METRO DETROIT — Organizers are alerting Vette owners that this year’s planned Aug. 16 Corvettes on Woodward car cruise, held in advance of the legendary Woodward Dream Cruise, has been cancelled.
But the annual food and funds donation drive associated with the event to benefit the Royal Oak’s Open Hands Food Pantry will still occur, says organizer Larry Courtney.
Last year, the event raised more than $6,000 to help feed the hungry.
Courtney declined to discuss a reason for the late cancellation of the event that was scheduled for the M1 Concourse.
In the past, the annual event has attracted hundreds of Corvette owners in advance of owners driving en masse down Woodward Avenue to deliver donations to the pantry. The Corvette gatherings in previous years were held at a Bloomfield Township hotel and last year was moved to a large lot in Pontiac, north of Detroit.
The food and funds donations will still take place, at the Open Hands Food Pantry located at the northeast corner of 11 Mile and Woodward Avenue behind St. John’s Church in Royal Oak. Enter the parking lot from 11 Mile.
“My wife, Verna, and I will be there between 2-9 p.m. Aug. 16 collecting nonperishable food and monetary donations,” says Larry, who drives the Matick Chevrolet flag-wrapped Corvette. “Signs will direct people.”
The Dream Center of Pontiac also is slated to receive some of the donations, says Larry.
Anyone who wants to volunteer to help with the food drive on Aug. 16 is asked to contact Larry Courtney at email@example.com or call 586-876-6923.
Pre-Dream Cruise Tours
Corvette owners who want to get involved with other events organized by Larry Courtney leading up to the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 19 can check with him to learn more about these annual tours to local automotive-related venues in the metro Detroit area.
- This year, starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, guests can visit the GM Heritage Center, the automotive company’s private car museum near the GM Tech Center. Cost is $10.
- At 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, guests can tour the Pratt Miller Racing motorsports operation in New Hudson, Mich. At 10 a.m., Corvette owners can cruise over to the Brighton, Mich.-based Lingenfelter Collection, featuring 250 Corvettes, muscle cars and exotics. prattmiller.com thelingenfeltercollection.com
- Courtney also invites guests to the Parade Company in Detroit at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 “to see how the Michigan Thanksgiving Day Parade floats are made,” he says.
- At 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, drivers will gather at Webber’s Wildlife Museum in Chesterfield Township, Mich.
Corvette owners are invited to stay at the Auburn Hills Marriott. “Each night, from Thursday through Saturday from 7-11 p.m., we will have a party with a DJ, food and lots of cars,” says Courtney.
Courtney gets plenty of feedback from all his efforts. “People thank us for a great time and that is humbling. We have friends come from Sweden and Brazil who tell us they are thrilled to be here,” he says.
“We get the thank-you cards and emails asking about next year,” says Courtney.
Along with the news articles about the event and TV coverage, Courtney says, “How can you sum up all that emotion? Verna and I are thankful and blessed. We have a great group of friends who help us take care of our charities. Friends and sponsors, such as Matick Chevy, help at our events.
“And me? I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”
Contact Larry Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-876-6923.
Posted Aug. 8, 2017