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Corvette: Meet NCM’s Director of Collections & Education Brian Baker

The National Corvette Museum continues to add A-List talent to their roster! On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to the new Director of Collections & Education at the Museum, Brian Baker. https://youtu.be/Soa0Cpikv3k; https://podcasts.adorilabs.com/corve...JQPOZZgm2OBhQ4. Brian has a rich working history with General Motors and actually was the designer of the SSR! Brian joined the NCM recently and has a wonderful vision of the future for the Museum. You'll hear all about that in this episode of CORVETTE TODAY.

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Your Lottery Z06 Christmas Present

Tired of waiting and want a long shot to get your Z06? I have two friends who between them have won three new Corvettes. Is this your Christmas self-present? https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-coupe. Might you be the third friend who wins a Corvette lottery by buying just one ticket? Of course still going to be many months until you are driving it, but if you win a heck of lot cheaper than your/my other plan.
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2023 Corvette Info Including SR Pricing, SR 2023 Visualizer, 70th Anniversary SR/Z06 Press Release; The C8 Z06 Press Release, Order Guide & Its Visualizer Link

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Meet Harlan Charles: Corvette & Camaro Marketing and Product Manager

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  • Meet Harlan Charles: Corvette & Camaro Marketing and Product Manager

    Harlan is such a postive Corvette representative. As many others do, I talking with him at major Corvette events. He helped us pick out the final options and colors for our current Corvette.

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    [Quote=LinkedIn]“Harlan Charles started his Corvette dream job in 2001. Harlan represents Chevrolet marketing and the Corvette customer with the Corvette Engineering team for the current and future Corvettes. His job is to make sure product decisions support making Corvette customers happy. Harlan comes up with new ideas and makes requests for product improvements, new models, special editions, and creates market specifications for the engineers to follow using clinic, research, and enthusiast data. He also creates the desired option packaging and customer order guides.

    Harlan started his GM career in 1988 as a Concepts Engineer at GM Design Staff and holds 11 US patents. Other past assignments include, Design Analyst for Chevrolet, Product Manager for the Oldsmobile Intrigue, and Portfolio and Technology Manager for Cadillac.

    Harlan has been a Chevrolet and Corvette enthusiast since childhood and owns 2 Corvettes, a 1999 and 1990. He enjoys taking long road trips and has driven to 49 states and 10 provinces all in Corvettes. Harlan is on the National Corvette Museum Board of Directors. He has an educational background in Engineering, Transportation Design, and Strategic Marketing.”[/Quote. [Thanks and credit to LinkedIn.]


    Of course, as one of the very top members of the Corvette team, he gets to drive the latest, greatest Corvette as part of his daily life — and is so often seen driving it to many major Corvette events.

    But more than “work,” as noted above, Corvettes have been his personal passion forever, and that includes his having fun as typified in this picture.

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    Harlan being interviewed about the just-revealed C7 at the 2013 NAIAS show:



    Walkaround at Corvettes at Carlisle, 2017, Introducing the Grand Sport:



    The above does not convey how friendly and personable Harlan is, for he is always imminently approachable at major Corvette events. He eagerly talks with all who come over to visit him there. No question your/others ask is beneath him to share his full information (well of course as long as it is not about “potential future potential product”). He still remains, after his 20+ years representing his beloved Corvettes, an outstanding ambassador for our Corvettes. Speaking of, he is an official GM representative on the Board of Directors of the National Corvette Museum.

    If you have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Harlan, three great events upcoming during the next six months include the April 25-27th NCM Bash, August 22nd Corvettes at Carlisle, and the end of the National Corvette Caravan which then becomes the 25th National Corvette Museum Anniversary starting on August 28th.







    2023 Z06: Hypersonic Gray HTC, two tone blue interior, complete high wing/aero package. CCB’s, PBC, E60, and with every visible carbon fiber option including wheels. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 24 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    I have never spoken to Harlan but have heard him talk. I’ve never met Kai Spande yet either. I did have a great experience with Dave Tatman. Met him at a motel on the way to Carlisle in 2012. He helped us figure out what a problem was with our car that developed on the trip and gave us a temporary solution and told us what to do when we got home.
    Guess I need to get around and speak to Harlan and Kai.
    There is a madness to my method!
    2023 Torch/Adrenaline Z51, MSRC, front lift
    2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
    2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
    79 coupe Silver/oyster
    All one owner
    Museum lifetime members

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    • #3
      Harlan is an all around good guy. To have driven his Corvettes to 49 states says it all.

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      • #4
        Idig he drives his company corvettes in the snow showing diehearts the corvette can be used every day as a daily driver...

        big props to him for driving in the snow...im not convinced at this point id be driving with the roof down in the snow but I have to admit 40 odd years ago when i first got my license, my friends and I all jumped in my worked convertible firebird put the top down and headed down to the beach with it snowing ...to this day i have fond memories of being 17 and being wild kids drivng with my buddies in liht snow and winter ..

        not much has changed over the years with the exception roof up targa on ...yet driving uear round keeps me feeling young.

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        • #5
          I love that the interviewer in the first video when he asked, When do we hit a wall? I think they achieved that with the 2019 ZR1.
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          Rocket City Florida - 2013 427 Vert - 2015 ZO6 - 2020 Stingray

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          • #6
            Glad nobody was injured.
            Rocket City Florida - 2013 427 Vert - 2015 ZO6 - 2020 Stingray

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JB View Post
              Idig he drives his company corvettes in the snow showing diehearts the corvette can be used every day as a daily driver...

              big props to him for driving in the snow...im not convinced at this point id be driving with the roof down in the snow but I have to admit 40 odd years ago when i first got my license, my friends and I all jumped in my worked convertible firebird put the top down and headed down to the beach with it snowing ...to this day i have fond memories of being 17 and being wild kids drivng with my buddies in liht snow and winter ..

              not much has changed over the years with the exception roof up targa on ...yet driving uear round keeps me feeling young.
              I remember driving with the top down in the winter in the 60 Corvette I had when I was in college. Don’t really remember doing it while snowing but it could have happened.
              There is a madness to my method!
              2023 Torch/Adrenaline Z51, MSRC, front lift
              2015 Z06 Torch/adrenaline
              2001 coupe Torch/oak R8C
              79 coupe Silver/oyster
              All one owner
              Museum lifetime members

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              • #8
                I have talked with Harlan a couple of times at the Bash. I walked up to him and asking him a question each time . He was helpfu. . As John noted above, he is also friendly and easy to talk to.

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                • #9
                  Ditto. We are lucky to have Harlan doing what he does for our Corvettes.
                  Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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                  • #10
                    I found out something interesting yesterday. When checking on the delivery of my Corvette, the District Manager for GM shared with me the build sheet for my Corvette. As you will note, it was ordered and spec'd out by Harlan Charles.... Pretty cool...


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                    • #11
                      Harlan is a handsome man also and a great specialist. he inspired me to start my career in Marketing. That's why I have chosen a good school for getting knowledge and some experience. I'm gonna finish https://www.becomeopedia.com/marketing-manager/ and look for some opportunities related to this field. I have no experience yet, but I feel like I'm prepared for all. The creativity is my skil that helped and will help me along my career.
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                      • #12
                        I had the opportunity to meet both Harlan and Tadge at the awards banquet during last years 25th Anniversary Caravan. I was most impressed at how down to earth and approachable they were. GM is very fortunate to have such quality and knowledgeable individuals leading the Corvette development. Click image for larger version

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                        2020 3LT Torch Red Z51 HTC, Adrenaline Red Interior w/ two tone seats, MRC, Front Lift, Bright Red Calipers.

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