Auckland Corvette Club
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.