Each year on Wednesday evening prior to the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, Corvette fans gather to do some good for the neighborhood. The event known as Corvettes on Woodward has become a mid-August staple for Corvette aficionados who attend from all over the country. For 2021, the event relocated back to where it all began at the (what is now a) DoubleTree Hotel just south of Long Lake road right on historic Woodward Avenue.
Since its inception over 10 years ago, organizer Larry Courtney has grown the event into a 3-day celebration of cars, friends, and charity. Over the three action-packed days, there are tours of the Lingenfelter Collection, Katech, Stahl’s Automotive Museum, and other local automotive attractions.
The main attraction each year is the Wednesday night charity food drive supporting the Open Hands Food Pantry in Royal Oak. Each attendee pays a nominal $10 fee to park and brings a stash of nonperishable food items with them to donate. From there it’s general revelry, bench racing, and catching up with old friends until the Corvette caravan heads south to the food pantry.
Cars began rolling into the DoubleTree parking lot around noon. The local police showed up around 7pm to shutdown 2 lanes of Woodward so all the Corvettes could file out on to the road and caravan down to the food pantry. In between, there was food available for purchase, a door prize raffle for those who entered, and Nowicki Autosport showed off their Concept8 while giving away free t-shirts. Additionally, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering showed off 3 of their C8’s including the Cunningham Tribute and Dream Giveaway Stingray.
This year it turns out the donations were needed more than ever. In a Facebook post, Larry Courtney revealed that the pantry had lost all their frozen and refrigerated items during a recent power outage. The food donations will help replenish the shelves and the money donated will go towards a backup generator. Sometimes it’s not just all about the cars.
In all, we’d estimate somewhere between around 200 cars attended this year’s event. We saw Corvettes from all 8 generations and several different states. The weather was nearly perfect with temperatures in the mid-80’s and clear skies. Additionally, it was great to be back at the initial location for this event. Everything started to feel right again with the world slowly getting back to normal, car events back on the calendar, and Corvettes on Woodard back where it all began.
The Open Hands Food Pantry is located at 11 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak Michigan. For more information or to make a donation check them out here. In the meantime, enjoy our gallery below from the 2021 Corvettes on Woodward Charity Food Drive.
Photos by Steve Burns