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Corvette Hall of Fame announces its 2018 inductees

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2018 Corvette Hall of Fame inductees John Greenwood, Burt Greenwood, Tom Wallace, and Mike Yager. Images courtesy National Corvette Museum.

Since its inception in 1997, the Corvette Hall of Fame, located in the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has inducted 65 members, each of whom has played a pivotal role in the evolution of Chevrolet’s halo sports car. On August 31, 2018, that list grows by four, as John Greenwood, Burt Greenwood, Tom Wallace, and Mike Yager are inducted as the Corvette Hall of Fame’s class of 2018.

John Greenwood at Le Mans in 1973.

To fans of sports car endurance racing in the 1970s, the Greenwood brothers need no introduction. John, with his engineer’s mind, proved to be a remarkably talented driver, taking his first SCCA National Championship in 1970 and backing it up with a second in 1971. In the early days of his career, his shop, Auto Research Engineering, helped subsidize the cost of racing, but, by 1972, John Greenwood Racing had landed B.F. Goodrich as a corporate sponsor. The team’s Corvettes carried a stars-and-stripes livery, meant to emphasize the Corvette’s all-American roots in a field often filled with foreign sports cars.

Burt Greenwood, circa 1976.

Though John’s brother, Burt Greenwood, raced only occasionally, he was still a pivotal part of the team, and helped to develop the widebody Corvettes that became indelibly linked with the Greenwood name. On track, the wide fenders and quarter panels were necessary to contain the tires needed to handle the Corvette’s 750-plus horsepower, but the kits also proved popular with those looking for a distinctive street car. Burt’s work on aerodynamics (unofficially with the assistance of GM designers and engineers) helped the Greenwood Racing Corvettes achieve success both on and off the track.

Tom Wallace.

Before Tom Wallace was chief engineer for the Corvette program—as well as vehicle line executive for performance car—he was a racer. Wallace began drag racing as a teenager, later switching to road racing as his preferred on-track activity. A mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University ultimately led him to a career at General Motors, where he became renowned for his team-building abilities. Applying a racer’s sensibility to the development of the Corvette, Wallace invited those working on the car to participate in Corvette Museum High-Performance Driving Events, to better understand the car’s capabilities. At a time when GM itself was on the ropes, Wallace still managed to amass the resources needed to build the “Blue Devil,” the revival of the legendary Corvette ZR1.

Mike Yager.

Mike Yager bought his first Corvette at age 20, and the absence of a Corvette club nearby prompted him to start his own. Corvette-themed merchandise was also difficult to find at the time, so Yager gathered what he could and sold it at Corvette club events and shows. He soon realized that he’d discovered a niche in need of filling, and with a $500 loan began Mid America Motorworks, a company that’s grown to become one of the largest suppliers of Corvette parts and accessories in the industry. Yager also established the annual Funfest event as a way of giving back to his customers, and has been an active part of numerous Corvette-themed organizations over the years, serving as chairman of the board for the National Corvette Museum in 2002.

The induction ceremony will be a part of the National Corvette Museum’s 24th-anniversary celebration, taking place from August 30 to September 1, 2018. For additional details, visit