Corvettes Shine at Australia’s National Corvette Convention

Corvettes Shine at Australia's National Corvette Convention

It’s not every day that you see more than 100 shiny Corvettes in one place.

It’s even more unusual when those Corvettes are gathered on Flagstaff Hill in Wollongong, the third largest city in the state of New South Wales, Australia!

But that was the case last weekend when dozens of Corvettes were lined up for the 24th annual National Corvette Convention, showcasing nearly 60 years worth of the cars over a two-day period, according to a story by Shannon Tonkin reporting in the Illawarra Mercury, the only daily newspaper in Wollongong.

“To get them together – so many cars like this – it doesn’t happen often,” New South Wales Corvette Club President Gary Nelson said.

The cars are worth between $8 million and $10 million, Nelson estimated.

“It’s a wild guess, but when you look at the cost of the cars and all the money that’s gone into restoring some of the earlier ones, the bill definitely adds up,” he said.

The hours of preparation also add up quickly, according to Nelson. “Some guys have had their cars in garages preparing them for weeks,” he said. “Some of these cars would have four or five coats of polish on them – at two hours per coat.”

Of course, such attention to detail is vital since judges meticulously pored over the cars both inside and outside, and even “under the bonnet,” as they say down under.

But no matter where they gather, Corvette owners around the world just plain enjoy talking to each other, with social events taking up Friday and Saturday events in Wollongong.

The drivers even made time for a leisurely drive up Macquarie Pass, along the Hume Highway to Bulli Tops and the Seacliff Bridge. Macquarie Pass is very steep and contains a large number of hairpin turns, resulting in buses and trucks needing to reverse on some of the bends. The pass is quite notorious for accidents due to its nature, and drivers and riders are required to be cautious.

Good thing they were in Corvettes made for such devious conditions, huh?

Illawarra Mercury
Photo Credit: Sylvia Liber

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