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A red 1999 Corvette coupe suffered an apparent mechanical problem on Saturday morning and wound up in the woods in the Florida Panhandle town of Crestview.
“I love that car,” said a Crestview man who requested his name not be revealed. “It’s something I wish I didn’t have to be seeing.”
Nothing like a Corvette parade to end a fantastic weekend at the Corvettes at Carlisle show. We thought the weather might keep many away but in the end turnout was good from Corvette owners who drove from the fairgrounds as well as Carlisle’s residents who line the streets to watch them.
A few months ago, I wrote about my experience of cramming $300 worth of groceries in a C6 Corvette convertible. You’d be surprised how much a Corvette can hold these days.
But we found a slide show on the Web this week of a man in Alberta, Canada, that has us beat.
The dude apparently forgot what kind of car he was driving when he bought a huge stuffed bear at a Costco store.
One of our favorite events at Corvettes at Carlisle is the Friday afternoon burnout contest. You’re never quite sure who’s going to show up and once the tires start spinning, anything can happen. This year’s event did not disappoint with three contestants in two white C4s and one custom C5 Corvette plus a demonstration from the father-daughter team of Lance and Ella Miller.
The Corvette Reunion and Back to the Bricks events welcomed hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants in downtown Flint, for their largest and most successful event since the show’s inception. This is quite an accomplishment when you consider that just sixty miles to the south of the historic city the world’s largest one day automotive event, the Woodward Dream Cruise, was taking place.
But as in the past years it did not seem to limit the exuberant crowds that flocked to the “vehicle city”, birthplace of the Corvette, to view almost 800 Corvettes and several thousand other muscle, performance, custom and classic cars on display in what has been recognized as one of the top twenty automotive events in the country, Corvette Reunion/Back to the Bricks show.
But what takes place each year in Flint is more than a car show, it has become a lifestyle event encompassing support activities throughout the prior week and a place where car enthusiasts can enjoy cars of all descriptions from the finest restorations and customs, to state of the art restomods; blue chip investment classics to rusted out rat rods; show cars and cars in various stages of completion; and, of course, the icing on the cake are the hundreds of Corvettes that have become a feature of the event. And the commonality for all the cars is the outgoing owners more than willing to tell you the interesting stories about their rides.
We spent last Saturday with over 1 million of our closest friends at the famous Woodward Dream Cruise. The event is billed as the largest one-day car event in the world as 1 – 1.5 million people and 40,000 or so collector cars descend on historic Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit each year on the 3rd Saturday in August.
On Wednesday we participated in yet another edition of the annual Corvettes on Woodward charity food drive. Hundreds of Corvettes gathered to support the Open Hands Food Pantry in Royal Oak, MI. Each year the get together takes place on the Wednesday night prior to the Woodward Dream Cruise and has developed into the main event in what is now a 3-day celebration of Corvette and cars in general.
Here’s a 2003 Corvette with a very special history, and it could be yours Friday night during Russo and Steele’s 14th annual Monterey California Auction.
The Corvette, of course, celebrated its 50th birthday in 2003, and Chevrolet offered a distinctive 50th Anniversary package to anyone who wanted to buy it.
This car, though, went much further than a paint job, as it served as an official Safety Car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France that year.