Regional Corvette Events - Let The Shows Begin

We take a look at some of the top regional Corvette events from around the country

Christopher R. Phillip Sep 1, 2011 0 Comment(s)
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Corvettes America: White Lake Township, Michigan
Date: August 13, 2011 (Corvette Track Day, August 12, 2011)
Location: Alpine Valley Ski Area; White Lake Township, Michigan
Entry Fee: $20/$25 day of event (People's Choice), $30 (Judged Show & Shine); Spectator admission is $10 per vehicle
Check it out!: www.corvettesamerica.org

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Now in its 11th year, Corvettes America bills itself as the Midwest's Largest All-Corvette Show, but it may be the event's picturesque surroundings that truly set it apart. The get-together is hosted by America's Corvette Club and held on the tree-lined slopes at southeastern Michigan's largest and most scenic ski area. It draws Corvette aficionados from across Michigan and surrounding states, as well as from Canada, California, Oregon, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York.

"Spectators will view some of the finest examples of the Corvette line competing for over 35 awards," says the event's promoter, Jim McDonald. "In addition, numerous Corvette aftermarket products will be offered by leading Corvette suppliers, and other automotive-related businesses will display products and services, all surrounded by the ambiance of the Michigan countryside."

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The event unofficially starts on the Friday before the show, with a Corvette Track Day at Waterford Hills Raceway in southeast Michigan.

The show day features two competitions: a judged Show & Shine and a National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC)-sanctioned People's Choice. This year special recognition will be paid to all registered '61 Corvettes, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their production. Proceeds from the show will be donated to local and national charitable organizations.

ExtraVETTEganza: Slidell, Louisiana
Date: October 15, 2011
Location: Bayou Country Village; Slidell, Louisiana
Entry Fee: $40; Spectator admission is free
Check it out!: www.gnocc.com

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The ExtraVETTEganza all-Corvette car show is a Cajun-country celebration of America's Favorite Sports Car, presented by the Greater New Orleans Corvette Club. Now in its 20th year, the event features 200-plus Corvettes from all six generations, people's choice and judged "Best of" awards, and national and regional vendors. It's held at Slidell, Louisiana's Bayou Country Village, an elegant gift shop/deli with a New Orleans flare.

Embracing the regional credo of laissez les bon temps rouler (literal translation: "Let the good times roll"), the event attracts the majority of its attendees from the Deep South, including Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, though Corvette owners from all across America are welcome to join in on the fun. Come a day early and enjoy the Friday night pre-show get-together, featuring great Cajun and Creole food, lots of Southern hospitality, and the company and camaraderie of many of the South's Corvette cognoscenti.

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Proceeds from the event will benefit the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children of the greater New Orleans area.

"Glad to see y'all come," says GNOCC President Malcolm Graff.

Honorable Mention
The following Corvette show has already come around for 2011, but it'll be back in 2012. Be sure to mark it on your calendar.

Vettes in the Valley: Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Date: May 26-27, 2012
Location: Festival Grounds; Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Entry Fee: $45; Spectator admission is $5
Check it out!: www.smokyevents.com

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This Corvette gathering stakes its ground at one of the most picturesque settings in the U.S.—the middle of the Smoky Mountains, nestled 26 miles from the Tennessee border and 21 miles from Ashville, North Carolina. It's held every Memorial Day weekend, features more than 350 Corvettes and 5,000-plus spectators, and includes non-points sanctioned judged and people's choice car shows with trophies and awards, vendors, a road rally, live entertainment, the Tribute to Wounded Warriors Corvette parade, and much more.

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