Happy New Year! Lots of things to look forward to as we ring in the year marking the 70th anniversary of Corvette but let me begin by acknowledging Curtis and Janie Russel for answering the call of my December report and becoming Winner’s Circle Donors to the NCM! Their generous contribution will help support the work of the NCM as well as provide the Russel’s with special access to events. They will also be taking Museum delivery of their new Corvette that they were able to order through our major sponsor, Bayway Chevrolet. They have been added to the donor recognition section of our NCM participation page on our website located at Space City Corvette Club - NCM. Please check out the page to verify that your participation with the NCM is accurate. If not, it can be modified in your user profile or by dropping me a note.
In just a few days (January 17th), The Corvette officially turns 70 years old. This day will completely overshadow by birthday which coincidentally is same day, but a MUCH later year I might add. To help commemorate this hallmark year, the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of America’s Sports Car is arriving mailboxes of members of the NCM and contains several articles about the 1953 corvette including one written by me entitled “Class of 1953, where are you now?”. Birthday present enough for me to have my name listed as Contributing Writer.
Also on January 17, NBC will air a short exposé on their news and cable outlets in a segment called “then and now” to showcase the significance of the unveiling of the first Corvette. I have been interviewed as part of this segment. It airs at 8EST/7CST on the 17th and will be available online after it shows.
This will also be a great year for Corvettes in car shows. The Chevy-Corvette Expo takes place in Galveston on March 18-19. Register directly with the sponsor, but please also note your registration on our site. We have 10 registries thus far.
As I have mentioned before, I am influencing Keels and Wheels to highlight the 70th anniversary. Brian Baker will make a presentation bring artifacts from the museum and I spoke with Sharon Brawner, President of NCM on Friday and she has confirmed her attendance. We are planning a meet and greet for the Thursday or Friday evening before the show, so stay tuned for details. I am also working on discounted tickets for Club Members so mark your calendars for the first weekend in May!
The first Corvette raffle of 2023 will be drawn on January 9th. Let me know if I can help you with tickets this year. A new page has been created on our club site which will have the raffle dates as well as my reports to membership. It can be found in the members section after logging on. I have posted this report on Facebook as I have done in the past, but plan to only post a reminder and use the club site as the primary location for future reports.
Let’s continue the 70-year anniversary celebration all year as proud corvette owners. I can’t wait until our own Spring show and the 4th of July parade to really show our appreciation and pride in this iconic car that bring us all together!
Thank you for your support and for allowing me to be your Ambassador.