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2016 Holley Hot Rod Reunion: A Look at All Those Wild Vettes

Corvettes prove their dominance on the track and on the grass

Brian Brennan Jun 23, 2016
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Our man with the sandals on the ground, or should I say the sticky track, sent us along this latest photo gallery and he points out all of us should be paying attention to Corvettes at Bowling Green. More specifically Beech Bend Raceway the home of drag racing for decades upon decades.

Corvettes have always, well almost always, been synonymous with performance. Street, track whether it be road course or drag strip, or even the performance within a five star car show. Corvettes have a long tried and true legacy for being at the top of all levels of competition.

The Vettes on the strip of Beech Bend Raceway were cutting some tight numbers and in the end proved to be one of the quickest of the drag cars. But there is more. The Vettes cruising the grounds were as amazing to look at as they were to watch rocket down the quarter mile. Since ol’ sandals Burger is a hot rodder of many colors he does have his Corvette side, and is the proud owner of a 348 powered C1, we asked him to give us a wrap up on the weekends Vette activities.

“As we do our wrap-up report on the great 14th Annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion Presented by AAA Insurance in Bowling Green, Kentucky we thought it only fitting that we bring you Corvettes at Bowling Green, and as our title states, "It's not what you're thinking." You see long before people were restoring Corvettes they were being purchased by young men and women with a need for speed. While some made their way onto road courses many more were being harnessed for the local weekend drags. Corvettes weren't collectible heck if anything they were expendable in the quest for speed. Matching numbers be damned, blow up the original equipment and put in a larger motor, no, we're not mock the restorers of today, just the opposite, we're explaining why their task is so difficult, simply stated a lot of Corvettes were mistreated in their youth.”

“Ahh, but having said all that we'd be lying if we didn't say the sight of a slightly cut-up Corvette rolling up to the staging lights with the driver clad in a metalflake helmet and driving gloves doesn't pull on our heart strings and stir memories in a mind that holds many memories yet retrieves but a few.”

“Our favorite Corvette of the entire Bowling Green event is the Crazy Granpa a 1957 AA/GS car that belongs to Bob and Pam Cook of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Powered by 496 cubic inches of blown big-block Chevrolet this immaculate race car runs as good as it looks. Corvettes even became a fixture in the funny car field of the seventies with stretched and distorted class bodies covering a top fuel motor and chassis... yes, the Corvette was designed to go fast it has been doing that since the first one was sold.”

Well, we told you Gerry has a passion for all things Corvette. The pricing of Vettes has run the gamut of cheap to out of this world. But every hot rodder at one time or another in his lifetime should enjoy the opportunity to own one in any of its iterations.


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