TACOMA, Wash. (July, 15, 2013) — Beginning Friday, Aug. 9, LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) will recount the six-decade evolution of the Chevrolet Corvette, a sports car whose iconic styling and performance will be showcased in the museum’s new “60 Years of Vette” exhibit that will run through the end of the year.
The Corvette is Americana; its power, speed and matchless design are ingrained into our culture,” says ACM President and CEO David Madeira. “America’s quintessential sports car belongs at America’s Car Museum, and thanks to General Motors and the Northwest Chevy Dealers, we’re able to showcase all seven generations of this supreme symbol of performance.”
The museum, a four-level, 165,000 sq. ft. structure overlooking the waterway in Tacoma, Wash., recently celebrated its first anniversary with the debut of “The NASCAR Story” exhibit. Now ACM is set to explore the evolution of Corvette, which first established its reputation as a leader in technology, design and performance when its sleek, fiberglass bodied concept was introduced at the GM Motorama exposition in New York City on January 17, 1953. Sixty years later, nearly 1.6 million Corvettes have been produced, including the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the latest vehicle to become part of the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car.
“Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM Global Vice President, Design. “We knew we couldn’t use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over.”
The Aug. 9 – 11 opening weekend at ACM will include an array of festivities, including a GM product display and a special showing of three of the most important concept cars in Corvette’s history – the 1959 Stingray Racer, 1961 Mako Shark and 1965 Manta Ray. The historic vehicles are on loan from the GM Heritage Center in Michigan, which will immediately ship them south to participate in the Pebble Beach Concours the following weekend. Additionally,Aug. 9 will feature the “public unveiling” of the concept cars at 10:15 a.m., the first 500 museum attendees will receive a free Corvette-ACM poster and the “500 Corvettes” enthusiast group on the museum’s Haub show field from 2 – 8 p.m.
Additional opening weekend festivities include:
- Extended hours until 8 p.m. on Friday, August 9
- Chevy product displays on Anderson Plaza
- The arrival of the ‘500 Corvettes’ enthusiast group – and their impressive collection of ‘vettes – on Haub Family Field from 2 – 8 p.m. on August 9
- Member-only VIP Lounge and Happy Hour in Club Auto from 5 – 8 p.m. on August 9
Visitors looking to start the celebrations early are invited to join us Thursday, August 8 for:
- Cruise In on Anderson Plaza (Featuring the Budweiser Clydesdale Horse Team!)
- Movie night showing of ‘Corvette Summer’ in Club Auto
About America’s Car Museum (www.lemaymuseum.org)
State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened June 2, 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theater, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To get information on museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.