Monday, July 25, 2011

Abandoned Corvettes at the annual Hooters Touch of Glass Corvette Show

1983 was the only year since 1953 that Chevrolet did not offer a production Corvette. 1983 was also the year Prince introduced the song Little Red Corvette, which was, in fact, not about Corvettes.

I bring this up because this weekend, the Touch of Glass Corvette Club hosted a Corvette show at the Hooters in the Legends. And instead of being strictly a show about Corvettes, this gathering may have been more about … hot wings.

The show was from 11:00-2:00, which is exactly lunch time. And it was 104-degrees out. So even though there was a nice selection of shiny Corvettes encircling the Hooters (I apologize to anyone who takes offense to the phrase, “encircling the Hooters,” although even though it sounds dirty, I’m not sure what it means), I only really encountered one owner while I was out there taking pictures. I think these guys just figured out a way to get prime parking without having any minivans or other dangerous vehicles accosting their cars.

This arrangement was OK by me, because I was out there scrutinizing some beautiful cars without the prying eyes of overprotective owners. I even sat in some of them and pretended I was driving. Just kidding. But seriously, I considered doing that. Again, kidding. Sort of.

Among the unguarded Corvettes that I nearly drove around the parking lot in, but of course, didn’t, was a buttery Sunfire Yellow ’66 stuffed with soft white leather and a 327/automatic with factory air conditioning. There was also a striking red-on-red ’62 Fulie, a pair of ’96 Grand Sports with both the red and charcoal interior options, and a large variety of late-model Corvettes in various colors, trim levels, and fixed or unfixed roof configurations.

When you look at this many newer Corvettes lined up in one place, they kind of run together. You’ll probably see what I mean when you go through the slideshow. I couldn’t tell you how many bright red ’98 coupes were out there from memory.

And yet, in spite of their obvious similarities, I love every danged one of them. Corvettes really represent something special. They’re relatively attainable, but not everyone can afford one. They offer a power-to-cost ratio that no other company in the world seems to be able to duplicate. And as further proven by this event, they have some of the most loyal, dedicated enthusiasts in the car world.

And so, I leave you with a slideshow from the annual gathering. I’m also going to tag this story with the words “Hooters Pictures,” because I believe it will increase the Google rankings. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these, hot, sunny midday shots of member’s cars from the Touch of Glass Corvette Club.


  1. Indeed some lovely cars ; but why oh why would one install a late model [anything w/o at least one chrome bumper qualifies as late model] steering wheel in a midyear coupe?!? The 63 thru 67 Corvette comes with one of the nicest steering wheels available to Man... Of course, the 63 -67 Corvette qualifies as one of the nicest cars available to Man in it's entirety in my not-so-humble opinion!

  2. Haha, well, old Corvettes did come with great steering wheels, and I would personally never want to change one out. But they also didn't have a great deal of room between that big old dish and the top of your legs, or your belly. I know in some cases, guys just do that so they fit in their cars better. Usually, the bigger the guy, the smaller the tiller!