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2018 Corvette Chevy Expo Coverage

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 DISPLAY Eddie Harvey, 1964 Corvette Custom
BEST OF SHOW CORVETTE Guy Mabee, 1969 Corvette Stock Tri-Power Award
BEST OF SHOW CAMARO Doyle & Beverly Vinson, 1969 Camaro Stock
BEST OF SHOW CHEVY Mary 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, Tom 1960 Corvette Red
TRI-POWER AWARD ® Hudson, Richard 1967 Corvette Yellow
TRI-POWER AWARD ® Mabee, Guy 1969 Corvette Blue
TRI-POWER AWARD ® Folse, William 1988 Corvette Red

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!

CLASS NAME CAR Type Color AWARD
SURVIVOR Corvette C3 Diamante, Paul 1974 Corvette Maroon Second
SURVIVOR Corvette C3 Tortorella, Vinnie 1978 Corvette Pace Black/Silver First
CORVETTE STOCK C1 Fullerton, James 1958 Corvette Blue First
CORVETTE STOCK C2 Cowart, Denise 1964 Corvette White Third
CORVETTE STOCK C2 Hesterberg, Earl & Susan 1966 Corvette Nassau Blue Second
CORVETTE STOCK C2 Tortorella, Vinnie 1963 Corvette ZO6 Blue Second
CORVETTE STOCK C2 Bradley, Roger 1965 Corvette Fuel Green First
CORVETTE STOCK C3 Cowart, Paul 1977 Corvette Black Third
CORVETTE STOCK C3 Diamanti, Paul 1974 Corvette White Second
CORVETTE STOCK C3 Richards, Linda 1982 Corvette Silver first
CORVETTE STOCK C4 Meyer,Fred 1994 Corvette Red/Maroon third
CORVETTE STOCK C4 Canary, Mike 1991 Corvette White second
CORVETTE STOCK C4 Sanford, Bobby 1996 Corvette Blue first
CORVETTE STOCK C5 Mohamed, Moe 2003 Corvette Red third
CORVETTE STOCK C5 Canary, Mike 2001 Corvette White third
CORVETTE STOCK C5 Munster, Herman 2003 Corvette Blue second
CORVETTE STOCK C5 MacFarland, James 2003 Corvette Red/Burgundy second
CORVETTE STOCK C5 Diamanti, Paul 2003 Corvette Silver first
CORVETTE STOCK C6 Foley Sr., David & Josetta 2011 Corvette Black third
CORVETTE STOCK C6 Doggett, Gary 2010 Grand Sport Red second
CORVETTE STOCK C6 Diamanti, Paul 2013 Corvette ZR1 Orange first
CORVETTE STOCK C7 Timmons, JT 2014 Corvette Black third
CORVETTE STOCK C7 Rodriquez, Jerry 2017 Corvette Red second
CORVETTE STOCK C7 Steptoe, Herbert 2018 Grand Sport Blue first
CORVETTE MODIFIED C3 Dixon, Michael 1981 Corvette Blue second
CORVETTE MODIFIED C3 Goldberg, Harold 1973 Corvette L6 Dk Blue first
CORVETTE MODIFIED C5 Adams, Cindy 2003 Corvette Maroon first
CORVETTE MODIFIED C6 Adams, David 2012 Corvette Grandsport White first
CORVETTE MODIFIED C6 Leeds, Michael 2005 Corvette Orange first
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7 Martinez, Jessie 2014 Corvette White third
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7 Bradley, John 2016 Corvette Maroon third
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7 Hovey, Larry 2016 Corvette Red second
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7 Shaw, Melba 2016 Corvette Black second
CORVETTE MODIFIED C7 Weidman, Kirk 2016 Corvette Maroon first
none
CORVETTE CUSTOM C2 Harvey, Eddie 1964 Corvette Silver first
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CORVETTE CUSTOM C5 Lopez, Gil 2004 Corvette Orange third
CORVETTE CUSTOM C5 Fluellen, Tony 2001 Corvette Burgendy second
CORVETTE CUSTOM C5 Rodgers, Michael & Swoney 2001 Corvette Red first
CORVETTE CUSTOM C7 Comer, Carla 2015 Corvette Blue second
CORVETTE CUSTOM C7 Pond, Steve & LouAnn 2014 Corvette White first
RETRO ROD Woods, Ronald 1965 Corvette Red first
RATROD Henderson, Steve 1934 Chevy PU Green first
CHEVY MODIFIED FULL SIZE Sikes, Buddy & Christina 1957 Chevy Red second
CHEVY MODIFIED FULL SIZE Vaught, Mary Jane 1955 Chevy Coral first
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZE Jewell, Homer 1957 Chevy Red third
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZE Novelli, Ross 1955 Belair Yellow second
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZE McDaniel, Kathy 1962 Impala Maroon second
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZE Wagoner, Mike & Ruby 55 Chevy Coral/gray first
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZE Vaught, Ken 1957 Chevy Purple first
CHEVY CUSTOM FULL SIZE -2000+ Tropea, Frank 2015  Chevy SS Black first
CHEVELLE, MODIFIED Schipon, Nick 1972 Chevelle Silver second
CHEVELLE, MODIFIED Paul, Bill 1969 Chevelle DK Green first
STREET COUPE, Chevy STOCK Smith, Skylar 1934 Chevy Sreetrod Blue first
STREET COUPE, Chevy CUSTOM Glines, Billy 1935 Chevy Coupe Red first
STREET ROD, FORD Gardner, Rollin 1930 Model A Ford Black first
TRUCK, Custom Hyatt, Bobby 1956 Chevy truck Blue/Red third
TRUCK, Custom Hensen, Jackie 1969 Chevy truck C10 Red second
TRUCK, Custom Meyer, Steve 1969 El Camino Atomic Orange first
TRUCK, MODIFIED Todd, Charles 1950 Chevy Blue first
NOVA CUSTOM Fish, Jeff 1966 Nova Red second
NOVA CUSTOM Countcil, Randy 1965 Nova Silver first
NOVA MODIFIED Frank, Robert 1972 Nova Orange first
CAMARO STOCK GEN1 Wuertz, Clifford 1968 Camaro Blue third
CAMARO STOCK GEN1 Wright, Bob 1967 Camaro Red second
CAMARO STOCK GEN 1 Vinson, Doyle & Beverly 1969 Camaro Silver first
CAMARO STOCK GEN 5 Hoffman, Joe 2015 Camaro Black first
CAMARO STOCK GEN 6 Adams , Taylor 2016 Camaro White first
CAMARO MODIFIED Mondrick, David 1969 Camaro Red first
CAMARO, RESTO MOD Crawford, Richard 1968 Camaro Blue first

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

In Wheel Time will be broadcasting live from the Corvette Chevy Expo March 10, 2018 at Galveston Island Convention Center.

In Wheel Time Live at the Expo

We are excited to announce that Don Armstrong and his crew from In Wheel Time will be broadcasting live from the Corvette Chevy Expo at the Galveston Island Convention Center March 10, 2018.

In Wheel Time is a live automotive talk show that is broadcast every Saturday from 9-11 am Central Time on the new SportsMap 94.1 FM Houston.  It also is streaming audio live from the Sportsmap app, on their website http://www.inwheeltime.com/  and on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/InWheelTime/.

In each show, Don Armstrong (the host) leads the team through a variety of automotive topics that include coverage of events such as the Keels & Wheels Concours event, the NHRA Spring Nationals, the Houston Autorama as well as several local car show benefits during the year. We are thrilled to have them come this year to the Corvette Chevy Expo.

During the remote broadcast of In Wheel Time, they will be talking to show participants during their interview segments.  Every car person has a story to tell and we will all be listening to see what interesting things they learn from the Chevrolet owners!

With the Corvette Chevy Expo being an All Chevy show, it is especially exciting to learn that Don Armstrong is also a Corvette owner and helped start one of the Houston Corvette Clubs.

“Don Armstrong was recently inducted into the Texas Broadcast Hall of Fame in addition to being a seasoned automotive writer. He’s been involved in the automotive world since high school when he began working at a local Chevrolet dealership.”

In Wheel Time is considered the most entertaining radio car show in Houston.

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

Passionate Chevy Photo Contest: We are giving away 3 Corvette Chevy Expo Event Shirts in our photo contest.

Win a 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo Event Shirt

We are giving away three Corvette Chevy Expo Event Shirts in our Passionate Chevy Photo Contest on our Facebook Page.

The contest ends February 23, 2018 (United States Only).

The top three photos with the most votes and likes wins!

You may also purchase the 2018 Corvette Chevy Expo Event Shirt HERE

To see the winners of our last contest CLICK HERE

Mecum Mobile Experience Rolling Into Galveston for the Corvette Chevy Expo

Mecum Mobile Experience Rolling Into Galveston

The world’s largest collector car auction is bringing their Mecum Mobile Experience to the 40th Corvette Chevy Expo at the beautiful Gulf front Galveston Island Convention Center March 10th and 11th.  Experience first-hand what it feels like to be in the middle of the fast-paced Mecum Auction.

The interactive exhibit includes iPads where people can learn more about Mecum and register into their database for alerts of upcoming auctions and a regular newsletter.

The Mecum Mobile Experience has simulations and hands-on activities!  You will be able to get up on stage for a photo-op with the car that you can share on social media.

The 40th Corvette Chevy Expo is March 10 & 11, 2018 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554. The doors open Saturday 9:00 AM and runs until 6:00 PM.  Sunday, the 11th, the doors open at 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

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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

 

Upload your photo of your Corvette, Camaro or Classic Chevy for a chance to win TWO WEEKEND PASSES to the 40th Corvette Chevy Expo.

CLASSIC CHEVY PHOTO CONTEST

Congratulations to Tony Schmitter, John Cox, David Garza, Julio C. Toro, Gary Hollander, and Kirk Weidman for the top six photos in our Photo Contest. You will each receive two weekend passes to the 40th Corvette Chevy Expo March 10 & 11 at the Galveston Island Convention Center. Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for our next contest!

Contest ended January 31, 2018.

Event Dates: March 10 – 11, 2018

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

Times: Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tony Schmitter's Corvette

Tony Schmitter’s Corvette

John Cox's Corvette

John Cox’s Corvette

David Garza's Corvette

David Garza’s Corvette

Julio Toro's Corvette

Julio Toro’s Corvette

Gary Hollander's Corvette

Gary Hollander’s Corvette

Kirk Weidman's Corvette

Kirk Weidman’s Corvette

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Ed Nieves Award Winning 2015 Corvette

Ed Nieves’ Tri-Power, Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and Triple Diamond Corvette

Story by K. Scott Teeters

Ed Nieves Journey Into the World of  Tri-Power, NCRS, Bloomington Gold, and Triple Diamond – Level Corvettes

The Corvette hobby is a sub-culture of the larger car-culture. Within the Corvette community, there are many sub-cultures where owners do different kinds of things with their Corvettes. Some race their Corvettes and within the racer crowd, there are different kinds of racing. Some start out personalizing their Vette that leads to all-out custom Corvettes. Others give their Corvette a pampered life with heated and air-conditioned garages; the cars never get wet and are cleaned after every drive. On the opposite side are the Vettes that are driven, repaired, and enjoyed for hundreds or thousands of miles.

At the extreme opposite end of the daily drivers are the Vette Vues Tri-Power, NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, and Triple Diamond Award Corvettes. These Corvettes look like they were put into a Star Trek transported and beamed from Bowling Green or St. Louis, directly to the owner’s garage. For Corvette fans that haven’t been to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant and taken the tour, these Corvettes are as close as you can get to “factory fresh.” What every Corvette nitch has in common (besides a passion for Vettes) is that the owners are all enjoying their Corvette in their own unique way.

Ed Nieves was like lots of red-blooded American males that have a “Someday I’ll get a Vette!” mental infection. But life and obligations typically keep the Corvette daydreams way down the list. Ed had the itch we can all relate to. But in 2008 he decided to go for it!

Ed’s “dream Vette” was white with a red interior – just like the first 300 1953 Corvettes. He was willing to go for a C3 Corvette but found very few with the white/red combo he wanted. Ed was hoping to find a private seller, looking for a new home for his baby. As luck would have it, Ed found a 1995 Corvette, with the color combo he wanted, and it was only one hour from where he lives in Miami, Florida. But here’s the big, “But…” The car was up for auction on eBay, which was not how Ed wanted to buy his Corvette.

However, the description was intriguing; it read . . .

“Incredible all original 13-year-old Corvette Convertible still looked like it’s sitting on the dealer’s showroom floor. Everything works to perfection, and this car needs nothing. If you wash it, you might get it dirty.”

The listing said that the 13-year-old Corvette only had 14,000 miles – very light usage. The more Ed looked at the photos and read the car’s details, the more he knew he had to act quickly. If that’s the color combo you’ve always wanted, and the details were right, who wouldn’t want to check that out if it was only one hour away?

Ed contacted the seller in Fort Lauderdale and arranged to see the car. Upon his arrival, within seconds, Ed knew this was the real deal – exactly the Corvette he wanted! The deal was quickly negotiated, and an hour later, Ed had the top down and was heading south to Miami.
As Ed put it, “Of course, I lowered the top and drove her home like I stole her!” Upon his arrival home, Ed tossed the keys to his eldest daughter, Melissa and told her, “Take it for a spin with your little sister!” (Awww, what’a Dad!)

After Ed had the oil and fluids changed and a good tune-up, he drove and enjoyed his white 1996 Corvette convertible, mostly on the weekends. South Florida is a wonderful place for top-down evening cruising. Things cool off, the air is sweet, and the sunsets are spectacular.

The car wasn’t “perfect” and needed a few things, but it was all small stuff. Ed was a happy guy.

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Interior

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Interior

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Interior

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Interior

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Engine

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Engine

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Engine

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette Engine

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette

Ed Nieves 1995 Corvette

The Sunshine Corvette Club is a Miami-based Corvette club. When Ed decided to attend the club’s Annual Corvette Show, he really didn’t know what to expect. What he found was a great group of Corvette lovers, eager to help one another. Ed also got an experiential education on super-sano Corvettes. Much to Ed’s surprise, his Corvette was awarded 3rd Place in the C4 class. Seeing what the 1st place Class winners looked like, Ed got a clear picture of what he needed to do to get his Corvette up to speed.

Ed joined the Sunshine Corvette Club in Miami and show his 1995 at the annual Corvette show and won 3rd place!

Ed joined the Sunshine Corvette Club in Miami and show his 1995 at the annual Corvette show and won 3rd place!

Over the next few years, Ed kept improving the cosmetics of his Corvette and started racking up 1st in C4 Class wins. One day Ed’s Corvette pal, Jack Exter, told him about the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), and that the NCSR Florida Winter Regional Meet in Kissimmee, Florida and was to be held in January 2012. Jack could tell that Ed’s Corvette was already pretty well up to NCRS level competition, so once again, Ed jumped into the pool, not really knowing what to expect. Ed explains, “I found myself lost in the world of technical judging. However, after it was over, I was awarded an NCRS Top Flight at the banquet ceremony. This was the beginning of the end for me. I was bitten by the bug!”

Ed’s Corvette pal, Jack Exter, told him about the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), and that the NCSR Florida Winter Regional Meet in Kissimmee, Florida and was to be held in January 2012.

Ed’s Corvette pal, Jack Exter, told him about the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), and that the NCSR Florida Winter Regional Meet in Kissimmee, Florida and was to be held in January 2012.

In the five years from 2012 to 2017 Ed has racked up an impressive number of awards, including; Four Top Flights, an NCRS Performance Verification Award (which requires every component of the car to work to factory specifications), and an NCRS Hill Mark of Excellence Award (reportedly, only 34 cars have won this NCRS prestigious award).

Four Top Flights, an NCRS Performance Verification Award (which requires every component of the car to work to factory specifications), and an NCRS Hill Mark of Excellence Award (reportedly, only 34 cars have won this NCRS prestigious award).

Four Top Flights, an NCRS Performance Verification Award (which requires every component of the car to work to factory specifications), and an NCRS Hill Mark of Excellence Award (reportedly, only 34 cars have won this NCRS prestigious award).

Ed set his sights on two very special national awards; the Vette Vues Tri-Power Award (hosted at the Corvette/Chevy Expo, in Galveston, Texas) and the MCACN Triple Diamond Award (hosted at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago). But, Ed learned that he needed to first have a Bloomington Gold Award in order to qualify for the Tri-Power Award and the Triple Diamond Award.

Ed gets a trailer to go to the shows with.

Ed gets a trailer to go to the shows with.

By this time, Ed was a veteran at transporting his Corvette in an enclosed trailer. In 2015 Ed packed up his 1995 Corvette and headed to Indianapolis. The event was spectacular for Ed, as his Corvette scored 99.5 out of 100, and received a Bloomington Gold Award.

Ed is at Indianapolis Bloomington Gold

Ed is at Indianapolis Bloomington Gold

Ed, as his Corvette scored 99.5 out of 100, and received a Bloomington Gold Award.

Ed, as his Corvette scored 99.5 out of 100, and received a Bloomington Gold Award.

Ed's Awards

Ed’s Awards

With a Bloomington Gold Award under his belt, in March 2017 Ed sent in his application for the Tri-Power Award to Bill Wolf, publisher of Vette Vues Magazine and organizer of the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas.

It is a 1,200-mile drive from Miami to Galveston in a truck with an enclosed trailer, but it was worth the effort. Ed recalls, “The car was placed in the lobby area with the rest the Tri-Power contenders, and it was an awesome experience from day one. We received a Tri-Power Award, a President’s Award (awarded to cars that score above 98%) and won Best of Class. I was ecstatic with our results, and the judging process was fair and comprehensive. Bill, Bonnie, and the staff put on a spectacular event.” (You can read about the event in the August 2017 issue of Vette Vues Magazine, and Ed’s Corvette is on page 7!)

Ed's 1995 Corvette was one of the featured Corvettes in the lobby at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas.

Ed’s 1995 Corvette was one of the featured Corvettes in the lobby at the Corvette Chevy Expo in Galveston, Texas.

 Ed received a Tri-Power Award, a President's Award (awarded to cars that score above 98%) and won Best of Class.

Ed received a Tri-Power Award, a President’s Award (awarded to cars that score above 98%) and won Best of Class.

In November 2017 it was time to go for the Triple Diamond Award at the MCACN (Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals) event. Ed packed up his award-winning 1995 Corvette and headed north for the LONG 1,400 miles trip from Miami, Florida to Rosemont, Illinois. This is the biggest and toughest muscle car and Corvette show of the year, and there were approximately 570 pristine cars there.

Ed packed up his award-winning 1995 Corvette and headed north for the LONG 1,400 miles trip from Miami, Florida to Rosemont, Illinois.

Ed packed up his award-winning 1995 Corvette and headed north for the LONG 1,400 miles trip from Miami, Florida to Rosemont, Illinois.

After the judging, Ed’s car received very positive feedback and at the awards ceremony was awarded the MCACN’s Triple Diamond AND Gold Concours Awards! Ed’s 1995 Corvette convertible scored in the high 99-percent range.

Posing with the celebrities

Posing with the celebrities

When thinking about “competition” Corvettes, we usually think “racing.” But this is a very different kind of competition; it’s about extreme attention to details. Ed’s Corvette went from being a well-kept driver to an NCRS Top Flight, Tri-Power, Bloomington Gold, and Triple Diamond award-winning car.

This kind of competition isn’t “just” about having a well-preserved automobile. Ed’s Corvette also has the complete owner’s manual, delivery inspection brochure, Chevrolet Satisfaction System Brochure, Corvette Roadside Assistance Brochure, GM Warranty booklet, the Limited Warranty brochure, the CFS brochure, the locking nut bag, two sets of keys, key knockouts, the emergency key from the factory, the original air filter, and the passive keyless entry decal. The only thing missing is the original gasoline, oil, coolant, and air in the tires!

Ed Nieves has come a very long way in his journey into the world of Corvettes. He sums it up this way, “I have to admit that it has been a lot of work traveling and attending these car meets throughout the U.S., but the adventures continue to keep me motivated and more importantly, I enjoy meeting new people and saying hello to old friends. My foundation, the United Correctional Officers Federation, is based on the NCRS standard of judging, and I continue to serve as an NCRS judge with the C4 team and assist the Florida NCRS chapter as their newsletter editor. The Corvette that I purchased nine years ago just to drive, turned out to be more, and better than I expected.”

Obviously a Corvette such as Ed Nieves’ doesn’t rack up many, if any, miles on the road anymore. Maybe Ed will have to look for a second white and red Corvette driver. If he does, will he be able to keep it a driver, or will the temptation be too great to turn it into another award-winning Corvette? Keep us up to date Ed.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE VETTE VUES MAGAZINE TRI-POWER AWARD:

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K. Scott Teeters is a Corvette historian and writes several monthly articles in Vette Vues Magazine.  He is also an artist. You can order his Corvette artwork on his website http://www.illustratedcorvetteseries.com/

Here is a sampling of his Corvette Illustrations:

K Scott Teeters Corvette Illustrations

K Scott Teeters Corvette Illustrations

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