Sloan Convention Center
Bowling Green, KY
This was the 33rd Annual Corvette Homecoming,
held every year since
the Corvette Assembly Plant moved from St. Louis to Bowling Green in 1981.
Thanks to Joe & Vera Pruitt for hosting us
again this year,
supporting our doing a 50/50 raffle at the awards banquet and concert.
As a result, Corvettes Conquer Cancer was able to send
to the American Cancer Society's office in Bowling Green!
The Grand Marshal this year was Barry Meguiar,
of Meguiar's Car Care Products and "Car
Crazy" TV fame.
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Thursday July 25
Leaving Decatur AL, 4:58 am
That early start got me through Nashville unimpeded,
and at the
Sloan Center by 7:30!
Is this a primo space or what: Next to the
stage in the ballroom where the Sans Pareil show judging was held!
Sean's 63 Sting Ray!
I had barely finished setting up my table when
this guy came over to chat. He said that he had a red 63 convertible at the
He insisted that I go see it, and this is what I found! His
grandfather, Lewis Irving, has owned it since 1963! (Read the sign fmi) We got to be great
buddies, and he convinced his dad to let him ride shotgun
with me in the Road Tour!
Thursday evening dinner
At Mariah's. Barry Meguiar clowned with some of
our Alabama crowd.
Friday, July 26
MC, Mason Barnes, with Homecoming Grand
Marshal, Barry Meguiar,
as Bowling Green Mayor, Bruce Wilkerson, prepared to present Barry with the
"Key to the City".
The "Barn Find" 53!
The "John Gotti" 63!
Note the siren!
Retired Corvette Plant manager, Wil Cooksey,
speaking about launching a new Corvette model at the Plant.
The Road Tour
This was a great 48 mile scenic drive, winding through the
Awaiting the start with my co-pilot, Sean.
At a photo op stop, Sean tried out the driver's
seat, begging to rev the engine...
and eventually got his wish!
These 2 were taken by Sean, using my camera
after killing the battery in his.
Love that mirror shot!
[After the conclusion of the Tour at the
National Corvette Museum, Sean had another wish granted. For the entire trip he
had been badgering me (as his dad had warned me he would!) to GET ON IT! I kept
reinforcing to him, in detail each time, why that was not a reasonable thing to
do with a couple hundred Vettes on narrow winding roads with lots of blind
rises. Finally, on the short hop down I-65 to return to the show, I had the
opportunity to floor it, briefly. He got to see 104 on the GPS. BTW, that was
the fastest I've ever had it with the top off!]
Saturday, July 27
Deborah DuBois joined the exclusive
"Inside the Oval" group
for her generous donation.
Walk-around of the 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray
Sean, in front of his dad and grandfather, was
eating it all up.
Both of Sean's grandfathers signed the hood for
Lewis Irving (L) and Eugene Goering (R).
That's Sean's dad, Ryan Goering, in the blue shirt.
Barry Meguiar spoke about the history of the
company that his grandfather founded in 1901, and the industry itself.
Saturday night banquet and concert
7 Bridges: "The Best Eagles tribute band
in the country" per Rolling Stone.
Very good... very loud.
At the intermission, I drew the winner of the
50/50 for the American Cancer Society. The pot was $770.
Unbelievably, for the second year in a row, the winner was Dick Yanko! (BTW,
both times he bought the car-length for $100.)
And again, he declined his share, so the entire $770 went to the
ACS Bowling Green office!
Thank You Dick!!!
With Barry & Karen Meguiar after the
(Side note: I was sitting with the Meguiars
during the concert. At one point Barry tugged my sleeve
and stuffed a wad of bills into my hand, to ensure, he whispered, that ACS got
Thank you Barry and Karen; the total to ACS was $1160!
Sunday, July 28
After a leisurely breakfast with Sean's gang at
their hotel across the street, it was time to pack up and head home.