Watkins Glen Corvette Festival
Celebrating Corvette's 70th Year
May 20th & 21st 2023
Rain or Shine
Saturday May 20th 2023 – 10 am to 5 pm – Corvette Car Show
May 20th 2023 – 6 pm – The Legacy of Harley J Earl – Keynote Address – Richard Earl
Sunday May 21st 2023 – 3 pm - 5pm – Drive the Historic Glen Circuit & Watkins Glen International
2023 marks the 70th anniversary of the Corvette – originally designed and engineered by Harley Earl – inspired by attending races in 1951 at the Glen. In 1953 the first Corvette appeared at the races in Watkins Glen and 2023 marks 70 years of Corvettes as the “American Sportscar”. The Village of Watkins Glen’s Parks, Recreation, and Events Department is sponsoring the “Watkins Glen Corvette Festival” celebrating the legacy of Harley Earl at Clute Park.
The festival starts on Saturday May 20th with Corvette owners arriving at Clute Park and lining the 5-foot Trailway that surrounds the Seneca Lake Events Center. Drivers are asked to be in position by 9:30 am for the 10 am to 5 pm car exhibit. Visitors will be charged to park at Clute Park and will be allowed to walk through all of the cars that are on display until 5 pm. Food trucks and other corvette themed vendors will be located throughout the Park.
At 5 pm participants are released and eligible to leave Clute Park – however at 6 pm Richard Earl is presenting a key-note address within the Events Center – looking at the history and legacy of his grandfather Harley Earl. The 1-hour presentation will be a seated and videoed event around this original inspiration, development and anniversary of the initial Corvette from 1953, with emphasis on the General Motors Corvette engineer Richard Earl. Historic images and video will be presented to attendees for this catered “lite bite” event. Questions will be answered around the longevity and support of the Corvette.
On Sunday May 21st – car owners are encouraged to drive the Historic Glen Circuit lead by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office. Final details of the day to come. Around 3:00 pm Tony Vickio under the supervision of the Sheriff’s Car will guide Corvette participants down Franklin Street to the start/finish line in front of the Schuyler County Office building then drive the Original Glen Circuit. Visitors will line Franklin and Fourth Streets of this original course and can watch the lap.
For more information on Harley Earl visit http://www.harleyjearl.com/zora-duntov-passes-the-baton
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Harley Earl driving his design
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