Corvette Racing: The Complete Competition History from Sebring to Le Mans

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Chevy’s Corvette is without question one of the most recognized sports cars in the world. Since its introduction at GM’s Motorama, Corvettes have been favorites for fans and drivers in a wide variety of racing venues, including endurance events, hillclimbs, Trans-Am, drag racing, and GT Racing. For six decades, Corvettes have battled and defeated some of the the biggest names in the sports car world—Ferrari, Porsche, Cobra, Jaguar—at storied road courses like Le Mans, Daytona, the Nürburgring, Sebring, and Laguna Seca. Beginning with the Real McCoy, a Zora Arkus-Duntov special raced at Sebring in 1956, this book draws on the history of factory-sponsored and private racing efforts, chronicling the history of the various Vettes that have been put to the test as racing machines. Noted automotive writer and renowned artist David Kimble delves deep into Vette’s on-track history to provide the most thorough Corvette racing history ever published. Corvette Racing is illustrated with rare images from GM’s media and design archives and complemented by Kimble’s own stunning cutaway artwork. For Corvette and racing fans, this book is the definitive word on Corvette’s nearly 60 years of competition.

 

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The shape of the Corvette is an unmistakable American icon, the shape of a legend forged in competition. For over sixty years, the Corvette has dominated the world’s racing venues. Corvette Racing: The Complete Competition History from Sebring to Le Mans tells the inside story of Chevrolet’s top race car, with racing history, driver insights, technical details, and over 200 historic photos from the GM Media Archive, many never before seen in print. Follow drivers like Grady Davis, Betty Skelton, Don Yenko, Dr. Dick Thompson, and Dale Earnhardt from the earliest days of Daytona and Sebring to the most recent American Le Mans victories as they shape racing history. Learn about the challenges and development of the LT-1 engine, and see firsthand how the L88 changed Corvette racing forever. Modern developments like the 2009 ZR-1 racing package are also covered, as well as exhaustive Corvette historical and technical details—everything you ever wanted to know about what goes on under the skin of Chevy’s top racing machines.     Gentlemen, start your engines—The history of Corvette racingis here!  David Kimble is a veteran motorsport illustrator who has worked with most of the current major car companies. Growing up in car-crazed southern California, he discovered his love of illustration in middle school. Kimble is a master of the cutaway drawing, and several examples of his work are featured in Corvette Racing.  Kimble graduated from Pasadena College in the early 1960s with a degree in physics. He worked with the U.S. Navy as a draftsman, and by 1965 had found work with Car Graphic magazine. Later clients included Road & Track magazine and General Motors, among others. He opened his own studio in Burbank, California, in 1976, and relocated in 1991 to Marfa, Texas, where he bought and renovated the old Palace Theater to serve as his new studio.

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From the very beginning, Chevrolet’s Corvette existed for one reason and one reason only: to go racing. America’s only sports car has always had an exciting presence on the street, but what the folks who created the car really wanted was to compete on the track. You know the names: Duntov, Mitchell, Thompson, Davis. You know the cars: Stingray, The Purple People Eater, C5R. And you know the places: Le Mans, Sebring, Daytona. They’re all here—the vehicles, racers, and events that made the Corvette a racing legend. Veteran motorsport illustrator and industry insider David Kimble walks you through six decades of Corvette racing history. From the personalities and rivalries that defined the machine to the engines and technology that powered it, Corvette Racing: The Complete Competition History from Sebring to Le Mans offers everything you ever wanted to know about the cars, the competitors, the rivals, and the legends.

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