The St. Jude Peoria to Memphis Corvette Drive was the brainchild of many. Over the course of several years, founder Mike McCoy was approached by Corvette enthusiasts to start a “Corvette Drive” from Peoria, IL, to Memphis, TN.
The Drive is modeled after the St. Jude Rides event, which is a motorcycle ride from Peoria to Memphis that has raised over $2.5 million in 7 years for the Kids of St. Jude! On May 3, 2012, a team of 31 Corvette drivers and St. Jude supporters departed Uftring Chevrolet in Washington for the 465-mile trek to Memphis. Participants drove to Memphis, toured the hospital and visited with patients and doctors, then returned to Peoria.
Each driver is required to raise $1,000 and each passenger must raise an additional $500. There are no expenses, thanks to our generous sponsors, especially Gary Uftring, Joe Knapp, and Uftring Chevrolet in Washington. The St. Jude Corvette Drive has raised over $200,000 in the three years for the Kids of St. Jude — Let’s see what the Corvette community can do in year 4!!