I have spent a total of five weeks over 3 trips in Bowling Green, Kentucky and I finally went to the Chevrolet Corvette museum this week. I been here 3 different times for work and have been to almost every restaurant in town but haven’t had too much time to explore the city. Traveling for work definitely makes checking out new cities more difficult because we really only have the evenings free.
One of the unique things about Bowling Green is that it’s home to the only Chevrolet Corvette factory. The factory has been open since 1981. In addition to the factory, they also have the Corvette museum dedicated to the history of the car. On Tuesday, the team took a long lunch so we could finally check out the museum – unfortunately we didn’t have time for the tour but it was cool to go check out the museum. The museum is filled with the history of the car, Corvettes from all model years, including Corvette racecars, prototypes, and significant Corvettes such as the 1 millionth Corvette. The museum was actually pretty cool – even for someone like me that isn’t a Corvette enthusiast. It was cool to see the different models and the changes that have been made to the car over the years. We even made a challenge of finding our favorite Corvette in the museum – the three of us really liked the fancy, gold, early model convertible Corvette – I would be ok driving that around town!
One of the main reasons I was excited to go check out the museum was to see the sinkhole. Last time I was in Bowling Green there was actually a massive sinkhole right in one of the main rooms of the museum which housed several collectible Corvettes such as the 1 millionth, 1.5 millionth, and the 40th Anniversary Corvette. The museum has allowed visitors to view the sinkhole up close as well as the Corvettes that were damaged or destroyed in the sink hole. There were a total of eight Corvettes that had fallen into the sinkhole. They were able to recover all eight from the sinkhole but some were damaged much worse than others. After removing the cars and assessing the damage it was determined that three of the eight were repairable. When we were at the museum they had seven of the Corvettes on display next to the sinkhole – each had a banner explaining what the Corvette was and notes on the retrieval of the car from the sinkhole. It was remarkable the amount of damage to some of the cars. The sinkhole was another favorite of mine at the museum. It turns out we went to the museum just in time; they are going to start filling up the sinkhole in November.
^^ View of the sinkhole
^^ Another View of the sinkhole
^^Some of the damaged cars
^^ 1.5 millionth Corvette
^^The worst of the damaged Corvettes. The 2001 Mallet Hammer Z06.
The Corvette museum was definitely a fun lunch break and a fun activity to help get us through the week of work. Next time I would love to take a tour of the factory and see how they are actually built!