One gets the impression that the GM Heritage Center’s YouTube channel exists not so much to entertain as it does to simply provide a repository for films that the center’s staffers happen to find while excavating storage closets and other forgotten spaces spread across the corporation’s many properties. There’s some old TV commercials, like this one for a kiddie Corvette available at Chevrolet dealerships.
Undoubtedly, what’s there is just a sampling of all the film and videos GM has produced over the last century-plus. Here’s hoping the Heritage Center keeps adding more vids as they find ’em.
Its career was brief and many many years ago, but it’s story is still being told thanks to Ed Foster.
The words “Chevy Impala” don’t tend to have motorsport connotations for most people, but that didn’t stop Dan Gurney from ordering one from the factory in police specification with an aim to take it racing in England. He’d been watching Jaguars dominate the British saloon car series and thought he could put the big Chevy above them on the podiums, so after rebuilding the motor to his liking Mr. Gurney sent his Impala across the Atlantic and proceeded to whoop the competition… for almost one full race. The Impala was leading in its debut before a wheel failure, and upon its return to the grid in the next race was banned from the series. It’s a lesser-known project from a man who earned a laundry list of racing success, but thanks to its current owner Ed Foster, its brief but inspiring underdog story is still being shared today.