Bob Hardt-NCM Ambassador
After receiving the attached letter by e-mail, Kent Cartner of our Official C5 Registry
put out the challenge to the rest of us on the C5net to try to raise $5,000 for the land
purchase that Wendell Strode, the Executive Director, explains in the letter below. I am
happy to report that this goal was exceeded and that the C5 members on the C5net have sent
in over $10,500 to the National Corvette Museum. Our fellow Corvette enthusiasts, the C5
Fighter Squadron, have responded to our challenge to be the #1 club responding to this
need and as I write this, they have probably surpassed us by several thousands of dollars.
I have contact with one of their members, who has leaked me this information.
The C5 Fighter Squadron is a small group of Corvette enthusiasts with a big heart for NCM,
being responsible for the NCM website and other fund raisers for equipment needed at the
museum. I stuck my neck out and told him to enjoy their lead while they can, because we
have over 1000 members that have not heard about this need and what their fellow members
on the C5net have done. So, if you can see it to donate, please do.
Marty Cassidy at the NCM (1-800-53-VETTE) is the contact person and can answer any
questions that you may have. They can also take donations over the telephone and charge
them to your credit card. As Wendells letter states, they are tax deductible. If you
decide to respond with a check, please make it out to NCM and mail to 350 Corvette Drive,
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-9134. Remember to mark your check or tell them over the
telephone, that this is for the Land Donation from the C5 Registry member, so we will
receive credit for the gift.
A side note from this, Kent has gotten Dan and Jake to agree to a the dash plaque at
the left for anyone making a donation of $50 or more. This bronze colored
plaque is one of the best in the collection! I know that if you have received a dash
plaque from any of the past events, that this is another incentive to give to such a great
cause. Own a piece of land at the National Corvette Museum and thank you for your
Official C5 Charter Member #V0022
National Corvette Museum Lifetime Member #2877
Wendell Strodes Letter
November 18, 1998
Dear Corvette Enthusiast,
Let me first thank you for all your past support of the National Corvette Museum. The
Museum recently celebrated its 4th Anniversary with our annual Corvette Celebration over
Labor Day Weekend. Some of our highlights included the first annual Corvette Hall of Fame,
the introduction of the 1999 Hardtop, seminars by Corvette engineers, an auction,
autocrossing, road tours and a rally, celebrity car show and just plain ole fun.
For those who were here and attended the board meeting or the membership meeting, you
heard our discussion concerning the 5th anniversary next year. The 1999 Corvette
Celebration and Caravan, with over 10,000 Corvettes estimated to participate, will be the
largest gathering of Corvettes ever! We also discussed our need to purchase the adjoining
real estate that we have been leasing. This property is crucial to any event that requires
parking for more than 300 cars. In addition to helping address our parking concerns, other
potential uses include a connected but freestanding Library, Archives and Educational
Center, a Corvette Diner, a larger car show area and a storage building.
We have finalized a contract to purchase 25 acres immediately behind the Museum and
adjoining our amphitheater to the south. The owner will finance 78% of the purchase price
with the closing scheduled in December. Our goal is to raise $176,000 for the down
payment. One member donated $3,000 Labor Day Weekend to start us toward our goal.
The purpose of this letter is to both keep you informed and to ask for your help.
First, we ask you to become a member. You may also want to consider purchasing a
commemorative brick for yourself or someone special.
We also ask you to consider making a special donation to the Museum. All donations will
be placed in a restricted account for the specific purpose of this land acquisition. The
National Corvette Museum is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation and all contributions
are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Your contribution may be made by means other than cash. Many of you may have
appreciated assets, such as stocks, bonds, cars or real estate, and making a donation of
these assets to the Museum may provide substantial tax savings to you. Perhaps you heard
about Andy and Bethany Roderick donating shares of stock valued at over $20,000 in two
publicly traded companies or Al Clough donating his 1957 Convertible to the Museum. We
have procedures in place that will accommodate donations of your appreciated assets to the
The strength of the Museum is the combined strength of our membership. We hope you will
become part of our membership and help achieve our mission as the National Corvette
Our mission is one of celebration - a celebration of the invention of Americas
Sports Car, the Chevrolet Corvette. Our mission is also one of hope a hope that we
will indeed preserve the past, present and future of this legendary car. It is through you
that our hope is realized and our mission achieved.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thank you for your
consideration and your contribution!