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009 Corvette Chief Podcast – Interview With John Fitch

May 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments

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In this episode, Dave interviews John Fitch. During the 50s and 60s, John had a racing career that included driving for Mercedes-Benz and the Briggs Cunningham team. He celebrated major wins in the Argentina Grand Prix, the Mille Miglia, and Sebring. He was the first racing team manager for Corvette in 1956 and 1957.

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  • 1 Bill Strowbridge // May 6, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Dave, I really appreciate your site and the insight you bring to us. My initial reaction to this interview was that it was dull and lacked meat. The guest drifted too often from the questions you asked making it hard to follow, BUT then I quickly remembered John Fitch’s age. I doubt few his age could equal his mental capacity. After that I feasted on his every word and what a treasure his comments were. I am very greatful to you for the interview and to Mr. Finch for sharing his role in Corvette history. I had lust in my heart from the first moment I saw the “town rich kid” (Elgin Ill) driving down the main street in the late spring of 1954, in what I felt the most beautiful white 2 seat sports car I’d ever seen. I knew then I must have one… at least someday which finally came 18 years later! Thanks again, Bill

  • 2 Ben Labaree // May 7, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Dave,
    Thanks for this interview with John. He is such a gentleman and an encyclopedia of early racing information. I had the pleasure of having a few meals with him when we were all at the Precision Valley Corvette Museum for your book signing tour in 2002. (see link http://www.corvettesconquercancer.com/pvcm.htm)
    His hearing is pretty bad, and at one point he told me why. I assumed that it was the result of years of driving race cars. Actually, it happened when he was a POW in Germany in WWII after being shot down. A bunch of prisoners were housed in boxcars, and from the inside the percussion of the nearby allied bombing was what cost him his hearing!
    I always enjoy seeing him at Lime Rock, where he was the first track manager when it got started back in the 50s.
    Thanks again for this interview, Dave.
    Ben

  • 3 Lance Miller // Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09 am

    Dave-

    Wonderful interview – it’s great to hear two legends in the Corvette hobby interact. Great job! Keep up the great work. I look forward to seeing you during Corvettes at Carlisle August 22-24, 2008.

    Take care of yourself.

    Cheers,

    Lance

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