National Corvette Museum to debut new “Driven By Design” exhibit

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – After 14 years of planning, research and construction, the National Corvette Museum is opening a new exhibit entitled “Drive By Design.”

The 6,500 square foot exhibit was designed to inspire, educate and entertain guests of the National Corvette Museum about the history of the Corvette’s design process and the various individuals responsible for the famous sports car.

The exhibit is interactive and shows guests of the National Corvette Museum the thought process that individuals had in creating the models behind the Corvette.

That’s one of the nicest things about this new exhibit, according to Sharon Brawner, President and CEO of the National Corvette Museum.

“Right now we’re telling a lot of unsung heroic stories, people behind the scenes that maybe nobody ever hears about,” says Brawner.

“That’s the beauty of it. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have been involved in the design of the Corvette over the last 70 years. We’re going to have a lot of great story to draw from, so we can continue to develop the story over time.”

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The Drive By Design exhibit is an interactive experience for guests of the National Corvette Museum to learn about the process that goes into the development of the vehicle. With all the new age technology that went into the construction of the exhibit, it’s an experience that people of all ages can enjoy and learn from.

According to Bob Bubnis, curator of creations and exhibits director for the National Corvette Museum, this is one of the biggest goals in building this exhibit.

“We can reach other people like children who need inspiration at this point in their lives. People who simply have an interest in other people’s stories. The stories behind the creation of these great cars,” says Bubnis.

“I think it’s going to be a pretty popular show because it’s about art. You know, it’s not just about a car. It’s about how art and science come together to create this great automobile. I think it will appeal to a wide range of people.”

The Drive By Design exhibition will open to the public starting tomorrow, September 21, 2022. For more information about the exhibit and other exhibits at the National Corvette Museum, visit the National Corvette Museum website.

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Full press release from the National Corvette Museum:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. September 20, 2022 – The National Corvette Museum (NCM) is pleased to announce that its groundbreaking exhibit, driven by design, is open now The 6,500-square-foot exhibit focuses on the history of the Corvette design process and the stories of the diverse groups of people responsible for the most iconic sports car design of all time.

Planned for several years by the museum’s curatorial staff, along with co-curator, retired GM chief of design Tom Peters, this long-term exhibition in the museum’s Design and Engineering Gallery was intended to inspire, educate and entertain national Corvette Museum guests. This exhibit uses interactive elements, artifacts, hands-on objects, and motion-activated content to help guests learn more about the Corvette’s design history.

The exhibit features Corvette’s vice presidents of design, beginning with Harley Earl in the 1950’s through Mike Simcoe today. The exhibition also reveals the lesser-known stories of those who worked away from the limelight but were no less influential in developing the lines that would shape the auto industry. Additionally, this exhibit sheds light on the diversity of people responsible for Corvette’s iconic design.

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This exhibition also offers a complete overview of the intricate and exciting process of designing a car, from sketches and renderings to clay and test models. From exterior and interior design to future-oriented projects and designs. Through interactive elements, guests see the actual tooling and models that led to the Corvettes seen on the road today.

About the National Corvette Museum: The Corvette has been America’s sports car since 1953. The National Corvette Museum is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit foundation that serves as an educational and research facility with a mission to celebrate the invention of the Corvette and preserve the past, present, and future of the iconic automobile. For more information, visit or call 270-781-7973.

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