Article: Louis to Le Mans: Corvette Museum Celebrates the Bow-tie Brand's Racing History

June 26, 2018

By Larry Edsall in Museums

You might be surprised when you visit the “Louis to Le Mans” exhibition, the National Corvette Museum’s homage to the history of Chevrolet racing, and are greeted by a pair of Buicks.

Well, actually, you are greeted by a huge bust of Louis Chevrolet, the Swiss-immigrant racing driver and car builder who, with his brothers, Anton and Gaston (the 1920 Indy 500 winner), sold the rights to the family name to General Motors founder Billy Durant.

But as you walk from the museum’s Skydome into the hall that houses such temporary exhibits (Louis to Le Mans runs through January 2019), you encounter the bust of Louis Chevrolet. To Louis’s right, your left, is a 1909 Buick Model 16 racer believed to be the very car that Louis drove to victory in one of the four-lap races held as part of the grand opening of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Remember, the first Indianapolis 500-mile race wasn’t held until 1911.)

Read More: Click Here to learn more about the early cars that Louis Chevrolet drove at Indianapolis that led to Corvette Racing's present day success. The article also talks about other notable racing cars that are part of the exhibit.

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