Corvette Timeline Tales: July 4, 1971 – John Greenwood Wins July 4th Race

John Greenwood & Bob Johnson July 4th Win at Michigan International Speedway!

Here’s Greenwood’s Corvette at Daytona in 1971.

July 4, 1971 was a great day for America, Corvettes, John Greenwood, and Bob Johnson! At Michigan International Speedway, Greenwood and Johnson picked up a big win in a 4-hour endurance race in a field of 36 cars. Greenwood’s car was sporting an early version of his stars and stripes livery that would eventually become his signature trademark.

We covered Greenwoods BF Goodrich ZL-1 Corvette last month HERE. And it just happens that today (July 4, 2011) also covered the car because it’s going on the block at RMAuctions soon. So, if you’ve ever had the itch to own an early Greenwood ZL-1 Corvette, here’s your chance. Bring lots of cash or a BIG line of credit!

Enjoy and Happy July 4th!


Here are some fun John Greenwood images and links…

The Revell Model Kit company offered lots of kits of famous road racing and drag racing stars back in the day.

Automotive writer, Karl Ludvigsen wrote the first big Corvette history book that’s still a favorite and is loaded with excellent information. It is a “must have” book for any Corvette library. has an interesting set of 3-view orthographic technical illustrations of Greenwood’s ‘71 Sebring Stars and Stripes Corvette race car, available, HERE.

John Greenwood had a solid reputation as a race car innovator. His R&D work wasn’t limited to race cars though. John also had a reputation for developing bodacious sideburns and mustaches. (It was a ‘70s thing)

For more information about John Greenwood and his brother/partner, Burt Greenwood, CLICK HERE.