C8 Corvette Makes Surprise Visit to the National Corvette Museum Bash

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Arrival of a mid-engine test mule at the huge annual event meant that every generation Corvette was represented.

The annual Michelin National Corvette Museum Bash is an amazing event for fans of the legendary American sports car, with all sorts of Corvette-themed activities, including lap time on the road course across the street from the museum and cruises to all sorts of local businesses. Of course, there are also plenty of Corvettes on display, with the collection inside of the museum being joined by countless privately-owned machines outside.

The NCM Bash is a truly all-inclusive Corvette event and with the debut of the C8 set for this summer, General Motors decided to make sure that every generation of the all-American sports car was represented at the event; even if only for a short time. To make that happen, one of the C8 Corvette test cars popped into the museum on the final day of the Bash, giving attendees a chance to see the future of the Chevrolet sports car program in person.

C8 Corvette NCM Bash

More importantly, this C8 cameo, captured and shared by the National Corvette Museum YouTube channel, gave the huge crowd of devout Corvette fans a chance to hear the mid-engine car roar during a quick pull on the way out.

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As you can see in the video above, the C8 test car drove into the circular driveway at the front of the National Corvette Museum with hundreds of people gathered around the outer perimeter. This Chevy sports car is more heavily camouflaged than the car that Mary Barra and Tadge Juechter debuted at the Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation Gala in New York City, with the usual black-and-white vinyl wrap being joined by cladding over the front fascia, the rear hatch and down over the taillights.

C8 Corvette NCM Bash

In short, many details of the car are hidden, but after years of GM executives denying that a mid-engine Corvette program existed, it is nice just to see the company showing off the next generation of the legendary sports car.

C8 Corvette NCM Bash

While the driver crept through the entry area, he gave the throttle a few quick pops, allowing us to hear the engine a bit. Better yet, when he pulled out of the museum driveway and onto the road, he climbed into the throttle just hard enough to make some noise. This gives us a great chance to hear the mid-engine Corvette clear its throat. Additionally, we also get to hear the lightning-quick automatic transmission pop though a few gears.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

Rall can be contacted at [email protected]

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