AUTOMOTIVE LEGEND PETER BROCK NAMED HONORARY CHAIRMAN OF CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE IN SARATOGA SPRINGS
Saratoga Springs, NY Peter Brock, best known for his landmark design work on the Corvette Stingray and the Shelby Daytona Coupe, will be the Honorary Chairman of the Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance weekend at the Saratoga Automobile Museum on September 25-27.
The weekend, a collaborative effort between America’s foremost automotive publisher and the acclaimed automobile museum, will open on Friday, September 25 with an Adirondack drive and Lake George cruise, with Brock scheduled to drive a Shelby GT-350 from the collection of Gloversville’s Jim Taylor on the drive.
Saturday’s double-header program will start with the Hemmings Cruise-In Spectacular, featuring all makes and types of cars, trucks and motorcycles, running from 8 am to 3 pm. That evening, the adjacent Gideon Putnam Resort will host the annual Concours banquet with Brock as the keynote speaker. The weekend concludes Sunday, September 27th, with the prestigious Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance, featuring the nation’s premier vehicles, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Both show days will find Peter Brock meeting enthusiasts and signing autographs at a display of his most famous designs, highlighted by the appearance of a prototype Corvette Stingray provided by General Motors and a Shelby Daytona Coupe on loan from its Washington, DC owner.
Brock, a native of California who was interested in both design and auto racing as a youth, attended the Art Center College of Design and made history when, at the unprecedented age of 19, he was hired by General Motors Styling. At GM, he sketched the original Corvette Stingray, then worked with Vice-President of Design Bill Mitchell to develop the prototype.
At age 21, Brock returned to California to race, meeting Carroll Shelby and becoming his first employee. He ran Shelby’s driving school while designing components for the Shelby GT 350 and went on to design a number of race cars, among them the Lang Cooper, the Nethercutt Mirage, the DeTomaso P70 and the Shelby Daytona Coupe that won the GT World Championship in 1965.
Brock soon had his own design firm and race team, winning the Trans-Am championship in 1971 and ’72 as a Datsun factory team, after which he returned to the Art Center as an instructor, authored books on the Corvette Stingray and the Daytona Coupe and became a noted photo journalist. Brock, who continues to design aftermarket parts, has a fascinating career to share with enthusiasts at the events.