Kimble publishes Corvette book
By ROBERT HALPERN
MARFA – David Kimble, the Marfa rock star of exquisite automobile cutaway drawings, has published a new book, “Corvette Racing: the complete competition history from Sebring to Le Mans.”
A book signing with the author is 6pm Friday, March 22 at the Marfa Book Co.
Kimble grew up in car-crazed southern California, according to the publisher, Motorbooks. He graduated from Pasadena College in the early 1960s with a physics degree. He worked with the U.S. Navy as a draftsman and by 1965 found work with Car Graphic magazine.
He opened his studio in Burbank in 1976 and relocated to Marfa in 1991 with his wife, Ellen and their son. He acquired the Palace Theater and renovated it as his studio and garage.
His first book, published several years ago, features his airbrushed cutaway drawings, and his work has been published in Motor Trend, Car and Driver and numerous automotive and racing magazines over the years. He’s had two solo shows in Marfa and has published two calendars with cutaway drawings of General Motor’s engines.
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland commissioned prints of the Chaparral racecars, and both prints and racers are on exhibit at the museum.
His cutaway drawing of Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise is a collector’s item.
Kimble said he was granted “unprecedented access” to GM’s photo archives and its 250,000 images, and some of the photos in the book have never been published before.
The book is both for the motor sport wonk and for those interested in the Corvette as an American icon. For more than 60 years, the Corvette has dominated the world’s racing venues, according to the book cover. The book tells the inside story of Chevrolet’s top racecar, with racing history, driver insights, and technical details.
Kimble has owned several Vette’s over the years and currently owns the sixth edition, a bright yellow ride that houses a 5.7-liter, 486cc, 405hp eight-cylinder power plant that tops out on the highways of Far West Texas at 180mph, thanks to its relatively light weight of 3,200 pounds and five-speed muscle.
A seventh Corvette edition comes off the assembly line in 2014, and edition number one was produced in 1954.
Kimble admits he’s an “unrepentant street racer” since his teenage days in SoCal, and won’t say where he puts his Corvette through its paces in the greater Marfa area.
He’s survived an accident on LA’s ‘Dead Man’s Curve,” made famous in song by Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys, and he said he’s never received a speeding ticket in Far West Texas.
Gentleman, start your engines, the history of Covette racing in here.