Road Trip Time
Plans were put into place and reservations were made to journey to Bowling Green, Kentucky the last weekend in April for the Bash weekend. As each day went by, the excitement grew and the forums on the internet were buzzing with speculation on what the 08's would be like. I can't begin to tell you how much fun we were having. We were like two high school girls--on the cell phones several times a day, emailing each other constantly whenever either one of us heard something about the new Vettes, or talking about colors and options every time we were together.
Finally the big day arrived. I woke up at 3:30 that Friday morning and it was raining like cats and dogs outside. As I left the house and drove up the Garden State Parkway, the thunder and lightning was constantly overhead and the rain kept coming down in buckets. It was a slow drive up and as I got near Newark Airport I called Mike. He was about the same distance away from the parking area that we had decided to use. Upon arriving at the parking area we discovered it was flooded and had to detour to one of the long term parking lots run by the Airport. We quickly parked and caught the bus to our terminal. Luckily, the rain had let up a little and we didn't get soaking wet....just a little damp. We both had carry-on luggage and I also had my laptop. The laptop would allow us to take pictures with our digital cameras and load them to the PC each night. It also gave us the ability to email some pictures home and to the guys in the club after each days events.
Our flight was on time and uneventful and we were soon in Louisville picking up our rented car, a Saturn. Mike set up his GPS and off we went. I had butterflies in my stomach; the excitement was so high for me...going to the home of the Corvette was like going to a holy spot. Mike covered the hundred or so miles in record time and there it was the GM Assembly Plant. As Mike pulled off the exit there was the National Corvette Museum and already hundreds of C5 and C6 Vettes were all over the parking area and on the lawns. We parked across the street in a motel parking lot and walked over. I can't even begin to describe the feeling I was having as my eyes soaked in the building, people, tents with vendors and all the Corvettes.
The first thing we did was to register and get our badges, shirts, and event pins. From there we entered the museum and walked around. Since Mike had been there before, he acted as my guide and pointed out the things we should pay attention to. We asked for Gary (the fellow in charge of museum delivery for new cars) and we introduced ourselves to him. Gary was very friendly and helpful and told us to find Lori; she would be the person to answer all our questions. After spending time with Gary we were directed to Lori's desk in the museum administration offices. She turned out to be an extremely helpful person and spent over an hour talking to us about the delivery process and what had changed since Mike was there. The more she described the process and what we were going to experience, the more thrilling it sounded. Lori turned out to be one of the most helpful people we have ever met, but more important, a good friend.
We walked out of the museum and one of the volunteer workers told us the 2008 Vettes were parked out behind the building. Since the introduction event was still a couple of hours away, we decided to take a walk and look at the new cars. From the outside, the cars were almost identical to the 2007 model. There were new wheels available. But, the big appearance change was the interiors. As soon as Mike and I saw the new two tone leather interiors, especially the one in black and dark brown, we looked at each other and nodded...this was the interior we had to have. There was a black convertible with a black top and the new interior that we feel in love with. The more we discussed the options, the more we agreed that the cars would be exactly the same except Mike wanted a 6 speed and I wanted an auto. So, it had been decided--two black on black convertibles with the new Siena interiors and fully loaded with all the options available.