The East Tennessee Corvette Club (ETCC) was founded in 1958. There are over 200 active members, making it the 3rd largest Corvette Club in America. The ETCC offers activities for those interested in car shows, touring, and parties. They have a full summer schedule of events such as shows and fundraisers for charity.
With all the fundraising the club does throughout the year, the members decided to direct some of the money raised towards the Motorsports park. Gary Pilson owned a Corvette for over 40 years but never joined the club until he won a Grand Sport in a NCM raffle. Gary is now the club’s ambassador to the NCM. He says, “The way I look at it, there is no other brand in the world that offers as much support as Chevy offers for Corvette. It’s incredible.” It is because of this support that the club has decided to join the One Acre Club. The ETCC also believes all Corvette clubs should show the same support for such an amazing addition to the Corvette community.
Bob Becker bought his first Corvette in 1970 a few months after he got his first full time job. He used it as a daily driver since it was the only car he owned at the time. Bob really enjoyed his ‘70 Vette and drove it until 1974 when he got married and needed a bigger car. He spent the next thirty years looking at every new model corvette that came out. In 2006, Bob and his wife Marilyn decided that the C6 coupe would be the perfect “retirement car” to visit the places on their bucket list. They bought a 2006 Monterrey Red Coupe and named it VettaRosa. They then joined the Queen City Corvette Club in Charlotte, NC. Bob and Marilyn both say VettaRosa and Queen City Corvette Club have made many of their retirement dreams come true. In 2011, Bob and Marilyn went on a 10,000 mile, five week, cross country National Park tour with a dozen QCCC Corvettes. They have made many friends and their calendar is always full thanks to the Corvette Lifestyle.
One of the first NCM events Bob and his wife attended was the 2008 Bash which included the ground breaking ceremony for the museum expansion project. They returned for the 2009 Bash and the completed expansion of the museum was impressive. They found it so impressive that it had been built by member donations and fund raising. Bob says, “We have always had great times at museum events and felt it was our turn to make a contribution. Joining the One Acre Club and getting in on the beginning of the Motor Sports Park was the perfect opportunity.”
Wil Cooksey’s life of commitment to Corvette began back in 1969 when he returned from Vietnam. Twenty-four years later, he was named manager of the world’s only Corvette plant and naturally, it was a dream come true.
His connection with the National Corvette Museum has been strong since Day 1. At one time, he had a ZR1 drag race car on display at the museum. This car was built from the ground up as a racecar and helped fuel Wil’s passion for drag racing. Though drag racing has always been an integral part of his love for Corvette, he also enjoys road tracks and is so enthusiastic about the opening of the Motorsports Park. Wil believes a desire to race and show off your car is ingrained in the DNA of all Corvette fans. He says that racing is more than just the hobby, but is about the individual’s performance and creating a safer experience with the car. He hopes many more people will offer their support and says, “It is the only way to build the dream!”
Wil looks forward to the addition of a drag track and has already pledged his support for that future endeavor. He is currently writing a book about his lifelong relationship with Corvette. In addition to his numerous successes in the Corvette community, Wil is being initiated into the Corvette Hall of Fame this August and says that will be “the icing on the cake!”
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