Bowling Green Vacation June 2004
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First we loaded in the new Yukon
and headed off to Bowling Green, Ky. Why to Bowling Green? you ask.
Well, because it's the only place in the world that these are built.
We toured the Corvette factory (twice) but they don't allow pictures inside
Here's a link to a website with pictures. http://www.corvettemuseum.com/plant_tours/index.shtml
While we were there the week of June 14th, 2004 they were still building the last of the 2004 models AND a few of the brand new model, the C6 version, the 2005. I have pictures of it below in the museum section. We saw several of the new 2005 models at the factory and even one just driving around town!
So I took this one outside!
Then we toured the Corvette Museum
They DO allow pictures inside there and I took A LOT!
The museum entrance is lined with cars on loan to the museum.
The body parts for the original '53.
One of the 300 original '53 models, very rare...
The famous 'Blue Flame' six cylinder engine.
Zora was the first Corvette engineer.
Some of the sites inside.
The early years.
A simulation of the 'marrying' process where the body and drive train come together on the assembly line. I saw this twice on the factory tours, once with a C5 and later with a new C6.
More from the early years including the rare split window '63.
Corvette racing icons.
The new C6 2005 model! And some of the mockups used to develop the new model along with the new 6L 400 HP engine.
A couple of the concept cars including a mid-engine model.
A crashed C5 done for testing.
The cars in the big room including the Indy 500 pace cars.
The one and only 1983 model still in existence.
The walk out.
Then we went 'caving', first to the Lost River Cave where you ride a boat through this small cave.
Then to Mammoth Cave, the world's largest with over 360 miles of known caverns, we toured about 4 miles of it in 4 hours
On the way home we stopped by my Sister's place in rural Arkansas.