Wilson-based Corvette club receives top award

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The Eastern Carolina Corvette Club, based in Wilson, recently hosted the National Council of Corvette Clubs Carolinas Region 2019 annual awards banquet.

The attendees included members of the ECCC, Caro-Vettes Corvette Club of Jacksonville and Corvettes International Corvette Club of Raleigh.

During the ceremony, the Eastern Carolina Corvette Club was named the top regional club award for hosting events and for its community involvement in 2019. The award was accepted by club President Buster Dawson. The club’s efforts during 2019 exemplified the purpose of the NCCC and its affiliated clubs. The national council’s mission is to promote interest in Corvette ownership and operation, to publish information on the use and operation of the Corvette and to promote community involvement and charitable support through the sponsored events.

Throughout the past 25 years, the Eastern Carolina Corvette Club has hosted many concours (shows), road rallies and autocross events with proceeds going to charities in the Wilson area and eastern North Carolina.

More than $100,000 has been raised to assist charities such as the Community Soup Kitchen of Wilson, Hope Station, Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, Boy Scouts of America, Beddingfield High School auto technology program and various Eastern North Carolina Chamber of Commerce community improvement projects.

Other awards were presented in the following categories:

• Overall Regional Ladies’ Points Champion — Judy King, Eastern Carolina Corvette Club.

• Overall Regional Men’s Points Champion — Terry Heberle, Eastern Carolina Corvette Club.

• Regional Concours Competition Champion — Terry Heberle, Eastern Carolina Corvette Club.

• Regional Concours Prepared Champion — Clifton Perkins, Caro-Vettes Corvette Club.

• Regional Street/Show Champion — Fred Bartell, Corvettes International.

• Regional Wash/Show Champion — Lowell Bonnett, Corvettes Internationl Corvette Club.

• Regional People’s Choice Champion — Deens Kornagay, Eastern Carolina Corvette Club.