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Chevy Corvette Vettefest - Spring Break

Beautiful Bow-Ties Were The Toast Of Chicago's Annual Chevy Vettefest

By Kelly Glatch

By mid-March, thoughts of Spring Break are on the minds of many. While not quite Daytona Beach or South Padre, the spring edition of Chevy/Vettefest is a welcome relief from what has been a long and cold Midwest winter.

Nearly 300 vehicles and more than 40,000 Chevy fans filled the Lakeside Center building of McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. Factory-built performance Camaros were featured in a giant showcase, with exceptional examples from 1967 to 2002 on display. Early Corvettes in almost every color available were also showcased.

Owners of the displayed cars and trucks took home plenty of hardware too. Chevys and Corvettes judged to be at least 95 percent of factory condition competed in the famed Gold Spinner Concours. A total of 36 vehicles, ranging from a pair of '57 Bel Airs to a pair of '02 Camaros, earned the distinction. Custom and competition cars also competed for the Bow-Tie Boulevard award, with a total of 108 plaques handed out. The absolute best of the 'Fest earned the Top Gun cash award.

Chevy/Vettefest returns to the McCormick Place Exposition Center in downtown Chicago the weekend of November 22-23, and we'll be there. Here are some highlights from the spring event.

Gold Spinner awards (36)
Bow Tie Boulevard awards (108)

Top Gun awards:
Best Car & Display Bill Jelineck, '67 Nova Wagon Custom
Best Custom Prepared David Diedrichs, '66 Yenko Stinger Corvair
Best Original/Restored Corvette Fred Harle, '67 Corvette
Best Original/Restored Chevrolet Ron Wilhelm, '69 Yenko Camaro
Best Custom/Modified Corvette Mark Fenkelse, '65 Corvette
Best Custom/Modified Chevrolet Larry Christensen, '69 Camaro
By Kelly Glatch
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