Vettes 4 Vets is celebrating its 10th anniversary of helping our nation’s veterans.
Corvette owners started the event in 2008 to help veterans in a variety of ways, and since then, Vettes 4 Vets has raised more than $300,000 for the cause, including $37,000 in 2017.
This year’s event, set for Saturday, May 26, will again give hundreds of Corvette owners from across the nation a chance to drive laps around Talladega Superspeedway.
The deadline to register for the track day was Monday, May 14.
Thanks to a generous $11,000 donation from Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall, the cost of renting the facility and paying insurance is already covered this year.
That means all the money raised will go to help veterans through programs that offer housing for homeless vets, transportation, education, and personal, physical and mental support.
Programs that have been helped in the past include Three Hots and a Cot (for homeless veterans), the Lakeshore Foundation (for disabled veterans), Wounded Warriors, Saving Forgotten Warriors, Gold Star Families, Silver Star Families, the Alabama War Dogs Memorial, the Veterans Memorial Arbor at Aldridge Gardens, the Lt. Gen. Victor “Brute” Krulak Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Folds of Honor scholarships for children of veterans, scholarships for veterans at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and needs of individual veterans.
In 2017, more than 300 people from 30 to 35 car clubs from 15 states participated in the event, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and sees 15 cars take five laps around the 2.66-mile track every 15 minutes.
This year, an estimated 100 to 150 Corvettes are expected to show up at Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall for a social gathering and chance to show off their vehicles from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25. Event founder Mark Davis, a Team Corvette Alabama member and U.S. Navy veteran, said Friday’s event will also feature food and entertainment, Davis said.
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