Incredibly, 2022 is the 70th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet’s iconic sports car, and fans at Lime Rock Park over the Labor Day weekend will get to take part in the celebration: General Motors’ beloved Corvette brand has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of Historic Festival 40, September 1-5.
There is some debate as to whether 2022 is the ‘Vette’s 70th (versus the 69th) anniversary. In truth, Chevrolet did not sell a 1983 model. Due to a variety of supplier and logistical issues, Chevrolet went right from producing the 1982 C3 to the 1984 C4. Regular fourth generation production began on January 3, 1983; the 1984 model year delivery to customers began in March 1983.
So it’s not like Chevy salespeople weren’t writing orders for Corvettes in 1983. Every year since the first one sold in late-summer 1953, anyone could order a copy of the latest production example.
When you break out the abacus and move a bead for every year, starting with 1953 and ending with 2022, the sum is 70 years.
Thus…the Corvette 70th Anniversary!
What’s in store at Historic Festival 40 as we celebrate those 70 years?
* Twelve of the most signficant Corvette concept cars all in one place at one time: the 1959 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV I), 1959 Sting Ray Racer, 1961 Mako Shark, 1964 CERV II, 1969 Manta Ray, 1972 Reynolds Aluminum Corvette, 1973 Aerovette, 1986 Corvette Indy, 1990 CERV III, 1992 Stingray III and 2009 Sting Ray Concept.
* The famous 1953 “Waldorf” display car—the Corvette shown during the Motorama Show in January, 1953, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
* A 1956 Corvette SS
* The spectacular 1959 Scaglietta Corvette
* The 1963 Corvette Rondine by Pininfarina
* Twenty of the most well-known Corvette race cars, including Briggs Cunningham’s 1960 Le Mans racer, Don Yenko’s 1963 Z06 “Gulf One”, Roger Penske’s 1966 L88 Daytona, Paul Newman’s 2002 GT1, and more.
As the 2022 event’s Honored Marque, there will be dozens of pristine Corvettes on display at the Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance, while Lime Rock Racing fans will bring at least an equal number of their own Corvettes to the Gathering of the Marques, brought to you by our good friends at FCP Euro.
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