Has General Motors got something in the works to pay homage to Corvette’s first Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov? Earlier this month, the automaker filed a trademark application for “Zora” under the category of “Vehicles and Products for locomotion by land, air or water”. Could a future special or namesake edition Corvette be in the works?
This week in New York City, RM Auctions in association with Sotheby’s is presenting the Art of the Automobile exhibition and sale. From horse-drawn carriages to the world’s fastest car, the auction highlights the very best machines from their respective eras.
Representing Chevrolet at the event is Zora Arkus-Duntov’s second Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle which today is known simply as CERV II.
Last weekend marked the 4th installment of Bloomington Gold’s Great Hall. The 4th class of honorees was one of the best yet. The Corvette inductees included the legendary 1963 Grand Sport, the first big block, and the mighty 2009 ZR-1. The people and organizations category featured the godfather of the Corvette, the founder of Carlisle Events, and the Flying Dentist among others.
We managed to get our hands on these never-before-seen videos shot during testing of the first generation Corvette. The videos just discovered in the GM Media Archives show a very early Corvette prototype undergoing a series of evaluations at the Milford Proving Grounds and include a cameo by Zora Duntov. Read on to be one of the first people in a very, very long time to view the video.
Each year Bloomington Gold salutes 10 people and 10 cars that have significantly influenced the Corvette hobby in their annual Great Hall display. The class of 2013 was revealed last week and will be formally honored June 28-30, 2013 at the Bloomington Gold show in Champaign, Illinois. The 4th class of cars includes the first 327 Corvette, the first big block Corvette, and a pair of powerhouse C6’s. The diverse list of people and organizations consists of the godfather of the Corvette, the founder of Carlisle Events, and the Flying Dentist.
Corvette enthusiasts are getting a sneak peek at some of the memorabilia that will be included in a 100th Anniversary Time Capsule being gathered by Mid America Motorworks.
This week, Mid America’s Mike Yager revealed four of the rare and meaningful items that have been donated to the time capsule that will ultimately be opened up on the Corvette’s 100th anniversary in 2053.
Sometimes a person is least appreciated in his homeland.
That was once the case with Zora Arkus-Duntov, the engineering genius who guided the Corvette through its early years after he emigrated from Europe.
But now Jerry Burton, who is the author of “Zora Arkus-Duntov, The Legend Behind Corvette” and longtime editor of Corvette Quarterly, says the Russians have recently discovered the magic of Zora for themselves.
Back before the C4 Callaway Twin Turbos, aftermarket company American Custom Industries (ACI) partnered with Zora Arkus-Duntov on a limited run of custom Corvettes. This rare 1980 Duntov Turbo Corvette is one of the products of that partnership and is currently for sale on Craigslist.