Richard Hoffman loved Corvettes his whole life.
That’s why it’s not surprising that before he passed away in 2018, the longtime enthusiast told his family that he wanted to donate the last Corvette he ever purchased to the National Corvette Museum.
The Museum took delivery of the car recently during a ceremony that included Hoffman’s son, Derek, who handled the donation of his dad’s 2019 Ceramic Matrix Gray Grand Sport.
Derek wasn’t surprised about his father’s final wishes since he had been buying Corvettes since the 1960s and would even purchase a different one every few years.
“For him, he liked to be a very active person,” Derek told WBKO-TV. “He liked to live life in the fast lane. So the car was very representative of who he was.”
Derek says his dad grew up in a car family. “So for him, he was around Corvettes from when he was a little kid,” he said. “I think it was just an overall fascination with the brand and fast cars.”
Hoffman’s donation is likely one of the newest Corvettes donated so far to the NCM, and it was much appreciated by the organization.
“We frequently get cars that are donated in memory of someone, to help their legacy live on,” says Derek Moore, curator at the Museum, “and that’s one of the things that Derek has chosen to do with this donation is really have the legacy of his Dad live on here at the museum.”
Derek handed over the key fob to Moore during a ceremony at the Museum, as onlookers applauded the generous gift. “A car can, in many ways, represent someone’s identity,” Derek explained. “(Dad) had a big heart on the inside just like this engine has a big rumble.”
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