1967 Corvette Sting Ray Racer "Stringla"
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"The Stringla" Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray Racer
This is one of the iconic racing cars in Greek racing history of the past.Every one in this country, even those not related to car competition, at sometime or another have heard about this specific racing car. The reason being, that it has made the headlines several times a year and for a few decades, referring to the repeating successes of the “Stringla”, a nick-name meaning “female screamer” as people called the car, always in the very able and experienced hands of Johnny Pesmazoglou. It’s been said that such a close relation between a Chevrolet and its driver, is unique, not only for Greek standards, but world-wide. After the Corvette’s arrival – the importer of G.M. cars being Pesmazoglou himself – dismantled it and rebuilt it from the start, converting the bodywork to wider fenders and other aerodynamic shapes. The highly tuned V8 engine made a maximum power about the incredible number of 640hp with 12.5:1 compression ratio, plus various other necessary modifications, like the fitting of an oil cooler for the differential unit which suffered a lot. The BHP / weight ratio and the very talented and experienced hands of Johnny Pesmazoglou, was the perfect combination for the repeating success.
Model: Corvette Stingray
Built year: 1967
Engine type / cc: V8 / 7,500cc (Heavy Modified)
Engine output: 640bhp / 7,500rpm
Top speed: 245 km/h (153mph)
The great Greek driver is the first winner of the Acropolis Rally in 1952,when it was called «ELPA Rally» driving a Chevrolet, while he also won the rally in 1955 in an Opel Kapitan. His value is diachronic, since he had been participating with sportiness in the event until ‘87 with many trophies and championships.Is one of the most importand Greek race drivers of all time and placed in the "hall of fame".