Drive Your Corvette to Work on Friday, July 1

TJ Kmetz with his 2000 Extreme Corvette, sharing it with the kids at the day care he works for.
TJ Kmetz with his 2000 Extreme Corvette, sharing it with the kids at the day care he works for.

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and what better way to gear up for the celebrations than by showing off America’s Sports Car to your coworkers? Friday, July 1st marks the 16th Annual “Drive Your Corvette to Work Day.” Corvette owners across the world are encouraged to ditch their daily driver, and take their Corvette for a spin to their place of employment on July 1st.

On June 30th 1953, the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan, and instantly an American icon was born. The first 300 Corvettes were made at the facility in Flint; all were Polo White convertibles with black canvas tops and red interiors. Since that day, over 1.6 million Corvettes have been produced. The original production place of the Corvettes in Flint, Michigan was demolished in 2003. However, not all of the facility that brought us the first generation of Corvettes is gone. The Corvette Museum offers enthusiasts wanting a unique fragment of Corvette history the chance to purchase a brick salvaged from the original Flint Factory.

“Drive Your Corvette to Work Day” is celebrated annually on the Friday closest to June 30th, the day the first Corvette was produced back in 1953. This tradition was started by Mid America Motorworks founder Mike Yager, who launched “Drive Your Corvette to Work Day” in 2001.“We understand why many owners consider their Corvette to be a special car and only drive it occasionally” said Yager, “but we think driving your Corvette to work, at least one day a year, is an excellent way to demonstrate just how popular Corvettes are. And it is a chance for Corvette owners to meet new Corvette owners.” Celebrated by thousands worldwide, the goal is to get as many Corvettes on the road as possible, transforming the everyday work commute into an ode to America’s Sports Car.

But why limit yourself to just one day a year? If you are an NCM Insurance Customer, your policy allows you to drive your Corvette to work on more than just a special occasion. “Who says collector car insurance coverage can’t give you a sunny drive to work occasionally to make the work day better?” said Bobbie Jo Lee, Insurance Agent. “We know that having a collector means enjoying the car when you can, and that can include up to two times per week with our 9 to 5 work option.”

Be sure to share a photo of your Corvette at work on July 1st on the Museum’s Facebook page. A winner will be randomly selected to receive one of the historic bricks from the Flint, Michigan factory. Happy cruising!