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Every year, dedicated Corvette owners descend on the National Corvette Museum for the Annual Bash. This year, not even bad weather could stop the flow of fans from showing off their C5, C6, C7, and new-age C8 Chevrolet Corvettes. Check out a little of what you missed at the bash in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 

Hundreds of Corvettes showed up at the National Corvette Museum for the bash

The National Corvette Museum (NCM) hosted hundreds of Chevrolet Corvettes from across the model’s incredible tenure. Fans were especially proud of their C8 and C7 Corvettes, which lined the lots of the NCM in nearly every color and trim combination. 

A C2 and C8 Chevrolet Corvette poses next to each other at the National Corvette Museum.
C2 and C8 Corvettes | Erik Sherman, MotorBiscuit

Despite the noncompliant gray skies and rain, older ‘Vettes also made the pilgrimage. A 1998 C5 Pace Car, C4 ZR1, and even a C2 Hardtop braved the wet to show off their stuff. Additionally, the event hosted an official car show with judges and awards. Of course, many of the most precious treasures are within the walls of the NCM, with exhibits featuring historical versions of the Plastic Fantastic from inception to the latest mid-engine models. 

The Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray shocked fans in person

In addition to a series of talks, seminars, raffles, and book signings, the National Corvette Museum Annual Bash played host to the all-new Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray. Moreover, the new E-Ray showcased its three latest colors: Riptide Blue Metallic, Cacti, and Sea Wolf Gray. 

A new E-Ray shows off its rear-end styling.
A new Corvette E-Ray shows off its Sea Wolf Gray color | Erik Sherman, MotorBiscuit

Further, Cody Bulkley, General Motors Engineer and the driver behind the Rockefeller cyclone stunt, joined the E-Ray at the bash. Bulkley told Corvette enthusiasts that the newest hybrid model is the “Swiss Army Knife of Corvettes,” with its grippy eAWD system.

In addition to Cody Bulkley talking about the E-Ray and the Rockefeller Plaza ice stunt, Bowling Green Assembly Plant Director Kai Spande talked to eager fans about some of the behind-the-scenes processes of creating Corvettes.    

A WIMNA panel hosted some of the some of the baddest women in racing

One of the highlights of my visit to the Annual Michelin Bash was the honor of listening to the Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA) panel. The panel featured GSEvents CEO Cindy Sisson, Team Lingenfelter Racing Driver Tracy Gaudu, and Sports Lawyer and motorsports expert Lauri Eberhart. 

The National Corvette Museum displays C8, C7, and older Corvettes at its Annual Michelin Bash in Bowling Green.
Corvettes at the NCM Annual Michelin Bash | Erik Sherman, MotorBiscuit

Moreover, performance power couple Kristen and Ken Lingenfelter joined Sisson, Gaudu, and Eberhart on the panel. Kristen Lingenfelter is no ordinary Corvette fan, though; she won the coveted 2022 Rookie of the Year for her driving talents. 

You should check out the museum during non-event weekends, too

Beyond the festivities of the 2023 National Corvette Museum Annual Michelin Bash, the NCM hosts many rare and formative models for the Chevrolet nameplate. Additionally, the museum features many temporary exhibits to keep things updated and interesting. 

A lineup of Corvettes park at the NCM Motorsports Park at the Annual Bash in Bowling Green.
Corvettes at the NCM Motorsports Park | Erik Sherman, MotorBiscuit

Most fans have heard about the famous sinkhole incident, which the NCM turned into an exhibit. The exhibit features many of the models that the sinkhole swallowed, along with media covering the unfortunate phenomenon.  

Have you been down to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!


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