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During the National Corvette Museum’s annual C5/C6 gathering last Friday, Executive Director Wendell Strode announced, at an evening banquet hosted for donors that had pledged $1,000 or more; that the Museum’s Motorsports Park Project had acquired an additional 92 acres of land for the development of the track, supplementing the original 70 acres set aside for it.
Upon hearing the news, a number of members came forward with an additional $15,000 and by the end of the night, a further six acres of land had been committed to the project.
“We’re so thrilled with the support for the project,” declared Strode. “In a tough economy it means a lot to have so many supporters step up to the plate.” Instead of waiting for sponsors to generate a total of $35 million for work to begin, the Motorsports project has been broken down into two separate, smaller ‘phases.’
The first will be construction of the two mile ‘west’ road course, along with an autocross track and skid pad, while the second will comprise the ‘east’ road course, a karting track and quartermile drag strip, as well as another separate autocross/skid pad.
Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan, who attended the banquet, remarked that the Motorsports Park project is the “jewel in the crown that is Corvette. Nobody has a museum funded by the people who buy the car, love the car and have a passion for the car.”
[Source: National Corvette Museum]
Since 1994, the Petersen Automotive Museum, located in downtown LA has been a must visit attraction for motor heads in the City of Angels.
And now, thanks to a major donation. the museum is likely to go from strength to strength, possibly becoming one of the most renowned locations for automotive exhibits in the world.
Margie Petersen, the wife of the late Robert E. Petersen who founded Hot Rod and Motor Trend and went on to build a huge automotive and enthusiast publishing empire before opening the museum, recently handed over the hefty donation which includes 135 cars and motorcycles from Petersen’s personal collection, the actual 300,000 square foot building which the museum was previously leasing and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Buddy Pepp, Executive Director of the Museum, said that the donation is “breathtaking” and “will enable us to do all the things we’ve ever wanted to do and allow us to fulfill Bob Petersen’s vision.”
It’s nice to know that in an age where many museums are struggling, it’s nice to know that some, like this one, have a promising future.
Nissan Motor Company has just announced that a shipment of 30 D22 pickups have arrived in Haiti, as part of an initiative instigated with the United Nations World Food Program and William J. Clinton Foundation, formed by the 42nd President of United States. The D22s, assembled at Nissan’s facility in Cuernavaca, Mexico, are related to the 1998-04 Frontier sold in the U.S. and Canada. The trucks will be used to haul food, aid and supplies in the burgeoning effort to rebuild the shattered country. The donation of the trucks, in response to a request from former President Bill Clinton, is a further expansion of existing Nissan relief efforts in Haiti.
“I’m pleased Nissan has answered our call for trucks to aid our recovery efforts in Haiti,” said President Clinton. “This generous donation will be critical in ongoing efforts to mobilize food and other needed supplies, and I’m thankful for Nissan’s leadership in demonstrating how the private sector can help the people of Haiti ‘build back better.”
Carlos Ghosn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Company Limited, added. ” When the Clinton Foundation contacted us, there was no question we’d help. Everyone at Nissan was eager to take action, and I know that our employees at Cuernavaca, Mexico, are especially proud that the trucks they have built in the Americas region are directly involved in helping the people of Haiti to rebuild their lives and their country.”
The trucks are each marked on each door with a special message of hope from Nissan Mexicana employees, “Nissan: Dans les rues d’Haiti pour vous aider!” Translated from the Haitian French dialect, it says, “Nissan: On the roads of Haiti to help you!”