All Corvette fans, racing and performance enthusiasts, collectors and hobbyists were all invited over the August 19th Â weekend to Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI for the Corvette World Tribute. Celebrating this second annual Corvette event, Road America also commemorates its 50th anniversary of their Corvette Corral.
Corvette and Road America go back a long way. In the early days of the marquee, Chevrolet executives would stage sneak previews of future models and develop high-performance packages for production models. The track has also been a battleground for decades of Corvette road racers, from the original solid-axles to the C6.Rs of todayâ€™s American Le Mans Series.
It is hard to imagine Americaâ€™s Corvette legacy continuing for some 60 years without Road America. The Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin track has been the performance parts testing ground and the testing site of corporate-proposed future models for a very long time.
A variety of special events occurred at the second annual Corvette World Tribute on Sunday and included Corvette race group, HPDE Lapping, Autocross (NCCC event), Concours Sessions (2), Rally (NCCC event), Touring Sessions (2), Champagne Slalom exercise (free) and Karting challenge.
A colleague and I arrived at Road America about 1 pm and were able to take in the HPDE lapping events. There were several Corvettes participating, all colors and years. We parked this writerâ€™s 2003 Millennium Yellow Corvette in the Corvette Corral and watched as the Vettes hurled themselves around the track. It was a warm, sunny day, perfect for setting up our seats and in relaxed fashion, enjoyed the beauty of these cars making their way through Road Americaâ€™s 4.08 mile track.
This historic union that the Corvette marquee and Road America have created is of interest to all race fans. All ages attend, and whether one owns a Vette or not, they enjoy just being at the track. For instance, parked behind the bleachers at the Corvette Corral were a couple of gals, in an old Buick. Both were partaking in lunch, just staring ahead at the track. After a while, the passenger nodded off (see picture), lulled perhaps, by the sound of the engines and tires on the track.
My colleague overheard two racers comparing speeds on the track: One hit 160 mph, the other 140! Â As a spectator, it was hard to guess what the speeds of the Corvettes were from the sidelines. Over 100 mph was a good guess.The Corvette World Tribute offers many activities for all who attend, complete with Peopleâ€™s Choice awards. Various Corvette Car Clubs were on hand, as were vendors selling their wares. The National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC) and the Kettle Moraine Corvette Club helped Road America to organize the event.
Needless to say, the second annual Corvette World Tribute was a celebration of Americaâ€™s favorite sports car, as well as the kind of collaboration that has and continues to make high performance in America possible.
Go to www.roadamerica.com for more information on the 2013 Tribute. You wonâ€™t want to miss it.