NZ Corvette Club Nationals
Favourable comments and a lack of problems are a fair indication of a well-run event, and with registrations closing early last year, the popularity of the 2015 Chevrolet Nationals in Wanaka held over February 21–23 was assured, and the organizing group from the Deep South Corvette Group knew they were on to a good thing.
With the venue based around picturesque Wanaka, and the Nationals’ headquarters at the Oakridge Resort on the lakeshore, plus a stint at the Highlands Motorsport Park, everything was set for a great weekend.
“I guess we must have done okay if we kept 210 or so people happy for three days at an event without complaint,” organizing committee member Karen Varcoe said.
Registration kicked off on Friday with a barbecue, and 109 Corvettes turned up, plus one entry travelling in a rental. Saturday morning provided some thrills as the group traversed the Crown Range with its spectacular views, then down through the Kawerau Gorge to Highlands Motorsport Park, the venue for the public display and lunch.
Saturday evening was the Nationals dinner with a theme of red, white and blue, and pretty much everyone got on board with that for a really good night.
Sunday included brunch at Northburn Station, the AGM and prize-giving and a visit to Oturehua, location of the 19th Century Hayes Engineering company, for a look at some early inventions.
“We were very pleased with the turnout and surprised when registrations closed so early last year for the Nationals. It just shows how popular the Central Otago area is, plus the attraction of the Highland Motorsport Park,” Karen said.
Of all the Chevrolet Corvette models, from the C1 of 1954 through to the C7 of 2014, the biggest turnout was for the C3 models, with a total of 38 cars.
The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Nationals will be held in the Bay of Islands, organised by the Auckland Branch.