The pride and joy of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is about to get a lot bigger.

The National Corvette Museum is planning to build a motorsports park and has already hired Steve Crawford, the architect behind Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California, and The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington.

But the museum hasn't raised enough money to pay for the multimillion dollar facility, which it hopes to have running by 2014. It has $3 million cash for the land and another million for the facility. But it is currently seeking sponsors for the track, up to a $750,000 annual commitment to service the debt on a $10 million debt.

The park, complete with racetrack if all goes as planned, will serve a number of purposes including "education, recreation and training for Corvette enthusiasts," according to reporting website

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      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeez how many of these type of 'parks' do they need, really they wanna put one in Quay Valley near Hanford (unlikely and esp. since they count the surrounding proposed community as green........NOT) and the one next to Jaqueline Cochran Airport near Indio, selling it as garage villas as a 'club' and pricey..........right now it's ALL DESERT LAND!!!!!! probably should stay that way.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Check your gold chains at the reception desk, please. Kindly pick the chest hairs out first.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I didn't know that Ferrari drivers were mentioned in this story... Thank you, thank you... I'm here all night. Try the fish!
      • 2 Years Ago
      These guys are wizards. Can't they just focus and perfect building good cars profitably? Which they are a long way from doing. Government Motors just needs to tell Obama to build one like Nurburgring and sell it to the people about how many jobs it will create. But don't tell them how Nurburgring is about file bankruptcy. Why hasn't BMW built a "motorsports park"? Maybe it's not a profitable venture?!
      Michael Peters
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bowling Green already has that, why don't they just team up with Beech Bend? That facility has plenty of room to expand, and already is a great family environment with a diverse opportunity for motorsport. A small road course would be a perfect addition to Beech Bend, or if they just removed the raised portion of the oval track infield to make it all flattish.
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      I see all sorts of neat opportunities for this track. Being next to the factory, I'm sure GM would like to use it for testing... the factory backed racing teams may want to use it as well. I can't comment on the profitability of something like this, but I also think it would be a fun addition to the museum and factory tours, they could add another stop where you buy yourself some hot-laps with some of GM's racing talent. If nothing else, I'd like to be able to go and watch some testing going on, it would really enhance the whole experience of this Corvette plaza. Add some training classes here that you could buy into. I think this presents many opportunities... I can't see why anyone would be against it - especially since the Corvette is such an American Legend. Go for it!