The National Corvette Museum: Heart of the Corvette Hobby
Museum Second Anniversary Celebration – circa 1996
Take a stroll through Corvette history with these images from 23 years ago- The National Corvette Museum Second Anniversary Celebration in 1996. The museum was a MUCH smaller place in 1996! No Motorsports Park, grand entrance, restaurant, offices, library, etc….
Please enjoy these images from almost a quarter-century ago!
The National Corvette Museum (original) Main Entrance
Special Corvette Parking outside the old Main Entrance
Corvettes on display when the museum opened
The original museum design did not feature an overabundance of display space for Corvettes. Money was very tight in the early years. There were no big corporate contributors and Chevrolet was busy trying to ensure that the Corvette itself continued to be built! It was through mostly determination and some compromises that the museum was even built. These were among the first cars displayed.
The Aero Vette
Aero Vette with the gullwing doors open
The rear-engine Aero Vette
The CERV 1
Nose of the CERV-1
The Callaway Sledgehammer
Callaway Sledgehammer Engine Bay
A line of Indianapolis 500 Corvette Pace Cars- 1995, 1986 and 1978
Model of the Chevrolet Corporation President Jim Perkins
Interior of the PPG Paint Corvette Pace Car
Gary Mortimer’s original owner 1963 Corvette Fuelie
The rear of the Mortimer’s 1963 Split Window Coupe
Sal Carbone’s LT1 ZR1
The “Shark” body style looks GREAT from all angles!
1978 Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car
ZL1 Display Motor
The National Corvette Museum Today
The museum has expanded several times over the past 25 years and is a must-visit for anyone who calls himself or herself a fan of Corvettes. A few years ago, they opened the Motorsports Park only two miles away (but actually just across the highway)! The museum hosts their Anniversary Celebration yearly around Labor Day and includes caravans, The Hall of Fame Induction, Corvette displays, shows, cruises, seminars, a concert, dinners, and on and on…
While in Bowling Green, you must also see the Corvette Assembly Plant which is just north of the Museum. To fully appreciate all that the National Corvette Museum offers, please visit the National Corvette Museum online at www.corvettemuseum.org.
The National Corvette Museum (new) Main Entrance
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