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Published on Nov 2, 2012
This short film marks the high points of the long, respected and multi-faceted career of race driver John Fitch, who died at his Connecticut country home October 31, 2012. He was 95 years old.
The famed driver for Mercedes early in his career posted numerous wins both domestically and abroad. He drove for several other marques, as well, and in 1956, became manager for the fledgling Corvette team.
In addition to the name he made for himself as a racer, Fitch was also a World War II hero, inventor, car designer, safety expert and much more.
He helped put Corvette on the racing map when he co-drove a slightly-modified 1960 Corvette to a class win and 8th overall finish in that year's 24 Hours at Le Mans Endurance Race in France.
His exploits then and 50 years later where profiled in the 2011 documentary 'The Quest', produced and directed by filmmaker & Corvette enthusiast Michael Brown.