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CORVETTE TODAY #164 - My Trip To The Amelia Island Concours

In March of this year, your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, attended the unveiling of the three 1960 Cunningham Corvettes from Le Mans at the Amelia Island Concours. Steve recaps his weekend at Amelia Island and all the events that took place during the show!;
The Cunningham Corvettes were the hit of the entire weekend and you'll hear about the whole story on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY.
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Sigala Back As MECF Venodr

What is new? For MECF members, has developed a new customer communications system, trained more staff, and with some inducements is committed to providing your products along their stated completion timelines.
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CORVETTE TODAY #163 - Corvette News & Headlines, Late May 2023

Recognizing Memorial Day, there is still a lot of news coming out in the world of Corvette! Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger is back on the show with your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, to detail all the important things happening with America's Sports Car.;
Here are a few of the topics covered by Steve and Keith on this week's show:
1. Engineers are spotted in what we think is the C8 ZR1 prototype
2. We have two new E-Ray videos available
3. New Z06 allocations went out in the middle of this month (May 2023)
4. The National Corvette Museum names a new Marketing Director
5. Australia recalls the 2022 C8 Corvette for being too loud
6. Did GM's Instagram page give us a C9 Corvette preview?
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2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

2023 Corvette Brochure:
E-Ray Visualizer:
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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Zora Arkus-Duntov

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    Zora was such an awesome force in saving the Corvette. While he has been labeled the “father of the Corvette” by some, that is not fully accurate. However, accurately, he is the savior of the Corvette.

    And as to his dream of a mid engine AWD Corvette, please see the bolded words toward the post of this post.

    Where to start, for so many of his life’s attributes and experiences are so notable, and not just those relating to the Corvette?

    For example, he was an amazing race car driver, having raced another brand at the 24 Hours of LeMans (‘54, ’55, ‘57, and ‘59), and he also set an American Pikes Peak record in 1956 in a Chevy 4 door sedan.

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    Zora was not just a race driver, but an engineer and an inventor, i.e., the Ford flathead became greatly improved with its aftermarket Duntov cam and heads.

    As Corvette historians know, he wrote the famous following document to GM that changed the course of Corvettes from a nice visual for important movie stars and politicians to the performance powerhouse he is today. Here is that letter than changed our Corvettes for the better.

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    Below, Zora’s obituary sums up so much about him, including his modesty, and his unrequited dream of building a mid engine Corvette.

    Originally posted by LA Times
    Corvette (By Myrna Oliver)

    Arkus-Duntov, the automotive engineer known for transforming the Corvette from a show car and plastic toy into a true American sports car, has died. He was 86.

    Duntov, a race driver who became known as "Mr. Corvette" and the patriarch of high performance, died Sunday in Detroit. He had been increasingly frail since a stroke five years ago.

    A Russian-born, German-trained engineer, Duntov went to work for Chevrolet in 1953--the Corvette's first model year. He joined the Corvette team after writing a memo now enshrined by General Motors suggesting that drivers were finally ready for an American high-performance car. He soon became the Corvette's first chief engineer.

    "There are great designers, there are great motor people and great corporate politicians," Reeves Callaway, who customizes Corvettes, once told The Times' car columnist Paul Dean. "Zora Arkus-Duntov is all of these things. And a race car driver. So he was able to build a car where his personality shows through. The Corvette is him."

    Duntov himself downplayed the uniform adulation.

    "A man puts his pants on one leg at a time. So the fuss about me is out of proportion," he told The Times in 1991. "I really didn't create anything. Genius? Hah! I just make a good car."

    He added several innovations to the Corvette that filtered through the automobile industry, including fuel injection in 1957 and four-wheel disc brakes in 1965.

    But he clearly was thwarted on other ideas.

    "I know that I give lots of people joy, and I'm happy for that. But my satisfaction with the car was never really full . . . because I was always constrained," he said in 1991.

    Had he been given free reign, he added, "Today's Corvette would be a mid-engined car and four-wheel driven. Four-wheel drive for better traction needed in a high-performance car. Mid-engine for better balance, more efficient braking."

    He retired from Chevrolet in the mid-1970s, but continued to attend Corvette shows and events around the country, such as those at the Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife in Oxnard, which has a dozen vintage Corvettes owned by former Times publisher Otis Chandler.

    Duntov drove a 1974 Corvette for nearly 15 years--until someone offered him $100,000 for it. He switched then to a 1989 Corvette, but never liked it as well.

    The legendary engineer celebrated his 85th birthday on Christmas Day in 1994 at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., the city where Corvettes are produced. A street near the museum was named in his honor.

    Duntov is survived by his wife, Elfi.

    So much more to say about him; at least this is a start about his lifetime of Corvette and other achievements.

    Our very fortunate Mike Furman ([email protected]) knew him very well:


    Thanks Zora for all you did for the Corvette, and thus secondly for us Corvette lovers. Hopefully the top of the line, the rumored 1,000 HP, AWD version, will be named for you. Zora was born in Russia, and there the word “Zora” means dawn. How fitting would that be! [Thanks “jbc1995fb” for that information.]

    Last edited by John; 07-17-2018, 05:12 PM.
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    Men such as him don't come along very often. In all aspects of life and industry very few like him can be found. If you think about it, you know who some are/were.
    Lynnie, "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. "
    - Albert Camus


    • #3
      Great letter. You can tell he was both an astute engineer and a visionary. And he a passion for Chevrolet becoming the go-to brand for performance.

      Was fun to read that.


      • #4
        I noticed the letter was addressed to Mr. Maurice Olley, so I decided to look him up.

        Well, he's also very well know relative to the Corvette.

        Working along side Harley Earl and Bob McLean, Olley developed the chassis and suspension of the first-generation Corvette. Acting as head of Chevrolet Research and Development, he headed the engineering team that worked to perfect the early Corvettes and hired Zora Arkus-Duntov to continue the improvements.

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        • #5
          Thank you Mobius. I had not seen that video before; learned a lot by doing so. Good for him for hiring Zora (and great for all of us).
          Last edited by John; 07-18-2018, 02:27 PM.
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          • #6
            We owe so much to that great man who was multi-talented, and thankfully was never hesitant to speak his peace. There were times his colleagues were a touch less than pleased with the strength of his thoughtful presentations, but he was always respected even by those who had differing opinions.
            Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.