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Corvette Celebration

Sixty Years and Going Strong

Story provided - January 17, 2013 10:00 AM

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CERV I, which derives its name from Corvette Engineering Racing Vehicle, was the first mid-engine prototype and a featured exhibit at MY Garage in Effingham, Illinois.

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Another exhibit usually seen at MY Garage at Mid America Motorworks, this is the 1964 New York World’s Fair car.

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This 1963 Grand Sport racer had many famous names holding the steering wheel in its days of competition.

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The “Sundowner” terrorized the salt and held the distinction as the world’s fastest passenger car in 1982 (240 mph).

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1959 Corvette Italia by Scaglietti.

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EX-122, the very first Corvette.

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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette, “America’s Sports Car”, the Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting two days of entertaining events and educational exhibits.

On March 1 and 2, the Petersen will be filled with fabulous Corvette race cars, historic concept cars and rare production models, along with experts and icons from Corvette’s 60-year history.

Highlights of the event will include a Corvette 60th anniversary gala. The evening features cocktails, dinner, a memorabilia auction and panel discussion with some of the biggest names in Corvette history, who will share their unique perspectives on the impact this special car has made by answering the question “What does the Corvette mean to you?”

There will be 500 Corvettes at the Corvette Day car show, held in the Petersen parking structure from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Registered participants will receive a limited edition commemorative medallion made especially for this event, courtesy of Mid America Motorworks.

There will be a Corvette valuation seminar to gauge the car’s current value and projected worth in the future. Several legendary figures from Corvette racing history will talk about the car’s illustrious racing heritage. You will be able to learn restoration tips and techniques from pros on hand.

An exhibit inside the museum will feature the rarest and finest examples from each generation of Corvette, including the very first Corvette, “EX-122”.

“When the Corvette was first introduced as a concept, the public went wild for its beautiful curves and the carefree lifestyle that it represented. That enthusiasm hasn’t waned. Sixty years later, it is stronger than ever,” said Leslie Kendall, chief curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Corvette Day sponsors include Mid America Motorworks, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Corvette Mike, Intercity Lines Inc. and Fender Guitar. Two very special Corvettes will come from Mid America Motorworks for the display – CERV I and the 1964 New York World’s Fair car. “Mid America Motorworks’ relationship with the Petersen Museum goes back many years. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Petersen and the Corvette community of Greater California for Corvette’s 60th anniversary. There’s no better place to celebrate America’s Sports Car,” said Mike Yager, founder of Mid America Motorworks.

Proceeds from Corvette Day activities will go toward supporting the Petersen Automotive Museum’s educational programming. Tickets and information is available at www.CorvetteDay.org. Some events have limited availability and may sell out.

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