Hey, Guys --
We had a great week-end for our cruise to Pigeon Forge for the Corvette Expo. The weather was beautiful, and there were more Corvettes at the Expo than we had seen there in awhile – 500 plus!!
There were four other Corvettes who went with us on Friday, and we enjoyed a leisurely drive up I-40 to Hwy 321 to Lenoir City where we had lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s. We continued on Hwy 321 through Maryville and Townsend into Pigeon Forge with different cruise leaders along the way. Thanks to Wayne & Becky Troope for their help in putting this cruise together.
Martha and I went to the Expo that afternoon to watch the cars leave for the Tail of the Dragon cruise led by Pigeon Forge Police and Tennessee Highway Patrol. They announced over 300 Corvettes on the cruise, but Tim Leneave and his son, Jonah, from UT went on the cruise and his car was #401, so I’m not sure how many Corvettes there actually were.
There were eleven of us who enjoyed dinner that night at The Peddler (thanks to Mike Venable for getting reservations in our own private dining area!!), and Pat & Pat Thompson and Mike & Vera Anton, who drove up on Thursday, had previously made plans to have dinner at Logan’s.
Henry & Gail Hurley and Wayne & Becky Troope joined Martha & me heading over to the Corvette Expo on Saturday morning, and we joined up with Tim Leneave, who was already there. We have been going to the Expo for years – since it was at the zoo in Knoxville – and this was by far one of the best ever – probably the most Corvettes we’ve seen at one of these. Besides the showcars inside there were hundreds in the Park & Show lot. There were also lots of vendors with tee shirts, hats, brake calipers, fuel injection systems – most anything you might need for your Corvette. They were installing new convertible tops and reupholstering seats on the spot.
And we always enjoy watching the NCRS judges going over beautiful Corvettes with a fine tooth comb while owners nervously wait to see if they earn a certificate. This year we saw them taking out spark plugs, headlamp bulbs, air filters, carpet, etc. to verify the authenticity of every little thing. Fun to watch but not something I would want to endure.
After lunch, we met at the parking lot of the Hard Rock Café for group pictures – there were seven Corvettes including ours, the Hurleys, the Venables, the Antons, the Troopes, Tim Leneave, and Tom Bible.
After the group pictures, some of us drove on the newly opened Foothills Parkway (which we highly recommend) to the Tail of the Dragon – where we saw motorcycle police for the first time – and they blended in with the motorcycles driving the Dragon – so, if you go, watch out for them.
We got great feed-back from the folks who went with us this year, and Martha and I have already made plans to go back next year on March 20th & 21st.