Vette Videos: Zora Speaks! Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Last Public Interview

Dateline: 8.21.11
Former Hot Rod Magazine editor and publisher, Jim McFarland interviews Zora Arkus-Duntov in 1991

So, if you happened to have an extra $580,000, one of Zora Arkus-Duntov’s most famous “racer kit” cars could have been yours! The 1969 John Greenwood 427 ZL-1 BF Goodrich Corvette racer WOWed the crowd, but the bidders were tight with their bids. Very few people know how much the seller paid for the car in ‘06 when it was purchased from the Chip Miller Estate, or how much the restoration work by Corvette Repair cost. Suffice to say that the car was “well bought.” That’s auction-speak for “someone get a GREAT deal!”

Restored old Corvette race cars have become quite the prized possession for Corvette collectors. In early ‘09 the ‘63 Gulf One Z06 Corvette sold for an astonishing $1.113 Million. With the depressed economy as it is, it’s hard to say if the same car would fetch the same price today. No one knows for sure, but, ah, it’s not likely. What IS likely is that restored old “racer kit” Corvettes will continue to be high-profile machines at the auction, regardless of their sale price. From 1957 to the end of his working career, Mr. Duntov always made sure his beloved racers had “the good stuff” readily available from any Chevrolet Parts Department catalog. No one worked the corporate manufacturing system like Zora did and Continue reading “Vette Videos: Zora Speaks! Zora Arkus-Duntov’s Last Public Interview”

Is This The Future of Car Magazines?

Dateline: 7.27.11
Could digital magazines, like the RM Auctions Monterey’s 562-page event catalog, be the salvation of the magazine business?

This is a screen shot of the online version of the RM Auction Monterey event catalog.

If car magazines were digital, viewable on a PC, laptop, Kindle, iPad, etc, and cost just $12.00 for a one-year subscription, how would you feel about it?

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I got a really neat email from Kevin Mackay of Corvette  Repair this morning with an interesting link. I’m sure that most of you have heard that the John Greenwood 1969 ZL-1 Corvette race car is going on the block at the RM Auctions Monterey event, August 13 and 14. It’ll be interesting to watch this one because they are expecting between $750,000 and $950,000 for the car. So, we’ll see how hungry the market is for a beautifully restored piece of Corvette racing history. Kevin is also closely following this because he did the restoration work on the car.

So, if you go HERE, you can see what Kevin sent me. (The link to the left will open a new window) Kevin knows I’m a big fan of the early Corvette race cars and especially the Greenwood cars. So, enjoy the images, they’re beautifully photographed, But that’s not what this post is about.

When you go to the page, look in the middle of the page towards the bottom. See the gray forward and backwards arrows? In the middle it says, “110-11/562.” That means you’re looking at pages 110 and 111, of a 562-page document. What you have is the entire 562-page catalog of the cars that are up for auction August 19 and 20. Continue reading “Is This The Future of Car Magazines?”

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! Continue reading “Corvette Timeline Tales: July 4, 1971 – John Greenwood Wins July 4th Race”