The National Corvette Museum welcomed a special visitor today. Rutledge Wood, co-host of Top Gear USA on the History Channel and a reporter for SPEED TV made a personal video to the NCM and toured the exhibits. During the visit, Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Dave Tatman brought over a new Velocity Yellow 2014 Corvette Stingray and we were told that Wood was “blown away” by the new C7.
The NCM Insurance Agency’s Adam Boca uploaded this video to his facebook page. Rutledge watches as Tatman explains and demonstrates the Drivers Mode selector which changes 12 characteristics based on the mode selected. He then revs the engine to demonstrate how the exhaust tune is different between the Sport and Tour modes:
A significant portion of the NCM’s operating budget comes from the raffle of Corvettes. Wood’s visit coincided with the drawing for the last C6 Z06, the engine having been assembled by Dave Tatman at Wixom’s Performance Build Center. Wood drew the raffle ticket for the last 2013 Corvette Z06 and the winner was David Ryan of Concord, OH with ticket #791. The Museum sold 1322 of the 1500 available tickets.
We understand that Wood was in Bowling Green for a speaking engagement and so there was nothing filmed at the NCM today. However, now that he’s visited, perhaps we can get him to return with his co-hosts for some sort of hoonery in the heart of Corvette country.
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