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.
This 1960s Corvette was among the first American cars to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. USA TODAY's Chris Woodyard interviews the car's owner Bruce Meyer.
Corvette at Le Mans
At a time when Grand Prix racing was occurring throughout Europe, Le Mans was envisioned as a different test from motorsports at the time. Instead of focusing on the ability of a car company to build the fastest machines of the time, the 24 Hours of Le Mans would instead concentrate on the ability of manufacturers to build sporty yet reliable cars. This would drive innovation in not only reliable but also fuel-efficient vehicles, since the nature of endurance racing requires as little time to be spent in the pits as possible. At the same time, due to the design of Le Mans, a drive would be created for better aerodynamics and stability of cars at high speeds. While this was shared with Grand Prix racing, few tracks in Europe featured straights the length of the Mulsanne. The fact that the road is public and therefore not maintained to the same quality as some permanent racing circuits also puts more of a strain on parts, causing more emphasis on reliability. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_Hours_of_Le_Mans
1960 #3 Le Mans Corvette Historic Return
Automotive history will be made this summer when the #3 Cunningham 1960 Corvette returns to LeMans, France... the site of the car's win at the legendary 24 hour endurance race. Following a multi-year search, the car was found almost 20 years ago. Its owner had no idea of the car's past. Restored to its race day configuration of a half-century ago and owned by the Chip Miller family, the Corvette will be a featured stand-out at the 2010 LeMans race.