In baseball, it’s Cooperstown, New York. In football, it’s Canton, Ohio. In hockey, it’s Toronto, Ontario. For Corvette people, our heroes are enshrined in the Corvette Hall of Fame in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The National Corvette Museum recently revealed their 2014 HOF inductees and this year’s class includes a noted author, a former Assistant Chief Engineer, and a celebrated Corvette racing driver.
The National Corvette Museum’s annual inductees to the Hall of Fame come from any of 3 genres including GM/Chevrolet, Enthusiast/Historian, and Racing.
Here’s a CorvetteBlogger tip of the cap to the Corvette Hall of Fame class of 2014.
Jerry Burton has published several Corvette-related books and served in several editorial roles in the industry. He was the Founding Editor and Editorial Director of Corvette Quarterly magazine, the Motorsports Editor for AutoWeek and served various other roles at numerous other automotive publications. Some of his original works include “Zora Arkus-Duntov: The Legend Behind Corvette,” and “Corvette: America’s Sports Car: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” In addition to serving on the NCM Board of Directors, he’s also the man behind GM’s old “Heartbeat of America” tagline.
John Heinricy’s already has a spot inside the NCM as a statue with the 1989 Corvette ZR-1 “Record Run” display. That exhibit celebrates the 12 world time and distance speed records averaging in a C4 Corvette.
He also served as Corvette Assistant Chief Engineer and helped developed the e 1995 Pace Car, 1996 Grand Sport, and Collector’s Edition. Out on the track he claimed 11 SCCA national championships driving, of course, a Corvette.
Dave MacDonald boasted a better win percentage than any other Corvette racer compiling 47 victories and 69 top three finishes in 110 career starts. He shared the driver’s seat with Dick Thompson in the “Biography of a Sports Car” marketing campaign for the then all new 1963 Stingray. Zora Duntov himself considered MacDonald one of the top two Corvette drivers. When GM left factory-backed racing, MacDonald went to drive for Cobra, but continued to wheel his own 1963 Corvette on the streets. Sadly, he lost his life at the Indy 500 in 1964.
Congratulations to each of the 2014 Corvette Hall of Fame inductees. You can see the class of ’14 formally enshrined on Thursday, August 28th as part of the Museum’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.
Click here to learn more about this year’s honorees.
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