Arkus-Duntov (December 25, 1909 – April 21, 1996) was a
Belgian-born American engineer. His work on the Chevrolet Corvette
earned him the nickname "Father of the Corvette."
Zora retired in 1975, turning the reins over to Dave McLellan. At 81
years of age, Zora Arkus-Duntov was still passionate and opinionated
about his car, the Corvette. It was during the time between Zora's
retirement and his death that his legend grew. Whenever anything
Corvette happened, Zora was there. A member of the Drag Racing Hall of
Fame, the Chevrolet Legends of Performance, and the Automotive Hall of
Fame, Zora took part in the rollout of the 1 Millionth Corvette at
Bowling Green in 1992. He also drove the bulldozer at the ground
breaking ceremonies for the National Corvette Museum on June 5 1992. Six
weeks before his death, Zora was guest speaker at "Corvette: A
Celebration of an American Dream", an evening held at the showrooms of
Jack Cauley Chevrolet Detroit. On hand that night
were Dave McLellan and his successor as Corvette chief engineer,
Dave Hill, but no one could argue that Zora stole the show.
(November 9, 1913 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born
American actress. Though known primarily for her great beauty and
her successful film career, she also co-invented an early form of
spread spectrum encoding, a key to modern wireless communication.