Louis Galanos > Historic Racing Cars
The legendary Corvette racer John Greenwood, in his 7-liter Vette, leads the legendary Porsche 917K racer Pedro Rodriguez under the MG Bridge and into the Esses at Sebring fifty years ago (1970) this weekend. Following them is the Jacky Ickx – Peter Schetty works Ferrari 512 S Spyder and the Jerry Thompson – John Mahler Corvette. Greenwood and co-driver Allan Barker would fail to finish due to a busted clutch. Rodriguez and co-driver Leo Kinnunen and later Jo Siffert would finish 4th overall but were leading late in the race when a faulty part sidelined them. The Ferrari would blow a head gasket and the Thompson/Mahler Vette would finish 20th.
BTW, that historic MG Bridge was in sad shape in 1970 and anyone who crossed the track via that bridge held their breath as the metal span undulated as people walked across the track. It would collapse in a storm in 1973 just days before the running of the 1973 race.
The good old days…