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ALMS Mosport Corvette Corral August 29, 2007

Posted by wilsonniblett in Enthusiastic Commentary.
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This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending the American Lemans Series Race at Mosport International Raceway north of Bowmanville.  This is a great event for car racing fans and especially if you are a Corvette enthusiast.

Wilson Niblett Performance has been a sponsor of the Corvette Corral at the event as has General Motors of Canada. This year was especially enjoyable as we had the Executive Director of the National Corvette Museum , Wendell Strode in attendance.  Wendell is a true gentleman and Corvette enthusiast.  He was not the only Corvette fan from south of the border.  There were enthusiasts that drove their Corvettes from Florida, Missouri, South Carolina, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York just to name a few.  This does not include some that flew in to attend.

Jan Magnussen, Andy Pilgrim, Olivier Beretta and Ron Fellows came to the Corral for an autograph session, to judge some Corvettes for the Celebrity Choice Awards and mingle with the fans.  At this point in time Ron Fellows and family were presented with a scrapbook of racing career memories on behalf of all Corvette enthusiasts.

Sunday noon we joined with 93 other Corvettes as we drove 3 laps around the track in the Corvette Corral Parade Laps.  This is a terrific experience for anyone that has not had the opportunity.  When we returned to the Corral we were treated to a catered lunch.  All during this event there were draws for Hot Laps in the Official Pace Car and many guest speakers.  On Sunday the Celebrity Choice Plaques were handed out to the winners and Gordon Wilson gave the Presidents Choice Trophy to an Indiana couple with highly modified Z06 with more than 600HP.  The Corvette Forum “Un-Club” crowd earned the Jay Connery Memorial Award for the largest club participation, a well deserved honour for a group of true enthusiasts.

All this was happening amongst lots of great racing going on at the track.  What with all the great Corvette fans around creating new friendships, greeting old friends, watching races, walking the pits, listening to the guest speakers and ducking the traditional ALMS Mosport rain downpour there was no time to spare.  This is a three day event and it takes all three days to enjoy it.

Mark it on your calendar for next year!  You don’t want to miss it.

The Chevy Enthusiast

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