Each year the Corvette Reunion, held in conjunction with the Back to the Bricks car show in downtown Flint, Michigan, continues to attract more and more Corvettes from all across the country and this year plans have been made to accommodate 800 Corvettes, up about 150 over last year’s numbers.
In 2013 Corvettes showed up from as far away as Hawaii and included every generation plus hundreds of restomods and custom Corvettes. Officially this is the fifth anniversary of the event and will take place on Friday night, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th.
The Reunion, though a part of the Back to the Bricks® mega event, is actually an “event within an event” and is organized separately from the “Bricks”, which has been chosen as one of the top twenty automotive events in the country.
The Corvette Reunion is open to all Corvette owners and no club affiliation is necessary. Unlike the Back to the Bricks event the Corvette Reunion is a judged Corvette show if you choose to register and pay the entry fee of $20.00, with all proceeds going to charity. Saturdays Judged Car Show portion of the event will award Trophies for the top 100 registered Corvettes. However if you choose not to participate in the “judged event” the main show is free to all. Trophies will also be awarded for the oldest Corvette, furthest traveled, largest club and best of show. In addition ten Corvettes will be selected for nomination to the Motor City Corvette Concours held in September in Dearborn at Stanford Chevrolet to compete for the coveted Best of the Best Dontov Trophy.
Gary Drago, the event’s organizer and the driving force behind the show, continues to raise the bar each year and make the event more interesting and exciting.
This year special sections have been set up for high performance modified Corvettes as well as race cars. Another special designated area is for customs and restomods and “wing” (Lambo door) Corvettes. Last year attendees were treated to one of the best displays of “wing” Corvettes in the country. In addition those who attended last year got to see Steve Stone’s 1963 Corvette convertible which he has owned since new and driven over 500,000 miles and this year his car will once again be on display near the event’s hospitality tent.
The Reunion will kick off on Friday with a “meet and greet” that is open to all Corvette owners from around the country and will be held at the “Brick Street Bar & Grill” in Grand Blanc, just fifteen minutes from downtown Flint. Corvettes may be displayed in the special parking area in front of the restaurant.
On Saturday, August 16th gates open at 6 AM to make sure the hundreds of Corvettes have time to set up for the day which runs until 4 PM. The Corvette Only entrance is located at Martin Luther King and 5th. The event takes place in downtown Flint, which closes the downtown streets to accommodate thousands of cars for the Back to the Bricks and Corvette Reunion shows.
Last year thousands of enthusiasts got to view not only the Corvettes but thousands of other show cars that line the brick streets of the historic city. Flint has one of the richest automobile heritages in the country and is the home of not only the Corvette but the home of General Motors as well.
Visit www.corvettereunionatbacktothebricks.com to learn more about the Corvette Reunion car show in Flint, MI.
Rick Tavel writes about automobiles with an emphasis on Corvettes and the hobby in general. You can see his website at Corvetted