Back when cable TV’s music-video programming actually played music videos, the folks at VH1 ran a sweepstake where they gave away a cadre of 36 Corvettes to one lucky winner. The year was 1989, and to attract a larger audience, VH1 ran a promotion where entrants would place a two-dollar phone call to a 900-number. The winner was drawn from a list of the four-million entrants who made the call. In the end, a carpenter from Long Island, Dennis Amodeo, won all the Corvettes.
Storing all 36 Corvettes can be a bit of an issue, especially any place near New York City. It didn’t take long for that fact to become very real to Dennis. He sold the pack of Corvettes, almost immediately, to artist Peter Max, who took on the task of storing all the cars in various parking garages all around the Big Apple. His five-year plan was to use the cars as art, but that soon turned into a 30-year-plus endeavor.
In the end, the cars were never desecrated in the name of art, but they didn’t fare much better at the hands of mother nature and time. Left to decay, the cars were forgotten and lost to time. In 2014, the cars were finally pried from their public sarcophagus’, and are now getting a second lease on life, ironically, in a second sweepstake.
It is said that “Those who don’t study history are destined to repeat it.” The folks at the History Channel should know that better than anyone and, as an interesting twist, have joined with Corvette Heroes on this second-round sweepstakes. The difference this time is there will be 36 individual winners looking to find a spot for their single Corvette rather than finding 36 spots for all the Corvettes! Another benefit is it increases the odds of those who participate.
The Lost Corvettes Giveaway (aka Corvette Heroes Sweepstakes) started on July 1, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. Eastern time and will end on April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. The selection of winners will occur around May 15, 2020. This sweepstake is open only to legal United States residents of 49 states and the District of Columbia (sorry Oregon). Entrants must be 18 or older to enter, and of course, the sweepstakes is void where prohibited. Since the formula for giving stuff away has become rather tricky in our modern age, we suggest you check out the official rules HERE.
We don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t want to win a Corvette, and thanks to this special opportunity, there will be 36 winning individuals – well, 37 if you consider Dennis Amodeo. I wonder if he’ll throw his name back in the hat for a second chance! But, would that make it 36 winners or 35? As we said, math gets funny when it comes to sweepstakes.