PETER BROCK

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Brand Story -

Peter Brock may have been the man be­hind the sweep­ing lines of the Shelby Co­bra Day­tona Coupé and the Corvette St­ing Ray, but his ini­tial plan was to race cars rather than con­cep­tu­alise them. His de­sign of the iconic coupé was born out of a con­cern for aero­dy­nam­ics. As the story goes, Car­roll Shelby was look­ing for a way to make his cars go faster and, in or­der to do that, Brock sug­gested re­duc­ing the drag. It may be a beau­ti­ful clas­sic by to­day’s stan­dards, but at the time, few wanted to work with the car be­cause it was deemed “ugly”. Fi­nally, Brock found some­one will­ing to cre­ate the pro­to­type, and 90 days from the ini­tial sketches, the car was ready to run; it raised the top speed of the Co­bra sig­nif­i­cantly and even out­ran the Fer­raris of the time. And the kicker? He was just 22 years old.

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