The Touch of Class Car Club (TOCCC) is the only car club in Citrus County organized exclusively for Corvette owners. It all got started in the second half of 2004, when several discussions about the formation of a new, smaller Corvette Club in Citrus County were held. 

In December of that year, approximately 25 individuals got together at Ray’s BBQ in Crystal River for the express purpose of organizing and chartering what was to become Touch of Class Corvette Club of Citrus County.

The first formal meeting of the club was scheduled for January 2005 with Jim Otenbaker as president. Several people were involved in the formation of the club and most are still active today.

Prospective new members must own a Corvette. Prior to being voted into the club by the membership, the prospective members must attend at least one general membership meeting and one club event to familiarize them with the workings of the club and to meet as many members as possible. Once voted in, membership dues are $60 per year. Depending on which month a new member is voted in, dues are prorated. The club bylaws limit the number of memberships to 50. A membership can consist of one or two persons.

The club does not sponsor cruise-ins or car shows, although some of the members actively participate in such events as sponsored by other Citrus County and Florida clubs. The club sponsored events include quarterly ice cream socials, a poker run, a club picnic, a Christmas party and a club pizza party. A highlight of the year is the annual anniversary party dinner and dance held each January. Member sponsored events also include meals of the month, wacky Wednesday outings, day and weekend trips to different Florida attractions and, on occasion, trips on cruise ships.

If you are a Corvette owner and want to find out more about the TOCCC, go to their website at tccorvettes.com and, if interested in joining the club, send an email to info@tccorvettes.com. The officers of the club would be happy to discuss membership with you. The club moto is “Making friends through a shared passion.”

JOKES

  • What kind of car does a Jedi drive? A Toy-Yoda.
  • Why do bananas drive muscle cars? They love to peel out.

UPCOMING EVENT

  • The Beverly Hills Civic Association, with the help of the Citrus MOPARS Car Club, will host their annual Sparkle in the Park celebration car show from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills. Registration will be from 8 to 10 a.m. with cash awards being presented at 2 p.m. The awards will be determined by participant’s choice voting. Registration is $20 the day of the show. All years, makes and models of vehicles are invited to attend.

Ken McNally is the car columnist for the Chronicle. Contact him at kenmcnally@tampabay.rr.com or 352-341-1165 for more information on any of the above events.

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