Sometimes an interesting part of Corvette history isn’t always a Corvette.
Just ask Gabriele Webster and her husband, OJ.
These enthusiasts have been collecting Corvette memorabilia for years, but recently they came across something during an online search that probably caught them by surprise.
Up for sale were the #3 and #4 scooters that had been used by their respective C5-R Corvette Racing teams in the pits.
The Websters decided to buy #3 in December 2015 and received a signed certificate of authenticity, saying that the scooter had been used for two seasons by the Pratt & Miller Corvette team. It was even autographed by Program Manager Doug Fehan and three drivers, Max Papis, Andy Pilgrim, and Ron Fellows.
After having their fun with the scooter for two years, the Websters decided to try and sell it on the Web, where Adam Boca of the National Corvette Museum Insurance Agency saw their post.
“I’ve known the Websters since 1998 or 1999 through Museum events, and they’re members of the Museum,” said Adam. “I started off by commenting on her post – saying ‘that would be awesome as part of our collection.'”
Long story short, Gabriele decided to donate it to the NCM after a gentle request from Adam.
Museum Curator Derek Moore and Boca drove down to Montgomery, Ala., to get the scooter, and the Museum plans to include it in an exhibit called “Louis to Le Mans” about the history of Chevrolet Racing, opening in June.
Pilgrim remembers the scooters very well, making this comment:
“I remember we were all excited when the scooters showed up. I zoomed off on one and rode around for a few minutes. When I arrived back there was word going around that Doug Fehan didn’t want them disappearing for hours at a time, adding they were for marketing and team management. Fun over I thought. Later that day I was wandering around turn 3 and saw Kelly Collins and Franck Freon up there with the scooters. It was obvious to me one of them had been ‘dropped’ as we biker types say. In other words, someone had crashed it and it was scraped up on one side. I asked Kelly if he knew what had happened. We all looked at each other and nobody said a word. We could almost feel the wrath of ‘The Fehan’ from turn 3. When I got back to the trailer the scooters were already there. Amazingly, I never heard another word about it. I remained scared to this very day that Doug is just waiting for the right opportunity to delivery his lightning bolt.”
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