NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Close to 75 Corvette owners from Houston and South Texas stopped in Nacogdoches for a break Tuesday morning.
Tonight, they’re in Texarkana, where they will pick up a couple hundred more Corvette owners. Wednesday morning, they’ll caravan to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the National Corvette Museum Convention, which is held every five years. Thousands of Corvette owners and their cars will be in attendance.
The National Corvette Caravan is referred to as the “world’s largest moving automotive event.” This South Texas leg started from Houston with a pit stop at the Nacogdoches Exposition Center. It was just enough time to take pictures of their pride and joy.
Corvette owner James Roberson explained his fascination with he sports car.
“It’s an American-made, and I like that. It was born when I was born back in ’53,” Robertson said.
He’s looking forward to his second trip to the site.
Corvette owner Aimee Crockett said, "We anticipate thousands of cars from across the country. Once you own one, from my experience, people in our club, the Sam Houston Corvette Club, you own many."
Certainly, the was case for Emmeline Dodd, a “born in Nacogdoches” and Stephen F. Austin State University alum from Clear Lake.
“I’ve owned 20," she said while standing in front of her red 2019 Corvette.
She trades each car in and anticipates the next.
“I’m second on the list in Clear Lake to get the 2020,” Dodd said.
Her color of choice? Red, of course.
“We have a saying, ‘All Corvettes are red. The others are mistakes,’” Dodd said with a chuckle.
The Corvette Caravan is a family affair for the Mohs family from Katy.
Marilyn Mohs, the matriarch in the family, explained, "I got a 2007 for my 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary. Then in 2012, I won a Grand Sport from the museum.”
Marilyn then pointed to her daughter, Andrea Mohs.
“She thought we were having so much fun. In 2008, she bought one," Marilyn said.
"So the car’s name is Island Girl,” Andrea Mohs pointed out.
Marilyn Mohs continued the family history with Corvettes.
“And then we bought a 2019, so my son is driving the first one,” Marilyn said.
"Everyone has a story," noted Corvette owner Gary Bonnett.
Bonnetts’ story is how his dad’s ’69 Corvette Stingray sat unused for over 20 years. Then Bonnett went to Iraq.
"I had some guys go and do a secret pull-off restoration on it and I gave it back to him in 2007,' Gary said.
They had plans to head to Bowling Green, but then three years ago, Bonnett’s dad died of cancer.
Bonnett said, "He's riding right there beside me."
Once Bonnett reaches Bowling Green, he’ll be greeted by his entire family.
It's a journey that comes with personal stories, plus a lot of style.