If you don’t want to take your shiny new C8 through the mud, fear not.
You can still get your dirty off-road fix at the National Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park, just a little slower than 0 to 60 in less than three seconds.
According to an article this week in the Bowling Green Daily News, the Motorsports Park is planning to go after a whole new audience with its forthcoming Overland Course.
The new attraction, to be developed near the existing 3.14-mile race track, is described as a “crawl course” by General Manager Mitch Wright, who said it will encompass just 14 of the 208 acres purchased last year by the NCM and give off-road enthusiasts a chance to flex their muscles in their Jeeps and other four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Wright hopes that construction is finished by the end of March, just in time for Corvette enthusiasts to take a peek during the Birthday Bash in April.
“It’s basically an obstacle course,” Wright said. “It’s all low-speed. Drivers will go through obstacles like rocks, boulders and old construction materials.”
The course – with novice, intermediate, and advanced sections – will be open at first only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Katie Ellison, director of marketing and communications for the Museum, believes the course will attract “a whole new audience.”
Eventually the park hopes to have Jeeps available to rent to customers, but for now officials believe they’ll still have plenty of people showing up in their own four-wheel-drive vehicles.
“I didn’t realize how big the Jeep and off-road community is,” Wright said. “We were approached about doing this by the Jeep club in Bowling Green. There’s a huge community of Jeep clubs out there. It could be fairly popular.”
There’s already been “a ton of interest” in the new course, he says. “We’ve been contacted by a number of clubs.”
To build on that momentum, Janet Henderson, group sales director for the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, says she’ll be in touch with many enthusiast groups, including at one of the largest Jeep gatherings in the country in August in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
“Once word gets out that we have this in Bowling Green and the first few groups come through, I expect it will grow,” Henderson says. “It’s going to be an exciting addition to the motorsports park.”
We salute the NCM Motorsports Park for thinking outside the box in an effort to increase interest even further in the facility. Construction of the Overland Course is costing just $75,000, and $35,000 of that could even be paid for with a grant if Warren County approves funding from its Special Tourism Project Fund. Sounds like a great investment to us.
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