He didn’t hesitate – “I want to meet Zora Duntov,” he said.
Before the day was over, Fishel met his boyhood idol, and agreed to begin working as an engine draftsman.
Fishel feels his greatest achievement to be one that carries no trophy or award.
In the early 1990s, he pioneered the Motorsports Safety Initiative for General Motors.
A new carburetor was designed to prevent engine stalling during sudden stops, an annoying -- and potentially dangerous -- habit of certain earlier Chevys.
A larger radiator core and new double-outlet water pump eased cooling, while a higher-capacity coil and condenser promoted quick starts.
In short, a fine machine in 1940 had been made even better for 1941.
He consumed every scrap of information he could find in the local paper about the Indy 500, Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Mille Miglia.
The1941 Chevrolet Series AG Sedan Delivery and Coupe Pickup combined passenger-car styling and comfort with the utility of a light-duty panel truck.
The concept actually dated back to 1928, when the legendary Harley Earl first began designing Chevrolets.
He came up with an idea: Racing could be, and should be, an accelerated test laboratory for an automotive manufacturer.
However, to do it, he had to be the first in his family to get a college education.