We’ve told you for years about the generosity of the many enthusiasts who have donated their Corvettes and memorabilia to the National Corvette Museum.
In fact, owners have been so generous that the NCM decided last year to acquire an 8,000-square-foot facility next to existing Museum property to house the ever-growing collection.
On Wednesday, members of the Museum Board of Directors gathered to dedicate the Chuck, Sharon and Kimberlee Fast Collections Campus at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that also included a tour of the building.
Chuck and Sharon Fast say their late daughter Kim would be thrilled about the new facility, which sits on 7.5 acres that had originally been owned by the NCM. The building, located on Corvette Drive, had been the home of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge since 2002.
“Once we accomplished acquiring the building, (Dr.) Sean (Preston, president and CEO of the NCM) asked me if we would consider sponsoring the collections building itself,” says Chuck, who is a member of the Museum and Motorsports Park Boards. “I ran the idea by Sharon, and we decided this would be something our late daughter Kim would like to do or have named after her.”
Kim’s name is already familiar to Corvette enthusiasts as both the pavilion and entry road at the NCM Motorsports Park are named in her honor. Before her death, Kim had become an accomplished racer with her dad starting in the late ‘90s.
“Kim would be delighted with where the Museum is today, and she would definitely be one of the first to join the new driving club at the track, that I can guarantee,” Chuck says. “We would definitely have a car here and be part of the action over there. With the collections building we’ve already agreed that Kim’s Corvette (a 2004 that she got on her 30th birthday) will be coming here when something happens to either of us.”
Preston says the Museum is fortunate to have so many enthusiasts willing to donate so much memorabilia and artifacts that the current Library and Archives is busting at the seams.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Fast family, we now have a climate controlled, Museum-quality facility to house not only pieces of Corvette history, but also several of our team members who are the caretakers of these historic stories,” Preston said.
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