Chevrolet did a pretty good job at keeping the site of the C8 Corvette reveal under wraps for as long as they did. Although we were clued into the Blimp Hangars strategic location back in late April, it wasn’t until Chevrolet sent out the confirmation emails that the location was confirmed.
The blimp hangars have been a fixture in Orange Country since they were built in 1942 at the height of World War II. The hanger itself is 17-stories high and 1,000 feet long. Although permanently discontinued in the 1990s, the location has been featured in movies and TV shows including The X Files, Austin Powers, Pearl Harbor, Star Trek and more.
One of the reasons why we thought the Tustin hangars would host the reveal is that Chevrolet had recently used the location in one of its “Real People Not Actors” commercials and you can get a sense of just how huge these structures are:
Late last week, the Tustin Blimp Hangar #2 became a beehive of activity. Some of the local residents have reached out to the Corvette community to share photos as the location is transformed for the C8 Corvette Reveal and thanks to Matt, we have a couple shots as the CORVETTE banners are being added to the building.
I was surprised to see how close the road was to the location and bet there will be more than a few enthusiasts trying to get a glimpse of the action on Thursday evening.
Our friend Rick ‘Corvette’ Conti has also been talking to local residents as well and on his latest Corvette vlog he shares some new photos from Tustin and gives us a better idea of what’s happening inside the hangar. You can see a stage going up inside and the semi-trucks parked provides some perspective on just how huge this place is.
We’ll be keeping tabs on the set-up happening in Tustin over the next week and of course we’ll be on the grounds sometime around 6-630 pm PDT according to our media schedule. A Corvette Corral with cars from invited owners and the livestream will be presenting a pre-show which sounds interesting as well.
Thanks to Matt in Tustin and Corvette Conti
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