Just an­swer this ques­tion – Name the two driv­ers of the #2 Cunningham Corvette? And email your an­swer to mod­els@clas­sic­driver.co.nz

WIN­NER of the MA­TRA-SIMCA MS670C (in #54 Clas­sic Driver) is Ian Bis­man

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When think­ing about the mar­ques that have achieved suc­cess in the world’s great­est en­durance race, names like Bent­ley, As­ton Martin, Jaguar, Porsche, Fer­rari, Alfa Romeo, and Ma­tra-Simca in­vari­ably spring to mind. Not many of us would im­me­di­ately add Chevro­let to that il­lus­tri­ous list, and yet the Corvette has been scor­ing class wins at Le Mans for over 50 years. Start­ing with a four-car chal­lenge at Le Mans in 1960, Chevro­let fol­lowed up with the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion Corvette in 1967, then John Green­wood and Reeves Call­away both took up the man­tle, en­ter­ing their mod­i­fied Corvettes in the ’70s and ’90s re­spec­tively.

How­ever, Chevro­let’s great­est suc­cesses have oc­curred more re­cently, first with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Corvette C5-R in 2001 – scor­ing a onetwo fin­ish in the GTS class on de­but – then with its suc­ces­sors the C6-R and C6 ZR1 from 2005 to the present. All en­joyed mul­ti­ple GTS/GT1/GTE class vic­to­ries.

Our 1:43rd fea­ture mod­els from Spark are the four cars en­tered at Le Mans in 1960 – Chevro­let’s first ap­pear­ance at Cir­cuit de la Sarthe. Num­bered 1, 2, 3 and 4 (in this era race num­bers were al­lo­cated ac­cord­ing to en­gine size - largest to small­est), these 283 cu­bic inch, fuel-in­jected V8 Corvettes had an all-Amer­i­can line-up of 15 driv­ers. Cars 1,2 and 3 were en­tered by mil­lion­aire sports­man, and Le Mans vet­eran, Briggs Cunningham, while #4 was en­tered by Camoradi USA.

Sadly, in just the third hour of the 24 hour race, the #1 Cunningham Corvette, driven by Briggs Cunningham & Bill Kim­berly, skid­ded off the road at the White House cor­ner, rolled, and a fire de­vel­oped; the #2 car re­tired with a blown en­gine af­ter 20 hours; while the #4 Camoradi Corvette did fin­ish the 24 hours, but was not clas­si­fied due to com­plet­ing in­suf­fi­cient dis­tance. How­ever the #3 Cunningham Corvette, driven by John Fitch & Bob Gross­man, de­spite se­ri­ous over­heat­ing prob­lems, man­aged to limp home to fin­ish first in the GT 5000 class (the four Corvettes were the only cars in this class) and eighth over­all, be­hind six 250 Fer­raris and a lone As­ton Martin DBR1. Not a bad ef­fort for a big, heavy (2,975lbs/1350kg) Amer­i­can road car run­ning drum brakes.

You have an op­por­tu­nity to win the #2 Cunningham Corvette fea­tured here, and the de­tail­ing on this 1:43rd Spark model is su­perb. Es­pe­cially im­pres­sive is the ex­tremely thin anti-bug air dam on the bon­net; the tiny tubu­lar ex­hausts ex­it­ing each side of the car; the beau­ti­fully crafted chrome work; and the fine photo-etched wipers and bon­net clips. Spark has even ac­cu­rately repli­cated the pair of small sec­ondary tail­lights, in­board of the reg­u­lar tail­lights, that race of­fi­cials in­sisted be added at scru­ti­neer­ing; the non-stan­dard Cunningham stain­less-steel mesh grille; and the air­craft fuel-filler re­lo­cated to a cut out in the mid­dle of the rear win­dow.

All four of these mod­els are cur­rently avail­able from the SPR Mod­els on­line store – www.spr-mod­els.co.nz.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Spark, Bizarre, TrueS­cale, Brumm or ARMCO ranges, phone 09-414 5959 or e-mail john@spr-mod­els.co.nz.

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