Corvette Sting Ray: Genesis of an Icon
EVERYONE loves the iconic C2 Corvettes.
These "Midyears" (a truly outdated name 60+ years and 7
"generations" into production- but still MY favorite) were a huge
success for Chevrolet.
NCRS Members were blessed to have
shared time with Larry Shinoda during his decades attending NCRS events.
Larry’s contributions to the development of the 1963 are well-known to members
of the Corvette community. The author of this new book was another gifted young
designer who made his mark on Corvette. Sixty years after the introduction of
the 1963- the complete inside story is finally being told!
In 1957, 20 year-old GM Designer Peter
Brock sketched what would become the ’63 Corvette Sting Ray. In this book he
tells the fascinating inside story from GM VP Bill Mitchell’s inspiration for
the car after returning from the Turin Auto Show in 1957 through the unusual
combination of personalities and events that enabled its production, including
the secret creation of Mitchell’s personal Sting Ray Racer in 1958.
More than 180 never before seen images,
most from GM Design’s own archives, illustrate the behind the scenes history
and evolution of the Sting Ray, including more than 20 of Brock's original
design studio drawings showing the variations that were contemplated, along
with the sketch Mitchell ultimately chose as the direction for the car. This
story is about far more than the design of an American Icon; it’s a personal
history of the era and the inside story of the team that collaborated to create
the iconic 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.
Peter Brock's book "Corvette Sting Ray: Genesis of an American Icon" reveals the elaborate and complicated history and secret origins of the legendary "split window" 1963 Corvette Sting Ray….
It was recently awarded "Book of the Year" by the highly respected Motor Press Guild AND also won the “Dean Batchelor Award” for best Motorsports Journalism of 2013!
With a Foreword written by the current
head of GM Design, Ed Welburn, this book, worthy of any coffee table display,
contains the following chapters:
- Chapter 1: Foreign Influence
- Chapter 2: Forces Larger than Life
- Chapter 3: Harley Earl’s C2
- Chapter 4: Sebring ’57: The SS Corvette
- Chapter 5: Collateral Damage, the AMA
- Chapter 6: The Assignment
- Chapter 7: Variations on a Theme
- Chapter 8: Genesis Stingray, the XP-87
- Chapter 9: Function vs. Aesthetics
- Chapter 10: Mitchell’s Split Window
- Chapter 11: Secrets in the Hammer Room
- Chapter 12: On Track!
- Chapter 13: Production, ’57 Stingray
- Appendix: The Cadet: Harley Earle’s
vision for a small car
At 13" x 9" this 144 page hardbound book contains 180+ large format, quality photos and sketches throughout.