Corvette Racers’ Theme 09 Carlisle
2009 Corvettes at Carlisle Show gets hit by Heavy Rain
This year’s theme was Corvette race cars and WOW, were there plenty of old and new Corvette warriors on hand. Let’s face it, if you take “racing” out of the Corvette story, it’s like pizza without sauce and cheese, or spaghetti without meatballs! On hand was the 2009 Le Mans-winning C6.R. I thought it was VERY cool that they left most of the racing dirt on the car. Nothing like that “racing-dirt patina,” you know.
The 2009 Corvettes at Carlisle Show goes into the history log as one of the rainiest in memory. At least there weren’t any small tornadoes this year, just LOTS of rain on Friday and Saturday. Sunday was perfect.
C5, C3, C2, C1 Racers still Thrilling!
Several of the C5-R cars were on display, old C3 Greenwood racers were on hand, as well as several big-block C2 Sting Ray racers and C1 racers all still good for a thrill.
Rough, Tough and Loud C4 Corvette Challenge Racers
Outside there was a large coral of the C4 Corvette Challenge racers. Although they don’t have the grunt and blustery persona of the big-blocks, they are interesting cars in their own right. I once read a report on a Corvette Challenge car and the writer said that once inside, there’s no mistaking the car for a racer. They are rough, tough, and loud.
Penske ‘66 L88 car is one of my all-time favorite Corvette racers
Kevin Mackay was on location with his stunning collection of restored Corvette racers. The Penske ‘66 L88 car is one of my all-time favorite Corvette racers. I just wish he would offer rides. (Kevin – hint-hint…)
While on the topic of Corvette racers, over the years I’ve noticed an absence of Corvette drag race cars. With the exception of the “In Memory of Astoria-Chas” ‘67 L-88 Corvette, I can’t recall very many other Corvette drag cars at Carlisle. Granted, Corvettes are usually road racing machines, there have been a tidy handful of drag cars. My guess is that most of the more successful drag Corvettes have been used up and are long gone. A loss.
Get Inside & Rev Up one of those Racers
I just wanted to get INSIDE a few of these cars. It would be a real thrill to have an old Corvette racer (something with open headers) set up at the show so that the car could not be put into gear, and a governor on the engine set to say, 5,000 rpm, so you could close the door, sit inside, and do a few engine revs. The inside of a race car is astonishingly LOUD and they vibrate like crazy! For those who have never been inside a racing car, it would be a thrill they would not soon forget!
Under the Skin of the latest ZR1
We were only at the show Sunday and honestly, there was way too much to see. One display piece that I would have loved to spend more time looking over was the ‘09 ZR1 chassis, located in the G M Engineers’ tent. A complete ZR1 was next to the chassis and it was quite exciting to be able to see what’s under the skin of the latest ZR1. When you see the chassis, you get a sense of why the car cost over $100,000. It’s a fantastic assembly of aluminum, titanium, and carbon fiber. WOW!
Go to our post on the ZR1 GM engineers’ chassis for many more great shots and special details. FUN STUFF!
Save the Wave
K. Scott Teeters
Questions for you:
What did you think of the show? Better/Worse than years before?
Did the new Grand Sport “WOW” you?
Which is your favorite Corvette racer?
What do you think of the idea of being able to sit in a Corvette racer while it is running?
We want to hear your ideas!