The National Corvette Museum just accepted another stunning Corvette into its fleet: a 2007 Le Mans Blue Corvette Z06. But as remarkable an example as the car is, with 2007 being the last year for the Le Mans Blue paint color, it’s really the human interest story that stands out about this particular donation.
The National Corvette Museum’s blog featured the story. The car’s former owner, Cliff Young, was a born and raised Mustang fan – until he fell in love with Corvettes in 2006, after visiting a high performance driving school. He immediately began calling around to look for a dealer with allocation for a 2007 Z06 model, to no avail.
But Cliff was also determined to take delivery of the car at the National Corvette Museum, and as fate would have it, he called there, and they managed to refer him to a dealership in Bowling Green with allocation for one. He ordered a 2007 model year car, in Le Mans Blue, and took delivery of it at the NCM. That was Cliff’s first visit to the Museum – and, sadly, his last.
Earlier this year, the Vietnam vet suffered complications from his exposure to Agent Orange decades earlier, and passed away on January 28th at 68 years-old. He and his wife Sally had made plans to visit the National Corvette Museum again later this year, partly to see the new Motorsports Park to which they donated money. But that wasn’t to be.
While donating Cliff’s 2007 Le Mans Blue Corvette Z06 wasn’t specifically called for in his will, Sally decided that the NCM would be the best home for her late husband’s car, and that he would have been pleased with the donation. So, she gave Cliff’s 2007 Le Mans Blue Corvette Z06 to the Museum and to her delight, the NCM informed her that the car will be used for Parade Laps, and other Motorsports Park activities.
In that way, the car – and a piece of its former owner – will live on.