On Thursday afternoon during Day 1 of the National Corvette Museum’s Bash event, the staff of the NCM and enthusiasts gathered at the Gateway entrance for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of its renovation.
At the beginning of the year, the Gateway’s floorplan was enlarged with the removal of a wall and divider near the Chevrolet Theater, thereby opening the area for more parking spaces of exhibits and other items for display.
As the Gateway is the entrance into the Museum, the Gateway exhibit now features a proper telling of the story of Harley J. Earl and the founding of the Corvette. Several displays show early sports cars and the first fiberglass bodied car built during the early 1950s.
The centerpiece of the Gateway exhibit is the cutaway 1953 No.3 chassis owned by Ed Foss and built by Kevin Mackay.
The Gateway renovation project was spearheaded by the Museum’s curator Derek Moore who also announced that Ed Foss and his wife Theresa were donating the oldest surviving Corvette chassis to the Corvette Museum where it will be a permanent member of the collection.
Our friend Jeremy Welborn captured the ribbon cutting ceremony for us and does a nice walk-through the new exhibit area so you can get a sense of the new Gateway following the restoration:
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