If you know the history of Corvette engines, and if you love seeing these engines assembled, there is no better place to visit than the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan. All Corvette dry-sump equipped engines are built here, in this northwestern suburb of Detroit, and every engine is assembled by hand.
I was pleased to find myself at the Open House this past August, and both "the show" and the enthusiasm of the Corvette fans who were present were very impressive. I was there with a 2011 Callaway Corvette Grand Sport 3LT Convertible, and the indefatigable Chris Chessnoe of Callaway Cars was there, as well, with his 100,000 mile Callaway Corvette Grand Sport 3LT Coupe demonstrator (both pictured below).
We were inches away from the assembly jigs, so seeing it all "up close and personal" is easily done (as the photo to your right demonstrates). The assembly technicians are extremely loquacious, so obtaining all the details about the steps of the process was easy.
This event was timed to coincide with the week of the Woodward Dream Cruise, and was just one more of many reasons to be "hanging in the D" for all things automotive in the middle of a Detroit August! Be sure to visit this venue the next time you are in Michigan!