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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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The Beat the Heat vehicles serve as excellent tools helping in knocking down those walls that on many occasions exist between youth and persons of all ages and law enforcement officers.

Meet the Tropical Impression Racing Team with Beat the Heat, Inc.

Tropical Impression Racing Team of the Galveston County Sheriff's Office
Tropical Impression Racing Team of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

Tropical Impression Racing Team

“A Youth Outreach Program”

Official Team Representing the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office

Sponsorship 2018-2019

OUR TEAM IS DEDICATED TO THE EDUCATION AND WELFARE OF OUR YOUTH

“Saving Lives Is Our Goal”

PROUD MEMBER – BEAT THE HEAT, INC SINCE 1997

FUNDED BY DONATIONS AND DEDICATION ONLY!

Tropical Impression Racing Team is extremely proud of our continued and recognized affiliation with Beat the Heat, Inc. BTH is a unique, non-profit organization of Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers from throughout the world. The program uses Drag Racing vehicles set up like pursuit vehicles. The vehicles are used to educate our youth about a number of areas of concern such as Illegal Street Racing, Drug Abuse, Drinking and Driving, Staying in School and the problem of the day, Texting and Driving. The program also places a focus on the concept of teamwork. Since our first event in 1998, we have been involved in 565 events through 2018.

Tropical Impression Racing Team (affiliate of Beat the Heat) use the vehicles to educate the youth about a number of areas of concern such as Illegal Street Racing, Drug Abuse, Drinking and Driving, Staying in School and the problem of the day, Texting and Driving.
Tropical Impression Racing Team (affiliate of Beat the Heat) use the vehicles to educate the youth about a number of areas of concern such as Illegal Street Racing, Drug Abuse, Drinking and Driving, Staying in School and the problem of the day, Texting and Driving.

The vehicles serve as excellent tools helping in knocking down those walls that on many occasions exist between youth and persons of all ages and law enforcement officers.

This 1981 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was a former drug car now running for the law.
This 1981 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was a former drug car now running for the law.

The Beat the Heat vehicles serve as excellent tools helping in knocking down those walls that on many occasions exist between youth and persons of all ages and law enforcement officers.
The Beat the Heat vehicles serve as excellent tools helping in knocking down those walls that on many occasions exist between youth and persons of all ages and law enforcement officers.

The vehicles are also used to help at-risk, less fortunate and handicapped youth and young adults. These special folks are treated as honorary team members at many of our events worldwide. Beat the Heat events range from school programs to parades, from church bazaars to fundraisers, from scouting events to major motorsports events. Beat the Heat teams regularly participate in fund raising events for various organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and local events for those in need.

Street Racing is Not Drag Racing

The History of Beat the Heat, Inc

Beat the Heat began in 1984 in Florida and by 1995 had grown to 40 programs around the country. The program was started to address the issues of Illegal Street racing in Florida. Ironically, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) began out of the same roots in the early 1950s. After World War II the concept of hot rodding began around the country. With this, the issue of street racing began to grow. A Pomona, Ca. Police Sgt. Bud Coon saw a need to address this growing problem, and he helped facilitate the first organized drag race. This got the attention of Mr. Wally Parks, and the NHRA began. The NHRA is now the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world.                 

By 1992 BTH had become so successful that the IRS recognized the organization as a non-profit youth education program and we were given a 501(c)(3) status. Therefore, all contributions of monies, parts, products, and services are completely tax deductible.                                                                                

BTH has grown to an average of 200 teams throughout the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, and Australia. Worldwide the teams conduct on average of 700 events annually. The teams come in direct contact with several million kids and travel hundreds of thousands of miles to conduct the events.

Tropical Impression Racing Team of the Galveston County Sheriff's Office will be at the Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 9 & 10, 2019.  The team is an affiliation with Beat The Heat. The vehicles are used to educate our youth about a number of areas of concern such as Drug Abuse, Drinking and Driving, Street Racing, Texting and Driving and Staying in School.
Beat the Heat began in 1984 in Florida and by 1995 had grown to 40 programs around the country.

ALL AT NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALL FUNDED BY DONATIONS AND DEDICATED ONLY!!!!!!!!!

The Goals of Beat the Heat, Inc.

  • To Educate our communities about the issues of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse
  • To Educate our communities to the horrors of alcohol and drug-impaired driving
  • To Promote better relations between Law Enforcement and the Community
  • To Educate our communities about the family sport of Drag Racing
  • To Educate our communities about the dangers of Illegal Street Racing
  • To Educate our communities about the dangers of Texting and Driving

Funded by Donations and Dedication Only!

The History of Tropical Impression Racing Team

Our car is a 1981 Pontiac Trans Am. The car was originally seized from a drug dealer and was used as a D.A.R.E car for several years by the Galveston Police Department. After several years of disrepair, the car was destined for the scrap yard. In 1997 the concept of starting a BTH team to represent the Sheriff’s Office was in place and was approved by Sheriff Joe Max Taylor.

We arranged for the car to be donated to the County of Galveston and it was then donated to Tropical Impression Race Team. Thus, relieving the county of any responsibility and liability.

With the help of friends and local businesses, we began rebuilding the car. It took nine months to have it ready for show and go. The vehicle was originally built with about 90% used and donated parts. In April of 1998, the car was revealed, and the program was kicked off. Tremendous thanks to Tony Munoz for his help then and today! He is the best Crew Chief you could have.

The car has been a continuous work in progress with major improvements done through the years. Thus, allowing it to maintain a positive and professional image for the program and our sponsors. All done with donations and hard work.

In 1998 the team just started, and we did six events. However, that pace did not last long. In 1999 we did 35 events. From 1998 thru 2018 the team has been involved in 565 community events.

Our programs have varied from a small Scout troop event to events with over 140,000 in attendance. All of which we take a hands-on approach to our visitors.

Our team has also been very active in a number of charities resulting in the donations of tens of thousands of dollars to those programs. Our primary charities are the Ronald Mc Donald House of Galveston and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Galveston County.

Some examples of this are our Klunkers for Kids program for the Advocacy Center and our “If You Use It – They Need It” for the Ronald McDonald House. Through these two programs, our team has donated thousands of dollars to both of these worthy causes.

We are also proud of our media history. Our team has been featured in Drag Racing USA magazine; National Dragster Magazine; Several newspapers throughout the state including the Galveston County Daily News; ESPN TV; Pinks All Out on the Speed Channel; Texas County and District Retirement System magazine, Intl. Association of Auto Theft Investigators publication, Texas Association of Vehicle Theft Investigators Coast Magazine and numerous other publications.

All funding received through donations is used for the maintenance of the car, trailer and the purchase of promotional and educational materials. A majority of expenses are paid by the team members. The rules of Beat the Heat specify that donations must have a minimum value of $500 to be displayed on the cars. However, all donations are tax deductible!!!

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Lt. Tommy Hansen

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601 54th St., Galveston, Texas  77551

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Email Addresses: tommy.hansen@co.galveston.tx.us or tiracing1@aol.com

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1st in Class 1996 C4 Corvette Grand Sport owned by Bobby Sanford on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Bobby Sanford’s 1996 Corvette Grand Sport

Bobby Sanford’s 1996 C4 Corvette Grand Sport on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.
Bobby Sanford’s 1996 C4 Corvette Grand Sport on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

Bobby Sanford owns our feature Corvette.  It was on display at the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.  Bobby took 1st in the C4 Class with his 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. Bobby is currently serving in Afghanistan, so we wanted to pay tribute to him and thank him for his service by sharing his Corvette.

1996 was the end of the C4 generation.  Due to this Chevy decided to make a very special Corvette to commemorate the end of this highly successful generation.

The run was to be limited.  The final production totals were 1,000.  Of those, 810 coupes were produced and 190 convertibles.  The car was named after the famous Grand Sport Corvette race cars from the early 60s.

According to the Corvette Black Book, the option code was RPO Z51 for an additional cost of $3,200 ($2,330 w/convertible).  The base Corvettes that year was $37,225 for the sport coupe and $45,060 for the convertible.

The Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) had the LT4 engine and was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission.  This one-year-only LT4 engine was conservatively rated at 330 HP

The 1996 Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) had the LT4 engine and was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission.  This one-year-only LT4 engine was conservatively rated at 330 HP.
The 1996 Grand Sport option (RPO Z16) had the LT4 engine and was only available with the 6-speed manual transmission. This one-year-only LT4 engine was conservatively rated at 330 HP.

To commemorate the 1963 Grand Sport Corvettes, they came with a special Admiral Blue paint and Arctic White racing stripe that ran down the center of the car and two red hash marks on the left front fender.

Special Grand Sport badging was placed on each side of the hood above the side fender vents as well as a unique chrome-plated Corvette emblem on the nose and gas lid.  Special chrome badging and the ZR1-style wheels were black spoked. 

The cars have their own unique VIN sequence that is distinct from the other 1996 Corvettes.

Bobby took first place in the C4 Corvette Stock category for his 1996 Corvette Grand Sport.
Bobby took first place in the C4 Corvette Stock category for his 1996 Corvette Grand Sport.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport Tires:

The Grand Sport Coupes were outfitted with P275/40ZR-17 tires on 17×9.5″ wheels in front and P315/35ZR-17 tires on 17×11″ wheels in the rear.  Grand Sport Convertibles were furnished with P255/45ZR-17 tires on 17×8.5″ wheels in the front and the rear P285/40ZR-17 tires on 17×9.5″ wheels.

1996 Corvette Grand Sport Interior:

There were two Interior color choices for the Grand Sport.  It was limited to all black, or a special Torch Red and Black combination . . .red seats and trim but with black carpeting.  The headrests were embroidered with the words “Grand Sport.”  There were 593 coupes with black interior and 217 with the Red/Black.  Of the convertibles, 137 had the Black, and 53 convertibles had the Red/Black.

There were two Interior color choices for the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport.  It was limited to all black, or a special Torch Red and Black combination.
There were two Interior color choices for the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. It was limited to all black, or a special Torch Red and Black combination.

The Grand Sports were produced from April 3rd, 1995 for GS VIN #0001 and ended with GS VIN #1000 on June 14th, 1996.

Thank you and come home safe!  Also, thanks to all our veterans!  Thank you for sacrificing time, family, friends, and health to serve.

Vette Vues Magazine Event Coverage of the 40th Corvette Chevy Expo 2018

2018 Corvette Chevy Expo Coverage

This 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo Coverage appeared in the September 2018 issues of Vette Vues Magazine.

2018 Corvette Chevy Expo Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners at the 40th Corvette Chevy Expo.  The awards took place Sunday, March 11, 2018, in the Yacht room at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort in Galveston, Texas.

BEST OF SHOW DISPLAYEddie Harvey, 1964 Corvette Custom
BEST OF SHOW CORVETTEGuy Mabee, 1969 Corvette Stock Tri-Power Award
BEST OF SHOW CAMARODoyle & Beverly Vinson, 1969 Camaro Stock
BEST OF SHOW CHEVYMary Jane Vaught, 1955 Chevy Modified Full Size
PEOPLES CHOICE –Carla Comer, 2015 Corvette Custom

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. BEST OF SHOW DISPLAY went to Eddie Harvey with his 1964 Corvette Custom.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. BEST OF SHOW DISPLAY went to Eddie Harvey with his 1964 Corvette Custom.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. BEST OF SHOW CORVETTE went to Guy Mabee with his 1969 Corvette Stock.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. BEST OF SHOW CORVETTE went to Guy Mabee with his 1969 Corvette Stock.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. BEST OF SHOW CAMARO went to Doyle & Beverly Vinson with their 1969 Camaro Stock.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. BEST OF SHOW CAMARO went to Doyle & Beverly Vinson with their 1969 Camaro Stock.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. BEST OF SHOW CHEVY went to Mary Jane Vaught, 1955 Chevy Modified Full Size. The builder accepted the award for Mary Jane.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. BEST OF SHOW CHEVY went to Mary Jane Vaught, 1955 Chevy Modified Full Size. The builder accepted the award for Mary Jane.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. PEOPLE'S CHOICE went to Carla Comer with her 2015 Corvette Custom.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. PEOPLE’S CHOICE went to Carla Comer with her 2015 Corvette Custom.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. MINI CAR AWARD went to Steve Henderson with his 1958 Speedway quarter Midget resto mod.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. MINI CAR AWARD went to Steve Henderson with his 1958 Speedway quarter Midget resto mod.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. PRESERVATION-AWARD went to Danny Reed with his 1971 & 1969 Corvettes - NASA Astronauts Cars.

Awards Ceremony at the Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018. PRESERVATION-AWARD went to Danny Reed with his 1971 & 1969 Corvettes – NASA Astronauts Cars.

There were four Tri-Power Awards presented this year:

TRI-POWER AWARD ®DeBold, Tom1960 CorvetteRed
TRI-POWER AWARD ®Hudson, Richard1967 CorvetteYellow
TRI-POWER AWARD ®Mabee, Guy1969 CorvetteBlue
TRI-POWER AWARD ®Folse, William1988 CorvetteRed

PRESIDENT’S AWARD WINNERS

Click on this link to see the award winners for the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo President’s Award.

2018 TRI-POWER AWARD REGISTRY

Guy & Helen MayBee received their Tri-Power Award for their 1969 Corvette.

Guy & Helen MayBee received their Tri-Power Award for their 1969 Corvette.

Richard Hudson received his Tri-Power Award for their 1967 Corvette.

Richard Hudson received his Tri-Power Award for their 1967 Corvette.

Tom and Deb DeBold received his Tri-Power Award for their 1960 Corvette.

Corvette Chevy Expo features Chevrolet Show Cars, held at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 11, 2018.

William Folse received his Tri-Power Award for his 1988 Corvette.

William Folse received his Tri-Power Award for his 1988 Corvette.

Here are the rest of the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo Award Winners!

CLASSNAMECAR TypeColorAWARD
SURVIVOR Corvette C3Diamante, Paul1974 CorvetteMaroonSecond
SURVIVOR Corvette C3Tortorella, Vinnie1978 Corvette PaceBlack/SilverFirst
CORVETTE STOCK C1Fullerton, James1958 CorvetteBlueFirst
CORVETTE STOCK C2Cowart, Denise1964 CorvetteWhiteThird
CORVETTE STOCK C2Hesterberg, Earl & Susan1966 CorvetteNassau BlueSecond
CORVETTE STOCK C2Tortorella, Vinnie1963 Corvette ZO6BlueSecond
CORVETTE STOCK C2Bradley, Roger1965 Corvette FuelGreenFirst
CORVETTE STOCK C3Cowart, Paul1977 CorvetteBlackThird
CORVETTE STOCK C3Diamanti, Paul1974 CorvetteWhiteSecond
CORVETTE STOCK C3Richards, Linda1982 CorvetteSilverfirst
CORVETTE STOCK C4Meyer,Fred1994 CorvetteRed/Maroonthird
CORVETTE STOCK C4Canary, Mike1991 CorvetteWhitesecond
CORVETTE STOCK C4Sanford, Bobby1996 CorvetteBluefirst
CORVETTE STOCK C5Mohamed, Moe2003 CorvetteRedthird
CORVETTE STOCK C5Canary, Mike2001 CorvetteWhitethird
CORVETTE STOCK C5Munster, Herman2003 CorvetteBluesecond
CORVETTE STOCK C5MacFarland, James2003 CorvetteRed/Burgundysecond
CORVETTE STOCK C5Diamanti, Paul2003 CorvetteSilverfirst
CORVETTE STOCK C6Foley Sr., David & Josetta2011 CorvetteBlackthird
CORVETTE STOCK C6Doggett, Gary2010 Grand SportRedsecond
CORVETTE STOCK C6Diamanti, Paul2013 Corvette ZR1Orangefirst
CORVETTE STOCK C7Timmons, JT2014 CorvetteBlackthird
CORVETTE STOCK C7Rodriquez, Jerry2017 CorvetteRedsecond
CORVETTE STOCK C7Steptoe, Herbert2018 Grand SportBluefirst
CORVETTE MODIFIED C3Dixon, Michael1981 CorvetteBluesecond
CORVETTE MODIFIED C3Goldberg, Harold1973 Corvette L6Dk Bluefirst
CORVETTE MODIFIED C5Adams, Cindy2003 CorvetteMaroonfirst
CORVETTE MODIFIED C6Adams, David2012 Corvette GrandsportWhitefirst
CORVETTE MODIFIED C6Leeds, Michael2005 CorvetteOrangefirst
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7Martinez, Jessie2014 CorvetteWhitethird
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7Bradley, John2016 CorvetteMaroonthird
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7Hovey, Larry2016 CorvetteRedsecond
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7Shaw, Melba2016 CorvetteBlacksecond
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7Weidman, Kirk2016 CorvetteMaroonfirst
none
CORVETTE CUSTOM C2Harvey, Eddie1964 CorvetteSilverfirst
none
CORVETTE CUSTOM C5Lopez, Gil2004 CorvetteOrangethird
CORVETTE CUSTOM C5Fluellen, Tony2001 CorvetteBurgendysecond
CORVETTE CUSTOM C5Rodgers, Michael & Swoney2001 CorvetteRedfirst
CORVETTE CUSTOM C7Comer, Carla2015 CorvetteBluesecond
CORVETTE CUSTOM C7Pond, Steve & LouAnn2014 CorvetteWhitefirst
RETRO RODWoods, Ronald1965 CorvetteRedfirst
RATRODHenderson, Steve1934 Chevy PUGreenfirst
CHEVY MODIFIED FULL SIZESikes, Buddy & Christina1957 ChevyRedsecond
CHEVY MODIFIED FULL SIZEVaught, Mary Jane1955 ChevyCoralfirst
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZEJewell, Homer1957 ChevyRedthird
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZENovelli, Ross1955 BelairYellowsecond
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZEMcDaniel, Kathy1962 ImpalaMaroonsecond
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZEWagoner, Mike & Ruby55 ChevyCoral/grayfirst
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZEVaught, Ken1957 ChevyPurplefirst
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZE -2000+Tropea, Frank2015  Chevy SSBlackfirst
CHEVELLE, MODIFIEDSchipon, Nick1972 ChevelleSilversecond
CHEVELLE, MODIFIEDPaul, Bill1969 ChevelleDK Greenfirst
STREET COUPE, Chevy STOCKSmith, Skylar1934 Chevy SreetrodBluefirst
STREET COUPE, Chevy CUSTOMGlines, Billy1935 Chevy CoupeRedfirst
STREET ROD, FORDGardner, Rollin1930 Model A FordBlackfirst
TRUCK, CustomHyatt, Bobby1956 Chevy truckBlue/Redthird
TRUCK, CustomHensen, Jackie1969 Chevy truck C10Redsecond
TRUCK, CustomMeyer, Steve1969 El CaminoAtomic Orangefirst
TRUCK, MODIFIEDTodd, Charles1950 ChevyBluefirst
NOVA CUSTOMFish, Jeff1966 NovaRedsecond
NOVA CUSTOMCountcil, Randy1965 NovaSilverfirst
NOVA MODIFIEDFrank, Robert1972 NovaOrangefirst
CAMARO STOCK GEN1Wuertz, Clifford1968 CamaroBluethird
CAMARO STOCK GEN1Wright, Bob1967 CamaroRedsecond
CAMARO STOCK GEN 1Vinson, Doyle & Beverly1969 CamaroSilverfirst
CAMARO STOCK GEN 5Hoffman, Joe2015 CamaroBlackfirst
CAMARO STOCK GEN 6Adams , Taylor2016 CamaroWhitefirst
CAMARO MODIFIEDMondrick, David1969 CamaroRedfirst
CAMARO, RESTO MODCrawford, Richard1968 CamaroBluefirst

2018 Corvette Chevy Expo Awards Ceremony

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2018 CORVETTE CHEVY EXPO AWARDS GALLERY

 

To see the 2017 Corvette Chevy Expo Winners CLICK HERE

Hagerty Youth Judging Program is open to children 8 to 14 at the Corvette Chevy Expo this year.

Hagerty Youth Judging Program

We are excited to add this year the Hagerty Youth Judging Program.   Designed primarily for youth ages 8 to 14, the Youth Judging Program brings the world of classics to a kid-friendly level.  I am sure the kids are going to have a lot of fun participating in this new event!

Saturday, March 10th from 10 am – 3 pm, children who are interested need to register at the Hagerty Insurance booth.  Angelica Brothers will instruct the children and give them their judging kits.

The Young Judges will judge pre-selected show cars and interact with owners, allowing the judges to learn details, history and fun facts about each vehicle.  They will be using a simplified scorecard that highlights five basic categories and they will rate the cars on a scale of 1-to-5.

The Youth Judging program is sponsored by Hagerty Insurance.  There is no fee to participate and the Youth Judging program is open to children 8 to 14.

Here are some photos of Youth Judges at Amelia Island:

Youth Judging - Amelia Island 2017 - Aston Martin

Youth Judging – Amelia Island 2017 – Aston Martin

Youth Judging

Youth Judging

Hagerty Youth Judging Program is open to children 8 to 14 at the Corvette Chevy Expo this year.

Hagerty Youth Judging Program is open to children 8 to 14 at the Corvette Chevy Expo this year.

Swimsuit Contest at the Corvette Chevy Expo

Swimsuit Contest at the Corvette Chevy Expo

If you are a model and would like to enter the Swimsuit USA International Model Search and Swimsuit Contest at the Corvette Chevy Expo March 11 at the Galveston Island Convention Center here is the contact information… Good Luck Ladies!

Swimsuit Contest at the Corvette Chevy Expo

Swimsuit Contest at the Corvette Chevy Expo

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Barn Find Reveal: Apollo 15 Astronaut Corvette Found

Barn Find Reveal: Apollo 15 Astronaut Corvette Found

Barn Find Reveal: Apollo 15 Astronaut Corvette Found

You might recall the coverage of Alan Bean’s Corvette in the September issue of Vette Vues Magazine. In that article, we learned about the unique program from Chevrolet for the Astronauts.

It started with a man named Jim Rathmann. Some of you might remember him from winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1960. When he retired he owned and operated a Chevrolet-Cadillac dealership in Melbourne, Florida. Melbourne is about fifty miles south of the John F. Kennedy Space Center and a launch site for NASA.

Jim Rathmann became friends with many of the astronauts. He negotiated a particular lease arrangement with Chevrolet to put the astronauts into Chevrolet cars. For $1 a year, the astronauts could lease a car. They could choose any Chevrolet they wanted. We learn that six of the first group of astronauts picked Corvettes.

 Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Corvette

Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Corvette

For a quick look back at Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Corvette, we learned that Alan Bean said in an exclusive interview in 1969 that the Apollo 12 lunar team – Bean, Pete Conrad, and Dick Gordon asked Rathmann for three identically prepared Riverside Gold Corvette coupes. They had 427/390 and were customized with a unique two-tone design dreamed up by Bean. The men were photographed with their cars for a story and published in Life magazine.

Year’s later, Al Bean’s Corvette was discovered by Danny Reed from Austin, Texas. You can read more about Alan Bean’s Corvette on our blog https://vette-vues.com/alan-l-beans-1969-chevrolet-astrovette/

Our feature Corvette was once again discovered by Danny Reed in Austin, Texas and who believed it to be another “special lease” astronaut car. What are the odds of finding Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Corvette, then 46 years later, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette on used car lots in Austin, TX?

The crew of Apollo 15 pose by the subsatellite they would release into lunar orbit. Commander Dave Scott (39), Command Module Pilot Alfred Worden (39), Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin (41).

The crew of Apollo 15 pose by the subsatellite they would release into lunar orbit. Commander Dave Scott (39), Command Module Pilot Alfred Worden (39), Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin (41).

For a little history on the car, the Apollo 15 lunar-mission crewmembers Commander Dave Scott, Command Module Pilot Alfred Worden, Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin, chose a more-patriotic theme for their 1971 Corvettes, once again provided through Rathmann.

The cars were Mille Miglia Red, Classic White, and Bridgehampton Blue. They and their Corvettes were also photographed for a story in Life magazine in the red, white and blue order, representing the colors of the American flag.

Danny tells Vette Vues Magazine, “In 1971, I bought Alan Bean’s Gold & Black 1969 Corvette in a closed bid from General Motors. I found it on a GMAC car lot in Austin. Now, 46 years later and thanks to my Corvette friend Carl Sanger, it seems I’ve stumbled across Astronaut Al Worden’s 1971 (CMP) Apollo XV Corvette, once again on a used car lot in Austin, Texas.”

While Danny and his Alan Bean AstroVette were doing the Corvette Invasion show, he received a text from Carl Sanger telling him that there was a Corvette posted on Craigslist and it was once owned by an Astronaut.

Danny says, “I checked the location, and it was located in a small camper & used car lot, three houses past the turnoff to the event – about a mile away. I called, set up an appointment, left a deposit and bought the car July 20th, the 48th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first man on the moon.”

Danny learned that this astronaut Corvette, basically a “barn find,” was kept in an open field for years.

“The good news – is it is ‘Numbers Matching!’ The crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.”

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Astronaut Corvette was recently found and was located in a small camper & used car lot in Austin Texas.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Astronaut Corvette was recently found and was located in a small camper & used car lot in Austin Texas.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Astronaut Corvette was recently found by Danny Reed who also found the Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Astrovette 46 years earlier.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Astronaut Corvette was recently found by Danny Reed who also found the Alan Bean’s 1969 Apollo XII Astrovette 46 years earlier.

Danny learned that this astronaut Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette, basically a “barn find,” was kept in an open field for years.

Danny learned that this astronaut Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette, basically a “barn find,” was kept in an open field for years.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

As you can see, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette's interior will need some restoration.

As you can see, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette’s interior will need some restoration.

All and all, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette doesn't look to be in too bad of shape for being 47 years old.

All and all, Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette doesn’t look to be in too bad of shape for being 47 years old.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette's will need some paint!

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette’s will need some paint!

The crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.

The crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette and the crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette and the crew had requested their cars to be equipped with the 454 cubic inch, 390 horsepower, 500 ft torque engines.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette Trim Tag.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette Trim Tag.

Cover of the June 1971 issue of Life Magazine which has Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette inside.

Cover of the June 1971 issue of Life Magazine which has Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette inside.

June 1971 issue of Life Magazine

June 1971 issue of Life Magazine

June 1971 issue of Life Magazine

June 1971 issue of Life Magazine

This photo appeared in the June 1971 issue of Life Magazine. This is the text under the picture of the astronaut's Corvettes. "Next, to the brand-new red, white and blue Chevrolet Corvettes belonging to Apollo 15's three astronauts, James Irwin, Alfred Worden and David Scott (left to right), the LRV looks homely but also quite functional. The cost of designing and producing three Rovers-one for each of the three final Apollo missions-plus spare parts and other paraphernalia was $37,800,000, almost twice the contractor's original estimate."

This photo appeared in the June 1971 issue of Life Magazine. This is the text under the picture of the astronaut’s Corvettes. “Next, to the brand-new red, white and blue Chevrolet Corvettes belonging to Apollo 15’s three astronauts, James Irwin, Alfred Worden and David Scott (left to right), the LRV looks homely but also quite functional. The cost of designing and producing three Rovers-one for each of the three final Apollo missions-plus spare parts and other paraphernalia was $37,800,000, almost twice the contractor’s original estimate.”

Since Danny has taken ownership of the car, it has been documented by the NCRS Historical Document Services, and like Alan Bean’s 1969 it is one of the "Special Lease” cars: 26-000 / Florida Zone Car / delivered to Rathmann Chevrolet in Melbourne, Florida / Build Date: 2/13/1971.

Since Danny has taken ownership of the car, it has been documented by the NCRS Historical Document Services, and like Alan Bean’s 1969 it is one of the “Special Lease” cars: 26-000 / Florida Zone Car / delivered to Rathmann Chevrolet in Melbourne, Florida / Build Date: 2/13/1971.

The Apollo XV Corvette is currently in Danny’s warehouse with “Stretch,” a rare 1971 Chevy truck once owned by his Boat Racing friend, John Annin.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette

The Apollo XV Corvette is currently in Danny's warehouse with “Stretch,” a rare 1971 Chevy truck once owned by his Boat Racing friend, John Annin.

The Apollo XV Corvette is currently in Danny’s warehouse with “Stretch,” a rare 1971 Chevy truck once owned by his Boat Racing friend, John Annin.

What are Danny’s plans for this historical Corvette? “I plan to get Al Worden’s Corvette drivable.”

Many of you noticed that the Corvette had aftermarket valve covers and air cleaner, Danny is replacing them with original stock parts.
Danny will be revealing his “Barn Find” at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston Island Texas this March 10 & 11, 2018. Interestingly enough, Galveston Island is just thirty miles south of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. We are also excited that Danny will be bringing Alan Bean’s Astrovette to display alongside Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette, had aftermarket valve covers and air cleaner, Danny is replacing them with original stock parts.

Alfred Worden’s 1971 Apollo XV Corvette, had aftermarket valve covers and air cleaner, Danny is replacing them with original stock parts.

If any of our readers are familiar with the car or have photos or information about its history, please let us know, and we will pass it on to Danny as he documents its history.  Email info@corvettechevyexpo.com

Check out our Photo Gallery from the Corvette Chevy Expo last year:

VEHICLE GALLERY FROM 2017

This is the list of winners from the 2017 Corvette Chevy Expo:

2017 AWARD WINNERS

Chevrolet Show Cars that achieve 98 or more points are inducted into the President’s Award Club.  Here is a list of these distinguished cars and owners:

PRESIDENT’S AWARD WINNERS

You can also learn about the Vette Vues Magazine Tri-Power ® Award:

TRI-POWER AWARD

Click here for Visitor Information, Directions and Discount Ticket Information:

VISITOR INFO & DRIVING DIRECTIONS

 

Corvette Chevy Expo Awards Ceremony

2017 AWARD WINNERS

The 39th Corvette Chevy Expo rolled through Galveston Island March 11 – 12, 2017.  Here is the list of the 2017 Corvette Chevy Expo Award Winners.

You can see our 2017 Award Photo Gallery HERE
  • BEST DISPLAY   ~  DOYLE & BEVERLY VINSON   ~  1968 CAMARO DISPLAY
  • BEST CORVETTE  ~   STEVE POND  ~  2014 CORVETTE CUSTOM C7
  • BEST CAMARO   ~  DOYLE & BEVERLY VINSON  ~   1968 CAMARO STOCK
  • BEST CHEVROLET  ~   RANDY COUNSILL   ~  1965 NOVA CUSTOM

VETTE VUES MAGAZINE TRI-POWER® AWARD

  • TRI-POWER AWARD ~ ED NIEVES ~ 95 CORVETTE TRI POWER AWARD
  • TRI-POWER AWARD ~ ALTON RIVERO ~ 96 CORVETTE TRI POWER AWARD
  • TRI-POWER AWARD ~ ROBERT LEEDS ~ 93 CORVETTE TRI POWER AWARD

2017 Corvette Chevy Expo Award Winners

CLASSNAMECARAWARD
SURVIVORVINNIE TORTORELLA78 CORVETTE PACE CARBEST IN CLASS- SURVIVOR
SURVIVORRICHARD HUDSON72 CORVETTE2ND PLACE
SURVIVORPAUL DIAMANTI74 CORVETTE3RD PLACE
    
    
CORVETTE STOCK C1JOHN KITTLESON57 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
CORVETTE STOCK C1JAMES FULLERTON58 CORVETTE2ND PLACE
CORVETTE STOCK C1JOHN KITTLESON60 CORVETTE3RD PLACE
    
    
CORVETTE STOCK C2LOU SANCHEZ67 CORVETTE 427/390BEST IN CLASS – TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C2VINNIE TORTORELLA65 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS – TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C2HOWARD ROTHMAN65 CORVETTE2ND PLACE – TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C2JOHN KITTLESON63 CORVETTE2ND PLACE – TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C2EARL & SUSAN HESTORBERG66 CORVETTE2ND PLACE – TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C2FRANK GILEHRIST66 CORVETTE2ND PLACE – TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C2JIM COWART64 CORVETTE3RD PLACE – TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C2KATHI RICHARDSON67 CORVETTE3RD PLACE – TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C2KATHI RICHARDSON63 CORVETTE3RD PLACE – TIE
    
    
CORVETTE STOCK C3LINDA RICHARDS82 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
CORVETTE STOCK C3PAUL DIAMANTI74 CORVETTE2ND PLACE TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C3FRANK GILCHRIST68 CORVETTE2ND PLACE TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C3MATTHEW TILLSON73 CORVETTE3RD PLACE
    
    
CORVETTE STOCK C4ED NIEVES95 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
CORVETTE STOCK C4ALTON RIVERO96 CORVETTE2ND PLACE
CORVETTE STOCK C4FRED MEYER94 CORVETTE3RD PLACE
    
    
CORVETTE STOCK C5HERMAN MUNSTER2003 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C5PAUL DIAMANTI2003 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C5BUSTER SCHAPPER2001 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C5NAJIB MOHAMED2003 CORVETTE2ND PLACE
CORVETTE STOCK C5KATHI RICHARDSON2002 CORVETTE3RD PLACE TIE
CORVETTE STOCK C5DAN & JAN WICKS2000 CORVETTE3RD PLACE TIE
    
    
CORVETTE STOCK C6MICHAEL LEEDS2005 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
CORVETTE STOCK C6AJ LOUPE2007 CORVETTE2ND PLACE
    
    
CORVETTE STOCK C7FELIX FAMULARO2015 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
    
    
CORVETTE MODIFIED C2JOHN PIERRE CARTER67 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
    
    
CORVETTE MODIFIED C5DAVID & CINDY ADAMS2003 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
    
    
CORVETTE MODIFIED C6BERNARD & NANCY PALVAS2011 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
CORVETTE MODIFIED C6DAVID & CINDY ADAMS2012 CORVETTE2ND PLACE
CORVETTE MODIFIED C6RICK ROBERTS2011 CORVETTE3RD PLACE
    
    
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7JOHN BRADLEY2016 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7JOHN ANHALT2016 CORVETTE2ND PLACE TIE
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7HERBERT STEPTOE2015 CORVETTE2ND PLACE TIE
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7MELBA SHAW2016 CORVETTE2ND PLACE TIE
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7JESSIE MARTINEZ2014 CORVETTE3RD PLACE
    
    
CORVETTE CUSTOM C3HAROLD GOLDBERG73 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
CORVETTE CUSTOM C3MATT CLARK73 CORVETTE2ND PLACE
    
    
CORVETTE CUSTOM C5TONY FLUELLEN2001 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
    
    
CORVETTE CUSTOM C6KENNETH DABNEY2008 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
    
    
CORVETTE CUSTOM C7STEVE POND2014 CORVETTEBEST IN CLASS
    
    
RETRO RODJON HODGES1968 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
RETRO RODROBERT HEAD61 CORVETTE2ND PLACE
RETRO RODJON HODGES67 CORVETTE3RD PLACE
    
    
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZEHOMER JEWEL57 CHEVYBEST IN CLASS TIE
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZEKATHY MCDANIEL62 IMPALABEST IN CLASS TIE
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZEKENNETH WISBY57 CHEVY2ND PLACE TIE
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZEJOE ENDER1935 CHEVY2ND PLA CE TIE
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZECESAR ZALVALETA1953 BEL AIR3RD PLACE
    
    
NOVA CUSTOMRANDY COUNCIL1965 NOVABEST IN CLASS
NOVA CUSTOMJEFF FISH1966 NOVA2ND PLACE
    
    
CHEVELLE CUSTOMBILL PAUL1969 CHEVELLEBEST IN CLASS
CHEVELLE CUSTOMNICK SCHIPON72 CHEVELLE2ND PLACE
CHEVELLE CUSTOMRENE AGUILAR70 CHEVELLE3RD PLACE
    
TRUCKGLENN UNERFUSSER2003 SSRBEST IN CLASS
TRUCKBOBBY HYATT56 CHEVY PICKUP2ND PLACE
TRUCKGARY ADAMS67 EL CAMINO3RD PLACE
    
    
CAMARO STOCK GEN 1DOYLE & BEVERLY VINSON68 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
CAMARO STOCK GEN 1BOB WRIGHT67 CAMARO2ND PLACE
    
    
CAMARO STOCCK GEN 2BILL MURSKI70 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
    
CAMARO STOCK GEN 5TRACI MUTZ2013 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
    
CAMARO STOCK GEN 6JEREMY WOODRUFF2017 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
CAMARO STOCK GEN 6FORREST FOLWELL2016 CAMARO2ND PLACE TIE
CAMARO STOCK GEN 6BOB GREEN2017 CAMARO2ND PLACE TIE
CAMARO STOCK GEN 6TAYLOR ADAMS2016 CAMARO3RD PLACE
    
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN1DAVID MONDRIK1969 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN1DARIN EBERLY1969 CAMARO2ND PLACE
    
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN5LINDA WEHRIN2013 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN5BEN WEHRING2010 CAMARO2ND PLACE TIE
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN5CHRIS RYAN2015 CAMARO2ND PLACE TIE
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN5MICHELLE BOUFFORD2015 CAMARO3RD PLACE TIE
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN5CHRIS HARRELL2011 CAMARO3RD PLACE TIE
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN5TYLER VASQUEZ2011 CAMARO3RD PLACE TIE
    
    
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN6ANGELA METCALF2016 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
CAMARO MODIFIED GEN6JASON CALZADA2016 CAMARO2ND PLACE
    
    
CAMARO CUSTOM GEN1EDDY GUIRDY1969 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
    
    
CAMARO CUSTOM GEN2ANTHONY ESPOSITO1979 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
    
CAMARO CUSTOM GEN5FRED KOHLER2013 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS
CAMARO CUSTOM GEN5CRYSTAL GATES2011 CAMARO2ND PLACE
    
    
CAMARO CUSTOM GEN6CORNESIA GREEN2016 CAMAROBEST IN CLASS