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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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    Feeling nostalgic for the original NSX which helped popularize the black canopy look?
    Indulge in a custom paint / wrap on your brand new C8 to bring back that fighter jet theme.

    Blue with black canopy

    To get closer to the original NSX, naturally we'll need to start with a red car.

    Red with black canopy

    Wait a minute, how about a red canopy / blue car mashup? Hmmm, maybe not.

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ID:	56647 at's pretty cool. I used the 3M wrap material on my Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit to cover all of the plastic chrome that they use on that model Jeep. It turned out fantastic, in fact the local dealer thought I had it all painted out! Comes in tons of colors and carbon fiber, etc. Really nice stuff, my Jeep is two years old and the vinyl looks brand new...just like paint.
    Last edited by George; 08-06-2019, 10:06 AM.
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    • #3
      Thank you Klinn. Very cool option.
      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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      • #4
        Thats a kewl look for sure. Def makes it look more McLaren-ish.
        2020 C8 | 2LT | GKZ Torch Red | Z51 Performance Pckg | FE4 Mag Ride | J6F Red Caliper | C2Z Carbon Roof | AE4 Competition Seats | FA5 Carbon Interior | E60 Front Lift | ZZ3 Engine Appearance Pckg | 5ZU High Wing Spoiler | SPY Black Lug Nuts | 5JR Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps | VQK Front/Rear Splash Guards | RCC Red Engine Cover

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        • #5
          Beyond exciting Klinn. In fact, very intriguing. Thank you very much.
          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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          • #6
            Originally posted by Klinn View Post
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            Feeling nostalgic for the original NSX which helped popularize the black canopy look?
            Indulge in a custom paint / wrap on your brand new C8 to bring back that fighter jet theme.

            Blue with black canopy

            To get closer to the original NSX, naturally we'll need to start with a red car.

            Red with black canopy

            Wait a minute, how about a red canopy / blue car mashup? Hmmm, maybe not.
            Can you do that over white?
            Black over Sky Cool Gray.....2LT.....Z51.....FE4.....E60.....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Meldoon View Post
              Can you do that over white?
              Sure thing. How about this? Note that I made the side mirrors black to blend in with canopy, but the rear spoiler white to blend in with the rear deck. Your preferences may vary.

              White with canopy

              For anyone actually considering this, note that it's difficult to create the lower edge of the canopy so it looks OK.

              There are two body lines back there we can follow. One is the bottom edge of the side windows, then sweeping back and up a bit to reach the very tip of the C-pillar. This means the C-pillar itself is only about 2/3 painted / wrapped. Looks a little odd.

              Alternatively, we could follow that natural line of the C-pillar base forward to about the door cut line, then sweep up slightly to head towards the base of the A-pillar. This means there will be a painted patch on the door below the window. Also looks odd.

              Between the two, my preference would be the higher canopy line as shown above. But in both cases we're fighting against the natural lines of the car at one point or another.
              Last edited by Klinn; 08-07-2019, 10:59 AM.

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              • #8
                Thanks Klinn!
                Black over Sky Cool Gray.....2LT.....Z51.....FE4.....E60.....

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                • #9
                  Awesome. I'm not exactly impartial though...

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                  Semper Fidelis,
                  Matt🇺🇸

                  Rapid Blue..2LT..Z51...born 11/17/20...delivered 11/28/20 with many thanks to Mike Furman.

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                  • #10
                    It’s strange with the C8. Almost like you could go both ways and still look good. Going to be a very interesting first year to see what kind of exterior mods get done to personal rides.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SgtMajUSMC (Retired) View Post
                      Awesome. I'm not exactly impartial though...
                      Beautiful job! Did you do that with paint or a wrap?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Klinn View Post
                        For anyone actually considering this, note that it's difficult to create the lower edge of the canopy so it looks OK.

                        There are two body lines back there we can follow. One is the bottom edge of the side windows, then sweeping back and up a bit to reach the very tip of the C-pillar. This means the C-pillar itself is only about 2/3 painted / wrapped. Looks a little odd.
                        At least in the render, I think this approach looks great. But understand in 3 dimensions it might look add. A very cool idea.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Klinn View Post

                          Beautiful job! Did you do that with paint or a wrap?
                          Wrap. Avery and done by a shop just under 6 months ago. $250. I put two layers of HALO flexible film coating on it and it still looks new. Daily driver parked outside at work...in Florida.
                          Semper Fidelis,
                          Matt🇺🇸

                          Rapid Blue..2LT..Z51...born 11/17/20...delivered 11/28/20 with many thanks to Mike Furman.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SgtMajUSMC (Retired) View Post

                            ..... parked outside at work....
                            What happened to the retired part?
                            2017 TR GS 2LT

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ateupjoe View Post

                              What happened to the retired part?
                              As it turns out, doing nothing is not all it is cracked up to be...after a month and a half I had enough of it. Veterans' Service Officer for the State of Florida. Still waiting on the Alamo Crew to make it this way. Jan for the Rolex?
                              Semper Fidelis,
                              Matt🇺🇸

                              Rapid Blue..2LT..Z51...born 11/17/20...delivered 11/28/20 with many thanks to Mike Furman.

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