If you’re looking for the definitive work on Corvette racing, you probably need to rush out and get David Kimble’s new book, “Corvette Racing: the complete competition history from Sebring to Le Mans.”
In fact, you can even get your copy signed if you happen to be able to attend a book signing with the author on Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Marfa Book Co., in Marfa, Texas, where he has lived with his wife for years.
Kimble’s skills as a cutaway artist have drawn praise for years. He once told automotiveillustrations.com that his technical skills are a result of his passion for the art form rather than his formal training.
But if you’re like us, you probably didn’t take the time to consider how much work goes into those cutaway drawings of cars that frequently appear in magazines like Motor Trend or Car and Driver. Those drawings just don’t appear magically. Indeed, Kimble takes about six weeks to do a typical engine cutaway, eight weeks for a car cutaway.
In this computer-driven era, it’s even more remarkable that he continues to turn out his masterpieces the old-fashioned way, by airbrushing acrylic paint onto litho film-positive transparent film.
Kimble definitely lives what he writes about, having owned several Corvettes in the past and driving a yellow C6 right now.
Beginning with the Real McCoy, a Zora Arkus-Duntov special raced at Sebring in 1956, his new book draws on the history of factory-sponsored and private racing efforts, chronicling the history of the various Corvettes that have been put to the test as racing machines.
Kimble says he was given access to General Motors’ photo archives full of 250,000 images, and some of the photos in the book have never been published before. Then there’s Kimble’s own stunning cutaway artwork that adds a very nice touch, too.
If you’re a Corvette racing fan, you’ll definitely want to consider adding this one to your collection of books.