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[PICS] Corvette Reunion: The Biggest and Best Yet!

by Rick Tavel on August 20, 2014

Corvette Reunion: The Biggest and Best Yet!

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.

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Plans In Place for Flint's Mega Corvette Reunion

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.

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The Checkered Flag Falls on the Corvette Reunion & Back to the Bricks Show

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.

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Back to the Bricks / Corvette Reunion

by Rick Tavel on March 27, 2013

Back to the Bricks / Corvette Reunion

If you are like most enthusiasts about this time of year you are experiencing a bad case of “cabin fever”. Shut in by the cold and the snow and too early to wake your hibernating car from its winter sleep and take it for its initial Spring cruise, you can’t help but think of the warm weather and all of the things you will be doing once your Corvette emerges from beneath its flannel lined custom car cover and once again hits the road. One of the things that can help allay the winter doldrums and kick off the Spring is to begin to plan your summer “bucket list” of “can’t miss” events and one of the events that should be at the top of that list is “Back to the Bricks” and the fourth annual Corvette Reunion for 2013.

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Corvettes Heading to Flint Michigan for Back to the Bricks Reunion

Flint, Michigan’s Back to the Bricks festival started as a one-day throwback to the cruises of the 1950s and a smaller alternative to the congestion of the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit.

Now the Flint event has grown so much that it drew more than 400,000 to last year’s festival.

Flint has special meaning for Corvette enthusiasts since the city is the birthplace of America’s sports car, with the first 300 1953 models being built at a factory off Van Slyke Avenue there. In fact, the first one rolled off the assembly line on June 19, 1953.

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Happy Birthday! Corvette Turns 58 Today

by Keith Cornett on June 30, 2011

Happy Birthday! Corvette Turns 58 Today

Fifty-eight years ago today, the world’s first production Corvette rolled off its Flint, Michigan assembly line which was located at a small factory on Van Slyke Road, next to the Flint Truck Plant. On June 30, 1953, the chevrolet workers who built the first Corvettes gathered around VIN 001 for this group photograph. In that first year of production, only 300 of the Polo White two-seaters would be built and all were assembled by hand.

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Happy Birthday Corvette: Iconic American Sports Car Turns 57

It was fifty-seven years ago today that the first Corvettes rolled off a temporary assembly line in Flint, Michigan and into the hearts and dreams of Americans. By the end of the year, 300 of the Polo White with Sportsman Red interior Corvettes were produced making Corvette the first mass-production car to use body panels made from fiberglass.

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