Bowling Green, just four hours west of Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC, is the home of the National Corvette Museum. This year the museum celebrates 60 years and seven generations of production of the beloved Chevrolet Corvette. It also remembers the life and generosity of Corvette collector Don Messner, who passed away last May.
Prior to the end of his battle with Melanoma, Messner arranged to donate his collection of 10 Corvettes to the museum, the museum’s largest donation; thus, the Corvette museum received its largest donation to date.
“He said he wanted to plant a seed. He wanted others in similar situations with rare Corvettes to see the museum as a place for them. Most of all, he wanted to inspire future generations to work hard to buy their own Corvettes some day so that they, too, could enjoy the lifestyle that goes with owning them,” Messner’s wife, Marlene, said.
A special display of Messner’s Corvettes can be seen in the Museum Exhibit Hall between May 10 and September, 12, 2014.
The collection ranged from a 1965 custom race-built Corvette to the 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette with R8C Museum Delivery. He personally delivered his 2013 Corvette before his passing. During the visit, he decided to donate the rest.
“When people see these cars,” Messner’s wife added, “I want them to remember Don Messner and his legacy. He was an amazing and very generous man.”