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NCM Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

From the July, 2011 issue of Vette

By Team Vette

Photography by National Corvette Museum

The National Corvette Museum (NCM) has announced the latest inductees into its Corvette Hall of Fame: Corvette Racing driver Ron Fellows, GM designer Clare “Mac” MacKichan, and NCM Lifetime Member No. 001 Ray Quinlan. The three men will be recognized for their contributions to the past, present, and future of Corvette.

Posted ImageRon Fellows

Fellows’ impressive skill as a driver for the Corvette Racing team earned him the respect of Corvette fans everywhere. His 27 wins, three ALMS championships, and two wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with his unprecedented four consecutive Most Popular Driver awards from ALMS fans, testify to his track record of success. Although he hasn’t raced full-time for the factory team since 2008, he remains one of the most recognizable, respected, and popular personalities to ever represent Corvette’s racing heritage. He currently serves as an advisor to the GM/Pratt & Miller factory team and as an ambassador for Corvette in general, showing up at races, Corvette Corrals, Corvette functions and charities, and often auctioning off passes to the Ron Fellows Driving School for worthwhile causes.

Posted ImageClare “Mac” MacKichan

As Chief Designer of the Chevrolet Studio, General Motors Design Staff, MacKichan was instrumental in the design of all Chevrolets built in the mid-20th century. His duties covered the design of all Corvettes built from 1953 through the early ’60s, including the 1954 Waldorf show cars. While he didn’t always work on the Corvette brand, he continued to own one and participate in many Corvette activities, appearing and speaking at car shows and events all over the country. He even decorated his office with discarded Corvette parts. His award will be presented posthumously and accepted on his behalf by his daughter, Carol Runkle.

Posted ImageRay Quinlan

Quinlan was probably the first NCM supporter, and the Museum might not be where it is today without the assistance of Lifetime Member No. 001. When the idea of a Corvette Library and Archives was first proposed, Quinlan volunteered to donate his ’53 edition if the plans were expanded to also incorporate a Corvette museum. Today, every visitor passing through the halls of the NCM hears the story of how Quinlan’s donation helped give rise to the facility. His award will be presented posthumously and accepted on his behalf by his daughter, Peggy Ishcomber.

The 2011 Hall of Fame honorees will be inducted during a ceremony and banquet on Friday, September 2. Their induction will take place as part of the museum’s 17th Anniversary Corvette Celebration festivities on September 1-3. For more information, visit www.corvettemuseum.com.

:3gears: WTG Ron!

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First they make a special edition in his honor, now gonna be a HoF'r, what next the Key to the Museum??? No to bad for a Canuck, eh...congrats Ron!

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First they make a special edition in his honor, now gonna be a HoF'r, what next the Key to the Museum??? No to bad for a Canuck, eh...congrats Ron!

Canuck eh........ :lol
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:popcorn: New batch of HOF'ers announced!

Corvette's Best Adds Four More to the Roster

2012 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The National Corvette Museum announced the following inductees to be recognized at the Museum's 18th Anniversary event as part of the 15th Annual Corvette Hall of Fame Ceremony in 2012:

Gary Claudio in the category of GM/Chevrolet; Patrick Dolan in the category of Corvette enthusiast/historian; Bob McDorman also in the category of Corvette enthusiast/historian; and Andy Pilgrim, a champion driver for Corvette Racing.

Gary Claudio 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.

Patrick Dolan has been very active in NCCC, serving as VP of Competition, President and Director of Charity. He is a founding member of the NCM and was present at the first general meeting in Cypress Gardens, FL in January 1989.

Bob McDorman 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 2007, 2010 Bloomington Gold "Great Hall" Inductee and numerous other humanitarian and achievement awards.

Andy Pilgrim joined Corvette Racing in 1999, earning his first victory with teammate Ron Fellows at Texas Motor Speedway in 2000 and in 2001 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 fundraising golf outings, and he continues to serve as an instructor at our HPDEs.

The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, August 31, 2012


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