John Heinricy has held some very front-and-center engineering positions with General Motors in the past. He’s retired now, but his career has had an illustrious span, including stints as Assistant Chief Engineer for the Corvette program, and Director of the GM Performance Division.
On a more personal note, he is also a rabid Corvette enthusiast, and has been since the tender age of 8.
He recently recounted his lifelong love affair with the Corvette on a GM blog, riding his bike every Sunday from the family farm to a nearby town, to watch a group of local motorists drag race. One car – a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette – stood out from the rest to Mr. Heinricy.
Over a decade later, Heinricy started as an Engineer at the GM Warren Tech Center, and in 1978, purchased a then-new silver Corvette Anniversary Coupe. It was the first of 15 that the engineer would eventually come to own.
“Both in and out of the office, my life revolved around the Corvette. If I wasn’t working on its development in the office, I was racing for fellow Corvette enthusiasts like Dick Guldstrand and Tommy Morrison. I was given the nickname ‘Heinrocket’ almost thirty years ago and it has stuck with me throughout my racing career.”
Although he is now retired from General Motors, John Heinricy still races Corvettes every chance he gets – and indeed, he’s had an illustrious career doing so. He’s won 6 SCCA national championships in a Corvette, and had a hand in the Corvette racing program that won 19 consecutive races from ’85 to ’87.
So, Mr. Heinricy, our hats are off to you. When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.