While the largest one day automotive event in the country was taking place on Woodward Avenue in the suburbs of Detroit, an equally impressive event was taking place sixty miles to the north in Flint, Michigan, a city rich in automotive history.
The spectacular Back to the Bricks car show and the Corvette Reunion welcomed a huge throng of automobile enthusiasts, including Mark Reuss, President of General Motors of North America. Reuss was one of the featured speakers at the unveiling of a bronze statue honoring William “Billy” Durant, founder of General Motors. Durant’s statue will join David Buick and Louis Chevrolet on the brick plaza of downtown Flint. Most of downtown Flint was closed to accommodate the thousands of cars and crowd of spectators, estimated at over a half million, along the streets of the historic city.
The Woodward Dream Cruise is billed as the largest one-day car event in the world. Each year on the third Saturday in August about 1.5 million people and 40,000 or so collector cars descend on historic Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit. It’s the pinnacle of the annual automotive week of ecstasy we told you about a couple weeks ago.
If you love historically significant Corvette racecars, it doesn’t get much better than the collection of six very rare cars that will be on display at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Aug. 16-18.
We all know Chevy takes the lessons it learns from racing and transfers that knowledge to the production cars. To illustrate that point, each of the six classic racers will be shown with its street counterpart from the same timeframe.
Barrett-Jackson’s 2013 tour rolls into Reno, NV this weekend for their first ever Hot August Nights auction. The event replaces their old Orange County auction from the previous few years. The diverse vehicle docket includes 34 Corvettes, all but one of which will be selling at no reserve. The three day event kicks off Thursday, August 8th and runs through Saturday, August 10th. SPEED and FUEL TV will have 18 hours of combined live coverage from the event.
Steve Lane (left) and Father Chris Forler (Pastor) and the Corvette in front of Saint Bernard Church in Rockport, Indiana
Steve Lane says he has never won anything in his life before, but all that changed on Sunday, July 14th when his name was drawn from 10,000 raffle tickets at the Saint Bernard Summer Social in Rockport, Indiana. His prize? A Horizon Blue 1960 Corvette Roadster valued at $70,000.
Some people have had car collecting in their blood ever since they can remember. Howard Weaver of Ann Arbor, Michigan is one of those people.
In fact, after 77 years of doing so, Weaver has probably been collecting cars maybe longer than anybody in the United States. A little qualifier on that status: Weaver’s dad actually is the one who paid $50 for a 1931 American Austin in 1936 when little Howard was just 6 years old. That two-passenger coupe later became Howard’s first car, and he still has it along with many other outstanding vehicles in a series of four heated barns on his property. That car was the impetus for a lifetime of collecting cars.
Our friends at Hartland Auctions are hosting their first ever National Corvette Museum Auction this weekend in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Hartland expects about 300 cars for their inaugural event at the NCM. As we create this wonderful prose there are 50 Corvettes poised to cross the auction block as part of the 2 day docket which runs Saturday and Sunday June 13th and 14th.