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Elfi Arkus-Duntov: 1915-2008

by Keith Cornett on October 25, 2008

Elfi and Zora Arkus-Duntov

If Zora Arkus-Duntov is considered the “Father of the Corvette”, then his wife Elfi was most certainly Corvette’s First Lady. The National Corvette Museum announced that Elfi Arkus-Duntov passed away on October 23, 2008 at St. John’s Hospital in Detroit. She had been hospitalized there for several weeks with a severe leg infection.

The former dancer from the Folies Bergere in Paris was 93 going on 19. Together, she and Zora personified the performance and allure of the early Corvettes. Even well into their years, the pair had an energy and spark that infected everyone around them. Now they can be together again.

Funeral arrangements are pending and additional information will be made available via the Museum. Elfi will be cremated and her ashes will be joined with Zora’s as part of the current tribute inside the Museum.


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National Corvette Museum
Photo Credit: Corvette Owners Club

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NASCAR’s Hendricks Team Perk: Corvette ZR1s for Everyone!

by Keith Cornett on September 19, 2008

Hendricks Motorsports Corvette ZR1s

Corvette Conti brings us the news that NASCAR’s Hendricks Motorsports team was at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green this week to take delivery of five 2009 Corvette ZR1s. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon were in attendance as well as Rich Hendricks. One of the Corvettes is also going to Dale Jr, but he wasn’t available to make the trip. At $120K a pop, that’s a serious perk!

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Top Photo Credit: Corvette Forum Member 2TONE82

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Corvette Museum to Build Raceway

by Keith Cornett on May 21, 2008

The National Corvette Museum
The National Corvette Museum has recently purchased an additional 70 acres of land off Grimes Lane, near Porter Pike where they intend to build a motorplex park. The park will include a 1.5 mile drag strip, autocross track and a road course that will be used for the NCM’s driving school as well as other events hosted by the museum.The BGDailyNews.com reported that the cost of the land is being financed by the owners and construction of the estimated $2.5 million motorplex will not begin until the money has been raised and is in the bank. That’s good financial news considering the NCM is in the middle of a $10 million expansion of their current facility which will add a library and historical archives, meeting rooms and provide for additional parking. One of the creative fundraising ideas is to allow the “purchase” of an acre with the buyer receiving a fake deed. Naming rights for the facility are also being considered. Driving events at the Museum are currently coordinated with Beech Bend Raceway but due to the busy racing schedule, only about four NCM events are held there during the course of the year. NCM Director Wendall Strode says the new motorplex will not compete with Beech Bend. The Museum also currently has a certified driving instructor on the payroll. Ray Linkov currently serves as Events Manager for the Museum and with the addition of the motorplex, a whole slate of new driving and track events will probably be in the works.
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BGDailyNews.com via Kerbeck Corvette Blog Related:
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Fittipaldi Leaves Mark at the Corvette Assembly Plant

by Keith Cornett on March 11, 2008

30th Anniversary Corvette Pace Car

Emerson Fittipaldi was in Bowling Green to make his mark on the limited edition 2008 Corvette Indy Pace Cars. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and driver of this year’s official Pace car is signing and numbering each of the 500 30th Anniversary pace car replicas.

That’s great news for those waiting to place their orders as Fittipaldi’s visit leads to the conclusion that GM has production well underway. We know from recent reports that the 2008 Corvette Pace Car has been entered into the dealer’s ordering system but as of last week there were 0 allocations.

The 30th Anniversary Pace Car will be available in both Coupe and Convertible configurations as well as your choice of a 6-speed manual or paddle shift automatic. Unlike last year’s limited edition Pace Car that was produced after the race, GM has promised these Corvettes will be ready for customers prior to the May 25th race day.

While Fittipaldi was in Bowling Green, he stopped in at the National Corvette Museum for lunch and a guided tour. Fittipaldi said, “This is my first time to the plant and Museum and I can feel the passion for this sports car. The new Pace Cars are beautiful and so much fun to drive. What a muscle car the Corvette is.”

Like the 427 Edition Z06 that opened for orders last week, there will be demand for the 30th Anniversary Pace Cars so you better get in line now. It’s my opinion that this is the best looking Pace Car since the original. For ordering information visit Kerbeck Corvette.


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National Corvette Museum

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NCM Auctioning Unique Zora Collectible Hot Wheel Corvette

by Keith Cornett on February 7, 2008

Zora Hot Wheels CollectibleThe National Corvette Museum’s eBay auctions are a great way to donate well-needed funds to the museum while getting the parts you need for your Corvette, but occasionally they throw a neat collectible up there as is the case this week. For those of you into collecting die-casts and miniature Corvettes, the NCM is offering a Hot Wheels Hall of Fame Legends Corvette that was created as part of the commemorative 35th anniversary series. The Hot Wheels 1:64 model appears to be a 1956 SR-2 with its signature fin. The packaging shows Corvette’s first chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov and is autographed by his wife Elfi Arkus-Duntov.

At the writing of this post, the current bid is $53.50. The auction closes on February 13th and the proceeds go to support the National Corvette Museum.

Click here for auction details.


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National Corvette Museum

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2009 Corvette ZR1 Appearance Scheduled for C5/C6 NCM Bash

by Keith Cornett on January 10, 2008

2009 Corvette ZR1

Unless you happen to be in Detroit next week, your chances of seeing the new 2009 Corvette ZR1 live and in person will be slim to none. The good news is that the new King of the Hill will be the star attraction at this year’s C5/C6 bash at the National Corvette Museum in late April. The annual bash is where the new 2009 Corvettes are introduced to the faithful, complete with walk-arounds and introductions from Corvette’s engineers and managers.

The C5/C6 Bash is planned for April 24-26 at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Make your plans to see the new Corvette ZR1 in person by registering online.


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National Corvette Museum

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Corvette’s 2008 Indy Pace Car Unveiling Date Set

by Keith Cornett on December 12, 2007

The Corvette has been chosen yet again to pace the world’s greatest race, the Indianapolis 500. On December 27th the curtain will be raised on the 2008 design and you can be there as part of a National Corvette Museum fundraiser. The NCM was given 19 tickets to the event and they are being sold for $100 each. The ticket admits you to the Indiana Convention Center/RCA Dome in Indianapolis to witness the unveiling of the newest Corvette pace car. The event also includes a Chevrolet Exhibit with displays of a Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, a Camaro Convertible and of course the 2008 Indianapolis Pace Car. There is also mention of a surprise display called the Flying Corvette. We will have to wait and see what that is all about. Finally lunch will be provided to participants in the ballroom, which is your chance to “mix and mingle” with representatives from GM and Chevrolet. Tickets to the event can be reserved at the National Corvette Museum’s website. Click here for details. Related:
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Corvette Museum’s $9 Million Expansion Begins

by Keith Cornett on November 28, 2007

Expansion Plans for the National Corvette MuseumThe National Corvette Museum has begun work on the $9 million expansion with hopes that it will be completed in time for the 15th anniversary celebration during 2009′s Labor Day weekend. The expansion with add 47,000 square feet to the existing 60,000 square foot facility and the new space will include the library/archives, an expanded gift shop and a conference center capable of seating 400 people. Part of expansion will also be used for inspection, display and pickup of Corvettes for the popular R8C Museum Delivery option. The museum’s director Wendell Strode said bids for the work should be awarded by February with work beginning in March. Over 140,000 people visit the National Corvette Museum and the hope is the new expansion will increase attendance by 10%. The addition of the Library and Archives is the most important component of the expansion as it will serve as the primary repository for historical Corvette related memorabilia, literature, art and research documents. According to the Museum, the main emphasis will be for preservation and education of these materials. The Museum has also been asked to store a significant amount of materials from the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS).
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Kentucky.com Related:
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Video: Building the Last C4 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on November 2, 2007

A friend of mine sent me this video which tells the story of the assembly of the last C4 Corvette, 1996′s VIN 21,477. The Corvette was purchased by Mid America Motorwork’s Mike Yager who was able to follow the corvette down the line as it was being assembled. Mike talked and joked with the workers and he encourged them to leave their signature somewhere on the car. The Corvette still resides in Mike’s collection to this day.


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The 2007 Corvette unveiling at the NCM last year.One of the largest gatherings of Corvette owners and enthusiasts is held annually at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green in what is dubbed the C5/C6 Bash. This year’s event, to be held April 26-28th, will include the unveiling of the 2008 Corvette by Chevrolet’s Tom Wallace and Tadge Juechter. Several 2008 Corvette models will be onsite and Tom, Tadge and other Chevrolet and Corvette notables will introduce the changes coming to the new model. The 2008 will have the most enhancements to the C6 generation since its introduction in 2004. The Corvette Museum will offer pre-registered guests the opportunity to be entered into a special drawing to win a “Ride Along” in one of the special 2008 display cars. Pre-register for the C5/C6 Corvette Bash event scheduled for April 26-28 at the National Corvette Museum’s website. Pre-registration ends Sunday, April 16.
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National Corvette Museum Related:
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