Coastal Carolina Corvette Club to host 11th annual 'Vettes Doin Charleston' event on DI
When Daniel Island resident Kim Sheldon bought her first Corvette nearly 20 years ago, it was not long until she realized her passion for the brand and the community that comes with it.
After she and her late husband Chuck moved to Daniel Island from Annapolis, Maryland 15 years ago, where they were active members in a Corvette Club, they were immediately drawn to the Coastal Carolina Corvette Club (CCCC), a not-for-profit organization that give Corvette owners a chance to meet other owners and Corvette lovers through meetings, events and competitions.
Following her husband’s passing, Sheldon explained that the club and Corvettes have continued to remain an important part of her life. Today, she serves as the vice president of competition for the CCCC.
“My husband died in 2013 but I have continued to be active with the club and the National Corvette Museum, along with supporting the Corvette Racing Team,” said Sheldon. “I have served as president of the club many times in the last 15 years and currently am VP of competition.”
As part of her role with the CCCC, Sheldon schedules and sets up the club’s shows, competitions and other events throughout the year. One of those events is the “Vettes Doin Charleston,” an annual Corvette show that takes place on Daniel Island. For their 11th year, the show will be taking place in the Benefitfocus parking lot, located at 215 Benefitfocus Way, on Saturday, April 21.
The show will feature approximately 150 Corvettes, which includes 30 to 40 of the club members’ cars, continued Sheldon. While the club has over 100 members, many of the participants travel from surrounding states and beyond to take part.
“We have attendees come in from NC, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina, of course,” said Sheldon. “We draw from the area, plus we have some coming this year from Ohio. A lot of the participants that bring their Corvettes to show them come from outside of the Charleston area.”
It is important to note that all proceeds from events held by the CCCC are donated to charity. Following last year’s event, the club donated $5000 to First Responders of North Charleston. This year, funds raised will benefit the Veterans Victory House in Walterboro, South Carolina and the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, added Sheldon.
“While we try to put on a quality show for people to return, it’s really about the charity,” said Sheldon. “One of the missions of the Corvette Club here in Charleston is we want to give back to the community and support the community.”
Tickets for spectators of the event are free, though any donations are appreciated, explained Sheldon. All other funds raised are collected from sponsors of the event and the participant registration fee.
“The Corvette owners that put their cars in the show pay a registration fee because they’re in competition to win awards for their cars,” said Sheldon. “We’ve got a lot of sponsors that help put money towards the show and that helps fund our awards and stuff like that. All of proceeds, after we pay for the awards and secure all of our sponsorship and registration money, we give that to charity.”
Sponsors for this year’s event include Crews Chevrolet; Rick Hendrick Chevrolet and Mount Pleasant Chevy; Above and Beyond Automotive in Summerville; Clearview Auto Glass in Goose Creek; Jamison’s Custom Corvette in North Charleston; Pleasant Details and Tint in North Charleston; Custom Car Stereos of Charleston; Charleston Cotton Exchange; ABC Trophies in Summerville; Metro Electric in Charleston; Transcolor; and the DoubleTree by Hilton (North Charleston Convention Center).