While most folks celebrated the last official weekend of summer with backyard barbecues, thousands of devout Corvette fans flocked to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for four fun-filled days at the National Corvette Museum. From Wednesday, August 28 to Sunday, September 1, the Corvette's hometown was overflowing with fantastic plastic of all sorts--spanning all 50 years of production. This year, the spotlight was turned on the Third Generation Vettes, and the Sharks certainly turned out in full force for the Labor Day gala! Corvette pilgrims had the opportunity to take guided tours of the Corvette Assembly plant on Wednesday and Thursday, and witness the birth of new '03 Vettes before the plant closed down for the holiday weekend. The NCM festivities included many celebrity guests, numerous technical and historical seminars, the Museum's new "Sharks Evolution" display, scenic road tours, a Celebrity Choice Car Show, autocross and drag racing, the 2002 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and, of course, hundreds of Corvettes.
On Friday night, the C5's Chief Designer John Cafaro, legendary racer Jim Jeffords, and the late Myron "Scottie" Scott--the man who gave the Corvette its name--were recognized for their great contributions to the Corvette World as they were inducted into the NCM's Hall of Fame. After another full day of excitement at the Museum, Executive Director Wendell Strode and his wife, Jan, hosted a special backyard dinner for VIPs and Lifetime Members at their home on Saturday. The weekend's extravaganza wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the raffle drawing for a brand-new 50th Anniversary Corvette. For everyone in attendance, the "SharkFest" was packed with good food, great people, and tons of fun!