A special tribute was paid to Vern Roberts on August 10 by his daughter, Dorothy Johnston. Vern was a long time club member and supporter, loved to race Corvettes and was a kind and generous person. We lost him on Feb 17, 2013. These pics cover the tribute which preceded Saturday's Group 2 race.
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Racing season picture books dating back to 2003 and assembled by Don Johnston were on hand for visitors to reminisce.
The landmark circus canopy was on display in all its glory with the four cars comprising the former Southern Motors stable beneath it.
Several additional Corvettes and other Group 2 cars came out to lend their support for this special day.
A special Group 2 drivers meeting was held to coordinate the tribute.
Each car/driver on the starting grid saluted the #24 by dipping and then raising its flag as the #24 passed by.
Dorothy's #26 was equipped with lights and served as the pace car. She paced the #24 on a solo lap and was accompanied by her son, Aaron.
Throughout the day visitors had the opportunity to write personal tributes on Vern Roberts Hard Charger balloons. These balloons were then released during the tribute ceremony. The control tower at Oakland County airport spotted the balloons in their air space and contacted race officials.
After sharing some touching remarks over the PA system, Dorothy paced Group 2 for one lap. The crowd cheers her on through turn 1.