On the Saturday seminar at April 2013′s National Corvette Museum Bash, we got an update on all the happenings over at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant where the Chevrolet Corvette is built. Plant Manager Dave Tatman talks about closing out the C6 Corvette and preparing and building the C7 Corvette Stingray. He also talks about moving the Performance Build Center from Wixxom, MI to the BGAP.
Dave spends a few minutes talking about something special they did for Chevy dealer Rick Hendrick and he shares the photo on the big screen. Hendrick had traveled to Wixom’s Performance Build Center and built an LS7 engine for a Z06 that he had ordered. The VIN of the Z06 matched the VIN of Hendrick’s very first Corvette. Tatman held the Corvette until it was the very last C6 Corvette to leave the plant’s 1,400 car shipping lot and it looked pretty lonesome all by itself.
It’s also fun to watch the interaction between Dave Tatman and Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter who spoke about their experience in building LS7 engines at Wixxom. Tadge’s engine went into the very last C6 Corvette – a 60th Anniversary 427 Convertible that is now at the Heritage Center and Dave’s LS7 went into the very last C6 Z06 built, which will be raffled by the Corvette Museum this summer.
Here is Dave Tatman from the National Corvette Museum’s 2013 Bash:
Tatman likes to say that they don’t just build cars at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, they build dreams. Big thanks to him and everybody at the plant for all they do for us Corvette owners.
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