Corvette caravan coming to Surry

First Posted: 9/15/2009

The Myrtle Beach Corvette Club will be sure to turn some heads when its caravan of 35 Chevy Corvettes comes rolling into Surry County soon.
We get a lot of people staring at us when we go by, said Jim Summey, vice president of the group.
The club is taking its fifth annual Mountain Trip to Surry and Stokes counties. The club will arrive in Dobson on Oct. 2 for a weekend stay, lodging at the Hampton Inn in Dobson.
The Myrtle Beach Corvette Club has more than 100 families, and 35 cars will be participating in the mountain trip.
Thats the largest crowd weve ever had, said Ron Harper, a member of the club who lives in Pilot Mountain.
On Friday night, the group will dine at the Depot at Cody Creek. This has been a part of every trip. Harper said his group fell in love with the restaurant and its food.
Then on Saturday morning, members are free to travel wherever they like throughout the area. Harper said popular attractions for his group are Shelton Vineyards, the Blue Ridge Parkway and downtown Mount Airy.
Harper said last year some of the members fell in love with the vineyards in Surry County and wanted to come back and stay in Dobson. He said the area appeals to the club members as a vacation spot because most of them live at the beach and enjoy traveling to the mountains. Summey added that many of the members are originally from the North and they dont really know what a barbecue is.
We have a lot of new members … Theyre going for the first time and theyre excited about it, Summey noted.
At 4:30 on Saturday, Harper will host a barbecue at his home in Pilot Mountain. Harper said they will get to enjoy good food and live entertainment provided by two artists with Song Bear Productions. The caravan will then roll out on Sunday morning.
Harper said that the tradition started by accident six years ago. Some members of the club were taking a trip to a Corvette dealership in Pennsylvania, so Harper told them to stop by his house for a barbecue on their way up. The travelers liked the area so much that they decided to make an annual trip to the area for the club.
We just have a lot of fun, Summey said.
The drive from Myrtle Beach to Mount Airy is around six and a half hours, according to Summey, but he said its worth it.
We love going up there, he said.
The club is open to owners of Corvettes from any year. Summey said the oldest car in the club is from 1955. The oldest Corvette being driven on the mountain trip is a 1962 model.
The club has a large car show in Myrtle Beach in June that usually features more than 200 Corvettes. People from coast to coast come to participate.
This club is a very active club. We do a lot of car shows, Harper said.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or at 719-1952.

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