Polish your chrome and shine up the hoods

by Carla Bass

City Editor

CorvetteThe Big Cypress Corvette Weekend will be coming to town June 1-3, 2017, lining the sides of Austin Street with various makes, models, colors, customized and street ready Corvettes for the 7th Annual Show. Organizer for the show is Hollis Shadden, a local Corvette lover who began and has trav­eled around the 4 states area promoting the show at various other show venues. Sponsor for the show is the Diamond B Franchise: Cajun Restaurant and Sports Bar.

Online on the Corvette Fo­rum, the Top Five Corvette Shows in the Nation are listed. Some of the criteria listed in­cludes locale, hospitality of the local residents, and downtown venue; ranking Big Cypress Corvette Weekend as the #2 show in the nation.

“Some of the cars coming from here are from Amarillo, South Louisiana, the Houston area, Little Rock, Kansas City, Mo., and possible from as far away as St. Louis. Several of the cars expected have been on display at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.”

The Big Cypress Corvette show is 501c3 Non-profit or­ganization. Proceeds from the show will go to local charities.

The first Corvette model, a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Myron Scott is credited for naming the car after the type of small, maneu­verable warship called a “cor­vette”.

The sleek Corvette, the first all-fiberglass-bodied Ameri­can sports car, was an instant hit. It went into production the following June in Flint; 300 models were built that year. All 1953 Corvettes were white convertibles with red interiors and black canvas tops.

The Chevrolet Corvette has been in constant production for 64 years, with the exception…

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