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 show is a target rich environment for midyear lovers. C2 Corvettes were everywhere but still a rare enough sighting so that you were excited with each one viewed.
Earlier this month we ballparked 2014 Corvette Stingray production at just over 36,500 units which takes into account the 35,523 known VINs plus an additional 1,050 for the Premiere Editions.
But we were too low in our estimate.
GM officially revealed at last weekend’s Corvettes at Carlisle show that 37,288 Corvettes were built during the 2014 model year.
It’s the weekend before Labor Day which means that it’s officially time for Corvettes at Carlisle. Hopefully you’re reading this post from your phone at the show or on your hotel’s computer before heading out to the fairgrounds. As this blogger hangs near the homestead this year waiting for the next small block to arrive, we ask you what’s your favorite part of the Corvettes at Carlisle show?
If you’re at Corvettes at Carlisle this weekend, make sure you check out our friends at Scale Visions who specialize in making custom scale models of Corvettes and other vehicles. One of the featured models this weekend will help raise money and awareness for the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation.
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.
The 20th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise turned into a nightmare for a couple from Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Gordon and Arlene Ondrisek were enjoying the annual Dream Cruise with friends the way they have for years when they decided to take a break and get some grub at the Pita Café in downtown Birmingham, Michigan on Saturday.
Photo Credit: Henry Payne/Detroit News
NASCAR star Kurt Busch doesn’t just like driving cars on the race track.
In fact, he was among the thousands of ordinary enthusiasts who turned out last week for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise that runs along 19 miles of Woodward Avenue through seven Michigan communities.
Busch brought his fully restored 1961 Corvette and 2014 Chevy SS (modified with a supercharger) and participated Thursday in the 20th annual event, where the car is the star, not the driver, as he headed to Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s weekend’s Michigan 400.
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.