NCM Plans For Expansion
Thirteen board members from the National Corvette Museum shared their plans for expansion. So Wendall Rode, the Executive Director, begins discussing building an addition providing more space for offices and exhibits. However the planning process, led by Manager Bob Hellmann, alone will last at least one year. They estimate the blueprints being ready and shown to the member next year. The same construction team that built the previous addition is handling this expansion as well. They expect to begin construction in 2021.
The current garage for long term rentals is 80% lease. Construction on a second garage has started with plans for six more dependent on the demand. So in order to become more family oriented the Karting Facility plans to purchase a 2-seater cart and six junior carts.
The National Corvette Museum has the option to buy a 205 acre space located next to the Motorsports Park. However the offer expires at the end of 2018. The current don’t plan to renew their contract. Therefore the NCM Board plans to purchase the land. The Motorsports Complex will own a total of approximately 425 acres, including the most recently added parcel.
The Board approved the addition of a 30,000 square foot building . Therefore the location of this new build is on the 10.5 acres in front of the track. The title of the area is The Motorsports Business Park. They are working with the Chamber of Commerce and local economic authority for this project. They are responsible for handling tenant recruiting/leasing, managing the facility as well as constructing the building. Dependent upon demand, there’s a possibility for more buildings later on.
Lastly, the NCM is planning the celebration for their 25th Anniversary and includes the 6th National Corvette Caravan.
National Collections and Exhibits
Derek Moore, the Curator at NCM, discussed the collections and exhibits at the museum. The upcoming exhibit called Chevrolet Racing: Louis to Le Mans will feature the 1910 Buick Bug that Louis Chevrolet drove. A few of the winning race cars from the Le Mans are going to be on display.
Two of the galleries are going to undergo renovations this year. The plans are to enhance and update the performance area. Then in fall and winter the work will move on to the Gateway Exhibit. A collection wish of cars list is in the works. An audit of the collection’s artifacts is underway. There’s a total of 81 vehicles and 1,000 other items. The Board gave approval for the construction of a 12,000 square foot warehouse for the artifacts and vehicles belonging to the collection.
The next couple of years may prove to be exciting for NCM and those who visit.