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Corvette lovers gather for charity

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    The 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Edition owned by Valley City resident Rich Brooks of the Medina Corvette Club is displayed Sunday at the show at Mill Stream Park in Liverpool Township.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Rick Warner of Elyria is one of more than 80 cars at the Medina Corvette Club’s car show Sunday at Mill Stream Park in Liverpool Township.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    Chuck Henry of Wellington drove his 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible to the Medina Corvette Club car show Sunday at Mill Stream Park in Liverpool Township. The car is powered by a 283-cubic-inch engine.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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LIVERPOOL TWP. — Sunlight gleamed off the classic and late-model Chevrolet Corvettes during the Medina Corvette Club car show Sunday at Mill Stream Park.

“Right now, we have 88 cars,” Rich Brooks of the car club said. “This is the first year for this location and this charity.”

Brooks, of Valley City, said the Corvette show is a fundraiser for nonprofit Feeding Medina County.

“We have six different classes, we have approximately 18 trophies and awards, and we are going to make a lot of money for the charity,” he said.

Rick Warner, of Elyria, brought his 1963 split-window coupe to the show.

“Always wanted one and finally got a hold of it two years ago,” Warner said of split-window design, which was available one year only.

Af ter 1963, the two individual rear windows were replaced with a single window.

Warner said when he bought the Corvette, which is powered by a 327-cubic-inch engine, he decided he was going to drive the car rather than let it collect dust in the garage.

“It is all matching numbers, all original parts, except for the paint. It is supposed to be a little darker but we decided to change it a little bit,” he said of the car’s

reddish-orange finish.

Chuck Henry, of Wellington, displayed his 1957 Corvette convertible at the show.

Henry said he purchased his Rochester fuel-injected Corvette, with a 283-cubic-inch engine, eight years ago, and spent about three years restoring it.

“I restored this car about four to five years ago, and enjoy going to the car shows and enjoy driving the car,” Henry said from a lawn chair behind his car.

Brooks, who owns a 1978 Corvette Pace Car Edition, said he thinks it is the Corvette’s longevity that has helped make it an American icon.

“We have what looks like about a ’54 maybe even a ’53 over there. We have some brand-new 2019s and everything in between,” he said.

Brooks said his wife also brought her 2004 Corvette convertible to the show.

“Most people are multiple owners. Most of them are in at least their 40s, simply because it only holds two people,” he said of the sports cars. “If you are married, and you are starting to have a family, it isn’t something you are going to do unless you are born into it.”

Brooks said two of his daughters also are Corvette owners and were at the show Sunday.

While this was the first year the Medina Corvette Club hosted a show at Mill Stream Park, 1200 Maple St., the club is no stranger to charitable endeavors.

“In the last five years, we have done a charitable event for the cancer run that they do in Medina. We did five shows at Pat O’Brien Chevrolet,” Brooks said.

“We hope to be back this year around this time since the turnout was so nice.”

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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