Chevrolet Corvette Signature Car Serves as Centerpiece for
Dealer Hosted Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations

Special Vehicle To Be Signed By Local Celebrities, Athletes, And Dignitaries
To Help Support Make-A-Wish Children Around The
Country

DETROIT - Before the Olympic Flame arrives in hundreds of cities across the country during the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, the Chevrolet Corvette Signature Car will provide an opportunity for individuals and local communities to support America's drive to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and help make wishes come true for children across the country.

The Chevrolet Corvette Signature Car is a specially decaled Corvette Z06 show car that will travel to more than 90 Chevrolet dealerships along the Torch Relay route one to five days before the Olympic Flame arrives in each city. A variety of local celebrities, athletes, community leaders and hometown heroes will be invited to sign the vehicle at dealer-hosted celebrations designed to generate community-wide excitement about the Torch Relay and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Each event will last approximately three hours. The Corvette Signature Car program starts in Atlanta on Nov. 29, 2001 and ends in Salt Lake City on Feb. 8, 2002.

At the conclusion of the relay, Chevrolet will display the Corvette Signature Car at Kimball Hall in Park City, Utah for the duration of the Winter Games. Spectators and participants from around the world will get the opportunity to view this one-of-a-kind vehicle. After the Olympic Flame is extinguished, Chevrolet will auction the Corvette Signature Car and contribute all proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The funds will be used to help grant the wishes of seriously ill children across the United States.

"The Corvette Signature Car program serves as a tangible symbol of the journey the Olympic Flame will take, the communities it will reach, and the lives it will touch," said Kurt Ritter, general manager of Chevrolet. "Through this program, Chevrolet will provide an opportunity for hometowns across the country to experience the spirit of the Olympic Games and show their support for the U.S. team."

A visual way to generate excitement for the arrival of the Olympic Flame, as well as a memento of the 65-day, 13,500 mile journey, the specially-detailed, Corvette Signature Car is wrapped with an adhesive vinyl featuring digital graphics that showcase Olympic athletes associated with the winter National Governing Bodies (NGBs) that Chevrolet supports, including figure skater Michelle Kwan and USA Hockey sensation, Cammi Granato.

The Corvette Signature Car will travel in a specially designed 48-foot gooseneck trailer. The full display includes an oversized, stand-up route map, display platform for the vehicle and a kiosk that provides a historical overview of the Corvette.

The Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, which begins in Atlanta, site of the 1996 Olympic Games, on Dec. 4, 2001, and ends in Salt Lake City on Feb. 8, 2002, will make its way to millions of Americans through the support of the Torch Relay caravan that includes a Chevrolet Z06 Corvette pace car, a TrailBlazer pilot vehicle, an Impala utility vehicle, the Avalanche command vehicle and a Suburban broom vehicle. The overall Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay convoy includes more than 150 Chevrolet cars and trucks, which will be used for advance operations, torchbearer shuttles, stage production trucks and support equipment. Chevrolet's fleet of cars and trucks will help to ensure the safe arrival of the Olympic Flame from city to city, and eventually into the Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City.

For nearly 50 years, the Corvette has had a special place in American culture. Beginning with the first Corvette to roll off the line in 1953, the Corvette has been a true American icon, setting the standards for sports cars around the world. The Corvette Z06, introduced in 2001, combines the legendary muscle of its predecessors with an all-new infusion of power. The 2002 Z06 is the quickest Corvette to date, with a high-performance suspension system featuring a larger front stabilizer bar, stiffer suspension for maximum performance and agility, and a 405 horsepower engine. Corvette is manufactured at the General Motors Assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Chevrolet Motor Division has a long history of supporting the spirit of the Olympic Games through partnerships with many sport national governing bodies, including the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, U.S. Figure Skating Association, U.S. Soccer Federation, USA Hockey and USA Triathlon.

Chevrolet is the largest division of General Motors, which is the official domestic automotive sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team through 2004. Headquartered in Detroit, Chevrolet fulfills the transportation needs of more than 36 million Americans daily - more than any other manufacturer
- and offers the broadest lineup of cars, trucks and vans in the industry. For more information visit www.chevy.com

Kristy Kowal, 2000 Olympic silver medalist, signs the Chevrolet Corvette that will accompany the Olympic torch on its nationwide relay at Brack Rowe Chevrolet dealership in Athens, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. A host of other local celebrities were also on hand to add their signatures to the car which will be auctioned off to charity at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Athens is the starting point for the relay. (Photo/John Amis)
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Olga Korbut signs her name on the Corvette Signature Car duing a ceremony, Thursday, November 29, 2001 in Atlanta as part of the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration to show support for America's drive to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the official pace car of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay. The Corvette Signature Car will travel to more than 90 Chevrolet dealerships across the country, collecting signatures from hundreds of local and national celebrities along the way. After the Relay, Chevrolet will display the Corvette Signature Car at Kimball Hall in Park City, Utah then auction the vehicle on eBay and donate the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo: Gregory Smith
Vince Dooley, athletic director of University of Georgia, looks up from signing the Chevrolet Corvette that will accompany the Olympic torch on its nationwide relay at Brack Rowe Chevrolet dealership in Athens, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. A host of other local celebrities were also on hand to add their signatures to the car which will be auctioned off to charity at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Athens is the starting point for the relay. (Photo/John Amis)

 

Bob Beamon, was invited to sign his name on a special Corvette at Maroone Chevrolet in Miami, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001. Beamon won the 1968 Olympic Gold medal in long jump and set a new world record at 29' 2 1/2" and broke the old mark by two feet. The Corvette Z06 is the offical pace car of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay. The Corvette signature car will travel to more than 90 Chevrolet dealerships across the country. (Photo: Steve Mitchell)

 

Atlanta-area athletes and dignitaries pose with the Corvette Signature Car after a signing ceremony, Thursday, November 29, 2001 in Atlanta as part of the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration to show support for America's drive to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, (l-r) Brenda Wood, Anchor WXIA channel 11 NBC; Craig Perlow, 2002 Olympic Torch bearer; Johnny O'Connell, Corvette C5-R racing team; Cindy Parlow, Atlanta Beat; Donna Fowler, 2002 Olympic Torch bearer; Olga Korbut, Olympic gold medalist; Doug McIntyre, General Manager, Jim Ellis Chevrolet; Jeff Tucker, 1980 men's luge team member; Dwight Bell, Chef de Mission for the U.S. Winter Olympic Team, and Calvin Hughes, WGCL Anchor, CBS. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the official pace car of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay. The Corvette Signature Car will travel to more than 90 Chevrolet dealerships across the country, collecting signatures from hundreds of local and national celebrities along the way. After the Relay, Chevrolet will display the Corvette Signature Car at Kimball Hall in Park City, Utah then auction the vehicle on eBay and donate the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo/Gregory Smith)

 

 

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