The National Corvette Museum’s annual Bash Event sponsored by Michelin was held last weekend and for us, it marked the ninth consecutive year that we’ve made the pilgrimage to the home of Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The Michelin NCM Bash is a fantastic event that brings together Corvette owners and Corvette team members (those responsible for designing, engineering, and the building of America’s Sportscar) for three days of road tours, seminars, 2019 Corvette displays and more.
The main draw, of course, are the seminars and presentations that are hosted by key members of the expanded Corvette universe. The major seminars include the What’s New with the 2019 Corvette hosted by Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles, the Corvette Assembly Plant update with Kai Spande, a talk with Doug Fehan of the factory-supported Corvette Racing Team, and the annual update from the board members of the National Corvette Museum. In between, you can learn about Mobil 1 and Michelin, taking care of your Corvette from Paul and Brittany (aka the Corvette Mechanics) or learning more about Kentucky Bourbon (which I am very sad that I had to miss!)
During the What’s New Seminar, attendees were brought up-to-speed on production, sales stats and a presentation on the Corvette ZR1. The Big Announcement as promised was the introduction of the two new colors, Shadow Gray and Elkhart Lake Blue that will appear later this year on 2019 Corvettes.
Corvette Racing offered some great insights into the racing program in two separate events, a dinner banquet on Thursday evening followed by the seminar on Friday. Normally, Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan attends with crew chief Dan Binks and driver Tommy Milner, but Dan had to stay behind to work on a super secret new race car and so Jim Campbell, GM’s VP of Performance Vehicles, filled in as a surprise guest. Following the Friday seminar, Fehan and the NCM’s Adam Boca hosted an auction which raised $7,500 this year for the Museum!
Many Bash regulars took their Corvettes over to the NCM’s Motorsports Park for some on-track action and the new NCM Kartplex was pretty busy as attendees put many laps on the surprisingly fast karts. Others chose the scenic route with a number of road tours that took Corvette enthusiasts to popular Kentucky destinations like the O.Z. Tyler Distillery and the Swope Auto Museum. Some enthusiasts just parked their cars in one of the NCM’s parking lots and hung out with friends and club members as Corvette Team members and others picked their favorite cars for the celebrity-judged car show awards held on both Friday and Saturday.
Supporters and friends of CorvetteBlogger were also at the NCM Bash: Bloomington Gold, Spring Mountain Motorworks, Mid America Motorworks, Callaway, Nowicki Motorsports, Mike Furman of Criswell Chevrolet, Scott Kohn of Corvette Central and Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair just to name a few.
People come to the NCM Bash for different reasons. While it may be the cars that bring you the first time, I think we can all agree that it is the people and the friendships made that keep the die-hard Corvette enthusiasts coming back year after year. Check out our photos from the Bash and start making your plans for the 2019 NCM Bash at the National Corvette Museum.
[VIDEO] Kai Spande Delivers the Corvette Assembly Plant Update at the 2018 NCM Bash
[VIDEO] What’s New with the 2019 Corvette Seminar from the NCM Bash
[PICS] Shadow Gray and Elkhart Lake Blue Exterior Colors Introduced for 2019 Corvettes
[PICS] GM Performance Parts Shows Off New Cold Air Intake at the NCM Bash
The 2018 Michelin NCM Bash is April 26th – 28th