|(1-9-09) From Corvette Expert
"Roy Storey also raced a 56 Corvette
in the Pebble Beach Race. The engine blew up in practice, and the Chevrolet
team for Dr. Dick's #46 car headed by Frank Burell 'loaned' Roy a back
up engine. I don't know how he finished. (He didn't. DNF with
Bob D'Olivo was the photo editor for
Petersen Publishing from 1953 to 1996. After the race, he and
his partner Racer Brown went to the 'party' for drinks and food and met
all the Chevrolet people. At that meeting, they both asked "HOW DO
I GET ONE OF THESE CORVETTES TO RACE?" Two weeks later, a 56 venitian red
/ beige cove car showed up. 3 speed trans with optional 240hp engine (only
118 made). Dick Jess, area manager Oakland Division Chevrolet got
them the car.
That became the race # 106 car seen at
Kent, Washington in October 56 Palm Springs in November 56. At both
of these races it was driven by Dr. Thompson. Bob and Racer owned
and prepared the car and also raced it at some events as well. Bill Pollack
also drove this car.
Dr. Thompson got the SCCA National title
that year driving this car, and the # 46 car at Pebble Beach and east coast
races at Sebring, Marlboro, and Cumberland all in 56 Corvettes."