Ah, the 70's. When race car design was straight out of an 8-year old’s notebook. Today, just to cause CaptDale to hyperventilate, and because America, I give you the 1976 Le Mans Greenwood Corvette, with a cameo by its freshly DLM’d Sebring counterpart.
The Le Mans car is Greenwood chassis #007, and according to the excellent history from Greenwoodcorvettes.com, it was an earlier chassis built to Le Mans spec later. Interestingly, John Greenwood was actually paid by promoters to bring the car, in an effort to boost attendance with its V8 thunder and audacious looks. This car is just before my time, but I recall from Le Mans broadcasts over the years that big stomping American V8s are always popular at Le Mans, from Panoz to the C5/6/7Rs. The stomping in this case was done by a Chevy 427, good enough to push the car to a recorded 215mph on the Mulsanne.
Unfortunately its glory was short-lived, as the car retired with apparent fuel cell damage and was classified 49th as a DNF. But finish, shminish. Look at the thing! It wins just sitting there. Why? Because gal-danged ‘Merica, boy, that’s why! Check out those Rootin’ tootin’ freedom shootin’ sidepipes. Just imagine the race-fueled liberty they emit.
This is yet another Altaya model, picked up from a favorite seller of mine for a very reasonable number of FreedomBucks. I figured any Le Mans collection would be remiss without some examples of its more eccentric one-off competitors.