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As the Most Active Corvette Club in Central Florida, we welcome you to the Corvette Club of Orlando's Website! At CCO, our motto is simple - "Friendship, Family, Fun." Founded in 1992, we have been providing Corvette owners in Florida a truly premier membership experience for twenty-three years. We're owners of Corvette classics from the '50's to the ultra modern 2015 C7 Corvette Stingray! We are a social organization that enjoys fellowship, Corvette road-trips, Corvette car shows, activities & events and we all have a common bond of support for the communities we live, work and raise our families in. This Website serves our members with a portal for club news and information. We also feature our valued sponsors prominently and provide the entire world an opportunity to learn more about the Premier Corvette Club in all of Florida. Please come on in and browse around. Thank you for visiting The Corvette Club of Orlando!
Picnic at DeLeon Springs...
The whole gang at CCO's DeLeon Springs Picnic...
DeLeon Springs, Florida - On May 16, 2015, CCO gathered at the popular DeLeon Springs State Park in Volusia County for a relaxing mid-day chance to get close to nature and spend time with friends. The springs area has long been occupied by man (with documented artifacts) for over 8000 years and CCO has been glad to carry on the tradition of enjoying it's beauty by visiting here several times over the years for pancake breakfasts at the Old Sugar Mill, also on the property.
Rich delivers burgers fresh off the grill! Dave and Sandra comparing notes on recent CCO happenings.
CCO volunteers Rich Craig, Wayne LeVesque and Herb Merksamer cooked up burgers and dogs for a main course, while others contributed various homemade recipes to the menu. When the grills finished up we filled our plates and sat under the huge oaks, continuing our
John in deep contemplation with Barbara and Bob.. Russ and Debi lean in to blow out their birthday candles!
socialization. For dessert, we celebrated Russ Mello and Debi Ianitelli's birthdays with a huge cake - donated by Russ!! While the all the contributors of time, equipment, ice, covered dishes, desserts, hauling vehicles, grocery store runs and all the gear are to many to name, we want to thank everyone who helped make the event a very big success.
Russ lights the candes on his and Debi's Birthday Cake! Wayne shows off some of his road sign collection!?!
CCO's 2015 Derby Weekend Honors "Best Hats!"
CCO's ladies sporting colorful and creative headwear...
The "Horses Ass" goes from Rick Woodley to Tom Kinst! The "Kellie" goes from Debbie Boone to Carol Johnson!
Naples, Florida - On May 1st thru 3rd CCO basked in the sun of Southwest Florida and witnessed yet another "Run For The Roses." Stationed this year at the Bayfront Inn at 5th and the bay, CCO returned to Naples for the first time since 2011. Our first organized event of the weekend was a Naples Princess dinner cruise on Friday evening, touring us along Collier County's prestigious waterside real estate, terminating at Gordon's Pass for a wonderful sunset. Saturday, many of the guys toured an amazing automobile collection at the Rev's Institute, while others sunned at the pool or shopped. Saturday evening's main event - The Kentucky Derby saw three year old colt - American Pharaoh, win hands down. Our "Kellie" Award went to Carol Johnson for Best Ladies Derby Hat and the renowned "Horse's Ass" Award now resides in Tom Kinst's trophy case. After a long weekend of sun and fun, card games, and Derby fun, CCO broke camp Sunday morning, enjoyed breakfast and headed home. Thanks go Darlene Heber for organizing the event to all our volunteers and board members for their hard work in making this event another success!
Congratulations to Tom and Maggie Kinst as their 2008 Pace Car / Callaway Roadster has been selected as CCO's Corvette of the Quarter! Click the image or the link below to see Tom's full BIO on this beautiful and rare Corvette at our Corvette of the Quarter Gallery!
CCO Members, do you want to know more about how you can submit your Corvette for consideration? See the Corvette of the Quarter Rules for Submission.
CCO Reopens Membership Opportunities for 2015
Monday, February 2nd - The Corvette Club of Orlando is pleased to announce that the application process for new member induction is currently open. If you are interested in joining CCO or desire more information about memberhip opportunities and the application process, please visit our Join CCO page, carefully read the page and if you are ready to apply, click the link to "Request an Application." Act fast to increase your chances of joining the "Most active Corvette Club in Central Florida!" Once CCO reaches its 2015 Membership Cap, our roster will be immediately closed and application request links dissabled.
~ CCO reserves the right to alter all aspects of membeship management without prior notice.
Spotlight on a Champion
Lake Mary, Florida - If one was to look up the definition of the term Champion in Webster’s Dictionary, they’d certainly find the above photo accompanying the entry. Yes, that’s CCO Member Ed Merchut standing proudly behind his treasured Torch Red 1999 Fixed Roof Coupe, sharing the pavement with sixty two trophies this car/owner team has been awarded over the past sixteen years!
Purchased in March of 1999, this award winning Corvette is indeed unique. Ed and his wife, Sandra, have driven only 54,000 miles in this car in all it’s years. But, these miles are a bit more than special as they include attending shows where those sixty-two awards were earned, and a lot of time on road courses and oval tracks all over the southeastern US. Ed says Sebring, Roebling Road, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Daytona International Speedway should just about cover the tracks the Corvette has lapped. Add to this countless day and weekend drives with CCO friends and several trips to the Tennessee, Carolina and North Georgia Mountains - with a detour up or down the Tail of the Dragon along the way when possible.
To top it all, in 2001 along with nineteen other C5 Registry members’ cars on a container ship, this ’99 sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Destination: the 2001 Running of LeMans. While in France and Belgium, this Corvette was driven more than 1300 miles through the countryside, experienced a 150MPH run on a new French toll road and then the ultimate; An unforgettable four laps of the LeMans track “at speed,” as Ed is fond of mentioning.
Ed & Sandra purchased the car new at an MSRP of $39,122, equipped with $345 in options: Power Drivers Seat, Parcel Net and Floor Mats. Soon after, Ed set out to customize the car to make it truly one of a kind - and a show winner.
Ed and Sandra are loyal CCO members and they prove this over and again by volunteering countless hours to organize and conduct back road drives and mystery trips. Over the years, these drives have always been scenic and educational for our members. Under Ed & Sandra’s guidance, we’ve visited many unique destinations not only with automotive interests in mind, but social, economic and historical significance also. And, these trips are not only in Florida, but to the entire Southeastern region of the country as well. We’re grateful for their friendship and the support they provide to CCO.
Although Ed & Sandra have owned other red Corvettes… (we hear they have plans to add yet another very soon,) we think this Corvette is both a Champion, and a keeper!
Community Corner Returns
In keeping with CCO's commitment to our communities, the feature "Community Corner" returns in 2015 with it's debut spotlight on a very worthy cause - the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. CCO members Wayne & Terry Levesque (Team Flava) are heavily involved with AFSP and are promoting the 2015 8th Annual "Out of the Darkness Community Walk" which is raising funds to support research, education and prevention initiatives to reduce the loss of life due to suicide. Please consider supporting AFSP and Team Flava! For more info click this link: Out of the Darkness. We appreciate your support!
CCO Honors our Corvette of the Year - 2014
- Nick & Pat's 60th Anniversary 427 Roadster -
CCO Corvette of the Year
Announced at CCO's Annual Christmas Holiday Extravaganza on January 3rd, The Corvette of the Year 2014
Award is deservedly presented to Nick and Pat Francoforte.
See CCO's Corvette of the Quarter Gallery for a Photo and BIO on all of our winners since 2012!
CCO Members: Click here
to find out how to have your car considered for Corvette of the Quarter.
CCO - Lifetime Business Member