Corvettes for Vets

Corvette lovers and community members come out for first ever event.
Apr. 28, 2013 @ 07:19 AM

Corvette lovers and community members gathered at McNair Field on Saturday for Corvettes for Vets.

The event, hosted by the Rutherford County Corvette Club, was a first for Forest City.

"Our group wanted to organize an event to raise money for charity. Since we all have Corvettes, we wanted to have a show," said Barry Bumgardner, event coordinator. "Once the Owls agreed to let us use the stadium, we took it and ran."

The event was a fundraiser for Operation Homefront Carolinas, an organization that supports military families in need. The entry fee for each car was $20. The event began at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with over 70 Corvettes arriving by noon.

"So far it's been great. I'm really thrilled with the turnout, especially because of the gloomy weather," Bumgardner said.

Corvette owners from a variety of areas came out to show off their wheels.

"I was on a road trip to see a friend in Spartanburg. We also went to a Corvette show in Charleston. I picked up a flyer about this event on the internet," said Enzo Carboni, from Ontario, Canada. "Since this is their first show, we wanted to offer support. It's a good cause."

Carboni, the owner of a 2005 Corvette with a license plate that reads "SEXYBLUE," said he loves Corvettes because they are part of America.

Members of the 4C's Corvette Crew from Tennessee also brought several of their cars to participate.

Along with the cars, the day also included live entertainment, vendors, kid's inflatables and ballpark concessions. The North Carolina National Guard displayed vehicles and the Blood Connection gave out two Owls tickets and t-shirts to each person who donated blood during the event.

"It's a great opportunity for the community. There are Corvettes, booths, food and music. It's great for everyone," said Jeremy Boler, general manager of the Forest City Owls. "It can only grow from here."

The day ended with a Corvette parade down Main Street in Forest City.

According to Bumgardner, the Rutherford County Corvette Club plans to continue the event, holding it every year on the last Saturday in April.