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.