National Corvette Museum Trip

May 13th – 15th, 2017
Joe Campbell


Early Saturday morning 7 corvettes with 14 people left Overland Park for adventures in Bowling Green, KY.  This trip was the Club’s Annual Out-of-Town Corvette Trip led by Joe Campbell.  Our early breakfast was supplemented by goodies and water provided by the Sdano’s.    During the drive through Illinois, we saw lots of fields that were covered with water and a “Viper on a Stick (pole)” at a car dealer in Evansville, which was just across the street from a Howard Johnsons Fireworks Stand (the ice cream business must have been bad).   Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day at Rafferty’s before going to the National Corvette Museum for a guided tour.  At the end of the tour we noted an unusual white & blue corvette in the area where they prep the cars for Museum Delivery.  We asked about this car during our return to the Museum on Monday and were told “what corvette” as if it didn’t exist; but Chuck Levenson has a picture of the non-existent corvette (we think it might be one of the corvettes being prepared for use by the Indianapolis 500 executives).  Sunday was to end with a tour of the Lost River Cave, but the recent floods prevented our visit, so everyone adjourned to the motel for an informal gathering with refreshments and lots of corvette war stories.  On Monday the group met at the Corvette Assembly Plant for a guided tour featuring production of the 2017 Corvette.  Following the tour, we visited the new Motorsports Park to exercise our corvettes.  We didn’t set any track records, but our group really enjoyed this experience, as evidenced by the smiles on each face.  A box lunch was furnished to our group as a part of the Museum tour package.  Afterwards some of the group departed under the guidance of Arnie Sdano to cruise the Great Smoky Mountains.  Arnie reported they had great weather, good road conditions, no speeding tickets, wonderful companionship, and nothing to add to the “Tree of Shame”.  They found the Lodge at Telico to be delightful, and the Cherohala Skyway to be the perfect warmup for running the Tail of the Dragon.  They all left with a strong desire to return as soon as possible.



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