Family of Kimberlee Fast Donate in Remembrance
Kim Fast started racing in 1997 and was named Rookie of the Year for the Corvette Club of Michigan. She was always ranked in the top five for the club in racing, and in the top 10 for the Michigan Region of NCCC (National Council of Corvette Clubs). It was safe to say that autocrossing and high speed events on road courses in the mid-west states were her “thing.” Kim was also no stranger to the National Corvette Museum, attending most of the events hosted in Bowling Green, KY.
In January of 2007 Kim was diagnosed with ALM leukemia, losing her battle just three years later in 2010. Her parents, Chuck and Sharon Fast of Northville, MI, wanted an appropriate way to remember their daughter. “We know that Kim would have been at the NCM Motorsports Park for any and every opportunity,” said Chuck. “We can’t think of a better way to honor her memory than by contributing to the project.”
Chuck and Sharon first contributed to the Motorsports Park in 2013, purchasing five acres through the Museum’s “Buy an Acre Club” fundraising program, in Kim’s name.
“Kim attended most of the events at the NCM, and that’s why we donated the acres in her name, so when the opportunity came up to name the entry road to the track we couldn’t pass it up,” said Chuck. “Then in our conversations with Wendell and Gary the naming of the Pavilion came up and we thought that she would really be proud to have the building named after her.”
Chuck and Sharon’s legacy gift to the NCM includes naming the entry road the Kimberlee A. Fast Drive and naming the pavilion the Kimberlee A. Fast Pavilion. The pavilion’s construction is planned for completion in the spring of 2015 and will include food services, open-air picnic seating, restrooms and showers. Kimberlee A. Fast Drive will officially open August 28, 2014 as part of the Grand Opening ceremony of the NCM Motorsports Park.
“Chuck and Sharon used what would have been Kimberlee’s inheritance to recognize her love for Corvette and the Corvette Museum,” said Gary Cockriel, Development Officer for the Museum. “It really is a unique way to remember her and all the memories she made with her family enjoying the Corvette hobby. Kim’s legacy will continue on at the Motorsports Park.”