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Daily Briefing: New mid-engine Corvette comes to Petersen for Zora Duntov Tribute; 47th Van Nationals arrive in Massachusetts; AACA Museum hosts Tucker business model talk

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Photo courtesy of Chevrolet .

Only days after its long-awaited reveal, the all-new mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray C8 will appear at the Petersen Automotive Museum as part of a Zora Arkus-Duntov Tribute Weekend.

The two-day tribute to the “Father of the Corvette” will include a VIP reception, a Corvette car show, a panel discussion on the history and future of the Corvette, and a Corvette rally event. Guests will be treated to a Corvette display that will include, in addition to the 2020 model, several other historic models. Attendees will receive an “exclusive Chevrolet Corvette book” and have the chance to interact with Corvette experts, engineers, and designers.

The event will take place this weekend, July 27-28 at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit


The New England Van Council is currently hosting the 47th Van Nationals “Truck-In” in Greenfield, Massachusetts, with more than 500 custom vans of all ages expected to attend.

The “Truck-In” has lots to offer in addition to the vans, with a light show planned for Friday night as well as live bands, food vendors, a pub crawl, and carnival games. The fairgrounds are in an ideal location for vanners who are also history buffs with the Mohawk Trail and other historic sites nearby and those looking to find an extra hubcap or grille insert will be happy to hear that there are several salvage yards in the surrounding area.

Attendees can pay at the gate with food and money donations being collected as well. Donations from this year’s Van Nationals support the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter, the Center for Self Reliance Food Pantries, and the Fairgrounds Mudslide Fundraiser.

The Van Nationals started this Wednesday, July 24, and will continue until Sunday, July 28 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, Massachusetts. For more information, visit


Preston Tucker in his Tucker 48. Photo courtesy of the AACA Museum. 

The AACA Museum will host another “Tucker Talk” this weekend, this one covering the Tucker business model (or lack thereof).

Preston Tucker, like many other entrepreneurs, had a great idea, an intense passion, and nothing close to a solid business plan. Tucker gave it his all to see his project through, and so did his team, even if it meant their efforts conflicted with federal laws put in place by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The federal government was less than pleased and went after Tucker, but Tucker eventually won the favor of the jurors.

The upcoming “Tucker Talk” will explore this hidden piece of Tucker history and will compare it to Elon Musk and Tesla’s recent run-ins with the law. The talk will be presented by Larry Clark, a member of the Society of Automotive Historians and the Tucker Automobile Club of America.

The presentation will take place on Saturday, July 27 at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit