News: Petersen Museum To Honor “Father of the Corvette” Zora Arkus-Duntov With Special Exhibit This Weekend

Petersen Museum To Honor “Father of the Corvette” Zora Arkus-Duntov With Special Exhibit This Weekend

By News Desk
July 26, 2019

The buzz around the new 2020 Corvette has been at fever pitch over the past few weeks. Not only is it the first-ever mid-engined production Corvette but the announcement that the base model will come in at under $60,000 despite being the most powerful entry-level model ever has really got people talking. However, it is quite likely that neither the new C8 nor any of its forebears would have been such accomplished sports cars were it not for the work of one man, Zora Arkus-Dontov, often referred to as the ‘Father of the Corvette’.

Arkus-Dontov was Chevrolet’s chief engineer and a race car driver. He was instrumental in transforming the Corvette from a laid-back roadster to a sports car capable of taking on—and in many cases beating—the best rivals of its time. In honor of his work, the Petersen Automotive Museum will host a two-day special exhibit celebrating Zora Arkus-Dontov’s many achievements. “The Chevrolet Corvette has earned its title as ‘America’s Sports Car’ thanks in large part to the work of Zora Arkus-Duntov,” said Petersen Automotive Museum executive director Terry L. Karges. “The Petersen is proud to honor Duntov’s incredible legacy, and we’re confident that this weekend will be like nothing else for any Corvette fan.”

The celebrations will start off with a Sportsman VIP night featuring an exclusive display of significant historic Corvette models as well as the latest 2020 Corvette Stingray. The following day will kick off with the Constellation Rally, taking participants on a scenic route from Pasadena to the Petersen through the heart of Los Angeles. Later that day the Corvette car show at the Petersen will feature a panel discussion about Zora Arkus-Duntov featuring Harley Earl II, Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan, Lead Exterior Designer Kirk Bennion and Corvette Program Engineer Josh Holder. The event will take place between 27-28 July and tickets and further details are available on the Petersen Museum website.

Images courtesy of Chevrolet

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