February 19, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Conrad – Kahn Media
2014 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY TO MAKE WEST COAST DEBUT AT THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
The newest Corvette will be introduced to the west coast at the 60th Anniversary Corvette Celebration, which is open to the public. The Stingray will be on display at the gala dinner, which will also feature a presentation and Q&A session by Corvette’s lead exterior designer.
The Petersen Automotive Museum will celebrate the 60th anniversary of “America’s Sports Car,” the Chevrolet Corvette, with an unforgettable tribute March 1-2, 2013. The most anticipated and significant event of the weekend is the 60th Anniversary Gala featuring speaker Kirk Bennion, the Exterior Design Manager of the Corvette C7 Stingray and the west coast unveiling of the vehicle. Bennion will discuss how the Stingray breaks from tradition, allowing industry experts and enthusiasts alike the rare opportunity to gain insight into the design process and ask questions about one of the most anticipated new vehicle debuts in recent memory. The Stingray will be unveiled at the gala dinner with Bennion, and will also be on display for Saturday’s festivities.
Other highlights include the Corvette Car Day Show, an exhibit inside the museum featuring the rarest examples of each generation including the very first Corvette “EX-122” which debuted at the GM Motorama in 1953 and a series of educational panels featuring Corvette legends and industry experts.
In addition to the events, a special Corvette exhibit showcasing Corvettes from every generation, along with significant vehicles from history will be on display from February 27 through March 31. Notable Corvettes include:
- 1953 EX-122: the first Corvette shown to the public
- 956 SR2: an experimental race car
- 1959 Corvette Italia by Scaglietti: an Italian bodied masterpiece rendered in aluminum
- 1960 CERV I: the first mid-engine prototype
- 1964 “World’s Fair” Corvette: customized by GM for the New York World’s Fair
- 1963 Grand Sport and a 1968 “Sundowner” Bonneville Racer: driven by many famous racers including Dick Doane, John Mecom, Alan Sevadjian, Auggie Pabst, Jim Hall, A.J. Foyt and John Cannon
Event sponsors include Mid America Motorworks, Hagerty Collector Car Insurance, Corvette Mike, Intercity Lines and Fender Guitar. Proceeds from the Corvette Anniversary activities will go toward supporting the Petersen Automotive Museum’s educational programming. Register your Corvette or buy tickets online at http://www.CorvetteDay.org or call 323-964-6325. Some events have limited availability and will sell out.
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational institution. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California 90036. Admission prices are $12 for general admission adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students with ID, $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members, active military with ID and children under five are admitted free. Vault tours are available for an additional $25, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and $2.00 each additional 30 minutes. One hour validation with purchase of $20 or more in the Museum Store or Johnny Rockets located in the museum lobby. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum’s Web site at:www.petersen.org.