The worldwide appeal of the Chevrolet Corvette was never more evident than during a recent event in Abu Dhabi, thousands of miles away from the assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky.
An exclusive drag day event for Corvette owners helped kick off the Corvette UAE Club’s Chevrolet Knights chapter on March 15 at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More than 100 Corvette owners and guests attended the event.
The Chevrolet Knights Club started last year as a platform for Camaro owners in the United Arab Emirates – a federation of seven principalities, or emirates, along the southeastern part of the Persian Gulf – to unite at driving and networking activities to build relationships and camaraderie. The March 15 event marked the expansion of the Knights to include Corvette owners.
“The launch of the Corvette UAE Club marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Corvette drivers in the GCC,” said Ahmad Soudodi, regional Chevrolet brand manager. “With its 60 years of heritage, the Corvette is a performance icon recognized around the world, and the sports represents the pinnacle of endurance racing. We are thrilled to provide Corvette drivers in the region with the opportunity to come together, indulge in their passion and rediscover the full potential of their great cars.”
Attendees also got a special treat with an exclusive video about the upcoming 2014 Corvette Stingray, which will go on sale in the Middle East in the fourth quarter of 2013.
A little background on the Corvette UAE Club. Corvette enthusiasts banded together in 2007 to organize the club, which emphasizes the importance of driving safety.
Since then, the club has used the Corvette to sponsor and promote 20 social, educational, sporting, or humanitarian events.
“First and foremost, our events address safety and road ethics,” club board member Osama Khalid told Vette Magazine last year. “We oppose illegal street racing, speeding, and burnouts. If you want to race, that’s great, but do it on a track and not on a highway. The Corvette attracts people. When they see us follow the rules in our Corvettes, they are more likely to do the same in their cars.”