National Corvette Homecoming

By: Tamara Evans
By: Tamara Evans

This year marked the 25th anniversary for the event which draws in corvette fanatics from all across the country.

It also draws in many different types of Corvettes, which of course, is the highlight of the event!

Corvette Plant employee, Tom Hill, has worked for General Motors for 28 years and helped start the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green.

"I helped change the Corvette Plant from a Chrysler air conditioning facility to a Corvette assembly plant", Hill said.

The first Corvettes in Bowling Green rolled off the assembly line in 1981.

The same year, Hill and a friend decided it would be a great idea to have a Corvette show in the area. The event is still going strong.

"The car lovers like to come here because they get to talk to the people that build the cars and the people that build the cars like to come out and talk to the people that buy the cars, so it really works as a two-way communication to make the product better", Hill said.

Car lover Mel Van Winkle is no stranger to the Corvette Homecoming. This Ohio resident has been bringing his car to the event since 1983.

"I just like the event. It's close to the museum; it's close to the plant, and the people and shows are great. For me it's about a six hour drive, but I still like it! I enjoy it", Winkle said.

Two other car lovers Roger and Lavana Nash are Tennessee residents who have been attending the homecoming for three years now, but this year they brought something rare: a 1953 model. The Corvettes were first made in 1953, and Nash's car was the 254th ever made.

"They built 300 of them. There are still 110 to be in existence in any condition", Roger Nash said.

The Nashs say they won't put the brakes on coming to this event anytime soon because this Corvette show just hasn't lost its touch.

"This is great! It's bigger than it has been. This is home for us. We used to live here in Bowling Green, so it's great to see all the cars and people", Roger Nash said.

The National Corvette Homecoming concluded Sunday with the overall Corvette winners being announced.


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