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1968 Owens/Corning Corvette Race Car
1968 Chevrolet Corvette
- Engine: 427 CU L-88, 585 HP at 6600 RPM
- Transmission: Muncie M-22
- Suspension: Front and rear independent suspension, coil springs in front and transverse leaf springs in the rear with Koni adjustable shocks
- Tires: Firestone racing tires
- Wheels: Minilite magnesium racing wheels
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History of this Vehicle
In 1968 L-88 Corvette first sponsored by Sunray DX and later by Owens/Corning Fiberglass holds the title as the most victorious Corvette in history. Campaigned by a variety of drivers – Tony DeLorenzo, Jerry Thompson, John Mahler, Don Yenko, Gib Hufstaeder, Dick Lang and Jerry Hansen – this car was nearly unstoppable in FIA GT and SCCA National racing with a winning streak that lasted from 1969-1972.
Some accomplishments include the 1969 and 1972 SCCA National ‘A’ Production Championships, 1968 and 1970 SCCA National ‘A’ Production Runner-Up, 2nd Place in GT at the 1969 12 Hours of Sebring, and the 1969 and 1970 GT class wins in the 24 hours of Daytona. In the 1970 event the car finished 6th overall, behind two Porsche 917’s and a Ferrari 512 and two Ferrari 312s, but ahead of a Ferarri 250LM in 7th and a Ford GT40 in 8th. This car along with its team car won 22 of 22 SCCA/FIA National Events during 1969-1971, with this car winning 12 of the events!
This car was award the American Heritage Award in 2007, the highest award for non-street Corvettes by the National Corvette Restorers Society. This car has twice been featured on the cover of Corvette News.
After restoration, it was first shown in 2002 at the Pebble Beach Concours for the 50th Anniversary of Corvette, and has since been invited to appear at “Chips Choice” at the 2007 Corvettes at Carlisle, and most recently at the Amelia Island Concours in March, 2008. The car participated in a special display of Sebring race cars at The Quail Motorsports event in Monterey in August 2008. The car was the featured cover article in Vintage Motorsports, September 2008 issue. The OCF #12 shared the center stage with Grand Sport #2 at the Corvette Race Day held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA in October 2008. The OCF car is the cover car in the new book on L-88s: Corvette Racing Legends by Peter Gimenez, December 2008.
This car is shown in its 1971 24 hours of Daytona livery and has been carefully restored to original spec down to the original Firestone racing tires, with the generous assistance of Tony Delorenzo and Jerry Thompson, who were the primary drivers for the Owens/Corning team. Careful observers will note the unusual yellow paint on the L-88 engine – a color that was unique to the 1971 Daytona livery.
Plans for this Vehicle
On display in the Performance Area of the National Corvette Museum.
Sponsors & Special Thanks
On loan from John Thompson of Atherton, CA.