Like it has for nearly a quarter century, Chevy/Vettefest assembled one of the finest collections of Chevrolets and Corvettes under one roof in November, 2005. During the weekend, Chicago’s McCormick Place filled with Chevys from as far away as Texas, Rhode Island, and California.
A showcase hosted by the Yenko Supercar Club included five of the rare COPO 9738 Novas created by Fred Gibb Chevrolet in La Harpe, Illinois, in 1968. Known as the “Mystery Novas,” only 50 of these special-order, 396-cid, 375-hp cars were built. Mrs. Helen Gibb, wife of the late Chevy dealer, displayed her own COPO 9738 Nova, No. 50 of the lot, and the most original of the cars in existence.
Another showcase featured the 396-cid Chevys of 1965, the first year of the Mark IV big-block engine. A special treat was a display of three Z16 Chevelles, the first mid-size Chevy offered with the 396-cid Mark IV engine. About 60 of the 201 Z16s originally built still exist, and Iowa collector Dave Miner displayed all three of the Z16 cars at the show.
Corvettes were also featured, including restored and custom cars from 1953 through 2005. An amazing 28 Corvettes grabbed the Triple Crown Award, which is given to Corvettes that have earned Bloomington Gold Certification, the NCRS Top Flight Award, and the Chevy/Vettefest Gold Spinner.
The Performance Woman’s World returned with activities for the ladies and a special Top Gun Award for the best female-owned Chevys in the show. Participants varied from modern custom Corvettes to a pair of 1950s Bel Airs owned by Eliza Elia of Burr Ridge, Illinois.
As always, original and restored cars competed in the famed Gold Spinner Concourse, while custom and modern race cars competed for the Bow Tie Boulevard award. The absolute best cars of show earned the Top Gun prize.
Chevy/Vettefest returns to downtown Chicago the weekend of April 1-2, 2006, for the spring show, which will be held for the first time in the enormous South Building of McCormick Place. Learn more about Chevy/Vettefest events at www.chevyvettefest.net.