Corvette aficionado Jan Hyde shares his notes from the 50th anniversary tribute at Le Mans.
The #3 Corvette was entrusted to Fabrice Bernollin of Still Racing, an historic racecar specialist in France that transported the car from the port of LeHavre to the Le Mans Museum where it awaited us on June 9. Earlier in the week professional photographer Richard Prince posed the #3 with the Pratt & Miller crew and drivers of their 2010 C6R GT2 Corvettes # 63 and #64 for the above photo.
Racing Manager. Fitch, left, driving #3 at 1960 Le Mans.
Early Friday morning Lance spirited the #3 from the museum and drove it unescorted over public roads to the Classic British Welcome in Saint Saturnin where it was the star of the show. On Friday afternoon Lance drove the #3 Corvette now escorted by police to the Place des Jacobins towered over by the ancient Cathedral St-Julien in the center of Le Mans.
Early that evening Lance and John Fitch were at the head of the Parade des Pilotes, a ritual celebration complete with marching bands over a 2.5 mile course lined with throngs of people.
The Pratt & Miller team was strong in the race but took some hits over the long grind. They showed great courage and are a shining example of an exceptional racing team we can point to with admiration and pride.
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