5th annual Corvette Reunion to be held in Flint, Michigan

FLINT (WJRT) – (08/15/14) – “The Corvette is the sports car of America, it’s everybody’s dream car that they’ve always had,” said Jack Matsko, of the Flint Corvette Club.

That dream will be on display in an impressive way Saturday in downtown Flint at the fifth annual Corvette Reunion.

“Flint has somethin’ very unique that no one else in the world can say. The first few Corvettes was built right here in this town, so why don’t we bring it all back here to where it all began?” said Anthony Bowling, of the Flint Corvette Club.

The Flint Corvette Club is expecting more Vettes than ever to make that homecoming journey.

“We’re expecting at least 800 cars this year,” said Gary Drago.

“From all over the country, it’s exciting, it grows every year,” Bowling said.

Corvettes are known for their speed, but some owners are more impressed by another feature.

“The real thrill in driving these cars is not going fast, it’s just the intimate connection that you have with the road,” said Kenneth Jameson, of Tyrone Township.

The legendary Corvette brand even caught the eye of this unlikely owner.

“It’s funny, I’ve never been a collector of cars, I’m a car dealer, so I wanna sell ’em, get rid of ’em. But this car always appealed to me,” said Hank Graff, of Hank Graff Chevrolet.

After Graff workers restored his Flint built 1964 Corvette, he still has one regret.

“I just gotta get time to drive it. They’re always showing it, takin’ it somewhere, so I never have a chance,” he said.

Jameson says getting behind the wheel of his 2002 Corvette takes him back to his youth.

“I would see Corvettes being driven by old men and I would say, ‘That’s not fair, I’m a teenager, I should have a car like that,’ and not so long ago, we’ve only had this car about two years now, and not so long ago I was driving this and I looked in the rear view mirror and saw an old man driving a Corvette,” he said.

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