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New Exhibit at National Corvette Museum Traces History of Chevrolet Racing

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The 1983 Monte Carlo SS “Pepsi Challenger” is one of the cars included in the National Corvette Museum’s new Chevrolet racing history exhibit
Photo: Mike Traverse

The rich history of Chevrolet racing is the focus of a new exhibition at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The exhibit features a variety of historic cars, engines, racing suits, trophies, and more. Stories covered in Chevrolet Racing: Louis to Le Mans include Louis Chevrolet’s Buick racing days in the early twentieth century, along with Chevy’s NASCAR heritage and its wins at Le Mans with Corvette Racing.

“The idea of the exhibit started with Corvette’s success at Le Mans over the last few years, and with the recent heyday of how well Corvette Racing is doing, I wanted to look at how Chevrolet wound up at this point,” said museum curator Derek Moore. “Really, the way to do that was to start all the way back with Louis Chevrolet and his success as a race car driver.”

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Moore said he dug through old documents to uncover interesting stories for each car on display.

Here are some of the vehicles you can see as part of the exhibit:

  • 1909 Buick Model 16 Indy race car
  • 1910 Buick Bug
  • 1957 Chevrolet “Black Widow” NASCAR
  • 1983 Monte Carlo SS “Pepsi Challenger” NASCAR
  • 1989 ZR1 24-Hour World Record Corvette
  • 1997 Monte Carlo chrome-wrapped NASCAR
  • 2010 Chevrolet Cruze WTCC race car
  • C6.R GT1 test car

Chevrolet Racing: Louis to Le Mans opened earlier this month and runs through January 2019.

If you’re interested in planning a visit, the National Corvette Museum is open every day (except for major holidays) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s located right off Exit 28 on Interstate 65 in Bowling Green.

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