Zora Arkus-Duntov, Ahead of the Curve in 1953!
Duntov’s Thoughts Pertaining To Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet
Zora Arkus-Duntov started working at General Motors on May 1, 1953. His first few months were a little bumpy, plowing through some junky assignments, such as sorting out why a prototype car with a heavy rear end wouldn’t handle right and solving a driveline vibration on a GM bus. A few weeks after Zora started, his immediate supervisor, the very capable senior engineer Maurice Olley, suggested that Duntov quit because he didn’t like Zora’s non-engineering solution to the prototype’s handling problem. And Duntov actually considered it! (for a very short time)
But ever the “GO-GO!” racer guy, Duntov had gasoline in his veins and was a pretty good writer for an engineer. Below are his thoughts on the then burgeoning aftermarket hot rod industry from a letter he wrote to his boss and inside champion, Ed Cole. Lovers of high performance machines never had a better friend than Duntov! Enjoy! – Scott
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