The name Andy Granatelli (1923-2013) is familiar to fans of cars and racing. The former CEO of STP products, he was also extensively involved in automotive and racing history.
A quick list of achievements:
- Driver of the original 1946 Rocket Car as "Antonio the Great"
- CEO of STP, making the product a household name
- Introduced the first turbine-powered Indy car
- Appeared in The Love Bug movie (AKA Herbie The Love Bug) in 1968.
- Won the 1969 Indy 500 as an owner, when Mario Andretti won his only Indy 500 and ran the entire race without changing tires.
- Sponsored Richard Petty in his Number 43 STP Plymouth.
- Personally owned the land-speed record for a street-legal production car, set at the age of 62 in his everyday Camaro.
- Believed to have attended 67 consecutive Indianapolis 500 races in some capacity.
In the late 1960's and 1970's, if Andy Granatelli said that a car was mechanically sound, it was presumed to be mechanically sound. Avis cashed in on his name recognition to introduce an Andy Granatelli-approved manual for rental car mechanics.
We wonder how someone with such an exciting life could be so subdued in an advertisement!
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