History of Corvette Super Sports (CSS)
Years And Counting !
Super Sports was organized on April 18, 1959 at Don Steves Chevrolet in La Habra,
California. Attendees at that meeting included Carrol Shelby (of Cobra fame) and
Bob Bondurant (Driving School). Other notable persons who have been associated
with the club are Dave MacDonald (USAC Indy driver) and Bill Thomas (of Cheetah
fame). The club name was derived from the 1957 Corvette Super Sport Racer.
In 1965 CSS incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of California,
County of Orange. In the past the club has belonged to Southern California Council
of Sports Car Clubs (SCC SCC) and Western States Corvette Council (WSCC). In 1988
the club joined National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC) to which we currently
belong. We feel that we are one of the most well rounded clubs supporting charitable,
civic, and community activities; along with auto-sports events which include car
shows/displays, auto-crossing, rallyes, drag racing, road racing, caravans, touring,
cruise nights and pure socializing. Click to view our charities
Our club designates an outside Event
of the Month to attend. We also have an in-club Monthly Social event planned by
a club member and we support whatever it might be! CSS promotes interacting with
and supporting of other clubs' events. We try our best to live up to our name
We meet and welcome Corvette owners and guests
to our meetings on the First Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at: SIZZLER Steak
Seafood & Salad Bar, 1401 N. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92835 (Harbor Blvd.
at Brea Blvd.)
Club mailing address: Corvette Super Sports, P. O. Box
592, La Habra, CA 90631
1957 Corvette SSR (Super Sport Racer) The Car Our Club Was Named After.
Original Chevrolet Corvette SS You Tube video
Corvette SS at Sebring Race Day 1957 video
Original Chevrolet Corvette SS video (right click & save as) to download to your computer (commercial free)
The Chevrolet Corvette 'SS' was an experimental magnesium-bodied car and set a
New Lap Record at Sebring, Florida, in 1957. But success at Sebring for this stunning racer was unfortunately short lived. Although the SS was extremely fast for its day (top recorded speed of 183 mph), a suspension problem forced it to retire from the race after 23 laps in the Sebring 12-Hour race. Juan Manuel Fangio, the winner at Sebring in 1957, was impressed enough with the car to test the SS under practice conditions. The results was astonishing.
Fangio completed a full lap a full 3:27.4 seconds faster in a car he had never driven before than other drivers could in cars they were experienced driving.General Motors was enthusiastic about the potential of the SS based on results from practice and lap speeds. Shortly thereafter, the Automobile Manufacturers Association announced its opposition to factory involvement in motorsports and the SS project was shelved, although the SS was resurrected long enough to lap Daytona International Speedway at 155 mph during opening-day ceremonies in 1959(The birth year of our club).It has served as the forerunner of many Corvette sports/racing models.
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