My Corvette Moment
Motor Trend|September 2019
My Corvette Moment

Celebrating 70 years of history together

Angus MacKenzie

It’s fitting the C8 Corvette graces the cover of this, the 70th-anniversary issue of MotorTrend magazine. We’ve grown up together, you see.

“We wanted a magazine that would interest the foreign car exponent, the sports car enthusiast, the custom car fan, and also be equally interesting to the stock car owner,” original MotorTrend editor-in-chief Walt Woron wrote as he put the finishing touches on the September 1949 issue. “A magazine that brings you the trends of the automotive field: designs of the future, what’s new in motoring, news from the Continent, trends in design.”

MotorTrend founder Robert Petersen’s personal connection with Southern California race car builder Frank Kurtis perhaps explains why he chose the Kurtis Sport Car as the first cover car for his new magazine— rather than, say, a Chevrolet sedan, America’s top-selling car that year. But the choice was also an eerily prescient confirmation of MotorTrend ’s mission statement.

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September 2019