E. "Scottie" Scott
Hall of Fame Inductee, Myron E. "Scottie" Scott, is most
recognized as the man who gave America's Sports Car -
the Corvette, its name. For 22 years, he served as an
artist, photographer and art director with the Dayton
Daily News. In June 1933, he photographed six boys racing
wooden contraptions down Big Hill Road in Oakwood, Ohio.
Scott got the idea for the soap box derby, attracting
330 participants and a crowd of 40,000. After the 1934
derby at Burkhardt Hill, Chevrolet decided to sponsor
the event nationally with Scott in charge of the Akron
race. Chevrolet sponsored the derby until 1972.
1937, Chevrolet hired him as an assistant director for
the Public Relations department, where he was responsible
for photography of new cars, designing of press kits,
graphics and special events. In 1953, a special executive
meeting was arranged to find a name for a new Chevrolet
sports car then in the developmental stage. The company
wanted a name that began with a "C" and a review of over
300 names began.
name satisfied the group, until that night at Scott's
home when he searched the C section of the dictionary
and stopped at the definition of "corvette" - a speedy
pursuit ship in the British navy. Scott suggested "Corvette"
the next day and the group loved it. His contribution
to the image of Chevrolet spanned over three decades,
before retiring from Chevrolet in 1971. Mr. Scott passed
away on October 4th, 1998 at the age of 91.