Drive Your Corvette to Work Day is celebrated every year on the Friday that is closest to June 30 the day the first Corvette was produced — this year it falls on July 1. The first 300 Corvettes were all Polo White convertibles with black canvas tops and red interiors and produced at the facility in Flint. Since then, millions of Corvettes have been produced. This day is perfect to travel in style to work in your precious Corvette.
History of Drive Your Corvette to Work Day
The Corvette has been in existence since the early 1950s and years after the first car was rolled out, it still remains a favorite for speed and acceleration. People mostly drive Corvettes on beautiful days for a joy ride. To change this, this day was started by Mike Yager, the founder of Mid America Motorworks, in 2001. He started this tradition to have as many Corvettes on the road that day to celebrate the birth anniversary of the car and transform the everyday work commute into an ode to America’s sports car.
Mike Yager was quoted saying, “We understand why many owners consider their Corvette to be a special car and only drive it occasionally but we think driving your Corvette to work, at least one day a year, is an excellent way to demonstrate just how popular Corvettes are. And it is a chance for Corvette owners to meet new Corvette owners.”
The Corvette was christened by Chevrolet’s photographer, Myron Scott. He opened a dictionary to find a word starting with ‘C,’ to get a name with an alliterative effect. He chanced upon ‘corvette,’ which is a name for a small, fast, and easy-to-maneuver warship.
To add to the Corvette’s popularity, the car has also starred in a popular TV show from the 1960s called “Route 66.” It followed the journey of two people in their 20s traveling cross-country in a Chevy Corvette. General Motors supplied a new Corvette for each season of the show, which aired from 1960 to 1964. The show also found a place in the Corvette fan club magazine.
Over the years, the car has only become more desired and holds a special place in people’s hearts. On this day, grab the opportunity to bring your Corvette out on the road and share the love.
Drive Your Corvette to Work Day timeline
The first Corvette is produced.
Corvette’s start being produced in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where the National Corvette Museum also is located.
The original facility in Flint where the Corvettes were produced is demolished.
The third Corvette produced gets sold for a whopping $1.06 million.
Drive Your Corvette to Work Day FAQs
How many miles do Corvettes last?
Corvette owners can expect their new car to last for approximately 150,000 to 200,000 miles, which is probably around 10 to 13 years minimum.
What have been some of the most reliable Corvette engines?
Some of the most reliable Corvette engines over the years have been the 1962 Chevrolet Corvette, 2001 350 LS6 Engine, and 2015 Chevrolet Corvette LT4 Engine.
What have been some most wanted Corvettes?
Some of the most wanted models of Corvettes have been the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Fuelie,’ 1963 Grand Sport, 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L-88, and 1996 Grand Sport convertible, among others.
Drive Your Corvette to Work Day Activities
Share photos with Mid America Motorworks
If you have taken your Corvette to work, you’re encouraged to take photos of it and share them with Mid America Motorworks via email or Facebook. They later share a collection of photos of owners celebrating Drive Your Corvette to Work Day.
Drive a Corvette
Even if you are retired and don’t have to go to work, you can still drive your Corvette. You can ask a family member or friend if they need a ride to work and give them a lift in your Corvette. It will surely be a ride to remember.
Visit the National Corvette Museum
If you don’t have a Corvette, you can still celebrate this day. Visit the National Corvette Museum and learn about the car, its history, and the various models that have been made. Immerse yourself in a historical car experience on this day.
5 Interesting Facts About Corvettes That You Probably Missed
First Corvette at Motorama
The first Corvette was introduced to the world at the GM Motorama traveling show at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
The 1983 model
Can you believe that only one 1983 Corvette model exists?
General Motors built one Corvette prototype made of aluminum, which is now living at the General Motors Heritage Center near Detroit.
The Corvette Stringray
The Corvette Stringray is actually inspired by a real shark.
Kentucky’s Sports Car
The Corvette has been Kentucky’s official sports car for over a decade.
Why We Love Drive Your Corvette to Work Day
Corvettes are reliable
Though Corvettes are an older generation of sports cars, they are extremely reliable, fast, and affordable. They're also inexpensive to maintain.
Corvettes define innovation
The world knows the mighty Corvette as America's sports car, and rightly so. This beast of a car exemplifies the definition of innovation. It is in fact the world's longest-running and continuously produced passenger car.
Corvettes provide an ecstatic commute experience
Corvettes are extremely fun to ride in and even drive. Even the thought of driving your Corvette to work can instantly motivate you to get out of bed. It provides a thrilling and ecstatic commute experience, a breakaway from the daily routine.
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