[VIDEO] Corvette Museum Will Add Car Preservation to Tour Experience


Just when you think it can’t get any better at the National Corvette Museum, the folks up in Bowling Green come up with another great new idea.

We can’t wait to see the recently opened exhibit about the sinkhole, and now comes word that the NCM is remodeling an area that will focus on the care and maintenance of their classic car collection that has now climbed to 72!

Best of all, visitors like you and me will be able to watch work in progress on the classic Corvettes, and if we go on the right day and time even interact and ask questions.

The museum’s new maintenance and car preservation Area will also host seminars and training classes on car care, maintenance, and basic mechanics.

“Several years ago we started offering a ‘Powder Puff Mechanics’ class for Girl Scouts and anyone who wanted to become better educated about what’s under the hood of their car as well as how to be a better automotive consumer,” said Katie Frassinelli, Marketing and Communications Manager. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to offer classes like that on a regular basis, as well as seminars during our events and other hands-on offerings.”

Daniel Decker, whose passion since he was a kid has been working on cars, is in charge of keeping the NCM car collection up and running.

“Some of the cars that were donated did not run when we received them, so we are excited that Daniel Decker was able to bring them all back to running condition,” added Frassinelli. “Each of the cars is now on a maintenance rotation so we can stay on top of the proper upkeep of the cars.”

We love Daniel’s enthusiasm.

“When we got here, I began looking under car covers and I got excited,” he said. “I came across a ’59 that had no brakes and wouldn’t start. I got to work on that one, and it’s my favorite at the moment.”

[VIDEO] Corvette Museum Will Add Car Preservation to Tour Experience
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He’ll also be overseeing the repairs to the 1962 black Corvette that fell into the sinkhole in February 2014, and visitors to the museum will be able to look on.

“It’s going to be pretty awesome to work on the 1962, and it’s a real big honor to be able to do the work, to bring it back to life from the sinkhole,” said Daniel, who thinks it will take about a year to do the work. “We want to do it right. The fiberglass really needs to set and cure so it doesn’t shrink later. We want the car to look immaculate.”

You can help the museum with the construction costs of the Maintenance and Preservation Area by making a contribution to a Go Fund Me campaign that hopes to raise $100,000. Contributions are tax deductible and can be made online at www.gofundme.com/preservecorvette.

“We’ve never really done a campaign like this before, but given the fact that we are here to preserve the history of America’s Sports Car, we really wanted to add this new aspect to the Museum experience,” said Frassinelli. “Every little bit helps reach our goal, and helping spread the word is equally important. We hope everyone will join us in making this project successful.”

We can’t wait to see this latest effort of the museum, which seems to be gathering steam with every passing day.

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