DOBSON — Not everybody has one, wants one or even likes them, but as far as symbols go, the Corvette may be even more American than apple pie.
After all, apples are not indigenous to the United States, though seeds were carried here on the Mayflower.
Corvettes have been born and bred in the U.S.A since 1953, when General Motors unveiled the “dream car” concept, according to information provided by the National Corvette Museum website.
According to the website, the Corvette is “known around the world as America’s sports car,” and is the world’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car.
While some of its parts are manufactured overseas, a 2014 American University study found the Corvette was tied with the Ford F-150 for the “most American” made vehicle.
The success of Shelton Vineyards’ annual Corvette Auto Show and Memorial Day Celebration is a testament that the vehicle is a fitting symbol when remembering those who died fighting for our country.
“Most of the time it’s our biggest event of the year,” said Somer McHone, special events coordinator for the winery.
The sixth annual “Vettes for Vets” will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with hundreds of Corvettes on display at the Shelton grounds in Dobson.
A color guard presentation of the flags will kick off the event, which is is free and open to the public.
Food from Harvest Grill will be available for purchase in the restaurant and outdoors.
This year, tastings and tours will be free for veterans and members of the military who present military identification on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, “to shine some light on our vets,” McHone said.
Frank Sancineto, a RTP Corvettes club leader who organizes the event, said the gathering has grown from an initial 150 cars to 350 last year.
“We expect that many this year,” he said. “Rows and rows of Corvettes. It really is a great show.”
Sancineto explained that the Corvette subculture is a thriving one.
“Corvette people are second to none other than Harley-Davidson,” he said.
“They bring an awesome crowd,” she said.
For the show, 48 winners will be awarded trophies “which are bottles of wine,” specially labeled by Shelton, Sancineto said.
“It’s more than just a cruise-in,” he said. “We’re celebrating our veterans, showing we care about them.”
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.