it comes to driving and developing high-performance vehicles,
the international achievements, accolades, and reputation
of Dick Guldstrand make it impossible to place him anywhere
but at the very top. Well-known for his chassis expertise
and success on road racing tracks since the 1960s, Guldstrand
has come a long way from the young man who started out
in pursuit of a career in law at the persuasion of his
parents wanted me to be a lawyer, but somehow I ended
up in electronics in college," Guldstrand said. Even
though he was working in the financially rewarding aerospace
industry, the native Californian knew his heart was "about
500 feet out in the parking lot pinned on a tattered '56
Corvette." Guldstrand, who had begun racing on the
famous Southern California dirt tracks in the late 1950s,
knew he had to listen to his heart. Racing was calling.
soon landed a sponsorship from H.E. Baher, a Hermosa Beach,
California Chevrolet dealer. His Corvette outfitted with
fuel injection and a 4-speed was an immediate winner.
Under the Baher banner, Guldstrand won most of the West
Coast BP events in the early 1960s. His sponsor was so
pleased, he bought Guldstrand one of the first Stingrays
to race in the fall of 1962.
in 1963, the racing and development exploits of Dick Guldstrand
became the stuff of legends. From 1963-1965, he won three
consecutive SCCA Pacific Coast Championships, including
the Southern Pacific A/P Championship in 1964, the same
year he was named the California Sports Car Club Driver
of the Year. In 1966, Guldstrand won the GT-class at the
Daytona 24-hour race, and finished 9th overall. Later
that year, he was named President of the Southern California
Drivers Association. The following year, he raced at Le
Mans and set a track record in the GT-class while leading
the race for 13 hours. In both 1966 and 1967, Guldstrand
drove the legendary Grand Sport Corvette at the 12 hours
of Sebring for Roger Penske.
1968, Guldstrand opened his own business, Guldstrand Engineering
Inc., in Culver City, California. Soon, he was designing
and building high performance cars for competition throughout
North America, South America, and Western Europe. The
following year he built and campaigned a Z-28 Camaro in
South America, winning the South American Championship.
In the early 1970s, Guldstrand Engineering Inc. built
70% of all the Chevrolet-powered road racing cars on the
Guldstrand played an enormous role in the development
and testing of the 1985 Corvette. He set new track records
at the Mid-Ohio 24 hours, finishing both 1st and 2nd overall.
He also set new track records at the 12 hours at Willow
Spring for enduro cars, once again finishing 1st and 2nd
overall. His personal involvement, along with his GSS
race team, set the stage for the future racing series,
as well as Corvette's domination of Porsche cars for the
first time in fifteen years. The following year, he built
and set up the Guldstrand 1986 Corvette, which made a
clean sweep of all events at the SCCA National Solo Championships.
Later that year, Guldstrand developed his high performance
dream car, the GS-80. Articles about the GS-80 have appeared
in virtually every automotive magazine, and the car has
received world acclaim. It was set against such high performance
cars in Europe as the Testarrossa, Countach, and Porsche
Turbo. Then in 1987, Guldstrand, driving a 1956 Corvette
in the Vintage Race series, won the 75th Anniversary of
Chevrolet at Monterey, California. The legend of Dick
Guldstrand only grew more.
Guldstrand continues to be one of the true innovators
in the present decade. The 1990s began with the announcement
that he was developing the Guldstrand Grand Sport 90.
A world-class exotic supercar based on the Corvette ZR-1
chassis, the GS-90 sported an entirely new body along
with major upgrades to its engine, suspension, wheels,
tires, and rear end. The finished product debuted on the
Chevrolet stand at the 1994 Los Angeles Auto Show, and
is produced today on a build-to-order basis.
epitomizes the "All American Corvette Enthusiast",
a devoted and loyal fan of the Corvette.