Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Need for Speed

CKCC president Pete Johnson and retired astronaut Jon McBride, who is a member. Image source: Florida Today.

The Chevrolet Corvette was the ironic muscle car of the 1960s space program. Most astronauts drove a Corvette, racing them on the back roads of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as well as the streets of Cocoa Beach.

Out of that era came the Cape Kennedy Corvette Club. Astronauts past and present have been members.

The January 8 Florida Today profiled the CKCC:

Over the years, several astronauts have been named honorary members, including Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard and Dick Gordan. Jon McBride and Bruce Melnick are current honorary members.

There are two other such clubs in Brevard County: the Space Coast Vettes, which was established in Melbourne in 1973; and the Titusville Corvette Club, established in 1976.

“It’s nice to be with people who have the same interest as you,” said Pete Johnson, president of the Cape Kennedy Corvette Club. “You don’t have to explain why you bought the car. They understand.”

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