National Corvette Museum
Bowling Green KY
April 29-May 1, 2010
Thursday, April 29
The joy of living in Alabama: leaving home at
8:08 to get to Bowling Green in time
for the Corvette Racing presentation and lunch that starts @ 11:00!
Moments before the I-65 Exit, there's the NCM.
Check the odometer with this view before the
turn onto Corvette Drive.
As the r/f tire touched the Museum driveway I
saw the odometer click to this, with this view.
I thought this was really cool & appropriate: It was at this
event 4 years ago that the C6
was presented to me by Dave Hill.
The car sat there in front of the NCM all day, odometer
reading 100,000. I lost count of
the people who had to see it and take pictures!
Corvette Racing lunch and talk by
Johnny O'Connell and Doug Fehan was, as
always, a blast!
After lunch, it was time to set up the display,
then check into the Microtel.
Friday, April 30
Our very favorite spot: front window, between
the door and the turntable!
George & Aida Walden from Republic, WA, got
to sign the hood
for their $25 donation to the American Cancer Society.
Billy Toon also made the contribution to ACS.
Shari O'Brien was back this year.
Here she shows me the bricks she placed in her husband's memory.
The site of many great evening get-togethers.
(Strangely, no photos this year...)
Saturday, May 1
Miller gives a presentation on his father's dream, to take the Corvette that won
in 1960 back to Le Mans this June for the 50th anniversary
of that milestone.
The original driver, John Fitch, will also be going back,
drive the car around the course again!
Thanks to Shari for covering my table, selling
so I could sit in on the presentation on the updates for the 2011 Corvette.
Charles (Product Mgr), Kirk Bennion (Designer) and
Tadge Juechter (Chief Engr)
await the start.
new faces to the GM organization were introduced: Randy Schwarz and Dave Leone.
Chevy VP Jim Campbell was not there but had been to several Bashes while Brand
Manager about 10 years ago.
Russ Clark was at the Margaritaville party that evening.
faces included Kirk Bennion, Tadge Juechter and Tom Wallace.
When Harlan was speaking, he made reference to my C6's 100,000 miles
me their "Unofficial High Mileage Tester."
Evening - Margaritaville party
The crowd was much smaller than usual as a lot of the folks had left early
because of the severe storms that had begun, with more headed our way.
once again no pics: Too busy selling 50/50 tickets, with the help of Shari O,
and Jim Miller.
As so often has happened in the past, the winner, Jim During of Portage
gave back his half of the $1550 pot. Thank you Jim!
That $1550, plus the $50 from the 2 hood signings
(see above) and a check for $100 from Sonny & Carmen Kilgo
made a total of
$1700.00 that I was able to send to the American Cancer
Society's Bowling Green
Sunday, May 2
rain! Again! As forecast!
Fortunately I was able to pull the Vette under the roof near the new entrance to
load up the car.
Then I took a leisurely walk through the nearly deserted museum.
display was this #1 of 1, 2011 Carbon Edition tribute to the
50th Anniversary of
Corvette's first win @ Le Mans.
detail in this model Corvette junkyard and shop is mind boggling!
the new Corvette Lifestyle section, our old Maine "lobster"
plate is on display!
in the Rotunda I noticed something new...
Yep, the 2nd day of torrential rain was making its mark.
enough stalling, it's time to brave the storm.
shot is for Bettie Noerr. In 2006, as I first arrived at the Bash where the C6
was to be presented to me, I was walking toward
the Museum door when Bettie
waved me down and said "Don't move, I have something for you!" and
dashed back to their Vette.
She came back with that little Ty bear, seen here
sitting in the cup holder, to be the mascot for the new car. It has never left
car since, and this shot also shows the odometer, at 100058. Thanks, Bettie
& Frank for all your support over the years!
hear it might rain...
was the day that Nashville got flooded. Like, 8' of water in the Grand Ol' Opry!
And I have to drive through Nashville to get home.
down I-65, it was mostly 30-40 mph with the 4-way flashers on because it was
raining so hard that you couldn't see a thing.
All the news reports said that
even the Interstates were closed due to flooding in and around Nashville. The
roadside warning signs
said that I-40 and I-24 were closed. No mention of
I-65... could I be that lucky?
Barely past I-40/I-24, there was the dreaded sign:
"I-65 closed @ I-440; Seek alternate". Off onto the streets of
(with a couple GPS units for guidance) I finally groped my way back
onto I-65 about 20 miles south, but not before having to
turn back twice because
of several feet of water across the local road. It wasn't until the
Alabama border that the blinding rain
began to ease up to just a heavy rain.
At least you could see the car ahead of you! This was w/o a doubt the longest,
heaviest downpour I have ever encountered. I've been in rain that
heavy, but not for this prolonged period.
back, it sure could have been a lot worse. The trip took 3:45, only 1:00 longer
the way, the Michelins, with 25k miles on them, performed
Thank you Michelin and Amy