Beckham says: Add a visit to the Corvette assembly plant and museum to your New Year’s resolutions!

Some of us are dreaming of a white Christmas. Others are dreaming of what the soon-to-be-unveiled C-7 will look like and how it will handle.

In this the most dreamiest time of the year and at the dawn of a new generation of Corvette designs, we cruise down memory lane with a variety of guest bloggers and their Corvette dreams.

These 'Vette aficionados are not unlike Ralphie in "A Christmas Story," who dreamed of owning an "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!" Our "Red Ryder" is really a "red (or black, silver, yellow, you name it) rider."

The following post features the second installment from special guest blogger/Michiganian Charles Beckham. (See the first part here.) We met Charles at one of our recent Corvette Open Houses, right here at George Matick Chevrolet. Here, he shares his journey and love affair with the 'Vette.

"My journey reached a zenith this past summer when I took my 'bucket list' trip to Bowling Green, KY, to the Corvette assembly plant. It was there that I saw/experienced more ‘Vettes at one time than should be allowed for any Corvette owner – what a sight!

I then cruised down the road to the National Corvette Museum, which was yet another moving experience. The museum is an ultra-modern, futuristic-designed building (designed by a metro Detroit architectural firm, incidentally, called Neumann-Smith & Associates — a consulting client of mine in the 1990s).  Full of every model of Corvette, racing vehicles, stories, films and photos of individuals associated with this outstanding vehicle, the museum is a must-see!

I was most moved by its Hall of Fame. A special list (with photos) showcase men and women who have made significant contributions to the inception, development, engineering, racing and/or promotion of the Corvette.

I had the pleasure of working with three of them while I was a design engineer at Chevrolet Engineering in the mid 1970s.  They were Zora Arkus-Duntov, the first real chief engineer of the Corvette; Dave McClellan, who followed Arkus-Duntov as chief engineer; and Jim Ingles, head development engineer. Ingles and I worked together when we were both in the Camaro/Nova group before he transferred to the Corvette group. I learned a lot about vehicle development in terms of handling, noise, drivetrain, performance, etcc from him. It was a real thrill seeing these guys in the Hall of Fame – they deserve it.

Well, that’s my journey —42 great years of cruising with the roof off, music blasting, rushing my wife to the hospital for delivery of our first child, road trips and yes, one time hitting 145 mph on I-75 in Ohio – minus the Highway Patrol radar!"

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One Response to Beckham says: Add a visit to the Corvette assembly plant and museum to your New Year’s resolutions!

  1. Karen Jennings says:

    I’m glad to see that you are still a loyal General Motors consumer! I guess it’s in our blood. (K. Jennings)

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