Fabulous Corvettes








Fabulous Restorations
711 NW 1st Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
954-462-9427



A National Corvette
Restorer Society Member
NCRS #'s 2945 & 45705



 

 

THE ORANGE BLOSSOM EXPRESS

CONTACT George Haddad at FABULOUS RESTORATIONS for price and additional information.

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George Haddad, Son and Kyle

Generation: C3
 
Year: 1969

Unique Characteristics: Known as “The Orange Blossom Express” - The only Sebring Corvette to be built, owned and raced by local residents.

VIN: VIN 194379S  SCCA 060, SCCA 11-3136

Race Numbers: 47, 7, 57
 
Original Color: white with multi-color

Tires/Wheels: 15” cast aluminum racing wheels Hoosier tires

Engine: Originally a 350 automatic replaced with a Crusader Marine 454 bored to 462 cu in and built to L88 specifications Aluminum heads Lunati crankshaft and rods. Weisco 12.5:1 pistons Isky camshaft. Demon 650 cfm 4 barrel carb. GM Skunk Works header and dual exhaust. Oil cooler and oil heating system.

Driveline: Tex Racing T-101 4-speed manual Tilton 7” triple disc hydraulic clutch. 3:73 racing differential. Racing drive and half shafts. Modified “A” arms. Custom 9030 stainless steel sway bar. Titanium rear leaf spring Tube shocks and adjustable torque control arms. HD brake calipers and mounts. Cryogenically treated cast iron rotors. NASCAR pads. Dual master cylinder. Air duct cooling system.

Interior: Single racing bucket seat. Pro Comp gauges. Removable steering wheel. Auto Pro full racing seat belt system. Dry chemical fire retardant system. Full padded roll cage.

Modifications: Ultra lightweight body panels. Removable hood and front end.  Brake air ducts. Quad headlight system. Dual billet racing mirrors. Lexan front windshield.

Ownership: David Sweet (1969-71)(car broker who received car from original owner....unknown) Terry Keller (1972-1992) Tom Curren (1992-1995) Gary Brooks (1995 - 2012)

Drivers: Bob Gray & Terry Keller (1972-78) Tom Curren (1992-95) Gary Brooks (1995 – 2001)

Notes & Race History: This car was built over the 1971 winter from a 1969 small block automatic. The engine was replaced with an L88 spec big block as per the engine description above.
The car was driven by Terry Keller and Bob Gray at Sebring for four specific years:
  • 1972 at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Raced by Keeler/Gray. Started 44th and finished 17th overall, competing 181 laps, Finished 2nd among Corvettes

  • 1973 at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Raced by Keeler/Gray. Started 26th and finished 24th overall, competing 175 laps, Finished 7th among Corvettes

  • 1976 at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Raced by Keeler/Gray. Started 31st and finished 18th overall, competing 185 laps, Finished 1st among Corvettes

  • 1978 at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Raced by Keeler/Gray. Started 48th and finished 14th overall, competing 197 laps, Finished 2nd among Corvettes
At the end of the Sebring races, Terry Keller parked the car for several years. While in storage the car was converted to a greenwood-style wide body but was not raced in that form by Keller.

The car was sold to Tom Curren of Orlando, FL in 1992. Curren campaigned the car in its wide body format through the early 1980s. In September of 1995 Curren sold the car to Gary Brooks.
 
Gary Brooks (current owner) has completely restored the car (frame, engine, suspension, wheels, tires, brakes and other driveline components) to current high performance racing technology standards. The body has been reconfigured to the original L88 body style while bringing all components up to modern lightweight materials. Gary raced the car in various vintage events during the following years: 1991-95. 1997-98. 1999 & 2001.

The car is legal for HSR and SVRA vintage racing and was granted an SVRA historical Medallion in 1997.
 
CONTACT George Haddad at FABULOUS RESTORATIONS for price and additional information.