A Mechanic with a degree in fine arts
Andy Bolig - May 30, 2013 09:27 AM
In the mid-eighties, Chevrolet was looking for ways to obtain a higher performance Corvette.
There was much enthusiasm for a twin turbo and the Corvette group considered Callaway Engineering. They were completing a twin turbo program for Alfa Romeo and could be a good partner for the twin turbo strategy.
Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan invited performance engineer and specialist Reeves Callaway to collaborate on the limited production venture. Imagine what the mind of a mechanic with a fine arts degree could dream.
Honored by the invitation, Callaway accepted. Customers wanting a Corvette that performed like a Corvette, could now get one—for a mere $19,995 extra. Called the B2K option, the Callaway Corvette included twin turbochargers and upgrades in other engine components, brakes, and the cooling system. This option created a personality transplant within the formerly tepid C4 performers.
Reeves Callaway’s contribution is historically significant because it was the first attempt to rekindle Corvette firepower since 1972 and the first factory option authorized by Chevrolet to be installed outside Chevrolet.
Don't miss Reeves' induction and many other cars and stars during the The Great Hall Event at the Bloomington Gold Show.
For Your Information
Induction Ceremony: Friday, June 28th at 4:00p.m.
Register: Online by June 1st
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2013 Bloomington Gold Show
June 28 - 30
The University of Illinois Assembly Hall Grounds