The Largest Corvette-Club Sponsored Event on the East Coast Returns to Ocean City
Posted: Oct 14, 2018 7:07 PM
By Mallory Metzner
(OCEAN CITY, Mar.) - Free State Corvette Weekend in Ocean City is the largest Corvette Club-sponsored event on the east coast.
Free State Corvette Club President, Craig Steinbock explains, "Corvette Weekend is a gathering of Corvette enthusiasts to come form all over the east coast and other countries. We actually have some folks from Canada this year."
Member Jack Vancleve adds, "47 states are represented. We have every model year Corvette that's been built here."
The Belair Corvette Club brought 44 of these cars. "We have the largest compliment of cars here for one club out of all the clubs that are here," says Belair Corvette Club Vice President, Pat Schiavone.
The inlet parking lot was packed as this year's Corvette Weekend brought out over 700 vehicles. What's unique about this car show is that it gives back to several charitable organizations.
Free State Corvette Club VP and Event Co-Chair, Ale Shire explains, "A majority of the funds go towards Spina Bifida. They are our foundation charity, but we also do give funds to USO, the Therapeutic Riding Academy, Gilchrist, several others."
Since Corvette Weekend was started 32 years ago, it has raised over a million dollars. "This year I'm anticipating probably the $60,000-$70,000 range," says Steinbock.
The main event is a parade in which the Corvettes cruise down the boardwalk en route to an award ceremony. This event takes a whole year to plan. The Free State Corvette Club will be back to work planning for next year as this weekend comes to a close.