Chevrolet Corvette Signature Auction

From GM press: Before the Olympic Flame arrives in hundreds of cities across the country during the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, the Chevrolet Corvette Signature Car will provide an opportunity for individuals and local communities to support America's drive to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and help make wishes come true for children across the country.

The Chevrolet Corvette Signature Car is a specially decaled Corvette Z06 show car that will travel to more than 90 Chevrolet dealerships along the Torch Relay route one to five days before the Olympic Flame arrives in each city. A variety of local celebrities, athletes, community leaders and hometown heroes will be invited to sign the vehicle at dealer-hosted celebrations designed to generate community-wide excitement about the Torch Relay and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Each event will last approximately three hours. The Corvette Signature Car program starts in Atlanta on Nov. 29, 2001 and ends in Salt Lake City on Feb. 8, 2002.

At the conclusion of the relay, Chevrolet will display the Corvette Signature Car at Kimball Hall in Park City, Utah for the duration of the Winter Games. Spectators and participants from around the world will get the opportunity to view this one-of-a-kind vehicle. After the Olympic Flame is extinguished, Chevrolet will auction the Corvette Signature Car and contribute all proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The funds will be used to help grant the wishes of seriously ill children across the United States.

"The Corvette Signature Car program serves as a tangible symbol of the journey the Olympic Flame will take, the communities it will reach, and the lives it will touch," said Kurt Ritter, general manager of Chevrolet. "Through this program, Chevrolet will provide an opportunity for hometowns across the country to experience the spirit of the Olympic Games and show their support for the U.S. team."

A visual way to generate excitement for the arrival of the Olympic Flame, as well as a memento of the 65-day, 13,500 mile journey, the specially-detailed, Corvette Signature Car is wrapped with an adhesive vinyl featuring digital graphics that showcase Olympic athletes associated with the winter National Governing Bodies (NGBs) that Chevrolet supports, including figure skater Michelle Kwan and USA Hockey sensation, Cammi Granato.

The Corvette Signature Car will travel in a specially designed 48-foot gooseneck trailer. The full display includes an oversized, stand-up route map, display platform for the vehicle and a kiosk that provides a historical overview of the Corvette.

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