The 24 Hours of Le Mans
An important year for the Corvette was 1960 since the Chevy factory-backed the famous American racing impresario, Biggs Cunningham and his Le Mans effort. Biggs Cunningham was one of the biggest names on the international racing scene in those days. Although he tried to win the Le Mans several times with his own creations, he never managed to win, despite getting good results and expending lots of effort.
So, on June 26, 1960, a highly modified Chevrolet Corvette became the first American car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It won the GT class in front of numerous Jaguars, Ferraris and Porsches with John Finch and Bob Grossman at the wheel. The success made Corvette the talk of the global sports car community. But, best of all, it transformed the ‘Vette into a respectable force on the racing scene.