Ivan and Mary Schrodt Donate Five Corvettes
The National Corvette Museum received an early holiday gift when on
December 18 Ivan and Mary Schrodt donated five of their prized Corvettes.
"When people find out that you have more than
one Corvette, they often wonder why that is. My answer is that they are
all so different," said Ivan. "They handle differently, they look
different, their history is different and the way they evolved makes them
Ivan and Mary have always been car lovers, but
their Corvette passion started when Mary surprised Ivan by purchasing a
1996 Polo Green Convertible. They joined the Valley Vettes Corvette Club
of Appleton, WI and shortly after, attended the C5 Bash and became members
of the Museum. The couple are now not only Lifetime Members of the Museum,
but also in the Duntov Society (including the Museum in their estate
planning) and Ivan has served on the Museum's Board.
In addition to their first Corvette, the
Schrodts donated a 1966 Rally Red 327 Convertible, 1980 Dark Blue Metallic
Coupe, 2002 Millennium Yellow Z06 and 2007 Black Z06.
While the cars were originally in a trust for
the Museum, their visit to the Motorsports Park set in motion the decision
to change those plans. "I got to thinking that instead of waiting years
before making the donation, we've got two cars that could be put to good
use now by the Museum on this track. The cars would be where they belong.
While a lot of people donate their cars to be preserved, and rightfully so
for their history, those two cars were donated to be used up. We hope they
get a lot of track miles and give a lot of track smiles," Ivan added.
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