Bob McDorman has been in love with cars since he was just a kid.
Now he’s sharing that enthusiasm with the public in a big way.
McDorman, a familiar face in the Corvette world thanks to his nearly half a century as a Chevrolet dealer, opened the Bob McDorman Automotive Museum in Canal Winchester, Ohio on the Fourth of July.
When we think of Corvettes, we naturally think first of the National Corvette Museum.
But that’s not the only place you’ll find rare Corvettes on display.
Mercury Marine – which built the 5.7-liter, 375-hp LT5 engine that powered the legendary C4 ZR-1 in the late 1980s and early 1990s – marked its 75th anniversary with the opening of a museum in Fond du Lac, Wis.
Naturally, that museum features a prime example of the ZR-1 Corvette, done in a sinister black with its hood up to show off the LT5 engine.
One of our happy places, The Lingenfelter Collection, will be holding their annual fall open house coming up on Saturday, October 12th. Festivities will run from 10am to 5pm. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, proceeds from the event will go to the Shades of Pink Foundation which helps ease the financial burden of a breast cancer diagnosis.
At the Corvette Museum’s 2010 C5/C6 Bash, GM unveiled a special 2011 Corvette Z06 that was a tribute to Corvette’s 50th Anniversary of racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Painted white with blue racing stripes, the Z06 Corvette matches the livery of the 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette that won its class and finished 8th overall. The NCM announced today that the 2011 Le Mans Anniversary Corvette Z06 will be auctioned next week at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and the proceeds will go to the NCM’s planned 500-acre motorsports park.
How well are sales going for the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport? “Over half of the coupes and three-quarters of the Convertibles are being ordered as Grand Sports” said Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Marketing Manager for GM. National Corvette Museum Board Member and Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Bob Parcell said the Grand Sport has become the “most popular model of Corvette and overall Corvette sales are up this year.” As a result the Grand Sport will be featured by the National Corvette Museum as their fund raising raffles says Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. “We thought we’d follow the trend and offer more of what customers are wanting.”
Thousands of people each year come to the Chevrolet Corvette Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky & the nearby Corvette National Museum to get an inside look at the great American sports car.
Corvette owners can actually watch their vehicle in the process of being built and document its progress as it moves along the line. In many cases, the new owner can actually be the very first person to start it up!
Corvettes = Pride. From the company to the assembly workers to the owners taking delivery. This is where quality starts.
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One of the more popular fundraisers for The National Corvette Museum is their new Corvette raffles. I wanted to make sure to highlight this raffle coming up on Thursday as the entry price is something we can all afford. This 2010 Torch Red Corvette is being offered for just $10/ticket. And this isn’t some stripped down base model either. This Corvette features the 3LT package and includes delivery at the museum. Check out the Corvette’s specs after the jump and follow the links to order your tickets.
For those of us who were wondering what became of the #002 Grand Sport Corvette following its failure to sell at RM’s Arizona auction earlier this year, we learned today the former racer has found a new home at one of the premiere automotive racing museums in the country, the Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia.