The National Corvette Museum is pleased to announce the 2011 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductees. Each year individuals are selected in the areas of GM/Chevrolet, Enthusiast and Racing... and this year we have three outstanding examples of these areas.
Ron Fellows - Racing Ron's impressive skill as a driver for the Corvette Racing Team has earned him the respect of Corvette fans everywhere. His 27 wins, three ALMS championships and two wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with his unprecedented four consecutive "Most Popular Driver" awards from ALMS fans, testify to his track record of success. Although he has not raced for the factory team since 2008, he remains one of the most recognizable, respected and popular personalites to ever represent Corvette's racing heritage. As evidence of his enormous popularity, GM paid tribute to Ron by creating the "Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06" in 2007.
Clare "Mac" MacKichan - GM Mac was instrumental to the design and success of all Chevrolets in the mid-twentieth century. In his position as Chief Designer of the Chevrolet Studio, General Motors Design Staff, he was directly responsible for the design of all of the Corvettes from number one, through the 1950s and early 1960s. It was under his guidance that the 1954 Waldorf Show Corvettes were designed. In addition to his position as Chief Designer for Chevrolet, Mac also served as Director of Design for GM's Adam Opel AG in Germany, and later as Executive in Charge of Advanced Design and Engineering for Design Staff. While he didn't always work on the Corvette brand, he continued to own one and participate in many Corvette activities - appearing and speaking at car shows and events all over the country.
Ray Quinlan - Enthusiast It's fair to say the Museum might not be where it is today without the support of NCM Lifetime Member No. 001, Ray Quinlan. When the idea of a Corvette Library & Archives first came about, it was Ray who came forward and said he would donate his 1953 Corvette if the plans would incorporate a Museum... a place to house not only historical documents but also artifacts and cars. Memberships were the sole means of raising money in the early days, and Ray was right there, joining at the beginning. While Ray owned a number of collectible cars, Corvettes were his passion. He was a member of the Corvette Club of Illinois and active with the National Council of Corvette Clubs and National Corvette Restorers Society. Today, every visitor passing through the halls of the Museum hears the story of Ray and how his donation started the Museum.
Win a "Build Your Own" Grand Sport Just in Time for the Holidays!
Your last chance to win a Corvette in 2010 is Thursday, December 16 at 2pm CT when we raffle off the chance to "Build Your Own" Grand Sport with $50,000 cash option. This raffle allows a winner to select either a coupe or convertible Grand Sport - choosing the car's color and option, or they may elect to take the cash.
Tickets are $100, and the raffle is limited to 1,994 tickets. As of Thursday, December 9 we've only sold 533! Get your tickets today online at: corvettemuseum.org/raffle or call 800-538-3883.
Discounted Flint Bricks - Perfect Last Minute Gifts!
December 9-31 is your chance to purchase a piece of Corvette history at more than 50% off! For a limited time you can purchase the "Flint Bricks" for $10 each, or 3 for $25.
These unique bricks are offered with an engraved sequence numbered plate and certificate of authenticity. The certificate of authenticity is signed by former Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant General Manager Wil Cooksey, Jr. and National Corvette Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. Unfortunately we are not able to pull specific brick numbers. Buy online here!
If you are interested in bulk, uncleaned Flint bricks without the plaque, we have them available at greatly reduced rates. They are perfect for that special building project, sidewalk, garden, etc. Contact Bob Hellmann at 270-467-8825 or email him at email@example.com.
LG Motorsports Displays Corvette GT2 Le Mans Car
Christmas came early at the Museum when one of Santa's elves delivered an exciting display car, sure to bring joy to all who visit. The vehicle is on loan from Lou Gigliotti and LG Motorsports of Dallas, TX. This car was the first time someone outside Pratt and Miller built an ALMS Corvette, and the first time a private team ran the Corvette flags. It is Chassis #001 and is the only car to have been completed. The car finished in the top five a number of times in 2009. It will be on display for up to a year, so come check it out!
Corvette Store Feature and Free Gift Card with Purchase
Corvette Store Special! Free Gift Card with $75 Purchase! Receive a FREE Corvette Store $10 Gift Card with a purchase of $75 or more. Card can be redeemed for future purchases online or in store at your convenience. Makes a great stocking stuffer, too! (Purchases must be $75 or more after discounts and does not include shipping cost.) Not valid on previous purchases. Offer excludes raffle, bricks, membership, build sheet and window sticker purchases.
Former NBA Player Visits NCM
If you were a fan, or just watched Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics play in the early 80s, then you've probably heard of M. L. Carr. Carr stopped by the Museum this week for a tour and some shopping, and while he was somewhat incognito, our savvy Store staff quickly recognized the 6'6" sports standout. Carr and his wife currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama, but were passing through the area, and since he's a Corvette enthusiast, thought they'd do a tour. In addition to his stint on the Celtics, he also briefly played for the Pistons, and later served as General Manager and then Coach of the Celtics, being replaced by Rick Pitino after the 1997 season.
Corvette Forum Registration is LIVE!
The annual Corvette Forum Cruise-In provides the online community a chance to meet up in person. Participants are representative of the full spectrum of Corvette enthusiasts covering all generations and all kinds of interests, the common threads being Corvette and fun in combination. This year’s program offers a wide range of seminars, local and long distance road tours and on-site activities including a presentation of the 2012 Corvette and the new Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager.
Register early to reserve your spot on the limited road tours. Advance registrants will receive a hardcard credential, lanyard and event pin. Lifetime registration is $10pp, member registration is $15pp and non-member registration is $25pp. Check out the full agenda online here.
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