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Pickett Racing's 1967 Chevrolet Corvette StingRay L88 427


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#1 Bob Riebe

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Posted 28 January 2021 - 20:29

Starting life as a brand new 1967 427-435HP Tri-Power Coupe, this Corvette was immediately converted to an SCCA A/Production racer by owner Dr. Bill Geen.  Greg Pickett then joined together with Dr. Geen to form the Picket Racing Team.  They raced in numerous events, including Trans Am and IMSA through 1976.  Greg Pickett later went on to enjoy vast racing fame, winning a number of championships in a variety of cars.  This was one of just a few mid-year Corvettes to be successful in racing against cars in the 1970’s and in 1975 qualified 5th in at Brainerd Raceway amongst a field of Porsches, V-12 Jaguars and wide-bodied Greenwood Corvettes. 

 

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I still think the original Sting Ray is the best looking Corvette, with out exception, but it was the Shark bodied ones that gained fame.

I had never heard of Greg Picket till I saw him at the 1976 Road America Trans-Am where he came within a,  pushing too hard 2nd to last lap, of making it a Camaro 1-2 during a season where Porsche had dominated.

.(His Camaro had he ugliest paint job to ever donning  a race car.)

I never knew he had ever had a Sting Ray till I saw this picture on a different site and looked up its history. 


Edited by Bob Riebe, 29 January 2021 - 12:49.


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#2 mariner

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Posted 04 February 2021 - 15:47

I ahve seen teh original GS Corvette in the Collier Museum and its impressive even if it never did that well.

 

Funnily I also saw a replica very like this pic at car show in Landsdale PA in 2019. Also very wel constructed 

 

I have never ben sure on teh in house GM racing efforts. In some ways they wewre very advanced and then they did odd, silly things that no race team would do.

 

For example the 4 wheel drive rear engined CERV car was very clever in using a torward converter driven off the crank nose which gave the chance of variable F/R power split vis filling and emptying that converter but it used very heavy production type hubs . 



#3 Canuck

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 02:01

That is one damn sexy automobile.

#4 Greg Locock

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 03:24

" In some ways they wewre very advanced and then they did odd, silly things that no race team would do."

 

Ha. In the taxicab racing series we designed a body in white for the Fords, obviously. The Commodore guys listened to the race teams and gave them the lightest thing that looked like a production car, with any weight low down. In our infinite wisdom we designed a bodyshell that met our usual sort of targets except crash and durability, and so weighed more and had a higher cg than the Dunnydoor. Cos like, we're the professionals.


Edited by Greg Locock, 04 April 2021 - 21:57.


#5 desmo

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Posted 04 April 2021 - 14:55

That Sunoco livery was flattering. I associate it with Penske Can-Am Camaros and the Porsche 917-30 (probably my favorite sports racing car ever).