Historic racing is coming on strong these days, and Corvettes comprise a large part of the field at many races. The reason is self-evident: It's the sound, the fury, and the extraordinary performance potential of the cars' big-block engines. Almost every Corvetter wants to have at least one road-race car in his or her collection. Roger Abshire bought his in 2001.
As a collector, Roger pursues cars that are unique. This Dennis Schneider SCCA B/Prepared car fits the bill perfectly, and, as a bonus, it doesn't dwell in the mega-buck territory associated with Trans-Am and IMSA cars. Even better, it comes with one of the winningest histories extant. In fact, this car is better known to Corvette fans in the NCCC and SCCA than just about any other Vette since the mid-'70s.
Dennis Schneider started out in drag racing in the mid-'60s. He made quite a reputation for himself at the drags before an unplanned encounter with a legendary IMSA car convinced him to switch professions. In 1975, while working as a gofer on the Al Holbert Monza team, Dennis went to a race at Road Atlanta. There, he first saw the Greenwood "Spirit of Sebring" car and met John Greenwood. Instantly, Dennis knew he was going road racing.
Using early series Greenwood flares, he built himself a racer that would be eligible for a wide range of events, including SCCA B/Prepared, NCCC Pro-Solo, and Pro-Solo2. The difference in SCCA's A/Prepared and B/Prepared classes was quite interesting, and Dennis quickly spotted the advantages of competing in the latter class. In B/Prepared the cars carried a full interior and window glass, but were effectively allowed more engine set-back and all the same mechanical modifications as the A/Prepared tube-frame cars.
By exploiting this rules disparity, Dennis' B/Prepared car, which first hit the track in 1978, actually ended up being faster than many of the A/Prepared competitors. Dennis soon began racking up trophies. Amazingly, the car still holds the track record at Roebling Road.
In the early '80s the car was restructured with new bodywork based on a later-generation Greenwood Daytona design. The change wasn't voluntary but rather resulted from a crash. At one of the NCCC events, a lady running for the national championship had some trouble with her car and asked to borrow Dennis'. But his Vette was unfamiliar to her, and with all the extra power at her disposal, she ran off the track and into the wall on the first turn. Suddenly, the car was up for a new look.
It was at this point the car also received its final mechanical updates. The suspension for the Schneider Corvette was based on the Vette Brakes heavy-duty springs in front, along with a Vette Brakes fiberglass rear spring.
Aftermarket heavy-duty antisway bars with Heim-joint links were added at both ends. The shocks are from Carrera, while the wheels are BBS modular units measuring 15x10-inch front and 15x11-inch rear. The brakes are Corvette J-56 heavy-duty four-pin calipers with racing pads.