Thursday, May 29, 2014

DeLongs Donate Second Corvette

Jack and Dor DeLong are more than friends to the National Corvette Museum, they are family. They come to Bowling Green often to visit their Museum family, and participate in many of Museum in Motion events as well.  They are Museum Lifetime Members who have made donations, bought bricks and “purchased” three acres in support the NCM Motorsports Park. A club ambassador and writer, Jack is always promoting the Corvette lifestyle and documenting his adventures with his wife and his Corvette family. With both of them, it is all about making and sharing special memories, so it was no surprise when they decided to take Museum delivery of their new C7 Corvette and donate their 1992 Corvette to the Museum at the same time. 

“This car is a special car to Dor and I,” Jack says with a smile on his face and glistening eyes. “It was a gift that we gave to ourselves when we reached a point in life where we could really enjoy it. It was the first car we ever took to the Museum, and the first car that we took back to its birthplace at the Assembly Plant. We put many thousands of miles on this car going to countless NASCAR races, club events, and road tours, making memories every mile along the way.”

As much as he loves his other Corvettes, when the C7 Corvette came out Jack was already thinking of the memories that could be made in it. To sell Dor on the idea, he parked their C6 next to one. Dor couldn’t resist walking around it.  “I looked at it and loved it. Especially the back end,” she said. “I told him right then to go get one.” Together they specked it out and decided to take the R8C delivery option at the Museum.

On May 27, 2014, with their Corvette family watching from all over the country on the Museum's web cams, Delivery Team Member Doug Johnson dropped the fob to the C7 in Dor’s open hands, while Jack dropped the keys of their 1992 into Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode’s hand. Surrounded by guests and staff who were smiling, clapping and cheering, another memory was made.

This is the second time the DeLongs have donated a Corvette to the Museum, the first being a few years ago when they delivered their 1988 Blue Metallic Vette.

Thank you Jack and Dor for donating another Corvette to the Museum and for taking delivery of your new one with us. We are so glad that you are a part of our family.

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