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2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 1 pm and 3 pm enjoy the live entertainment by The Line Up, a local band from Galveston Island at the Corvette Chevy Expo and Galveston Craft Show held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

The Line Up to Perform at the Corvette Chevy Expo

Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 1 pm and 3 pm enjoy the live entertainment by The Line Up, a local band from Galveston Island at the Corvette Chevy Expo and Galveston Craft Show held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  

Founding member and leader, Willy Gonzales, formed The Line Up over thirty years ago focused on great musicianship. Willy plays drums and sings.

Although two-thirds of the band changed several times, current bassist and vocalist Stacy Cook has been with The Line Up since 1996, and Jeff Pennington, the lead guitarist, and vocalist has been with the band over 15 years.

In an interview with Galveston Guide, Willy shares how he began playing the drums at the age of eight.  Willy became the lead vocalist almost by accident. “I told the guys I would sing until we found someone else to do it, but we never did,” he laughs, “so that’s how I became a singing drummer.” 

Jeff Pennington started playing the guitar in the fourth grade.  He tells how he became disinterested, “until I heard Van Halen and Rush.”  Intrigued by the sound of their guitars, he started playing again and the rest is history.

The two boys played together, in a garage during junior high, and later at high school dances.

Although Stacy Cook is not from Galveston, he was no stranger. He learned how to play from his uncle.  Explaining how he learned to play bass, he says, “one time his (uncle) bassist didn’t show up, so he taught me to play bass.”  Stacy Cook has played with national performers like Diamond Rio and Tim McGraw.

The Line Up is extremely popular and is a regular at many of the local clubs and events in the Galveston area.  The group has an extensive repertoire with over 500 songs with a wide range of types of music. 

The Line Up to Perform at the Corvette Chevy Expo 2020

We are excited to have them perform at the 42nd Corvette Chevy Expo and the Galveston Craft Show Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77554.  They will be doing two performances, one at 1 pm and one at 3 pm. 

Tickets for the event are good for both the Corvette show and the craft show.   Children 12 and under are free, and adults are $15 at the door and $13 advance purchase.  There is free parking in the parking garage.  Tickets can be ordered online with a major credit card https://corvette-magazine.com/t/tickets


Grandmas’ Boyfriends Barbershop Quartet to Perform at Corvette Chevy Expo Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 1 PM, the Grandmas’ Boyfriends Barbershop Quartet will be performing upstairs at the Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  Lead Glenn Taylor, Bass John Mealus, Baritone Stan Boyer, and Tenor Terry Mansfield sing four-part barbershop harmony. 

Stroll down memory lane as they pay tribute to the history of Corvette in song starting with music from 1953.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 1 PM, the Grandmas' Boyfriends Barbershop Quartet will be performing upstairs at the Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Grandmas’ Boyfriends Barbershop Quartet to Perform at Corvette Chevy Expo

Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 1 PM and 3 PM, the Grandmas’ Boyfriends Barbershop Quartet will be performing upstairs at the Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  Lead Glenn Taylor, Bass John Mealus, Baritone Stan Boyer, and Tenor Terry Mansfield sing four-part barbershop harmony. 

Stroll down memory lane as they pay tribute to the history of Corvette in song starting with music from 1953.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette Motorama Show Car. Photo Courtesy of General Motors Heritage Center
1953 Chevrolet Corvette Motorama Show Car.
Photo Courtesy of General Motors Heritage Center
Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 1 PM, the Grandmas' Boyfriends Barbershop Quartet will be performing upstairs at the Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.
Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 1 PM, the Grandmas’ Boyfriends Barbershop Quartet will be performing upstairs at the Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

We want to congratulate them on their newest award!  On Friday, December 13, 2019, they competed in the third annual Rice Village A Cappella sing-off and were declared the winner by a panel of 4 judges.

On Friday, December 13, 2019, Grandmas' Boyfriends Barbershop Quartet competed in the third annual Rice Village A Cappella sing-off and were declared the winner by a panel of 4 judges.
On Friday, December 13, 2019, Grandmas’ Boyfriends Barbershop Quartet competed in the third annual Rice Village A Cappella sing-off and were declared the winner by a panel of four judges.

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The Apollo 12 Corvette was named to National Historic Vehicle Register.

FEATURE CORVETTE: HVA ALAN BEAN’S 1969 ASTROVETTE

Our feature Corvette at the 2020 Corvette Chevy Expo is the Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette.  This historical vehicle has been featured before but this time it comes with a very prestigious award.  In fact, it is the first Corvette to be recognized by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) as a historically important vehicle and enshrined in the National Historic Vehicle Register. 

At the end of this article is a video that Corvette collector and NASA enthusiast Danny Reed talks about the journey with the Astrovette and its role in the space program.

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Kate and Danny Reed with their Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette on display at the National Mall hardscape between the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art.
Kate and Danny Reed with their Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette on display at the National Mall hardscape between the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art.

Apollo 12 AstroVette Named to National Historic Vehicle Register

Alan Bean’s Apollo 12 Corvette is the first Corvette to be named to the National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR). The NHVR is part of the way that the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) carries out its mission “To promote the cultural and historical significance of the automobile and protect the future of our automotive past.” The HVA, founded in 2009, now has over 490,000 members and is the designated U.S. representative of FIVA (Fédération International des Véhicules Anciens), the international federation of historic vehicle organizations.

The aims of the HVA are to:

  • Recognize and document historically important vehicles in a National Historic Vehicle Register
  • Establish and share best practice guidelines to ensure that authentic examples of our automotive past will be available for future generations
  • Promote the historical and cultural significance of the automobile through media and events
  • Protect the future of our automotive past through affiliations with museums and academic institutional programs, and support of legislative action

The criteria for considering a vehicle for the NHVR are:

  • Associative Value-Event – A vehicle associated with an event or events that are important in automotive or American history
  • Associative Value-Person – A vehicle associated with the lives of significant persons in automotive or American history
  • Design or Construction Value – A vehicle that is distinctive based on design, engineering, craftsmanship, or aesthetic value
  • Informational Value – A vehicle of a particular type that was the first or last produced, has an element of rarity as a survivor of its type, or is among the most well-preserved or thoughtfully restored surviving examples

The HVA is working with the Department of the Interior’s Heritage Documentation Programs to create a comprehensive record of our most historically significant vehicles, which will reside in the Library of Congress.

Bean’s Corvette was fully restored to original, award-winning standards. The Apollo 12 Corvette recently added to its honors—it is the first Corvette to be recognized by the Historic Vehicle Association as a historically important vehicle and enshrined in the National Historic Vehicle Register.

Having a car named to the National Historic Vehicle Register is not all work and no play. The HVA has an annual Cars at the Capital exhibit on the National Mall in Washington.

The National Historic Vehicle Register in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior. This is the plaque that was displayed with the 1969 Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean's Corvette showing its registration No. 25 and Engineering Record No. TX-3404.
The National Historic Vehicle Register in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior. This is the plaque that was displayed with the 1969 Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette showing its registration No. 25 and Engineering Record No. TX-3404.
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette in the Cars at the Capital exhibit on the National Mall in Washington DC. The Apollo 12 Corvette was displayed from September 12th through September 19, 2019. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette in the Cars at the Capital exhibit on the National Mall in Washington DC. The Apollo 12 Corvette was displayed from September 12th through September 19, 2019. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The Astrovette on the National Mall in Washington DC. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The Astrovette on the National Mall in Washington DC. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette.  Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Danny Reed’s Apollo 12 Corvette is the first Corvette to be named to the National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR). Here is a night photo of the Astrovette on the National Mall in Washington DC. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Danny Reed’s Apollo 12 Corvette is the first Corvette to be named to the National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR). Here is a night photo of the Astrovette on the National Mall in Washington DC. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Spectators view the Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette on display at the National Mall.
Kate Reed and “Big Red” Diane Parker, VP of HVA, looking down at the plate on the display of the Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean’s Corvette at the National Mall. The Apollo 12 Corvette was named to National Historic Vehicle Register.
Photo Credit: Danny Reed.
The center counsel with the 4-Speed in Danny Reed’s Apollo 12 Corvette has been restored to perfection. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
The center counsel with the 4-Speed in Danny Reed’s Apollo 12 Corvette has been restored to perfection. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette driver's side dash on Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette driver’s side dash on Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette driver's side interior on the Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette driver’s side interior on the Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Passenger's side interior on the Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Passenger’s side interior on the Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette engine bay. The 1969 Corvette Astrovette has the 427 CI/390HP Turbo-Jet V8 with the 4-bbl Rochester carburetor. The Astrovette Power and torque (SAE gross): 390 hp @ 5400 rpm, 460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette engine bay. The 1969 Corvette Astrovette has the 427 CI/390HP Turbo-Jet V8 with the 4-bbl Rochester carburetor. The Astrovette Power and torque (SAE gross): 390 hp @ 5400 rpm, 460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.
1969 Corvette 427 Hood Emblem. The Astrovette has the 427/390HP TURBO-JET V-8 engine in it.
1969 Corvette 427 Hood Emblem. The Astrovette has the 427/390HP TURBO-JET V-8 engine in it.
1969 Corvette 427 Big-Block Hood on Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette 427 Big-Block Hood on Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Front view of the 1969 Corvette 427 Big-Block Hood on Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Front view of the 1969 Corvette 427 Big-Block Hood on Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean actually chose a combination of the three Tremulis proposals, including the red, white, and blue logos for each of the drivers. Bean’s logo was blue with the initials LMP that signified him as the Lunar Module Pilot for the Apollo 12 mission. Pete’s car had the red with CDR in it, which stood for Commander. Dick’s white tag had CMP, for Command Module Pilot. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean actually chose a combination of the three Tremulis proposals, including the red, white, and blue logos for each of the drivers. Bean’s logo was blue with the initials LMP that signified him as the Lunar Module Pilot for the Apollo 12 mission. Pete’s car had the red with CDR in it, which stood for Commander. Dick’s white tag had CMP, for Command Module Pilot. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Close up photo of the special logo on the side of the Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
Close up photo of the special logo on the side of the Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette Crossed-Flags Emblem on the Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association
1969 Corvette Crossed-Flags Emblem on the Astrovette. Photo Credit: Historic Vehicle Association

Danny Reed shares the experience of owning the first Corvette named to the National Historic Vehicle Register:

On the evening of 9/11, 2019, Astronaut Alan Bean’s 1969 Gold & Black Apollo 12 Corvette was named to the National Historic Vehicle Register.  The car was displayed in a beautiful glass case on the National Mall in front of the Capitol in Washington DC between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art from September 12th through the 19th.  As owners, my wife and I were invited to flip the switch that lit the glass case in the opening ceremony.

The Historic Vehicle Association helps choose the vehicles each year for the National Historic Vehicle Register and the United States Department of Interior Historic American Engineering Record.  Once selected, the vehicles are highly documented, photographed and then exhibited in a full-size lighted glass case that looks like a typical display case for a small model.  Vehicle owners and invited guests participate in the HVA evening ceremony and a press party the following morning.  The event is quite breathtaking, especially when you see the lighted Capitol building and the Washington Monument in the background.

The process and incredible experience as an owner of a Historic Vehicle began with the purchase of Alan Bean’s Apollo 12 Astrovette in 1971.   Interest increased after I started displaying the car at events at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston Space Center, Cosmosphere, and National Corvette Museum.

History and originality are very important; however, the documentation process of the vehicle is most critical.  The documentation on Alan Bean’s Corvette started when I joined NCRS in 2001.  Under the guidance of Ray Repczynski, owner of Corvettes by Ray in Houston, we entered the car in NCRS Regional and National Events, where the judging of originality and condition are held to the highest standards by Master Judges.  In preparing the car for NCRS judging, we dropped and removed the gas tank. Ray immediately noticed Alan Bean’s name printed on the tank sticker.  We have never seen another tank sticker listing the car’s owner.         

Bean’s car received back-to-back NCRS Top Flight Awards, Performance Verification, followed by the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence and finally the prestigious NCRS American Heritage Award.  To my knowledge, Alan Bean’s Corvette is the only car to receive both the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence and the National Heritage Award.

Car magazines started calling, and soon Bean’s car was featured and on the cover of the 2001 August Car Collector Magazine and November Vette Magazine.  It has since been featured in dozens of magazines including Corvette Magazine, Vette VuesMagazine, Motor Trend and Motor Trend Classics.

Magazine coverage transformed into appearances on TV – Top Gear with James May, Classic Car Rescue, Wheeler Dealer, French PBS, Motor Trend Epic Drives, Jay Leno’s Garage, and Iron Resurrection – plus online and YouTube videos by Michael Brown, Bruce Troxell, Corvette Corner, and many followers.

Interest increased with each year.  Franklin Mint made 427 precision limited edition 1/24th scale models of the Apollo 12 Corvette.  TMS followed with a 1/43rd scale model and this year Greenlight released a 1/64th scale model.  Greenlight will be releasing a 1/24th scale model early next year.

My admiration for the Space Program and Astronaut Corvettes has continued.  In July of 2017, I purchased Alfred Worden’s Apollo 15 Corvette; a barn find that had been in a field for years.  In March of this year, I found and purchased Dave Scott’s Apollo 15 Corvette – totally original with only 42,000 original miles.

January through July of this year, the National Corvette Museum wanted to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the First Man on the Moon with a “Gas Station to Space Station” display of Astronaut Corvettes.  At the request of Derek Moore, Curator of NCM, I agreed to put Alan Bean’s ’69 and Alfred Worden’s & Dave Scott’s ’71 Corvettes on display in the Museum.  That is when Diane Parker, VP of the Historic Vehicle Association, contacted Derek Moore at the NCM about adding Astronaut Alan Bean’s car to the National Register.  

The Apollo 12 Corvette also appeared in the National Corvette Museum’s exhibit From Gas Station to Space Station celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The exhibit included Danny Reed’s two other Apollo Corvettes, those of astronauts Alfred Worden and David Scott of Apollo 15. Photo Credit: Danny Reed
The Apollo 12 Corvette also appeared in the National Corvette Museum’s exhibit From Gas Station to Space Station celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The exhibit included Danny Reed’s two other Apollo Corvettes, those of astronauts Alfred Worden and David Scott of Apollo 15. Photo Credit: Danny Reed

Derek gave Diane my information. Diane contacted me and walked me through the HVA process. The rest is History!

Here are some more photos of Alan Bean’s 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette named to National Historic Vehicle Register. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette named to National Historic Vehicle Register. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette named to National Historic Vehicle Register. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette named to National Historic Vehicle Register. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette Passenger Sideshot
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette Passenger Sideshot
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette Drivers Sideshot
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette Drivers Sideshot
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette engine bay. The 1969 Corvette Astrovette has the 427 CI/390HP Turbo-Jet V8 with the 4-bbl Rochester carburetor. The Astrovette Power and torque (SAE gross): 390 hp @ 5400 rpm, 460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette engine bay. The 1969 Corvette Astrovette has the 427 CI/390HP Turbo-Jet V8 with the 4-bbl Rochester carburetor. The Astrovette Power and torque (SAE gross): 390 hp @ 5400 rpm, 460 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.
Alan Bean's 1969 Astrovette Front View
Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette Front View
The back of Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The back of Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The Wheelbase is 98 inches (2.489 m) on Alan Bean's Astrovette Corvette. The Wheel Covers are RPO PO2. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association
The Wheelbase is 98 inches (2.489 m) on Alan Bean’s Astrovette Corvette. The Wheel Covers are RPO PO2. Photo Credits: Historic Vehicle Association

Alan Bean’s 1969 Astrovette to be the featured Corvette at the 2020 Corvette Chevy Expo. It is the first Corvette to be recognized by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA). The 42nd Corvette Chevy Expo is March 14 & 15, 2020.

Video of the Apollo XII Astrovette

Corvette collector and NASA enthusiast Danny Reed has owned the sole surviving Corvette built for the crew of Apollo XII for almost 50 years. Danny shares with us his journey with the car and its role in the space program. Its travel is out of this world…

Video of the Apollo XII Astrovette…

Want to learn more about the history of the 1969 Astrovette? Vette Vues Magazine dives in the historical facts of how the astronauts chose the colors, logos, how Danny Reed found the 1969 Astronaut Corvette and more if it’s history.


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Hilton Galveston Island Resort, 5400 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551 (409) 744-5000

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