Corvette Fans Camped Out to Be First to Reserve Corvette E-Ray
The 2024 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray is definitely not for everyone. Some simply have no interest in a Corvette. Many people who want one won’t be able to afford the six-figure price before dealers even start adding a markup. Others prefer the more track-focused Corvette Z06. But among the people who want an E-Ray, there are some who were even willing to camp overnight outside their dealership just so they could put down a deposit as soon as orders opened.
WMUR9 reports that on Monday, a group of Corvette enthusiasts showed up in Nashua, New Hampshire at MacMulkin Chevrolet, intending to camp there until Wednesday morning, when Chevrolet would begin taking orders. . It wasn’t just people from New Hampshire either. The people queuing would have come from all over the country.
But why choose a dealership in New Hampshire when Chevrolet has dealerships in much warmer regions? Apparently, MacMulkin Chevrolet is the top Corvette dealership in the country, earning them the privilege of being the first to take orders for the new E-Ray. So anyone who wanted to be close to the front line had to go to Nashua to do so.
“I’ve been in the automotive retail business for 20 years,” sales manager Tony Dillberg told WMUR9. “I have never seen customers waiting outside at night from any vehicle.”
But they camped, and not in fancy RVs. “We brought tents, we brought heaters, air mattresses, blankets, and we just toughened up,” said Tom Biondo, a Corvette enthusiast from Staten Island, New York.
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If you think New Hampshire in late January was probably cold, you’d be right. But at least the dealership looks like it’s not letting anyone freeze to death while waiting. “We’ve forecast falling temperatures in the teens tonight, so we’ll try to have people ready to help out and make sure everyone is safe,” Dillberg said.
But does he think it’s crazy to camp out for two nights to get one of the first Corvette E-Rays? “Absolutely,” Dillberg said. “But I love them.”
And you know what? We love them too. It’s easy to make fun of Corvette owners, and yes, a number of people online seem pretty stereotypical, but not many people would be willing to endure the New England winter in a tent for two nights just to book a car. This is serious dedication.