Corvette club to parade through Springville
Chairman John Meyerhoff of Sardinia said that the cars’ owners hail mostly from Western New York, but that this particular event will see participants from Southern Ontario, Pennsylvania, Elmira and Atlanta, Ga. This year, the run will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, in part because Meyerhoff and several other members are veterans.
A part-time resident of Western New York, Meyerhoff said that his cars keep him busy during his retirement years.
“I enjoy my cars. It’s a lot of fun,” Meyerhoff said. “I think it’s important for people who are retired to have something to keep them busy and engaged, but it’s fun too.”
The Corvette Club of Buffalo is what Meyerhoff called a “dynamic” club, with an average 80 percent participation rate at each meeting.
“It’s not just one of those clubs where you write your check and you’re in,” Meyerhoff said. “We really want people to join who are going to be active.”
For that reason, prospective members must pay yearly dues, participate in at least four meetings or activities, submit an article to be placed in the club’s monthly newsletter and be voted in during a meeting, in order to become a fully-fledged member.
Meyerhoff said that the club is active in both charity donations, including Kids Escaping Drugs, and activities for its members. Those have recently included trips to the National Counsel of Corvettes convention in Kansas, the Thousand Islands, Cooperstown and banquets, dinners and other events.
“We have something going on all the time,” Meyerhoff said.
On Aug. 19, the club will come down Boston-Springville Road to Genesee then take Route 240 to Main Street. The drivers will then continue up Waverly Street to Cascade Drive and toward Ellicottville. The route, according to Meyerhoff, will be cleared by the Springville Volunteer Fire Department.
“If 140 cars have to go through those stoplights, things will be jammed up for awhile,” said Meyerhoff, with a laugh. “But I’m sure [Police] Chief [John] Fox will have it all figured out. It’s going to be a parade worth seeing.”
The Corvette club should be arriving in the village of Springville at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19.