Visitors to my home are frequently disappointed by one factor -- nothing at all related to the home but as we mentioned in our Nashville Airport Guide, the Corvette Assembly Plant tours in nearby Bowling Green, Kentucky have been suspended. Obviously, the Nissan assembly plant tour is cool for auto enthusiasts but the Corvette assembly plant tour is much cooler. After all, no one built a national museum and test track adjacent to the Nissan plant! Corvette has decided the celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Corvette Racing by offering a trip to the 2019 Rolex 24 race and a 2019 Corvette Stingray. We would be happy with the trip alone, without the $62,490 car.
The contest prize is a 2019 coupe; we're just using this 2018 convertible video until a review of the 2019 gets released!
The contest rules are straightforward -- adults 18 years or older from the 50 U.S. states or Washington, D.C. can enter precisely once online and there's no requirement to pass along information to dealerships or external marketing partners. After the entry deadline (October 22, 2018, at 11:59 Eastern), one grand prize winner will be drawn and will receive both a trip to the 2019 Rolex 24 race and a 2019 Corvette Stingray.
Rolex 24 Trip
The trip includes round-trip coach airfare for two, three nights at a hotel of the sponsor's choice, two tickets to the Rolex 24, a full-size rental car, and $500 in spending cash. The winner must make the Rolex 24 race in January 2019 or the prize is forfeited. If a contest winner doesn't meet the rental car company's traditional conditions (such as valid license, credit card, suitable driving record, and age), that portion of the trip is forfeited.
Here's a pro tip for the winner of the contest. Ask the rental car company for a Chevrolet Impala or Chevrolet Malibu if available. Each vehicle meets trade group ACRISS' requirements for full-size -- in fact, the Impala is usually considered a premium car (one size larger than a full-size). Not only are the Impala (the unofficial rental car of the AutoSlash team) and Malibu fine vehicles but it's poor form to show up at an event paid for by General Motors in a Nissan Altima!
2019 Corvette Stingray
There's no doubt that the car given away in this contest will be more desirable than the rental car provided at the race. Corvettes are also highly customizable, so I wrote a model to figure out what Corvette would have the promised MSRP of $62,490. Perhaps you were wondering the same (or perhaps not); as mentioned in other blog posts, geeks have to take the opportunity to embrace their geekdom from time to time. Here's what appears to be the most likely possibility:
- 2019 Corvette Stingray RWD 2LT (the mid-tier trim),
- 7-speed manual transmission,
- Full dual-length racing stripe, and
- Z51-style five-spoke wheels
For at least three members of the AutoSlash team (who shall remain unnamed), the combination of a 6.2L engine, manual transmission, 455 HP, and 460 ft-lbs of torque would probably result in a tire bill exceeding the cost of fuel and insurance! Each set of replacement 285/30R20's (not likely found at the local auto center) costs well more than a grand, before balancing, installation and tax.
All of this Stingray talk reminds me I still have an unused upgrade to a Corvette in Las Vegas ...