We joined guide Marty Stout and nine other Corvettes to start the tour. Our first stop was Heaven Hill distilleries, which is located 95 miles north of the NCM in Bardstown and produces Evan Williams bourbon whiskey. Along the way we stopped at President Lincoln's Birthplace National Park and the Whistle Stop Café in Glendale. During our trip we had a chance to try out the Grand Sport's brakes and suspension on the largely deserted byways in the area. Turn-in was very precise, and the brakes pulled the car down quickly. Still, we did have to work the GS pretty hard to keep up with the Cyber Gray ZR1 in front of us.
Once back at the museum, we found plenty more activities to keep us busy. These included a Celebrity Choice car show and a silent auction. It's always fun to take a walking tour through the museum to look at the latest additions (exhibits are updated regularly) and drool over the amazing Corvettes on display.
Carlisle Productions' Lance Miller brought his '60 Le Mans Cunningham Corvette to the museum for the Labor Day event. The Corvette had just returned from Le Mans France to honor its GT class victory 50 years earlier. One of the original drivers, John Fitch, accompanied Miller to Le Mans and drove the old warrior around the famous track on a parade lap. Miller gave people a two-lap ride around the museum for a small donation to the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation and the NCM. (Miller's father, Chip, passed away in 2004 from a rare disease called Amyloidosis.)
Each year, the museum inducts three notable Corvette personalities into its Hall of Fame. This year, Grady Davis, Jim Ingles, and Fred Gallasch were honored. We'll have a report on these three pioneers in the Corvette hobby in a later issue.
It was hard returning our Grand Sport, but during our time behind the wheel we were reminded why Corvette is America's favorite sports car. The coupe's build quality was excellent, and the ride and performance were superb. We encourage you to take your own Vette on a road tour-and be sure to wave at your fellow Corvette enthusiasts along the way.