The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 2, 2013

Corvette Expo slated Saturday

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The 21st annual Corvette Expo will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

Gene Knouse, event chairman, said there usually are 110-120 Corvettes entered in the show, including those owned by Corvettes of Enid club members.

“This is a show-and-shine event. We don’t have judges coming in,” he said.

Awards will be given in different classes. There also are awards for president’s choice, best interior, best paint, best engine and best in show.

Chevrolet changes the body style of Corvettes about every 10 years Knouse said.

Cars from many states around Oklahoma will show. Last year, the car that came the farthest was from New Mexico, Knouse said.

He has been a member of the Corvettes of Enid for six years and was nominated as expo chairman. Club president is Lindy Baker. It is a nonprofit organization, and all funds go to local charities. The club’s primary charity is the Court Appointed Special Advocate program, which advocates for children in legal settings. Corvettes of Enid also work with Denny Price Family YMCA and has purchased Amtrykes for Enid AMBUCS clubs. The club also supports the Vietnam Memorial Wall being erected at Enid Woodring Regional Airport.

Club members have spent about four months preparing for the show, Knouse said. There will be door prizes and a silent auction, with prizes donated by local businesses.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children under 12. The Expo Center concession stand will be open.

“This is our major event of the year, our main money-raising event. The Corvette club is a bunch of people who enjoy Corvettes and get together as family and friends. Even though we may not know each other, we’re still family,” Knouse said.

He said he enjoys the camaraderie of the people who gather with their cars. The reason they gather is to raise money for people in the community and to talk about their cars. Occasionally, a church or other organization will have an event and will ask the club to have some Corvettes there and club members will respond.

“We’re just a bunch of old people who like to show off their cars,” Knouse said. “We have everybody from people like me who have one car, to people who collect them.”

Knouse has a 2000 model fixed hardtop Corvette with 39,000 actual miles.

Corvettes are easy to care for and easy to work on, he said, although he is not sure about the late-model cars. Owners usually keep them inside and covered, keep them clean and enjoy riding around because everyone enjoys looking at them.

Once a month the club has a “dine around.” One member makes a selection of a place to have dinner and makes arrangements for them. Everyone meets at a common area and follows the leader to the selected restaurant.