We are visiting one of the oldest Corvette events in the world to find out.
Chevrolet launched the completely new 2020 Corvette Stingray on Thursday, July 18th. If there was a fortune, that day was seen above 400 Corvettes and approximately 1,000 fans of the Vette flowing into the small western town of Spearfish South Dakota for 48 th Black Hills Corvette Classic. This annual event is hosted by the Sioux Falls Corvette Club, and brings Corvette owners from across the country to enjoy an incredible mix of mountain, canyon, and open lanes in the by region. The four-day celebration is not America's largest sports car festival, but having endured almost to the Corvette itself, it is one of the oldest.
It will also happen on the stomping grounds of yours truly, as I left the office of western1  of Motor1.com in Rapid City, just 50 kilometers south of the action. Above all, the Black Hills Corvette Classic has so many driving events – so many attendees come to Corvettes from C5 generation up, and yes, owners are predominantly retirement age. In other words, this group expects GM to expect the public to reach the new C8. Type, still. Beyond that in a bit, but here is a teaser. My takeaway from this event can be summed up in two words: Careful optimism.
While attending a show-and-shine event in downtown Spearfish, I had the opportunity to chat with Board Member of Sioux Falls Corvette Club Barry Konken. Aside from selling Corvettes and having a deep & # 39; Vette passion inherited from his father, Konken is very active both the club and the Black Hills Corvette Classic as an organizer. 2019 is his 33 rd year at the event, and this time around the arrival of the Spearfish group coincided with C8's disclosure. The livestream is on a big screen for attendees at the hotel's hotel convention center, and according to Konken, this is not the same as what he sees.
"We have not had a convention full of the first night we came out here," he said. "We have a banquet and entertainment Saturday night that gets a crowd, but for disclosure, the convention center room is perfectly 800? 1000 people? The room is at max capacity."