There are many reasons to be in a Corvette Club. Some like to join clubs just to have others to bar hop with. Others want to have friends to speed in their cars with, while others just want friends with like interests. It’s not always about fun and games though. Many times throughout the year, most Corvette Clubs will work to help others in their community. It’s not something they just do on a whim, it’s something that they actually work in to their “agenda” and hope that many members will help out. Most usually do. Corvette people are very kind people.
The Haddon Heights, NJ, show in October brings thousands of people from the community. The fall craft show brings locals and their furry pets who love to walk up and down the street buying crafts and sampling food. One of the highlights is the Corvette show that accompanies the crafts. It gives the guys something to do while their wives drool over handcrafted jewelry and other handmade wares.
The Original Garden State Corvette Club hosts the event and it usually turns out very well. Corvettes line the streets from one end to the other. People in the Club put their car in the show and others do as well. It’s quite exciting to see all the colorful bodies styles in every year Corvette made. And people are quite serious about their cars. Those who put their cars in the show spend the better part of the day washing, waxing, touching it up, and removing the falling leaves from the hood and other crevices.
Throughout the day, members of the Corvette Club meander down the street as judges, studying each of the cars in their assigned class. Inspecting it from all angles, they talk to the car’s owner, request a look inside, and bend underneath the car for a peek at how clean it is. Then almost toward the end of the show, truth be told. Winners are announced and trophies are distributed. This makes the owner quite happy – it’s as if they’ve won a million dollars when all they really got was a wall plaque or fancy clock. It’s still pretty nice and everyone is proud.
The Haddon Heights show was different this year, though. As many of the events that Corvette Clubs are apart of. This year, to make things fun for the kids and to help out the community, The Original Garden State Corvette Club hosted a “Make Your Own Scarecrow Event.” An area was sectioned off at the event to make the scarecrows and numerous club members volunteered throughout the day. Prior to the event, hundreds of pantyhose where donated (to use for the scarecrow’s face), as were jeans, shirts, and hats. For a nominal fee, kids came and made a scarecrow having the time of their lives. Club members saw the light in their eyes and the smiles on their faces as they jumped in the hay and created their own scarecrow. It was a very rewarding experience for the Club members while raising several hundred dollars for people with cancer.
Kudos to the Corvette Club for doing this. It really makes a difference and I am glad to know that many Corvette Clubs (and other Clubs) around the country who care enough to create thrsr fun types of fund raising.