In the summer of 1998, our founders, Jeff & Kim Hills, Bob & Leslie Eberle and Lance Bennencourt were cruising around Vacaville enjoying their Corvettes, and they wanted to join a car club. They noticed there wasn’t an active Corvette club in the local area, and so, they decided to create one. They began by putting flyers on the cars at a car show in Andrews park.
The first gathering of interested Corvette owners/enthusiasts was August 28th at Casa Trevino in downtown Vacaville. These “Charter Members” decided to establish a club that would be social, fun and stress-free, with the primary purpose of enjoying their favorite cars – Corvettes.
On October 28th the Vaca Valley Vettes was established. The immediate club goals included: a newspaper advertisement in The Reporter to encourage more membership; a fundraiser to generate income; and community service to support the Women’s Club on Catherine Street.
Seven months later, Vaca Valley Vettes had grown to 44 members and we were meeting at Round Table Pizza the last Tuesday of the month.
A few of the first events were: a trip to Thunder Hill Raceway in Willows to “learn how to drive your Corvette”; tours of Anheuser Busch and Jelly Belly; and a cruise to the Blackhawk Museum in Danville.
The original logo was designed by Lance and Jeff with input from the members; this logo had three red Corvettes with the Vaca Hills in the background Our current logo was developed for our club’s bricks and flag that flies at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Cruising for over 21 years now, we are still enjoying socials and having fun. And we continue to revel in our favorite cars.
(Written by JoRené Danel with information provided by Jay & Lynene Lindstrom, Charter Members.)