ArtCenter 50’s Classic Virtual November 15 1pm PT with Ron Hill, Peter Brock, Chuck Pelly & Fred Simeone with Student Projects

ArtCenter’s Virtual Car Classic series continues this Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 1 p.m. as we look back at ArtCenter in the 1950s, synch up with the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, and discuss two sponsored projects currently taking place at the College.

The program will be presented through Zoom.

Featured ArtCenter alumni will include:

  • Ron Hill BS 1954 — Ron had a 31-year design career at General Motors (GM) where he became chief designer for Chevrolet, Pontiac and Buick before returning to the College as the Department Chair of Transportation Design for 15 years. During his early days at GM, Ron is credited with designing the tailfins on the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. He went on to oversee the 1965 Chevrolet Corvair line, Pontiac’s 1972 and 1973 LeMans, GTO and Firebird programs, and Chevrolet’s 1973 and 1974 Monte Carlo and Camaro designs, among many others.
  • Peter Brock BS 1956 — Peter became the youngest designer ever hired by General Motors’ design department at the age of 19. He first made his mark designing the Corvette Stingray racer that then became the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray production car. He then went to work for Carrol Shelby designing racecars like the De Tomaso P70 and the infamous Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. Peter then started Brock Racing Enterprises, where he designed racecars for Hino, Datsun and Toyota.
  • Chuck Pelly BS 1960 —While still an ArtCenter student, Chuck designed the Scarab sports car for Lance Reventlow, the Chaparral for racecar driver Jim Hall and the Harrison Special for Troutman & Barnes. After graduation he started his career as an industrial designer, working with Henry Dreyfuss Associates. In 1972, he founded DesignworksUSA—now a BMW Group Company—where he stayed until 2000. While at Designworks, Chuck worked on projects for companies such as Chevrolet, Chrysler, Volvo, Magna and of course BMW.

Special Guest

  • Fred Simeone — Executive director of the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Fred owns one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Fred and Peter will talk about the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, which Peter famously designed for Carroll Shelby to beat Ferrari in the 1965 FIA World Championship.

Student Spotlight

Ahyoung Roh and Alice Yang — ArtCenter’s celebrated sponsored project program brings industry partners into the classroom as students explore blue sky approaches to specific design challenges. We’re proud to introduce you to two current students, Ahyoung Roh from Transportation Design and Alice Yang from Illustration who are working on two separate sponsored projects this term with Lincoln Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

You can tune in this Sunday, November 15 at 1 p.m. as we continue to bring you a yearlong program of Car Classic events. []


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