The National Corvette Homecoming is an annual event held in Bowling Green, Kentucky celebrating America’s production sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. First held in 1981, it was created by four Corvette enthusiasts - Tom Hill, Sam Hall, Don Newton, and Keith Blandford - in response to the assembly of Corvettes moving from St. Louis, Missouri to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, which is currently the sole assembler of the car.
The four continued through 1987 when it was reduced to Mr. Newton and Mr. Blanford, who retained ownership until December of 2001. At that time, it was purchased from them by Garnett Rogers, David Woodall, Allan Hudson, and Joe Pruitt. Since 2004, Joe Pruitt and his wife Vera have owned it by themselves. The event takes place for three days in July, and offers Corvette owners and specialty vendors opportunities to network. All Corvette production years and custom variations are welcome.
The event features competitions in numerous judged shows, along with informative seminars to expand on Corvette knowledge. The event features a unique opportunity to find parts and products that will enhance Corvette ownership. There is a Corvette road tour, car corral, special parties, live music and an exclusive show called Sans Pareil (without equal). And in 2014 a new class was added called Ultra Originals where the cars have to be at least 30 years and 80% original. The Homecoming also welcomes other classic vehicles including muscle cars and antiques.
In 2008, NCH announced its first Grand Marshal, Bloomington Gold CEO David Burroughs. NCH partnered with American Red Cross promoting Vettetastic 2008, a public art project and fundraiser.
In 2009, NCH announced its second Grand Marshal Wil Cooksey, long time plant manager of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.
In 2010, NCH announced its third Grand Marshal Joe Spielman, top manager with GM and known as “the man who saved the Corvette”.
In 2011, NCH announced its fourth Grand Marshal Lance Miller, co-owner of Carlisle Events. This special Homecoming marked the 30th anniversary of the NCH. The “cousin” of the Corvette, the Cadillac XLR was welcomed to the Homecoming. The XLR and XLR-V were assembled at the Bowling Green GM Plant from 2003 to 2009. There was also a special show display of The Iconic 30, which showcased a Corvette of each year 1981 through 2011 selected by NCH staff and GM Plant judges.
In 2012, NCH announced that the ICCC (International Council of Corvette Clubs) held its annual convention in conjunction with the National Corvette Homecoming. The Grand Sport Owners Registry announced a special caravan to the event bringing a large group of rare Corvettes to display. A classic car auction and a special outing to a Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) baseball game was held.
In 2013, NCH announced its fifth Grand Marshal Barry Meguiar, host of the Car Crazy TV series and President of Meguiar’s Car Care Products.
In 2014, NCH announced its sixth Grand Marshal Kevin Mackay, owner of Corvette Repair INC. and one of the foremost restorers of historic Corvettes.
In 2015, NCH announced its seventh Grand Marshal Mike Yager, chief cheerleader of Mid-America Motorworks located in Effingham, Illinois.
In 2016, there will be a name change to Corvette Homecoming and Chevy Invitational Inc. and now the show will include Corvettes and the full Chevy line.
The 2016 the eighth Grand Marshal for the event was Guy Larson, current owner of Bloomington Gold.
The 2017 ninth Grand Marshal will be Ken Lingenfelter, owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and owner of more than 150 collector cars.
The National Corvette Museum will be the location of the event.
The GM Corvette Assembly Plant is also located across the street from the museum.
Location of Show
Hilton Garden Inn 1020 Wilkinson Trace Bowling Green, KY 42103