With hundreds of Corvette plant assembly workers looking on, Governor Beshear signed into law House Bill #104 declaring the Chevrolet Corvette the Official Sports Car of the State of Kentucky. Gov Beshear appropriately used an Arctic White Corvette ZR1 as his podium for the signing event at the assembly plant.
Here are several photos from today’s signing event:
“Sports car enthusiasts have been in love with the Corvette since it was first unveiled in the Motorama show in New York in 1953,” said Gov. Beshear. “For nearly 30 years, Kentucky has been the exclusive home of this iconic sports car. Today, we proudly honor this fine example of American ingenuity by designating the Corvette as Kentucky’s official state sports car.”
“I am pleased that we were able to move legislation through the lawmaking process during the 2010 session to highlight the importance of the Corvette Plant to Kentucky’s economy,” said Sen. Mike Reynolds, of Bowling Green. “Bowling Green continues to become more of a tourist destination. Therefore, drawing attention to our community and the Corvette’s unique role in our American heritage can only boost economic development in our area. The Corvette has become a tangible symbol of our Commonwealth and I am grateful that Governor Beshear has taken the time to come to Bowling Green to make that symbolism official.”
The Corvette Assembly Plant moved to Bowling Green from St. Louis in 1981. Currently, the plant employees 450+ employees. Approximately 50,000 visitors tour the plant each year to see how Corvettes are made, which has an economic impact of $205 million. This figure does not include the nearly 150,000 who visit the National Corvette Museum, located directly across the street from the Plant, which attracts Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world.