Peter Max Corvette Collection Sweepstakes To Benefit National Guard Education Foundation
The Peter Max Corvette Collection is one of the most famous collections of Corvettes ever assembled. The cars that make up the collection were originally part of a massive sweepstakes event hosted by VH1. Today, all 36 cars in the collection are once more being offered up in another sweepstakes event – this time to raise money for the National Guard Education Foundation.
In 1989, the popular music television channel VH1 ran a promotional sweepstakes that was intended to help the (then) fledgling network vastly expand its viewership. The top prize? A collection of 36 Corvettes – one from each model year since the car was first introduced in 1953 – to a single, lucky winner. To enter, one simply had to call a 900-number (at a cost of $2.00) to register for the giveaway. VH1 received more than two million entries!
The winner of the competition was Dennis Amodeo, a carpenter from Long Island, New York. As is true of most people, Amodeo did not have the means to store thirty-six Corvettes. Instead, he immediately sold the collection of Corvettes to artist Peter Max.
While it is generally believed that Max purchased the collection with the intent of using the cars for a series of future art projects, the collection spent the next two decades sitting largely abandoned in a number of various New York City parking garages without much regard for their upkeep. In 2014, a group of Corvette enthusiasts came together to rescue the discarded Corvettes. This group, who purchased the cars and began the process of restoring them, are also responsible for creating the organization “Corvette Heroes.”
Corvette Heroes was founded as a way to give away all 36 Corvettes with all of the proceeds to benefit the National Guard Educational Foundation. Restoration work was performed on many of the cars under the direction of Corvette aficionado and occasional concours judge Chris Mazzilli.
Here’s the best part – the Corvette Heroes are not giving away all 36 Corvettes to a single winner this time. Instead, they will announce 36 separate winners, vastly increasing the likelihood of winning one of these historically significant Corvettes.
To enter the contest, you simply need to visit the Corvette Heroes website. Once there, you can purchase either a single ticket for $3.00 or as many as 7,200 tickets for $5,000 (which works out to $1.44 per ticket, which is less than the original 1989 sweepstakes entry fee of $2.00.) Because this is a sweepstakes, there is no limit to the total number of tickets any individual can purchase, so there is no way to determine the odds of winning until after tickets sales are closed and tallied. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit members of the National Guard and their families.
Entries will be accepted until April 30th, 2020 at 12:00pm Pacific Time. The drawing for all 36 cars will take place approximately two weeks after ticket sales are closed. It is worth noting that each of the Corvettes will be given away to one of 36 people with a winning ticket – but each ticket is good for all 36 Corvettes, which means that there is no way of knowing which of the 36 Corvettes you’ll win.
The History Channel will air “The Lost Corvettes” later this month. This special series, which premiers on Saturday, September 21 at 10pm (est), documents the history of the Peter Max Collection and highlights the restoration efforts by the Corvette Heroes. The series is being produced by Bungalow Media+ Entertainment whose CEO, Mr. Robert Friedman, was the VH1 executive who was originally behind the original 36 Corvette give-away. He is also the executive producer of this new series.