It was August of 2017 when my wife and I took a road trip from Oklahoma to Oregon and back in our 2017 Grand Sport Coupe. There was plenty of room for our luggage and detailing supplies as we headed out to see our good friends, John and Annie Elegant, and to be their guests at a local Corvette show. There is no question that the 7th Generation Corvette Coupe can handle whatever you need to bring along for an extended road trip.
Fast forward to April, 2021, for the trip we just returned home from in our 2020 Corvette Coupe. This adventure would span 7 days and 2800 miles and would take us to the National Corvette Museum for the annual NCM Bash followed by an extended trip hosted by the Lone Star Corvette Club that would take us to the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, and on to the Cumberland Gap National Park, and finally to North Carolina for a visit to Rick Hendrick Performance. We would be showing the Corvette at the NCM’s Celebrity Choice Corvette Show, so detailing supplies would also be a necessity on the packing list.
One of the first things I did after I took delivery of my 2020 Corvette was to find a rolling duffle bag with a hard sided lower section that would fit in the rear cargo area and still leave plenty of room for other items. This bag would be the key to maximizing cargo space and providing any hope of taking the car on a trip that would require detailing the car as well.
So, is the Mid-Engine Corvette practical for the long haul road trip? After personally driving 2800 miles over a 7 day period with luggage, detailing supplies, tools, and souvenirs, I can without reservation answer that question with a resounding “Yes!” It is truly remarkable how much you can store inside the 8th Generation Corvette. And not only that, but the ride over those 2800 miles wasn’t wearisome at all. My wife even found it easier to sleep in this Corvette than any other she’s been in and took advantage of the opportunity to nap on many occasions along the way. So, if you’re considering a lengthy road trip in your Mid-Engine Corvette, the only advice left to give is this…get out there and enjoy the drive!
Photos by Jeremy Welborn
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