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Vets ‘n Vettes – November 8-10, 2018

Vets ‘n Vettes – Honoring Those Who Fought For Our Freedom

This November, as part of Military Appreciation Month, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky will be hosting its 10th Annual “Vets ‘n Vettes.”  This special three day event will be presented by Mobil 1 and hosted at the NCM’s Motorsports Park from November 8-10, 2018 to recognize and celebrate local Veterans for their service in our armed forces.

NCM Motorsports Park Vets 'n Vettes
On Thursday, November 8, 2018, attendees will be able to enjoy laps around the NCM’s Motorsports Park.

“Vets ‘n Vettes” starts on Thursday, November 8th and will feature a day long track event at the Motorsports Park Local Corvette owners will provide Veterans with a ride around the 3. 15 mile racetrack, allowing them an opportunity to experience the track firsthand as a passenger in a Corvette.  All participants for this event MUST register in advance in order to drive their car on the track during this event.  Complimentary lunch will be served to both the drivers and the Veterans in attendance.  The NCM track is located at 505 Grimes Road (just off Porter Pike) in Bowling Green, Ky., and the ride-alongs will be hosted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. central time.

On Friday, participants will participate in one of two sponsored events.  The first will be the “LT1: General Jackson Showboat which will feature a 2.5-hour river cruise on the General Jackson as it travels up the Cumberland River from its launch at Opry Mills to downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  Guests will enjoy an afternoon of entertainment along with a delicious lunch buffet.   Registration for this excursion is $65.00 and does not include transportation to-or-from the event.

For those looking for a less intensive excursion, you can elect to participate in “LT2: Barren River Lodge for Lunch.”  This outing will feature a beautiful drive down to Barren River State Park Resort where participants can enjoy a buffet at the Driftwood Restaurant, which overlooks the beautiful 10,000-acre lake.  Registration for this event is $25.00.  While it is a guided driving tour, it still requires attendees to drive their own vehicle to the event.

Bowling Green Veterans Day parade
On Saturday, November 10, 2018, Corvette owners and veterans will come together to participate in Bowling Green’s annual Veterans Day Parade

Finally, on Saturday, participants will be part of the annual Bowling Green Veterans’ Day Parade.  The parade, which kicks-off at 10am will conclude around 11:30am.  Corvette owners/drivers are encouraged to meet back at the National Corvette Museum.  From there, all participants will caravan to the local VFW hall, where members of the VFW will be hosting their annual Fish Fry.  Registration for the “LT3 VFW Annual Fish Fry” is $15.00, and all proceeds will be donated to Kentucky’s Wounded Hero’s program.

In addition to the sanctioned events listed above, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a number of events including: Meet n’ Greets, road tours, dinner outings, along with providing veterans, along with active servicemen and women a comfortable venue to share their stories and experiences.

General registration for Vets ‘n Vettes is just $20.00, and registration is required for anyone looking to participate in the track event on Thursday, November 8th.  Meanwhile, the Veterans luncheon will be free to veterans and their spouse or guest.  The luncheon buffet will be hosted in the track garages from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Luncheon guests are asked to RSVP by Friday, Oct. 27 with a call to Bryce Burklow at 270-777-4506.

All on-line registrants will receive a hard-car credential, a lanyard and an event pin.

Beyond this weekend-long event, American military veterans, along with police and firefighters, will receive free admission to the Museum during the entire month of November just by showing proof of service at the admissions counter. Their immediate accompanying family will also receive free admission.

The Museum is located at I-65, exit 28 in Bowling Green, KY and is open daily, 8am-5pm Central Time.  Learn more about the Museum at

Schedule of Events for Vets ‘n Vettes

Registration Opens 1:00pm – 5:00pm / NCM Clubroom
7:30am NCM Opens
7:30am – 5:00pm Registration Open

  • Located in Clubroom
  • Advance Registration Pickup
  • Onsite registration available
8:15am – 8:30am Opening Ceremonies – NCM Flagpole
8:45am Caravan to NCM Motorsports Park

  • Stage Front Circle
9:00am – 3:00pm Day at NCM Motorsports Park
Enjoy the day at the Motorsports Park with touring laps and karting. Lunch provided at the MSP

  • Offer your corvette to give local Veterans a ride around the track
  • Driver meeting 9:30am – mandatory
  • Unlimited track time
  • Onsite sales for karting experience
9:30am – 11:15am MOVIE TIME – ‘The Producers’Mel Brooks wrote an original screenplay whose characters are driven by greed, need, neurosis, cheerfully shameful sexual behavior and a deep cynicism about show business. 

  • Holley Building Classroom at Motorsports Park
  • No Charge – no sign-ups necessary
11:30am – 1:00pm  Lunch Served

  • Free for event registrants and Veterans
  • Grilled Hamburgers / Hot Dogs
  • Pre-Registration is Required
  • Lunch in MSP Garages
1:00pm – 3:00pm MOVIE TIME – ‘Phantom of the Opera’The haunting story of The Phantom of the Opera is adapted from Gaston Leroux’s novel of the same name and is set in the heart of the Paris Opera House. As young ballet dancer Christine Daae becomes the object of The Phantom’s secret affections, he manipulates her career at the expense and horror of the Opera House staff and stars.

  • Holley Building Classroom at Motorsports Park
  • No-charge – no sign-ups necessary


5:00pm National Corvette Museum Closes
5:00pm Cash Bar – Social
5:30pm – 7:30pm Meet & Greet Welcome DinnerEnjoy a great meal after your track day

  • Pre-registration is Required
  • $25 Per Person
  • Early Thanksgiving Dinner is on the menu
  • Commemorative 10th Anniversary Glass
  • NCM Conference Center

** Guest Speaker is Jack Delong – Vietnam Veteran and Lifetime Member of the NCM.

‘Following in my Dad’s Footsteps –

 Return to Normandy’

8:00am NCM Opens.
8:00am – 4:00pm Registration Open

  • Located in clubroom
  • Advance Registration Pickup
  • Onsite registration available
9:45am – 4:00pm LT1: General Jackson Showboat – NashvilleTake the 2.5-hour General Jackson Showboat Midday Lunch Cruise for an afternoon of entertainment along with a delicious buffet lunch! Enjoy the comedy, audience interaction, and catchy tunes from the band while cruising along the Cumberland River and tasting a mouth-watering Southern-style buffet prepared by the General Jackson’s very own sous chef.

  • Pre-Registration Required
  • $65 Per Person
  • Drive your own Corvette
  • Approximately 135 miles round trip
11:15am – 2:00pm LT2: Barren River Lodge for LunchIf you are looking for a shorter / lighter day – take a nice drive to Barren River State Park Resort. Enjoy the buffet at the Driftwood Restaurant overlooking the beautiful 10,000-acre lake.

  • 1149 State Park Rd Lucas, KY 42156
  • Pre-Registration required
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Registration fee: $25
  • Guided – Drive your own Corvette
  • Approximately 60 miles round trip



5:00pm National Corvette Museum Closes

  • Free night to spend with your friends
6:00pm – 10:00pm  **NOT THROUGH NCM**

Outback SteakhouseOutback Steakhouse of Bowling Green would like to give back to our Veterans. Enjoy an evening of great food, entertainment, and camaraderie with other BG Veterans.

  • 3260 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42104
  • Tent set up in back with Outback trailer
  • $20 all you can eat Ribs & Chicken (including drink)
  • Local bands performing
  • Silent auction gift baskets – all proceeds go to local Veterans organizations
  • Pay on your own
8:00am NCM Opens
8:00am – 9:00am Registration open in Clubroom
8:15am – 8:30am Event Group Photo

  • On NCM Logo Circle
  • Photo’s available for purchase after parade
  • NCM Blvd
8:30am – 8:45am Driver Meeting

  • NCM Front Circle
8:45am Depart NCM Front Circle to Bowling Green Veterans Day Parade
9:00am – 10:00am Arrive at Parade Staging area and prep cars
10:00am Parade Begins

  • Candy throwing is allowed
  • No revving of motors while on parade route
  • Return to NCM at end of parade
11:30am – 1:00pm LT3: VFW Annual Fish Fry
VFW will also be serving our participants a fish fry.We want to support our local VFW –  with all proceeds going to the KY Wounded Hero’s program.

  • Advance Registration required
  • $15 registration fee
  • Stage front circle after parade – caravan to VFW from NCM
  • Leave on your own
1:30pm – 3:30pm Free Guided Road Tour – Rollercoaster and Chaney’s Ice Cream

  • Guided Road Tour
  • Stage NCM Front Circle
  • Buy your own ice cream
5:00pm National Corvette Museum Closes