America’s Sports Car!
This is another bucket list place for us! I have loved Corvettes as long as I can remember. One of my first loves had a bright yellow one that I dreamed about driving. I’ve never driven one but after we win the one below in the $25 raffle event in August I will learn quickly, I promise! It’s a sweet and sleek cherry red beauty that would look awesome in our new driveway in Lake Ashton.
Below are samples of the various models – all beautiful and super charged. The museum had a tragic experience a few years ago when a sinkhole opened up in the large gallery space and sucked eight beautiful cars into its depths. Some had just arrived at the Museum – donated or on loan from loving owners. There was no premonition of the event, although people knew there was a subterranean cave alongside the museum area. We chatted with a woman staff member whose husband who was one of the first on scene when he reported to work that morning. Witnesses were horrified but immediately began the investigation and recovery procedures. They have developed a fabulous display and explanation of what happened and why and how they will prevent a reoccurrence. Losing the cars was terrible – only two started up once they were lifted out and most were not repaired due to the tremendous cost.
To the right of this 2006 model you can see a view of some recovered cars as they appeared after being lifted out of the sinkhole. It brings tears to your eye seeing the damage but no employees were hurt and that was important as the hole appeared in the very early morning.
The Sting Ray returns!
The one hundred thousand Corvette.
The 1958 model was always one of my favorites.
The 1967 models were the ones were relished when we were college students. Gotta be successful so you can get one…..The rally racing model above.
Sweet colors – loved the shiny silver ones – these models were made to intrigue and satisfy the desire for speed and pizazz. .
The gorgeous lemon yellow version that I loved as a teen.
A staged photo that gives you a idea of the devastating damage caused by the sinkhole.
Don’t we look good next to this one above or driving the one below?
This was a great tour through the design and development of America’s sports car !We would recommend this visit to anyone whether you are a Corvette enthusiast or not. The story of the Corvette is an all American story with people believing in a dream and making it come true through sheer hard work. The men and women involved were fascinating to learn about and gain respect for. A fun thing is sitting in a few and closing your eyes to dream. Several of the cars given to Apollo astronauts are also on display – that’s a fun link to the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing this year.
Fun stop just up the highway from Nashville off I 65 – there’s a cafe inside with classic American fare so you can spend a few hours and get a bite to eat.
Give your car guy or girl a fun day lusting after America’s favorite sports car.