We knew from school that the state of Wisconsin is famous for a lot of things—cheese, beer, bratwurst, the Packers, and Packers fans, to name a few. But our teachers never told us whether or not this was big Corvette territory. We had to find that out for ourselves. That was the purpose behind our recent fact-finding trip to Milwaukee for the Car Craft Magazine Summer Nationals. Guess what? Corvettes are extremely popular with Car Craft readers, with gearheads in Wisconsin, and with the enthusiasts on hand at the Car Craft Magazine Summer Nats.
Our sister magazine was in town to host its second annual event at Wisconsin State Fair Park on July 15-17. Just like last year, the Car Craft Summer Nats was a huge success, attracting approximately 3,500 registered cars and 25,000 (give or take) spectators. In addition to all those cars, Car Craft kept the action up all weekend. Activities included autocross racing, the Dyno Challenge, the Pro Builders Shootout featuring some of the most prominent pro hot rodders in the country, the burnout competition, the Car Craft Midnight Drags at Great Lakes Dragway in Union Grove (in operation since 1955), and Editor’s Choice awards in the expansive show ‘n’ shine that covered several acres.
As you’d expect, the Summer Nats was packed with muscle cars and street machines. But the Car Craft welcomes all kinds of cars, and we didn’t have to look hard to find Corvettes of every generation and style—from stock to highly modified, mild to wild. As our photos show, the variety was wide and the quality was high. But that shouldn’t be news to you. Has there been any time in the last 63 years when Corvettes have dipped in popularity? Corvettes have never not been cool and they keep getting invited to all the best parties—including Car Craft’s big party in Milwaukee. Take a look at our gallery of awesome Corvettes from the Car Craft Summer Nationals. And plan on joining the party when it comes back in 2017.