by Dave Albright - The Wheel November 2015Read more
The son of a GM executive, John Greenwood began drag racing as a teenager on Detroits famed Woodward Ave strip. A few years later, he caught the road racing bug after entering his new 1968 Corvette in a parking lot solo event. That was enough. When he took his big block Corvette to Waterford Hills it marked the start of a remarkable career in SCCA and IMSA, a full blown race shop, a sponsorship program with the BF Goodrich Tire Company, a thriving cars and parts business, and three trips to the 24 hour race at Le Mans, France.
In 1970 and 1971 John qualified for the SCCA runoffs winning the A Production National championship 2 years in a row. Johns initial paintwork evolved into the signature Stars and Stripes theme, variations of which are seen on many Corvettes to this day. His stars and stripes might have also inspired the Rebel paint job on the Corvette of racing rivals Dave Heinz and Or Costanzo.
John caught the attention of Frank Cipelli at Michigan International Speedway who helped make the deal with BFGoodrich that launched John and his brother Burt into the big leagues. Using this contract as leverage, John built Corvettes configured for FIA endurance racing. His co-drivers at the 24 hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring include famed comedian Dick Smothers (1971 GT Sebring winners), Don Yenko, Bob Johnson, Tony Adamowicz, Ron Grable, Allan Barker, Dick Lang, Gib Hufstader, Mike Brockman, Jim Greendyke and his brother Burt.Read more