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Exciting Event for Chevy and Corvette Lovers!

The Corvette Chevy Expo will be held on March 18 and 19, 2023 at the Galveston Island Convention Center, just in time to kick off Spring Break! This event features show cars, vendors, music, and fun for everyone who has ever been inspired by one of these American classic cars or trucks. There will also be vendors, a swap meet, and a craft show to help you find the perfect gift for your favorite Chevy or Corvette enthusiast. To help you prepare for this event, we’ve put together some tips to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

About the event

Once inside the convention center, you’ll find mostly enthusiasts and collector cars on display here – which we call show cars or trailer queens. The indoor show cars compete for Best of Show and 1s, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. Chevys that receive 90+ out of 100 points will also receive the President’s Award. Spectators vote for the People’s Choice Award. There are Celebrity Choice Awards as well. Trophies are awarded at the end of the day Sunday.

We also he two Show’n Shine events in front of the Galveston Island Convention Center. There is one car show on Saturday and one on Sunday. This is simple judging, and awards are at 4 PM.

Corvettes and Chevy show cars compete from across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and beyond –

What can you expect?

The vendors will be selling items such as Diamonds, jewelry, vintage toys, model cars, wax, old Texas license plates, and home repair items, just to name a few. There will also be an automotive swap meet where you can find that old or new part you have been looking for. Maybe you need some LED lights or new brakes or brake lines. This is your chance to get it in one place with sellers from all over. Don’t miss out on a good opportunity to make some friends by buying someone’s treasures off their hands or trading something you don’t need anymore.

There will also be cars for sale. Maybe you have one you want to sell too. Prices are high, and it’s a great time to sell your collector car.  

Please bring your family and friends out for a fun weekend of enjoying our hobby together with all ages. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. There will be plenty of things to do.

When is it?

The vendors, swap meet, car show and craft show start at 9 AM on Saturday, March 18th, and 10 AM Sunday, March 19th.

Where will it be held?

The Corvette Chevy Expo 2023 is located on Galveston’s historic Seawall Boulevard, at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551. Hours are Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM 0 6 PM. Parking is free in the parking garage. SEE MAP

Why should I go?

This is a great family fun event. With 133,950 sq. ft of show cars, vendors, Galveston Craft Show, cars for sale, DJ, concerts, there is plenty to do, and all for one admission fee. Discount tickets are available online through the website ORDER NOW. Day passes are available for $15 per person at the gate and $13 advance purchase. Children 12 years old and under get in free. Parking is free in the parking garage. The event goes on rain or shine!

How do I get tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at the event. A one-day pass is $15 and weekend passes are $25. With Vette Vues’ digital ticketing experience, getting tickets to the upcoming Expo has never been quicker or more convenient. With the ability to purchase tickets anytime, from anywhere, tickets can now be ordered online: Fast, Easy, Secure.

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$13 One-day Advance Purchase

$20 Weekend Pass Advance Purchase (2 days)

When and where to find out more info?

Want more event information? Visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS or email info@corvettechevyexpo.com or just give us a call at 386-775-2512. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram . . . @corvettechevyexpo.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

We also want to thank our Title Sponsor Lonestar Caliper, our Gold Sponsor Classic Auto Group Galveston, as well as our other sponsors Van Steel Corvette, Inc., Muscle Cars of Texas, Speed and Sport Chrome Plating, Mecum Auctions, Nick’s Auto Repair & Classic Car Restoration and American Hydrocarbon. We couldn’t do it without them or you, so let’s get there together! (For more about these companies SEE MORE)

See you at HISTORIC GALVESTON ISLAND on March 19-20th, 2022 for all your Chevrolet needs!!!

Parking is free too!!

Have a safe trip here from wherever you may be, and please bring a friend.

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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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