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National Corvette Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

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Peter Brock. Images courtesy of the National Corvette Museum.

Along with celebrating America’s sports car, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, also celebrates the people who have been instrumental in the development, racing success and legacy of the car via the National Corvette Hall of Fame. In the category of  enthusiast, the museum has nominated Peter Brock (well known to Hemmings readers (“Hot Rod Hero,” Hemmings Muscle Machines, August 2012; Honorary Chairman and Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Hemmings Concour d’Elegance). In the category of GM/Chevrolet, the museum has chosen Jim Minneker. And in the racing category, it has selected Tommy Morrison.

Peter Brock has the distinction of being the youngest designer ever at GM when he started at just 19 years old. His designs became the primary lines chosen for the XP87 Corvette Sting Ray Racer, a car than influenced Corvette design for decades. Brock also, of course, made quite the name for himself as the designer of the Kamm-back Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, being the very successful principal of Brock Racing Enterprises and then a long and distinguished career as a motorsports photojournalist.


Jim Minneker.

Jim Minneker, a GM engineer, joined the Corvette group at Chevrolet in 1986, working on the LT1, LT4 and the multi-cam, 32-valve LT5 found in the 1990s ZR-1. Later, he served as the engineering group manager for GM High Performance Vehicle Operations. Minneker’s Corvette and motorsports props go back to his early days as a drag racer and later a rather distinguished career as an amateur racer, with experience in a wide variety of road racing series, including the SCCA World Challenge, IMSA Supercar, IMSA GT and the Grand Am series. He also paid his dues, walking away from a 249 MPH crash at Bonneville in 2006.


Tommy Morrison.

Tommy Morrison put Corvette racing back on the map in the Eighties, winning and dominating in showroom stock categories, including plenty of endurance wins for the crossed flags, many of them with his partner Jim Cook of Morrison-Cook Motorsports. As a connection with Minneker, the pair co-drove a Corvette ZR-1 in 1990, along with John Heinricy, to a 24-hour record average of 175.885 MPH.

Inductions are planned for a ceremony and banquet at the museum on Friday, September 1, 2017, as part of the Corvette Museum’s 23rd anniversary celebration weekend.