Ed “Big Daddy” Roth exhibit will debut at National Corvette Museum

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Outlaw was Roth’s first custom car and, like most of his builds, used a fiberglass body built from scratch and not modeled after a production car. It’s powered by a Cadillac V-8. Brandan Gillogly

Despite what its name suggests, the National Corvette Museum does not cater exclusively to America’s Sports Car. The museum, located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, adjacent to the factory in which all Corvettes are built, has highlighted race cars and other significant vehicles in the past, and starting January 31, 2020, will feature its newest exhibit: Car-toon Creatures, Kustom Kars, and Corvettes: The Art and Influence of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

Co-curated by Tom Peters, the C8 Corvette’s recently retired Director of Exterior Design, the exhibit will feature a recreation of Roth’s garage, a life-size interpretation of Roth’s iconic Rat Fink character, and a number of his custom show cars. Galpin Motors has lent Orbitron, Mysterion, and Tweedy Pie; the Petersen Museum has sent the Outlaw; and the Beatnik Bandit is on loan from the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.

Ed Roth was a big inspiration for Peters, and so the exhibit will also include a recreation of Peters’ studio and some of his Corvette designs, including a Corvette built for a recent Transformers movie.

The exhibit opens January 31, 2020, and will run through December of this year. To plan your trip to the museum or to purchase tickets, visit the museum’s website.

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