• Jun 25th 2010 at 9:57AM
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Three years later, it's official: the Chevrolet Corvette is the official sports car of Kentucky. A bill to laud the 'Vette with that title was introduced in 2007, still trying to find its way to freedom a year later, and sent to committee (read: slow death) in March this year in what some thought was a snub at General Motors over the bailout.

By April 26, however, all appeared forgiven and the resurrected bill was signed by Kentucky Governor Steve Brashear. Now Brashear has ceremonially signed the bill at the Bowling Green assembly plant that is the cause for all of this, handing Kentucky another official state item to add to the thoroughbred horse, Bluegrass silverwear pattern and Appalachian dulcimer. Hooray!

In case you're wondering about those other bills introduced around the same time as the Corvette bill – those to make burgoo the official state food, KFC the state picnic food and cornholing the state game – burgoo got the nod via a declaration of the governor earlier this year, KFC was derailed by a PETA boycott and cornholing is still looking for love. You can read the Corvette press release after the jump.

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Corvette Roars as Official State Sports Car of Kentucky
Governor Conducts Ceremonial Signing of House Bill 104 at Bowling Green Assembly Plant

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Lots of states have official flowers and official birds. Texas has official footwear. Vermont has an official flavor. And several states have official muffins. Kentucky now has an official state sports car – the Chevrolet Corvette.

Governor Steve Beshear performed a ceremonial signing of House Bill 104 at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant on Tuesday. He signed the official bill on April 26.

"As home to the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentuckians have long considered the Corvette to be Kentucky's sports car and a great symbol of Kentucky pride and craftsmanship,""Beshear said. "House Bill 104, which was passed during the 2010 General Assembly, now makes that designation official. It was with great pleasure that I signed HB 104 into law."

Bowling Green is home to both the General Motors Corvette Assembly Plant (the only place in the world Chevrolet Corvettes have been manufactured since 1981) and the National Corvette Museum, a non-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future since 1994.

"This signing is particular important because the event is being held at the Corvette Plant – the only place in the world where Corvettes are built. I think it is important that the community comes together to celebrate the now Official Sports Car of Kentucky and America's favorite sports car," said Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, who was the primary sponsor of HB 104.

"This workforce uses precision and craftsmanship to build each and every Corvette, and they have been doing so in Kentucky for 29 years," said GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Bob Parcell. "Our employees are excited to witness the ceremonial signing of the bill, and we appreciate the efforts of the state to add our iconic product to the list of state symbols."

In addition to Gov. Beshear, other scheduled speakers included Rep. Richards; Plant Manager Parcell; Kentucky State Sen. Mike Reynolds; Kentucky State Rep. Jim DeCesare; Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon, Elaine Walker, Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walk; and UAW Local 2164 Chairman Shane Colvard

The act reads as follows:
AN ACT designating the Corvette as the official state sports car of Kentucky.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
The Corvette is named and designated the official state sports car of Kentucky.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      How long did it take for them to sign this pointless thing? Total waste of time and money
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where I'm from..."cornholing" is something you wouldn't be proud to do. In prison, or maybe San Fran it's normal...but not around here. Different strokes for different folks I guess LOL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that sir, is a win
      • 5 Years Ago
      Last time I went to KFC, there was a booger on my receipt. Not making this up. I will never eat there again.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you mean you did not order it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What if Michigan decides to have a State Car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "KFC was derailed by a PETA"

      PETA - People Eating Tasting Animals

      An oldie' but a goodie'
        • 5 Years Ago
        9:25am (7/24/2009)
        "Fixing the Comments system is actually at the top of our list,
        Unfortunately, while they are indeed working on a DRAMATICALLY improved new system, the rollout could not be coordinated with the launch of v4.0"

        "Welcome to Autoblog 4.0!" http://www.autoblog.com/2009/07/24/welcome-to-autoblog-4-0/

        • 5 Years Ago
        "Tasty" - my mistake.

        Gee, the Autoblog edit feature must not be working today (Editors - hint, hint, hint).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not sure whether this exactly helps the image of Corvette. When I hear "Corvette" I think "bad-ass" not "official", "approved" or "govern.."- er, anyways, this is just weird.

      Corvette should be "bad-ass", period.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I certainly never thought "Kentucky". Didn't before, and still won't now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably not if you don't live in Kentucky. I was thinking more about potential buyers living there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Joe who?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So what are they going to do when GM decides to close their plant and move it someplace else?

      Pre-80s wasn't the Vette built in Ohio?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Signing papers on a White ZR1? Find a desk, genius!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alan, How do you know it was a booger? It might have been Chicken S#@t, After all it was at KFC in KY.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...and cornholing the state game"

      Ahem... is this REALLY what you would want as your state "game"? Next time I'm in Kentucky I'm definitely watching my back (or someone else may do it for me)!
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