Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum Decatur, Illinois

Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum Decatur, Illinois
Photo Credit To Sreve Lewis

Located in a little Shopping Center in Decatur, Illinois is a Hidden Treasure “The Chevrolet Hall Of Fame Museum”. You’ll have to look close or you’ll miss it, about Mile Marker 147, there a Blue Attraction Sign with an advertisement for the Chevrolet Hall Of Fame Museum.

This gem is far from a blink or you’ll miss it attraction, this is a fantastic collection of some of the finest Chevrolet cars in existence. There’s everything from prototypes, race cars, Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars, to Concours show cars. There’s more Chevrolet history packed in this small space than anywhere I’ve ever seen.

Chevrolet Museum

This Stunning 1967 Camaro SS/RS was fully loaded with an incredible list of options. In striking butternut yellow with a black top, and the Rally Sport trim on the outside. The host of rare options included a 4-Speed, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power locks, air conditioning, and the ultra rare fold down rear seat. The only thing that could have made this more desirable would have been a 396 instead of the 327 under the hood.

Chevrolet Museum

One of the most recognizable cars in the History of NASCAR is the Wrangler Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe that was driven by NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt. Dale won 11 races in 1986 on his way to his second Winston Cup Championship with Chevrolet and the Wrangler colors. The Wrangler Monte Carlo served Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress Racing well until GM Goodwrench moved from Associate Sponsor to Major Sponsor in 1987 giving way from the familiar yellow and blue to the iconic black paint.

Chevrolet MuseumWrangler stayed on as an Associate Sponsor for several more years. Then was brought back out again by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2010 when he won the Nationwide Race at Daytona to honor his father’s induction into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame. This is an amazing part of the exhibition of all the NASCAR race cars and memorabilia on display at the Chevrolet Hall Of Fame Museum.

Chevrolet Museum

Every year Chevrolet Pace Car was represented there, and these were not just replicas. Every one of these incredible cars actually saw track time at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From Camaros to Corvettes they were all there and looking totally amazing.

Chevrolet Museum

Chevy museum

This beautiful Hurst Supercharged 5th Gen Camaro was built for, driven, and autographed by the gracious, and beautiful Linda “Miss Hurst” Vaughn.

Chevrolet Museum

This 1969 Camaro SS in Fathom green with a 396 under the hood is one of the finest ones I’ve seen anywhere. Everything about this car was so rare and so perfect.

Chevrolet Museum

Monte Carlo Aerocoupes were the car to beat on the NASCAR circuit in the late 80’s. This Beauty was from the dealership of 7-time NASCAR Champion Dale Earnhardt and even sported an RCR tag on the back.

Chevrolet Museum

Chevrolet Museum

If you’re a Chevy guy, or a Chevy girl like my fiancee’. You definitely don’t want to miss the opportunity to take in one of the finest collection of Chevrolet cars and memorabilia in the country. They even have a display of what a Chevrolet parts counter looked like in the 60’s, and having worked in a GM Parts Department for over 35 years. That was an awesome treat for me.

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A Brief Look at Reggie Jackson’s Garage
2nd Annual Goodguys/Speedway Motors Day At The Hay Show
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About The Author

Steve has been interested in all things mechanical since he was old enough to crawl. Growing up he ravaged many bikes, trikes, big wheels, lawn mowers, and anything else with wheels. By the time he was 12, he had already rebuilt his first engine and was working on rebuilding his first car - a 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxy 500 XL. At 16, he had moved into drag racing, street racing, and track racing. At 28, he got his first taste of dirt track racing, he continued that on and off for years. He is currently building a Big Block Powered 1976 Chevrolet Laguna S3 to return to drag racing. In between work and racing, Steve enjoys attending car shows and races. He writes articles about the places he's been, people he's met, and the things he's seen.

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