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has been passed. Jake and I recently had the good fortune to attend David
Hill’s retirement party in Detroit. I was not real keen about going to Detroit
at the end of January. (You see, I’m lounging by my pool typing this on my lap
top and it’s about 77 degrees here in sunny Florida.) I may not be the smartest
cracker in the pack, but I know that it is very cold up there and I wouldn’t go
for just anyone, but this was a once in a life time occasion.
has been the Chief Engineer and Vehicle Line Executive for Corvette since 1993.
During this time he has brought out the multiple award winning C5 Corvette, the
C5 Z06, the new C6 Corvette and the most powerful 505 Horse Power C6 Z06 ever
produced! He is an Engineer’s Engineer! He understands the concept of
balanced performance. Not just raw horse power, but its relationship to mass
and its correlation to your pocketbook. He took Corvette from a power sprinter
and formed it into a powerful nimble world class leading sports car with the
most bang for the buck.
support of Corvette’s return to racing, he put the Sport into America’s
sports car. He watched over Corvette’s Racing from its infancy in 1998 to its
world class dominance today. He has accomplished a tremendous amount, and he is
one of the hardest working Chief Engineers I’ve ever met. But he didn’t work
just to work. He worked because he had a love and a deep passion to produce the
very best sports car in the world, and yet make it affordable. Quite a feat when
you think about it. The C6 Coupe does 180 miles per hour, lists for under 50
grand, and gets almost 30 miles to the gallon on the highway! Better mileage, I
might add, than most of Toyota’s product line. His attention to detail is
legendary through the Halls of Corvette. His mission was to make Corvette the
very best and he refused to compromise in achieving that goal.
Hill’s passion went even further. He attended an untold number of Corvette
Shows around the country and even around the world and always managed to find
time to talk and visit with customers one on one wherever he went. He was on a
constant quest to make sure that his Corvettes were meeting his customers’
needs. He liked talking to the enthusiasts and the enthusiasts liked talking to
about the public David Hill. I have known David since 1997 when we first
met during the beginning days of the Registry and I am proud to say that I have
had a great relationship with him ever since. He always made time to sit and
chat with me when I know he had a million other concerns on his mind. Our
members know he was always there for the Registry whenever we needed him to
speak at a dinner or talk about the latest Corvette innovations. He had a
dedication to Corvette enthusiasts and its customers that was way above anyone I
have ever met at GM.
are one heck of an engineer, but more than that, you are a great friend! I wish
the best to you and your lovely wife Karen as you prepare for your next step
down life’s path. I can’t thank you enough for all you and Karen have done for
me and the Official C5/C6 Registry.
behalf of all our members we want to say a BIG C5/C6 REGISTRY THANK YOU FOR ALL
YOU’VE DONE FOR US THROUGH THE YEARS!
Chief Engineer for Corvette is a 57 year old Pittsburg native, Tom Wallace. I
had a chance to meet Tom at David’s retirement party and I know that Corvette
enthusiasts will not be disappointed. Tom’s background with GM started with the
Buick Motor Car Division. His early success was the Buick Grand National Turbo
program where they gave him the nickname “Turbo Tom”. Up until now he has been
working for the GM Truck Group and was instrumental in bringing out the HOT New
Chevrolet Trail Blazer SS, one of the HOTTEST SUVs out there with a 395 HP LS2
Vette motor! He was also deeply involved in bringing out one of my favorite
vehicles, the Chevrolet SSR also with the 400 HP LS2 engine.
Tom is no
stranger to performance engineering. He likes HORSE POWER and knows how to use
it! Tom is also a racer. (My kind of guy!) He has raced in IMSA
(International Motor Sports Association) in the late 70’s, competing in the 12
hours of Sebring and the grueling 24 Hours of Daytona. Today he still races
SCCA and has won twice the GT1 Championship at Waterford Hills. Tom has ALL
the qualifications for the job and I KNOW that Corvette is poised for a fabulous
future ahead under his leadership!
look forward to seeing you at the Birthday Bash this year, and we couldn’t be
happier having you as the newest Chief Engineer of Corvette.