In 1998 the C5 Corvette Registry and the Chevrolet Corvette team introduced the Birthday Bash at the National Corvette Museum. That Bash celebrated the 1998 C5 Corvette convertible being selected for the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award. In addition the Corvette Team brought examples of the 1999 upcoming Corvettes for owners to inspect. The Bash was so popular that it became an annual tradition of giving Corvette owners a peak at future Corvette models. This included; 2009 fixed roof coupe, 2001 Z06, 2003 Commemorative Edition, the 2005 C6, 2006 Z06 and the 2015 Z06. Each were revealed at the NCM Bash before they were introduced to the public. Check out www.corvettemuseum.org for upcoming museum events.
Everyone was wondering if the Corvette Team would continue this tradition and surprise us. As in previous years a large number of Corvette Team members from Michigan and Kentucky attended the 21st Bash. They shared sales results and updated attendees on current model changes. Tadge Juechter-Corvette Chief Engineer and Harlan Charles-Chevrolet Corvette Product Marketing Manager detailed the design, performance and sales results of the current C7. Tadge also discussed the New York City appearance of GM’s CEO Mary Barra riding to a charity event in a C8 mid-engine prototype. Tadge explained how it was done and how many black SUV’s it took to surround the prototype as it made its way to the event on busy city streets. Tadge drove the Corvette and it was obvious that he enjoyed the experience. During their NCM presentation, Tadge mentioned that they have built almost 100 pre-production C8 prototypes. One of these C8’s was two years old and it was parked in front of the Corvette Assembly Plant. It was there to highlight a press conference with GM’s Mary Barra on Friday April 26. Ms. Barra announced that GM was adding 400 new positions and a second shift to build the C8 Corvette. After the press event Bash attendees began asking if the prototype would make an appearance at the museum. Word quickly spread that it would make a slow lap around the museum entrance at noon on Saturday. A large crowd gathered and at the scheduled time the C8 was slowly driven around the circle to allow attendees to take photos. As it returned to the highway it disappeared with a burst of acceleration. The Bash tradition was maintained thanks to the Corvette Team. It was an exciting experience for the Corvette owners and fans who were attending. We included photos of the car as it toured around the museum drive and the C8 in front of the assembly plant. We noticed a small white sticker on the passenger window of the plant C8. This sticker was not on the one that toured the NCM driveway. Were they different cars? We also included photos of the New York City C8 that revels more features of the new Corvette for you to study. To stay up to date on news on this exciting new Corvette go to https://www.chevrolet.com/upcoming-vehicles/next-generation-cor.
Photography by the Author & GM