The Corvette community lost a good friend last week. Jeff Hardy, the man who created the simple yet wildly popular Corvette locater service passed away on Wednesday, December 7th after battling an undisclosed illness for some time. For us, his website provided more than just the ability to find specific Corvettes, it provided us with a running narrative of how Corvettes were selling.
Jeff’s wife sent an email to Corvette Forum member “Corvette ED” who posted the note in the C6 Forum:
“It is with a sad heart that I have to inform you that Jeff passed away late Wednesday night Dec 7th 2011. To say that Jeff loved this Corvette site and especially its followers is an understatment. Thank You for supporting my husband and making him feel alive!!”
Jeff’s website allowed buyers to search for specific Corvettes based on model and options vs the GM Buypower website which limited lookups only to dealers in your surrounding area. So if you were looking for a Torch Red automatic Grand Sport with Chrome Aluminum wheels, Jeff’s site would search the nation and then display which dealers had the cars that matched your queries. You could even look at the window sticker.
To show their appreciation, some friends have set up a memorial fund in his name at the National Corvette Museum where he will be honored with a Brick. If you would like to make a donation to the Jeff Hardy Memorial, call the NCM at 270-467-8836 or click here for the online form.
We never had the opportunity to meet Jeff and that’s a shame because his website was a powerful tool that we used each and every month to gauge Corvette’s strength or weakness in the marketplace. We appreciated his dedication to Corvettes and offer his family our sincere condolences.
As one forum member stated, “sad news, his simple layout design website made many dreams come true. RIP friend.