Vicissitudes of the famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora

• Adversity famous racer Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora

December 25 marks the 139 years since the birth of the famous avtokonstruktora and driver Louis Chevrolet. Although he was the founder of the famous company of the same name, and its cars - one of the most popular in the United States and around the world, his last years were spent in obscurity and privations, and all that is inherited his descendants - only a big name.

Vicissitudes of the famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora Vicissitudes of the famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora

The man, whose name was given to the most popular American cars, was actually born in Switzerland, and graduated from the school in France. There he took a job in a car company. From his youth, Louis was fond of races and took part in them, and in France, where he managed to win in 28 competitions, and after moving to America for 3 years. According to legend, this happened after the young mechanic once impressed with the skill of an American millionaire Vanderbilt and organizer of the race, and he encouraged him to move to the US: "We have a job for you there!"

Vicissitudes of the famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora

Race Vanderbilt Cup, 1905. Louis Chevrolet lost control and flew off the track

It is not known whether this story is really going on, but Louis Chevrolet proved to be really popular in America. At first he worked as a mechanic and driver, but soon the talented young man got a job in the US subsidiary "De Dion-Bouton" French car company, and then - "Fiat" company representative. He continued to participate in the race and set a world speed record, which at the time was 110 km / h. The fan speed in the newspapers called "the mad daredevil", and he was in the hospital for months, recovering from another accident. In 1909, Louis Chevrolet racing team headed "Buick" company.

Vicissitudes of the famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora

The Chevrolet

At this time the famous rider with a great name offered cooperation founder of "General Motors" William Durant. In 1911, new car company was incorporated, of which Louis Chevrolet gave his name. He himself took her place in the chief engineer. The calculation was accurate: Company name firmly associated with customers with the famous driver and his victories. But the founders of the company since the early days of its existence could not agree about what they need to produce cars: Durant guided by the low-cost model, competing with cars Ford and Chevrolet wanted to produce luxury cars. Rider managed to defend their positions, and the first model was the "Chevrolet Classic Six" - a powerful, large and very expensive car. As a result, the level of sales was not exactly high.

Vicissitudes of the famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora

A conflict with Durant, long-simmering, reached its peak when he rebuked the Chevrolet that he smoked cheap cigarettes, although the status could go on cigars. This angered the driver, and he said: "I've sold you my car, I sold you my name, but I'm not selling you their individuality." Having worked in the company that bears his name, just 2 years old, in 1913, Louis Chevrolet resign and sell his shares, indignant policies to reduce the cost of cars, consistently pursued Durant.

Vicissitudes of the famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora

The Chevrolet

Thereafter, Chevrolet again took up racing and building cars. At its racing car "Cornelian" he managed to qualify for the speed of 130 km / h. Soon he was joined by a brother, with whom they founded the company "Frontenac Motor Corporation" and continued release of racing cars. However, after 1920 the famous racer decides to leave the game forever at a rate - after during one of the races was killed by his younger brother.

Vicissitudes of the famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora

Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant

Chevrolet company went bankrupt, he made another unsuccessful attempt to organize the company to produce cars, and then gone out of business forever. Former famous racer again engaged, in his younger years, repairing watches and home appliances. And when he tried to get a job in a company "Chevrolet", he was offered a degrading minimum stava mechanics. This finally undermine the physical and mental strength, Louis Chevrolet.

Vicissitudes of the famous racing driver Louis Chevrolet and avtokonstruktora

The former rider has started to develop an occupational disease - atherosclerosis of the lower extremities, and the doctors had forbidden him to get behind the wheel of a car. In 1938 he retired and moved to Florida. The disease has progressed, and soon Louis had to amputate his legs. After that, he was never able to find the strength for life and a few months later, June 6, 1941 63-year-old Louis Chevrolet died. Chevrolet rest of my days spent in oblivion and misery. Today the cars that bear his name, the wheels on the roads of dozens of countries, but the descendants of the famous racer and avtokonstruktora not received state earned thanks to their ancestors strangers. They left a legacy of memory, and a loud name of the man whose talents were not appreciated at the time of life.