The National Corvette Museum is delaying the induction ceremony for four new members of the Hall of Fame until April 2021.
Originally, the NCM had planned to induct Doug Fehan (Racing); Henry Haga (GM/Chevrolet); Dr. Mike McCagh (Enthusiast); and Wendell Strode (Enthusiast) today as part of the 26th Anniversary Celebration (Sept. 4, 2020), but decided to delay the ceremony until next spring due to the pandemic.
Fehan has served as Corvette Racing Program Manager since the program’s debut in 1999, helping Corvette Racing capture their first Le Mans win in 2001. Since then, they’ve gone on to win 107 races, 12 manufacturers championships, and eight class victories at Le Mans, but through it all, Fehan has stressed that the fans are the most important members of the Corvette Racing team.
Haga’s is a name you may not have seen before, but he was instrumental in the early days of the Corvette. He began his career at the General Motors Design Staff in the experimental design studio, and after gaining experience in all five car division studios, he was named Chief Designer for Chevrolet Studio in 1963 and was responsible for the designs of the Corvette, Camaro, Monza, special show cars, and the early Chevy II.
Dr. McCagh may be a dermatologist by trade, but he is a dyed-in-the-wool car enthusiast. When his children were growing up, he would let them choose a car when they came of driving age – they chose a 1950 Chevrolet Convertible, a 1949 Chevrolet, a 1947 Chevrolet, and a 1957 truck. They still own all those vehicles today, by the way. McCagh is National Corvette Restorers Society member no. 14 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the group. He also has written many restoration and repair articles and is one of only 21 NCRS members to receive the Sam Folz Award, which recognizes the restoration, preservation and driving enjoyment of vintage Corvettes.
Strode is a familiar face to thousands of Corvette enthusiasts. In 1988, while working as a banker in Bowling Green, he heard that the NCRS was exploring the idea of a Corvette museum and contacted the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce with an idea to build the Museum there. He went on to lead a task force that secured a donation of 30 acres of land from private citizens and a commitment from the state to provide the road and utilities for the NCM. Before his recent retirement, Strode saw the NCM pay off its initial debut and also nearly double in physical size, add a world-class motorsports park in 2014, and grow in membership from 1,600 to nearly 36,000 members today.
The four new inductees will join 74 other individuals already named to the Corvette Hall of Fame.
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