BURR RIDGE – Prince sang about a little red one, but today it’s George Clooney who slips behind the wheel of a red ’68 convertible when he feels like going for a spin.
Clooney is far from the only celebrity known for owning a Corvette or two, with fellow actors and musicians Robert Downey Jr. and Bob Weir among the long list of people who have fallen in love with Corvettes for the way they look and how they can make one feel behind the wheel.
Even Barbie had a pink one.
Whether you’re a fan, an owner, a past owner or simply a car geek, you’ll likely be interested in keeping your schedule free Sept. 29.
That’s the date of the Corvette Triple Concours Show at Corvette Mike Midwest, 60 Shore Drive, Burr Ridge from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., although registration for participants is from 9 to 10 a.m.
“It’s the all-American sports car," show chairman Bill Kocanda said. “Chevy has stayed true to the sports car image and held on ever since. The Corvette is a true definition of a sports car, and GM has done a really good job of upgrading it every year.”
In addition to the vehicles on display, the event promises a variety of entertainment, goody bags and food and drink. There will be a little something to keep everyone happy – save for the youngsters who ask their dads, “Can we get a Corvette today?”
Corvette Mike Midwest and Windy City Corvettes sponsor the event, which is also the National Council of Corvettes Club's Dealer’s Choice Show.
“Since Corvette Mike is a sponsor, we’re hoping it will draw some of the older cars that we don’t always get to see,” Kocanda said. “When we do a car show, it’s usually the C6s and C7s, and they’re all nice with a lot of customs, but there are also some really nice early models out there, and he has a database of older vehicles, so hopefully they will also come out.”
That includes the No. 57, as in the 57th Corvette ever made. This one is a beauty from 1953.
“Everyone is going to go gaga over that one,” said Marty Faierstain, general manager of Corvette Mike Midwest. “We’ll have that one on display in our showroom. That’s one you won’t want to miss.”
Faierstain and Kocanda hope a lot of people will check out the No. 57, as well as the rest of the gorgeous Corvettes for themselves, especially since the price is right.
“It doesn’t cost a thing to come out and walk through the show,” Kocanda said. “And if you’re going to be in the show, it’s $15 if you pre-register and just $20 the day of, so that isn’t going to kill ya’. And there are a lot of trophies to win. They’re competing for 37 trophies, so that’s pretty nice.”
You’re undoubtedly bound to see Corvettes from many different years at the fall show, with Kocanda anticipating more than 120 will be on display.
“We’re hoping it even draws from other states in the Midwest region,” he said. “I know Windy City just put on an event which drew 120 cars and seven or eight of them were Camaros, but I think the other 112 or so were Corvettes, which is really good. We’re hoping to have as many or more.”
Larry Pagliaro has shown his 2014 Corvette Stingray at many different shows, but it will make its debut at Corvette Mike Midwest this year.
“Corvette Mike offers a different perspective than other shows,” Pagliaro said. “They know different Corvette organizations, and there are many across the country, so they can tap into their core business and get them to participate in events like this. And a lot of them have older Corvettes, where a lot of these types of shows mostly feature newer ones.”
There will be three trophies per class and a “Best of Show” award will be given.
Those interested in attending need only show up the day of the event. For those looking to enter, there’s a pre-registration discount available at www.windycitycorvettes.com.
If you go
WHAT: Corvette Triple Concours Show
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29
WHERE: Corvette Mike Midwest, 60 Shore Drive, Burr Ridge
COST: Free to spectators; car registration underway and available at the door
INFO: www.windycitycorvettes.com, 708-927-9736