The Le Mans-Winning Chevrolets: Corvette C1 Coupe and C6.R

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Very nice tribute to the C6.R

 

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That is an excellent tribute.
 

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Pretty neat. I really like the C1 and wish he would have expanded on it a little bit more, but quite a good video which shows the guy is clearly an enthusiast.
 

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Great vid Nik. Thx. Did anyone notice the C1 shift into 3rd at 1:46.... Guessing about 7 inches of shifter travel there....
 

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It is worth taking a few moments to look at the life of Briggs Cunningham whose team raced C1 Corvettes including the one in this video. Cunningham was an American sportsman who excelled in competition in a number of arenas. He was introduced to road racing in the 1930's and had a passion for it. In 1950 he entered Le Mans with two Cadillacs, one stock and one the French called Le Monstre, an aerodynamic beast of a car. He then went on to build his own race cars under the Cunningham name. Chrysler power, Offenhauser power, whatever he thought would take to win Le Mans. The French loved him and his big booming race cars. He and his racers were a huge draw in the 50's and early 60's

His team campaigned Ferraris, Jaguars, Corvettes, Maserati, OSCA and Porsche with a star studded field of drivers all over the world. In 1952 Cunningham drove 20 hours of a 24 hour race when the driver line up just did not work. He won America's Cup in 1958 in his 12 metre yacht Columbia.

He may have been the ultimate sportsman.

Great video Nik.

Briggs Swift Cunningham at Le Mans in 1953 and the 1950 Le Mans Cadillac which finished 10th with drivers Miles and Collier
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Le Monstre from 1950 finished 11th with Cunningham and Walters

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A few more Cunningham racers

The C4R from 1952
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The C-4Rk

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The C1 production car

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The C-5R
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Three generations of Cunningham's at Lime Rock

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Cunningham's D Type Jaguar at Watkins Glen 1955

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The Corvette's at the start of the Le Mans race

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