The 2017 edition of the Michelin NCM Bash took place last weekend in Corvette’s birthplace of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Bash is the National Corvette Museum’s first big event each year. Over the course of 3 days attendees went to seminars, drove in their choice of tours, peeped the 2018 corvettes, and hung out with roughly 1,300 of their closest Corvette friends.
Various seminars and presentations make up the bulk of the activities inside the NCM. This year’s seminar topics included 30 years of Callaway Corvettes, Corvette tires and brakes, a Bowling Green plant update, a Corvette motorsports update, a NCM update as well as presentations by Michelin and Mobil 1.
On Friday morning the Corvette team walked patrons through all of the 2018 enhancements coming on next year’s Corvettes. It was also the first public showing of the handsome new Carbon 65 package. Several 2018 Corvettes were parked outside of the museum and members of the extended Corvette engineering team were on hand to field questions from interested parties. Callaway’s Chris Chessnoe led highly informational tours of the ongoing Callaway display inside the NCM.
Bash attendees also drove their Corvettes in several events located off site from the NCM. Over at the Motorsports Park owners put their cars through the paces on the autocross track. Wednesday offered slower paced touring laps. The MSP also unveiled a new donor wall to say thank you to their most significant supporters. Other owners took tours to Rough River Dam State Park, Maker’s Mark Distillery, and the Grand Victorian Inn among others. When not driving patrons could take part in a golf outing with GM and Corvette race team members. Across the street, assembly plants tours were booked solid Wednesday through Friday.
The annual live auction raised nearly $8,000 for the NCM while Paul Koerner and Brittany George from thecorvettemechanic.com hosted a series of Corvette diagnostic seminars throughout the weekend. Friday and Saturday proud owners showed off their rides in the celebrity judged car shows.
As you can see there are countless ways to spend your time at The Bash. Once again the NCM staff put on a first class event. It’s a great, fun gathering that brings together Corvette enthusiasts from all over the country. The quantity and diversity of the activities at the Bash is second to none and what makes it so unique. If you couldn’t find something to do there, then you probably didn’t read the weekend agenda close enough.
We’ll have extensive Bash coverage throughout the week. If you weren’t able to join team CorvetteBlogger in Bowling Green last weekend, don’t worry. You can still enjoy our complementary photo gallery below.