Watch for Michigan Corvette ambassador Larry Courtney on the road again this summer at various sports car events in his U.S flag-wrapped “American Pride” Corvette.
Courtney and his wife, Verna (above), are regulars at summer car cruise events throughout the midwest.
“It’s been a busy summer so far,” says Courtney. “We’ve had a few rainouts, too.”
The 1999 Corvette with 140,000 miles on it, sponsored by Matick Chevrolet of metro Detroit, just had a new flag-wrap placed on the body.
“When installers took off the old wrap, the car was as shiny as the day they put it on,” says Courtney, who has showcased the car for Matick Chevy since 2012.
In addition to the Corvette rally, Corvettes on Woodward’s main goal is to collect money and food donations for the Open Hands Food Pantry at 26998 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak.
He estimates 400 Corvettes and their owners will attend. “This year I have permission to use the parking lot at the Masonic Lodge, which is closer to downtown Birmingham than our previous rally site,” says Courtney.
The lot is located in Bloomfield Hills on the southbound side at 37357 Woodward Ave., just north of Big Beaver/Quarton Road between Lone Pine and Charing Cross.
Corvette owners are welcome to come together starting around 4:30 p.m. Then at 7:30 p.m., police officers will lead drivers on a parade south along Woodward Avenue to the pantry at Eleven Mile Road and Woodward on the east side.
A $10 donation is recommended. For those who want to bring nonperishable food directly to the pantry, volunteers will be there waiting. Drivers can go a little farther south of the first turnaround on Woodward in order to keep cars from backing up.
“We will have raffles and door prizes at Open Hands Food Pantry and I hope to have Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers there as well,” Courtney says.
The event is a lead-in to the annual Woodward Dream Cruise extravaganza, on Saturday, Aug. 18. The Dream Cruise attracts up to 40,000 classic cars and thousands of car lovers for a day-long cruise that jams Woodward Avenue in both directions from Eight Mile Road in Detroit to downtown Pontiac.
Courtney also organizes events for Corvette lovers who want to tour area auto-related sites.
- On Wednesday, Aug. 15, enthusiasts can set out in the morning to visit the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. The cost is $10.
- On Thursday, Aug. 16, people can enjoy the Lingenfelter Car Collection in Brighton.
For more event details or recommendations about local hotels, contact Larry Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-876-6923.
To his supporters, Courtney says, “Thanks for the many great memories and the friendship you have given Verna and me.”
Corvette lovers may want to keep Sept. 23 in mind, says Larry.
A new event called “Corvettes on the Island” is set to take place on Belle Isle in Detroit in the same paddock area used for the Detroit Grand Prix.
“Verna and I thought this would be a great time to get everyone together just for fun,” he says.
“We are thinking of a People’s Choice for best of each generation. We hope you will come out, have fun and see all the great changes in Belle Isle.”
More details to come.