The first-generation Corvette has been a part of the drag racing scene since, well, the time of the first generation Corvette. These 1953 to 1962 body styles have been rather popular in the heads-up doorslammer arena in carbon fiber knockoff form, but as valuable as the real deal is nowadays, it’s quite rare that you see one on the dragstrip or even on the road.
Since the days of Modified Eliminator in the 1970’s and into the early 80’s, only a handful of these cars have competed nationally, and today, a handful wouldn’t even be the correct term.
At this weekend’s NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas, former Division 5 Competition Eliminator racer and Super Stock regular Doug Engels will pull the wraps off an absolutely immaculate ’57 Corvette that will make its debut in the always-tough Super Stock eliminator. The much-anticipated new machine is entered in the Super Stock/B Experimental (SS/BX) class, listed as a 261 cubic inch Chevrolet powerplant.
The Watertown, SD racer recently made some laps at nearby Thunder Valley Dragway and only these few teaser photos of the car have been released. Judging by what we can see though, it’s a good bet the NHRA officials will have a hard time deciding whether they should give it the Best Engineered or Best Appearing Car award. It almost looks too stunning to race, but then that’d be a waste of a perfectly good car.