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Corvette Club of Delaware Valley

Corvette Club of Delaware Valley

As the racing season wound down in the fall/winter of 1958, a group of about 25 Corvette enthusiasts including Bob Levin, founding member and first CCDV Vice President, wanted to keep the excitement of racing alive on a regular basis. Together they formed the Corvette Club of Delaware Valley (a.k.a. CCDV) in December of 1958. You can count on one hand, the number of Corvette clubs that date back as early as CCDV. The original club met in Philadelphia at Sonny Stein’s Chevrolet, the Club’s first official Chevrolet sponsor. In the early years, Bob and others worked hard to strengthen their passion for racing as well as to introduce other events to the small but passionate membership. In those early days, they designed the official club logo and created the club newsletter, The Gas Cap.

Sonny Stein is certainly credited as the first sponsor of the club, but Bryner Chevrolet of Jenkintown, PA is and has been the official Chevrolet club sponsor since 1971. Also in 1971, CCDV members wanted a more exciting way to show off their cars other than riding up to the local Hot Shoppes. They sought a more organized event. As a result, they launched the 1st Annual Cavalcade of Corvettes. It was held in the show rooms at Bryner Chevrolet. At that time, the show was often referred to as “the Bryner Show”. The Cavalcade grew quickly in popularity and consequently has been hosted at a number of locations since that time.

The Cavalcade was renowned as the largest two-day indoor Corvette Show on the east coast. It was the first show to exhibit every year and model Corvette (coupes, convertibles and special editions) from 1953 to the present year. The indoor show has enjoyed as many as 125 pristine Corvettes indoors accompanied by an outdoor corral of over 300 Corvettes. The judging format established during the early years of the Cavalcade became the guidelines from which other nationally acclaimed judged events were based, such as NCRS and Bloomington Gold shows.

The club also has strong ties to many well-known Corvette enthusiasts. The late Chip Miller of Carlisle Productions was an active member in CCDV in his youth, and to this day the Chip Miller Family retains his honorary membership. Allen Shepard, the first US astronaut to enter space was a member in the 1960s. Roger Penske, of Penske Racing, was a member of the club in the early years.

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Meeting Information: Our monthly General Membership Meeting will be held at the Vereinigung Erzgebirge Club (VE Club), 130 Davisville Rd. Warminster, Pa. 18974