Classic Corvette show burning rubber into St. Catharines auto dealership

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Published March 28, 2023 at 1:14 pm

You might just see a 1959 Corvette convertible like this when the Niagara Corvette Club holds up upcoming Vette-Only show at a St. Catharines car dealership.

What does the 1967 Elvis Presley movie, Clambake, have in common with the Niagara Corvette Club?

In perhaps one of his worst films (not the highest bar to begin with), the King tears around Miami Beach in a bright red one-of-a-kind 1959 Chevrolet Corvette XP-87 Stingray concept car. The Stingray was modified for the film – in addition to the red paint, a hood scoop was added.

When the 75-member Niagara Corvette Club hosts the Eastern Region Concours Nationals event, called the Corvette Show and Shine, at Brian Cullen Motors (386 Ontario St) in St. Catharines this July, will the Presley car be there?

No, not at all, some American collector now owns the ride worth millions but who cares? What will be there instead is dozens of the finest restored Chevy Corvettes from many decades in which a car lover could only dream of landing behind the wheel.

The 2023 Canadian Council of Corvette Clubs selected Niagara as the host region for this major competitive event, which will be held at the Brian Cullen lot on July 23 from 9 am to 3 pm.

Those bringing their Corvettes for show and competition awards will, of course, have to pre-purchase their entrance fees HERE.

Spectators are free so bring a camera but come early. Onsite parking is at a minimum so most will be looking for nearby commercial parking lots.


The best part of the 1967 Elvis Presley movie ‘Clambake’? He sitting on it – a 1959
Chevrolet Corvette XP-87 Stingray concept car

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