Ten by 10, they’ve been marching into the Bloomington Gold “Great Hall” since 2010, an honor designed to recognize the 50 most influential people, cars, and organizations that have had a pioneering influence on the Corvette world.
The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., is among the 10 honorees selected this year.
Corvette enthusiasts don’t have to be reminded of the special place that the Museum holds for their beloved sports car.
NCM will celebrate its 20th anniversary in August, having grown from 47,000 square feet to 115,000 square feet during that time. The latest expansion project will be unveiled during another original Museum event, the National Corvette Caravan, which is held every five years when thousands of Corvettes from across the country gather in long lines to head down the roads of America to the Museum for special activities.
This year’s Caravan will be especially meaningful since the museum’s latest undertaking, the Motorsports Park, will have its grand opening once the Corvette drivers arrive. On the new track, enthusiasts will be able to learn high performance driving skills that will allow them to better enjoy the outstanding capabilities of their cars. Also planned are teen driver safety classes and possibly training for law enforcement officers. The Corvette Racing team also plans to use the facility as their “home track,” so the public will have a chance to see these expert drivers at work.
“This is a big honor for the Museum, and we pledge to do our best to live up to the standards of this prestigious recognition from Bloomington Gold,” said Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode.
The official induction ceremony will be part of the popular Bloomington Gold event held on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Ill., June 27-29.
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