Shiny paint and chrome was the name of the game at the annual Corvette Lovers Vette auto show on Saturday at Yellow Creek Park.
As threats of stormy weather worried shoe organizers, the sun set and around 100 vintage and classic cars, including several Corvettes, made their way to the park for a chance to win a trophy. Classic tunes like The Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe” and Commander Cody’s “Hot Rod Lincoln” filled the air as car owners and spectators alike enjoyed the range of classic and modern irons.
Tena Frazier, a member of the Corvette club, said the club was founded in 2012 and they have been holding judged auto shows since around 2014. After losing some club members to the COVID-19 pandemic, she has said they were just trying to “get back in the saddle.”
Cars on display across the exhibition grounds included a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible owned by Richard W. Miller of Central City. Miller said he had owned the car for the past six years and was specifically looking for a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air.
âIt came from Arizona,â Miller said. “It had been a little run down, so I put a new roof on it, new chrome and a continental kit.”
Thomas Taylor was showing his 1961 Ford Thunderbird convertible in Monte Carlo red. Taylor said the car, powered by a 390 V-8 engine, was originally owned by his late uncle, and his family continues to show the car around Owensboro during the summer months.
âMy uncle had it since 1984, he passed away about three or four years ago,â he said.
With over 60 trophies up for grabs, including a top 50, 10 sponsor-chosen trophies and the best in show, there were serious judgments to be made before the awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon.
âWe use the Corvette judges from Bowling Green,â said Frazier. “They all work in the Corvette factory, so they are very familiar with the ins and outs of how the Corvette is made, and since they know all of this, they find many other shows open to all cars.”
Newburgh Tri-City Corvette Club member Jeffrey Burden showed off his 2017 Corvette Admiral Blue. The latest generation sports car is the fourth the Corvette Burden owns, the first being a 1985 gold model.
âIt really is a lifestyle,â he said.