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.
Mako Shark Corvette Concept Car
The Mako Shark was GM VP of Design, Bill Mitchell's vision for the follow
up to the Corvette Stingray. Legend has it he was inspired by sharks he'd
caught in the Bahamas. The design cues for this car can be seen in
Corvettes that rolled out starting in 1968 model year.
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
The Original Sting Ray - /BIG MUSCLE
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Corvette that's been in their family for over 30 years.
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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
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This Corvette is a built car, as you can tell from the sound! It is cammed
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Sounds of 1961 Corvette
This is from a 1961 Sales Demo 33 1/3 recording. Zora Arkus-Duntov - The
name Zora Arkus-Duntov has long been inextricably linked with Corvette in
the minds of automotive historians and enthusiasts. But the story of Zora
Arkus-Duntov runs far deeper than his twenty plus years of professional
involvement as both Corvette's primary advocate within General Motors and
as the fiberglass sports car's first chief engineer.
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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Mickey Thompson: Fastest Man on Wheels
Mickey Thompson roared out of the hot rodding world of Southern California
to become the "Fastest Man on Wheels," when his Pontiac powered Challenger
One broke the 400 mph mark at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
This didn't become an official record because of difficulties he
encountered on a second run. The speed authorities require a second run
and take the average for the record books. This promotional film captures
the drama of his attempt.
Corvette at Le Mans
At a time when Grand Prix racing was occurring throughout Europe, Le Mans
was envisioned as a different test from motorsports at the time. Instead of
focusing on the ability of a car company to build the fastest machines of
the time, the 24 Hours of Le Mans would instead concentrate on the ability
of manufacturers to build sporty yet reliable cars. This would drive
innovation in not only reliable but also fuel-efficient vehicles, since the
nature of endurance racing requires as little time to be spent in the pits
At the same time, due to the design of Le Mans, a drive would be created
for better aerodynamics and stability of cars at high speeds. While this
was shared with Grand Prix racing, few tracks in Europe featured straights
the length of the Mulsanne. The fact that the road is public and therefore
not maintained to the same quality as some permanent racing circuits also
puts more of a strain on parts, causing more emphasis on reliability.