How did R.A.C.E. begin?
Back in 2004, four curious Corvette owners in Rochester, MN, did a little advertising and set March 15, 2004, as a meeting date to determine if others were interested in forming a Corvette club. Over forty people attended and a club was born!
Throughout 2004, the Constitution and Bylaws were written, officers elected, club name and purpose registered, and we were off and DRIVING!
What is our purpose?
“The purpose of this Club is for Chevrolet Corvette owners to promote and share good will and fellowship; to engage in social and competitive events, encouraging favorable interest in the Club and the Corvette; and to support high standards of maintenance and courtesy on the road.” (excerpt from R.A.C.E. Constitution and Bylaws)
R.A.C.E. is a social club that brings together Corvette owners to form friendships and drive Corvettes. We are incorporated and hold tax-exempt status as a social club [501(c)(7)]. We are not organized as a charitable organization.
What kind of fun do we have?
Over the years, we have enjoyed numerous local drive and dines, participated in parades, attended Corvette rallies in a number of states, held tech sessions, organized drives across the country to national parks, scenic routes, and landmarks, and have even taken vacation cruises (on ships without our cars). You can imagine the lasting friendships that have resulted from all of these great activities. All members are encouraged to organize drives or events or bring forth their ideas for outings. That’s what R.A.C.E. is about – our cars and our friendships.
General club meetings:
3rd Monday of month (no meeting in December)
Fraternal Order of Eagles
917 15th Avenue SE, Rochester
Members are welcome to arrive early to visit or dine before or during the meeting.
♦♦♦ Potential members are welcome to attend our general meeting to learn more about us.
Dues and Initiation Fee
The membership year runs from January 1 through December 31.
New Members (single or couple): NEW MEMBERS MUST OWN A CORVETTE TO JOIN R.A.C.E. All new members must complete and sign the New Member Application.
Initiation Fee: Membership in R.A.C.E. Club requires a one-time initiation fee of $30 per membership (single or couple), in addition to dues for that membership year as follows:
- New Members joining between January 1st and September 30th pay $30 annual dues that cover the remainder of the current membership year (in addition to the $30 initiation fee).
- New Members joining between October 1st and December 31st pay $30 annual dues that cover the remainder of the current membership year and the following membership year (in addition to the $30 initiation fee).
Current Members Renewal (single or couple): Annual dues are $30 per membership.
Officers, Committees, etc.
From its membership, R.A.C.E. seeks volunteers to run for the offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. In addition, volunteers serve on the Activities Planning Committee, the Website Committee, as Facebook Administrator, Historian, and National Corvette Museum Ambassador.
If you have questions, please contact us using one of the links provided at the bottom this webpage.