Monday, July 15, 2013

Meet Peter Brock During Corvettes at Carlisle Weekend

Legendary Author, Designer and Racer to Attend Event for the First Time Ever

July 2013  
CARLISLE, PA – As Corvettes at Carlisle celebrates 50 years of the 1963 Stingray and 60 years overall of the Corvette, it's only fitting that the best all-Corvette-themed event in the world welcomes someone who played a crucial role in the design of Stingray.  At this year's event, August 23-25 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, Corvette enthusiasts can meet the one and only Peter Brock, one of the driving forces behind what is now known as the ’63 “split window” Corvette Stingray.

Brock will be onsite promoting his new book, “Corvette Stingray: Genesis of an American Icon” and will be meeting fans and signing autographs all weekend.  The book reveals the elaborate and complicated history and secret origins of the legendary “split window” car.  In 1957 Brock was one of the youngest designers ever hired by GM Styling and throughout the book, gives automotive enthusiasts his revealing insider’s look into what it was like working directly under GM’s famed executive team of Bill Mitchell, Harley Earl, Zora Arkus-Duntov and Ed Cole.  These men allowed Brock to be creative and visionary, all while risking their careers by flaunting corporate mandate to create one of America’s most iconic designs.  The book isn't just a story for Stingray owners but all serious students of automotive history.

In addition to being a famed writer, Brock is the namesake of BRE, or Brock Racing Enterprises.  He has not only designed cars for companies like Hino, Toyota and Triumph, but he has also started his own race team.  Brock literally put the Japanese automotive industry into the history books with his famed team of BRE Datsuns, winning two C Production National Championships with the 240Z and two 2.5 Trans-Am Championships with driver John Morton and his beloved BRE Datsun 510s.  In addition to the book, Brock will bring his decades of knowledge to Carlisle to "talk shop" and more.

Along with Brock, guests can meet the Corvette Engineering team along with special guest Dave McLellan.  McLellan was the chief engineer for Corvette from 1975 until his retirement in 1992.  Having joined GM in 1959 following his graduation from college, McLellan took over from the famed Zora Arkus-Duntov and actually worked side by side with him until Zora retired.  McLellan is best known as the man behind the C4 Corvette, of which many will be onsite during Corvettes at Carlisle.