When I was 17, my brother had a girlfriend who’s dad had a 1960 Corvette. It was baby blue and white with white wall tires. It was gorgeous. For my birthday, he took me out and let me drive it. He had kept it in amazing condition except for the fact that the exhaust leaked and when it did it came up through the convertible’s floor. It made you stink like gas just for being in the car but driving it was awesome. I had found Corvettes cool before then but from then on I was hooked. A while back, I had a chance to visit the National Corvette Museum and seeing how it’s been in the news lately I thought I would talk about it and share some pictures.
I have made a lot of trips in the last year and I’ve been trying to decide which one would be my first travel post. I’ve experienced amazing sights and seafood in Seattle, a whale watching tour that turned into an at sea rescue in Alaska, firing automatic weapons at the world’s largest machine gun shoot, and being in the control booth for the fire works show for one of Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center fireworks shows. Well, it seems mother nature decided for me. In case you missed it, Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, 2014 , a giant sinkhole opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome, located in Bowling Green, Ky. Measuring at around 40 feet across and up to 30 feet deep, the sinkhole swallowed eight rare Corvettes in a matter of a few sad minutes. Freaked out museum employees had to move the other 20 cars out of the Skydome building to protect them from the fate of the damaged cars, one of which was the 1 millionth Corvette ever built.
Basically the Museum’s Skydome went from looking like this…….
To looking like this……..
The National Corvette Museum is a great stop if you are near Bowling Green, Kentucky. I accidentally found it last year on my way to the Knob Creek Machine gun shoot and had to visit. The first thing you notice about the museum is that it is massive. Even without the parts that the Kentucky ground just swallowed whole, it will take you a few hours to see everything.
It holds examples of every Corvette beginning with the first 1953 model, a convertible, through today’s models. Along with the production cars, the museum also holds many of the cars from Corvettes racing teams and and some rare concept cars from Corvette’s design department. Some of these concept cars look cool, like the blue one below…..
……and some of them, like the one below, are kind of ridiculous.
There is also a section showing the design and engineering process.
Across the street is Chevy’s Corvette plant and you can see the newest of the new cars waiting to be shipped out to dealerships.
All in all, it is well worth the stop, especially since museum admission is only $5. If you go just watch out for sinkholes, because getting sucked down into a 30 foot pit in Kentucky is way up there on the list of sh#tty ways to die.
To learn more or donate to the restoration efforts visit http://www.corvettemuseum.org/ . Consider giving them a buck or two. The museum isn’t run by Chevy but instead is a non-profit started by Corvette enthusiasts that I am pretty sure weren’t expecting this:
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