• Apr 27, 2010
And not just a track, either. The National Corvette Museum wants to build an entire motorsports complex, including two road courses, a kart track, a ten-acre autocross course and a quarter-mile drag strip in Bowling Green, Kentucky. If that wasn't ambitious enough, the museum wants to do it on the opposite side of I-65 from the main museum and Corvette manufacturing plant. If the plan goes through, the two will be connected via a series of bridges and tunnels.

The main track borrows elements from some of our personal favorite courses, including the Carousel from the Nürburgring and the infamous Bus Stop from Watkins Glen. Even better, the museum says its courses will be FIA and SCCA compliant, meaning that when finished, we may actually see some impressive competitions take place on the new grounds.

The whole kit and caboodle is expected to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 million, excluding the price tag of all those bridges, etc, and the Corvette Museum has to come up with the majority of that figure before breaking ground. We're not sure exactly how the non-profit plans to come up with all of that coin, but we're betting Corvette owners can expect a polite request for donations sometime soon.

[Source: Motorsports Park]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They put the drag strip right next to the residential area. Fail. The NIMBYs will be all over this, sadly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure they will be putting up some form of sound deadening walls around the residential area. That and any race's will most likely be conducted durring the day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being from SW Indiana all I can say is "If they build it, I will come"
      (my apologies to Field of Dreams).
      • 4 Years Ago
      they should just buy this place and actually finish it... http://www.drivebluegrass.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heh. Those polite requests have been going on for quite some time now. Still, some of the fundraisers that the museum holds are pretty nice. They raffle off multiple new 'Vettes several times a year, usually in the form of an unlimited ticket raffle with inexpensive tickets and a limited ticket raffle with expensive tickets. The museum itself is an amazing sight.

      It's worth a look, even if your appreciation for America's Sports Car doesn't range much beyond, "Well done, man from Kentucky!"

      http://www.corvettemuseum.com/

      • 4 Years Ago
      Immediately, grand visions of a Corvette Fiorano spring to mind. It sounds awesome, and I'd take a road trip to visit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not only that but it would make the 'Corvette Museum Delivery' option a whole lot more fun! They could even add in some driving instruction possibly..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have 2 Corvettes and have owned at least 1 for 41 years but I have never had the urge to wreck one on a track. I think the idea is great but wonder why they want it on the east side of 65 when there is plenty on land behind the musuem they might buy and use. I noticed that they want the track next to a residential area. WHAT? WHY? INSANE! I lived in florida (Hollywood) and they had to close the Hollywood dragstrip because urbana moved out to where the track was located. When it was built there was nothing in the everglades except the dragsrip then when all the "nice little" developers built their houses out went the dragstrip and all our fun. Build the complex on the westside of 65. It doesn't look like a residential area over there.




      area to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds amibtious to say the least but you have to give them credit where its due,the track sounds amazing and the complex itself with karting and etc. would make it easier to convince your signifacant other to visit. More road courses are never a bad thing anyways and I hope the have open track days as I think its a big way to help reduce street racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will not fly.

      Saving an American auto company is a socialist & protectionist policy that the liberals could benefit and believe in. They didn't necessarily do it to save the "corvette" legacy.

      However, speeding, common sense, freedom, Autobahn like highways, or even Government Motors race track crossing a highway with speed limit is definitely not a cause that a liberal or democrat would support.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh damn, I jumped the gun there. I mis-read the title and actually thought someone was bold & fresh enough to build the racing "path" across a real highway via a bridge.

        nvm... well, then I can't see why this race track won't fly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just for the record, the Museum is not owned or operated by GM. It's a separate entity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would bring the number of reasons to visit Kentucky from none to one.

      Good work, I'm in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow... I hope they build this and build it soon. I don't own a 'vette and I'd be willing to donate. I just picture driving down that long straight at WoT driving whateva car I own with a huge smile upon my face.

      Also the surrounding area will see a big increase in tourism especially if they get any ALMS or Rolex race's in the future. Maybe even *gasp* a F1 race in the future.
        • 4 Years Ago
        KEEP NASCAR AWAY FROM THIS TRACK!!!!!!!!!
        Rolex, AMLS, Indy Car are all welcome. I would even like to see the AMA have some events at the track. If this track is built I am packing up and leaving michigan and moving to kentucky.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am sure they would have no problem getting an ALMS or Rolex race; I personally would love to see an IRL race. Though I think the series that would most benefit from use of this track is NASCAR.

        As for F1, would love to see it myself, but something tells me that Kentucky wouldn't excite Ecclestone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heck, I'd donate $100 to it, and I'm a Ford man!
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a St. Louisan, I'd love to see Corvette production back here. I mean we were the home of the Vette from 1954-1981. Yeah it's selfish, but I think we need something now that our Chrysler plant closed.

      However, this plan would be cool.
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