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Corvette to be Kentucky's State Sports Car?

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State Rep. wants Chevrolet Corvette to be official state car
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By Jere Downs | Link to Original Article @ The Courier-Journal


State Rep. C.B. Embry, R-Butler, wants to enshrine the Corvette as Kentucky’s official state sports car.

Embry filed a bill yesterday for the upcoming General Assembly to designate the special status to the 54-year-old icon

The bill honors General Motors “for locating the facility with us. They have over 900 jobs there that pay very well,” Embry, 66, said in an interview today.

Launched in 1953, the Corvette is manufactured solely in Warren County, Kentucky.

Mindful of other automotive plants in the Commonwealth that produce the Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle, Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks, and the Toyota Camry, Embry said he specifically sought to name the Corvette the state sports car, not the state vehicle.

“There would be a controversy to name it the official state vehicle,” he said.

A General Motors spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

There are no co-sponsors on the bill, but Embry said he expected broad support when the legislature convenes in January.

“Everything we do is not a big earthshaking thing like healthcare or pensions,” the third term Republican said of the idea. “It is nice to slide in a fun thing from time to time.”
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