It was all the way back in 1980 that Corvette Homecoming was born from an idea by a GM Corvette engineer, Tom Hill. Tom had just moved to Bowling Green and was in process of setting up the new Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, when he met a local businessman Sam Hall.
The two men talked about Corvette assembly coming to Bowling Green and decided a local event would not only promote the new assembly plant, but the City of Bowling Green as well. Jimmy Greenway had just opened the local Chevy dealership so they approached him and asked if he would like to host a Corvette car show. That show was such a success that Hill and Hall decided to make it an annual event.
So, beginning in 1981, the National Corvette Homecoming was born and in only its second year, Corvette Homecoming expanded so much that it forced the move to Beech Bend Raceway Park, where it remained annually until 2002.
With its popularity again on the upswing, NCH was attracting some of the country’s best show cars so it was decided to add a show strictly for the most pristine Corvettes. In 2007, the Sans Pareil (“without equal”) show was added to NCH schedule of events and has since awarded that prestigious honor to over 30 honorees.
Joe, Vera and their dedicated staff of volunteers strive to keep the Corvette Homecoming experience something for enthusiasts of all years to enjoy. “This year is another special year” says Joe. “We will be celebrating Corvette’s 60th Birthday and we are hoping to have a ’53 model here for the celebration.”
Aside from the special events, Corvette Homecoming enjoys participants from all years from vintage to current models.
Today’s Corvette Homecoming hosts a variety of fun including a new Road Tour and dinner party, a souvenir program, local tours and other outings. See our current schedule for other details and mark your calendars for one of the Corvette hobby’s oldest and affordable events on the schedule.