Do you love classic cars? How about corvettes? There is just something exciting about seeing all models and years of corvettes in one place. The historic Independence Square will be home to this one of a kind event so mark your calendars.
The 11th Annual “Vettes on the Square” car show, sponsored by the Kansas City Corvette Association and Superior Chevrolet, is set for Saturday, August 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the historic Square in Independence, Missouri. The rain or shine event is a benefit for Camp Quality, USA. The mission of Camp Quality is to servechildren with cancer and their families by providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship, at no cost.
Club member and organizer Wayne Carlile explains that the Square is an outstanding location for the show, as cars can park on the streets surrounding the historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse. Last year, almost 250 cars were on parade, coming from 8 or 9 states. This year, Carlile explains that the club is planning a very special display, which they have titled “The Evolution of the Corvette.” Their aim is to provide a car from each year that Corvettes have been manufactured, from 1953 to 2011. The cars will all be parked in a lot on the corner of Liberty and Maple, lined up by year. The last time this type of display was attempted was in 2001, and the effort proved successful. People who were able to see and enjoy the 2001 show called it the best auto show they had ever seen. Organizers are still in need of some of the years but hope to have all years represented by the time of the show.
All cars which are registered and entered in the show will receive an award plaque. Judges, who will be chosen from the club membership, will rate cars on a scale of 100 points, with cars earning 100 points receiving a platinum award, cars earning 90 to 99 points receiving a gold award and cars earning a 90 or under score receiving a silver award.
Vendors will be limited, but will include Superior Chevrolet, who will have a parts truck and possibly some new model Corvettes, a sell of car cleaner materials and a noted Corvette artist named Dana Forrester. Dana’s hand drawn pictures of Corvettes in landscape or historic settings are well known and will be offered for sale to show attendees.
Pre-registration up till August 1 costs $25, and registration after that date, or on the day of the show, will be $30. Door prizes will be awarded and a silent auction is planned, as well as a “50/50” cash pot and raffles. The total amount of the cash pot earned from selling tickets at the show will be split between the winning ticket, with the remainder going to Camp Quality. In the past, pots have grown to over $l,000.00.
Registration will be from 8 to 11 a.m., with judging from 10 to noon and awards at 2 p.m.
For people traveling to the show from out of town, the host hotel is Comfort Suties, at 19751 East Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO 64057. Go to www.comfortsuitesindependence!zmchotels.com or call 816-373-9880 for reservations. Rooms are being held under the name “Vettes on the Square.” A cookout on Friday night is planned for those who gather at the hotel from 5 to 8 p.m. at a welcome party featuring free food and soft drinks.
Registration forms and details are online at www.kccorvetteassociation.com . Direct your questions to Carlile at 816-453-0461.