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

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.

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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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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.

  • 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
 

 

1st Corvette Chevy Expo Started in 1978

CORVETTE CHEVY EXPO HISTORY

Corvette Chevy Expo Discount Tickets
Corvette Chevy Expo Discount Tickets

Corvette Chevy Expo History:

Don and Diane Cooper started the Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978.

Here is some of the coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978.  This appeared in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.  As you can see it was actually called the “Texas Corvette Expo” and later the Chevy’s were added.

Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.
Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.
Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.
Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.
Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.
Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.
Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.
Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.
Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.
Coverage of the 1st Corvette Chevy Expo in 1978 in the June 1979 issue of Vette Vues Magazine.

In October of 2009, Vette Vues Magazine became its new producer.

The Next Event is on March 19 and 20, 2022 at the Galveston Island Convention Center when the Corvette Chevy Expo will celebrate its 44th Anniversary!

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