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1 of 3, look for my 3000 Mile Review and CA Registration threads as well.

Chip asked me to post these reports I made on another forum. There are three all together.

It has been a crazy couple of weeks for us with work, holiday parties, Christmas, and New Years. Add into all of that picking up our new Stingray at the Museum and driving it 2,200 miles home to southern California in three days, makes this one of the busiest holiday seasons I can remember. I am finally getting around to writing a travelogue and posting some pictures. I will post a review of the car in a separate thread.

The trip was not what I had originally envisioned when I ordered the car with R8C. We did a winter Museum delivery with our 2008 and I told myself the next time would be in better weather. Originally Ken at Fichtner Chevrolet thought my slot would not come up until spring 2014. Then the production and allocation schedules changed several times before I finally wound up with a December 18 delivery date. We originally planned to take a two week trip and enjoy Kentucky for the first week with the car, then take a week to drive home, enjoying some sights along the way.

The December 18 delivery changed all of that. I had a must attend event on 12/14 and another one on 12/22, so the trip had to be shortened up. We salvaged what we could of the KY touring in the rental car before the delivery, but had to drive straight home and missed out on any fun stops.

Still a great time over-all, here is the travelogue:

We flew to Nashville on Sunday 12/15. Picked up the one-way rental at Enterprise and headed into town. My wife likes to see and stay in historical places so we stayed at the Union station Hotel. It is on Broadway within walking distance or a $4 cab ride to the honky-tonks. Our plan was to spend the evening hopping between the honky-tonks and taking in local music, but we decided to take a drive in the rental car to view some local Christmas lights. By the time we were done with a great BBQ dinner at Rippy’s (Jack’s was closed on Sunday) is was 10:00 PM and way too cold for us Californians to be walking around, so we went back to the Hotel and turned in.

Union Station Hotel


Christmas Lights


On Monday morning we got a late start with plans to drive up to Louisville and tour a couple of Bourbon distilleries. We stopped by the Museum to be sure all was in order for our delivery on Wednesday. I had forgotten the time zone changed to eastern in mid KY so by the time we got near the distilleries they were all closed. We did get to see some great back roads though.

We stayed at the historical Brown Hotel in Louisville, another great experience. Dinner consisted of the “Hot Brown,” their world famous open-faced turkey sandwich. I highly recommend it if you are in Louisville at lunch or dinner time.

Brown Hotel Lobby


The "Hot Brown"


On Tuesday we set out to tour some distilleries. We are used to CA winery tours and tastings where the wineries are very close together and the drive time is less than 15 minutes between them. It was a bit of a shock that the distilleries were so spread out. We were only able to get to 4 before they all closed (they close early, about 4:00PM). We toured: Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve. Buffalo Trace was the most interesting and informative of the 4, but Four Roses had the best tasting selection.

Buffalo Trace


Woodford Reserve


We got into BG about 8:00 and went straight to Spongie Acres for the night. Let me say that Spongie Acres is THE place to stay in BG. It is a modern estate home built in a classic style and has all of the modern conveniences including Wi-Fi and a coffee/tea bar. Our room was spacious and very well appointed. Breakfast was cooked to order and delicious. The proprietors Clint and Juannie go out of their way to make sure the guests have everything they want and need. Clint used to run professional drag racing cars and appreciates all things automotive. A great side benefit you will not find at other inns is the massive steel “Car Barn” out back.

Good Old Kentucky Home Hospitality With A Modern Twist! | Spongie Acres Bed and Breakfast




Our NCM delivery appointment was not until 10:30 on Wednesday so we were in no rush at breakfast, then a surprise hit. Shane from the museum called about 8:30 and said the plant was closing early and that if we wanted to do a tour we needed to get there by 9:30. Luckily we were planning to stay Wednesday night in BG so we did not have to pack. We rushed off to the Museum and started our delivery day.
First we went over to the plant. They had issues with a frame part supply and the line was stopped when we got there. They had also cancelled public tours and only the NCM sponsored VIP tours were taking place. For the first half of our tour the line was stopped and we got to talk to several of the friendly plant staff. About half way through the tour the line started back up. They said a truckload of the missing part just got in (delayed by bad weather en route). This is an example of how tight the just-in-time system is. We were done with the plant tour about 11:30 and went back to the museum for lunch, the delivery and museum tour. Doug went through everything on the car and took us through the museum, then it was outside for a quick picture and back inside for some Corvette Store Christmas shopping. Finally we took the car back over to the plant for a couple of pics.

Delivery Display


Outside


Name in lights


Plant entry Courtyard


Wednesday night we got back to Spongie Acres and asked Clint and Juannie for dinner restaurant recommendations. They recommended “The Bistro” in downtown BG, near the college. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for excellent food in a great atmosphere at reasonable prices.

The Bistro

Spongie Acres at Night


Back to the B&B for some trip planning. We had hoped to take the most direct route home (I44-I40-I15). Earlier in the week the weather looked OK, but as of Wednesday night, snow was forecast for the higher elevations in New Mexico and Arizona. We settled on the Interstate step-down (I40-I30-I20-I10); it was about 100 miles further, but kept us out of snow. To make it home in three days we had to log over 700 miles per day, so I figured the first stop would be Dallas TX, and the second Demming New Mexico.
After another restful night at Spongie, Clint let me install the GM accessory mud flaps in his garage. We had another fantastic breakfast then after a few pictures were on our way for the long trip home.

Spongie in the Morning


Clint, Juannie and us


Not much to say about the trip except drive, drive, drive. The first 500 miles were vary speed and RPM for break-in, then it was set the cruise control in Eco mode and steer. My wife and I took turns with me driving about 6-7 hours per day and her 3-4 hours. We ran into the bad rain in West Texas, but made it through OK. The only stop that wasn’t for food and gas was in Quartzite to pick up to mineral Christmas presents.

West Texas


Demming NM


Arizona


Minerals


We got home late on Saturday night. Here is a picture of the car dirty on Sunday morning and then after cleaning it up. Note the shorts, nice to be back in warm sunny CA!


 

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Congrats and nice write-up. I picked mine up that same day,but had a morning delivery. I was in delivery slot one, the Crystal Red with CF racing stripes. Your C7 was stunning in person, I hope you are thoroughly enjoying it.
 

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Great write up!
 

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Nice write up. My wife and I were in the Nightrace Blue convertible in spot 7 that same day. Our experience was similar, with one glaring exception. Our delivery specialist was not nearly as knowledgeable about the car and plant as he should have been. He told us numerous things about the plant and Corvette production that I knew were definitely wrong, and told me I didn't know what I was talking about when questioned (for instance, claimed all vettes had aluminum frames since 2009, and then told me my '13 427 convertible couldn't possibly have a steel frame.)
When we returned for our vehicle orientation, his knowledge of the car was minimal at best. He didn't know how to set the seats with the memory. He seemed unaware of the SD slot in the console and was flabbergasted when my wife pulled out her 32Gb card and plugged it in. At one point, my wife, who's car we were picking up, excused herself to go to the lady's room. However, she told me to take over, because she had had enough of our specialist's ignorance and was about to scream. The worst part was instead of saying, "I don't know, but I'll find out," he tried to bluster through. After reading through the owners and infotainment manuals, and doing some research on this and other forums, I feel both my wife and I had much more thorough knowledge of the C7 than he did.
Also, although I know it's a small point, he (or the prep crew if it's different folks,) did not save the build sheet or the white car cover, even though I saw other cars with the cover in the back the same day.

I have been wanting to,do a Museum Delivery since I bought my first Bowling Green produced Vette in 2002, and this greatly diminished the experience. And for those wondering, we received a follow up e-mailing asking for feedback from Lori, the manager of the delivery program, and my wife sent her an extensive review. Hopefully, Bobby has either gotten some remedial training or has been replaced.


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Congrats and nice write-up. I picked mine up that same day,but had a morning delivery. I was in delivery slot one, the Crystal Red with CF racing stripes...
Nice write up. My wife and I were in the Nightrace Blue convertible in spot 7 that same day...
Wow, small world. I saw both of your cars as well. They looked great!
 

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Congrats and nice write-up. I picked mine up that same day,but had a morning delivery. I was in delivery slot one, the Crystal Red with CF racing stripes. Your C7 was stunning in person, I hope you are thoroughly enjoying it.
That was a gorgeous car. The only reason we didn't get the C7 in Crystal Red was that I have a 2013 427 convertible in Crystal Red.


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Fdxpilot I could only be lucky to have as many vets in our garage as you do now. Must be a big garage! I'm still looking forward to my first. I ordered the arctic white Z51 3LT but I saw a blue one on the streets this past weekend.... very striking color. Do you find it's as hard to hide the dirt with blue as with red?

Adam, thanks for the chronicle and the pictures. Felt like I was on the trip with you. What a great road trip and a beautiful car!
 

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Both Crystal Red and Nightrace Blue show the dirt pretty good, so a lot of washing is in order. As to the number of vettes, we basically have one each for the wife and me. However, we don't trade in the previous one, preferring to sell them privately. Therefore, we end up with three for a little while. We only have a 3 car garage, and as typical, one stall is full of assorted stuff, leaving only parking for the 2 vettes. My pickup and the wife's Infiniti stay in the driveway, along with the for-sale vette.


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