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Hendrick Adds Another VIN 001 to His Collection

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Long before he was a NASCAR team owner, Rick Hendrick was a Chevrolet dealer and a car collector.

At the Hendrick Motorsports campus near Charlotte Motor Speedway, Hendrick has an impressive collection of cars, including a number of Chevrolet Camaros and Corvettes that carry VIN 001, indicating they are the very first production examples of each model.

Thursday, Chevrolet announced that it would race the Camaro ZL1 next year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Not coincidentally, also on Thursday, Hendrick traveled to the General Motors Lansing Grand River assembly plant in  Lansing, Michigan, where he took delivery of a new 2018 Camaro ZL1 ILE, which carries VIN 001.

Hendrick purchased the right to buy VIN 001 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector-Car Auction in Palm Beach, Florida. Hendrick’s winning bid was $250,000, all of which went to the United Way.

Rick Hendrick is joined by General Motors Lansing Grand River assembly employees after delivery of his Camaro ZL1 1LE at the plant Thursday. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)


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Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen is a veteran motorsports journalist. He spent 13 years with, where he was Digital Content Manager. Previously, he was executive editor of NASCAR Scene and managing editor of National Speed Sport News. Jensen served as the president of the National Motorsports Press Association and is the group’s former Writer of the Year.