Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette
by Jerry Burton
Old Cars Weekly News & Marketplace May 9, 2002
Zora Arkus Duntov -
A gifted engineer, brought up by Russian Revolutionary parents, became the guiding force behind the legendary American sports car. In the process, he attained the elite status of American legend himself.
Zora"s engineering gifts were remarkable, although not always fully appreciated at GM. Though he never stopped rebelling against the culture at GM, Zora remained tirelessly focused for over 20 years on improving the Corvette and making it a legitimate sports car capable of winning races.
Author Jerry Burton, editorial director of Corvette Quarterly, has written the first comprehensive biography of Zora Arkus-Duntov and illustrated it with hundreds of unpublished photos, blueprints, and archival documents - the majority taken from the Duntovs" personal collection. Burton"s research is exhaustive, based on scores of interviews with Zora"s friends and colleagues, as well as his widow. In the words of Elfi Duntov, "This book brings back in vivid detail the incredible life that Zora and I lived together."
Anyone who has ever had an interest in Corvettes, automotive engineering, Duntov, or the pursuit of the American dream will find Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette and enlightening and riveting read.