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National Corvette Museum eNews
  May 4, 2011
GM Announces C7 to be Built in Bowling Green

The General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant was packed full of community and state leaders, GM officials, media and supporters of Corvette today in hopes of good news with regards to the future of Corvette and Bowling Green. It was good news indeed as GM North America President Mark Reuss took to the podium and announced their plans to invest $131 million in the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, "This facility is particularly thrilling for me to be at because I've had Corvettes, in fact, Corvette is one of the reasons why I went to work for the company a long time ago," said Reuss.

Reuss announced that the next generation Corvette, the C7, would be produced in Bowling Green and that 250 jobs would be created.

He added that the current generation will continue for about two more years while work happens behind the scenes to update the facility and ensure the Corvette will continue to be the true American sports car built here for many years to come. The C7 model is predicted to be debuted Spring of 2013 for a 2014 model year Corvette.

"As you know Bowling Green is a special place and not just to me and to GM but to Corvette lovers around the world. This place is THE mecca for those who appreciate true affordable sports car performance and they come from the four corners of the globe to see what you do here," said Reuss. "It is amazing and it is inspiring and it is very American."

Read more about the press conference on our blog here, and watch Reuss's complete speech on our You Tube channel here.

Driving School Giveaway

Founding, Charter, Individual and Family members who renew their membership now through Saturday, September 3 at noon will be entered to win complimentary registration to our High Performance Driving School at Autobahn in Joliet, IL on October 3.

Only one entry per renewing member, and the drawing will take place in the open Membership Meeting during the Museum's Labor Day festivities in the Chevrolet Theatre.

In order to be eligible, you must renew through the online Corvette Store (not Member Services), by mail or by phone. Use code DRIVERNWL11. This code must be entered in the special instructions box on the shipping summary page online.

Winner is responsible for travel arrangements, the prize includes cost of school only.

Founding, Charter, Individual and Family renewals only, one entry per family (excludes NGN, SEN, EMEM, LIFE).

Regardless of expiration date, all eligible members are welcome to renew.  Expiration dates will extend from current expiration date.

A Few Spots Remain on NASCAR Tour

August 17-18 is your chance to get up close and personal with NASCAR! Our Museum in Motion tour takes participants to Charlotte, NC for two days of immersion into the world of NASCAR.

The trip includes a visit to Hendrick Motorsports complex with a tour of their personal collection, pit stop demo and shop tour with lunch and visits by a special guest from the team. A dinner and lunch at the Charlotte Motor Speedway is planned with rides in Pace Cars on the Track and photo ops. Finally, a visit to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Motorsports with special behind the scenes tour and photo op.

The trip is limited to only 75 cars and costs $800 per person for members, $840 for non-members. Check out all the details online here.

Come Gather with Us!

Next weekend we welcome and celebrate the Fourth Generation of Corvettes with our C4 Gathering May 12-14.

This year's event marks the 15th anniversary of the LT4 Grand Sport. In addition to Gordon Killebrew's School, the event offers a Jingles Road Tour, 2012 Corvette Walk Around, plus new seminars on transmission swaps, modifying C4s, upgrading brakes and swapping fuel injectors. There is also an opportunity to visit a Corvette "graveyard" - so if you are in need of parts this will be a great time to get them!

On-site registration will be available. Check out the complete agenda online here. We hope to see you next week!

Win a 2012 ZR1 Next Week!

Next week, Thursday, May 12, we raffle the opportunity to "Build Your Own" 2012 ZR1. You can't even order a 2012 yet, but you could be one of the first to secure one! This raffle not only has an $80,000 cash option, but also a 2nd prize of $1,000 and 3rd prize of $500. The drawing will be held at 2pm CT. Tickets are $500 and the raffle is limited to 500 tickets.

Congratulations to our two Corvette winners last week! Chuck Lick of North Royalton, OH held winning ticket #333 in Friday's drawing for a 2011 Supersonic Blue Coupe Corvette. Then on Saturday, Joshua Gross of Portland, OR held winning ticket #10984 in our drawing for a 2011 Torch Red Convertible!

Learn more online at corvettemuseum.org/raffle or call 800-538-3883.

Corvette Store Feature

It's the 100th Anniversary of Chevrolet and the Corvette Store is offering a selection of merchandise to commemorate this milestone.

Pictured: Centennial Louis Chevrolet Racing T-Shirt. $16.95

View all 100 Years of Chevrolet items online here.

Motorsports Park Project Kicked Into High Gear

The 2011 Winner's Circle banquet brought special guests, members of the Corvette Racing team including Program Manager Doug Fehan, Car #3 Crew Chief Dan Binks, and Driver Tommy Milner. Doug inspired the group with a moving speech on how important dedicated enthusiasts are to both the Museum and the brand, saying that the Motorsports Park is the “final jewel in the crown of Corvette.” He added “nobody has a museum funded by the people who buy the car, love the car, have a passion for the car.” Nobody except Corvette of course! Doug reminded supporters that they have the power to make the Motorsports Park a reality and they have the power to influence others to join with them.

After presentations were made to the nearly 100 donors and supporters in attendance, Larry and Peggy Martin of Louisville, KY made a surprise visit to the stage. Larry spoke of how Doug’s words inspired them, and how they wanted to come forward and commit to joining the “One Acre Club” with a contribution of $15,000. Larry welcomed others who felt as strongly about Doug’s speech to also come forward and share the stage… and joining Larry and Peggy were Jack and Doris DeLong of Huntingdon Valley, PA; Andy Guinn of Douglassville, TX and Wendell (and Jan) Strode of Bowling Green, KY . Also making a commitment of purchasing an acre that weekend were Steve and Debbie Uhrig of Arcanum, OH and Wayne and P.J. Ray, of Roswell, GA. Other members and clubs also expressed interest in supporting the project in the near future.

Strode also announced at Bash that the Motorsports Park project would now be completed in Phases, with Phase 1 to include a two-mile road course and autocross/skid pad area. Read the complete blog posting here.

Thanks for Making it a Bash!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the 2011 C5/C6 Bash! The weather was fantastic, we had some new and entertaining seminars and of course the company couldn't have been better.

We have posted a few clips on our You Tube channel from the unveiling of the 2012 Corvettes, the 2012 seminar and other special moments for those who missed out.

Unveiling the 2012 Corvette
Centennial Edition Review by Tadge
Exterior Review by Kirk
Interior Review by Craig
2012 Corvette New Features Overview
Kirk's Presentation on the Exterior
Craig's Presentation on the Interior
Corvette Racing's Tommy Milner Talks Corvette
Corvette Racing's Tommy Milner Talks ALMS

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This week's trivia question was: Name the two new Corvette colors for 2012.

Congratulations to Jeff Flint! He correctly identified Carbon Flash and Carlisle Blue as the two new colors. Jeff scored a t-shirt and free passes to the Museum!

You, too, can play Tuesday Nite Trivia by becoming a 'Fan' of NCM on Facebook!


2012 "Build Your Own" ZR1 with $80,000 Cash Option.
2nd Prize $1,000
3rd Prize $500

Thursday, May 12 at 2pm CT

Tickets are $500 and the raffle is limited to 500 tickets.


This month's free calendar download is an image of Corvette Racing at the Sebring Race this year. Download and/or print this image for free online here.



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I stopped by the museum yesterday (I never seem to get there with enough time to actually visit anything but the gift store!) and actually bought a raffle ticket - but just a $10 one.  Won't know the winner until September, and if I do win, no one will probably believe me after my April 1st post earlier this year!

I wanted a Corvette my whole life, but I never dreamed of all the wonderful people I would meet because of it!

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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