importance and uniqueness of George Haddad’s ‘69 Corvette ZL1 Tribute, top, you have to go back to late-1968. Hot Rod magazine broke the ZL1 Corvette story in the December 1968 issue with an unforgettable all-aluminum big-block 427 engine wearing bright yellow headers, above, on its cover. Haddad built this ZL1 Tribute at his shop, http://www.fabulousrestorations.com/ Exact production n...Read More
’65 STING RAY: DUNTOV’S FIRST L88!
Zora Arkus-Duntov’s legendary L88 Corvette Sting Ray Mule – Vin 58053 - is alive, well and the subject of Kenneth W. Kayser’s fascinating new book – ZORA’S #58053. Ken Kayser had spent his entire engineering career at General Motors, starting in 1968 as a student at GMI (General Motors Institute) and his first (co-op) job at GM’s Chevrolet Motor Plant, Tonawanda, NY. He retired in 2008 and, for approximately two years before retiring, worked on the mid-engined Corvette project. He also worked w...Read More
SVRA HEACOCK CLASSIC: THE GOLD STANDARD!
Mike Matune goes trackside at VIR to bring us highlights of the Gold Cup historic races. The SVRA wrapped up part of its season at the Heacock Class “Gold Cup historic races at VIRginia International Raceway. Optimum weather and VIR’s lush surroundings welcomed a bevy of seasoned racers. Spectators were treated to the sights and sounds of some great big-bore historic racecars. Olthoff Racing (www.olthoffracing.com) of NC showed up with three Superformance GT40s, top, including those o...Read More
MARK IV: THE BIG-BLOCK THAT ROARED!
A guide to the engine that made Chevrolet The Number One Team. Between 1965 and 1976, Chevrolet’s iconic big-block distinguished itself in all forms of racing, and on the street in Corvettes, Camaros, Chevelles, Novas and full-size Chevys. Big-blocks started out with cast-iron blocks and heads, progressed to cast-iron block with aluminum heads (L-88) and peaked with aluminum block and heads (ZL-1). L-88 aluminum-head 427 engine, top, in '68 Baldwin-Motion Camaro. Joel Rosen, left, tun...Read More
2015 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
The Amelia Island Concours was graced with sunny skies, warm temperatures and the most eclectic assortment of important cars – from hot rods to classics. Who would have thought that original gathering of 160 cars just 20 years ago would double in size to include a show field chock full of rare, fun, interesting and significant cars? Our congratulations to event founder and chairman Bill Warner, his staff, volunteers, supporters, judges and entrants who helped turn a dream into a reality. Th...Read More