Callaway Corvettes at the 2024 Greenwich Concours and Beyond

Article by Jan Hyde – Registry of Corvette Race Cars

Callaway Corvettes at the Greenwich Concours

Corvette enthusiasts at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance enjoyed a special display of Callaway editions at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Corvette enthusiasts at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance enjoyed a special display of Callaway editions at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut.

As the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance (held at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, Connecticut) continued to evolve, Corvette enthusiasts were treated to a special display of Callaway Corvettes.  

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Owner’s Upgraded Callaway Corvette

One owner believes his upgraded Callaway Corvette surpasses the prodigious performance of the revolutionary Sledgehammer.
One owner believes his upgraded Callaway Corvette surpasses the prodigious performance of the revolutionary Sledgehammer.

One owner upgraded his C4 Callaway Corvette, at least to his mind, to surpass the prodigious performance of the revolutionary Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette.

The Legacy of the Sledgehammer

The Callaway Sledgehammer, a testament to Reeves Callaway's engineering prowess, emerged during a time when emissions regulations and blended pump gas were smothering performance.
The Callaway Sledgehammer, a testament to Reeves Callaway’s engineering prowess, emerged during a time when emissions regulations and blended pump gas were smothering performance.

Reeves was a gifted engineer with a personality to match.  He prepared the “Sledgehammer” by building upon the RPO B2K twin turbo 350 engine.  With an adjustable boost, it was designed to put an end to the endless “how fast” articles in magazines.

Engineering Excellence by Reeves Callaway

For the design of the car’s aerodynamics, Reeves hired Paul Deutschman, a brilliant designer from Montreal, Canada, who worked on the Sledgehammer and all Corvette Callaway race cars after that.

Record-Breaking Achievements

The Sledgehammer's engine powered John Lingenfelter to a record 254.76 mph at the Ohio Proving Grounds in 1988, after driving nearly 1,000 miles on public roads.
The Sledgehammer’s engine powered John Lingenfelter to a record 254.76 mph at the Ohio Proving Grounds in 1988, after driving nearly 1,000 miles on public roads.

In October 1988, John Linginfelter reached a record 254.76 mph on the 7.5-mile oval at the Ohio Proving Grounds.  He drove the Sledgehammer nearly 1,000 miles from Old Lyme, Connecticut, to the proving grounds and back on public roads.

Callaway’s Racing Heritage

Following the success of the Sledgehammer, Boris Said drove a ZR1 version in the IMSA Supercar series from 1991 to 1995.
Following the success of the Sledgehammer, Boris Said drove a ZR1 version in the IMSA Supercar series from 1991 to 1995.

Following the success of the Sledgehammer, Boris Said drove a ZR1 version in the IMSA Supercar series from 1991 to 1995.

Callaway Competition and Le Mans

A partnership with Ernst Woehr led to the introduction of Callaway Competition's inaugural C4 Callaway Corvette model, the “Freida,” at Le Mans in 1995.
A partnership with Ernst Woehr led to the introduction of Callaway Competition’s inaugural C4 Callaway Corvette model, the “Freida,” at Le Mans in 1995.

A chance encounter with Ernst Woehr, a race car builder from Leingarten, Germany, led to a partnership known as Callaway Competition, which introduced their inaugural model, the “Freida,” at Le Mans in 1995.

Surviving Challenges and Continuing Legacy

Two more chassis raced in Europe and Le Mans under the sponsorship of the late driver Count Riccardo Giovanni “Rocky” Agusta.
Two more chassis raced in Europe and Le Mans under the sponsorship of the late driver Count Riccardo Giovanni “Rocky” Agusta.

Two more chassis raced in Europe and Le Mans under the sponsorship of the late driver Count Riccardo Giovanni “Rocky” Agusta.

The fenders on a more powerful fourth car, Copelli #00, were enlarged to cover fatter tires and appeared in 1997 at Daytona, Le Mans, and the SCCA WC.
The fenders on a more powerful fourth car, Copelli #00, were enlarged to cover fatter tires and appeared in 1997 at Daytona, Le Mans, and the SCCA WC.
The fenders on a more powerful fourth car, Copelli #60, were enlarged to cover fatter tires and appeared in 1997 at Daytona, Le Mans, and the SCCA WC.
The fenders on a more powerful fourth car, Copelli #60, were enlarged to cover fatter tires and appeared in 1997 at Daytona, Le Mans, and the SCCA WC.

The fenders on a more powerful fourth car were enlarged to cover fatter tires and appeared in 1997 at Daytona, Le Mans, and the SCCA WC.

All of these models have survived despite the near disaster in 2022 at the HSR Classic 24, but that’s another story. Watch the “Save of the Century

It was also the case with Callaway’s contribution to the homologation of the C6 Corvette for GT3 racing overseas, the revolutionary C7 GT3.R, and a tribute to honor Reeves on September 20, 2023, at the M1 Concours.

Photo credits: Lance Miller, Stephane Covoit, Patrick Durand, Callaway Cars, Kent Hussey, Jan Hyde – Registry of Corvette Race Cars

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