This past weekend, a strange takeover occurred in Bastrop.
The city hosted the seventh annual Corvette Invasion on July 19 through 21. Hundreds of Corvettes gathered from across the country at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibition Center, where the general public was allowed to take a closer look at many different cars. The event was free to spectators.
While the entire parking lot was filled with everything from classic Corvettes to the latest models, there were over 35 vendors inside the center with demonstrations and promotional items. Despite triple-digit weather, many onlookers arrived for the show. Many local car clubs encouraged Corvette owners to come back to Bastrop County for their local car shows.
The Corvette Invasion, which is reported to be the largest show of its kind in the United States, was first organized in 2013 in Austin. It all began when Steve Pond of Houston contacted Shawn Jones of Austin and brought their corvette clubs together for dinner. What started out as a couple of clubs getting together quickly grew to a large event including over 300 Corvette owners coming out and supporting each other. In only a few years, the event has tripled in size and continues to grow.
On Saturday, the public was invited to come to view the cars at the show while judging took place. Later that afternoon after the awards presentation, the corvettes lined up at Bastrop High School for a parade route that led them downtown. Early on Sunday morning, the cars began their journey to Circuit of the Americas, the only F-1 racetrack in North America, where they were allowed to take laps around the arena. Many lined the streets to cheer the iconic vehicles along the way.
It was a car lover’s dream; many remarked what an exciting time they had while seeing the vehicles, talking with the owners and learning all kinds of tips for maintaining their Corvettes.