Registration is now open for the Museum's 17th Anniversary Celebration (Labor Day weekend event) and Hall of Fame induction ceremony August 31 through September 3, 2011.
This year's event features scenic road tours, car show, ladies' oasis, golf cart autocross, poker run, seminars, Corvette Plant 30th Anniversary Celebration activities, 2012 Corvette introduction and walk-around, Hall of Fame banquet and a Sock Hop. Check out the complete event agenda online here.
Save some green between now and Sunday, March 20! Family Memberships are 25% off when you use promo code STPFM in the special instructions box of the check-out process. Regular family membership price is $100. Buy using the code and it is only $75!
Your membership earns you FREE admission to the museum for the immediate family, discounts on NCM events, 10% Corvette Store discount, subscription to America's Sports Car Magazine and two membership cards and lapel pins. Annual renewal is only $50! Buy online here.
2011 "Build Your Own" ZR1 Raffle Winner Drawn
Congratulations to Robert Lewis of Venetia, PA! His winning ticket #066 was drawn today for our 2011 "Build Your Own" ZR1 raffle. 2nd prize of $1,000 went to James Beretta of Indian Springs, AL with ticket #191. 3rd prize of $500 went to Luis Hernandez of Richmond, VA with ticket #262. We sold 369 of the 638 available tickets.
Next week we give away the chance to win a 2011 Crystal Red Grand Sport Coupe. The car features cashmere leather interior with crossed flag embroidery on the headrests, 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift, battery protection package, dual mode performance exhaust, transparent removable roof panel, chrome aluminum wheels, 3LT package and more. Only 500 tickets are available at $250 each.
Corvette Racing will begin the 2011 American Le Mans Series at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 19, with two new cars, two new drivers, and a wealth of new technology.
The team has constructed a pair of new Compuware Corvette C6.Rs to take on the world-class competition in the GT category. Based on the GT2 Corvettes that the team introduced in 2009, the new race cars have benefited from months of development and testing.
"2010 was an extremely productive year for Corvette Racing from the standpoint of gathering information," said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. "The team learned a tremendous amount about the production-based LS5.5R engine package, the aero package, and the chassis setups – all of which were brand new to us. The winter was spent distilling that information, running it through various matrixes, and coming up with what we think are going to be very competitive race cars in 2011."
The season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will put the new hardware, new drivers, and new technology to a grueling test. The race will start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, and end 12 hours later at 10:30 p.m. The race will be shown live on ESPN3.com and americanlemans.com from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. ET. ABC will provide coverage from 12:30 to 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 20. Check out Episode 2 of Track to Street here.
Corvette Earns IntelliChoice.com Award
IntelliChoice.com is a site which does most of the cost-of-ownership research on new cars, helping shoppers find the vehicle that is right for them.
Recently IntelliChoice.com announced the winners of its annual Best Overall Value of the Year awards for 2011. The awards are given to vehicles with the lowest cost of ownership over a 5-year period in 21 classes defined by size, body style and price. Vehicles are judged based on retail price as well as accumulated ownership costs of depreciation, maintenance, repairs, fuel, fees, financing and insurance.
General Motors claimed two BOVY awards - one of which being the Chevrolet Corvette which won the performance-car class. "It really is a good value for a performance car because it has a high retained value, the repair costs are low, and within that groupt the insurance costs are lower," said IntelliChoice executive editor Charlie Vogelheim.
Corvette Racing the GT1 Years.People have been racing Corvettes since about 1955, but until 1998 all of the cars and teams had been privateers. In 1999 Corvette Racing changed all that by becoming the General Motors factory backed professional race team. In this colorful and lavishly illustrated book, Nigel S Dobbie tells the story of all C5R and C6R Corvettes produced by Pratt & Miller engineering, as raced initially by Corvette Racing and subsequently by privateer teams. The book covers in depth all races the cars undertook during the years 1999 to 2009, and includes detailed race histories by chassis of every C5R and C6R Corvette built.
Autographed by Author Nigel S. Dobbie - LIMITED. ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
Don't forget our St. Patrick's Day Sale going on now thru Sunday! Check out the items online here.
New Caravan Captains Named
We are pleased to announce that Terry Robinholt of Edinburgh, IN has agreed to captain the Indiana/Western Kentucky segment of the 2014 NCM Caravan. Terry is president and NCM Ambassador for the Corvette Club of Columbus, IN and a member of the NCRS. We greatly appreciate Terry taking on this task.
Additionally, Morris Devereaux and wife, Rita, have taken on the task of Georgia's caravan captains. The Devereauxs are from Roswell, GA and we look forward to working with them!
Tin lunch box packs plenty of fun with a historic Route 66 design! Includes four 2" pullback diecast cars (1957 Corvette, 1955 Thunderbird, 1964 Mustand, 1955 Chevy Truck) and a paper play mat. Auction ends March 24. Bid now!
The GM Assembly Plant where the 300 1953 Corvettes were made in Flint, Michigan was razed in 2003. Thanks to General Motors, the National Corvette Museum has obtained the bricks to use as a fundraiser for the museum. The bricks have been cleaned and the historic pieces of the 1953 Corvette's heritage are now available for enthusiasts to own.
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