What’s going on? Who are these guys and what are they looking at?
Each year the members of the Registry of Corvette Racecars have a “party” put on by Registry honcho Jim Gessner. This year’s party was held in Carpinteria, California, at a secret abandoned gas station where about 60 members attended seminars over three days that ranged from info on the intricacies and nuances of Corvette fuel injection, to an in depth exploration of the first Chevrolet to ever receive a big-block. You did know that the first Chevy to receive a big-block engine was a Corvette, right? A 1963 Corvette, built in November 1962.
Yes, we know the big-block wasn’t available until 1965, but there was testing and there were prototypes built way before 1965, and that’s what this group of rabid Vette lovers is checking out. The car being studied is this exceptionally special 1963 split-window Corvette. That it also happens to have started life as a 1963 ZO6, and though raced most of its life running a potent small-block remains in fairly good condition, is another part of the story. A story that, along with its special big-block “mystery motor” engine—will be the focus of a future issue of HOT ROD.
Keep your eyes peeled for this and more coming soon.