The Corvette Museum’s Annual Bash was in full swing on Friday and the biggest crowds were always around the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe and Convertible on display in the conference room.
But that didn’t mean there weren’t any other new Stingrays in the vicinity. This is Vette City after all. Hunting down the new model cars at the factory or around town is an annual pastime but this year it was made much easier as we got directions to where we could find them from Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter.
We weren’t the only ones on the secret though.
During the Bash’s Friday Stingray seminar, Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter told the standing room only crowd that the factory has started building C7 Corvettes for testing, but because they are test vehicles, they cannot be displayed at the Corvette Museum.
He then said that if you were to drive across the street to the Corvette factory, that in Lot E you would see a row of new Corvettes. Again, that’s Lot E he repeated to the crowd.
So after closing time, we headed out to the museum and as we rounded the corner we could see several new cars behind the chain link fence. Several other enthusiasts were already there taking photos.
It was a fantastic site to see five Corvette Stingray Coupes glistening in the light rain. Just about that time, the sprinkling stopped and we we able to take our fill of photos and a video.
Five different colors were on the cars: Blade Silver, Laguna Blue, Black, Crystal Red and Torch Red. All were Coupes with painted tops and all the cars but the Torch Red car were equipped with the Z51 package.
FYI, An easy way to identify the base car without Z51 is the small spoiler on the rear and the non-slotted brake rotors.
About the time I wrapped up, a security guard showed up and politely asked us to leave, citing a liability issue. We mentioned that the Chief Engineer “invited” us to see the cars and he replied, “yes, we heard about that.”
Grabbing our gear, we headed back to the car and as we were leaving, several more Corvette owners were pulling in.
That guard was going to be in for a long evening!
Check out our gallery of Five 2014 Corvette Stingrays at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant: