Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette
by Jerry Burton
Autoextremist.com - Issue 140, March 20, 2002
"Jerry Burton. A former advertising colleague and the man who coined the phrase "Chevy Thunder - The Heartbeat of America," Jerry"s new book entitled "Zora Arkus-Duntov, The Legend Behind Corvette" is simply superb. For the first time, the story of Arkus-Duntov"s life journey and how he ended up at General Motors is chronicled in detail, and it"s a fascinating read. Zora lived at least three lifetimes before he even arrived at GM at the age of 43 in 1953, and it was easy to understand why the quintessential "maverick" genius chafed under the Byzantine corporate culture at GM. In spite of that, Zora managed to create some sensational cars and make some beautiful noise during his reign. And though Duntov"s refusal to play even the tiniest bit of politics cost him dearly over his GM career, his impact on the Corvette and his brilliant engineering work will endure for generations to come. Thanks to this book, Duntov should finally receive his due, because as an automotive engineering pioneer, he ranks right up there with the greatest names in automotive history. It should be a "must have" for any enthusiast. For more information go to Bentley Publishers."