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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2022


MEDIA INFORMATION:

Contact: Bonnie Wolf
Vette Vues Magazine, Inc.
Office: 386-775-2512
Email: bonnie@vette-vues.com

Corvette Chevy Expo Returns for Its 44th Anniversary on March 19-20, 2022

Punta Gorda, FL – February 12, 2022 — With an impressive 44 years running under its belt, the Corvette Chevy Expo will return to Galveston Island Convention Center March 19th – 20th. The Corvette Chevy Expo is held every year at the GICC and has proven to be one of the South’s best Chevy car shows, bringing in enthusiasts from Texas and surrounding states. Celebrating this milestone anniversary, visitors can expect two days of great car displays along with vendors who specialize in all things related to Chevrolet. Expected attendees include skilled craftsmen who build high-end custom Corvettes or painstakingly restore classic models.

Guests are blown away when they step into the building. World-class Chevy Show Cars sit on display while they enjoy the magnificent view of the Gulf, just waiting for you to come closer. The Corvette Corral lets you purchase or sell your vehicle.

Car enthusiasts have plenty to do at this event; there are Chevrolets galore as well as an entire Swap Meet area where people can buy or sell used parts like wheels, grills, bumpers, etc.

What about all those Commercial Vendors? Don’t forget about them too! And if it’s craftsmen you want- we’ve got over 135 artists selling handmade items and artwork to add to your collection! These talented artists sell all handmade goods such as jewelry, paintings, pottery, etc., all made by themselves.

And outside? A whole host of entertainment awaits! There are two shows: one for Saturdays and one for Sundays – each with its own set of awards.

A DJ and local music performance by The Line Up band provides an entertainment atmosphere for all ages! You will be able to relax while enjoying drinks with an ocean-side view!

There is plenty of available free parking in the adjacent parking garage.

Discount tickets are available before the event on https://vette-vues.com/product/discount-tickets/

SHOW HOURS:    

Saturday, March 19 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 20   10:00 am – 6:00 pm

TICKET PRICES:

$15.00 Adults
Weekend Passes are $25,00
Children 12 and under are Free

For more information, please visit https://corvettechevyexpo.com/ or call the office at 386-775-2512.

LOCATION:

Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

FOLLOW: https://www.facebook.com/corvettechevyexpo/ https://twitter.com/CorvetteChevyEx https://www.instagram.com/corvettechevyexpo/

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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.

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