Corvettes of MN
These are a collection of past events and photos. We try to post these after each event.
COM SUMMER CRUISE, July 30th, 2022
Nearly 25 cars, including about 20 Corvettes, went on our Summer Cruise. We started near the Woodbury Applebee’s and went into Wisonsin, with our first stop at the historic Swinging Bridge suspension bridge dating from the 1930s into Glen Park in River Falls. Next was a stop at the Junction Falls water falls at the meeting of the Kinnickinnic and the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic Rivers. Then a quick stop at Belle Vinez winery outside River Falls, and a spirited drive on some country roads. At Prescott, we turned west to return to Minnesota, and visited the falls of the Vermillion River in Hastings at a beautiful park. Then back over the Mississippi River, and some scenic roads including St. Croix Trail and Stagecoach Trail, passing through the villages of Afton, St. Mary’s Point, Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland, and Lakeland Shores, where we stopped at the Jordan Meats and Deli to stock up on picnic supplies. We ended at the Welcome Center Rest Stop in West Lakeland, just off Interstate 94 with a picnic for those who wished to stay.
We had the opportunity to meet several of our newer members COM, visit with members of other clubs, and enjoy seeing old friends from long ago who heard about the cruise. In addition to all the Corvettes, from Griff’s C-1 to several brand new C-8s, we were joined by a Firebird, classic Monte Carlo, Saturn Sky, Malibu, Volvo, and others. Next Cruise for our club will be the annual Fall Cruise on Saturday, October 15th, starting and ending in the Stillwater/Oak Park Heights area, and including some Rustic Roads of Western Wisconsin. Watch for a flyer on our website in early September.
Don G., your Governor and Cruise Director
GMCCA Show, Sunday, June 5, 2022 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Corvettes of Minnesota again participated in the GMCCA Annual Show on June 5 of this year. Many COM members were involved in the Saturday set-up putting up the Corvette tent, stakes and banners to limit access points; on Sunday many were staffing the main spectator gate, and doing clean-up activities. Several COM members were involved in each activity, as well as several showing cars. Early estimates were 800-900 cars in the show, and a good number of swap meet vendors and many spectators. Thanks to all who participated in any way, and especially to Jan Hanna who is one of the Directors for the Show, and coordinated all our work schedules. Over a dozen clubs, including three Corvette clubs, are involved in making this show happen each year. About a hundred Corvettes. ranging from early C-1s through new C-8s were in the Show area. The GMCCA Show s one of our club’s primary fund-raiser events each year as well.
COM Gov., Don G.
COM FALL CRUISE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
We enjoyed a cruise this year of just over 100 miles, with three interesting stops along the way. About 15 Corvettes were joined by a ’92 Mini Cooper by Rover, a Chevelle and Malibu, Volvo, BMW, Cadillac, and SRT. COM members were joined by members of Classic Corvettes and Suburban Corvettes, plus several independent drivers and navigators. Corvettes ranged in age from Griff’s C-1 1959 to Ron and Gary’s C-8 2021s.
Our Cruise started in Oak Park Heights, crossed the St. Croix, and soon found us on a winding road near the Bass Lake Cheese Factory. We proceeded through Somerset, East Farmington, Osceola, and Dresser to St. Croix Falls, where we turned onto the River Road, dating from the 1860s. Much of the River Road runs through State Park land, along the St. Croix River. Our first stop was at the Howlin’ Wolf Creek Bar, which originated back in 1831 as a trading post. As part of the annual River Road Ramble, they were hosting a Classic Car Show with over 50 entries.
Our second stop was a business with over 500 vintage snowmobiles, dozens of cars, trucks, and tractors, and lots of automotive memorabilia. Then it was back through Cushing, Eureka Springs, and St. Croix Falls to return to Wisconsin in Taylors Falls. Our third stop was at the beautiful new Bitter Roots Winery, outside Scandia, near Copas. After more photo opportunities at the winery, we passed through historic Marine on St. Croix and downtown Stillwater, and ended at the Muddy Cow in Oak Park Heights, where many of the Cruise participants enjoyed refreshments and meals.The weather was dry, and toward the end of the Cruise we had some nice sunlight to brighten our view of some trees that were taking on their fall colors.
Your Cruise Director, Don G.
COM’s Fall Cruise, September 12th, 2020
The annual Fall Cruise for COM and friends was held this year on September 12. Overcast skies and an occasional mist didn’t keep 20 cars including over a dozen Corvettes and a wide variety of other vehicles from NSX to Malibu from attending. We started at the Oak Park Heights McDonald’s to sign waivers and distribute Route Instructions. From Stillwater we traveled back roads past Square Lake and Marine on St. Croix to our first stop at Crabtrees Garden Gate and She Shed in tiny Copas. From there we went into Chisago Country, south through Scandia, and stopped at the Gammelgarden Museum and grounds, celebrating the early Swedish settlers in Minnesota. The next leg of our cruise went past the Washington County Quilt Barn trail, with many old barns decorated with quilt patterns. More back roads took us through “Graffitti Tunnel” and into the village of Marine on St. Croix, where several of the group enjoyed an ice cream cone or other treat. The last leg of the Cruise took us past the logging era Boom Site to Stillwater, where we passed the original State Prison site where the Younger Gang spent many years after the failed Northfield bank robbery (with the Jessie and Frank James gang), down historic Main Street, up Chilkoot Hill, past Minnesota’s oldest surviving Courthouse, and past many lumber baron mansions from the late 1800’s to our end point at The Muddy Cow, where many from our group went inside to socialize and enjoy some pizza and other food and beverages.
Your Cruise Director, Don G.
COM Fall Cruise, October 20th, 2019
About a dozen cars and 24 participants left the Woodbury McDonald’s for our annual COM Fall Cruise. First stop was the Lark Toy Store and Museum in Kellogg, Mn. On the way there, we were treated to an amazing cloud bank hanging over the Mississippi, all the way from Lake City to Kellogg. Lark is recognized as one of the Top 10 toy store in the world by USA Today. A beautiful hand-carved carousel, llamas, miniature golf, a restaurant, and a huge collection of toys on display in their museum, plus toys and puzzles for sale, offered something for everyone.
We crossed the Mississippi at historic Winona, drove an exciting back road (Buffalo County M) to arrive at Elmer’s Auto and Toy Museum on the bluff above Fountain City, Wisconsin. Featured are 100+ muscle cars, including a 78 Silver Anniversary Corvette with 5.4 miles on the odometer, dozen of dirt track and asphalt stock cars, in excess of 700 restored pedal cars, and a building housing 100,000+ toys, plus quarter midget and midget sprint cars, and a very rare (reportedly 1 of just 3 still existing) Polaris Formula car, designed for an SCCA racing class that never happened! To get onto the Elmer’s property, we entered through a salvage yard with hundreds of 60’s-80’s cars. The entire property overlooks the Mississippi River with a spectacular view of the Great River, and miles of Minnesota.
The return trip went through a dozen small towns along Wisconsin 35, and ended with many of the group going to the original Bierstube restaurant in Hastings. It was a sunny, 60 degree day; great for a fun drive along the Mississippi with club members, friends, and auto enthusiasts.