Register Today for the Car Collection Tour and Reception at the new Hendrick BMW showroom
Rick Hendrick’s Heritage Museum
Program: Rick Hendrick’s The Heritage Museum
Date: Thursday November 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 tour of car collection -
Reception afterwards at the new Hendrick BMW showroom for drinks and hors d’oeuvres
Location: Hendrick Motor Sports
4400 Papa Joe Hendrick Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28262
(One mile from Charlotte Motor Speedway)
Hendrick BMW Showroom for refreshments
10720 Northlake Auto Plaza Blvd Charlotte, NC 28269
Cost: $25 donation to a charity supporting cancer research
(Mr. Hendrick suffers from chronic myelogenous leukemia, a disease with a
high mortality rate. This site is available by invitation only and is not open to the public).
Space limit: This joint event is limited to the 30 people, per club, so sign up today!
(Wharton members will have a preferential sign-up period until
October 20th, at which point registration will be open to all).
Registration: Click here to register !!!
Wharton Club of Charlotte Joint Program with Harvard Club
The Hendrick Heritage Center is a breath-taking 58,000 square-foot museum dedicated to the heritage of Rick Hendrick and his passion for classic and high-performance cars. Stepping inside the door will take you back in time to when American muscle cars ruled the street and gas was only 31 cents a gallon. The Hendrick Heritage Center currently houses more than 100 of the finest and rarest automobiles you will ever see in one place.
Behind closed doors is the Hendrick Heritage Center. It is Rick’s private collection and possibly one of the greatest collections of classic corvettes and other priceless Chevrolet collectors. There are a few Fords as well as a Ferrari or two, but for the most part it is a Chevy lovers fantasy land. There are 198 vehicles on display for his eyes only and a few other lucky ones that are granted access.
The Heritage center was built to pay tribute to his family and is a special place for Hendrick to escape to when he is having a bad day. He says just walking through and looking at his collection can turn a bad day right around. From the sounds of it, this is easy to understand.
As a young boy Rick was fascinated by Corvettes and spent many days dreaming about getting behind the wheel of his very own. There was a time that he though that this was going to be just a dream…today he has 98 in his private collection. His love for Chevy goes far beyond that as he also has seven 1957 Chevys on display as well. To many this car is what defines the word classic. Also on hand are plenty of Camaros both young and old including the VIN #1 of the 2010 Camaro when it was resurrected.
Despite all the nearly priceless cars and collectors on display that once belonged to the rich and famous, the most prized possession in this dream car facility is neither. It is actually a 1931 Chevy that Rick and his father restored together when Rick was only 15. They spent time together in front of his grandfather’s general store bringing this modest Chevy back to life. It is the memories rather than collector status that makes this vehicle priceless to Hendrick. He actually went as far as to recreate the general storefront within the museum and has his 1931 parked right out front. For Rick’s 40th birthday his father had a team fully restore the ’31 Chevy to pristine condition that included a Corvette engine. It is now Rick’s greatest treasure on 4 wheels.
To continue his childhood memories Rick not only rebuilt a replica of his grandfather’s general store, but also rebuilt the Citgo service station where he met his wife, Linda; the Virginia bank where his mother worked and where he got 90-day loans to rebuild and sell cars ; a replica of his first Chevrolet dealership and even a vintage Dairy Queen with a working ice cream machine. It is an amazing tribute to his family and his life growing up in North Carolina.
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