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MILLIONTH CORVETTE WEEK BEGINS JUNE 29

 MILLIONTH CORVETTE WEEK BEGINS JUNE 29
 WARREN, Mich., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A mile-long caravan of


Corvettes will pay a noontime visit to the General Motors Building in Detroit on Monday, June 29, to kick off a momentous week for America's premier sports car, Chevrolet General Manager Jim Perkins announced today.
 Also on Monday, a "Road to One-Millionth" Corvette exhibit will open at the GM Building, Perkins said. On Tuesday, June 30, the Corvette's 39th birthday will be celebrated at Chevrolet Headquarters at the GM Technical Center. Capping the week on Thursday, July 2, will be the production of the one-millionth Corvette at the Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant.
 "More Corvettes have been built than any other single sports car in automotive history," Perkins said. "No car of the postwar era has engendered more pride and joy than Corvette. It has become an international symbol of American innovation.
 "Enthusiasm -- a laudable trait in far too short supply -- is what Corvette is all about. We expect this enthusiasm to reach a fever pitch during the weeklong one-millionth Corvette celebration."
 The Corvette cavalcade will include many restored classics from 1954 to the latest ZR-1 when it arrives at the GM Building at 11:30 a.m. Drivers will be members of the National Corvette Restorer's Society (NCRS) who are coming to Detroit for their 18th annual convention.
 The Corvettes will be parked on Second Avenue between Milwaukee and West Grand Boulevard until 1 p.m. The public is invited to view the cars and visit the GM Building exhibit.
 At noon, visiting Corvette drivers and other Detroit-area NCRS members will join Chevrolet officials and GM employees in the New Center area for a brief outdoor ceremony in the New Center Park west of Second Avenue. Together, they'll officially open the "Road to One-Millionth" exhibit in the GM Building. The exhibit will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, admission free, through July 17. Included will be:
 -- A 1953 Corvette -- one of 300 hand-built in Flint, Mich., during Corvette's first year of production.
 -- The 1959 Sting Ray race car which was the design forerunner of the famed 1963 Sting Ray convertible and coupe.
 -- The 1965 Mako Shark II concept car which inspired the design of the 1968 Corvette.
 -- The 1978 Indy Pace Car, the first Corvette to pace the Indianapolis 500.
 -- The 1986 Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.
 -- A 1989 ZR-1 pilot car for the ultra-high-performance Corvette ZR-1 option which went on sale in the 1990 model year.
 -- A Corvette ZR-1 engine and an advanced 6-speed transmission.
 -- A chronology tracing Corvette's evolution from the first car built on June 30, 1953, to the one-millionth car.
 -- A model and description of the National Corvette Museum soon to be built in Bowling Green, Ky., near the Corvette Assembly Plant. Chevrolet has announced it will donate the one-millionth Corvette to the museum which is expected to draw 500,000 visitors the first year upon completion in August 1993.
 One of a half-dozen umbrella organizations for some 60 local Corvette Clubs around the world, the National Corvette Restorer's Society has 11,000 members internationally. It was chartered in 1974 to encourage the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of Corvettes.
 Focusing on Corvettes as they were originally produced, NCRS members have researched and written manuals on judging a Corvette by how closely it resembles the car as it left the assembly line.
 A key event of the five-day NCRS Convention will be judging of members' cars with awards for authenticity, as well as condition and cleanliness.
 The NCRS member Corvette caravan will begin with a visit to the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green on June 26 and then parade with stopovers through Indiana, Illinois and Michigan before arriving in Detroit.
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 /CONTACT: J. David Hudgens of Chevrolet, 313-492-8846; or Bill Nichols of NCRS, 313-575-1725/
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