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Corvettes. Courtesy photo.




Spring Fling

Where: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 D.W. Highway, Merrimack
When: Sunday, May 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Cost: Admission is free; bring money for vendors
Contact: 472-3524
Visit: gatecitycorvetteclub.com 
Gate City Corvette Club meets on the second Friday of the month at 7 p.m. at MacMulkin Chevrolet in Nashua.




Corvette crazy
Gate City club hosts car show

05/22/14



 Dean Gagne has a 2006 black Corvette, and he can’t wait to show it off at the Spring Fling 34th Annual Show and Shine with the Gate City Corvette Club. 

A member of the club since 1989, Gagne helps organize the Spring Fling, which has been held at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery for the last 20 years and this year is happening Sunday, May 25. 
“A typical car show is run by people’s choice. So you get a ballot and you vote on your favorite car, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the car,” Gagne said. 
The Gate City Corvette Club’s show isn’t like other car shows, though, Gagne said. 
“The cars in our Show and Shine are judged by members of the club, and we don’t enter any of our [own] cars in the show,” Gagne said. 
Gagne said other area clubs and individuals enter the car show. 
“It’s judged in three main categories. The first is Street Class, where we just look at the outside, walk around, look at the paint, the wheels. Then we have Super Class, where we look at the outside and the interior, so the dashboard and the trunk — basically we are checking how clean [the car is],” Gagne said. “Then there is the Show Class, where we look at everything inside and outside and then the engine.”
Gagne said Corvettes have been around since 1963, which translates into seven generations of Corvettes, named C1 through C7. In each generation there are car classes to be judged as well, and Gagne said there’s also a category of cars with modifications. 
“With other shows, you don’t really know why you won. You just won because someone liked your purple car,” Gagne said. “With our show it’s different.”
He said at the end of the day there is a trophy ceremony where around 135 to 140 trophies are handed out. 
“Basically we are looking for the cleanliness of the car. We give out trophies to the top cars in categories like Best of Street, Best of Show, Best of Paint,” Gagne said. “It’s pretty fun to watch. It means something to them when they win. They’re grateful, and it’s fun watching their reaction.”
The event also has a corral parking section for those who just want to display their cars of any make or model. Gagne said cars have come from as far away as Canada and Pennsylvania. There will be raffles and vendors, and people are welcome to check out the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, take a factory tour and see the Clydesdale horses. 
The club often does charity work and donates money and time to veterans homes. During Christmas it donates money and gifts to adoptive families. It also donates to the Nashua Soup Kitchen. 
“It’s basically a social club, but we do a lot of charity work too,” Gagne said.  
 
As seen in the May 22, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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