Corvette Show and Shine
Saturday, June 17th, 2000
What a Block
On this Saturday, the seventeenth of June, even the rain could not keep the seventy-plus Corvettes from traveling to northwest Ohio for the fourth annual Alexis Road Block Party, hosted by American Custom Industries, Sylvania Harley-Davidson/Buell, and All American Coach.
Festivities began to roll as the Corvettes arrived at the American Custom Industries parking lot. They were all quickly registered and parked by the Glass City Corvette Club, and then the “fun” of cleaning and detailing began. There were Corvettes present from 1954 thru 2000, stock to Full Custom. Most were driven, although there were the usual “trailer queens”. The judging format affords the best opportunity for all entrants to leave at the end of the day with a “Gold, Silver, or Bronze” award, based on judging guidelines that pit the entrant’s Corvette against a judging sheet, instead of the car parked next to you.
As the day progressed, and for those who needed something else to do to keep busy, many options were available. You could walk across the street to tour the Harley-Davidson dealer, or bid on the motor home of your choice, as these other Block Party sponsors also had special events and deals in place for the day. Back on the home front, you could tour the ACI fiberglass manufacturing facility, attend a fiberglass repair seminar, or see some of the newest and hottest fiberglass parts available for your Corvette in the ACI showroom – not to mention the special prices of the day!
Of course there were the “usual” car show goody bags and great door prizes, including a chance to win a 50” large screen television, and a $300 gift certificate to one of the three sponsors of your choice. Not to mention the great food, live band at the Harley dealership, and live TV remote from the local television station.
We can't wait for the fifth annual Block Party next year. This show has grown each year, and I’m sure that this will continue to be the case, as more and more Corvette enthusiasts get the word. Bart Lea, the owner, and his staff went all out to make the entrants and spectators feel right at home for the day. The local Corvette club, Glass City Corvette Club, also gives 100% in their efforts to coordinate the registration, judging, and awards presentation to get everyone out of there on time.
So when you see the ad for this event in 2001, seriously consider attending – you WILL have a GREAT time! What better way to spend a day – smelling raw fiberglass, and “Saving the Wave”, a Corvetters dream !
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