The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
6/17/20 8:02 a.m.

Story by Peter Brock • Photograph Courtesy the Author

It seems difficult to understand why people are still so interested in the origins and concept of a 50-year-old racing car, but fascination in the aerodynamic details of my design for the Daytona Cobra Coupe continues unabated. There are books on the subject where I explain how its unique shape was derived from an obscure pre-WWII paper written by some very bright Germans.

But what’s most ironic is that the car’s most advanced component, a driver-controlled wing for downforce, was never utilized. The inspiration for that rear wing came long after that paper was published.

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2/21/21 11:25 a.m.

I always look forward to articles by Peter Brock. He was there during some of the greatest times in U.S. motorsports and made contributions whose importance cannot be over-emphasized. When it comes to history, maybe not so much. Twice in his articles Mr. Brock has described Richie Ginther as having been "a helicopter pilot in Vietnam." By the time there was a need for U.S. helicopter pilots in Vietnam, Ginther was well into his career as one of the most under-rated drivers of any era. He worked on helicopters and other aviation tasks during the Korean War (1950-53.)

aircooled MegaDork
2/21/21 12:08 p.m.

Anyone else read "Peter Brock" the same way that Homer Simpson says "doughnuts"?

Mike_8TY4SPD_MNL13GS_Vettes New Reader
2/22/21 10:18 a.m.

Peter wrote Ginther had been a helicopter mechanic in Vietnam, not pilot, in the above article.

Have no idea how Homer Simpson says donuts; who is he and who cares?

Peter provides historically relevent information.  One would presume to the best of his recollection.

Don't be so hyper critical.






4jarlson2 New Reader
2/22/21 11:13 a.m.

I'm sorry that I said "pilot" instead of mechanic. Who knows where that brain cramp came from. The point is that Brock places him in a place and situation that isn't correct. I'm not criticizing him (note my regard for his accomplishments.) I'm just trying to keep the historical record accurate. When I come across something in an article that I know is incorrect it makes me wonder about accuracy of things I have no knowledge of.

Mike_8TY4SPD_MNL13GS_Vettes New Reader
2/22/21 12:39 p.m.

4jarlson2, I totally agree regards brain farts and cramps, all too well, at 74.

Accuracy ..... was reading a Trans Am press release the other day that put Corvair into the Pony Car category of Mustangs, Cougars, Camaros, Cudas, relative to the early years of TA.

Inaccuracies all over the place when it comes to decades and decades old automotive history.

The one that irritates me the most is referring to Zora Arkus-Duntov as the 'Father' of Corvette!  And that mistake is made a lot by some knowledgable people who should know better.

I get nervous about accuracy when it comes to torque wrench lb/ft settings and other such critical dimensions and data.  Articles and stories that rely on memory and recollection, not so much.

Enjoy a great sports day, except here in MD where it is snowing!


4jarlson2 New Reader
2/22/21 4:16 p.m.

Sorry about that, Mike. I'm in Laguna Beach, CA and it's 75 and sunny.

bkwanab New Reader
2/22/21 4:36 p.m.

It's sad but true that as we get older our short term memory fails us to the point we can't remember what we had for breakfast.  But it seems our long term memory gets better and better to the point we can remember stuff that never happened.  May all our memories be happy ones even if they are not completely true.


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