The Le Mans-Winning Chevrolets: Corvette C1 Coupe and C6.R



For the first Made to Drive installment in 2018, we got back together with our good friend and all-around good guy Bruce Meyer and a pair of American heroes from his impressive collection. We met up with him and his ‘Vettes at Thermal Club for some track time in these iconic endurance racers—specifically, the Briggs-Cunningham-prepared C1 that brought the Corvette name to Le Mans for the first time in 1960, along with the indomitable force of red-blooded horsepower that won its class in 2009, known simply as the C6.R.

See the on-track photoshoot of both cars here: http://petro.li/LeMansCorvettes

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26 Comments

  1. Post By Leonis Bacher

    So he is a "Patriot", a fan of American DOMINANCE ? Really ? WTF America

  2. Post By Constructive Critique

    Mr. Meyer, sure has some nice shit, as far as historic cars go. I can't wait to see what he gets next with that big tax break Trump gave him.

  3. Post By Dino Kall

    Winning ones your class is fluke.winning a championship is an accomplishment.

  4. Post By Dino Kall

    American dominance? Get real.

  5. Post By TheHK2127

    That c1 is gorgeous!

  6. Post By juxtaposeism

    you are the Bizzarini guy too  ,-)

  7. Post By vedant agarwal

    No replacement for displacement.You can keep your batteries thank you.

  8. Post By RC000E

    I've shared the track with another C6R and C5R at a Road America event in my 69 A production Corvette Racecar with abundant history. The sound of the 7 liter GT1 cars up close is WHOA badass. It's my dream to own one of the Pratt cars in the near future. I've seen a couple go at auction in the 200-400k range depending on history. Like he said, ridiculous that GM didn't retain the cars for their own archive. Gm, as a corporate entity, just doesn't get it sometimes I feel. The team within Corvette and in certain parts of the building get it, but as a corporate entity GM never built the legacy it could have, in racing. The white C1 was an all privateer effort. The funny part of that story is the cars were shipped by ocean liner, to Lemans, as "luggage"…lol. Briggs Cunningham booked his ticket and brought the cars as his baggage…haha. When they returned from Lemans, the cars were repainted and sold to the public off the dealer lot. They were missing for many years. If anyone is interested, there is a documentary called "The Quest" which shows how the last car was found. I know many of the people involved in the film, it's a good one. There are great stories behind the C1's and how they were discovered.

  9. Post By Ozzstar

    Fun story, thanks for the vid

  10. Post By Snipershots Photography

    Awesome

  11. Post By Bar Gym

    Bruce Meyer is the man! And that C6r is some kind of God Bless America goodness! Great video! Thank you for the amazing content as usual.

  12. Post By Will Master

    I was at a few races where the C6R competed. The sound that car generates is truly amazing, like nothing else on the track.

  13. Post By Angry 8

    Nice car but that track!

  14. Post By MindDezign

    Bruce Meyer has Always Been The True Enthusiast's Car Guy,ALWAYS. Over the many years he has been a Car Guy of Car Guy's.

  15. Post By Eric Hakanson

    Every time I see a video like this or hear stories about it, I get more and more envious of the people who live at Thermal. Who would live at a golf course when you can live at a race track?

  16. Post By Authentic Max

    Maybe because of old Top Gear shows and past criticisms towards American Cars and how the suspension were wobbly and too much body roll.. people still do not give enough respect to American Sports cars. American sports cars have been a lot cheaper than European sports cars and if you set the suspension setup right twerk things a little bit…American sports cars will fuck European sports cars…

  17. Post By Harry Cross

    Love the Norton in the background.

  18. Post By Doc. Volt

    When there is too much displacement? Corvette: never enough

  19. Post By Yong Teng Siew

    You gotta love Bruce Meyer, truly a car guy's car guy.

  20. Post By Charles Damery

    Having seen Bruce Meyer on Jay Leno's Garage a few time over the past couple of years, I've come to see how much he loves cars. Great video, great interview. Keep it up.

  21. Post By Pramaap Singh Teotia

    Recently, American cars have caught a lot of my interest the reason being their back to basics approach. Everything is simple and ludicrously powerful. Still sticking to conventional engineering rather than going full 'Back To The Future' with it like Europeans. And the fact that their quality is getting better each day, makes it a jackpot. Americans, you now have my respect when it comes to cars.

  22. Post By Sam Vains

    Would of loved to here more c1.r

  23. Post By Eric Hakanson

    I'm not much of a hot rod, muscle car or even American sports car fan. Personally I prefer European sports coupes and sedans. However the upcoming 2018 Corvette ZR1 looks fantastic and has piqued my interest in all things Corvette. I've always had a tremendous appreciation for all things Le Mans so this video is great for me because it covers my newfound curiosity in Corvette and my love of the great French endurance race. Having a real "car guy's" guy like Bruce Meyer in it just makes it all the better. Great job Petrolicious!

  24. Post By Klas Kitsune

    I remember when the C7.R almost won Le Mans. That was funny

  25. Post By The Nrajgn

    Can, here, someone, who really know what’s talking about, explain to me why this C6.R make that sound ? It’s terrific !

  26. Post By Mario Subasic Media

    Happy New Year Petrolicious :D

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