Time to hit the road and make the trek back to OK and make a stop in Nashville and soak up the country music atmosphere.
Along the way and needing a break we see a sign for the National Corvette Museum, being the rev heads we can be, we decided to go check it out.
Wow! Wow! As soon as we get in the door their are “special orders” sitting awaiting their new owners pick up this next week.
Jack gets to take a ride in one, haa haa haa! Check out some of these prize draws as well and no, we didn't buy a ticket 😦
So we head to the counter to pay and we have to sign some indemnity form for a sinkhole or something. Now not really paying attention and keen to get in and check out the cars we really didn't take in the whole 'sinkhole' thing!
Do you remember on the news in February of this year about the sinkhole that dropped 8 corvettes into the hole, a tragedy we thought and saw it even back in Australia, well this is the place!
The cars that unfortunately went into the sink hole? A classic 1962, one owner – it survived pretty well, “Ruby” the 40th Anniversary edition, not too bad but the 1millionth and the 1.5millionth are messed up and the devastating mess of the 2001 Mallett Hammer is now about a foot wide having taken the most damage from boulders and dirt, the first to go in the hole.
Some will be restored and a couple will be left as is – they truly are a mess.
Harvey Earl was the Head of GM styling. He started toying with the idea of a sporty concept car in 1951, having gained approval in 1952 to make the concept car a reality and be ready for display at the 1953 New York Motorama.
This is when the best engineering help of Maurice Olley came into play as well. Chevrolet employees were asked for name ideas and one of their PR photographers Myron Scott is credited with suggesting Corvette after the British Navy class of fast-pursuit ships. Now, Corvette has long been known for Motorsport and there are many racing and pace cars on display in the Museum as well as all the history – from it's foundation, branding, progress, model changes etc.
The history of the change in Corvette is an interesting one in itself, with Zora Arkus-Duntov (born in Belgium, raised in Leningrad and led a very colourful life) having seen the Corvette on display in New York, wrote the company and came to work with GM in 1953. He was an amazing engineer and had also raced and won in his class twice at Le Mans. He is the man who changed Corvette from something gracious to one of the most respected sports cars in the world.
A fantastic museum, would recommend visiting for sure. If you are into cars and ever get the opportunity it's huge and drool worthy. Rest of the pics will be on Facebook.
Anyway there is so much to learn, go see it! Check out the website below! A visit on your way through Bowling Green, Kentucky is highly recommended and will need a couple of hours at least!
What a ride!
Sunday July 20th