The day when we loaded the last kit car chassis on the shipping truck was a day to celebrate. It was a tough job and could not have been done without the collective efforts of the men and women of the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant. When we ran into problems, they were quickly solved. I'll never forget how we had to remove Towveyors from the line with a forklift truck to partially build the chassis. The brake and powertrain parts had to be transported and installed into our off-line build area. It was done in the Work Place Development Center. All of this and more was done and there was no loss of standard Corvette production. We were successful in doing it all.
(Wil Cooksey was named Corvette Plant Manager in February 1993. He retired in March 2008. He is also the only GM plant manager who had a Commemorative Edition car named after him. There were 505 special edition 427 Z06 Corvettes created as the Wil Cooksey Edition. Four hundred and twenty-seven of these Corvettes stayed in the U.S. and 78 were exported around the world. -Ed.)