NZ Corvette Club Na­tion­als

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News -

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.

Quin­ton Tay­lor Quin­ton Tay­lor and Cory Var­coe

1. 2. Lots of eas­ily rec­og­niz­able tails (photo Cory Var­coe) What’s on the menu: High­land Park’s Restau­rant pro­vided a great meal for the Na­tion­als on Satur­day A sea of Corvettes — an im­pres­sive dis­play at High­land Park Race­way in Cromwell for the public d

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