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    Default C5/C6 Bash returning this weekend at NCM

    C5/C6 Bash returning this weekend at NCM

    By Natalie Jordan, The Daily News, njordan@bgdailynews.com
    Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:59 AM CDT

    The National Corvette Museum today kicks off its 12th annual C5/C6 Bash.

    “There will be all different kinds, all different models (of) Corvettes from all generations,” said Bobbie Jo Lee, marketing and communications manager for the museum. “People come from all over - some plan it as part of their vacation time. It’s a great opportunity for people to come out and see cars, and you don’t have to own a Corvette to be a part of this event.”

    The three-day event will feature scenic tours, seminars and other activities, including a silent auction and a Poker Run. Today, the event kicks off with two scenic road tours including a drive to the heart of bluegrass music on the International Bluegrass Museum tour and an antique and crafts road tour. Also today, there will be a “digital scavenger hunt” on the museum’s grounds.

    Highlights of Friday and Saturday’s festivities include a Corvette Quality Clinic for owners of 2008 and 2009 Corvettes and a choice car show, assisted by River Cities Corvette Club.

    “We love it,” said Vicki Rago of Ventnor, N.J., one of the volunteers who came to help set up for the event.

    Lee said volunteers come from all over a week in advance to help set up for the bash. She said people will come from Texas, California, New Jersey and Ohio for the event, like Rago and Randy Pierce and Charla Heintz of Mount Orab, Ohio.

    “We have fun doing this. It’s a working vacation,” Rago said. “We love the facility. We love the building. We love the Corvette.”

    Lee said the bash is also the perfect way to see the new lineup of Corvettes. She said GM representatives are bringing the competition sport Z06, the GTI Z06 - the race version - and the grand sport prototype.

    “These are Corvettes you don’t see all the time,” Lee said.

    Also, all versions of the 2010 models will be on display, she said, giving people the opportunity to ask questions about and take pictures of the new models.

    The bash also will give attendees an opportunity to see the museum’s expansion. She said it was around this time last year that the museum broke ground on its 47,000-square-foot expansion. About 85 percent to 90 percent of the expansion has been completed, she said, including the Corvette Cafe, which opened about three weeks ago.

    “It’s beautiful,” Pierce said. “It was nice before, but they’ve really enhanced this place.”

    “We’ve added a lot more interactive, hands-on games,” Lee said. “Anyone can look on our Web site and see what’s happening.”

    About 900 people have registered for the event, Lee said; however, patrons can pay regular admission if they just want to look at the cars and tour the museum while the bash is going on.

    During the event a red 2009 Corvette will be raffled off; tickets cost $10. The event will end with the “Margaritaville” Banquet at the Sloan Convention Center. The banquet will feature dancing and live music.

    While some things are just a given, Lee said they try to make each bash different.

    “We’re always focused on making it an event to remember,” Lee said. “That’s really what we are all about - exceeding people’s expectations.”

    — For more information, call 1-800-53-VETTE (83883) or visit National Corvette Museum.
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    I hope someone post some photos from the event.

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