Club Events

The Autumn Cruise is held each year at the end of September. In 2016, this event was a Brew Cruise on Saturday, September 24, 2016, on an overcast day with temperatures in the mid 60’s. The rain which had been predicted for portions of the day held off until after the cruise was completed. The cruise started at Jim and Pat Bodin’s home in Stillwater, Minnesota with 32 cars and 62 people attending. After coffee, rolls, and juice,
the group left for Me & Julio’s restaurant in Hastings, Minnesota where lunch was served. The final destination was the Maple Island Brewing Company in Stillwater, Minnesota where selections of the brewery’s beer products were available for tasting

During the cruise, a trivia game was played with questions to be answered through observations along the roadway. Doug and Jan Arneson and Kris Bender tied for 1st place with all questions answered correctly. There was a 5-way tie for 2nd place with only two wrong answers. After a drawing, it was determined that 2nd place would be awarded
to Terry and Joan Wigginton. If this type of game is to be played on future cruises, it is apparent to us that the questions need to be harder because there are too many clever members that attend the cruise

Thanks to everyone who attended and we hope you had a good time. Preparations for the 2017 cruise will start shortly and we hope to be able to use all Minnesota roads

Cars Under the Stars is held on the second weekend in August and is open to all Corvettes, Street Rods, Classic, and Custom Cars that members or non-members wish to show. Awards are given out by class, along with a Best of Show

Our team arrived at Village Chevrolet before 5 pm August 13th (2016) to set up for the show. We have been fortunate all three years with almost perfect weather having temperatures in the upper 70’s and low humidity each year. When we got all of the participants in and parked we had 85 corvettes and 48 street rods and classics for a total of 133 cars. In addition to the drivers and their guests we had 140 paid spectators attend the show

Best of Show: Dave Kalina ’34 Ford Coupe**, Eileen McConnell ’63 Corvette
SCM Top Ten Awards: Byron Bode ’59 Impala, Tom Malik ’48 Cadillac, Mark & Lisa Orfield ’67 Roadster
Top Ten Award: Howard Hornibrook ’63 Coupe**
** Dave and Howard are former Suburban Corvette members

Thank you to all of the SCM members who participated in the show. Special thanks to those who stepped up to help us with registration, parking cars, spectator gate, ballot counting for the awards, and selling raffle tickets. The workers included Terry & Joan Wigginton, Gloria Weeks, John Engstrom, Bruce & Sandy Bracini, Terry Thompson, Bev Clausen, Paul Hauschildt, Greg & Barb Stattman Shawn & Jan Hanna, Eric Kehle, Joe Shaugnessy, Randy Walker, Tricia MacEachern, John Garley, Roger Dahlquist, Doug & Jan Arneson, Dewey & JoEllen LaGow

The Drive your Chevy to the Levee cruise was held on Saturday, August 27th, 2016. The cruise started a bit soggy with the predicted spotty showers turning into a steady soaking. Things did dry out though after lunch. At the lunch stop, we had thirty attendees and nineteen Corvettes. A representative of the “Drive Your Chevy to the Levee” group has confirmed (with the condition of anonymity) that there was an error with the post lunch driving instruction sheets. The source has also stated that the problem has been dealt with, the error corrected, and an apology issued to any who may have been inconvenienced. All in all great roads, cars, food and people. Thank you to Barb & Roger Dahlquist for coordinating this cruise

Brainerd Drivers School and Track Day is held in mid-June and again in mid-September, sponsored by SCM, and attracts cars and drivers from all over the state. It is open to all vehicles and drivers that wish to improve their driving skills and get to know the capabilities of their cars on a track

Our June 12th (2017) Drivers School was a beautiful day, temps in the 80’s, nice breeze & sun. Everything was going well until we lost a Viper in the outside wall coming out of turn 2. Driver was OK. Needed to shut down the track for ½ hour to repair the wall. There were 35 drivers plus three that did the track tour for 45+ minutes.

I want to thank everyone that came up and participated. A special thanks to all the volunteers that came up and helped. Without these volunteers, we couldn’t do this event.

Our Sept. 18th (2017) Drivers School was an almost perfect driving day. It was about 68 degrees, light breeze, and mostly overcast. A little cool for corner workers & spectators, but great for drivers anyway. We had a very good turnout: There were 44 drivers plus 3 for track touring. For several drivers it was their first time with us. Nice to see.

A special THANK YOU to all the workers who came up to help. Especially the first timers. There are several reasons I enjoy doing this; this is one, an email from Matt: Rick, thanks for organizing yesterday’s driving session. I had a great time refining my line and was able to meet some very nice guys. Thanks, Matt

There have been many others in the past.
Til next season

Our Fall Color Run is held each October in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, beginning with a brunch on Friday followed by a cruise to LaCrosse and a Friday night social. Saturday morning kicks off with over 200 Corvettes meeting at Onalaska Park, followed by a 120-mile cruise through the rolling countryside in Southern Wisconsin. Saturday evening consists of a banquet, with a Sunday brunch at a local golf course finalizing the event. Click for details

The Firecracker Cruise is held each year the weekend before July 4th. This year’s cruise was held on June 25, 2016, and was a big success; we managed to dodge the raindrops! We met at Shiner’s Bar and Grill with 38 Corvettes and had a nice breakfast and refreshments to start the ride. We left Shiner’s at 10 am and had a scenic 63-mile ride to Menomonie, WI. Thstraightawaysand some curves that needed some attention, thank goodness for Driver’s School. We arrived in Menomonie at 11:30 and enjoyed a decent lunch stop at the Stout Ale House and left at 1:30. The parking lot was full of beautiful Corvettes with the local fans checking out the awesome cars. The rest stop was truly enjoyable where we socialized, told our car stories and of course shared our superb driving skills

Leaving Menomonie we drove through town and all the locals were dazzled by the procession of sports cars. Once we got outside of town we regrouped and had another 63 miles of fantastic roads. Some claims of breaking the sound barrier on County Road X need to be verified. We ended the cruise at the Bluffs Bar and Grill in Hager City for refreshments and some more storytelling and farewells. What a good group and a very good time we had

Hamburger, Fries, and Catch-up is held the first Friday of each month, hosted by a different SCM member each month, and is usually held at a different location chosen by the hosting person or couple. We meet throughout the year, which gives members, prospective members, and guests an opportunity to discuss Corvettes, current events, vacations, and any other topics they are comfortable with. Locations are posted on our website

GMCCA. The 35th annual all GM Car/Truck Show & Swap Meet took place on Sunday, June 4th, 2017. We were again blessed with beautiful weather and a great turnout of vehicles. This event is sponsored by the General Motors Car Clubs Association (GMCCA) in which SCM participates. SCM’s duties include parking the swap vendors, and we had a large turnout of swappers. Many thanks go out to the following SCM members who signed up to help with set up on Saturday or with parking/clean up on Sunday: David Schmuck, Harold Radke, Ron Weeks, Dave Lindgren, Joe Orehek, John Engstrom, Curt Callies, Scott Weyer, Roger Jones, Doug Arneson, Jim & Judy Letourneau, Butch & Marie George, Shawn & Jan Hanna, Bob Bleckinger, and Eric Kehle. Also thank you to the SCM members that attended. All GMCCA clubs share in the proceeds of the event

Plastic Fantastic, our first car show of the season is an “all Corvettes” show open to all Corvette owners and spectators throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Trophies are awarded by class, along with a best-of-show award. The event is held at Village Chevrolet in Wayzata, our Club sponsor

This year Plastic Fantastic was held on May 21, 2017, at Village Chevrolet in Wayzata. The weather showed us its ugly side. We had 40 Corvettes: C1s: 0, C2s: 2, C3s: 0, C4s: 4, C5s: 12, C6s: 8, C7s: 14

A special thanks goes out to Village Chevrolet, as our club sponsor, with special thanks to Katie Johnson and Grant Osgood! Thanks to Village Chevrolet for the six oil changes. Also, thank you to Greg Stattman from Coldwell Banker for two gift cards!

Thank you to all the SCM members that put in their time for us. Your help was very much appreciated. We can’t showcase our club and have a show of this magnitude without your help. It is always easy to come to a show like this when the weather is good. We cannot thank you members enough for coming out and also for working the show.

Award Winners: C2: Mark & Lisa Orfield, C4: John Hall, C5: Shawn & Jan Hanna, C6: Gary Miron, C7: John Garley,
Best of Show: John Hall

Spina Bifida Picnic is held in mid-September each year in conjunction with our primary funding beneficiary, Spina Bifida of Minnesota. It includes lunch, hosted by Spina Bifida, followed by our Club members giving rides to children and their families. The event is held at a regional park in New Brighton. It gives us the chance to share our wheels with those that live on them

On September 25, 2016, the Spina Bifida (SB) annual picnic was held at Snail Lake Park Pavilion just off Victoria Street and 694. Spina Bifida is Suburban’s (SCM) club charity and has been for close to three decades. I feel fortunate to be the current SB liaison for SCM

The picnic began at around 11:00 am with the kids having fun playing on the huge jungle gym at the park. The kids really enjoyed the outdoors fun. It turned out that the Snail Lake Pavilion was even better than the old New Brighton Pavilion with a view of the lake and a very nice walking path. Put this on your calendar for next year.
SB provided us with a nice lunch of hamburgers, chips, hot dogs, baked beans and many, many desserts. Yum, love those desserts

Suburban Corvettes through Greg Stattman provided a number of 1:18 scale Corvette models as door prizes for the kids and they were a big hit!

10 Corvettes arrived before Noon and parked in single file adjacent to the pavilion. The kid’s faces were lit up with anticipation. It has been my experience that the kids are becoming much more comfortable with riding in the Corvettes and have pretty much overcome any fear. Actually, just the opposite. We had 10 cars yet we provided over 30 rides. Can you say, “I’m going in the red one next!!”

I know the kids and their parents were very grateful for the opportunity to ride in America’s Sports Car because many of the kids and parents took the time to personally tell me this. Myself, I am very thankful to be doing this and associated with SB and SCM for 25 years. I have many, many fond memories of our activities together

Last, but certainly not least, let’s all take our hats off to the 10 drivers who took the time, on this beautiful day, to spend it with these kids and their parents. Huge thanks to Janet Hanna for encouraging me to bring my race car for the kids to sit in and the adults to drool over. It is my sincere hope that the drivers from SCM understand what they do here has a profound and lasting effect on these children (and adults). Thank you for taking the time to participate in the SB picnic for 2016. The effort you made to come out to the park for these kids says volumes about SCM and our willingness to be part of the SB family. Best regards, Shawn Hanna, SCM/SB Liaison

The Spring Cruise is the club’s kick-off event at the start of Corvette season. In 2017, this event was coordinated by John & Elaine Garley. Sunday, May 7th, started a bit cloudy and cool, but cleared and became a wonderful sunny day. Those who ate breakfast at the Good Day Café enjoyed very good food, and the staff truly worked hard to accommodate us and our schedule; the same could also be said for the RoadHaus in Henderson. The good people at Lord Fletcher’s reserved a portion of their parking lot for our use during a rest stop. The day was not without its issues but we still had fun

By the numbers: 83 members or their guests attended. We had 43 Corvettes, red being the most popular (17), followed by blue (9) and white (7) – does anyone see a patriotic theme here? There were two each of yellow, silver, black, and orange. One car was green and one car was whatever color JD drives (it could also be said my Black Rose falls into the ‘what color is that’ category). We had one C1, one C2, four C3, four C4, eleven C5, twelve C6 and ten C7 Vettes