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Ready, Vette, Go!

Chevy's most popular sports car primes itself for action.

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At today’s fifth-annual Corvettes@Corsa car show, fans of the sleek machine swap stories, talk shop, and show off their sweet rides. Gene Stenger of Orange will even be there with his white ’54 Vette, which is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest one-owner automobile on the planet. “It’s awesome how much he’s used that car,” says Elaine Obert, historian at the Corvette Cleveland club.

More than 220 Corvettes will be on display -- from a 1950s-era C1-series model to a modern-day C6. Obert -- whose family has owned six Vettes since 1970 -- will fill you in about the car’s evolution since its 1953 debut. “It was so horrible to drive on the road, but we didn’t care,” she says of their 1969 ride. “When we bought a ’94, we thought, This is so much more comfortable. Compared to the old models, I’ll take the new ones any day.” Today’s show also marks the club’s golden anniversary, making it one of the country’s oldest guilds for Corvette owners. On weekends, its 125-plus members hit the road for races, rallies, and even the Corvette Museum in Kentucky. “When we drive as a group, you get waves and thumbs-up signs,” says Obert. “We’re like a Corvette family.”
Sun., July 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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