3.01.13 Kevin Mackay Reveals the Magic Behind His Historic Corvette Restoration Projects


Kevin Mackay, Corvette Generation 1, 2 and 3 Restoration King Discusses the Skill Behind the Creation of his One of a Kind Historic Corvette Restoration projects!!

by Scott Teeters, Corvette Historian and Artist, Far Out Radio Host

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Kevin-Mackay-FB-B-72It’s a  CAR SHOW on Far Out Radio! Early model Corvette restoration expert Kevin Mackay is our guest.. Kevin is the owner of Corvette Repair, in Valley Stream, New York, on Long Island. Click HERE for Kevin's site.

Kevin was on the program recently and shared with us how his career in Corvette restoration began. You can listen to that program HERE.

Because of the high quality of work that Kevin and his team of experts perform, Corvette Repair has had the opportunity and honor of restoring some of the most historic, one-of-a-kind Corvette show cars, customs, experimental cars, and racing cars.

The common denominator with all of these cars is that because many are non-production Corvettes or completely fabricated cars, each has a unique history that must first be clearly understood to make the restoration correct. Documentation is critical and oftentimes very difficult. Many of the cars Corvette Repair has restored are over 50 years old, were built by men who are no longer with us, and documentation was spotty.

Race cars are especially challenging because teams often did little documentation because they were too busy campaigning a race car and weren’t thinking about the “documentation details” of their cars for possible restoration work decades in the future. Kevin’s job regularly includes automotive forensics!

We’ll be reviewing some of the most interesting Corvettes of all time with a man that’s literally taken them completely apart, fixed what was broken, and lovingly put them back together again for us to enjoy!

We’ll wrap up the program with an update from Kevin on the world’s only, 1964 factory experimental rear-engine Corvette, the XP-819. This unique machine will be making a “partial” appearance at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event March 8-10.  Click HERE to visit the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance wreb page. We say “partial appearance” because the XP-819 will be, for this event, another of Corvette Repair’s, rolling chassis display pieces! The restoration is scheduled to be completed in 2014. Because of the uniqueness of this car, Kevin thought it would be an excellent addition to one of the most prestigious car shows in the nation.

Below are some of the cars discussed:

1 –CERV II 4-Wheel-Drive Experimental


2 – Pininfarina Rondine 1963 Custom Italian Corvette


3 – 1969 Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette


4 – 1969 427 All-Aluminum ZL-1 Corvette


5 – 1959 Purple People Eater Corvette Racer


6 – 1960 Briggs Cunningham le Mans Class-Winning Corvette


7 – 1962 Gulf One Corvette Racer


8 – Roger Penske 1966 Prototype 427 L88 Corvette Racer


9 – 1967 427 L88 Le Mans Corvette Racer


10 – The Rebel 1969 L88 Le Mans Corvette Racer

11 – Owens Corning 1968 L88 Corvette Racer


12 – 1968 Johnson & Johnson Band Aid Corvette Racer


13 – 1969 John Greenwood BF Goodrich 427 ZL1 Corvette Racer


14 – Corvette Collector Peter Max & Kevin Mackay


15 – 1964 XP-819 Experimental Rear-Engine Corvette



Kevin's Corvette Repair website has an awesome Portfolio Page with five sections, lots of slide shows and a Videos Page that you can enjoy, HERE.

Kevin talks about 2 of his recent restorations on YouTube

Here’s  Kevin Mackay again sharing Corvette racing stories. This is the first of 13 parts.

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Thank you for listening,


Scott Teeters, Far Out Radio Host