Reeves Callaway, the renowned specialty-automobile manufacturer and founder of Callaway Cars, reached a personal and professional milestone recently when he became the latest inductee into the National Corvette Museum's Hall of Fame. According to the NCM, Callaway received the honor for turning Corvettes into record-setting supercars that elevate the performance, exclusivity, and style of the American sports car.
Callaway produced the first RPO B2K turbocharged Corvettes in 1987. In a first for the marque, B2K Vettes were ordered at a local dealership, then shipped directly from Bowling Green to Callaway's Old Lyme, Connecticut, headquarters for conversion. When the makeover was complete, the car was shipped to the purchasing dealer for customer delivery. This successful program helped Callaway gain a reputation for building some of the fastest-and best-engineered-Corvettes in the world.
Reeves Callaway's HOF induction underscores the prestige and respect accorded the many limited-edition vehicles designed by Callaway Cars over the past 30 years. "To be inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame is both flattering and humbling," he said. "I want to emphasize that this honor rightfully goes to all the men and women who have had a hand in making Callaway Cars what it is today."
Since its inception, Callaway Cars has grown from a garage-based venture to a multinational industry leader. Today, the company is overseen by Managing Director Mike Zoner and boasts a California facility that's managed by Reeves' son, Pete. An additional outpost in Germany, Callaway Competition, GmbH, is directed by Ernst Woehr. When it comes to designing high-performance Corvettes, the company relies on the expertise of both its own engineers and that of famed Canadian designer Paul Deutschman. Deutschman has penned the sleek lines of every Callaway Corvette, including the legendary 254-mph Callaway Sledgehammer, the Aerobody, the Le Mans-proven Callaway C4R and C12R, the C16, and the Speedster.
The company's European racing program, run by Callaway Competition, clinched the '07 FIA GT3 Team Championship with the production-based Callaway Z06.R, and it currently leads the '08 points race. At the HOF ceremony, Reeves Callaway presented last year's championship trophy to Wil Cooksey, chairman of the board for the NCM.
"I am very proud of our long history with Corvette," Callaway said. "We were lucky to be asked to work with GM 22 years ago. I can look back over the Twin Turbos, the SuperNaturals, and the Le Mans versions of the Corvette-and, of course, the new supercharged Callaway Corvettes-with enormous satisfaction."
Callaway Cars currently produces a 580hp supercharged version of the C6 Corvette that is available through 25 select Callaway/Chevrolet retailers nationwide. Though stylistically less daring than its forebears, the car exhibits all the top-notch engineering quality and stupendous performance that is synonymous with the Callaway name. After all, fans of the marque have come to expect nothing less.