Saturday morning came and it was a glorious morning. The perfect morning for a world-class car show. And as the day progressed, it sure didn’t disappoint.
It really hasn’t been the best spring on record here in Victoria this year, but the day of the Show ‘N Shine came with clear skies and a warm sun. We arrived a bit before the show officially started at 8:00am and the cars were filtering in. The owners busied themselves making final adjustments and preparing for the coming show and competition. The Concours was positioned at the front of Jenner Chevrolet and this proved to be the absolute perfect setting. The dealership has recently undergone refurbishment, and it was the picture-perfect venue for a car show that played host to a group of simply gorgeous Corvettes.
As the cars were positioned and final details were attended to, the shadows became shorter, the excitement was building and the participants and visitors began to fill the lot. It was almost palpable. You could tell straight-away this was going to be a banner day to be a Corvette fan.
Chevrolet Corvettes were represented in stellar fashion, with cars from each generation on display. I think one of the best facets of being a Corvette fan is finding something in each generation of car that is absolutely wonderful. The changes to the body style over the years has both been drastic as well as subtle. The basic lines have remained, but some of the corners, edges and details have gone through revision over the years. I can honestly admit that there isn’t a Corvette built that we don’t love. Each stands out on its own, as well as being a part of a much larger collection of commonality.
As the morning progressed, the cars kept trickling in. It was really amazing to see such a great venue as this fill up with sights and sounds that you just typically don’t see every day.
We really wanted to photograph each and every entry in the show, but the venue was so dynamic and fluid we quickly realized this wasn’t possible. We did the best we could under the circumstances, and admittedly this conundrum was a direct byproduct of the shows success.
Competition at the Concours level is beyond description. We saw more than one car on a hydraulic jack so the owner could gain access to the underside for detailing. The sanctioning body has an incredible set of rules and guidelines that make up the boundaries for judging.
We had visitors from far and wide at the event, and this really added a great dimension. Smiling faces were found everywhere, and all the participants were happy to share their stories with anyone interested. This was, indeed, the perfect recipe for a great car show and we were thrilled to have a chance to be part of it all. Over the coming weeks we’ll be rolling out further posts from the Vette to Victoria 2012 weekend showcasing individual cars we had the distinct pleasure to photograph, as well as images from the events we attended. If you are a car fan, it’s going to be a great summer here at The Hollow!
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