When the C8 Corvette prototype made its now-famous drive through New York City with Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and GM CEO Mary Barra last April, it was discovered that the team had placed small photos of the Corvette’s first chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov all around the car.
We further learned that these “Zora Head” stickers were used by the Corvette Team members in Detroit to restrict access to the med-engine cars as they were undergoing development. But following the reveal of the car in July, we’ve been hard-pressed to find a Zora Head anywhere until now.
At last weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, Chevy had five C8 Corvettes parked in front of the Chevrolet Experience Center and two of the cars were opened to allow people to have a seat. I remember seeing the sticker with the Corvette logo when the driver’s door was opened and quickly shot a photo of it before it was shut again. That area inside the door is rather large as it’s the beginning of the side-scoop. And that’s where you’ll find Zora Arkus-Duntov.
Zora appears on the “American Made” origin sticker featuring “Bowling Green Assembly – Local 2164” and four logos are displayed in each corner with the ‘Zora Head’ logo at the bottom right. With his profile appearing here on the sticker, it means that his likeness will appear on every single C8 Corvette to be produced and sold worldwide! While it’s not the special edition we had in mind, it is a great first tribute to the first chief engineer who always believed in a mid-engined Corvette.
I’ve been going back and looking for any other photos that previously show this sticker on the inside of the doors and they were not on the cars at the NCM 25th Anniversary Show nor do I see them on the C8s at Carlisle. But most of those were pre-production models and perhaps they don’t put all the stickers on the cars as they do for customer cars.
We’d like to think that Zora would be as excited to bring this to the people as the current legion of Corvette engineers and designers are. They stayed true to his vision of a sports car for everyone and we think that there will be more tributes to come.
Photo by Keith Cornett
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