The sun peeks over the track as the Vettes take to the speedway.

The sun peeks over the track as the Vettes take to the speedway.

Hundreds of Corvettes descend on central Texas this month

It started with a simple idea: two Texas Corvette clubs met for dinner at The Oasis in Austin. “That first little dinner party in 2013 turned into 300 Corvettes,” remembers Shawn Jones, Corvette owner, sports car enthusiast, and cofounder of the Corvette Invasion. Hundreds of the sleek, American-made sports cars attracted the attention of other Corvette owners as well as the general public. A year later, 600 Corvettes came to Austin.

By 2016, the Corvette Invasion shifted their event fully to the Circuit of the America’s racetrack. On July 23rd, 535 Corvettes from 14 different states registered for the Saturday car show. Row after row showcased the iconic beauty of a car that’s been a part of American history for the past seven decades. Dozens of vendors and live music rounded out the day. On Sunday morning, the Corvettes returned to the track for a series of parade laps on the winding speedway.

This year’s Invasion takes place on July 15–16 and looks to be even larger than 2016’s. It’s drawing interest not only from U.S. Corvette owners but from international enthusiasts as well. Saturday will feature the car show, live music, vendors, tours of the track, and go-kart racing. There’s also the opportunity to see the 1969 Astrovette, formerly driven by Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean and one of the three specialty Corvettes leased by the Apollo 12 astronauts. And on Sunday, the Corvettes will once again line up to take the track. Shawn Jones hopes this year’s Corvette Invasion will excite more than just Corvette owners. “We don’t want to just attract the Corvette owners,” he says. “We want to attract everyone.”

The 1969 Astrovette, formerly driven by Astronaut Alan Bean, is the last remaining car of the three specialty Corvettes leased to the Apollo 12 astronauts.

The 1969 Astrovette, formerly driven by Astronaut Alan Bean, is the last remaining car of the three specialty Corvettes leased to the Apollo 12 astronauts.

Car enthusiasts, spectators, and judges stroll among the gleaming array of Vettes in the Saturday car show.

Car enthusiasts, spectators, and judges stroll among the gleaming array of Vettes in the Saturday car show.

“When I see so many of them get together in a group, whether it’s just cruising down the highway or at a car show, it looks cool,” Shawn says.

“When I see so many of them get together in a group, whether it’s just cruising down the highway or at a car show, it looks cool,” Shawn says.

“Can’t U C?” Not yet, but soon everyone will.

“Can’t U C?” Not yet, but soon everyone will.

On the track, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray or a C6—a Corvette’s always a Corvette.

On the track, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a 1963 Corvette Sting Ray or a C6—a Corvette’s always a Corvette.

A unique shot-gun experience.

A unique shot-gun experience.

Heading out for parade laps on COTA’s 20-turn, 3.41-mile racetrack.

Heading out for parade laps on COTA’s 20-turn, 3.41-mile racetrack.


For more information about the Corvette Invasion, visit www.corvetteinvasion.com.

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