You could just tell it was going to be a big day. An epic day, really, one filled with seeing cars that in some cases fall into the category of the “unicorn”… fabled beasts never seen before in person. As the cars continued to pour into the event and were getting readied for the show, it became evident early on this was going to be a smashing success. And the day did not disappoint.
We’re going back to the big “Vette to Victoria” event hosted by the Victoria Corvette Club over the May Day long weekend in 2012. The entire weekend was filled from top to bottom with great events and remains one of our highlights for the entire year. Saturday’s Corvette car show was no exception, showcasing some of the most incredible Corvettes we have ever seen.
There is no such thing as an undesirable Corvette when it comes to enthusiasts and their preferences, but some models are definitely rarer and more valuable than others. The 1963 Corvette Stingray was the first, and only, year that featured the famous split-window rear. 1963 was also the first year of the coupe and the hideaway headlights that pretty much became an icon of the car over the years.
Some of the current 1963’s can fetch upwards of $180,000, depending on engine codes, options and overall condition. This Stingray was in perfect condition, winning an award in its category on the Concours for the Show ‘n Shine the day of the event. The paint and chrome on this Corvette was most incredible, drawing visitors from far and wide to come and appreciate the rarity and meaning behind having a chance to see such a car in person.
As everyone continued to get ready for the big show, some of the cars that were not officially registered to be in the show began to form a line. Each car from each generation has its own story to share, and the proud owners were all too happy to talk about them. I think that’s one of the most amazing parts about attending a show of this scale, you get a chance to meet so many friendly folks who share the same passion. It makes for easy conversations, that’s for sure!
The care and attention to detail that goes into presenting a car at a show like this is incredible. For months leading up to the big event the owners are prepping and making any last-minute changes or modifications, and this all winds up being a bit of a tornado on the actual day of the show as all the final details are fretted over.
Even under the hood, the finish and detailing is so fine in some cases you just can’t tell that these cars are used. And used they are! These are all owned by avid enthusiasts who in many cases drive them quite regularly. No detail is too small, no point too fine, when it comes to preparing for a weekend event like this.
Around every corner we could find something truly special. This bright yellow C3 built in 1973 was a real highlight of the day. An original 4-speed car, it featured a big block 454 under the hood. That’s an awful lot of power and torque under the hood of this gem to propel the fiberglass beauty quite handily down the track, as was shown later in the weekend during the slalom events. Even though the newer models might have more technology and engineering under their belts, at the time this car was designed and built there was really no replacement for displacement.
Even from the back, the incredible character that the Corvette embodies really comes to life. Light and shadows were playing with each other just perfectly this morning creating vignettes and scenes that were far too good to pass up, photographically speaking. This particular car was a true treasure for us both in the rarity and condition of the model, but also in meeting it’s owner who turned out to be one of the very nicest people we met the entire weekend.
There’s really nothing better than heading home after an action-packed weekend filled with events like this feeling that you’ve seen incredible things and made a bunch of new friends. It was really much more than a car-show, it was an event we will remember quite fondly for the rest of our lives.
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