Friday, June 27th
10:15 am - 11:45 am
IHotel, Champaign, IL
Corvettes vs the World: A look behind the scenes of current day racing
Founder Callaway Companies
Callaway Competition, Leingarten Germany, designs, builds, and supports, Corvette GT3 race cars in Europe. Those cars compete against every sports car maker in the world, on a levelled playing field of clever regulation, and have managed to win, year after year.
Reeves Callaway will speak of his experiences leading the effort. He will answer questions, share his thoughts and perspective, and guarantee to tell you something you didn’t know…
Duntov's 57 Sebring Racer...The SS Corvette
Legendary Chevrolet Designer
In the Winter of 1956, rumors were swirling within GM Styling that a special Corvette was being built for the Sebring 12 hour race in March of ‘57. The week of the race, twenty year old GM designer Pete Brock and a fellow designer jumped into a ’57 Corvette Fuelie on a frigid Detroit night and drove straight through to Sebring, FL. Brock brought along his camera and captured Duntov’s final testing with Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio and the race with John Fitch. In this seminar Brock shares the stories and the images from an event that would be the SS’s first, and last, due to the AMA racing ban that went into effect just months later.
When the General Got it Wrong
Author, Historian, Judge, Presenter
There were an incredible number of production mistakes and errors concerning fundamentals during the Classic Corvette production era of the 60s and 70s. The session will explore in an on-screen discussion many examples of factory original miscues! Special focus will be on the seemingly impossible aberrations found on trim tags, VIN tags, engine stampings, casting dates, casting numbers, documents, incorrect production colors and production date sequencing. The purpose of the presentation will be to show that even though serious errors were made, because of many years of research and data collecting by dedicated people it is currently possible to affirm, identify, categorize and explain previously misunderstood production miscues as being totally authentic. Fortunately, the risk of condemning original cars with production miscues to ridicule can be greatly reduced. The significant advance is that actual errors themselves have become the basis to give credit where it is due.
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