The Corvette Hall of Fame was created in 1998 to honor those people who were influential to Corvette’s success in their given field. Today, the Museum has announced the three Corvette elite who will be inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame in 2010.
Former Executive Vice President of Gulf Oil Corp.
According to nominator John Walko, “Grady Davis was the man and the muscle behind Gulf Oil’s sponsorship of Corvette Racing through the early 60s. He showed everyone that Corvette was a world class race car. He established the benchmark for Corvette Racing that we continue to emulate today.” In the application, Donna Mae Mims had written, “Grady lived and breathed Corvette. Grady sold the Corvette to the World.”
Retired Assistant Brand Manager – Corvette
“All of us have passion for our families. Many of us have passion for our employment. Most have passion for their hobbies. Fred’s passion for Corvette has been his hobby and his employment, and the many friends he has made through Corvette have become family,” wrote nominator Karl Hannum.
Retired Corvette Development Engineer
“…one of the unsung heros of the Corvette. Since his first assignment in 1975 as the lead development engineer dedicated to the Corvette, Jim has demonstrated a mastery of the Corvette engineering, and a no fooling, let’s get it done attitude,” wrote nominator William R. Nichols. “I believe the Corvette evolved into the best sports car on the market in part due to the efforts of Jingles.”
The Hall of Fame induction party is held every year during the Anniversary celebration on Labor day weekend. In addition to the heartfelt gratitude of Corvette enthusiasts everywhere, members of the Corvette Hall of Fame have their names hanging inside the Museum’s famous red spire.
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