Earlier today, the Corvette Hall of Fame announced its 2023 member-elect. These members-elect will be formally inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, September 2, 2023.
The Corvette Hall of Fame was founded by the National Corvette Museum in 1998, making this the museum’s 25th anniversary. The Corvette Hall of Fame was established to confer official recognition upon the most influential individuals in the history of the Corvette and honor their achievements. Nominees for the Corvette Hall of Fame are selected by an anonymous panel of Corvette experts and then voted upon by a separate group of 100 anonymous Corvette experts. Since its inception in 1998, the Corvette Hall of Fame has inducted only 79 people.
Each year, a leader is inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame from one of three categories: GM-Chevrolet, Racing and Enthusiast. The 2023 members-elect are:
Enthusiast – John Amgwert, Founding Member of National Corvette Restorers Society
In 1974, John Amgwert became one of the founders of the National Corvette Restorers Society. Amqwert’s passion for Corvette translated into a 25-year stint as the editor-in-chief of The Corvette Restorer magazine – a go-to resource for Corvette history. Amgwert’s efforts with the NCRS to form a technical library ultimately resulted in what would become the National Corvette Museum. Amgwert’s passion for and commitment to seeking out the truth about key cars in Corvette history continues to this day.
Racing – Dan Binks, Retired Crew Chief of Corvette Racing
Dan Binks is a racing crew chief, fabricator, and do-it-all competitor. For nearly two decades starting in 2002, Binks was a vital member of the Corvette racing team. During his tenure, the Corvette squad scored over 100 race victories, including six class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, three at the 24 Hours of Daytona and 11 at the 12 Hours of Sebring. While Binks retired from the Corvette team in 2020, he did not slow down. In his Brighton, Michigan shop, he prepares the cars he once raced professionally for vintage events, restores race cars, and builds engines.
GM-Chevrolet – David Wickman, Retired GM Vehicle Performance Manager of Milford Proving Grounds
Born in Detroit, Michigan, David Wickman grew up dreaming of being an engineer for GM someday, and on January 5, 1978, his dream came true. His skill, work ethic, and dedication led to Wickman being assigned to work as the Test Engineer for the launch of the C4 Corvette. Wickman would go on to manage Corvette development activities at the Milford Proving Grounds as the Lead Development Engineer for the C5 Z06, C6, and C7 platforms. In that role, Wickman was responsible for overseeing total vehicle development integration and validation from prototype through production.
Corvette Hall of Fame inductees have distinguished themselves not only through their accomplishments but also by their high standards of integrity and character that reflect and enhance the reputation of the Corvette and the National Corvette Museum.
“Each of this year’s members-elect have left an indelible mark on the history of the Corvette,” said Sharon Brawner, President and CEO of the National Corvette Museum. “These gentlemen have spent their lives dedicated to Corvette excellence, and we could not be more grateful for their commitment to America’s Sports Car. Their individual passions have contributed to both the legacy and the future of the Corvette.”
Those interested in attending the induction ceremony of the Corvette Hall of Fame can purchase tickets in June when registration opens for the museum’s anniversary event. Learn more at corvettehalloffame.org.