Team Vette was recently invited to attend the Circle City Corvette Club's 33rd meet in Dothan, Alabama. The club organizes a caravan that travels from Dothan to Panama City Beach (Florida), then finishes out the weekend with seminars, a car show, and a fund-raising auction for the National Corvette Museum. We'll have a full feature story on this unique event in the near future.

We met up with the club on a Friday in a large parking lot outside of Dothan. The lot was filled with 125 Corvettes of every generation. Departure was set for 9:30, and when everyone was lined up and ready to pull out, a Blade Silver C7 came out of nowhere to take the lead. The new Corvette came directly from the Bowling Green plant and was being tested for driveability, fit, and finish. We shadowed the C7 for the entire trip and got lots of close-up photos that are worth sharing.

Having previously seen the new C7 only at car shows and races, we can state that it looks very different on a public highway. The reactions it elicited from other drivers were overwhelmingly positive.

When we arrived at our hotel in Panama City Beach, another surprise was waiting for us: A second test C7, this one in Cyber Gray, had just arrived from Bowling Green. The cars look stunning in the environment they'll soon inhabit in numbers: the highways and byways of the U.S. and beyond. We hope you enjoy this little peek at the future.