EP017 Dr. Sean Preston of The National Corvette Museum



In Episode 17 of Road Muscle Radio- it’s the first birthday for the C8, car appreciation day part two, make a wish and blow out your fire, and a McPherson challenge for a worth classic future.  In Segment 2, Dr. Sean Preston, president of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, joins us with some history, some info, and some exciting news on what’s coming up at El Cathedral Corvette.



Happy Birthday to you, C8. Sorry you got kind of screwed.

On July 18, 2019 the mid-engine Corvette was finally revealed.

Took 60 years from the first ideas to do it.

The C8 Corvette represents a giant leap forward for mass-produced vehicles, because it’s the only one offering eight cylinders, two seats, rear wheel drive, and a mid-rear engine layout for anything close to $60,000.

Now a year later, it ain’t been easy for the C8. UAW StrikeCOVID-19 pandemicsupply chain hiccups, and various quality issues have affected the mid-engine Stingray’s inaugural year.

Don’t cry about it though. This bad boy is in high demand still…even though customers have been bumped to the 2021 model year.

All of this makes the 2020 Corvette Stingray a future collectable. All because the production cycle of the 2020 model had just seven months to get it done. The 2021 Corvette changeover is expected to begin in November.

Further down the line, the 2022 Corvette Z06 is expected to delivery shock and awe with a flat-plane crank LT6 V8 engine, a center mounted exhaustcarbon fiber wheels, huge Michelin tires, a larger wing, and an active aerodynamics.

In a couple years’ time, hybrid all-wheel drive variants are expected to emerge.

Expected to be called the Corvette Zora, this American hypercar will likely deliver performance that rivals the million-plus-dollar McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 for a small fraction of the price. In short, the story of the mid-engine Corvette is just getting started.



National Collector Car Show Goes Virtual

National Collector Car Appreciation Day was June 10th.  But, since getting together wasn’t that easy, specialty insurer American Modern Insurance Group will be hosting an online show to pick the best classic cars and trucks and hot rods.

Visit the American Modern Collector Car Facebook page and submit a description and one to three photos of your classic car or truck. You have until July 23, and American Modern said its judges will select winners by July 27.

From July 27 – August 4, images of all submissions and the winner from each category will be displayed in a gallery on American Modern’s Facebook page. Additionally, visitors can vote for their favorite winning collector vehicle and a “fan favorite” will be awarded to the classic car submission that gets the most engagement.

The contest is open for the following car show categories:

  • Best Street Rod/Hot Rod Car or Truck
  • Best Antique Car or Truck
  • Best Muscle Car
  • Best Classic Car or Truck
  • Best Street Machine, Restomod Car or Truck
  • Best Modern-Day Domestic Car or Truck

The company says “We view these classic vehicles as works of art, and we are dedicated to helping our clients safeguard their cherished investments.”

American Modern offers classic auto and collector car insurance.



For your 50th birthday, make a wish and blowout your lightning fire.

Sorry- no wish for you. Fire officials in Hartford, Vermont, believe a July 14th morning lightning strike is to blame for a fire that wiped out a building housing several businesses… and a man’s prized car collection. The flames tore through the Connecticut Valley Auto Auction, which sells cars to dealers.

“There were explosions from vehicles within the building,” Chief Scott Cooney of the Hartford Fire Department told NECN and NBC10 Boston.

The good news is no one was hurt, Cooney said.

The bad news? At least a 1966 Corvette, another Corvette, two Mustangs, and a ’57 Chevy- poof.  To add insult to inferno? The owner lost his cars the day before his 50th birthday.



McPherson College Announces $1 Million Matching Gift Challenge

 McPherson College has announced a $1 million matching gift challenge from Florida philanthropist and automotive enthusiast, Dano Davis. The gift will support business curriculum development, student experiences, and scholarships for students enrolled in the only bachelor’s degree in historic automotive restoration in the country.

Davis hopes his gift will motivate others to support McPherson College’s Automotive Restoration program. Any gift designated to the restoration program – for lab and classroom support, scholarships, the tool fund, endowment – will qualify for the match.

“I became acquainted with the college through its students who visited the Brumos Collection on a college-sponsored spring break trip in 2018. I was so impressed that I hired one of the students to work for me,” Davis said.

The following year Davis attended the student-led car show on the college campus, bringing two cars from the Brumos Collection. “Visiting campus and seeing the commitment of the faculty, staff, and students was inspiring. I knew I wanted to do something to help support not only the technical aspect of their automotive education but also the business side of it.”

Davis was principal owner of Brumos Motorcars, a successful dealership group, and Brumos Racing, which fielded a team for many years with drivers such as Hurley Haywood, who is tied with five wins as the most successful driver at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Davis’ family founded the well-known grocery store chain, Winn-Dixie. The chain grew to 1400 stores in 13 states and $14 billion in sales. They sold the company in 2011.

For more information or to make a gift, contact Amanda Gutierrez, vice president for automotive restoration, at gutierra@mcpherson.edu or visit www.mcpherson.edu/giving/make-a-gift



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Sometimes, you want a place where you can share a belief, a hope, a fire that burns inside you.  Where you look around and you can believe in a higher power. As in, higher horsepower.  And an almost god-like reputation for cool. Welcome to the holy of holy cows, the National Corvette Museum, a sprawling campus dedicated to the Vette Set in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Joining us today is president of the National Corvette Museum, Dr. Sean Preston.  Welcome to Road Muscle Radio.

  1. Sean, tell us the history of the museum- how it came to be, and whey in Bowling Green?
  2. So you’ve got a couple of Corvettes, a hot dog stand, and a tilt-a-whirl, right? Or are there more exhibits that c-number enthusiast might like?
  3. Is this only for classic Vette enthuiasts, or is there something for modern Vette lovers?
  4. You were selected as President starting just over a year ago. So- how’s the ride been?
  5. What made you want to be the president of of the NCM and move 2300 miles from your former home?
  6. What’s your favorite exhibit?
  7. Let’s talk about when Mordor opened up beneath the museum and tried to swallow it. What was that all about?   Any cars that couldn’t be fixed?
  8. What are the plans for the rest of 2020, and into 2021?

Visit corvettemuseum.org for more info, and and insane about of cool stuff about the msueum, about Corvettes, stories about corvettes, General Motors, events, stuff to buy, it’s crazy.  And cool.  Dr. Preston, thank you for joining us today on Road Muscle Radio.

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