Auck­land Corvette Club

New Zealand Classic Car - - Club Corner -

The Auck­land Corvette Club is made up of a group of peo­ple from wide and var­ied back­grounds who all have a pas­sion for Corvettes and that, along with an in­ter­est in th­ese US clas­sics, is all you need to join, as own­ing a car is not es­sen­tial — although most club mem­bers do own a Corvette. There are 150 mem­bers (cou­ples or in­di­vid­u­als), and the club con­tin­ues to grow larger ev­ery year.

Ev­ery month there is an or­ga­nized run to a place of in­ter­est, cul­mi­nat­ing in lunch at a café or restau­rant. Th­ese runs gen­er­ally take place around the Auck­land area, but have ex­tended as far as North­land and the Cen­tral Plateau — in­deed, the club’s next run, sched­uled for the end of May, is to Ohakune, where mem­bers in­tend to stay for the week­end. There will be a lo­cal guide to show mem­bers off-the-beaten tracks where the scenery is spec­tac­u­lar.

Other lo­cal runs have in­cluded drives to the se­abird coast at Ka­iaua, Driv­ing Creek Train in the Coro­man­del, var­i­ous car mu­se­ums (in­clud­ing some pri­vate col­lec­tions) and other lo­cal at­trac­tions.

It is al­ways great to check out pri­vate car col­lec­tions — and popular vis­its for club mem­bers in­clude the Craw Mu­seum at Maun­gat­a­pere (the South­ern Hemi­sphere’s largest Packard col­lec­tion) and a pri­vate col­lec­tion of Maser­atis — also the largest col­lec­tion in the South­ern Hemi­sphere.

The Auck­land Corvette Club is very so­cial, and fo­cuses on en­cour­ag­ing a friendly and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment for like­minded peo­ple to so­cial­ize and en­joy Corvettes.

It is al­ways good to be able to chat with some­one who has a sim­i­lar car, or who has dealt with a sim­i­lar prob­lem, and can give you ad­vice on how to ‘fix it.’

Each year there are two big events that Corvettes from all over New Zealand at­tend. One is a week­end in Taupo at which the new por­tion of the Taupo track is hired for a day, and cars go out in pairs with a max­i­mum of six on the track at any one time. It is great fun, and good to be able to test your car out in a safe and legal en­vi­ron­ment. There are time­keep­ers, so there is al­ways a lit­tle com­pe­ti­tion for those who want it.

The other ma­jor event is the Corvette Con­ven­tion. Next year this will be held at Pai­hia, in the Bay of Is­lands, and will be run by the Auck­land Corvette Club. A week­end of so­cial­iz­ing, show­ing off the cars and driv­ing, this is al­ways a great event. The Con­ven­tion al­ter­nates from the North to South Is­land each year, with dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions ev­ery time.

The club has also gath­ered a tried and true list of com­pa­nies which can work on the cars or pro­vide parts and ser­vices, all com­ing with sound rec­om­men­da­tions from mem­bers.

The costs of join­ing are small, and all de­tails, along with the ap­pli­ca­tion form, can be found on the club’s web­site — auck­land­corvet­te­club.co.nz.

There are other groups through­out New Zealand that op­er­ate in a sim­i­lar way, and the Auck­land Corvette Club can put you in con­tact with them if you are not in the greater Auck­land re­gion.

Join­ing a car club such as the Auck­land Corvette Club is a great way to add value to own­ing a spe­cial car. It en­cour­ages you to use it, and helps you meet new like-minded peo­ple and make new friends.

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