COM Fall Cruise
October 21st, 2017
Saturday, October 21st dawned rainy with thunderstorms, but about 30 hardy souls still attended our 2017 COM Fall Cruise. COM members were joined by members of Suburban Corvettes, Classic Corvettes, Minnesota Renegades, and some independents. We had several Corvettes, a Porsche, and assorted Chevrolet, Ford, Toyoto, and other vehicles. By the time we started the cruise, the weather had improved significantly. We drove on some scenic roads in the Afton, Welch, Red Wing, and Frontenac areas, reaching our first rest stop in Lake City. About an hour in to the Cruise, the weather had cleared, and the sun was shining, but no sail boats on Lake Pepin.
Heading north, we returned to US Hiway 61, crossed into Wisconsin and picked up Wisconsin 35 (the "Great River Road"), and traveled some more scenic roads near Prescott and River Falls. before arriving at our second rest stop at the new Belle Vinez winery. From there, a short drive remained to the Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse in Hudson, where many of the participants enjoyed lunch.
Thanks to all those who participated in the Cruise. It's always fun to see some of our long-time members who join us for the annual Cruise, and to welcome some new faces as well. Participants seemed to enjoy the roads and the selection of stops, and dealt with the rainy starting conditions well. Most of the cruise was dry and at least partially sunny. At times the colors of the fall leaves were spectacular!
photo credits: Don Gettinger & Scott Hegstrand!
August 27th, 2017
Sunday, August 27th, COM hosted Round Three in the Met Council Autocross Series at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. We had just over 70 cars at the event, including about 8 COM drivers, and about 15 Corvettes. Dave Bahl designed a fun course that was just over a minute long for most competitors. Our timing system worked flawlessly thanks to a lot of effort by Shawn and Wally since our last event. Lots of COM members came out to help put on the event beyond the entrants, working timing, registration, set-up, posting times, and many other duties.
We were able to offer 6 timed runs to all entrants, and still finish timed runs about 2:30. The threat of rain kept everyone on task all day, and we were able to finish before the first showers arrived. It turned out to be a pleasant day, and the turnout, especially of COM members and other Corvette owners, was encouraging. Thanks to all who participated in any capacity in the event."
Next up on the Calendar: Our COM Fall Cruise on Saturday, October 21, starting at 10:00 am at the McDonald's on Suburban Ave., near I-94 and White Bear Avenue. More info to follow, but the route is expected to include Afton, Hastings, Red Wing, Lake City (rest stop at a DQ), then back through Red Wing, cross into Wisconsin, going through Prescott, a second brief rest stop at Belle Vinez near River Falls (a new winery, featuring brick fired pizza). From there. it will be a short drive to Hudson where we'll gather at Old Country Bar-B-Que Smokehouse for lunch (next door is Azule Tequila, for those with a taste for Mexican), about a half mile off I-94.
July 29th, 2017
Our July NCCC Rallye created by Don Gettinger and Bill Hoxmeier was a massively fun time. It brought in members from 5 NCCC clubs, and from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, plus several non-NCCC Corvette entrants, and a Porsche and BMW. We had members of Wisconsin Corvette Club, Little Egypt Corvette Club, Corvettes of Minnesota, Suburban Corvettes, Mid-West Corvette Club, Sunburst Corvette Club, Classic Corvettes, and others, In all, 38 participated in the event. We left the Woodbury Applebee's and followed scenic roads near Afton, through Prescott, Wi., near River Falls, and Roberts, and returned to the Applebee's for awards and refreshments about 3:00. Along the way, we played 7 games involved in the scoring. A beautiful day, lots of fun drives, beautiful cars, and great people! Photos courtesy Max Allers & Don Gettinger.
COM/PCA Autocross @ DCTC
June 25th, 2017
The Corvettes of MN + Porche Club (PCA) + open to all cars Autocross Event at Dakota County Technical Driving Center. We had a great turnout with rain until about noon and then nice overcast dry day for the rest of the afternoon. Here are a few pics of the pits before the event got started. Photos courtesy Max Allers & Don Gettinger.
GMCCA Car Show
June 4th, 2017
On Saturday, several COM members helped set up for the show by putting up tents, and stringing ribbon around the perimeter of the site. Sunday was a near-perfect day for sun, temperature, and a slight breeze.
COM members manned the entrance gate, as well as had members showing their cars and enjoying a great day of car culture by GM! Photos courtesy Charlie & Les Hoffman; studz!
Renegades Corvette Club Cruise
May 13th, 2017
The event Fun Cruise with Rally Games put on in May by Shawn and Jan Hanna (who are members of COM, SCM, and Classic Corvettes, as well as Minnesota Renegades). There were 24 cars on the Cruise, with a half-dozen with COM connection. Great time had by all! The cruise included a stop for root beer in Taylor Falls, another stop at the Franconia Sculpture Park. The start and end point was at Green Mill in Shoreview, just off 694. Photos courtesy Charlie Hoffman, Don Gettinger, Max Allers.