Some classic cars are equally comfortable being either swaddled in microfiber cloths, or burning up their tires being taken to redline on the regular. Throughout its every iteration, the Chevrolet Corvette has been such a car.
Autoblog recently shared this video short, following three diehard Corvette fans as they make the pilgrimage to Bowling Green, Kentucky for the annual “Corvette Homecoming.” The cars in their care are as diverse as the owners themselves: a 1959 Corvette convertible, a 1966 big block C2, and a 2002 C5 Z06.
Spoiler: the first and last of these three cars each win awards at this National Corvette Homecoming for their respective model generations, in the “Show and Shine” contest. If you can begin to approximate the quantity of man hours and the meticulous attention to detail necessary to neutralize every smudge, scratch and stain from every single square-inch of a car – including under the bonnet – perhaps you can appreciate the amount of devotion that goes into preparing a Corvette for this contest.
But ultimately, the awards aren’t half as interesting as the owners’ stories. Watch the video below for the full experience: