WELCOME TO THE CRCC
The Cedar Rapids Corvette Club
has been making history since 1963!
Join us for a look back at the
history of CRCC. If you want to learn the entire history of
CRCC, please click on this
CRCC HISTORY DOCUMENT (updated
to include 2012).
Our history document detailing all the 50th Anniversary events
for 2013 is here:
have information you would like to add to CRCC history,
please send your comments and photos to our Historian at;
Bernolfo (left) and Floyd Dirks take a spin around Hawkeye Downs for
a 1963 event. These drivers began a long tradition of serving
as honorary parade vehicles that continues today throughout Eastern
CRCC was a small but
mighty group during the summer of 1963 when these members posed for
a club photo. Front row drivers are (from left) Harold
Kennedy, Bill Fahey, Ron Denny and Joe Bernolfo. Middle row
pacers are Bud Kirkpatrick, Steve Stone, Floyd Dirks, Harry Rude and
Lowell Phelps. Bringing up the rear are Jim Paulson, Ken
Anderson, Lee Nelson, Denny Thorson, Frenchie Massure, Don Schilling
and Steve Mentzer.
The fall of 1963 finds
CRCC members in front of their polished Vettes. In the front
row (from left) are Bud Kirkpatrick, Floyd Dirks, Ron Denny, Harold
Kennedy, Bill Fahey and Denny Thorson. In the second row are
Don Schilling, Harry Rude, Ken Anderson, Joe Bernolfo, Bob Herring
and Frenchie Massure.
CRCC's Arc de Triumph: Members and their rides pictured at
Veterans Memorial Ball Park are (from left) Joe Leckington, Floyd
Dirks, Gary Toomsen, Pat Kelly, Jack Gilmore, Al Hammond, Jim
Mathis, Bob Palmer, Bob Coons, Vern Nielsen, Lee Nelson, Steve
Hopkins, Harold Kennedy, Kent Heiken, Julie Heusman, Ken Anderson,
Steve Menzer, Phil Puffer, Terry Kocher, Paul Dayhoff, Mike Jones,
Harley Haber, Dick Hein, Doug Muench, Jim Maxon, Hugh Carano, Jim
Paulson, Bill Fahey and Lowell Phelps.
CRCC Annual Banquet
CRCC Takes Shape
our first meeting in the fall of 1962 in
Joe Bernolfo's garage, the love of Corvettes united a small group of
employees from the Collins Radio Company. Fifteen charter members
officially began CRCC in 1963 and adopted the motto, "Progress,
Courtesy and Safety."
There were many "firsts" during
that year: the first group trip to Indy, the first community
activity (installing radio setups for the flag stations at Greenwood
Roadway in Indianola, Iowa), the first honorary member. (Can you
guess who that member was and why it was "honorary"?)
CRCC Charter Members: The guys who
started it all
celebrate the 40th reunion of CRCC. Charter members are (back
row, from left) Floyd Dirks, Harry Rude, Ken Anderson, Harley Haber,
Joe Bernalfo, Terry Kocher and Don Ule. Pictured in the front
row are Bill Fahey, Bob Herring, Ron Denny and Lowell Phelps.
If you read the CRCC History Document, you will know;
Which CRCC members have won new
Corvettes in the National Kidney Foundation's annual raffle?
What year were women allowed to join
CRCC is full members?
What year was the first woman elected CRCC
opening of which national museum was visited by many CRCC members?
Which three special awards did CRCC
receive in 2007?