Gottlob muses on Army days, ‘one that got away’ after magazine article

Local racing legend Cliff Gottlob was featured recently in Hot Rod Magazine. Gottlob’s 1965 Chevelle Z16, a car that he ordered after his time in the Army, was the topic of the article. But there is more to the story: Gottlob’s Chevelle was the second car that was ordered. The first was a blue 1965 Chevrolet Corvette. “Everything I do is a story,” Gottlob said with a laugh. Army days This story began when Gottlob was drafted into the Army in 1961. He already had forged relationships with several key Chevrolet players. The company’s chief executive officer, Ed Cole, and manager of product performance, Vince Piggins, were among them. Gottlob also had provided Chevrolet with research and development for its 409 engine. While serving in Europe, Gottlob earned five engineering degrees. He also spent time learning and working with Ferrari on the famous Le Mans course. At the time, he ran diagnostics on the race cars. “That was where I got a lot of experience and I got to learn,” Gottlob said. “Those Europeans at the time were a lot sharper about performance.” Gottlob left the Army in 1965, but before he did, he was able to order the brand-new 1965 Corvette. 1965 Corvette When Gottlob placed the 1965 Corvette order, he was promised one of the lower numbers of the production. The Corvette he received — and sold without...

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