Riding Shotgun With Zora Arkus Duntov in a 1961 Fuelie Corvette – VIDEO

In the summer of 1960, Zora Arkus-Duntov took a lucky guy with a recorder for a test drive in a new 1961 Fuelie Corvette. After a brief introduction, Duntov says,… “I have a ‘61 Corvette ready to go. This one is equipped with our new 315-horsepower, high-lift cam, and fuel-injection. Let’s get in. Is your safety belt fastened? Alright, let’s go…” And OFF THEY GO with Duntov rowing through the gears! Sounds WONDERFUL! Read More

Chevrolet Debuts the New 1987 Corvette on October, 9, 1986

Twenty-eight years ago today Chevrolet released the new 1987 Corvette to the buying public. A look back at the 1987 Corvette fills me with irony. Performance was back to ‘60s levels, fuel-injection was standard (yes, a Fuelie!), the car had a top speed of 150-MPH making it the fastest car in America in 1987, the Corvette was kicking butt in the Showroom Stock racing series, and it was one of Car and Driver’s Top Ten Cars of 1987. That’s not too shabby! Especially considering the Corvette’s dark disco days of the late ‘70s. Read More

Vette Shows: The Sights of C1 Corvettes at the 2011 30th Corvettes at Carlisle Show

The difference between a ‘53 Blue Flame Six and a ‘62 Fuel Injected Corvette with the racer kit options is astonishing. By ‘62, Fuelie Corvettes had a near strangle hold on SCCA A/Production racing. Established racers such as John Fitch and Dr. Dick Thompson helped carry the banner forward and startup racers including the great Dave MacDonald, and Dick Guldstrand made a name for themselves with C1 Corvettes. One thing about those old C1 Corvette racers that’s never pointed out is that many of the lessons learned on how to make those old solid-axle Corvettes fast on a race track were later applied to the early Trans-Am Camaros. Read More