Article and pictures contributed by Steve Burns
If you follow us on Facebook, you probably saw us mention the Corvettes on Woodward event last week. The annual Corvette event takes place each year on the Wednesday just before the Woodward Dream Cruise. Corvette owners from all over the country converged on historic Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit to support the Open Hands Food Pantry in Royal Oak, MI. This year saw yet another record number of Corvettes attend. You can find out just how many Corvettes were there, how much was raised, as well as check out our pics from the event after the break.
Organizer Larry Courtney has grown this event from a small gathering a few years ago into a multiday extravaganza that had a record 563 Corvettes in attendance this year. The group assembles at Radisson hotel north of the food bank and then cruises 5 miles or so south to the food bank en mass. Police block traffic so all the cars can get out and cruise together in 2 of the 4 lanes on Woodward Avenue.
The Wednesday night cruise down M-1 is now the highlight of several days of activity prior to the Woodward Dream Cruise. Courtney also arranged tours of the GM Performance Build Center, GM Heritage Collection, Pratt and Miller and other local automotive related facilities.
This year the event generated enough food to keep the food bank operating for 1 month in addition to cash donations. In what has become something a tradition, this year’s 50/50 winner again promptly handed his $435 in winnings right over to the food bank.
Corvette lifestyle events like these demonstrate that there’s much more to life than owning a Corvette. It’s the camaraderie and willingness to help others that goes along with the pride in ownership. If you’re anywhere around metro Detroit next August, make it a point to get the Corvettes on Woodward event. Maybe next year we get 1,000 cars to attend?
Our photos from the event are below, and you can also check out numerous videos of Corvettes on Woodward from this and past years on YouTube.
We’ll have more on the Woodward Dream Cruise a little later on this week.