IT may have been Australia Day, but it was American pride that was on show at Warrnambool’s Lake Pertobe on Sunday.
Corvette Owners of Warrnambool members held their inaugural show, bringing together about 40 of the iconic US sports cars from the local district and across the state.
Gold coin donations helped raise money for the Peter’s Project cancer centre appeal.
Crossley resident Peter Keogh brought along his 1973 Corvette, which he purchased three years ago with its original left-hand drive.
“You do get a few strange looks from other drivers sitting in the wrong side of the car,” he said.
“The other day someone drove past and from the passenger seat took a photo of it out the window,” Mr Keogh said.
For David Kennedy from Hoppers Crossing, his black Corvette also gets plenty of admiring glances — although his driver’s seat is on the correct (that is, right) side.
“My car is a 2012 Corvette which I brought from the States as a left-hand drive but I had to convert it,” Mr Kennedy explained.
“Any car built after 1989 that has left-hand drive has to be converted to right-hand within a year of getting it, if you want to drive it on Australian roads.”
Mr Kennedy’s 2012 model carries the added prestige of being a limited edition made to make the 100th year of Chevrolet.