That’s where the C1’s entrant Charles Clegg steps in. As a successful racing driver in Sebring Sprites, Charles approached Tom for a drive. “He fancied something big and mean, so he got the biggest and meanest of them all”, exudes Tom.
It’s a challenge Charles is visibly relishing, with the young driver making a few fine adjustments to the C1’s large drum brakes as Tom continues to explain the particulars:
“The problem with any Corvette up until 1965, for FIA, they have to run drum brakes. So you sort of have to break sideways. Charles is the guy to do it in these conditions. Watching him in the rain this morning, he certainly knows how to do it. He should be racing on shale!”.
Seeing Charles wrestle the big rolling Corvette around the track with aplomb has undoubtedly been one of the highlights of the day and it’s a real treat to see the car’s builder and driver equally as excited for its entry into this year’s Kinrara Trophy.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a Duckling turning into a Swan type of ending for this enigmatic American motor. The difficult conditions got the better of man and machine with the Corvette C1 ending its Kinrara run prematurely, taking an unfortunate trip towards a Goodwood tire wall.
whether it’s on the road, at a stand, taking a corner sideways, or careering across the track limits, it’s been impossible to miss the 1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1 at the 2017 Revival.
Photography by James Lynch