The month of June is a very important month in the history of the Corvette. Many significant events took place from production starting here at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, the ground breaking of the National Corvette Museum in 1990, to the last C4 Corvette rolling off of the line, but none of it could be possible without the first production Corvette rolling off of the assembly line June 30th, 1953.
The first 1953 Corvette took three 16 hour days to complete. The startup was extremely slow and exhausting, but production ramped up in July with three cars rolling off the line each day. Almost one year from when the car was introduced to the world, production in Flint stopped on the 1953 Corvette and moved to St. Louis, MO where the 1954 Corvette started just four days later.
Only 300 total 1953 Corvettes were produced, making this an extremely sought after car in any collection. The Flint, MI Corvette Assembly plant was torn down several years ago, and many of the bricks that were used on the plant have been saved by the National Corvette Museum. You can purchase a brick for $25 and own a piece of Corvette history.
Read Adam Boca's full blog post on the birth of the Corvette here!
Thunderhill HPDE Registration Open
The third annual High Performance Driving Event is schedule for September 8 and is managed by the experienced team of leaders and coaches at Hooked On Driving.
Thunderhill in Willows, CA is a spectacular track for this event, with challenging turns, straights that let you feel your Vette power, and civilized facilities for drivers and guests alike. This year, meet Kirk Bennion, Chief Designer of the C6, and Gerry Panetta of the GM Design Studio.
Registration is open NOW through both Hooked on Driving and the NCM site. Beginners through Advanced drivers are welcome! Sorry, no convertibles. The driving event is $295 which includes lunch and t-shirt. There will also be an event Launch and Luncheon on September 7th, in Maxwell, CA with a spectacular drive to the track as an option for only $15.
Sights of South America
February 12, 2012 begins a new adventure for NCM fans. Our cruise on the Celebrity Infinity "around the horn" of South America is slated to be 14 nights of fun and fellowship. Stops include Chile, Argentina and Uruguay with fascinating views of mountain peaks, fjords and rainforests.
Prices for this amazing experience begin at just $3,238.87 per person for a balcony cabin and includes the cabin, port fees, taxes, travel insurance, one-way transfer, group 3-course dinner and tango show in Buenos Aires, NCM polo shirt, 2 private NCM corktail parties and an NCM travel planner. View the complete agenda online here, and save your spot today! A $900 deposit is due by JULY 15 to secure your space and the current rate!
Check out this video with some of the sights you'll see on the cruise on our You Tube channel!
Kentucky 1 Lap Event
The popular One Lap of Kentucky tour, part of the NCM’s Museum in Motion program, follows the Bourbon Trail and visits Kentucky horse country.
This tour is a joint fundraiser for the National Corvette Museum and Trooper Island, the camp supported by the Kentucky State Police. Tour dates are October 11-14 with a late afternoon introduction and drivers’ meeting in the National Corvette Museum on October 10th and the tour departing on the 11th. Once again the Tour will be led by a KSP Trooper in a marked Camaro.
Along the route of the 4-day excursion, participants will visit a number of Kentucky’s famous bourbon distilleries, Frankfort, the capitol of Kentucky and the site of several historical buildings including the Governors’ mansion and the KSP museum, plus two days in the Lexington area, the center of the State’s horseracing industry.
This very special event is limited to 30 cars and the tour fee is $650 for the driver and $350 for their guest. The Museum in Motion tours are very popular and with limited space it’s important to sign up promptly while there is still space. Register online here.
Build Your Own 2012 Grand Sport Winner Drawn
Congratulations to Keith Lowy of Neptune, NJ! He held winning ticket #451 in today's drawing for a 2012 "Build Your Own" Grand Sport! We sold 1400 of the 1994 tickets!
In two weeks we raffle a 2012 Centennial Edition Carbon Flash Metallic Grand Sport Coupe. The car features black leather and suede interior with red stitching, 100th anniversary embossed design ont he headrest, satin black graphics on the hood and rear quarter panels, special 100th anniversary crossed flag emblem, 6-speed manual transmission, dual mode performance exhaust, satin black wheels with red brake calipers, 3LT package with navigation.
Tickets are only $200 each and the raffle is limited to 1,000 tickets.
Corvette Museum Ladies' Button Tab Jacket. There is nothing but style and comfort in this French terry slub jacket. Easy going fit with self-fabric tabs that button to create a 3-quarter length sleeve. Styling is hip length with a relaxed fit, side entry pockets, nylon zipper and a screen printed National Corvette Museum design. 100% cotton. $38.00
Vets 'n Vettes Dates Moved
Now in its 4th year, the annual Vets 'n Vettes event offers a number of ways to enjoy camaraderie with others who have served. The event is scheduled for November 3-5, 2011.
Thursday begins with the raising of the POW/MIA flag to start off the event. Poker runs, a military themed movie in the theater, a lunch tour and a guided Museum tour round out the day. Thursday evening we have a casual meet n greet in the NCM Boulevard with pizza and drinks. Friday features a return trip to the 118th Airlift Wing in Nashville including lunch. On return we will have the group photo and the Military History trivia contest and free area road tour in the afternoon. Saturday is the event everyone loves – the annual Bowling Green Veterans Day Parade – where all attending Corvettes can participate! After the parade participants will return to the Museum for lunch and the Warrior Session. Seminars round out the afternoon and then the event wraps up with a banquet in the NCM Conference Center. General registration for Vets ‘n Vettes is only $10. Register online here.
This flag is made of the hardwood flooring reclaimed fromt he barracks at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. The wood was salvaged in 2007 as part of a recycling program through the Federal Government. It has never been sealed with chemicals, but was waxed which leads to its character. Soldiers from armored divisions and Marines who fought in WWII walked on this floor efore heading off to war. Only 750 of these were made and when the wood is gone, there will be no more flags. Size is 14" x 9". The flag is signed and numbered. Ends July 6. Bid Now.
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