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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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My Corvette Club’s Car Show Today

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  • My Corvette Club’s Car Show Today

    Short 1 minute video of our Corvette show. What fun ! I was one of the judges and what a tough time it was, for the quality of 90% of the cars was terrific. Nice people, perfect weather, fantastic location, great and reasonably priced vendor food (we had 11 vendors in all), and nicely we made a good amount of money for our local “Liberty House” (a non-profit which helps abused children in a superb, multi-disciplinary setting in their own custom built house on a nice amount of property)

    Our Corvette Club is called WillametteValley Corvette Club (WVCA). While we are not the biggest in Oregon, our show yesterday attracted more Corvettes than any other Corvette show yet this year.

    I have been to longer and fancier shows, but could not be more proud of what we collectively accomplished. I especially enjoyed promoting and answering questions about the PNW part of this August’s National Corvette Caravan, and separately, no surprise, spent time promoting our forum (got some wonderful new members already).

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mXJ...pl-mQd01e/view
    Last edited by John; 06-23-2019, 02:27 PM.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    Fantastic! And how wonderful that your club is making such a positive difference in the lives of abused children!

    Here's what the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club did today...

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    • #3
      Great that your making a difference in the children's lives. Great to see the video's as well. Thanks
      Rocket City Florida- 2001 ZO6 - 2013 427 Vert - 2020 Stingray

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      • #4
        Always good to see such a great turnout of Corvettes, old and new.
        1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
        2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

        NCM Lifetime Member since 2003

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        • #5
          What a great display of Corvettes Thanks for sharing

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          • #6
            Thanks for the video, love the camera work John, great job directing! Lol 😆

            It’s so much fun to be at car shows with like minded people!
            Vette's owned: 99 Sebring Silver Convert - 10yrs, 2008 Crystal Red Convert,w/cam, longtubes and Vortech supercharger. C8 VIN 00336 built on 2/10/20 - Delivered 3/18/20 C8 Spec: Torch Red 2LT, Z51, FE4, E60, CF7, FA5, AH2, HUL, J6E, TU7, 3F9, Q8P, 5ZU, R8C

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            • #7
              Thanks for the Video

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              • #8
                I was as far from the camera as possible, but as close to inspecting each car as time allowed. We spend hours judging. What I liked was all the “regular awards” were participant selected, all those for Best C5 convertible, Best C7 coupe, etc. Those were the overwhelming amount of awards.

                I should have taken a picture of one row that had no cars at all (what a lonely place), with its entrance sign reading “C8’s”. That sparked some good conversations, especially one comment I heard, which we all would expect, “wait until next year.”
                GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by brad66 View Post
                  Always good to see such a great turnout of Corvettes, old and new.
                  The collection of C1 and C2’s was amazingly large. We were pleasantly surprised for only a total of four in those two classes had pre-registered. Maybe they were waiting on the weather to make their decisions. The forecast that morning was 0% rain. It started with a continuous light cloud cover in the mid 50’s, quickly got us to a mixture of mostly clouds and intermittent spots sun in the mid 60’s by 10:00, and by just after noon it had changed to 100% sun, ending up in the mid 70’s.

                  We went from 103 pre-registered to the 160 who finally had registered by 11:00 AM. We even ran out of registration forms. Next time we will print 250 LOL.
                  Last edited by John; 06-23-2019, 11:52 AM.
                  GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                  • #10
                    My car is a rain or shine vehicle but I've seen quite a few sunshine only cars in my travels. My next show is indoors but I still have to drive 250+ miles to get there.

                    Can you send some of that 50s and 60s weather my way? I just got done with 2 hours of yard work and it's 94 with heat index of 109. Good thing I went out before it got hot.
                    1966 coupe - Sunfire Yellow / Black
                    2004 Z06 - Millennium Yellow / Black

                    NCM Lifetime Member since 2003

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                    • #11
                      Ouch; it is hot where you are. Too hot for me. Here’s a picture at the show yesterday while I was caught cleaning my wheels. Not to worry about that bath towel, e.g., strictly a kneeling pad.

                      Our show has one rule I absolutely love, and without exception except for bird droppings which you can remove at any time, rags down at 10:00 AM — not even California dusters after then. What I like about that is that even the OCD’s get away from their cars, visit others, instead of wanting to return every 30 minutes to do more dusting. Very “freeing.”

                      I was asked about our selling shirts, and for a wide variety of reasons we will not be doing that as a forum, but anyone can directly purchase one of these Nike Dri-Fit polo shirts, in any of the 10+ colors they have, with the embroidery included in any one of over 40 thread colors (you mix and match) at a cost of about $60 shipped each. Quality on mine has been superlative. If interested, PM me please.

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                      GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                      • #12
                        Some other pictures taken by our our WVCA and MECF member “Buzz.” Thank you Buzz!
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                        GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for sharing the pics too!

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                          • #14
                            Gong to a Corvette show is our hobby. In the south the indoor shows are great. In the PNW I liked the outdoor shows. I sure wish we could attend a Corvette show in Oregon or the Seattle area. The clean environment of the north west is the best IMHO. Charlie aka cutnout

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                            • #15
                              Great pics from the show, thanks for posting them. Your "rags down" rule makes a lot of sense. Less polishing, more socializing!

                              Also, nice plate on your Z-06 John!

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