About two dozen lucky Corvette enthusiasts will soon have a chance to go behind the scenes where few outsiders have ever been, thanks to an exciting National Corvette Museum program called Museum in Motion.
The Museum has gotten approval from General Motors for 25 enthusiasts to attend a program at the Warren Tech Center and Milford Proving Grounds, where each generation of Corvette has been invented, developed, tested, refined, and proven.
Access to these areas, even for GM employees, is usually strictly controlled, but through the special program, a lucky few are being invited to these restricted areas.
Registration for the event, which will be held July 13-17, is underway. Cost is $4,800 per Corvette (with one or two people aboard), which includes four nights of lodging, some meals, and access to all attractions.
That’s a very fair price in this writer’s opinion for the opportunity to see secretive places you’ve probably only read about in magazines or on the Internet.
You still won’t be allowed to take photos as it sounds like the same policy will be in place as for the Corvette Assembly Plant tours – no personal cameras or cell phone cameras will be allowed and may be confiscated if displayed.
However, there will be a Museum photographer along for the events, and a DVD of photos will be given to each participant after GM has reviewed them to make sure they don’t give away any secrets.
On July 14, participants will meet designer Tom Peters at the GM Design Center and then see a presentation on four Corvettes rarely displayed together at the Design Dome. They’ll also hear a presentation by Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Marketing Manager Harlan Charles, with a Q&A session following. Also on tap is a guided tour of the Pratt & Miller motorsports operation.
The next day, participants will visit the all-new GM Global Propulsion, including a tour of GM’s Powertrain Performance and Racing Center where the racing engine programs are developed, and the General Motors Heritage Center, which houses more than 165 historic vehicles and the corporation’s collection of historic literature and artifacts.
On July 16, participants will drive parade laps on the High Banked Oval at Milford Proving Ground, where the famous movie of the new 1963 Corvettes was shot, and will have an opportunity to get behind the wheel of new Corvettes and enjoy a drive on an autocross course on Black Lake.
“This MiM tour is a special event for the Museum due to the extreme unique nature and unparalleled access to these places. We want to thank the people of GM, Milford Proving Grounds, Pratt & Miller and GM Global Propulsion for letting our group into their facilities,” a Museum spokesman said.
With space limited to only 25 Corvettes, you might want to hurry and register. For more information, call Karen at 270-467-8804 or Bryce at 270-777-4506.
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