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11 years mark ‘Corvettes on Main Street’

By Staff | Sep 19, 2018

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Organizers and officers of the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club that sponsors ‘Corvettes on Main Street’ are (left to right): Jack McDermott, Jan Hoffman, Brad Kepler, Keith Hoffman, Wayne McPheron and Al Clapps.

MUNCY – The ‘Muncy Corvettes on Main Street’ is one of the largest events in the Northcentral PA region to showcase Corvettes. “It’s the only show like it,” said Jean Moore of Williamsport and a member of the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club (SVCC). Moore was at the show selling 50/50 tickets with best friend Judy Reed from Sunbury and also a member of the club. The two ladies were selling 50/50 raffle tickets up and down Main Street in Muncy during the show. “We cover 6 to 8 counties,” Moore said of the SVCC.

From the corner of Penn and Main Street all the way down to North Main Street near the Muncy Historical Museum, over 170 cars were lined up for public viewing and voting.

This is the 11th year to have the show in Muncy according to Club president, Wayne McPheron. The organization itself was established in 2003 when a small group of like-minded Corvette owners decided to form a club and meet monthly at various locations. The club has now grown to 120 members with a history of four presidents during their 15 year existence. Tom Fitzgerald was the first followed by Bill Alsted, Jack McDermott and now Wayne McPheron.

“We meet once a month,” McPheron said. “This is the only show we do,” said organizer, Al Clapps. The Corvette show in Muncy has prompted two other car shows to take place at the same time, a Mopar show at the Fairfield/Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Dealership and a Mustang show at Murray Motors. River Valley Transit Company provided a shuttle service for patrons to visit all three shows on Saturday, September 15. The three shows combined made a big event for the Muncy area, drawing a larger crowd. Over 600 cars were shown collectively at the 3 shows during last Saturday’s event

In 2014 a scholarship was established by the SVCC at the Pennsylvania College of Technology for students who want to major in automotive mechanics or auto restoration. Each year the amount is determined from the number of participants in the yearly “Corvettes on Main Street” show. So far, $35,000 has been raised for the scholarships not including the amount raised on Saturday.

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Close to 170 Corvettes lined Main Street Muncy for the annual show on Saturday, September 15. Money was raised to support scholarships for Penn College’s automotive students.

“We would not be able to do this without the help of the Muncy Borough, the fire departments and the law enforcement,” said Al Clapps. “We wouldn’t be here if not for them. This is the perfect venue here. People love the small town atmosphere of downtown Main Street Muncy. We would not be able to do this without the cooperation of the Muncy Borough as this is a huge undertaking.”

A kids zone was set up in the parking lot of Muncy Bank and Trust along with food vendors and local artisans. Judging for the cars was at 3 p.m. which also included a separate ballot for kids to vote for “best choice” this year.