For only the third time in its 57-year history, the National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC) will hold its annual convention next week in Bowling Green, where the Chevy sports car has been built since 1981.
Some 600 Corvette enthusiasts from across North America are expected to attend the convention, set for next Monday through Friday.
Richard Yanko of the host Vette City Vettes club told The Bowling Green Daily News that having the convention in Bowling Green this time “just seemed like a natural thing.”
Bowling Green has hosted the annual event two other times – in 2001 and 2013, which means that for the first time, convention attendees will be able to visit the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park, which opened in 2014.
A side benefit to being in Bowling Green is the total solar eclipse that will be happening in the area on Monday afternoon, with nearby Nashville in the direct path. No special eclipse events are planned for the NCCC convention, with Yanko quipping “we’ll probably just step out of the hotel and view the eclipse.”
Fortunately, blocks of hotel rooms have been reserved for the NCCC for a couple of years, so even with the heavy turnout expected because of the eclipse, Corvette enthusiasts have been able to find a place to bed down, Yanko said.
Participants will make bus trips to Nashville and area attractions and will enjoy local concerts, tours, drag races, a raffle to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, dinners, car shows and more.
While events are strictly for NCCC members, Yanko says the general public is sure to see a lot of Corvettes of all years on the street.
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