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Corvettes at Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix: 1957

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,406


  2. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Here's the link to Ryan's JJ entry in case anybody wants to see the video. I know it was buried by the server problems they had a couple weeks ago.

    But back to it, I want to know more about these '57 Aluminum Heads? Any idea where I can stumble on a pair haha!!!?? These are my favorite year corvettes and even though some of those were special bodies I just love them all. Really to me that's a perfect time in racing over all. Love eating up anything I can about that era. Thanks Jive!
  3. koth
    Joined: Apr 30, 2007
    Posts: 161


    Great story, thanks for sharing it!
  4. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    Cool pic, thanks for posting....

  5. mdub
    Joined: Oct 21, 2009
    Posts: 23


    good to see some vette stuff here. I have a 63' convt. and I find that most "vette guys" are not people that i want to be around. Keep it up!
  6. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,044


    Wow those are some wonderful pictures!
  7. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,674


    Great story, owning a 56 I really appreciate the article. The reference to "vette guys" may hold true to the C4 to C6 owners. Thanks for sharing, very enjoyable.

  8. You will find that most groups have "those guys"- Vette guys, Mustang guys, Mopar guys, etc.

    Here, however (and thankfully), you will simply find guys with Vettes, Mustangs, Mopar, etc- it's a great crowd we have here at the HAMB!!!
  9. BigBlockBuck
    Joined: Jun 19, 2010
    Posts: 64


    Zora was the man! Those had to be some amazing times back then. It makes me sick to think of what GM has become today, especially when you look at what it was is the 50's.
  10. Slim Pickens
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
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    Slim Pickens

    So 100% BADASS. I get a chill just imaging being around that event. Thanks. Slim
  11. SledDriver
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 98

    from California

    Sorry to get off topic... what is that silver thing in the background of the #1 Vette in the first picture? looks like couple of planes but... ?
  12. That's what's left of a transport plane.
  13. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
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  14. plhildy
    Joined: Aug 4, 2007
    Posts: 30

    from Clovis, Ca

    Not a 'vet guy (what ever that is) having a RPU made up of various bits dating from '27 to '47, but I love the fact that to race in the 24 hours of La Monds [sorry no habla francis] the current production Corvetts have to be de-tuned almost 180 HP! If only my flat motor would make 180.
  15. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 7,570


    Jeffery James, those aluminum heads were recalled if memory serves me. I think they overheated. I've heard of a few sets surviveing, and saw a NOS pair at Carlisle years ago. They were THAT NOS that they were never machined, no valve seats or guides.
  16. qzjrd5
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,299

    from Troy, MI

    Always love looking at old Corvette racing photos. Zora was the man!!
  17. You are correct Doug- there were reportedly a few pairs that got out/leaked out, but that's about it.
  18. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,661


    I'm with 'ya, Sled................WTF IS THAT??? I know one thing, the Vette's are pure car porn sugar candy!:eek:
  19. Ramblur
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,101


    Sebring is my old stomping grounds. Many an old aircraft met its fate at Sebrings WWII B-17 base when I was around in the 70's and 80's. The
    aircraft in the pic looks to be a Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar" that
    wouldn't have been that old in 57.

    Suspension failure is no surprise when the racecourse was still using the main
    runway as I saw 2 inch or more mismatches on the concrete sections in the
    80's and they where running at 200 mph through that section then. They
    tried to smooth them with asphalt but most of the time it just chunked
    out before the race was half over.During my time there much clandestine
    activity with cobbled together old transport planes and treetop flyers. Pic
    below is a Constellation ramp queen that I ended up salvaging in the mid
    80's.Even had a Howard Hughes entry in the logs... Should have hung on to
    that.Wish I had been around to see those early Vettes run.

  20. 92GTA
    Joined: Oct 19, 2010
    Posts: 99


    Awesome, thanks for the links!

    Should find footage of the 1956 Sebring race where the first Corvette ever to race ran...
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  21. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Great Pics!!I'm a huge John Fitch fan also.He was a great driver and an even better designer.

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