Greenwood Racing Heritage was on Stage, on Display and on Track at the HSR Classic 24
A tribute to John Greenwood kicked off the 2nd annual HSR Classic 24 hours on Thursday morning at Daytona International Speedway
Burt Greenwood was joined by former racers, engineers and crew for a reunion and stories honoring his brother John. An enlivened discussion was led by racer, writer and raconteur Burt Levy from Vintage Motorsport magazine.
Greenwood chassis 012, # 48 Spirit of America, was a” rocket ship” in the hands of Le Mans driver Didier Andre. They hoped to show better than last year when the engine failed after leading the pack for the first 2 stages of the classic 24 around-the-clock race.
Unfortunately this year went worse. During Friday night practice, workers at the bus stop turn reported that the car caught fire. Resulting complications put it out of the big race. Check out in-car video night practice.
But the team’s sister car, the ex Canadian Doug Rowe’s # 88 ran like a freight train. Father & son Jules & Jean Marc Gounon from France not only finished but won the final stage on Sunday morning completing 79 total laps for first in class in 1973-1982 Group B for cars. Corvette fans had even more to cheer about.
Jim Cantrell & Barry Ellis from Tucson raced the # 67 ex Ted Jencks/Andy Porterfield TA/GT1 Corvette. The car was prepared by Jim’s Vintage Exotics shop managed by Barry. They completed all 4 stages finishing 9th overall and 3rd in class in Group B.
Bruce & Spencer Trenery, veteran father & son endurance racers drove their # 17 1964 Corvette to 2nd in class following a Mustang GT350 in Group A for 1962 – 1972 cars. They also raced a Porsche and Daytona DP in other race groups giving them little time to rest.
Robert Blain from Janesville WI (above photo leading) is the lucky owner of # 64 Pratt & Miller ex C5R.013, the last of its kind. Bob has raced it on the vintage circuit for years. It was built in 2004 and re-bodied as a C6R. Among the fastest cars in Group D GT in class, it dropped out after the first stage.
For # 38 John “Babe” Branscombe (above photo trailing), the Classic 24 was on his “bucket list”. In 2004 the former Bush North circle track racer bought the car as a wreck from Troy Flis Racing (Spirit of Daytona Visit Florida DP team). This 1997 Grand Am Riggins Chassis/ACP bodied C5 Corvette was a familiar sight as # 09 in silver. All that effort paid off with a class win in Group D for 1995 – 2005.
Will Hubbell from Miami FL owns # 230 the 2009 C6 Corvette Daytona Prototype Coyote chassis that Eric Curran raced in the Grand Am Series for the Whelen Team # 31. Will acquired the car last year and benefits from co-driving with Eric whom he teamed up with to win the class in Group E for 2006 – to present.
Thanks to Larry Van Scoy & Mark Windecker for some great photos.
The HSR Classic 24 at Daytona will skip until 2017 putting the race on alternating years with the FIA Le Mans Classic 24 that runs in even-numbered years.