Originally posted to corvetteimages.com, this vintage black and white photo shared by Corvette Blogger shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that the racing drivers of yesteryear were no less certifiably insane than today’s petrol-breathing loons.
Just look at the oversteer as they round this racing circuit corner!
The driver of the closer Corvette – the dark convertible – clearly has his head turned at the time of this photograph, looking at the driver of the pursuing car. We like to think this was a moment in time when colossal guts and hubris were the foremost prerequisites for being a racing driver; that perhaps – between puffs of his cigar – the driver coolly, casually turned his head mid-drift just to size up the sunnuvagun chasing him, maybe give him the old stink-eye. But this is speculation.
Corvette Blogger estimates that the darker convertible in front is a 1957 model, and they point out that the number 283 corresponds with the cubic-inch displacement of that year’s only available V8. Coincidence? The lighter-colored one is likely either a ’56 or ’57 coupe, meaning either the larger 283 CI V8 (’57), or the older, smaller 265 (’56).
It’s rather unthinkable today to imagine two (now priceless, irreplaceable) C1 Corvettes drifting recklessly around a racing circuit. And that’s what makes this historic image the coolest thing you’ll see all day.