Every year, the National Corvette Museum inducts three or four special individuals into its Hall of Fame. When I attended the 17th Anniversary Celebration at the NCM on Labor Day 2011 weekend, I was privileged to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday night.
The inductees, or their representatives if the award is given posthumously, are present to receive their award. A brief speech is given, although in the case of Ron Fellows in 2011, it wasn’t that brief! Actually, Ron was great, and his fellow Corvette Racing Team members had great sport with him.
Banners, with stylized photos of all the winners down through the years, hang in the skydome of the museum, and are always available for viewing. In this photo, 2008 winner Reeves Callaway is shown.
The Museum recently announced the Hall of Fame inductees to be honored in summer 2012. From the competition side of things, Andy Pilgrim will be honored. The enthusiast winners are Patrick Dolan of the N.C.C.C. and Bob McDorman, whose massive car collection I have previously celebrated in several posts. From the factory side, the honoree is Gary Claudio.
Andy Pilgrim (shown at the right) joined Corvette Racing in 1999, earning his first victory with teammate Ron Fellows at Texas Motor Speedway in 2000. In 2001, he finished 2nd in GTS at Sebring and Le Mans, and was on the winning team for the Petit Le Mans in Atlanta. His support of the Museum included fund-raising golf outings, and he continues to serve as an instructor at our High Performance Driving Events.
Patrick Dolan (shown at the left) has been very active in the National Council of Corvette Clubs, serving as VP of Competition, President, and Director of Charity. He is a founding member of the NCM, and was present at the very first general meeting in Cypress Gardens, Florida, in January 1989.
Bob McDorman (shown at the right) has been a premier Corvette collector for over 50 years, and purchased his own Chevrolet dealership in 1965. In addition to being a Lifetime Member of the Museum, and big supporter of the Museum’s programs, he was awarded the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award in 1978 and in 2007. In 2010, Bloomington Gold inducted him into its "Great Hall," and he has received numerous other humanitarian and achievement awards. I posted several times (including here, here, and here) on McDorman’s car collection some years ago. It was fabulous at the time, but many units have now been auctioned off.
Gary Claudio (shown at the left) spent over 27 years at GM, starting in the Pontiac Division, but transferring to Chevrolet in 1998 as Manager of the Chevy Race Shop. He worked with Doug Fehan to develop the Corvette Race Program, securing original sponsors and obtaining funds for the program from Chevrolet management.
This should be another Hall of Fame ceremony worth attending!