The Corvette was launched by the Chevrolet Company on 30 June 1953, in Flint, Michigan. Over the years, several generations of the car were produced, ranging from the ‘C1’ to the ‘C7’, and every one of these unique sports models was a great success. The Cité de l'Automobile and the Corvette Racer Team are holding an exhibition devoted to one of the most iconic cars in the history of American automobile production.
This exhibition will focus on five major themes:
1. The history of the legendary Corvette
2. Mechanical engineering: the chassis, engine, and so on.
3. The differents generations: how the style evolved over the years
4. The passion for Corvettes represented by miniature cars
5. Corvette Racing: a video area dedicated to the passion for racing
Le Corvette Racer Team
The Corvette Racer Team was the fruit of the passion of a group of people and friends with a shared fascination for the Corvette’s mechanics. The ‘CRT’ emerged from a passion: Bernard Heckly and his wife, Simone, devoted some of their spare time to the legendary American sports car. Bernard’s boundless passion for Corvettes has led him on a quest to find spare parts, chassis, engines, and other accessories that has lasted for more than twenty-five years.
His abiding goal was to recreate a Corvette whose body bore the closest resemblance to that of the car driven by Henri Greder and Marie Claude Beaumont during the ‘24h du Mans’, between 1971 and 1974. The project materialised in 2005 in the form of a 1978 Corvette C3: the ‘Corvette Racer’. In the spring of 2013, his dream finally came true when the car was put through its paces around the Autodrome de la Cité de l’Automobile. It was also a dream come true for an entire team of talented individuals: Gérard, the webmaster, Henry-Paul, the photographer, Jean-Marie, with his great sense of humour, Bernard, known as Mickey, Steve the welder, René and André, ‘living mechanical encyclopaedias’, Patrick, who can procure rare parts, the entrepreneurs Laurent and Jean-Baptiste, and Raymond, a visual artist.
For further information consult: http://www.corvetteracerteam.com
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