Last summer the National Corvette Museum of Bowling Green, Ken. (www.corvettemuseum.org) acquired a building on Corvette Drive that will be used to showcase Corvette collectibles. The 8,000 sq. ft. facility, which opened in 2002, sits on 7.5 acres adjoining the museum’s property. The building was officially dedicated on June 24 as the Chuck, Sharon and Kimberlee Fast Collections Campus. Members of the NCM Board of Directors were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the facility.
Chuck Fast is a member of the Museum Board and Motorsports Park Board and said he is happy to be part of the project. “Once we accomplished acquiring the building, I was asked if we would consider sponsoring the collections building itself,” he said during the dedication ceremony. “I ran the idea by Sharon and we decided this would be something our late daughter, Kim, would like to do or have named after her.”
A Corvette enthusiast herself, Kim started racing in the late ‘90s with her dad, becoming both competitive and accomplished at the sport. She became involved in coming to the museum with a caravan. Upon her passing, the Fasts started supporting projects in her name at the NCM Motorsports Park. The projects included purchasing a number of acres and re-naming both the pavilion and the entry road in her honor.
“Kim would be delighted with where the museum is today and she would definitely be one of the first to join the new driving club at the track, that I can guarantee,” said Chuck Fast. “We would definitely have a car here and be part of the action over there. With the collections building, we’ve already agreed that Kim’s Corvette (a 2004 that she got on her 30th birthday) will be coming here when something happens to either of us.”
“We are fortunate to have so many enthusiasts who donate memorabilia and artifacts to the museum; our current Library and Archives has been busting at the seams,” Dr. Sean Preston, museum President and CEO, said. “Thanks to the generosity of the Fast family, we now have a climate controlled, museum-quality facility to house not only pieces of Corvette history, but also several of our team members who are the caretakers of these historic stories.”
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