Visiting The National Corvette Museum

Whether you’re looking for a new or used car, truck, van, SUV, coupe or sedan the place to head to is Southtowne Motors of Newnan. With an impressive inventory of everything stylish from Buick Enclaves and Cadillac Escalades to GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Corvette, you’ll find the ride of your dreams at Southtowne.

When you want to take your new ride out for a spin, head for The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The museum is the perfect stop for car enthusiasts who appreciate well-made cars of the past and present.

The museum has served as a means to learn all about Corvette’s through its exhibits, library and archives since it was established in 1994. Historians, collectors and the general public have access to a wide array of information covering the design, construction and development of the Corvette through historical memorabilia and literature.

The Corvette made its debut on the American scene in 1953 and has remained at the top of the list for sports car enthusiasts. At the museum’s 115,000 square foot facility, you’ll see more than 70 models from mint condition classics and prototypes that were never produced to current modern day designs.

Take your time looking at the exhibits and rare collectibles and memorabilia with a self-guided tour. After the tour, take advantage of the driving simulators for an exciting interactive spin and test your skills at the Pit Crew Challenge exhibit.

Be sure to stop by the Corvette Store to find the perfect souvenir from a selection of gift items, collectibles, home items, t-shirts and apparel. To end the day on a high note, step back in time and have a meal at the 50’s themed Corvette Cafe to refuel after a day of fun, history and education surrounding the Corvette.

Along with all the other things to see and do at the museum, through September 13, you’ll also have access to the 14-car Marque of Excellence exhibit that features award winning Corvettes.

The NCM is open from 8am-5pm, daily, with an admission fee of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids 6-16 and kids ages 6 and under are free. While visiting the museum, ask about the Corvette Assembly Plant located directly across from the museum. The plant is scheduled to reopen for public tours in late 2013.

Stop by Southtowne Motors Monday through Saturday and take a “look-see” at what they have to offer to fit your lifestyle and your budget or to schedule a service check-up before hitting the road.

How To Keep Your Car Cooler In Warm Weather

If you drive one of the more reliable Atlanta used cars, you likely rely on your air conditioning system throughout the summer and early fall. The heat of asphalt on the freeway, when combined with temperatures of 100 degrees F or more, can make it hard for your air conditioner to keep you cool. Using a few extra tools could help you enjoy a cooler ride without taxing your car’s system.

Stay Cool In The Parking Lot

Preparing your car or truck before you leave it in a sunny parking lot all day can make it a lot more comfortable when you get back in it after work. Most people can’t find a shady spot on a July day in Atlanta, but a basic windshield visor can bounce a lot of heat back out of the glass. It also protects your interior upholstery from fading and cracking due to UV exposure. Don’t forget the rear windshield if you would like a deduction of 10 degrees or more over the course of a day.

Covering the exposed surfaces is the next best option if you don’t have a windshield visor on hand. Throwing a blanket over the front seat and hanging a towel over the steering wheel will keep you from burning yourself if your vehicle features black leather interiors. Toss these extra materials in the trunk and slide in without having to wait for your blistering hot seats to cool. Keeping the windows open a tiny amount is the best way to prevent heat build up. Hot air can escape through even the smallest openings. If you have a modern Atlanta Buick, the security system is designed to prevent anyone from opening the doors through such a minimal opening.

Staying Cool While You Travel

Nothing can be draped over the windshield to cut off the constant glare of the sun when you’re heading down the highway. Window tinting will go a long way to reducing heat when the car is parked or in motion. Consider the health of your engine and tires when the temperatures head into the triple digits. AAA recommends having the engine coolant tested and changed at the start of the season. Driving around without sufficient coolant reserves could result in an expensive and dangerous overheating incident. Visiting Southtowne Motors in the spring will help you prepare your vehicle properly before the heat of summer sets in.

 

Source: WTOP, “Tips To Keep Your Car Cool As Summer Heat Looms“, Adam Tuss