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Corvette Club members love cruising together

August 04, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Hailing from three states, men and women, the oldest among them 90 years old, join together in a club with a simple entry requirement - you must have a Corvette.

The Mason-Dixon Corvette Club, www.innernet.net/mdcc, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Recently, club members joined to form their cars into the number 35 for a picture.

Bob Laughlin, past president, said the club had humble beginnings, saying that it formed with "guys that like to drive and go on cruises, so eventually they put it together." Now, the club has more than 150 members who come from a number of towns, including Martinsburg, W.Va.; Hagerstown; and McConnellsburg, Pa.

Members said the club often tries to collect money for people in need. Other time together is often spent at a show, on a group ride or at a restaurant.

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"We're the kind of club that at a minute's notice, we'll get together and cruise. Cars are really neat, but the people are great," Laughlin said.

Suzy Sease, of Waynesboro, Pa., serves as the club's secretary and puts together the Better Vetter Letter newsletter, something that Laughlin joked started over a few beers.

"If you couldn't say that, you had too much to drink," he said.

Sease said the camaraderie is as much of a draw as the cars. The club's oldest member - Fred Adams of Fannettsburg, Pa. - is 90, and the oldest car was built in 1957.

"They like the fun of it, to get together," Sease said.

Club member Ron Yaukey expects that dozens of people from Mason-Dixon Corvette Club will show their cars at the Motorcyle-Corvette Show he's helping to organize to benefit the Children's Aid Society. The Aug. 30 event will be held at M&S Harley-Davidson on Falling Spring Road.

For more information about the seventh annual Motorcycle-Corvette Show, call 717-261-1878.

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