Corvette Summer Car Show comes to Port Orchard

Dave Ellingson, president of the Glass Odyssey Corvette Club, joked that C-7 generation of the Corvette has been locked down to the point that it would make Homeland Security proud.

Because of that, Ellingson said the newest model of the legendary brand will not be present during the Corvette Summer Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Grey Chevrolet.

But Ellingson expects 100 Corvettes beginning wiht the 1962 model year, from British Columbia to surrounding states to be present during the show. This is the second straight year the Port Orchard dealership has sponsored the event, but sales manager Flip Grey said it will be larger than last summer’s event. Because it was organized earlier this year, Grey said it will be a “Show and Shine” event, where members accrue points for participating. He said the event last year, which had 52 participants, did not have that distinction.

There is no charge to attend the event and Grey said the dealership will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and potato chips. There also will be a live performance by “Born to Be Wild,” which features members of several former groups, including “Steppenwolf.” The band will autograph an electric guitar, which is being donated by Ellingson and his wife, with proceeds benefiting Kitsap Humane Society. Ellingson said a group of high schoolers also will be selling baked goods “that will buy essentials for homeless kids in their schools.”

Ellingson, who will have his 1967 Corvette coupe on display, said the Glass Odyssey Corvette Club generally produces one car show on the Kitsap Peninsula per year. The club was founded in 1972.

Grey, whose dealership was among 900 selected to sell the new Corvette as soon as it is released, hoped to have a model on display, but was not able to acquire one through Chevrolet.


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