Corvette Museum Celebrates Corvette’s Rocket-Man History

The National Corvette Museum is tasked with telling the on-going history of Corvette. A story that flows from a time when devoted men hand-assembled the first two-seater in a borrowed building in Flint, Michigan to a handful of men who carried their passion for speed to the moon and back.

Corvettes have always been a favorite of those with a need for speed, but when a band of rocket-men from NASA chose Corvettes as their terrestrial mode of transportation, it literally took Corvette’s appreciation out of this world. Alan Shepard started the trend when he drove a 1957 Corvette to the astronaut training base. Later, when he became the first American to travel in space on May 5, 1961, GM President Ed Cole gave him a new Corvette to honor his accomplishment.

This exhibit shows where we’ve gone since going to the moon and tells the story of where that transformative moment in history has led us. We’ll be looking at some stories about how one becomes an astronaut and look into how we landed on the moon, and how that is leading us into the future. – NCM Curator, Derek E. Moore

Many other astronauts have chosen Corvettes through the years and the NCM has chosen to assemble an exhibit that not only tells the story of Corvettes and their astronaut owners, but also shares the history of the space-race that influenced much of the styling and engineering of many cars throughout the decades. Titled, “From Gas Station to Space Station: How NASA Conquered Low Earth Orbit”, visitors to the NCM will enjoy the display of cars and artifacts in the Exhibit Hall of the museum. The exhibit will be running January 14th – July 30th, 2019.

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Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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