Club History

  It was a crisp, blustery day in January of 1974. A handful of Corvette enthusiasts had been talking about forming a Corvette Club, but the problem was they were not sure what kind of interest they would get in that type of Club. So on a whim; they decided to advertise in local newspapers that several Chautauqua County Corvette Owners were going to have a meeting at the Fireside Restaurant in Dunkirk. All Corvette owners were invited to attend. Much to their amazement it was a respectable turn out of Corvette owners. The exact number is unknown; however, there were enough present to pursue the idea of a Corvette Club. Another meeting was scheduled for June 1974, and here again a reasonable turnout of Corvette owners. It was then decided to form a club and pass the word throughout the county for members. The name Chautauqua County Corvette Club was the unanimous choice made by the attending people.

  Over the next few years the Club membership kept increasing. Events were planned, car shows scheduled, cruise-ins attended and club members were involved in many other summer functions. During the fall of 1977, the active members of the club felt that it was definitely going to be successful and it was time to define a purpose and Incorporate. So Meri Wahl, Larry Barmore, Shirley Acker, David Acker, and Paul Speziale met in the law offices of Robert Seydel to draw up the Club’s Articles of Incorporation and chart its future. They defined a purpose of the Club, which is still adhered to today. After many long hours of discussion in order to cover all aspects of the Club and its growth, it was incorporated on July 13, 1978. The Chautauqua County Corvette Club became a legal entity under the Not-For-Profit laws of the state of New York. The rest is history. 

  Now over 30 years later, the Club has grown to become one of the most recognized car clubs in Chautauqua County, Western New York, and North-Western Pennsylvania. As the Corvette Hobby grows, so does the CCCC. Membership is open to anyone that owns a Corvette, or is interested in the Corvette hobby.