An organization called Corvette Heroes will gift six veterans or military family members with Corvettes from the collection of artist Peter Max at this week’s Chicago Auto Show.
Corvette Heroes are a group of entrepreneurs who are currently working to restore 36 Vettes, which they refer to as The Lost Corvettes. These vehicles, which represent one Corvette from each production model year between 1953 and 1989, were originally purchased by Max for an art project in which they’d be used as blank canvases for pop art pieces. Max never got around to starting the project, however, and the Corvettes were left to languish in parking garages situated around Manhattan. The Corvette Heroes, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, purchased the Peter Max Corvettes after they were discovered and are now giving them away to deserving veterans and military families through a national sweepstakes campaign.
Corvette Heroes has brought six of The Lost Corvettes to this week’s Chicago Auto Show, where it will hand over the keys to six military veterans or military family members. In addition, the organization will present a charity called Stand For The Troops with a $250,000 check to further its efforts to help U.S. military veterans. Stand For The Troops provides veterans with treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and other “invisible wounds of war.”
A handing over ceremony will be held today at The Chicago Auto Show, where the veterans and military family members will receive the keys to their new Corvettes. Corvette Heroes are also hosting a national sweepstakes to give away some of the remaining Peter Max Corvettes, which is open to the public. For more information on the sweepstakes campaign, visit The Lost Corvettes website at this link.