First published in 1972, this book tells the story of how, between 1957 and 1970, Chevrolet gained vast technical knowledge and made numerous advances in the design of high-performance vehicles while never building a complete, race-ready car. It begins the story in 1953, the year the Corvette was introduced. From there it traces the development of the racing program, describes the Automobile Manufacturing Association's ban on manufacturer involvement in auto racing, and details the secret support Chevrolet offered drivers nonetheless. Van Valkenburgh (formerly an aerodynamicist and research engineer for Chevrolet) emphasizes both the engineering developments the program produced and the struggle to keep their activities secret. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Paul Van Valkenburgh began at Chevrolet Research and Development as an aerodynamicist in competition vehicle dynamics and was later promoted to research engineer. After the Chevrolet racing program ended, he went on to become a writer. Van Valkenburgh has written four books and over 300 articles on racing and vehicle dynamics. Currently, he is an editorial columnist for Racecar Engineering magazine and occasional feature writer for Road & Track.
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