One of my all time favorite annual Corvette events is the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee, Florida. While I love doing the stories and coverage of the new C7 Corvette Stingray and Z06, there’s just something about walking through a field literately strewn with used Corvette parts and accessories for every generation but the C7.
The NCRS Winter Regional brings down a whole contingent of Northern Corvette enthusiasts to Kissimmee as its a nice break to the winter weather back home. The weather in Kissimmee was a bit chilly in the opening days but by Saturday the Florida sunshine warmed up the place and more than a few were dressed in t-shirts and shorts.
Every year, the NCRS show gives us a chance to catch up with some friends. Participating as vendors where our friends from the National Corvette Museum, the NCM Insurance Agency as well as parts and accessories from Corvette America and Corvette Central. We also met up with our friend Frank H. who was in town from Germany (he was shopping for an early C3) and renowned restorer Kevin Mackay who gave us some timely advice on an 1967 L89 at Mecum (run away!).
Although not sponsors of CorvetteBlogger, we still would like to say hi to our friends Greg Wyatt from Vintage Corvettes and Dan from Van Steel. Greg always brings down three to five of the nicest Corvettes he has to sell. And as for a little CorvetteBlogger trivia, it was Dan’s father Art Dorsett at Van Steel who painted my 1966 Corvette a little over ten years ago.
As far as the show goes, a few of our contacts said they thought foot traffic was a little lighter this year. That could be from the unseasonably cold weather earlier in the week, as well as Corvette enthusiasts splitting their time between the car show and Mecum’s 10 Day auction extravaganza with 500 Corvettes for sale happening just down the street.
Chevrolet was at the show with Bowling Green Assembly’s Josh Holder showing off the new 2014 Corvette Stingray. We saw more customer-owned Stingrays in the Corvette-only parking lot than at any previous event. There must have been at least 10 Stingrays at the show.
Here’s our photo gallery from the 2014 NCRS Winter Regional:
For us, the show was perfect. A great day to peruse Corvettes and parts as well as catch up with friends. It was great talking with everyone we knew or met for the first time and we are already looking forward to next year’s show.