The Texas Corvette Association is a Lifetime Business Member of the National Corvette Museum and we share their mission to celebrate the Corvette’s invention, and preserve the legendary automobile’s past, present, and future.
Our club participates in the Ambassador Program which serves as our club liaison to the museum. The role of our Ambassador is to receive and disseminate the most current and correct information from the Museum, and to convey that information to our local club. The Ambassador acts as a Museum representative to promote and solicit support for the Museum through promotional activities and encourage other Corvette enthusiasts to join the Museum. Additionally, the Ambassador is our voice to communicate concerns, ideas and suggestions to the museum.
TCA Donations to the NCM
- TCA began supporting the NCM in 2003
- Since 2003 your TCA has donated $$44,853.89 to the NCM
- TCA is the 5th highest giving club in the USA
- Largest donation was the purchase of one acre for the development of the NCM Motorsports
- Other donations included, engraved TCA bricks located inside the museum, TCA parking
lot banners, TCA benches and a TCA wall plaque
All roads lead to Bowling Green
Often referred to as the world’s largest moving automotive event, the National Corvette Caravan is a celebration of America’s Sports Car, culminating in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Hosted only once every five years, the next event is slated for Labor Day Weekend 2019 and will mark the Museum’s 25th Anniversary.
The 6th National Corvette Caravan is slated for August 28-31, 2019. Regional caravans will form and join other caravans as they travel across the United States to meet in Bowling Green, Kentucky for four days of festivities at the National Corvette Museum.
More information coming soon from our South Texas Caravan Captain Rick Creekmore.
[excepts from the NCM site] Terry McManmon had an idea. The burly 43 year-old with the free-flowing beard had been a member of the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) for four years and shared its passion for the preservation of all things Corvette. Attending his first NCRS convention in August of 1984 at Copper Mountain, Colorado, McManmon spoke up in the general membership meeting in favor of establishing a not-for-profit foundation to gather Corvette-related materials into a common library or archives.
On July 11, 1988, McManmon presented the “Final Report of the Library/Archives & Museum Committee” to the NCRS Board of Directors in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Acting upon the recommendation of the committee, the Board approved the formation of the NCRS Foundation and $2,000 start-up costs. Finally there was a commitment to create a Corvette museum. McManmon drew a sigh of relief. He had been working on the project for four years. He didn’t know then there would be another six to go.
Based in part on a startlingly optimistic economic impact study, the NCM Foundation secured a $6.6 million loan from local banks. On June 1, 1993, the Bowling Green/Warren County Tourist Commission agreed to act as partial guarantor for the initial bond payments; shortly thereafter, the city and county stepped in to guarantee the remaining bond payments. Finally, the NCM was afloat. Construction began soon after. The National Corvette Museum opened its doors on September 2, 1994, ten years and two weeks after Terry McManmon stood up at Copper Mountain, Colorado and proposed a Corvette library.
Your can read the full history on the National Corvette Museum on their website here