Amid a sea of Hawaiian shirts, a parking lot filled with historic cars and a prime rib buffet, fans of the Chevrolet Corvette poured into the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles earlier this month for the West Coast unveiling of the seventh-generation model, known to cognoscenti as the C7.
Lead exterior designer Kirk Bennion was present to take the wraps off a C7 clay model at the gala event, which was held among the museum’s collection of heritage automobiles and motorcycles. Though no running examples of the C7 were present, the clay model made for a unique surrogate.
The evening’s festivities attracted Corvette owners and museum patrons, with healthy representation from the museum’s Checkered Flag Club. There were also Corvette-world big shots, including customiser Reeves Callaway.
The event was followed by a daylong Corvette show held in the museum’s parking garage.
Not a retiring group, the Corvette fans on hand held strong opinions of the C7, which was a polarising force at the 2013 Detroit auto show, where it made its global debut. (Jeffrey Jablansky)