Burke Rhoads, an officer with the Nicholasville, Kentucky, police department, loved Corvettes. As his budget allowed, Burke spent his free time restoring his own 1984 Corvette, promising his daughter, Jacquelyn, that the work would be done in time for her senior prom in 2018. It was not to be: On March 11, 2015, Burke was killed in a traffic accident on a fog-shrouded road while driving to a department training session.
As a 501c3 nonprofit, the museum has no budget for outside restorations, meaning that some creativity needed to be applied if the museum agreed to proceed with the project. Supporting law enforcement and military has always been a priority for the facility, which offers free or discounted admission to veterans and police, but this project would go far beyond the museum’s norms.
Completed last month, the car was revealed to family members and friends during the Michelin National Corvette Museum Bash on Saturday, April 29. Frassinelli called the museum’s work on the car “very meaningful for our team,” a sentiment echoed by Melissa Rhoads.