Corvette Excitement Has Some Excited For Potential Tourism Spike

By: Brett Baldeck Email
By: Brett Baldeck Email

An exciting month for Corvette lovers continues. First the premiere of the new C7 Stingray. Now the Performance Build Center is moving to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.

"Dollar for dollar, pound for pound, it's the best sports car in the world and then to be able to bring that engine build to Bowling Green too. Detroit is not the only car city. Bowling Green, Kentucky is," says Delivery Manager Gary Cockriel.

Corvette owners will be picking up their brand new cars and engines directly at the National Corvette Museum. Bowling Green will now be the one-stop-shop for everything Corvette.

"They used to have to go to Wixom, Michigan and do it there and have the engine shipped here. Now it's going to be a lot easier to time all that because it's going to be in all one location," says Cockriel.

The sound of engines will bring excitement throughout town with tourists traveling from across the nation.

"This is going to be a great addition to the whole layer of Bowling Green tourism because they can physically help the people on the assembly line put together these high performance engines and see Americas favorite sports car being built," says Telia Butler from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

With more hands on activities local businesses may see more green.

"All the hotels are going to be booked with more car enthusiasts, more Corvette enthusiasts and Bowling Green is just a big hot spot in the nation for automotive industry in general. So this is going to be a big big player," says Butler.

With all the new Corvette additions coming to Bowling Green the Convention and Visitors Bureau are already planning to roll out new ad campaigns.

Delivery of the new C7 will begin at the National Corvette Museum late this summer. Engine delivery will start in 2014.


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