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Kent: Annual Corvette show to feature cinematic vehicle

Corvettes Limited of Central Georgia will host its annual Corvette show “Corvettes in the Fall” on Sept. 13. The event will be held in the parking lot of Office Depot and Steak and Shake located on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins. Al Hemstreet, the president of the club, first joined in 1983 after moving to Warner Robins. Hemstreet owns a 1966 Corvette -- one that has been seen on the big screen.

Hemstreet’s car was used in the movie “Remember the Titans,” the story of a football team and integration. It is the car driven by the character Sunshine’s father when he arrives at practice and meets the coach, played by Denzel Washington, for the first time.

During filming in the Atlanta area, Hemstreet drove his car to Stone Mountain on the days it was needed for scenes. The 1966 Corvette even had its own prop box, marked “Hero Car” in reference to Sunshine’s character.

The club is sponsored by Five Star Chevrolet. Corvettes Limited of Central Georgia has about 80 members and is the oldest Corvette club in Middle Georgia. The group meets on the third Saturday of every month at the Museum of Aviation. Ownership of a Corvette is required for membership. After meetings the group usually goes on a “dinner cruise” where members all travel in their Corvettes to a restaurant.

“It is a family oriented club,” Hemstreet said, “Corvettes are about the hobby and the camaraderie.”

It is also about doing for others. This year marks the 18th year of the Corvette show, and all proceeds are donated to charity. This year the charity supported will be the Wounded Warrior Project. The club also has a longstanding relationship of financial support for Meals on Wheels and makes donations to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Larry Clark, event chairman for the show, said that along with showing the cars, the event’s purpose is to bring awareness to the Wounded Warriors.

“These are young men and women who sacrificed so much for our country,” Clark said.

Tony Mullis, a Marine corporal who lost both his legs after an explosion in Afghanistan, will be at the show and is expected to bring his special modified vehicle.

Registration for the show will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, and all Corvettes need to be registered by 11:30 am. Registration is $30. A presentation of the colors by a local Junior ROTC will be held. Corvette owners will be on hand to answer questions, and the event is free to the public. A bake sale will be held during the car show. Trophies will be presented about 4 p.m. with the presentation for the top 10 cars.

For more information call Al Hemstreet at 954-9978.

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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