If you are a Corvette lover, there is an event coming up, July 14-16, that you will not want to miss! The 30th Annual National Corvette Homecoming will take place in Bowling Green, Kentucky at the Sloan Convention Center in the heart of town. There are events for everyone, so bring the whole family.
To give you a little history about the National Corvette Homecoming (NCH), let’s start with the founder and original owner, Tom Hill. Tom Hill moved to Bowling Green in 1980; he loved Corvettes and wanted to find a way to celebrate them and the GM Assembly Plant in Bowling Green. First, he started the Corvettes Limited Corvette Club and then decided to hold his first car show at the Red Carpet Inn (which no longer exists) in 1981. He named it the National Corvette Homecoming because he wanted it to be like a reunion – a place for people to bring their cars “home”. In 1982, the location was moved to the Beech Bend Raceway Park, where it would be held until 2004. During these years, NCH changed owners many times. In 2004, it ended up in the hands of current owners, Joe and Vera Pruitt who moved the show to the Western Kentucky University Expo Center and eventually in 2008 to the Sloan Convention Center because of its more convenient outdoor parking space and its indoor air-conditioned space.
It was the Pruitt’s who added the infamous San Pareil show, that showcases Corvettes maintained at the highest level of condition and factory correctness. This show attracts some of the best Corvettes in the nation to the NCH. The Pruitt’s also added the idea of having a Grand Marshal each year at the NCH; past marshals have included the saver of the Corvette, Joe Spielman, and the GM Plant Manager, Wil Cooksey, among others. Finally, the Pruitt’s were also responsible for adding VIP parties for those that pre-register and the Miss National Corvette Homecoming beauty pageants.
Obviously, with the NCH celebrating its 30thyear, this show is set to be extra special! The National Corvette Homecoming will be holding an “Iconic 30” contest, where they will pick one car to represent each of the 30 years they have been running (1981-2011). The Corvette will also share the spotlight with its “cousins” the Cadillac XLR and XLR-V this year, which were exclusively produced at the Bowling Green plant from 2003-2009. The schedule of events starts with Thursday’s pre-registration and the first NCH Golf Outing. Friday and Saturday will have the following: arts and crafts, a vendor swap meet, and a car corral, where you can buy and sell vehicles ($75/vehicle). Friday will also have seminars, celebrity judging of cars and autographs, and most importantly a free car parade (for all cars) and a Cruise-In with live music. Saturday will have an open show for all muscle cars, the Sans Pareil judging, a reunion show with ’61, ’71, ’81 and ’91 Corvettes and of course, the 3pm awards ceremony.
If you are interested in attending the show, admission is $10/person per day with children 12 and under getting in free. If you have an ID that shows you are active or a veteran in the military, active or retired from GM or a current Western Kentucky University student, you will get half off your admission. If you are interested in being a part of the car show or being a vendor for the show, there is information and registration online at http://www.nationalcorvettehomecoming.com/. Hope to see you out there to celebrate Corvettes!