Charles’ car is furnished, as per the original, with a red interior, drum brakes all round, a 5.4-litre V8 and the stunning blue and white livery. He’s taken it to Le Mans Classic, Silverstone Classic and now Goodwood. The car needs a bit of work, with more power achievable from that V8 with a bit of tinkering and braking issues to amend – as exhibited in the smokey qualifying session for the Kinrara Trophy this Friday morning. As for the race itself, the C1 was caught in a bit of a tussle with an Aston Martin mid-Chicane. Two cars vying for space enough for one. Significant amounts of paint traded. It was nevertheless spectacular to see the C1 racing into the dark.
Charles confesses it’s not the ideal racing machine, but as a celebration and an homage to the first Corvette to race, its presence here is fully welcomed. Those thunderous C6s and C7s can find a faithful tribute to their oldest ancestor amid the Kinrara paddocks at Revival.
Photography by Tom Shaxson