• Jul 10, 2012
It's the unexpected surprises that make a road trip so enjoyable.

So as my colleague and I drove down Interstate 40 near Bowling Green, Kentucky, during our Mini Takes the States road rally, we passed one of those little brown signs that marks places of interest.

"National Corvette Museum 10 Miles" the sign read. We had to stop.


Really, Mini and Corvette seem to share a lot of similarities. Both have a hyper fan base that loves all things Mini or all things Corvette. They both have active clubs and they seem equally appreciative of a nice set of wheels from their respective group. And both love to tinker, toy and create their ultimate personal car, loading them up with aftermarket accessories.

So why not take our Mini to the Corvette museum? Judging by the parking lot, it appeared more than few other Mini owners were taking the time to check out all of that muscle and power parked inside a massive area with a red cone poking out the top of one of the buildings.

The museum was well worth the stop.



With more than 100,000 square feet, the National Corvette Museum was chock-full of every kind of 'Vette imaginable, spanning every year since the Corvette debuted in 1953. There were concept Corvettes, racing Corvettes and daily driver Corvettes once owned by the stars.

We weren't sure what to think of some of the paint jobs on these great cars, as the 9/11 'Vette seemed a little over the top, and the bald eagle on the hood of another car seemed to have a bad eye. But, nonetheless, they were proudly parked in the domed room with both other cars on loan to the museum.

Throughout the display, there were lots of Corvette memorabilia and historical footnotes marking different stages of the car's life.

And of course, we appreciated that the gift shop included car care products.

For more information on the National Corvette Museum, visit the official site.


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      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not helping my desire to purchase a '78 or '79 C3 Corvette. Ugh stop with the torment.
        Bandit5317
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        Wrong years, unless you plan on doing an engine swap. Power ranged from 185 to 220 hp those years. They look good, but they're some of the weakest Corvettes ever made.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bandit5317
          Engine swap is the reason. The later models had far better aerodynamics than the early ones, and they can be had for pretty reasonable prices in good condition.
      brybrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      I-40 Goes through Nashville (East to West). Bowling Green, KY is located on I-65 between Louisville and Nashville.
      davebo357
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can eagles get Down Syndrome? Because that one on the hood painting sure did. I think we should leave badly proportioned vehicle murals to 70's vans. Also someone do an LS1 swap in a Mini.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Travisty
      • 2 Years Ago
      MINI. Repeat it 500 times on the blackboard. Just like it's not Bmw, or Amg.
        Travisty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        If you can't remember how it's spelled, just look at the goddamn emblem! http://o.aolcdn.com/os/autoblog/Make_Images/mini-logo-opt.jpg
        Erik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        Dude, no one cares. No one cares.
        MacProMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        I am sure MINI would appreciate their brand name being written correctly too.... MINI is the BMW product and Mini is the old product.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MacProMan
          Can't beat childish pedanticity on these boards - BMW owns the rights to the Mini branding, and it opts to capitalise the new model. As other have said, that capitalisation does not pertain to any acronym. It's a Mini, all said and done.
        prince_david
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        No it's not. BMW and AMG stand for something. The Mini logo was just made with capital letters to make it stand out. It's still called a Mini, only the badge has capital letters, but they do not stand for or mean anything. It is called Mini because it is small.
        prince_david
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_(marque) look at the official Wiki. It is only stylized with capital letters and is referred to in the official wiki article constantly as Mini, not MINI
      George
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please add punctuation to the title.
        Erik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @George
        Sorry, you don't get to dictate how AB writes its posts.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      boostinmax
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mini takes the States to Denver year was the best. Loved the road coarse that people were allowed to drive on. Now it just seams to market to the old folks that just love the car but not the motorsport.
      SteveM
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own one of each, and can say they play well together. Nice photos of a place I hope to get to soon! Thanks!
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