Cars surround downtown Muncy
MUNCY – Every year for the past eight years, the Muncy Professional Business Association (MPBA) co-sponsors a classy car show featuring a fantastic line-up of seven generations of Corvettes from the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club (SVCC). Cars ranged from 1953 to 2015 for judging with three trophy awards given for each class. The MPBA helped to pay for the cost of the trophies according to President, Cindy Appleman who also gave out the MPBA winning award that went to Carmen Rizzo from Pittston.
According to Al Clapps who helped to co-chair this year’s event, it took a huge group of people to be part of this. “We had joint committee meetings with everyone working together,” he said. “It was unique in a certain way,” explained Clapps who reported that an excess of 145 vehicles pulled into Main Street Saturday morning, September 19. The street was closed and the cars filled almost three blocks from North Main Street to South Main and Penn Streets.
Clapps is a founding member of the SVCC and was assisted this year by Jan Hoffman of the SVCC and Wayne McPheron from the MPBA. There were 16 chairs plus volunteers. “It takes every bit of 40 people to run this show,” added Clapps who also remarked that they started to line up the cars at 7 a.m.
The committees start planning the show a year in advance. The group will be meeting again in the next couple weeks to plan the 2016 show. “We will do a review of what took place this year, to reinforce what went well, and what to do next year,” Clapps said. “We have grown from the year before.”
For the past two years, the organizations have donated their proceeds from the Corvette show to Penn College’s Automotive curriculum for scholarships. Penn College felt this was successful on their part, as they were represented at the show and were able to sign up three students during the event. The college had brought an old Cadillac that is under restoration for viewing and promoted their automotive division. It also helped to spur an interest for young adults to go into the field for automotive technology. “We would like to continue this next year,” added Clapps, “and put all generated funds to the Penn College automotive scholarship fund.”
Although the proceeds haven’t been tallied yet, it was known that just the silent auction raised over $1300, and someone won $467 from a 50/50 drawing.
Students from the Muncy FBLA were also assisting by selling Corvette tee shirts for the 2015 show giving them an opportunity to raise money for their organization.
Other major sponsors included Blaise Alexander Chevrolet, Kiss FM, Muncy Bank & Trust, and Bastian Tire Center. The Northcentral Corvette Club of Hughesville was also represented at the show.