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  JANUARY 17, 2013
2013 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The National Corvette Museum has announced the following inductees to be recognized as part of the 16th Annual Corvette Hall of Fame Ceremony in 2013:  Wil Cooksey in the category of GM/Chevrolet; Werner Meier in the category of Corvette enthusiast/historian; and Johnny O’Connell, in the category of racing will all be recognized with the highest honor bestowed by the Museum for their contributions to the past, present and future of Corvette.

The 2013 Hall of Fame recipients will be inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame during a ceremony and banquet on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Their induction will take place as part of the Museum’s 19th Anniversary Corvette Celebration festivities August 29-31, 2013.

Corvette Hall of Fame inductee Wil Cooksey's career with General Motors is the epitome of achievement. In 1993 he assumed the role of Plant Manager at the GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant, serving in that capacity for 15 years. Cooksey was much more than a Plant Manager, going the extra mile to get to know the customers, traveling to car shows, enhancing the plant tour experience by encouraging employee interaction with guests and being very Corvette enthusiast and owner focused. He served on the Museum Board of Directors from 1994-2011, and was Board Chairman in 2008 & 2009.

Corvette Hall of Fame Inductee Werner Meier became involved in the hobby in 1969 when he purchased his first Corvette – a brand new 1969 on his 18th birthday.   That same year he began participation in the Corvette Club of Michigan, but wasn’t able to officially join until 1972 when he turned 21.  A graduate of the General Motors Institute, he worked at GM as a manufacturing engineer, service engineer and Engineering Group Manager over a 33 year career, but it is his side hobby of Corvette restoration and collection that has garnered notoriety.  Meier has owned, restored and/or serviced over 100 Corvettes, many of them very rare or unique.

Corvette Hall of Fame Inductee Johnny O’Connell is hailed as the most successful GM factory racecar driver from the U.S.  O’Connell joined the factory Corvette Racing team in 2001, scoring the team’s first overall victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona in the Corvette C5.R, followed by the team’s first 24 Hours of Le Mans class victory in 2001. Since then he has helped GM’s factory team capture eight straight manufacturers’ titles and achieving seven class wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring, more than any other driver. After ten years with Corvette, O’Connell joined Team Cadillac in 2011, competing in the SCCA World Challenge GT alongside former Corvette Racing teammate Andy Pilgrim where they still race today.

Read more about our 2013 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductees online here.

C7 Unveiled

01.13.13 was an exciting day in Corvette history. The next generation Corvette was revealed to the world, broadcast live via the Internet and marking the rebirth of the Stingray.

The days since the reveal have yielded a flurry of social media buzz, media coverage and excitement. We have launched a page on our website with all the information, pictures (including high res downloads), videos and more here.

Did you know... that exactly 60 years ago today the 1953 Corvette was revealed at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in NYC? What you may not know is that there was a last minute emblem change on the car! Read the rest of that story on our blog here.

2013 Night Race Blue Metallic ZR1 Winner Drawn

Congrats to Phil Hans of Middleburg, FL! His ticket #997 was drawn in today's raffle for a 2013 Night Race Blue ZR1! Thanks to our supporters like you, we sold all 1,994 available tickets!

In TWO WEEKS we raffle off a 2013 Torch Red Coupe Corvette for only $10 a chance! This car features a transparent removable roof panel, 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift, cashmere interior with crossed flag embroidery on the headrests, 3LT package with navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bose premium 9-speaker system, dual mode performance exhaust, 5-spoke chrome aluminum wheels and more.

Don't wait to get your ticket orders in! The drawing is on Thursday, January 31 at 2pm CT but we will cut off orders early to allow time to process each ticket.

Learn more about our raffles, including exclusions and restrictions and purchase tickets online at or call 800-538-3883 during normal business hours.

Brian & Christine Sherwin Join One Acre Club

Long-time supporters of the National Corvette Museum and avid Corvette enthusiasts Brian and Christine Sherwin are two of our newest “One Acre Club” members. Residents of the Cleveland, Ohio area, the Sherwins have been the proud owners of nine different Corvettes, three of which they still own.

Brian has also been involved in amateur racing, having run his ’98 Lingenfelter ZR-1 in the 1998 Pony Express 100 Mile Endurance Run, an 85 mile run located in Nevada. Brian joined the 150 mph average class and while he did not win, he “had a blast!”

When asked why they decided to contribute to the “One Acre Club”, Brian stated, “we just want to pay the Museum back for all the years of pleasure that the Museum and its many events have given us. We love Corvettes and we love the National Corvette Museum!”

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Be the First to See the C7 Produced

June 27-28 enthusiasts have the opportunity to celebrate Corvette’s history, look at its future, see how the future gets built and kick off the NCM Motorsports Park with a groundbreaking ceremony.

Although the plant has been closed for public tours and will remain closed until this Fall, special arrangements have been made to allow 200 Corvette enthusiasts to enter and tour the Bowling Green Assembly Plant during the event. This very special opportunity includes the plant tour and dinner on Thursday evening. NCM members can enjoy priority sign-up for $250 until March 1st when it will become available to non-members as well. Be among the very first to see the new C7 up close and see how it’s built.

A 60 Years of Corvette Evolution display along with seminars will delve into Corvette’s storied history. Some of the first C7s will be on display for a real tire-kicking walk around unveiling the latest and greatest Corvettes and all of the new equipment and performance. The GM Corvette teams from Detroit and Bowling Green will be on hand to demonstrate and explain.

The two-day event is free and open to members and non-members alike, although non-members will have to pay for admission to enter the Museum display areas. Click here for more details and to register.

Bowling Green Chamber Purchases First C7 Press Kit

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce now owns the first-issued press kit for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show on January 14. The press kit is a coveted memorabilia item for Corvette enthusiasts. General Motors produced just 2,014 copies, which were distributed only to media and invited guests at the auto show.

“The Corvette is part of our DNA in Bowling Green,” said Ron Bunch, CEcD, Chamber president and CEO. “We’re excited to be internationally known for this icon of the automotive world and to be owners of the first press kit.”

Housing the No. 1 Corvette Stingray press kit at the Chamber is not just for a display. It serves as a reminder of the significant impact that the Corvette, which has been manufactured in Bowling Green since 1981, makes in South Central Kentucky.

The Chamber purchased the press kit at auction, and General Motors will donate the proceeds to fund breast cancer research through the American Cancer Society.

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2013 Torch Red Coupe Corvette Raffle

Thursday, January 31 at 2pm CT

Tickets $10




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