NOVEMBER 27, 2013
Each year the National Corvette Museum inducts individuals who have made significant contributions to Corvette in the categories of GM/Chevrolet, Enthusiast/Historian and Racing. We are pleased to announce the slate of inductees for 2014!
Jerry Burton served as Founding Editor and Editorial Director of Corvette Quarterly magazine; Motorsports Editor for AutoWeek and editor and contributor to numerous other automotive publications. As a historian, he authored "Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette," and "Corvette: America's Sports Car: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." He is the author of the award-winning "Heartbeat of America" themeline for Chevrolet and served as a Member of the NCM's Board of Directors.
John Heinricy's likeness is a permanent fixture of the Museum as a statue with the 1989 Corvette ZR-1 "Record Run" display, an exhibit that pays homage to the team that set 12 international world time/distance speed records averaging as high as 175mph over a 24-hour period. He has won 11 SCCA national championships driving a Corvette and as Corvette Assistant Chief Engineer was responsible for the C4 through 1996, including the 1995 Pace Car, 1996 Grand Sport and Collector's Edition.
Dave MacDonald was a rising star on the race scene, trading driving duties with Dick Thompson in the "Biography of a Sports Car" national ad campaign for the 1963 Stingray and recognized as one of the top two Corvette drivers by Zora Duntov. As a driver during the glory days of Corvette Racing, MacDonald had a better win percentage than any other Corvette racer with 47 victories and 69 top three finishes in 110 career starts. Unfortunately General Motors pulled out of the factory-supported racing, and MacDonald went to drive professionally for Cobra - but he continued to drive his beloved 1963 Stingray personally. Though he finised 10th at the Daytona 500, his life was cut short at the Indy 500.
Read more about each of our inductees onlinehere. Join us for our Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, August 28 during the Museum's 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Richard Anderson's #33 race car started life as a 1972 Corvette frame and took to the track in 1973. Its accolades include once holding the track record at Palm Beach International Raceway, a 1978 SCCA Southeast Regional Champion and more recently placed 3rd at Road America's Vintage Car Race in celebration of Chevrolet's 100th Anniversary in 2011.
Anderson wanted to give the car a good home where it would be respected and people would be wowed. "You think about things as you move on in life... how you're not going to be here forever. The more I thought about selling it - I asked myself, 'what's that going to do for me?' Sharing it with people and letting them see what it was like made more sense... there's so much history."
Another factor for Anderson was the construction of the NCM Motorsports Park and that this car is very drivable for parade laps, rides around the track, etc. "I gave Harlan Charles a ride at the NCM HPDE at Autobahn and he was like, 'Wow, how did you guys ever race these things?'" Anderson added that this is an ideal vehicle for the track and the timing was just right, "You should have some of these types of things around."
Anderson’s #33 Corvette racer can be seen at the National Corvette Museum, open daily from 8am-5pm CT. Additionally, the Museum’s Motorsports Park is slated to open late August 2014 with visitors being given the opportunity to ride in the vintage racer around the track during special events.
Read the full article about Anderson's car on our blog here.
Next week we raffle off a2014 Blade Silver Stingray Corvette Coupe! This car features a 6.2 liter V8 460hp engine, Z51 performance suspension package, 7-speed manual transmission, multi-mode performance exhaust, magnetic selective ride control, black aluminum wheels with red calipers, 3LT equipment group with Adrenaline Red competition sport seats and navigation, two top package with visible carbon fiber and transparent roof, carbon flash painted rear spoiler and mirrors, carbon flash hood stinger stripe and more. The drawing will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8pm CT.
Tickets are $100 each and the raffle is limited to 2,014 tickets. As of Wednesday, November 27 we have sold 832 tickets!
Chevrolet announced on Tuesday the 2014 Corvette Stingray Edition Convertible - a limited production model limited to 550 units. The top-of-the-line 3LT models will all feature Lime Rock Green exterior and Brownstone suede interior. The vehicle also includes suede-wrapped interior trim, carbon fiber accents, variable tuned performance exhaust system, Z51 Performance Package and Magnetic Selective Ride Control.
The Premiere Edition also features unique wheels with “Stingray”-logo center caps, “Stingray”-logo interior sill plates and a five-piece set of Corvette-branded luggage from Thule - all from the Corvette Accessories catalog.
These collectible cars will have a unique VIN sequence and unique dash plaques commemorating their limited-edition status. The Premiere Edition Convertible will cost $77,450, including destination and delivery fees, and will arrive in dealerships in early 2014.
C6 Corvette Sullivan Polo
Moisture wicking. Self fabric collar.Three-button placket. Embossed front panel. Open sleeves. Side vents. Embroidered C6 Corvette emblem. 100% polyester jersey.
Regular price $64.00
THANKSGIVING SALE PRICE: $48.25
View more items from our Thanksgiving Day Sale online here.
Tis the Season for DEALS at the Corvette Store! Spend $75 or more and receive complimentary shipping. This promotion ends December 1, 2013! Check out our website for all the details.
While work on the Motorsports Park will stand idle during the winter months, staff at the Museum continue to work hard behind the scenes to keep the project moving along. Thanks to several of you, we have 1,470 tons of asphalt for our carousel funded! You can help sponsor a ton for only $100 online here. Remember: we need a total of 6,822 tons to construct the carousel!
We also would like to thank NCM Fighter Squadron for contributing $1160 towards our MSP web cams, and Randall Shinn for contributing $1000. We're just $3,840 away from installing them!
Whether you have supported us with your membership, attended an event, bought a raffle ticket, shopped in our store, eaten in the Cafe, toured the Museum, volunteered, recommended us to friends, donated or helped us out in any other way - we want to say a big "THANK YOU"! It is because of you, the Corvette enthusiasts, that we are able to exist. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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"The Corvette Club of Kansas City has supported Great American Stand Down for homeless or needy vets for the past two years as our Club Charity. Each month we collect new and usable clothing, outerwear and other items, as well as raising money to present to the organization to help them distribute and buy additional items as needed. In November 2012 we presented a check for $5000 and last week for 2013 we presented a check for $8000. Vets are able to acquire clothing and other items they need, or receive advice, support and even a haircut to raise their spirits and self esteem. We can't do enough for these men and women who have stood for this country and our freedoms."
- Jim Clyde CCKC Ambassador
"For over 25 years Corvette Atlanta has had the honor of leading the Atlanta Annual Veterans Day Parade carrying the dignitaries through downtown Atlanta to the reviewing stand at Centennial Park. This parade continues to grow and prosper with 4,500 participants from the many organizations entered this year. Korean War Veterans received special recognition this year and contributed to the great turnout of those veterans, some of whom rode in our Corvettes to their delight. We all look forward to finding out who will be riding with us each year and usually meet an interesting and personable rider from various military and government organizations and backgrounds. As the parade participation grew over the years, we invited another local Corvette club, Classic Glass Corvette Club, to help us provide the 25-30 Corvettes needed to support this patriotic and gratifying event. Our joint collaboration has fostered a warm relationship between our clubs and participation in each others’ activities during the year. In his letter of appreciation to us, the parade committee president remarked: 'I don’t know what our volunteers and attendees would think if we had any other type of vehicle carry our VIPs!'"
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2013 NCM Commemorative Ornament
Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8pm CT
Limited to 2014 Tickets
2014 UPCOMING EVENTS
MIM Auctions, Astronauts & Alligators
MiM 2nd Annual Tail of the Dragon Tour
Barn Raising III
June 30 - July 1
Summit Point HPDE
20th Anniversary Celebration / Corvette Caravan
MiM 1-Lap of KY "Only One" Tour
Vets 'n Vettes
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August 29, 2013
What's in Your Museum2011 C6 Cyber Gray Grand Sport Convertible "Mule"This mule was first spotted in September 2011. It was caught by spy photographers early on, as quick eyes recognized that the spacing in thewheel well was not quite right.Did you know......Mules are when an automaker takes a current vehicle and puts in the Powertrain, Suspension, Electronics and other parts from the model being developed. This allows them to drive around and test the car without the public realizing what it is. The body remains unchanged, it's what's underneath that is different. Previous mules have included station wagons, Camaros and previous generation Corvettes. A mule allows GM to test specifics on the car, but does not accurately test suspension or handling. This Corvette is on loan to the NCM from GM.Meet Your NCM TeamStephanie Morrill, Membership Services ManagerIt's in the blood- Corvettes that is. My first few years were spent in Louisville, riding in the back of a '73 Corvette till Dad decided he would rather have a souped up '72 Nova. And even at 3 years old, I knew this was a bad decision on his part as Mom swears I didn't speak to him for a week over it.We moved to Danville, Kentucky when I was four. And Dad finally wised up again and when I was 13, and from that point on, we always had at least one Corvette if not two or three. He purchased a '69 Convertible that needed some TLC which was to be our "project car" and my first car. Unfortunately, it needed too much work so my first Corvette became a '81 red with red interior. Then a red 1990 Convertible and now a 2007 Silver Convertible.When it came time to chosing a college, I jokingly say that I chose Western Kentucky University because it was home of the Corvette and, and the furthest college from home I could attend and still have in state tuition. While finishing up my BS in Business Education, I began working for the Corvette Club of America, which then led me to the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau's tourist information booth at the NCM. It was amazing to begin working there the same weekend as the Grand Opening.I officially became a part of the NCM team in April of 1997 and it is still one of my greatest days to remember! Other than my Corvette family, my greatest joy is my daughter, Madison, who has been traveling to Corvette shows since she was five weeks old (start them young) and my wonderful parents (who own a 90 ZR-1) and sister (who owns a 2006 Coupe).I encourage you to call me at 270-467-8837 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or any ideas you might have.What's Coming Up at the NCMSeptember 14 - Brazos River Corvette Club VisitSeptember 17 - 18 - Sioux Falls Corvette Club VisitSeptember 21 - Two Wheel Speed Motorcycle exhibit opens in NCM Exhibit HallOctober 7 - Corvette Club of Vermont Club VisitOctober 7 - Speed, Style and Performance Club Visit
Quick Links Corvette Store Become a Member NCM Insurance Corvette Raffles Motorsports Park Make a Gift Ambassadors Club Event Calendar Club Visits
This Week In NCM History
September 2, 1994
The Grand Opening of The National Corvette Museum occurs.
The crowd was so large, that the NCM stayed open 24 hours to accommodate all the guests.
Raffle TicketsHere's your chance..... to sell the winning ticket for a 2014 Stingray! The next consignment raffle will be a 2014 Torch Red Coupe, given away January 30, 2014.If you would like tickets for the next raffle, please send me an email and we will be happy to get them out to you. Tickets are available in groups of 25.
August 8, 2013
What's In Your Museum2005 Manufacturing Validation Build VIN 61This Corvette started life as a 2005 Corvette with a 4 speed automatic and 400HP LS2 Engine.In 2005, this precision red coupe was rebuilt into a 2006 6-speed automatic for engineering development purposes and later into a 2008 Corvette 6-speed automatic power train and stability systems to work with the 2008 430HP LS3 engine.This car features: ride height of .75", fabricated roof rack to hold one spare front tire and two 5-gallon jugs of premium unleaded, Plexiglas stone deflectors for the windshield, and zillion-candle-power auxiliary lights.Why were these features necessary? It went through it's jet-setting life at various international raceways, including Nurburgring and endured further abuse during cold weather testing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. That's when a promise was made to give the old girl one last fling....GM's engineers had grown fond of "ole number 61" and if they could manage to get it up and down the Dempster Highway in Alaska intact, they would want it to be displayed at the NCM. The car then began a journey northward and logged 968 miles throughout Alaska. It suffered no flat tires or major damage. The only damage that occurred was a cracked windshield and a broken bulb in the headlight.Meet Your Fellow AmbassadorsBill Clements, The Village Vettes AmbassadorI first fell in love with the Corvette as a small child when a local Chevy dealer called my grandfather and asked him if he would be interested in a new kind of sporty car. He went and looked and said, "no, no, no". I was in deep depression for about six months. How could a grandfather do this to his grandson?After the Corvette, my second love was photography. I started out in the news field with several newspapers and also worked for the Associated Press before going into the studio business from which I retired. I did family portraits, wedding, senior and public relations photography for many congressmen, senators, and circuit judges. In the last ten years, my career also included photography for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indy 500, the Brickyard 400 and the motorcycle races. I also spent many hours photographing the little league world series from the dugout at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. For several years I taught photography at a community arts center in Canton, Ohio.My family consists of two daughters who live in Akron, Ohio and teach in the Akron School District. After many years of putting them through college, I was able to buy my first Corvette, a 1999 convertible which I very much enjoy.I have lived in the Villages, Florida for the last two years and enjoy the warm weather. I was born in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania and spent much of my life in Williamsport, the home of little league baseball.In my spare time I also enjoy flying, ham radio, stained glass, traveling, wood working and you guessed it, cars! Now it is time to slow down and smell the roses!You can contact Bill at: email@example.comWhat's Coming Up at the NCMAugust 15 at 2pm - Raffle of 2013 Grand Sport 60th Anniversary Coupe. Tickets are $100, limited to 1,994 tickets.August 21 - 25 - Show-Me-Vettes Club VisitAugust 29 - 31 - 19th Annual Corvette CelebrationAugust 30 - Ambassador Meeting and Luncheon 11:30am.August 31 at 3:30pm - Raffle of Last 2013 60th Anniversary Coupe. Tickets are $10, unlimited raffle.September 14 - Brazos River Corvette Club VisitSeptember 17 - 18 - Sioux Falls Corvette Club VisitSeptember 21 - Two Wheel Speed Motorcycle exhibit opens in NCM Exhibit Hall
Quick Links Corvette Store Become a Member NCM Insurance Corvette Raffles Motorsports Park Make a Gift Ambassadors Club Event Calendar Club Visits
This Week In Automotive History
August 5, 1914
The first electric traffic signal is installed in Cleveland, OH
Raffle TicketsPlease be sure to return all ticket stubs (sold and unsold) along with all monies by August 15.Tickets can be sent to: NCM, 350 Corvette Dr, Bowling Green, KY 42101
August 1, 2013
What's In Your Museum
1989 ZR-12 Falconer
This power-packed Corvette was an experimental vehicle developed to explore the limits of the Corvette's chassis design envelope.
In order to accommodate the massive 600ci, all aluminum engine, the engine compartment was stretched by eight inches, which added less than one hundred pounds to the car's curb weight.
Did You Know......The V-12 engine, a derivative of the Chevrolet small block V-8, is predominately set up for truck and marine applications. Typically an engine of this type would use a 72 degree V-angle, but with the 90 degree angle uneven firing intervals are achieved.
Dry, cast iron cylinder sleeves provide durable bore surfaces and piston displacements ranging from 300 to 641 ci. The fuel and air mixture occurs within a short-runner intake manifold and is distributed with electronically controlled injectors.
This awesome Corvette is on loan to the NCM by General Motors Corporation.
Meet Your Fellow Ambassadors
Janet & Nick Polasek, Ontario (Canada) Ambassadors-at-Large
Nick and I are car nuts. We have a garage full of GM products including his and her Corvettes (1977 & 2006) a Camaro and a 1940 Chevy Hot Rod. Nick came home in 1995 and told me he wanted a Corvette. I was extremely reluctant when we purchased our 1987 ragtop but was the first one out the door when we decided to upgrade to a 1995 convertible. We then decided we needed an older car for cruise nights and purchased our 1977. Several years ago we upgraded the C5 to our beautiful C6. You will notice an American and Canadian flag on our Corvettes as I was born in the US and Nick in Canada. We call Canada home.
Now that we are both retired (I worked over 30 years in the airline and hospitality industry....Nick 32 years in law enforcement), we have plenty of time to indulge our hobby. Corvettes are more than cars to us, they are a lifestyle. Nick has a passion for collecting Corvettes of all sizes. Our den is home to numerous Corvette die-casts, our racing lanyards and memorabilia. The garage walls are filled with Corvette posters, as well as, our closet full of Corvette and NCM logo attire.
We have been fortunate enough to make numerous great friends through this passion. During the season (when the snow melts in Canada), we put a lot of miles on all our cars (after all they are meant for driving) visiting the Museum and following the Corvette Racing team throughout the circuit. We've enjoyed helping where needed and spending time in the pits during the races. You haven't lived until you've experienced a pit stop from just inches away or been part of a win. Corvette racing fans are rabid and truly valued.
We enjoy pitching in at the NCM when we attend an event....anything from selling bricks, putting together membership packets, selling raffle tickets or recruiting new members. We also run the Corvette Corral at Mosport for the ALMS race. We were thrilled when the NCM Museum in Motion tour made its stop at Mosport in 2011.
We became NCM Lifetime Members in 2007 and have been making annual road trips to the NCM for years. Nick and I became Ambassadors-at-Large a couple of years ago and were pleased to achieve Master Ambassador status. We enjoy raising monies for charity, the NCM and our communities.
You can contact Janet and Nick at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What's Coming Up at the NCM
August 15 at 2pm - Raffle of 2013 Grand Sport 60th Anniversary Coupe. Tickets are $100, limited to 1,994 tickets.
August 29 - 31 - 19th Annual Corvette Celebration
August 30 - Ambassador Meeting and Luncheon 11:30am.
August 31 at 3:30pm - Raffle of Last 2013 60th Anniversary Coupe. Tickets are $10, unlimited raffle.
September 14 - Brazos River Corvette Club Visit
September 21 - Two Wheel Speed Motorcycle exhibit opens in NCM Exhibit Hall
This Week In Corvette History
August 1, 1981
The last Corvette was built in the St. Louis Assembly Plant