It's time for a celebration. Hot on the heels of the debut of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at the North American International Auto Show last month, the Petersen Automotive Museum has planned a series of events highlighting this American icon.
The Chevrolet Corvette anniversary tribute begins on February 27th, 2013 with an exhibit featuring 20 classic Corvettes representing various models, concept cars and one of a kind customs. Some of the Corvettes include:
- 1953 EX-122: First Corvette shown to the public
- 1956 SR2: Experimental race car
- 1959 Corvette Italia by Scaglietti: Italian masterpiece rendered in aluminum
- 1960 CERV I: First mid-engine prototype
- 1964 “World’s Fair” Corvette: Customized by GM for the New York World’s Fair
- 1963 Grand Sport and 1968 “Sundowner” Bonneville Racer: Driven by many famous racers including Dick Doane, John Mecom, Alan Sevadjian, Auggie Pabst, Jim Hall, A.J. Foyt and John Cannon
The most anticipated event of the weekend (March 1-2, 2013) is the 60th Anniversary Gala featuring speaker Kirk Bennion, the Exterior Design Manager of the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray. The even will mark the West Coast unveiling of the vehicle which will be available for viewing during the Corvette Day car showcase on March 2.
On March 2, 2013 the museum needs your help to fill its 500-space parking structure with models from all eras. Admission is included with the standard museum entry fee.All Corvette Day proceeds will benefit the museum's education program.
This is just the beginning. Since the first Corvette rolled off an assembly line in Flint, Michigan, on June 30, 1953, the car has become an American icon, and hard-core enthusiasts will commemorate its anniversary accordingly.