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National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park purchases additional property for future expansion

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Aerial view showing the existing property and new parcel purchased. Photos courtesy National Corvette Museum.

Today, the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, occupies roughly 221 acres of land abutting Interstate 65, which splits the property from the museum itself and GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant, home of the Chevrolet Corvette. On January 23, the museum completed the acquisition of a new 208.3-acre parcel to the east of the existing track, planning for potential future growth of the facility.

The land was optioned by the museum back in 2010, long before construction began on the track itself. As the museum’s executive director, Wendell Strode, explained in May 2018, the land owner was not willing to extend the option beyond 2018, which forced the board of directors to make a forward-thinking purchase decision. With the latest acquisition, the size of the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park more than doubles, allowing for expansion when – or if – the track’s needs change.

The NCM Motorsports Park in 2014. The new acreage is at the top center of the photo.

Today, the facility consists of a 2-mile West Track and a 1.1-mile East Track, which can be run separately or combined as the 3.15-mile Grand Full Course, including a 2,300-foot main straight. In 2017, a Kartplex was added, offering arrive-and-drive racing for $20 per session and the ability to host private group events. On Tuesday evenings during the spring, summer and fall, the “Trek at the Track” gives visitors the ability to bicycle, walk or jog the (closed) track at no charge. To expand its appeal beyond motorsports, potential future ideas for growth include a children’s playground, bicycle trails and even a rock climbing wall.

The Kartplex, added in 2017.

On the commercial side, the Motorsports Park is still looking to attract tenants for a planned business park on 10.5 acres at the facility’s entrance. Spaces are available ranging in size from 8,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet, and the track is working with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce to attract suitable tenants. In 2017, the city was the fastest-growing in the state of Kentucky, and in terms of new residents, that statistic is likely true today.

Don’t look for any immediate changes at the NCM Motorsports Park. In the press release announcing the purchase, Strode said, “We do not have any immediate plans for the land. With a growing interest in activities offered at the NCM Motorsports Park, we wanted to secure space for any future expansions.” For now, the land will continue to be used for agricultural purposes.