NZ Corvettes is a non-profit making, voluntarily-run organisation that offers a New Zealand-wide view at all things Corvette. If you’re interested in what’s happening in the Corvette scene throughout NZ then NZ Corvettes offers you the following:
The Vette Gazette magazine is published three times a year in April, August and December. The Gazette covers the annual National Corvette Convention, news from Vette groups around the country, technical topics, profiles Vette owners, and advertises parts and cars for sale or wanted. The cost of joining NZ Corvettes basically covers the costs of producing the Vette Gazette.
Published in the August edition of the Vette Gazette the register is a list of all financial members of NZ Corvettes. This list is only given to NZ Corvettes members and is regarded as information for members only. (If for privacy reasons, you do not want some or all of your details published, then this can be arranged).
NZ Corvettes publishes information about forthcoming National events and features them in the Vette Gazette. There can be anywhere between 90-100 cars attending. As a NZ Corvettes member you will automatically receive a registration pack for the next Corvette Nationals (usually sent out with the August edition of the Vette Gazette).
NZ Corvettes was founded around 1980 by a Kiwi gentleman of English descent called Jim Maidens (with the support of a few local NZ Corvette owners). Jim lived in Blenheim and, from all accounts, was rather eccentric (often seen wearing Coca Cola flared pants), and accompanied by his old English Sheepdog and pet turtle. Despite his eccentricity, he was regarded as a truly dedicated, honest and genuine Vette lover.
His love of cars included a Turquoise ’66 Roadster (with a little turtle stuck on the driver’s door to hide the paint chip), a ‘73 454 Corvette (turquoise) and a ‘70s 454 Camaro (turquoise).
Jim began by forming a register of all known Corvette owners, the details sent out to each person in a newsletter. From this evolved the first Vette get-together (known as the Corvette Nationals today) which was held in Nelson in 1981 with 16 Corvettes attending.
Sadly Jim passed away in 1997, leaving a huge void in the NZ Corvette community but NZ Corvettes has remained under a number of caretakers since – his newsletter was given a new look and named the ‘Vette Gazette’ in 1998, so his legacy lives on.
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