HERRIN — America’s sports car took over downtown Herrin on Saturday, May 13.

The River to River All Corvette Car Show featured over 60 Corvettes spanning all seven generations of the iconic car's 64-year history.

"This is something I have been working on for about three months now," said Dennis Avripas, who had the idea for the car show.

The show was hosted by Herrin Elks Lodge No. 1146 and all proceeds raised helped benefit the Friends of the Herrin City Cemetery.

"I wanted this show to call attention to Herrin and I was excited to have the Elks on board," Avripas added. "I also wanted the show to be an all Corvette show because there are many Corvette owners and enthusiasts in this area."

Avripas is a member of the Southern Illinois Corvette Club and owns a white 1980 Corvette.

"I bought the car around two years ago and it had been sitting for 22 years," said Avripas. "Corvette owners have a special connection. They are just a good class of people who stand behind the car and enjoy sharing it with others."

Terry McEvers bought his first Corvette, a Torch Red 2015 coupe about four months ago and was enjoying his day in Herrin.

"I've never owned a Corvette and have always wanted one," said McEvers. "They put on a great show today and this is a nice location."

Chevrolet debuted the Corvette in 1953. It has since become America’s longest-running, continuously produced passenger car with over 1.5 million rolling off the assembly line.

Since 1981, the Corvette has been built exclusively at the GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant located just off Interstate 65 at exit 28, in nearby Bowling Green, Kentucky. Public tours of the plant are available Monday through Friday.

Avripas said the show exceeded his expectations. He hopes to make it an annual event and feels it could grow in the years to come by increasing advertising. He called owning a Corvette a "bucket list item" and said he plans on passing his down to his grandchildren. 

"I have always had an interest in Corvettes and it's a great feeling to own one," added Avripas.

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Shawn Anglin is a sports clerk for The Southern Illinoisan. He also blogs about cars at thesouthern.com/blogs/idlethoughts.

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