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  • Writer's pictureMandy Haase-Thomas

Come on, what’s it really like?

Updated: May 22, 2019

You’ve looked at past years’ event photos, you’ve perused the event agenda, maybe looked for comments on the Black Hills Corvette Club Facebook page, but what is it really like to attend?

Sioux Falls Corvette Club president and a black and blue 2015 Z06 Laguna convertible owner, Kaye Wagner sheds some light. As a three year member of the host Corvette Club, and two-time attendee to the annual Black Hills Corvette Classic, she provides insight as an “experienced newbie”.

What is it about Corvettes?

My dad has always been a “car guy” so it is his fault that I love the cars! He has a red 1981 Corvette. I love everything about the cars. They are fun to look at and even more fun to drive. It’s so nice to get to see all the different options that people can choose when they get their cars – every car has something unique about it. Owners often have stories about their cars and/or how they got to own them. People always want to talk to you about your car, which is great too.

How did you become involved with the Sioux Falls Corvette Club, host club of the Black Hills Corvette Classic?

When I purchased my Corvette, I was provided a one-year membership from our club and Corvette Classic event sponsor Jerry’s Chevrolet. That initial introduction gets credit for my Club involvement, annual attendance to the Black Hills Corvette Classic, and is reason for all the wonderful memories I’ve made with Corvette enthusiasts.

Can you share some of your favorite memories from past Black Hills Corvette Classic events?

  1. Getting to meet new people is always a blast.

  2. Driving on Iron Mountain Road and the Needles highway is a highlight from my first year attending.

  3. Last year, driving the Badlands loop on the way out to the Corvette Classic was great as well. I also participated in the Dream Cruise, and loved the drive into Spearfish Canyon last year. There is nothing quite like being in a convertible and driving through all that amazing scenery.

  4. Taking a chance and trying the autocross was great last year too! I was nervous but it was a good chance to try something new with lots of great teachers around to give advice.

From your time at the annual event, what are some "Pro Tips" you want new attendees to know?

  1. Don’t be afraid to get out and drive – there is so much amazing stuff to see in the area! Just remember that your GPS might be a little spotty.

  2. Take a chance and do the autocross or drag racing. It’s a great place to learn, there are people of all different skill levels around and lots of people to learn from.

What should “first-timers” plan to do?

  1. Take time to drive to Mount Rushmore, drive Iron Mountain Road and Needles highway, or drive into Spearfish Canyon.

What is one thing you are looking forward to this year?

Seeing all the people that I have met in the past and getting a chance to meet new people. Come on out and join us, you will be very happy you did!

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