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They’re the Corvettes that time forgot. And 30 years ago, they were the ultimate prize in one of the most outlandish sweepstakes ever.
A rare armada of 36 Chevrolet Corvettes - one from every model year, starting from the Vette's introduction in 1953 and running through 1989 - has once again seen the light of day. The incredible fleet, which originally cost cable music network VH1 $610,000 in 1989 for a sweepstakes, has sat nearly abandoned in a New York City storage lot for about 25 years.
From Dennis Amodeo, a carpenter from Long Island who won the VH1 sweepstakes, to artist Peter Max, who purchased the collection from Amodeo, to the Heller and Spindler families, who finally convinced Max to sell, the collection has remained in a series of New York City garages collecting dust and falling into disrepair.
Now in possession of the entire collection, restoration work, under the watchful eye of Corvette aficionado and occasional concours judge Chris Mazzilli has begun, starting with the 1953 Corvette. The remainder of the cars will be either restored or simply reconditioned, as determined on a car-to-car basis.
One of these 36 Chevrolet Corvettes could be yours! Click on the “Enter Sweepstakes” button to make a donation to the National Guard Educational Foundation and you will be registered for a chance to win one of the one-of-a-kind Corvettes as they come back to life again.
The National Guard Educational Foundation (NGEF) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization founded in 1975 with the mission to preserve the history and heritage of the National Guard of the United States for present and future generations. We tell the Guard’s story, highlighting its roles in the birth and growth of our nation domestically, as well as its defense abroad.
The National Guard is the oldest military element with roots dating back to 1636 when colonial militias – made up of ordinary citizens – protected their families and towns from hostile attacks. Today there are nearly 450,000 Citizen Soldiers and Airman comprising the Army and Air National Guard in 54 states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Members of the National Guard serve both their states and their nation. The primary difference between the Guard and other military branches is that while Guard units are combat-trained and can be deployed overseas, they are just as likely to serve their communities.
NGEF achieves its mission through a diverse domestic and international portfolio. In Washington, D.C., NGEF administers the nation’s only national museum dedicated to the National Guard. The National Guard Memorial Museum takes visitors through comprehensive images, artifacts, and interactive exhibits all telling the story of ordinary men and women who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities and their country. In addition, the National Guard Memorial Library, located adjacent to the museum, is a comprehensive research library comprising more than 6,000 bound volumes and oral histories, 30,000 photographs, and tens of thousands of historical documents. The National Guard Monument is located on the hallowed ground of Omaha Beach in France, overlooking the spot where our forces broke through German defenses on D-Day, June 6, 1944. This monument and the original bunker on which it sits pay honor to all National Guardsmen who fought in the European theater.
Throughout its vast history, the Guard has serve as dual domestic and international roles. In fact, every combat brigade within the National Guard has deployed overseas to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sadly nearly 800 members of the National Guard have made the ultimate sacrifice in these campaigns. NGEF offers college scholarships to the children of these fallen heroes and to wounded Guardsmen as well.
Click here to read NGEF's mission statement
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