RVC member, Lori Hale, a member of the Zora Arkus-Duntov Society was recently invited to attend the C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum. Many activities were planned during her visit there including meeting and dining with the Board of Directors. She was able to participate in the VIP Plant Tour as well as the Museum Tour. Lori said that “the plant tour was awesome and exciting to watch the cars roll off the assembly line. What symmetry and American ingenuity.” It was mentioned that the plant would be shut down in September for retooling that effects the 2013 Corvette, which may come out at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Lori’s daughter, Janet, made the trip with her. They stayed at the 1869 Homestead Bed and Breakfast owned by Wendell and Jan Strode. (Wendell is the Director of the Museum.) The history of this property goes back to the late 1700’s when it was given as a grant to Nathaniel Lucas for his outstanding service in the Revolutionary war. The Homestead has been in Wendell’s family since 1958.
Lori’s biggest thrill happened on Saturday when she had the chance to ride in a vintage 1963 Z06 Sting Ray Racecar. She did admit that she told the driver “to step on it”. And he did. They did a few laps and Lori was ready to go again – she would love to have driven it. It was a highlight of the trip.
Saturday evening at the C5/C6 Banquet, Lori along with other Winner’s Circle Members were recognized for their contribution to Corvette History. Lori made many new Corvette friends from across the country and said that “if you have the opportunity to make a trip to Bowling Green to the Museum, it would be well worth your time and make you even more appreciative of the fact that you own a CORVETTE!!”