By Pat Young, Fort Stewart Public AffairsAugust 20, 2009
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Driving around Fort Stewart Aug. 14, installation community members may have had the opportunity to see a virtual mobile car show when the Coastal Corvette Association visited the installation.
During the visit, hosted by fellow Corvette enthusiast, club member and 3rd Infantry Division Provost Marshal Sergeant Major Joseph Collier, the CCA visited the Fort Stewart Museum to learn about the Army, the history of the 3rd Infantry Division, and pay honor to the fallen heroes remembered at Warriors Walk.
The CCA's trip to Fort Stewart was one of the many cruises scheduled by members, who try to go on a cruise the second Saturday of every month, with trips to the Carolinas, Florida, and throughout Georgia.
"We are a Corvette Club," said CCA President Mike Goodling. "We are not into racing or hot rod modifications. Many of our members are older, although there are a few younger members."
Erika Goodman, Assistant to the General Manager at the Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill said she discovered the joy of cruising riding with her mother and father, Rhonda and Tom Goodman, who are also members in the CCA. She said the trips, and the fact that Corvettes generally only seat two comfortably, inspired her to buy her own Corvette, a racing-orange 1977 C-3; which features a fiberglass body and a four-barrel 360 horsepower 327 engine.
Sergeant Major Collier, who drives a 2004 C5, said the CCAs membership is diverse and includes Soldiers, military retirees and civilian Corvette enthusiast from the Georgia, Florida and South Carolina area that gather together to learn about "The Great American Sports-car." He said the club also enjoys giving back to the community by helping raise money for charity.
In May, WTOC covered the CCA's donation of $8,000 to the Backus Children's Hospital of Memorial Health University Medical Center, noting they have donated more than $20,000 in the past three years.
Goodling said CCA planned on holding a car show at The Landings in October, where the proceeds will go toward charity. He also noted they plan on holding their annual get together, termed "The Gathering," at Tybee Island that will go toward the Tybee Inland Lighthouse Historical Society.
The club president said the club is great for fellow Corvette enthusiast to get together, enjoy their cars and go on fun cruises.
Goodling said among their scheduled trips, they plan on visiting Bowling Green, Kentucky during Labor Day weekend to visit the National Corvette Museum; Fontana Dam in North Carolina in November; and ride the 'Tail of the Dragon,' on Highway 129 in Deals Gap North Carolina later in the year.
For more information about the CCA visit www.coastalcorvetteassociation.com.