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  • Your C8’s Buyers Tour, Museum Delivery and/or Building Your Own Motor?

    First, a disclaimer, that as of now GM has not announced that any of these programs would definitively resume during the C8 generation. My strong belief however, is that all three will, but until we get the GM’s and NCM’s green light...

    Three questions please:

    Is anyone considering a Buyers Tour for their mid engine (through NCM @ $800)?

    https://www.corvettemuseum.org/visit...s/buyers-tour/

    How about Museum Delivery (Option Code R8C @ $990)

    https://www.corvettemuseum.org/visit...seum-delivery/

    How about the Engine Build program (Option code PBC @ $5,800)

    https://www.corvetteblogger.com/2015...percharged-v8/

    A further footnote is that in the past, that the Engine Build program was only available for the more powerful motors. Maybe therefore this program would therefore not resume until 2021 when we expect to see the return of the more powerful Z06 equivalent (or whatever it is called) version???
    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.

  • #2
    I would definitely be interested in the Buyers Tour. I used to work in the Ford Plant in Chicago in the mid 80's and it will be interesting for me to experience the change of direction in technology and plant equipment.
    Rocket City Florida- 2001 ZO6 - 2013 427 Vert - 2020 Stingray

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    • #3
      The one regret I have about my C7 purchase is that I didn't do the buyers tour. I don't think I even knew it was an option. If I buy a C8, I'll definitely do it.

      I went with a club member for his museum delivery, and while it was fine, I don't think I'll choose it. After the buyers tour, the museum delivery tour would seem a bit of a letdown, and the rest of the experience didn't impress me $900 worth. If I did choose it, it would be to make a donation to the museum as much as anything else.

      Build my own motor? I'd love to, but probably not at $6,000. (And heck, I've rebuilt enough motors to know what goes on inside.
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      • #4
        Buyer's Tour and NCM Delivery for me!

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        • #5
          I would love to build my own engine, that would be so cool. The ME that allows me to do this will be a keeper.

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          • #6
            Buyer Tour is an absolute must for me. Could well be Museum Delivery for us all also, though that will depend on the time of the year we get ours.
            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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            • #7
              I will choose a Buyers Tour for mine.

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              • #8
                I will do buyer's tour, and possibly the engine build, as I only plan to buy one of these and keep it for a good while.
                Sigmon - Hamilton, Ohio, USA
                2021 Elkhart Lake Blue Stingray coupe, Adrenaline red 3LT Z51, D30, BV4, E60, EYK, FA5, FE4, Q8T, ZZ3, J6N
                Deposit: March 20/20, 1100: Nov 17/20, 2000: Feb 12/21, 3000: Feb 17/21, 3300: April 15/21, 3400: April 23/21 TPW 5/3/21, 3800: 5/4/21, 4200: 5/10/21, 5000: 5/10/21, 6000: 5/10/21

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                • #9
                  We did the Museum Delivery when we picked up our early production C7 'vert'..... It was well worth it and that's the way we want to take delivery of our C8 'vert'.

                  By the way, we picked up the C7 in December of 2013 and drove it home to Texas in cold rain and sleet. The 'W' setting made the 2 day drive a 'piece of cake'..... Hey, they are only cars and they are made to be driven. I can't believe the people I've talked to that did the Museum Delivery then trailered their car home! I wonder if they invite people over to see it in their garage???
                  2020 HTC Torch Red with lots of goodies. Built in September. Museum Delivered in October......

                  Other toys in the garage: Ferrari California, BMW i8 Roadster, Bentley Flying Spur, Chevy SSr

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                  • #10
                    We did Museum Delivery on our C6, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. I had, just three weeks earlier done what was the pre-Buyers Tour (for it was not an official program then); a friend of mine had just retired from the plant a couple of months before and had tour-conducting-privileges twice a year. Then for our C7, I did the official Buyers Tour.

                    To me, the Buyers Tours is as good as any single experience in only a particular Corvette, spending 2/3 days watching your car be build, having your own personal guide walking down the assembly line with you and a friend, explaining to you each and every step and part going on the car as it is being done, with fairly often the employeees coming over for a few second to a half minutes as their time allows, coming over and talking with you. To me, Corvette heaven! Especially I worked summers putting myself through college.

                    I will not get my ME until It is confirmed in writing that I will have an opportunity to buy a Buyers Tour to watch it be made. And as I mentioned above, I could well also do a Museum Delivery also for the car.
                    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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                    • #11
                      While I will not do a Buyers Tour, I have never met a person who has done it, who is not still glowing later as they describe their experience. I have however done and love a Museum Delivery and will do so again for my C8.
                      Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tooold2race View Post
                        We did the Museum Delivery when we picked up our early production C7 'vert'..... It was well worth it and that's the way we want to take delivery of our C8 'vert'.

                        By the way, we picked up the C7 in December of 2013 and drove it home to Texas in cold rain and sleet. The 'W' setting made the 2 day drive a 'piece of cake'..... Hey, they are only cars and they are made to be driven. I can't believe the people I've talked to that did the Museum Delivery then trailered their car home! I wonder if they invite people over to see it in their garage???
                        Thank you tooold2race, for Corvettes are meant to be driven. I can sure understand not driving a 1963 split with 23,000 miles in the rain, nor a 427, 1967 with an L88, but we drive our cars. We left the Museum on our C6 Z06 delivery and on day two, ran in a rainstorm in Kansas described by the TV weather person as, “if you left Kansas City within the last hour and just arrived in Topeka anytime to see this forecast, you drove through rain at a rate of 3” per hour or worse.

                        Thanks weather forecaster for describing just what we went through. And the C6 Z06 had no weather mode, and had Goodyears which left a lot to be desired. Yet,
                        we did not run off the road once, never even left our lane.
                        Last edited by John; 11-10-2018, 01:27 AM.
                        Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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                        • #13
                          A buddy of mine was trying to get me to do those various experiences with my c8 purchase and he wanted to fly out with me to experience it.

                          i dont think thats my thing...yet for those that do...

                          sounds cool

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                          • #14
                            There are a couple of negatives for the Buyers Tour, that you are standing up, often in the same place for five minutes at a time, then walking to the next station for another five minute wait-n-watch, so if you have feet, knee, hip or back issues, and as you are on concrete the entire time, this could be, literally, a painful experience.

                            Seocnd issue is timing and therefore cost, for the production of any car, even when the first “time/date” is given to you, is far from precise, and could be a day or two sooner or a day or two later. For those needing to get airline tickets, chasing flight costs for most airlines is a major consideration, as it consequent amount of time for you to be in BG in advance or after it is over. For me, not an issue because I have lot of friends within BG, stay at one couple’s house (20 year friends), so I arrive four days earlier than the first given time, and plan to leave two days after it was scheduled to be over. In fact, did this for my Buyers Tour and also for my friend Jagamajajaran (we each were the other’s BT guest). Spending all that extra time in BG was outstanding, and how come when people ask me, how did you do 30+ plant tours just during the C7 era along, asked and answered.

                            Made so many pliant tours the four days before my car was built, starting the very first Monday morning, that by day two, and especially on day three, quite a few of the line workers came over to me during the public tours and asked, “how come you are here so much,” — with there always getting the same answer from me,e.g., “I worked at an auto assembly plant, love the sounds,smells and watching a car put together, and this Thursday you are building my Z06.”

                            I will do identically for my ME, probably doing 12+ BGA public tours before I watch mine being built.

                            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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                            • #15
                              ^^^ The joy of being retired and living on the east coast. I can "take time off" and get there a few days early, and stay a few days late if necessary. I can even drive there and not have to worry about airline tickets.
                              Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                              Gone but not forgotten: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

                              Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

                              Never grow up - It's a trap.

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