Vintage Grand Prix Lap of the Old Course @ Watkins Glen
Denny Cornett III - Driving his 1947 MGTC.
Denver B. Cornett Jr. bought the car new in Miami in 1947 and drove it home to Louisville, Ky. He was 21 years old. He then entered it in the first races at Watkins Glen '48, Bridgehampton '49, and Elkhart Lake in '50.
He famously rolled the car 2 and a 1/2 times at the Stone Bridge in the first race at Watkins Glen-the Junior Prix, they replaced 2 wheels with his spare and a wheel from Briggs Cunningham's wife's TC then finished 7th overall and 2nd in class in the main Grand Prix.
It raced at Watkins again in 1949, 1952 and 1954. It has remained stock, except for now having 16" tires, compared to the original 19" ones, after restarting racing in SVRA about 1994.
The MGTC features a 4 cylinder 1250cc in line engine. He raced it until 2002 and retired the car and himself. He passed away in 2006. He was the only driver to retain the car he originally raced in from 1948 until the time he was racing again.
The car was the first registered as a MG in Kentucky. Mr. Cornett entered the SCCA with competition license #7. He started the KY region of the SCCA. The car has just passed 15,000 original miles this year.
The Vintage Grand Prix Festival running 20 years strong.
Data and Video by Traqmate
Insurance and Support by Hagerty Insurance
Special Thanks to the Grand Prix Festival Team