March 2, 1990: At the Firestone Test Center
near Fort Stockton, Texas, a team of drivers set a dozen land speed
records with a Corvette ZR-1 and a Corvette L-98. Cars were in
near stock condition, minus mufflers and catalytic converters.
Records include 5000 miles in a time of 28:46:12.462, 5000 km in a time
of 17:40:53.748, and 4221.256 miles in 24 hours. Average speed
for all record runs were 170-175 MPH. One driver is Corvette Development
and Validation Manager John Heinricy.
March 6, 1996: Corvette's Chief Engineer, Dave
Hill makes the final decision to stop C4 model Corvette production and
put all emphasis on C5. June 16 is set as the last day of building C4
March 7, 1997: Chevrolet begins selling the
1997 model Corvette.
March 14, 1977: The 500,000th Corvette drives
off the assembly line.
March 18, 2000: In Florida, the 48th Annual
Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring is held. Corvette C5-R, #4, driven
by Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel, and Justin Bell, places 16th overall.
Corvette C5-R, #3, driven by Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins, and Frank
Freon places 24th overall.
March 20, 1999: At the 12 Hours of Sebring
race, Ron Fellows, John Paul Jr., and Chris Kneifel drive C5-R No. 3,
finishing 4th in class. Andy Pilgrim, Scott Sharp, and John Heinricy
drive C5-R No. 4, but do not finish the race.
March 23, 1957: Chevrolet enters four Corvettes
in the 12 Hours of Sebring race in Florida. The Corvette SS (Super
Sport), driven by John Fitch and Juan Fangio, runs only 120 miles before
being retired on lap 23 due to erratic brakes and faulty rear suspension.
Richard Thompson and Gaston Andrey in No. 4 finish first in GT Production
class, 12th overall. A third Corvette wins Modified Production
class, 15th overall. The fourth Corvette takes 16th overall.
12th place is the best showing for a car in GT class at Sebring.
March 23, 1992: General Motors applies for
a registered trademark of "STINGRAY".
March 24, 1956: Four 1956 Corvettes take part
in the Florida International 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance, at Sebring,
Florida. Car No. 1, with 307-ci engine, driven by John Fitch and
Walt Hansgen, runs in SCCA class C/Modified, and finishes the race,
winning first in its class, and ninth overall. Car No. 5, with
265-ci engine, high performance Duntov cam and 4.11-to-1 final drive,
and driven by Dale Duncan and John Eager, runs in class B/Production,
but breaks an axle shaft 20 minutes into the race. Car No. 6, with 265-ci
engine, 3.70-to-1 final drive, driven by Ray Crawford and Max Goldman,
runs in SCCA class B/Production, and finishes the race 6th in class
and 15th overall. Car No. 7, with 265-ci engine, 4.11-to-1 final
drive, driven by Ernie Erickson and Chuck Hassan, runs in class B/Production,
but blows a piston about 1:20 hours into the race.
March 27, 1962: At the 12 Hours of Endurance
race at Sebring, Florida, M.J.R. Wylie and Duncan Black drive Gulf Oil's
1962 Corvette to 2nd in A/Production class, and 18th overall.
March 27, 1978: The Wall Street Journal runs
a front-page article about the 1978 Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars,
indicating they would be excellent investments.
March, 1960: A Corvette finishes first in class
at the 12 Hours of Sebring race. Two Corvettes of the Camoradi
racing team, driven by Jim Jeffords and Fred Gamble, finish second and
third in GT class.
March, 1961: At the 12 Hours of Sebring race,
Corvette drivers Delmo Johnson and Dave Morgan finish 1st in GT class
and 11th overall.
March, 1964: A Corvette finishes first in GT
category at the 12 Hours of Sebring race.
March, 1966: Roger Penske, in his 1966 Corvette
with 427 ci engine, finishes first in GT class at the 12 Hours of Sebring
March, 1967: At the 12 Hours of Sebring race,
Dave Morgan and Don Yenko compete in a 1967 L88 Corvette, finishing
1st in GT class and 10th overall.
March, 1968: At the 12 Hours of Sebring race
in Florida, Yenko/Rodriguez race 1968 L88 Corvette (No. 2), Thompson/DeLorenzo
race 1968 L88 Corvette (No. 4), and Morgan/Sharp race 1968 L88 Corvette
(No. 3). One finishes first in GT class.
March, 1972: At the 12 Hours of Sebring race
in Florida, Dave Heinz and Bob Johnson race Toye English's 1969 L88
convertible to first in GT class.
March, 1973: The driving team of John Greenwood,
Ron Grable, and Mike Brockman drive a Corvette to a win in its class
at Sebring, and taking third place overall, the best ever showing for
a Corvette at Sebring
March, 1983: The 1984 Corvette goes on sale
in the US, except for California.
March, 1989: Chevrolet introduces the Corvette
ZR-1 at the Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland.
March, 1990: Dennis Amodeo, winner of 36 Corvettes
through a 1989 VH-1 contest, sells the collection to artist Peter Max
for approximately US$1.5 million.
March, 1992: Ground-breaking ceremony is held
next to the Corvette plant for a permanent home for the National Corvette