Renaissance man Peter Brock has been there and done that; his new award-winning book takes you into the styling studios that created the Corvette Sting Ray.
Peter Brock, a totally consumed car guy who never wanted to be a car designer, yet, he was drawn to one of the top design colleges in the country - Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. In order to come up with enough money to attend, Brock sold his custom chopped and channeled, ’49 Cadillac powered ’46 Ford hot rod, El Mirage, below. He designed it, built it and raced it. Plus it won class honors twice at the Oakland Roadster Show. Later he was intimately involved with the design of Bill Mitchell’s personal Stingray racecar, later Corvette Sting ray, and the ‘63 Sting Ray.
Even though he attended Art Center College, Brock really wanted to be a racecar builder and driver. Out of college, he was recruited by GM’s Chuck Jordan, who years later in 1986 succeeded Irv Rybicki to become the fourth VP of GM Design. Brock, right, receives prestigious Dean Batchelor Award for his new Corvette book.
Brock’s book showcases Corvette photos and sketches from GM Design archives that I have never seen before. And, I have been involved as a magazine editor and author since the Sting Ray was launched! And in the mid-1970s, founded and edited VETTE Magazine. Once I picked up CORVETTE STING RAY, I literally could not put it down.
In the late-1960s-early-1970s, Brock launched Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE), fielding SCCA C/Production Championship Datsuns. His BRE Datsun 510s put Alfas and Porsches on their trailers during the 2.5-liter Trans-Am Series!
Reading Brock’s new book makes you feel like you are with him and the people responsible for the most iconic of all Corvettes in GM styling studios. No Corvette enthusiast or automotive design aficionado should be without a copy of CORVETTE STING RAY, Genesis of an American Icon. It is a book you will read more than once.
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