Corvette Racing: The Complete Competition History from Sebring to Le Mans

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Chevy’s Corvette is without question one of the most recognized sports cars in the world. Since its introduction at GM’s Motorama, Corvettes have been favorites for fans and drivers in a wide variety of racing venues, including endurance events, hillclimbs, Trans-Am, drag racing, and GT Racing. For six decades, Corvettes have battled and defeated some of the the biggest names in the sports car world—Ferrari, Porsche, Cobra, Jaguar—at storied road courses like Le Mans, Daytona, ...

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Overview

Chevy’s Corvette is without question one of the most recognized sports cars in the world. Since its introduction at GM’s Motorama, Corvettes have been favorites for fans and drivers in a wide variety of racing venues, including endurance events, hillclimbs, Trans-Am, drag racing, and GT Racing. For six decades, Corvettes have battled and defeated some of the the biggest names in the sports car world—Ferrari, Porsche, Cobra, Jaguar—at storied road courses like Le Mans, Daytona, the Nürburgring, Sebring, and Laguna Seca.

Beginning with the Real McCoy, a Zora Arkus-Duntov special raced at Sebring in 1956, this book draws on the history of factory-sponsored and private racing efforts, chronicling the history of the various Vettes that have been put to the test as racing machines. Noted automotive writer and renowned artist David Kimble delves deep into Vette’s on-track history to provide the most thorough Corvette racing history ever published. Corvette Racing is illustrated with rare images from GM’s media and design archives and complemented by Kimble’s own stunning cutaway artwork. For Corvette and racing fans, this book is the definitive word on Corvette’s nearly 60 years of competition.

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“...this very thorough effort adds much new information, presented in a beautifully produced and designed package. Loaded with excellent photography and author David Kimble’s famous cutaway illustrations, the chronological account deftly weaves production model details into the competition history- engineers, designers, drivers, tracks and races all part of this pleasurable read. Both ‘Vette lovers and motorsports enthusiasts will find this book worthy of a special place in their library." - Vintage Motorsport

"Like all red-blooded Americans, we're obsessed with the Corvette. From the 1953 first generation to the brand new Stingray, for 60 years Chevrolet's iconic sports car has brought gearheads the world over to their knees. (Let's just say we cried when Walter destroyed one in The Big Lebowski.) Now, even if your daily ride is a '74 Gremlin, you can enjoy the power, beauty, and mechanical sexiness of the 'Vette thanks to a new coffee table book called Corvette: The Complete Competition History from Sebring to Le Mans by automotive writer David Kimble. Pictured in racing venues from endurance events and hillclimbs to drag strips and GT races over all six decades of its existence, the Corvette has never looked better. Check out some of the best shots below, then find some room for the book next to your collection of remotes." - MAXIM.com

"Corvette Racing, by David Kimble, documents the complete racing history of the Chevrolet Corvette, from Sebring to LeMans. The book covers the early day of the Corvette SCCA Club Racing, up to and including more current programs like ALMS. With 256 pages and over 200 images, it’s a must have for Corvette fans." - SCCA SportsCar magazine

“It’s a story that’s been told before, but this very thorough effort adds much new information, presented in a beautifully produced and designed package. Loaded with excellent photography and author David Kimble’s famous cutaway illustrations, the chronological account deftly weaves production model details into the competition history- engineers, designers, drivers, tracks and races all part of this pleasurable read. Both ‘Vette lovers and motorsport enthusiasts will find this book worthy of a special place in their library.” - Vintage Motorsport Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760343432
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 1/27/2013
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 699,574
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Automotive writer and artist David Kimble (Marfa, TX) has authored hundreds of articles for top magazines like Road & Track and Car and Driver. Though an accomplished motoring journalist, he is best known for the stunning cutaway artwork he creates for clients like General Motors and as fine art.

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Table of Contents


Chapter One
1953–1957
Fiberglass Dream to Racing Success

Chapter Two
1957–1962
The First Redesign and More Power

Chapter Three
1963–1966
A Second Generation Fights Back

Chapter Four
1967–1971
L88: The Ultimate Weapon

Chapter Five
1972–1976
Cleaner Air and Wider Bodies

Chapter Six
1977–1982
Tubular Frames Promise New Hope

Chapter Seven
1983–1989
The All-New Fourth Generation

Chapter Eight
1990–1996
Power Returns for the Street

Chapter Nine
1997–2004
A Complete Makeover and Racing Glory

Chapter Ten
2005–2012
More of the Same, Only Better

Index

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