• Oct 10, 2007
click above pics for more images from our first drive of the 2008 Chevy Corvette

Kentucky State Representative C.B. Embry, a 66-year-old Republican, filed a bill yesterday proposing that the Chevrolet Corvette be designated the Official Sports Car of the Bluegrass State. The Corvette is built in Bowling Green, KY at a facility that employs over 900 people, though Embry carefully noted that other vehicles like the Ford Explorer, F-Series Super Duty and Toyota Camry are also built in the state. That's why he proposed the Corvette be designated the Official Sports Car and not Official Vehicle of Kentucky. Spoken like a true politician.

According to Embry, "Everything we do is not a big earthshaking thing like healthcare or pensions. It is nice to slide in a fun thing from time to time." Fair enough, as long you eventually get to those earthshaking things before my buddy in Kentucky needs a heart transplant or retires.

What would be the Official Sports Car or Official Vehicle of your state? Off the top of my head, Jeeps, Hondas, Fords and GM vehicles are all built in Ohio where I live, and that's probably not a complete list. If I had to choose one vehicle that defines the Buckeye State, however, it would have to be a 1997 Ford Probe with three missing plastic wheels cover and a giant crack in its rear bumper. Me thinks we have the largest collection of them per capita in the U.S.

[Source: Courier-Journal via Motor Authority]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Here in Colorado where we have the most SUVs per capita, I think our official car would be the 4Runner. They are everywhere! Or if it had to be a car, an A4 or an Outback.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would that be an unfair metaphor for the interior of Kentucky!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well, down here in Georgia, our Official Car has been the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable, but Ford is closing their Hapeville plant near ATL airport, so the position is available.

      We also have had an Official Minivan in the GM quadruplets (Uplander, Terraza, Montana and Relay) but GM is slated to close their only minivan plant in 2008.

      But wait.... KIA has committed to building a new plant in W. GA by 2009! Oh, heavenly days are upon us a-gain!!!

      So the Official Car of Georgia, The Peach State, deep in the Heart of Dixie, will soon be a 2009 KIA shitbox.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Duuuuuuude! I'm from GA and our official (Sports) Car is DEFINITELY the Panoz Esperante! Panoz ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panoz ) is located out of Georgia, and they make some great sports cars.

        One of the better small vehicle companies out there, if you ask me...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Could the IROC Z be the official car of the Jersey Shore......
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems like everyone down here in Texas has a truck. Our official vehicle would probably have to be the Ford F650. http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2006/12/f650.jpg
      Good God that truck is so excessive...

      • 7 Years Ago
      so as corvette tries to be taken seriously by the rest of the high-end sports car customers who haven't already driven the latest z-06... what could sound more white-trash than "It's the official sports car of Kentuky" ...just like the Colonel's fried chicken!
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks like las vegas gets the Shelby as the official car..the shelby plant is out here...although really the only thing on the road are ugly, dirty hondas...sad...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford Econoline - Ohio

      Hahaha
      • 7 Years Ago
      In Michigan, we'd probably have to go with the Viper. While most of our sports cars have left the state, the Viper remains.
        • 7 Years Ago
        HELLO!!!!! The Mustang is built in Flatrock, are you on drugs to leave that out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Being from Northern California, I'm gonna have to go with the Tesla. :) :) :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thanks for wasting our tax dollars!

      • 7 Years Ago
      If I could name official car of a city, I would give Madison, WI the prius....

      Its like theyre breeding here... damn hippies
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