It all began with a newspaper ad in March of 1974 – “if anyone was interested in a new Corvette club that offered
mutual aid, encouragement, consolation and companionship, then an organizational meeting was being held in south Kansas City, please attend”. Even though other clubs existed at the time, it was decided by the meeting participants that there was enough interest to form another club with a casual structure, centered around having fun with the cars and including the whole family.
When Corvette Corps was formed all of the members drove their Corvettes as their everyday cars. There were no “original” owners, everyone had a used Corvette and no one cared about originality or restoration. All of that was about to change as Corvette enthusiasts led the way, including Corvette Corps. We witnessed the explosion of the resto-parts business and restoration hobby. The club motto of Corvette Corps “a nonprofit organization which is made up of men and women who are dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of America’s only true sports car – the Corvette” was adopted. The club is founded on an automobile but it is people bringing it alive.
A couple of years later we became affiliated with the National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC) which acted as a sanctioning body for driving events, such as autocross, funkanas and shows. Annual conventions became major destinations for many club members. As members of NCCC, we supported the Spina Bifida Foundation, which aids children who suffer from this birth defect with many fundraisers and picnics. Events were scheduled every month and included sports activities, parties, road trips, car shows, tours and many others that cannot easily be categorized.
KCCA Car shows:
Ward Parkway – 5 years
Blue Ridge Mall/Metcalf South Mall – 2 years
Country Club Plaza – 5 years
Prairie Village – 2 years
Independence Square – 11 years
Mall of the Great Plains – 2 years
Bass Pro Shop, Olathe – present
World of Wheels – since 1976
Sugar Creek 4th of July Parade – 20 years
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As we outgrew the Square location we moved the show to the Mall of the Great Plains and then on to the Bass Pro Shop in Olathe, Kansas, changing the show name to Vettes on the Plains. Our members also actively support the Lake Garnet Race Track every each year providing rides for kids, thanks to members Dean and Kay Owens.
The club primarily supports Camp Quality, a summer camp for kids with cancer, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.