1981 Corvette Nicknamed the ‘Bowling Green Special’ Donated to the Corvette Museum

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1981 Corvette Nicknamed the Bowling Green Special Donated to the NCM
Photo Credit: National Corvette Museum


A Corvette is more than just a car to many enthusiasts.

Tom Myers of Florida believed that Corvettes were special from the time he was a young boy and promised himself that he would one day have one of the beautiful sports cars himself.

In fact, Tom went on to serve as the caretaker for more than 20 Corvettes, but his first one – a new two-tone silver and charcoal 1981 coupe that was one of the first made at the new Bowling Green Assembly Plant – always had a very special place in his heart.

When the National Corvette Museum’s Gary Cockriel talked about donating cars to the NCM during a Corvette club meeting, Tom was quick to go up and tell him he’d like one day to give them his very special ’81.

Sadly, that day came sooner than expected when Tom was diagnosed with cancer shortly after that meeting and eventually wound up succumbing to the disease in January.

But before he passed away, Tom received a visit from Gary in December to pass on his beloved Corvette to the Museum.

“He was very sick, very weak, but he was able to drive the car one last time and back it up the ramp of the trailer, which was fabulous. He was in the driveway and watched it get loaded. When it drove away, he had a tear in his eye, and he looked at me and said ‘they’re going to look after my baby.’ That was very important to him, that somebody was going to keep it in pristine shape,” said Marilyn Britt, Tom’s companion of nine years.

1981 Corvette Nicknamed the Bowling Green Special Donated to the NCM
Photo Credit: National Corvette Museum


Now his Corvette is proudly on display in the Skydome so that visitors to the Museum can celebrate Tom’s life. If you would like to discuss your own Corvette’s future with the NCM, contact Connie Russell at 270-467-8815 or email [email protected]


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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