Tours will go on sale to the public via the museum’s website on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, the organization said in a media release this week, with NCM members entitled to early booking access. Tour scheduling will take place at the time of purchase, with public tours set to resume before the end of the year. This will give attendees the chance to see Chevy producing the 2023 Corvette Stingray, and likely the 2023 Corvette Z06, as well.
“In 1981, General Motors moved production of the Chevrolet Corvette from St. Louis, MO to 600 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY. Known as ‘America’s Sports Car’ the plant tour allows visitors to watch an icon in the making,” the NCM said in a statement. “The Corvette is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car with more than 1.75 million produced. The GM site consists of 212 acres, and the plant has 1.7 million square feet –equivalent to 39 acres or 29.5 football fields, under roof.”
Bowling Green plant tours were suspended in 2017 due to plant renovations that significantly altered the layout of the facility. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed plant tours even further, with plant director Kai Spande saying the automaker has been “waiting for this day for what feels like an eternity.”
“It’s a great point of pride for our workforce to be able to share what it takes to make America’s Sports Car,” Spande said. “We cannot wait to start welcoming Corvette customers, enthusiasts, and friends back for tours of our plant.”
The Bowling Green plant is the exclusive manufacturing center for the C8 Corvette, building both right- and left-hand drive models for both domestic and international markets including the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Japan and the Middle East.