The National Corvette Restorers Society’s (NCRS) annual Conventional took place last month in Greenville, South Carolina. The event ran July 14th – 18th at the Greenville Convention Center. The week long event featured Corvettes of all generations competing for Top Flight, Duntov, Bowtie, and other honors at the NCRS’ biggest meet of the year.
We rolled into town on Sunday morning, July 14th while the show was still taking shape and a few of the show cars were moved into position inside the building. Monday was operations checks and Performance Verification testing for the remaining cars before they were moved inside for the remaining judging days ahead. In all, we estimate somewhere around 150 cars, give or take, inside the hall. Monday also kicked off the seminars for the week with a session on Corvette factory paint, its application, and subsequent judging. Other topics throughout the week included engine stamp pads, manual transmissions, and a chat with Dave Hill and Dave McClellan among other topics.
Various tours and activities are always a big part of the National Convention each year. Some of this year’s tours included the Hendrick museum and the Biltmore Estate. Throughout the week several vendors peddled their various goods while a silent auction raised money for the NCRS Foundation.
On Tuesday, Star/Bowtie and Crossed Flag judging kicked off the bulk of the week’s judging activities. All day long the 22 unrestored Corvette candidates endured the discerning eyes of the judges’ scrutiny which included time up on a 4-post lift for in-depth evaluation the chassis.
Wednesday and Thursday were primarily for Flight Judging. Both unrestored and restored cars competed for that coveted Top Flight award while others chased the elusive Duntov, McClellan, and Hill Mark of Excellence awards. This was also the first time we got to see the NCRS’ newest division, Concourse, in action. The Concourse division marks the first time that modified cars have been judged within the NCRS. It was nice to see some custom Corvettes mixed in with all the factory-correct originals.
Thursday night we hit up the fancy schmancy awards banquet and watched all the owners gather up their various hardware. Later that night, the 2020 C8 Corvette reveal was live-streamed into the banquet hall – a nice exclamation point at the end of a great week in South Carolina.
Some of the higher-end Corvettes in attendance in Greenville included a 1957 black/red airbox fuelie, the blue SR2, a 1972 ZR1, a 1972 LS6, and several L88’s.
If you weren’t in Greenville for the NCRS National Convention, we’ve got you covered with our Top Flight gallery below.
Photos by Steve Burns
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