1965 Chevy Corvette
For a long time, only cars that had historical racing history were allowed to drive at historic events like the Monterey Historics. The truth is that there just aren't a lot of them left. Recently, the sanctioning bodies have lifted this requirement to allow all vintage cars to run with the historical cars as long as they follow the same rules.
Group 6 of these races include muscle cars from 1963 to 1973. Can you imagine playing in the field of Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, and Corvettes, running wheel to wheel with some of the greatest cars in history? Brent Jarvis, owner of Performance Restorations, really wanted to join the fun. Rather than investing in a historical car, he would have way more fun building a vintage road race car of his own.
Running Performance Restorations for almost 30 years now has given him more than enough experience building cars, and Corvettes were his specialty. A buddy of his was big into racing Corvettes and brought a '65 hard top to build up. He got preoccupied with a new addition to his family, a Z06, and he sold the car to Brent knowing it was going to a good home. It was a matching-numbers 427 big-block car with a four-speed-perfect for the series.
The class keeps a lot of the variables locked down, using many factory components. The trained race car builder knows how to manipulate the areas to create the best handling car the rules can tolerate. Things like sway bars and tie rods were up to Brent's imagination, so he built a custom splined sway bar and replaced the ball-joint tie-rod ends with spherical rod ends and shimmed them to eliminate bumpsteer. Despite the rule of stock-mounted control arms, Brent managed 3 degrees of negative camber and 5 degrees positive caster to really help the car stick. "I've never driven a car with bias-ply tires before. That should be interesting," Brent says. He's curious to see how the '60s technology-backed by brute power-stacks up against the Pro Touring style cars he's used to building and driving.
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