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  JANUARY 31, 2013
GM Performance Build Center Relocating to Bowling Green

The Performance Build Center, currently located in Wixom, MI, will move to the GM Chevrolet Corvette Assembly Plant by the first quarter of 2014. The PBC employs 29 and builds engines for the Grand Sport Coupe manual, Z06, 427 Convertible and ZR1.

"I'm very happy to announce today that GM will move its Performance Build Center, which allows engine enthusiasts to build their own specialty engines, from Michigan, and we're going to bring it right here to Bowling Green," said Arvin Jones, Manufacturing Manager for GM North America at the January 30 press conference.

In 2010 GM announced the launch of the Corvette Engine Build Experience, where buyers can assist in the building of their engine. The owner's name is then affixed on a special plate on their engine, next to the one bearing the name of the master builder.

"We've got lots of excitement headed our way," said GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Dave Tatman. "We intend to make the full transition to the Performance Build Center by the first quarter of 2014. Lots of details have got to be worked out yet, but obviously we wanted to share that great news with you. As you think about this, I know Wendell, that you and your team are jumping up and down thinking about how we can continue to combine our efforts between the National Corvette Museum and the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and this new opportunity, and we look forward to those discussions as well."

Read the complete story online here.

New Dedicate-A-Tree Program Offered

The Museum now offers another way for our supporters to recognize individuals. This program allows you to have a plaque placed by the trees on our camps.

Existing Tree Dedication - $500 Donation
Includes a donor recognition plaque at the base of the tree with up to three lines of text (maximum of 13 characters per line). The donation period is 10 years, after which time the tree can be renewed. A total of 81 trees are available.

New Tree Dedication - $750 Donation
Similar to the existing tree dedication, this program is for new trees, which will be planted in the Spring and Fall. Donors will have the choice of three trees based on location: Shade Master Locust, Prairie Fire Crabapple or Red Bud, and the trees are planted at NCM discretion. Nine new tree locations are currently available.

Learn more about this program online here.

2013 Torch Red Corvette Winner Drawn

Congratulations to Hugh Howell of Campbellsville, KY. Hugh had winning ticket #011459 in today's drawing for a 2013 Torch Red Corvette.

Your next chance to win a Corvette is Thursday, February 14 when we raffle off a 2013 Torch Red 427 Convertible! The car features a black hood stripe and black convertible top, ebony leather interior with custom red leather stitching, carbon fiber package, battery protection package, 6-speed manual transmission 427 Heritage package and the 1SC package. Tickets are $250 and the raffle is limited to 1,000 tickets.

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

Mid-Ohio HPDE Registration Now Open

The NCM expands its High Performance Driving Events with the addition of a one-day event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Monday, May 6. The event will be jointly run by NCM and Hooked on Driving Great Lakes Region and will feature the presence of Corvette engineers and designers as guests and instructors.

There will be three student groups and an instructor/coach group experiencing nearly two hours of track time, plus classroom instruction.

The event is $285 per person and includes lunch. Guests may purchase additional lunch tickets for $15.

Learn more and register online here.

Corvette Store Featured Item

NCM Ladies' V-Neck Cover-Up. Open v-neck cover-up is knee length with right hemline side slit and an adjustable empire waist. Belle shaped 3/4 sleeves with vented hems and National Corvette Museum done in a glitter script. 60% polyester, 40% rayon slub jersey. $36.00

Eugene Nagowski Joins One Acre Club

Eugene Nagowski of Corpus Christi, Texas is not only a Corvette enthusiast and Lifetime Member of the National Corvette Museum, but he is also a cherished friend of the Museum. To date, Eugene has purchased 15 “Walk of Fame” bricks, an entryway tile as well as a granite bench dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Patricia.  All of these commemorative pieces are currently on display here at the Museum. As an additional tribute to his wife, Eugene donated the funds to bring “Pat’s Super Service Center,” an interactive car service center experience just for children, to the NCM Corvette KidZone.

Eugene’s love affair with the Corvette began when he purchased his first at the age of 19, a 1960 Roman Red convertible. This close relationship later continued with the purchase of a 1976 Mahogany Stingray Corvette, which was Eugene and Patricia’s first Corvette as a married couple. Eugene currently owns a 2010 C6 Crystal Red Metallic Coupe, which he affectionately calls his “Little Red Rocket Ship.”

When asked why he decided to join the One Acre Club Eugene states, “Helping out friends and family, that’s what family is for, right? The staff at the Museum makes me feel like family, and my family is in need.”

Learn more about the Motorsports Park Project and One Acre Club online here.

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Motor Trend Magazine featuring C7 Corvette Autographed by Tadge Juechter

The next generation C7 Corvette is the talk of the automotive world, taking this world-class automotive icon to even greater levels of performance, comfort and sophistication.  The man behind this incarnation of America’s sports car is Corvette Chief Engineer, Tadge Juechter.  Own a copy of the magazine announcing the birth of this supercar signed by Tadge himself at a recent trip to the National Corvette Museum.

Auction Ends February 7.




2013 Torch Red 427 Convertible Corvette Raffle

Thursday, February 14 at 2pm CT

Tickets $250
Limited to 1,000 Tickets




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