General Motors is celebrating the Chevrolet Centennial this year – and treating us to some nice historical footage, like this three-minute video celebrating the Bowtie brand's motorsports heritage. While Chevy's racing involvement in recent years has been mostly focused on NASCAR and its Corvette Le Mans program, the marque enjoys a wealth of history in almost every racing series.

Among the treats in this promotional piece are a few seconds of Bruce Larson's USA-1 Camaro Funny Car and Jim Hall's famous Chaparral 2 sports car, vintage NASCAR action from the era in which the term "stock car" still meant something, and there's a mention of Juan Manuel Fangio's stint as a Chevy driver in 1940. Of course, patron saint of Chevy Racing, Dale Earnhardt makes an appearance, as well.

Although the video teases us with some cool old footage, it also relies on still photography and the "Ken Burns effect" – a lot. It would be great to see some more racing clips and less static shots of cars like the 1978 Indianapolis 500 Corvette Pace Car. In fact, we'd love to see GM commission a longer documentary about Chevrolet's racing history, one without as much heavy handed promotion of the company's current products. Check it out after the jump and decide for yourself.


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      Jaybird248
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool...except the blue ponycar briefly shown is a Pontiac Firebird, not a Camaro.
        KnightmareCS
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jaybird248
        False. It's a Camaro (if you're referring to the blue SCCA #58). Hint: look at the tails.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have an '87 SS, and couldn't think of any car today that I would trade it for. Cars are expendable, memories aren't.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perhaps "recalls" wasn't the best verb to use in the headline for an historical automotive article. Or was it a fairly subtle anti GM message?
        Dark Gnat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        I accidentally thumbed you donw, meant to hit reply. I agree that "recall" might be another subtle jab at GM.
      comradevv
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting that the default picture for the article shows a Pontiac (Petty) beating a Chevy to the line...
      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Le Mans aside, the wheeled couches on the picture is a good example of Chevy's racing heritage.
      Lukasz Pludowski
      • 3 Years Ago
      the days when the stock cars (cars that you could buy) were racing in NASCAR.... race on Sunday, sell on Monday.
      cdwrx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Louis Chevrolet only worked for the company that bears his namesake for a few years. He quit, disgusted by how cheaply they were making cars. You wouldn't know that based on this video.
      kblkz007
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy has made a lot of fine rides , but so did the other of the Big three ,,,my Dad made Cadillacs for 32 yrs and had 9 kids i remember being able to buy a 11s hemi ride from the factory for around five grand ,,,,,now you can,t hardly buy a skate board for that now ,,,,,,,,,,,how about a 67 impala with 427 c.i. Hat off to Detroit ,,,,
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