Spiritual Journey

A famous C3 racer delights European fans once more

Wayne Ellwood Jan 1, 2013 0 Comment(s)

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In June 2011, Goldin was invited to attend both the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS) in the UK and the bi-annual Le Mans Classic vintage-race event.

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Interestingly, after Goldin was first contacted by the folks at Goodwood, he didn't hear from them for quite a while. He wasn't sure if the invitation had officially been issued, or if the organizers had just been scouting him. He finally realized the offer was for real when he saw an advertisement in the European magazine Sportscar Classic, in which his car had been dubbed the "Monster Corvette." (Goldin says the best photo caption he saw during his trip was one that read, "It's not done until it's overdone," in reference to the car's new 1,000hp engine.)

As for the Le Mans Classic, two of the world's major car-model manufacturers (Spark and True Scale) had suggested to the event's organizers that Goldin's car would make a superb entry. (Goldin is especially grateful to Hughes "Hugo" Ripert at Spark and Glen K. Chou at True Scale.)

Both the FoS and the Le Mans Classic featured American race cars under various themes. Goodwood always provides for a special "Americana" class, but, this year, it was also honoring Dan Gurney. The Le Mans Classic was specifically trying to attract American cars that had run at the actual 24 Hours of Le Mans. For the Spirit of Le Mans to be truly presentable, it would need some attention. It had been 18 years since the car was originally restored, and it was showing some age.

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Goldin decided to send the car to the Renngruppe facility in North Carolina. Renngruppe, run by Cameron Conober, is mostly a Porsche-Volkswagen shop, but its expertise was not in question. Still, Goldin was a little surprised when he checked up on the car. While he had only sent it in to be cleaned up, the Renngruppe techs had completely disassembled it and were doing a ground-up restoration. The job was finished just three days before the car was due to be shipped to Europe. How's that for fresh?

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