See & Hear More of the 1969 BFG #49 ZL1

Written by Waisner on September 14th, 2011

1969 BFG #49 ZL-1 Corvette Race Car… one of 3 team cars sponsored by BF Goodrich during ’71-’73 showcasing their new line of T/A Radials. #49 competed in the trifecta of sports car racing; 12 Hrs of Sebring, 24 Hrs of Daytona, and 24 Hrs of LeMans. The 3 team cars #48, #49, & #50 were owned & campaigned by John Greenwood (inducted into the Sebring Raceway Hall of Fame in ’02). Driven by top road course drivers of the period; Greendyke, Greenwood, Johnson, Smothers, Yenko. 1st major win was 1st place in GT in ’72 at Watkins Glen 6 Hr driven by Greenwood and Smothers. In ’73 it was campaigned at 12 hr of Sebring, Daytona 24 hr and at 24 hr of LeMans. At LeMans, it set the GT speed record of 215mph on the Mulsanne Straight. Was delivered as a 69 factory L88 & was used by John Greenwood as a PR car. When the #50 car was heavily damaged in a crash in ’72, he converted the #49 to a race car, installing all of the famous Greenwood innovations, notched rear end, quick replacement radiator, quick camber adjustment, and a new Chevy ZL1 all aluminum 427 cu engine producing over 750 hp @ 6500 rpm. Restored to concourse condition in ’08 by Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair & debuted at Quail Motorsports ’08 where it received Best in Class over a strong field of Sebring Race Cars.
Much Much More…
[gplayer href=”http://cdn1.tmichaelis.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/Corvette.mp3″]Audio of #49[/gplayer]
#49 on YouTube
The look of #49
The history of #49
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