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Gate City Corvette Club’s 37th annual Spring Fling

When: Sunday, May 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 221 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
Cost: Free admission; $25 per Corvette to participate in the judging; $10 per non-Corvette to park in corral parking section
Visit: gatecitycorvetteclub.com




Corvette craze
Gate City Corvette Club holds annual Spring Fling show

05/25/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Hundreds of Corvettes and other show cars will take over The Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack during the 37th annual Spring Fling.

The event, hosted by the Gate City Corvette Club, is happening Sunday, May 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. The event will also include food, music, raffles, and ongoing brewery tours and photo opportunities with the Clydesdales.
Anyone who wants to enter a Corvette into the competition can do so on the day of the Spring Fling for $25 per car. Show organizer Dean Gagne said the Corvettes are sorted by generation and judged by club members in three separate categories, with the winner of each receiving a trophy. 
“The first category we call Street Class, so we’ll judge the outside of the car for its glass, paint and tires, but not really anything more than that,” he said. “The second class is Super Street, where we’ll look at both the outside and interior [of each car], checking the condition of the seats, the dashboard, the instrument panel, the trunk, that sort of thing. … The third category is called Show Class, and that’s basically everything, including the engine, the undercarriage and the fender wells.”
There will also be a Kids’ Choice winner — a feature Gagne said was introduced at last year’s Spring Fling that was a big hit.
“All of the kids that come to the show with their families can come and vote for their favorite car for any random reason like their favorite color … and it’s a great way to make them feel involved,” he said.
Gagne said the generations of Corvettes are named C1 through C7. Some of the most common cars that make it out to the Spring Fling are of the C3 and C4 generations — Corvettes from the years 1968 to 1982 and 1984 to 1996. Members of the club do not enter their own cars in the show as a rule, he said. Instead, they display their own cars in a separate section on the grass. A corral parking section is also available for people who want to bring other non-Corvette sports cars to the show.
“In the past, it was for Corvettes only, but there were a lot of other local [car] clubs who wanted to support us and bring their cars just to hang out, so we ended up doing the corral parking for them,” Gagne said. “Sometimes you’ll see Ferraris, Mustangs … and people have even brought monster trucks, and old antique cars like Packards and Duesenbergs.”
There will be a raffle table with chances to win various items like T-shirts, hats, keychains, amenities for your car like tire wax and more. The club will also be giving out small goodie bags to visitors and participants.
The Gate City Corvette Club has members across southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. It meets at MacMulkin Chevrolet in Nashua on the second Friday of the month at 7 p.m. and an annual membership is $49.
“We’re always looking for new members,” Gagne said. “We do all sorts of social functions and we usually have new people attend three different functions before becoming a member to get to know you and to make sure you’re having fun.” 





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