This Corvette was rescued from the wrecking yard near Chicago by Lew Draper in 1962. Together with Doane Motor mechanics and Chevrolet parts, they built a B-production racer that Lew drove very successfully for the next couple of seasons. The car was outfitted with every possible RPO option available, including heavy duty brakes, quick steering, HD suspension front & rear, big 24 gallon fuel tank 8K steering mounted tach and Duntovs famous fuel injection. Under SCCA-rules the car windshield, bumpers and window mechanisms were removed to lighten the car.
Lew participated in some twenty-five races at tracks in and around the SCCA central division and won approximately twenty. He competed at Road America, Meadowdale Raceway Park, Wilmot Hills, Waterford, Lynndale Farms, Blackhawk Farms, Mid-Ohio, Crailing and Grand Rapids.
Lew sold the car after the 1964 season and future owners continued the campaign until it was retired after its last race at Blackhawk Farms in 1974. The car sat until the late 1980's when the current owner purchased it for a future restoration which didn't happen until about 2002, when he had decided 'it had better happen now before one of us got too old to race.' A complete body off frame restoration was completed and he decided at that time to keep the old paint as he believe it revealed some of its history.
Since returning to the track, it has raced at Laguna Seca, Infineon Raceway, Coronado and Thunderhill.Also photographed at :