Petersen Museum Hosts Tribute to Zora Arkus Duntov

The name Zora Arkus Duntov is synonymous with Corvette performance. Zora is noted by many as the father of the Corvette. He didn’t create it, but he created it into the iconic performer that it still is today.

Zora first saw the Corvette at the 1953 Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, where Chevrolet was revealing the car to the public. He was instantly enamored, and his experience as a noted racecar driver allowed him to see the hidden potential of the little two-seater. Soon after securing a job at GM, Zora began building the Corvette brand into the powerhouse that he envisioned.

Many of Zora’s exploits have been recorded over time, and we have many of his efforts still with us, standing as examples of his forward thinking and engineering mind. In fact, the mid-engine Corvette that is just now coming to fruition, was a dream that Zora held onto until the day he passed. We are still seeing his influence today!

The Petersen museum is celebrating Zora’s contributions to Corvette during their Zora Duntov Tribute Weekend, being held on July 27, 28. They will be celebrating the man who made Corvette the icon it has become through several events spanning two days, starting with a night of entertainment, food by Drago, and a Corvette display. A special VIP reception will be followed the next day by a Corvette rally, cruise-in, and a once-in-a-lifetime panel discussion. There are several ticket options available and you can check out the Petersen website to purchase tickets and for any additional information.

Ticket Options

Sportsman VIP Night | $140 | Includes access for 1 to the VIP evening on July 27, museum admission on July 28, complimentary parking, access to the Corvette Car Show, and an exclusive Corvette book. Does not include access to the Constellation Rally.

Corvette Car Show | $44 | Includes 1 guaranteed display space at the Corvette Car Show, access to the panel discussion, museum admission, complimentary parking, and an exclusive Corvette book. Does not include access to the VIP Night or the Constellation Rally. This ticket is valid for the vehicle driver. All other passengers must purchase a spectator ticket.

Spectator | Includes access for 1 to the Corvette Car Show, the panel discussion, and museum admission. Does not include complimentary parking, access to the VIP night, or access to the Constellation Rally.

Constellation Rally – Includes participation for 1 vehicle in the rally from Pasadena to the Petersen and museum admission. Does not include complimentary parking or a display space at the Corvette Car Show.

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Andy Bolig

Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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