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2009 Lone Star Corvette Classic

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by Jerry Heasley  More from Author

Vette celebs and Texas-sized attendance makes this event a winner.

 At 1,000-plus members, the Lone Star Classic Corvette Club is a mighty force. And not surprisingly, they put on a mighty show every year. On the weekend of May 15-17, their 20th Annual LSCC (Lone Star Corvette Classic) was the mightiest ever.

 There’s a ton of events at this Corvette show with more events. Gymkhana, a car show and shine, concours judging, a barbecue, awards banquet, treasure run, road course, high-speed oval–even a casino night and three silent auctions to benefit charity. Oh, I forgot, there’s also a strange event for loud pipes, best looking wheels, and burnouts on Friday night in the dark–with harsh lights and girls from Hooters doing the judging, no less.

 I arrived on Thursday evening as guests were trickling into the host Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle. Located on wooded acres north of Forth Worth in a rural area, the Marriott has 286 rooms on 10 floors, with 22,000 square feet.

 It’s a great place for Corvette people to congregate. They can golf or cool off in the giant outdoor swimming pool when they are not showing or driving their Corvettes. There’s a huge bar and open area for people to meet and talk.

 And the Marriott parking lot was full of Corvettes of virtually every description. Across the street is the Texas Motor Speedway, home to NASCAR and Indy Racing League races. Built in 1995, the track has modern grandstands and hundreds of acres of parking that are perfect for setting up an autocross. Early Friday morning, Nick Cole–son of Ed Cole, the former president of General Motors–had the course set up with orange cones and ready to run.

 The LSCC calls the gymkhana a “Khana Cross,” which kicks off the event. Hundreds of people attended the barbecue that evening, which was followed by the treasure hunt. Tom Snodgrass of the club said, “It’s the same thing as a poker run. We just can’t call it a poker run in Texas anymore.”

 Each entrant still picked up a playing card at each one of five stops, extending to the outskirts and Fort Worth and back north to TMS. The driver with the best hand hit the jackpot with a $1,000 detail and tune from one of the sponsors.

 This is a great celebration of the Corvette legend, so plan for the 21st annual Classic, happening on May 14-16, 2010.

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