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CORVETTE TODAY #80 - Meet Famed Corvette Race Car Driver, Andy Pilgrim

If you're a fan of Corvette Racing, you'll absolutely love this podcast! https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...FH4VXOYBcu2ZSx. Your CORVETTE TODAY host, Steve Garrett, sits down with famed Corvette Racing driver, Andy Pilgrim, to discuss his illustrious career. Andy takes you back to his days in Great Britain, where he started racing motorcycles. He tells you how he got to the United States and how he got invited to be a part of the Corvette Racing team. Pilgrim talks about his 20+ years racing, his time at Le Mans and much more.

Also find out what andy is doing today along with his association with the National Corvette Museum and the Motorsports Park.
It's an fascinating listen about one of the drivers who helped kick on Corvette Racing on the CORVETTE TODAY podcast!

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    The split window Corvette was the first one I had ever seen. I still get emotional when a see its rear quarter view while walking around the car. Also the first Corvette I ever got a ride in....

    Thank you so much to CorvetteOnLine for recreating happy memories.

    Originally posted by CorvetteOnLine
    Wednesday Rewind: A Look Back At The Split-Window


    By ANDY BOLIG JANUARY 16, 2019
    Sometimes, there are things that become so iconic that they override even the greatest of accomplishments. Take the new-for-’63 Corvette Sting Ray. It was a design home-run, with styling that wooed the hearts of America at first sight. There was no “getting used to it” like some of today’s designs, but the first thought of many Americans was how THEY were going to get into one!

    The styling for '63 was all new. Styling had fully digested the space-race theme and personal rocket-ships were the trend. Phony vents up front and a centrally-located blind spot were key features of the new Corvette.
    There were a lot of changes for the second-generation Corvette. The car was coming into its own and designers, as well as engineers were passionately pouring themselves into Chevrolet’s halo car. Being an all-new design meant that there would be things that were improved upon in succeeding production years, but there were a few things that may not be considered an improvement. It all depended on which side of the fence you were on.

    There are a couple of items that denote specifically a 1963 Corvette. The faux grilles atop the hood were removed the very next year, as was the most heated, yet endearing feature of the ’63 coupes, the split-window. In this story, we take a look back at why the split-window was embroiled in such a heated debate and some of the super-heroes that fought the battle on both sides of the argument. Interestingly, no one ever asks who made the decision to remove the faux grilles from the hood.

    In the ultimate "Form vs. Function" battle, then styling head Bill Mitchell fought for the split-window. Chief Engineer, Zora Duntov didn't think that it brought anything to Corvette's performance and therefore, felt it unnecessary.
    We’re reminded of the stories where folks would cut the offending bodywork that bisected the rear window and replaced the glass with a later ’64-up piece. Ironically, many of those offending pieces were re-introduced into the car’s bodywork once folks realized how much value they brought to the overall package. Hard to say how many of those cars toggled between the two camps and are in “stock” configuration today.

    There’s no doubting that the ’63 Corvette will remain as one of the pinnacles, not only of the C2 generation, but Corvette as a whole. Take a stroll back with us as we re-visit what it took to ensure the first Sting Ray received this main design cue, and what it took to get it removed shortly afterward.

    https://www.corvetteonline.com/featu...e-split-window
    Last edited by John; 01-22-2019, 02:54 PM.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    A Split window vette was the first vette that I built a high performance engine for a customer. It was one of the first jobs we did out of my first race car shop, Car ran strong at the drags, must have been the split window effect.
    Last edited by Racer86; 01-22-2019, 03:17 PM.
    3LT Long Beach Red , Z51, FE4 , ZZ3, Black interior ,38S red stitching, Q8T, FA5, ER1, CFX, and R8C

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      I agree with Zora Duntov, and I said so in an earlier post that the split window brings nothing to performance and felt it was unnecessary. Just my $.04 cents ( inflation ! )
      3LT Long Beach Red , Z51, FE4 , ZZ3, Black interior ,38S red stitching, Q8T, FA5, ER1, CFX, and R8C

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      • #4
        The C2 coupe is definitely a timeless design and I'm thankful that I own one.

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        1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
        2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

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        • #5
          Brad 66...that is a wicked corvette.

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