The members of the Corvette Forum (www.corvetteforum.com) who attended this years 2nd Annual Corvette Forum Cruise-In May 24-27 at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green definitely think outside the box when they plan a gathering. The scheduled events for the Cruise-In did not follow the typical formula for a show. It was just as well, since this years event had more than 400 attendees pre-registered for the four-day event, and there wasnt a disappointed soul among them.
The Cruise-In was designed as an event highlighting the joy of driving Americas Sports Car, so the planners made good use of the local Beech Bend Raceway for a burnout competition, autocrossing, drag racing, and scheduled scenic trips throughout the beautiful Kentucky countryside.
No trip to Bowling Green would be complete without a guided tour of the Corvette Assembly Plant, so the plant scheduled extra tours to accommodate the increased number of enthusiasts.
The Corvette Forum is an Internet community, and opportunities to meet online friends can be few and far between. The Cruise-In provides the perfect opportunity to mingle with old friends and make some new ones. Wendell Strode opened up his home, The 1869 Homestead, to Forum members during Thursday nights banquet.
Continuing a tradition that was started at the inaugural Cruise-In, Ross Hanson (known as Roscoes C5 on the forum) held his own barbecue in the hotel parking lot, where festivities lasted well into the morning.
Meeting at the National Corvette Museum allowed for a general contact location during those rare moments when event-goers were not driving their Corvettes, and several entertaining, informative seminars were held in the Chevrolet Theater. This years speakers included GM Powertrain Engineer Jim Minneker and Chevrolet dealer Ken Fitchner, who is a supporting dealer and member of the forum. As last year, the highlight of the weekend was the banquet in the NCM Skydome. Enjoying a meal with friends and family surrounded by some of the rarest, most interesting Corvettes ever produced makes for a memorable evening. The scheduled festivities and incredible hospitality, coupled with the beautiful weather, all combined to make this a truly enjoyable event.