The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, recently announced a rare opportunity for Corvette enthusiasts during their upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for the last week of August, but you need to act quickly if you want to take advantage of this special offering.
While plant tours have been unavailable for the last 26 months due to the major assembly line renovations that took place in 2017 and the lead up to the 8th Generation Corvette reveal, 288 tour tickets have been graciously made available by GM as a fundraising opportunity for the National Corvette Museum, a501(c)(3) non-profit foundation. A $500 tax-deductible donation to the museum is all it takes to secure your golden ticket.
Now, at this point you might be thinking, “$500 is a lot of money for a 75-minute tour.” Well, a similar opportunity was made available to 100 Lifetime and Spire Society members of the Museum during last April’s Michelin NCM Bash, and I personally jumped at the opportunity to see the new assembly line, new paint shop, and a surprise “sneak peek” at the upcoming next-generation Corvette! The experience was worth every dollar, not only because I was afforded a rare opportunity, but because I was contributing financially to the world’s only Museum dedicated to a single car…America’s Sports Car…the Chevrolet Corvette!
If the $500 donation is not within your means at this time, we’ve been made aware of several additional opportunities for securing a tour ticket. An eBay auction is currently underway for one ticket. At the time I am writing this, the bid is at $255.
A chance to win a tour ticket will also come on Monday, August 12, via a contest on the Corvette Museum’s Facebook page.
Additionally, the Lone Star Corvette Club and Circle City Corvettes of Dothan, Alabama, have been given one ticket each to give to an Anniversary Celebration event attendee, and the Western Canada Corvette Caravan has purchased a tour ticket that they will award to a lucky member of their caravan to the NCM for the event.
The fact that a date for the resumption of daily plant tours is still yet to be determined means this opportunity is going to sell out quickly. Two of the tour times are already sold out and several others are nearing capacity. Katie Ellison, National Corvette Museum Director of Marketing & Communications, has told us that the tours will be offered on Wednesday, August 28, and Thursday, August 29, at 8:20 am, 8:35 am, 8:50 am, 9:05 am, 9:20 am, 11:15 am, 11:25 am, 11:35 am and 1:10 pm. Each tour is limited to 16 guests. Additionally, guests will be expected to follow normal protocol for plant tours, including a dress code requiring closed-toe shoes (no sandals or high heels). Cameras, cell phones, electronic devices, backpacks, purses or children under the age of ten will also not be permitted in the facility.
This is a thrilling opportunity for 288 lucky enthusiasts. It has been made possible because of the strong relationship between GM, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, and the National Corvette Museum.
“We at General Motors recognize that the customer is at the center of everything we do. The culture of the Chevrolet Corvette is based around the relationships we have with our customers. We truly value the many up-close, one-on-one communication opportunities we have to interact and solicit feedback from them. We want the loyal supporters of Corvette to be some of the first to see the changes at the plant.
Guests will see 2019 7th generation Corvettes being assembled, seeing the build of the car and learning about the improvements that have been made to the processes. These changes have secured the highest quality Corvette to-date, and we’re excited to show off what we’ve done to improve our car for our customers.” – Kai Spande, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager
To secure your plant tour ticket, click the link for the date and time that you want to attend:
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 8:20 AM
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 8:35 AM
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 8:50 AM
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 9:05 AM
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 9:20 AM
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 11:15 AM
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 11:25 AM
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 11:35 AM
- Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 1:10 PM
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – 8:20 AM
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – 8:35 AM
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – 8:50 AM
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – 9:05 AM
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – 9:20 AM
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – 11:15 AM
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – 11:25 AM
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – 11:35 AM
- Thursday, Aug. 29 – 1:10 PM
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