National Corvette Museum eNews
  February 10, 2011
R8C Reunion Cruisin' the CA Coast

Corvette enthusiasts who have participated in a Museum R8C Delivery or Xperience will have yet another fun Museum event to partake in September 25-30.

This year's R8C/Xperience Reunion will take place entirely on the West Coast and feature a road tour down the famed California Highway 1, Pacific Coast Highway.  Stops will include Monterey, Carmel, Solvang and Cambria with visits to interesting car collections and other special activities.

The inclusive member tour fee for the driver is $1500 and the driver’s guest is $400; non-member fee will include an additional $40 for a one year membership. The complete agenda is online here, but you must call in to register. Space is very limited! First come, first serve.

Flint Brick Sale Ends Soon!

Your chance to purchase a piece of Corvette history at more than 50% off will end soon! Now until February 28 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

Arctic White Grand Sport Winner Drawn

Congratulations to Steven Stargel of Tampa, FL! He held winning ticket #52 in today's drawing for a 2011 Arctic White GS. We sold 390 of the available 500 tickets.

Next week, Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 2pm CT, is your chance to win a 2011 Black Camaro SS/RS Coupe and 3-Day Bondurant Driving School! Tickets are $10 each, and this raffle has an unlimited number of tickets available. The raffle was in conjunction with our Fall Camaro exhibit, and the car features black leather interior, a LS3-6.2L V8 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, Hurst short-throw shifter, silver stripe package and more!

Learn more about the car's features and buy tickets online at: or call 800-538-3883.

VIR Registration LIVE Next Week!

If you've been itching to really learn how to drive your 'Vette, then why not consider attending the NCM's High Performance Driving Event at VIRginia International Raceway? Ride along with pros Andy Pilgrim and Shields Bergstrom, enjoy the new activities at this annual event including the skidpad, rides in a vintage race car and a special corral for a spectator celebrity choice car show.

GM engineers, quality control and designers will be in attendance, and vendors including Zip Products, KNS Brakes, Pfadt, Michelin Tires and a larger Corvette Store will also be on hand. This event sells out FAST so be ready to register on February 15th at 8am CT when the event goes LIVE!

Learn more about what our popular HPDEs are all about here.

Corvette & High Performance Meet This Weekend

February 12-13 NCM Board Member Len Tucker will be manning the NCM booth at the Corvette & High Performance Meet in Puyallup, WA. The event takes place Saturday from 9:30am-4pm and Sunday from 8am-2pm and boasts over 900 vendors at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center. Be sure to stop by and tell Len 'hello' and check out our Corvette Store merchandise!

Learn more about the event here.

Corvette Store Feature

"Grand Sport Evolution" Giclee print by Dana Forrester. Prices starting at $100.00

"Grand Sport Evolution reflects the history of the Corvette Grand Sport, from the image of GS Two on the brick wall sign to the new Torch Red Coupe parked in front of the sign. Champion Spark Plugs was a sponsor of George Wintersteen when he campaigned Grand Sport Two." - Dana Forrester

Who Built the First Corvette?

June 30, 1953 the first Corvette came off the line at the Flint, MI plant.

In this photo, only two of the men were identified: Frank J. Fessenden, plant manager at the time in the passenger seat, and R.D. Forshee, general superintendent driving.

We received a 1993 article with this photo from Thomas Harmon of Saint Helen, MI. Thomas' father, Carl, worked for Chevrolet from 1947 to 1982 and is now 91 years old. We would imagine others in the photo are now around the same age.

If you have any information please contact Betty Hardison in the Library and Archives at 270-467-8841 or 800-538-3883 x141, or by email.

CNBC Names Corvette ZR1 as One of the Future's Most Collectible Cars

In a recent photo slideshow, CNBC interviewed Hagerty Insurance CEO McKeel Hagerty asking him to predict which new cars will be the future’s most collectible. His list names the Corvette ZR1 as #9. Others on the list include: #1 McLaren F1, #2 Ferrari F40, #3 Ferrari Enzo, #4 Bugatti Veyron, #5 Lamborghini Reventon, #6 Porsche Carrera GT, #7 Ford GT, #8 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and #10 Dodge Viper.

In adding the Corvette ZR1 to this list, Hagerty said: “This is the Corvette that elevated the model into a new class of world class sports cars. Nowhere has this news been more prominently displayed than on the recent ZR1, the most powerful Corvette to date. And unlike the big block screamers of the 1960s, like the L88, the ZR1 is totally trackable and downright docile.”

Check out the slideshow here.

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This week's trivia question was: What color and year is the Corvette currently in our turntable display (hint: it's a special edition)?

Congratulations to Ryan George of Palm Harbor, FL! He correctly guessed that it was a 1996 Silver Corvette. Ryan scored a Corvette t-shirt and a Museum family pass.

The car is on loan from Darrell Hill and Mariel Hughes of Ocean Springs, MS and represents the Mississippi Gulf Coast Corvette Club.

You, too, can play Tuesday Nite Trivia by becoming a 'Fan' of NCM on Facebook!


2011 Black Camaro SS/RS Coupe & 3-Day Bondurant Driving School

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 2pm CT.

Tickets are $10. Buy early and don't be left out!


Flint Brick from Original Home of the Corvette

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. 

Buy it Now thru Feb. 17 while they last.


The month of February has been designated as Matching Gift Month.

Nearly 16,000 companies and subsidiaries offer matching gift programs as a benefit to their employees. About 4,500 of the 16,000 match volunteer time, and many match retirees and spousal giving.

Does your company, or a past company, match gifts? We've found a list online, so check it out and see! If they do, and if you give to the Museum, we'd love to work with you on your company's matching gifts program.

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