National Corvette Museum celebrates 27th anniversary

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The National Corvette Museum is hosting a mutli-day celebration in honor of their 27th anniversary.

One of the events they hosted Thursday was 20 at 24: Honoring Earnhardt, Corvette, and the overall win at Daytona.

The seminar took corvette race fans on a race down memory lane as Andy Pilgrim, Doug Fehanm, and Gary Claudio looked back at the victory in the 2001 Rolex 24 hours at Daytona. Andy pilgrim was one of the four drivers in that historic race with Dale Earnhardt Sr, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Kelly Collins.

The early afternoon was spent with pilgrim, Doug Fehanm who was the head of corvette racing at that time and Gary Claudio who was instrumental in bringing Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. into the program in late 2000.

The 2001 Rolex 24 hours at Daytona was special for many reasons but the two main reasons was because it was the first time Corvette had ever won and it was also the first and only time NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Sr.  joined the corvette sports car  racing program.

His son Dale Earnhardt Jr. also drove for the team that January as well. The afternoon was spent with all three man talking about what got the program to that point and their memories of Dale Earnhardt Sr who was killed just a couple weeks later  in a last lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500. We spoke to Andy Pilgrim who talked about remembering his friend Dale Earnhardt Sr

“Seeing this car again means an awful lot to me, because it brings back those four months of friendship that I had with Dale, including the letters here. Clearly the letter states some of the memories that he had about working with me. I have many, many memories of being with him, whether it was for the race weekends, whether it was testing or whether it was just hanging out with him on his boat. It was just a very short friendship, but a very special friendship for me, seeing the car again it’s always an emotional experience on many levels.” Pilgrim said as he stood next to the very car they drove together.

This event was one of the many that The National Corvette Museum is hosting to celebrate it’s 27th anniversary, it kicked off Thursday and will continue through Saturday with another set of  seminars Friday and a host of events on Saturday including replays of seminars from Thursday and Friday. There will also be book signings, celebrity choice car show and many other events.

If you want to check out the rest of the 27th anniversary celebration you can head over to the NCM and register for the rest of the event!

To find the full Itinerary of events you can click here.  The 20 at 24 exhibit will be at The Museum until December.