All-Corvette car show April 16 attracts sizable audience to Citadel Mall

Raised hoods mark a lineup of orange and yellow, newer Corvettes at the yearly Vettes Doin’ Charlestron show held next to Sears at Citadel Mall.

The show started in 2008 as an experiment to entice Corvette owners from across the Southeast and beyond to greater Charleston, but it’s transformed into a regular spring sojourn for collectors of the fabled Chevrolet sports car.

The 9th annual Vettes Doin’ Charleston show April 16 brought dozens of originals, Stingrays, modern classics and Z06s to the parking area by Sears at Citadel Mall.

Temperatures dipped to the low 50s and rains fell on Friday as Corvette drivers and navigators arrived from across South Carolina and neighboring states. But clouds and wet weather dissipated for the Saturday show and the thermometer rose into the mid 60s.

Models ranged from the years following Corvette’s debut in 1953 to the Stingray lineup a decade later. Newer ‘Vettes with wider footprints returned in the 2000s.

More than 40 plaques were handed out along with trophies for Best of Show, Best Engine, Best Interior and Best Paint. Event proceeds will benefit the National Corvette Museum, organizers said.

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