Vettes and Jets

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO – Baton Rouge Corvette Club members James Guidry, Joellyn Grass, Mark and Mary Jurey, Patti and Nathan Hatheway, Tracy and Randy LeBlanc, Elisa and Taylor Jeansonne and Daryle Gauthier, from left, recently attended Vettes and Jets in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Eleven members and six cars from the Baton Rouge Corvette Club recently attended Vettes and Jets in Corpus Christi, Texas, joining other Corvette enthusiasts from 42 states.

The 9/11 memorial event was held aboard the USS Lexington aircraft carrier, which displayed all 416 Corvettes on its flight deck. The cars were loaded onto the aircraft carrier a dozen at a time, taking two hours to complete, and were parked nose to tail on the flight deck.

During the two-day event, people toured the ship and viewed the cars and exhibits aboard the aircraft carrier. The event broke a record for the most cars on an aircraft carrier and raised nearly $150,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, a news release said.

Corvette owners and their guests received T-shirts, a goodie bag, a certificate of attendance and full access to the ship museum.

Memorial services on Sept. 11 included bagpipes, bugle taps, a wreath ceremony and presentation of veterans and the flags for each military service, as well as the service song for each military branch performed by the Veterans Service Band. Afternoon activities included raffles, a live auction, a silent auction and fellowship.

This year was the last for Vettes and Jets, which began in 2008, though plans for a new way to display the Corvettes and aid the Wounded Warrior Project are underway.