This event attracted close to 200 Corvettes from around the UK, and across Europe, in celebration of this most enduring classic from the Chevrolet stable.
Indeed, Best Overseas Car award went to Danny and Brian Straetmans from Belgium for their state of the art limited edition 2012 C06 ZR1, believed to be one of only eight in Europe, with only two residing in Belgium. Danny and Brian made the trip over with their good friend Jonny Bens, who drove his 1999 C5 built to European specification.
One of the longest journey’s undertaken was by Benny and Lena Aalmkvist from Sweden with their 2007 Z06 modified for inter-continental high speed cruising with a Paxton supercharger and rear wing for maximum downforce. 'We are enjoying your show here in the UK, but you have no where near as many Corvettes as us back home, with an estimated 3,500 cars in Sweden,' grinned Benny!
Bruce and Ann Bennett were displaying their Limited Edition Collectors Model 1982 C3, the last of that generation Corvette. Special features included an opening rear hatch, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, special alloy wheels, and silver beige leather interior and paintwork. Very early cars are as rare as hen’s teeth in Europe, so it was a great delight to see Alfie Orkin’s 1954 model on display. Finished in Polo White with a Red leather interior, it quite rightly picked up first place in Best C1 Award. Many folk forget just how svelte these first generation cars really look and this stunningly restored example no doubt had purists rushing for their cameras! It was worth making the trek to the Nationals just to see this car alone.
Tony Wicks took the Classic American Magazine Car of the Year Award back in 2009 with his 1962 Corvette Roadster, and the car still looks as fabulous as ever, finished in the attractive colours of white with silver coves. Two of the wildest Corvettes of the day included event co-organiser Paul Allen’s C3 Drag Racer, appropriately called ‘Money Pit’ and Nigel Payne’s 1962 Super Modified Drag Race car.
Darren Parish has had the pleasure of building and owning some the UK’s top class modified Corvettes over the years, but arrived at Luton in a slightly more subdued, but nevertheless superbly restored 1966 C2 Sting Ray Coupe. It is finished in a metallic Gun Metal Grey with a black leather interior, incorporating the Chevrolet Bow-Tie logo embroidered in the backs of the seats. Subtle modifications have included a 1967 bonnet fitment, along with American Racing alloy wheels, and an aftermarket steering wheel which have all gone into making a fine personal statement with workmanship of the highest level.
The weekend’s activities included an informal Saturday chilled-out gathering at Putteridge Bury, followed by a dinner on Saturday night. On Sunday it was the traditional Show ‘n’ Shine Concours judging, workshop forums by Scott Groves of marque specialist Corvette Kingdom and American car engineer supremo Tom Newman, with light music entertainment from saxophonist Harriet Baker. A fine event to get thoroughly imbued in Corvettes! Best in Show and recipient of the Ray Groves Memorial Trophy was Mick and Alison Lambert’s 1958 Corvette Roadster.