Kremmling welcomes Corvette show this weekend
August 20, 2008
Corvettes will rumble into Kremmling’s Town Square next weekend.
The town’s first Corvette Mountain Madness People’s Choice Car Show will feature all models Saturday, Aug. 23.
Vern Nelson, car show organizer, hopes to have up to 30 Corvettes on display.
“They’re a fun car,” he said. “They’re an affordable car for the performance and the fun you get out of them.”
The event is free to the public.
People can bid on their favorite car.
“Anyone who looks at the cars gets a ballot. They will stick it in the ballot box,” he said. “You don’t have to have a Corvette to look at the cars and have a good time.
“We’re going to try to get (participants) out and about in town, so they spread a little bit of wealth.”
Registration begins at 9 a.m., the day of the event. The show is open to all Corvette owners. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Awards will go to the top three contestants in 10 different classes, depending on the year of the car.
Colorado Corvette Club is the event sponsor. If it’s a success, the shows will be held again next year, Nelson said.
Pre-registration costs $20. Send checks and information to: Colorado Corvette Club, attention Ron Thomte, 21846 Panorama Dr., Golden CO 80401. For more information, visit Coloradocorvetteclub.org. After Aug. 18, it costs $25 to enter the show.
Sixteen people from his club have already signed up to feature their cars in Corvette Madness. Others are expected to attend the event from around Denver.
Ribbons and door prizes will be distributed to the first, second and third place winners. Participants also can enter a raffle to win a stay for to at the lodge casino Blackhawk and dinner grand Price for people who enter car in show. The raffle is $2 a ticket, or $10 for six.
The club is nonprofit, and money from Corvette Mountain Madness will go to an organization that helps children.
“All the money we collect goes to charity,” Nelson said.
Nelson, 52, and his friends were on a road trip last year, when they stopped at the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce and were asked to start a car show.
He and his friends started the club three years ago.
“We were a group of friends that traveled together with our friends,” he said.
Nelson and his wife, Pam, are co-chairs of the club, Vern also doubles as its governor. The club is based in Golden at Stevenson Chevrolets, who also is the club’s sponsor. He said they have about 70 members and 42 corvettes. But the numbers are growing, as new members join every month. The club also belongs to The National Council of Corvette Clubs.
The club’s mission statement is: “To have a membership that is dedicated to furthering the corvette hobby while having fun, fellowship and respect for all people. We are committed to making a positive contribution to our community by lending our support whenever possible.”
He and his wife currently own two Corvettes. Pam Nelson has driven a red 2000 Corvette C5 Coup for three years, and Vern Nelson Vern, has owns a blue 1995 Corvette Coup C4. for seven years.
The Nelsons live in Heeney, south of Kremmling, and drive their Corvettes almost every weekend in the summer.
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