The National Corvette Museum (NCM) has announced the latest inductees into its Corvette Hall of Fame: Corvette Racing driver Ron Fellows, GM designer Clare “Mac” MacKichan, and NCM Lifetime Member No. 001 Ray Quinlan. The three men will be recognized for their contributions to the past, present, and future of Corvette.
Fellows’ impressive skill as a driver for the Corvette Racing team earned him the respect of Corvette fans everywhere. His 27 wins, three ALMS championships, and two wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with his unprecedented four consecutive Most Popular Driver awards from ALMS fans, testify to his track record of success. Although he hasn’t raced full-time for the factory team since 2008, he remains one of the most recognizable, respected, and popular personalities to ever represent Corvette’s racing heritage. He currently serves as an advisor to the GM/Pratt & Miller factory team and as an ambassador for Corvette in general, showing up at races, Corvette Corrals, Corvette functions and charities, and often auctioning off passes to the Ron Fellows Driving School for worthwhile causes.
Clare “Mac” MacKichan
As Chief Designer of the Chevrolet Studio, General Motors Design Staff, MacKichan was instrumental in the design of all Chevrolets built in the mid-20th century. His duties covered the design of all Corvettes built from 1953 through the early ’60s, including the 1954 Waldorf show cars. While he didn’t always work on the Corvette brand, he continued to own one and participate in many Corvette activities, appearing and speaking at car shows and events all over the country. He even decorated his office with discarded Corvette parts. His award will be presented posthumously and accepted on his behalf by his daughter, Carol Runkle.
Quinlan was probably the first NCM supporter, and the Museum might not be where it is today without the assistance of Lifetime Member No. 001. When the idea of a Corvette Library and Archives was first proposed, Quinlan volunteered to donate his ’53 edition if the plans were expanded to also incorporate a Corvette museum. Today, every visitor passing through the halls of the NCM hears the story of how Quinlan’s donation helped give rise to the facility. His award will be presented posthumously and accepted on his behalf by his daughter, Peggy Ishcomber.
The 2011 Hall of Fame honorees will be inducted during a ceremony and banquet on Friday, September 2. Their induction will take place as part of the museum’s 17th Anniversary Corvette Celebration festivities on September 1-3. For more information, visit www.corvettemuseum.com.