General Motors recruited engineer and race car driver, Zora Arkus Duntov, to help them inject some performance into their brands.
Duntov wanted to make the Corvette competitive with sports cars from Europe like Ferrari and Maserati. To gain respect it needed to win on the track. He organized a team to build the SS or "Experimental Corvette" and took it to Sebring.
Birth of the Mustang
Before the fabled pony car first hit the streets a team of Ford designers
and engineers was assembled to create a concept car to test the public's
interest in a sporty new car. One of the treats in the video is seeing
Phil Clark at work on the original Mustang logo. We also see Clark
hard at work shaping the clay on the buck and his sketches adorn the walls
of the studio. It's a tribute to an extremely gifted designer who died
when he was only 32 but left behind a legacy of automotive design and a
daughter, Holly, who's dedicated to making sure the world remembers her
father's contribution to the Mustang.
This Ford PR film captures the inside story of the team's efforts that put
the first Mustang on the
Harley Earl - GM Designer Extraordinaire
Harley Earl, the larger than life, first head of styling for a major
automobile manufacturer gave the world the joy of excess in color, chrome
and steel. Recruited by GM in the late 20s to transform its drab autos and
make them stand out from the offerings of its competitors, Earl transformed
the industry and the American psyche.
He invented the annual model change over, the concept car and put swagger
and some Hollywood panache into a staid industry. While its hard to defend
his buoyant designs as fine art, he captured the imagination of millions
worldwide, especially in Post WWII America, who embraced the outlandish
vehicles as proof that there will be a big and better tomorrow. He knew
how to create and sell dreams. Which is what he learned from his neighbor,
C. B. DeMille.
Mickey Thompson Breaks 400 MPH Speed Barrirer
Thompson's life in the fast lane provides ample material for the
filmmakers. From the drag strips, to desert racing to land speed record
challenges, to car building, designing and race promotion Thompson earned
his place as a certified automotive icon.
He started calling himself the Fastest American on Wheels in 1958 after
setting a record of 194 miles per hour. His goal was to break the world
record of 394.2 miles per hour set in 1947. He began to build a world land
speed record car -- the Challenger 1.
Thompson took his new car out to the Bonneville Salt Flats on October 6,
1959 and piloted it to a World Speed Record of 363.48 miles per hour. He
also set a world speed record in A/BFS Class that remained unbeaten
until1990 when Al Teague broke it at 389.372 miles per hour in his
In 1960, Thompson returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats with a modified
Challenger 1 for another record attempt. Its four 410 cubic-inch engines
secured his title when he set a new American record at 330.51 miles per
hour. He bested the world speed with a run at 407 miles per hour (which
was faster than any man had drive
a car before) but crashed before he could make a second run and thus secure
the official record.
The Challenger 1 had its last record run two year later on July 24, 1962.
The poor conditions of the salt flats halted the first attempt because he
couldnt get any traction as the car bounced on the salt bed. He found a
smoother part of the Flats for another run and turned in a speed of 357
mph. But he announced that the Challengers days on the Salt Flats were
Aerovette -- Corvette Show Car
One of the most beautiful concept cars created by GM was the XP-822 later
called the Aerovette. It sprang from the minds of famed GM engineer and
race car driver Zora Arkus Duntov and his engineers who originally built
two predecessors during 1969. John DeLorean, Chevrolet's general manager,
felt the program was impractical and too expensive and canceled the car.
But when he heard Fords plans to sell the DeTomaso Pantera through
Lincoln-Mercury dealers, DeLorean ordered one XP-882 cleaned up for display
at the 1970 New York Auto Show. Its designer, Charles Jordan, would later
become the VP of design went to work on a new version for the 1973 Paris
This time an XP-882 chassis was powered by an experimental four-rotor
Wankel engine. The rotary engines looked promising but their poor fuel
economy didnt bode well with an impending oil crisis on the horizon. The
car would go through several more iterations before being put out to
The Original Sting Ray - /BIG MUSCLE
• BRIAN HOBAUGH
When did you first realize that you loved cars? Maybe it was the time you
caught a glimpse of a Ferrari as you were sitting in the back of your
parents minivan. Or maybe it happened after watching your older brother do
a burnout in his rusted out Camaro. For owner Brian Hobaugh,
his love of cars started thanks to his Dad and a certain 1965 Chevrolet
Corvette that's been in their family for over 30 years.
Zora Arkus-Duntov's last public interview
He put the 'Z' in the Corvette Z06, he was a legend in the automotive
industry. See now his last public interview.
Because he and I are products of the College of Engineering at the
University of Texas, although at different times, Harold Bettes and I had a
common academic background and friendship. After a highly productive
stint at a little (at the time) fledgling company named MSD ignitions while
I was toiling at Edelbrock, he moved on to another evolving organization in
Colorado Springs, Colorado, named the Superflow Corporation.
It was here that he birthed the concept of annually bringing together a
hundred or more persons in global motorsports (engine builders, parts
manufacturers and related stakeholders) into an activity that grew much
larger over time, bearing the name Advanced Engine Technology Conferences
(AETCs), now sponsored by COMP Cams and a part of the Performance Racing
Industry (PRI) Show in Orlando, Florida. Harold also formed a Hall of
Fame segment in the AETC program. Each year, a single person was
identified as having made major career contributions to motorsports and
honored at the annual AETC banquet, culminating each year's conferences.
No, this column isn't about Harold, but that's the stage on which the
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ZR1 Vette vs Jet! - Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Races A U.S. Navy Fighter Jet
MT Editor at Large Arthur St. Antoine pits Chevy's awesome "Blue Devil" --
the Corvette ZR1 -- against its toughest adversary yet: a Blue Angels
F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet.
Shot By: Jim Gleason & Terren Lin
Edited By: Jim Gleason
Read the story here:
Monsters' Brawl! Corvette ZR1 vs Porsche 911 Turbo
It's the King of the Hill vs the Autobahn Kaiser. The Chevrolet Corvette
ZR1 and the Porsche 911 turbo do battle
in a comparison of epic proportions at the track with professional hot shoe
Justin Bell, on the drag strip and through a standing mile...
Read the full story here:
Shot by: Mike Suggett, Gordon Green & Duane Sempson
Edited by: Mike Suggett
OLDSMOBILE 455 W-43 EXPERIMENTAL HEMI AND OTHER EXOTIC ENGINES - THE JOHN BELTZ YEARS PHOTO TRIBUTE
John Beltz was Oldsmobile's chief engineer in 1964 and one of the prime
movers of the Toronado and 442 project. Beltz was promoted to Oldsmobile
general manager at age 43 in 1969 when Harold N. Metzel retired. Beltz
passed away in May of 1972 from cancer at the age of 46.
John Beltz is leaning on a dual fan 455 Olds and posing with other
experimental Olds engines that never saw production.
Here are descriptions of these engines:
1. The 0W-43 all aluminum 455 with 4 valve per cylinders, four overhead cam
Weber engine. With a redline of just under 8,500rpm it was originally
conceived for CAN AM racing. At 3,000rpm it put out 300hp and at 6,000rpm
registered over 600hp. The top output recorded for this engine in the
Lansing Dyno facility
was 700 real hp at 6,800rpm. Tests were run with both carbueration and fuel
injection. The block was cast from Reynolds 356 alloy and fitted with
pressed-in dry steel cylinder liners for the Forged-True 12.20to 1 pistons.
Billet steel connecting rods by Carillo was used along with a forged steel
crank. The engine weighed in at 50 pounds lighter than the production 455
motor! It was developed at the same time as the ZL-1 Chevy 427 motor.
2. The W-43 4 valve per cylinder 455 developed by JOHN BELTZ , LLOYD GILL ,
JOE JONES AND FRANK BALL. Rated at 500-550hp with a single Rochester
Quadrajet on an aluminum manifold. Constructed with both cast iron heads
and block and with aluminum-alloy block and heads 75 pounds lighter than
the conventional 455 production engine. Engine featured four valves per
cylinder with narrowed angles for a super efficient combustion chamber
design, central spark plugs and could easily be adapted for chain for gear
driven overhead camshafts. 455 engine had 4.625inch cylinder centers, a
4.125 bore and 4.250 stroke. Making use of the 3inch main bearings and 2.50
inch rod journals, the engine was fitted with a specially prepared cast
crank fitted with SAE-1140 forged steel rods, forged 10.20-to-1 pistons
which rode on Morraine 400 bearings. Four bolt main block boasted 2
additional 5/8inch drain holes. Four valve heads featured 1.750inch intake
valves (SAE-8640 steel) with 22 degree stems and 1.375 Exhaust (214-N stainless steel) with 15 degree
stems, special Stellite seats, bronze alloy guides, o ring plug tubes, 14mm
spark plugs, 3/8 inch pushrods and aluminum rocker arms. (Of all the
experimental Olds engines, this one came the closest to production and
there are photos of this engine in street gear. MAY 71 HOT ROD MAGAZINE
features some of these engines and the sadness of the Olds engineers of
that time of how they would never be released.)
3. 455 dual turbocharged CAN AM ROCKET
CHALLENGE. 659hp @ 6250rpm. 554lbs torque @ 6,250 rpm. Alloy block with 4
bolt mains. Forged steel crankshaft. Forged True pistons with 8.5 to 1
compression. 3inch main journals. 2.499inch rod journals. Carillo billet
steel rods. alloy heads. 2inch intake valves. 1.625inch Exhaust valves. Crower roller camshaft with
555inch lift and 320 degrees duration. Dual TRW-375-E-10 turbochargers with Boost Wastegate 10and 1/2psi. Lucas fuel
injection. Olds alloy intake.
Competed with big block Chevy Mclarens and Porsche Panzers in CAN AM racing
This video is merely a couple of old magazine pages strung together with
the exception of that blue 455 hemi which was found on the internet. Thats
BRUCE MCLAREN in that green can am race car which is Olds powered. AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE VIDEO JOHN BELTZ IS POSING WITH SOME ENGINES FEATURED IN
THE JULY 1969 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE AND THE BLUE OLDSMOBILE 455 HEMI
WAS FEATURED IN THE MAY 1971 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE. The incidental
music I overlayed onto this video was muted by youtube.
Corvette Sinkhole Adventure in a 1975 Stingray! - Roadkill Ep. 27
Chevy runs deep! This time Freiburger and Finnegan find out just how deep
as they visit the infamous sinkhole that opened up inside the National
Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. To do it Roadkill style, the
guys find the worst Corvette they can buy, get it running after sitting for
six years, break auto parts, experience gators firsthand, and visit the
Corvette assembly plant. Finally, they try and convince the Corvette Museum
to let them leave their '75 Stingray behind......inside the sinkhole.
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Chip Foose's Ridler Award: Building Stallion
Stallion has a colorful history for an award winning show car. Owner Ron
Whiteside and his brother actually used to drag race the vehicle at race
tracks during their teenage years. Ron managed to hold on to the all steel,
original 1934 Ford coupe for 5 decades until he sought out Chip Foose to
build him the vehicle of his dreams.
Some of the numerous body modifications include a chopped roof, a smoothed
cowl, a lengthened hood and reshaped fenders. A custom chassis was
fabricated and a custom 4-wheel independent suspension added. Stallion was
finished in a distinctive copper orange hue of BASF paint, personally mixed
Although the vehicle began as a 1934 Ford, ultimately it was reimagined as
a Mercury Monarch. The Mercury brand wasn't founded until 1939, when it was
launched as an entry level luxury car brand. However, Chip formed the
Stallion from the perspective of what a Mercury vehicle might have looked
like should the brand have been around in '34. He wanted to honor that
design process, which is why you will find subtle Mercury branding elements
throughout the vehicle, such as the Mercury man emblem on the engine plate.
This is why you will sometimes see the vehicle referred to as a 1934
Mercury Monarch when in fact, no such vehicle ever existed.
In 2004, Stallion received the celebrated Ridler Award at Detroit Autorama,
the second such win for Chip and Foose Design.
Cars- Car Show
I took my video camera to a local car show and saw some cool cars. The list
of cars start at the gold Mustang.
1- 1970 Boss Mustang
2- 1970 Dodge Dart
3- 1977 Trans Am
5- 1969 Chevorlet Camaro SS
6- 2005 Ford Mustang GT
7- 1978 Z26 Camaro
8- 1947 Ford
9- 1998 Trans Am Pontiac
10- 2006 Pontiac GTO
11- 1976 Monte Carlo
12- 1970 Mustang Mach 1
13- 1999 Corvette Z06
14- 1969 Corvette
15- 1967 Mustang GT
16- 2002 Mercedes AMG
17- 2007 Shelby GT 500
18- 1960 Ford Thunderbird
19- 1974 Maverick Grabber
20- Plymoth Cuda
21- 1938 Plymoth
22- 1974 Firebird
23- Custom Mini Ford
24- 1934 Binder
25- 1971 Dodge Charger
26- 1970 Challenger
27- Ford 1946 Pickup
28- 1984 Buick Grand National
29- 2003 Thunderbird V8
30- 1970 Plymoth Barracuda
31- Car w/hydraulics
32- Car w/hydraulics
33- 1969 Camaro Z20
34- 1971 Mustang Mach1
35- 2006 Pontiac Solstice
36- 1998 Martain DB9
37-1994 Ford GT 5.0
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