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It Is A Law!

Congratulations to everyone in SD involved in the car hobby. It’s now legal to drive certain vehicles without a front license plate.
HB 1164 to allow a single license plate for special interest vehicles was signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard on March 7. Thank you to everyone who helped with this effort. It was a team effort of car enthusiasts who own and drive street rods, customized cars, collector cars, sports cars, or muscle cars. Weather your contribution was large or small, financial, time, contacting legislators, sending e-mails or testifying in Pierre, it helped improve the car hobby for many. A large majority of legislators heard your voice, own cars like ours and supported our bill. After two committee hearings and votes on both floors there was only one “no” vote. With this type of support I do believe future improvements can be made for all special interest plates. We do plan to keep the United Car Council of SD active.

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2017 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT HAS RACING ROOTS

2017 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT HAS RACING ROOTS

A ‘purist’ model that leverages a half-century legacy of motorsports success

2016-03-01

  • Lightweight architecture and track-honed aerodynamics
  • An engine offering an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package
  • Coupe and convertible available this summer in U.S. and fall in Europe  
  • Grand Sport Collector Edition available later in model year

GENEVA – With Corvette Racing in its DNA, the all-new 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is a pure expression of the car’s motorsports-bred pedigree. It was introduced today at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Like the 2015 Le Mans-winning Corvette C7.R GTE Pro race car, the new Grand Sport combines a lightweight architecture, a track-honed aerodynamics package, Michelin tires and a naturally aspirated engine.

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport offers an estimated 1.05g in cornering capability – and up to 1.2g with the available Z07 package.

Heritage-inspired design cues and exclusive features acknowledge the historic Grand Sport legacy, established in 1963 to take on the world’s best sports cars. Only five were built before a corporate decision suspending direct motorsports involvement ended the project.

“Racing has been part of Corvette’s essence for more than 50 years and that track experience has helped us build better, more capable cars,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The global acclaim for the seventh-generation Corvette validates that direct link and the 2017 Grand Sport takes its track-bred technology to a new, exciting threshold.”

The Corvette Grand Sport coupe and convertible go on sale this summer in the U.S. and in the fall in Europe.

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Victory is Ours: HB1164 Passed

 

2/25/2016

Great news everyone!  After unanimous approval from yesterday’s Senate Transportation Committee hearing yesterday HB 1164 went to vote on the Senate floor today!

I am happy to report that the BILL PASSED!!  It was a nearly unanimous decision with only one dissident vote.

Congratulations to all who have supported this grass roots enthusiast effort!

The next step is the Governor’s Signature.

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UPDATE: Rear Plate Only Bill (HB 1164)

The Rear Plate Only Bill (HB 1164) has passed another hurdle this week.  The House voted 67 to 0 to pass the law.  Next stop is the Senate committee hearing and vote.  If you have not contacted your senator it is very important that you do so now.  If you have not sent your donation to the United Car Council information on how to do so is attached below.

 

Thank you

 

Barry Konken
The CorvetteOlogist
Jerry’s Chevrolet
Beresford, SD
www.jerryscars.com
www.jerryscorvettes.com
WK 605.763.6000
Cell 605.212.1978

 

Update 2/17/2016

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The Great Front License Plate Debate

As a Corvette owner and car enthusiast in the State of South Dakota you are required by law to install a front license plate on your car.  Some enthusiasts choose to disobey this law and not install a license plate on the front of their cars.  By doing this these people are willfully breaking the law and are potentially subject to fines once they are caught.   A few years ago enthusiasts in Nebraska banned together to change the license plate laws for those cars that are driven only for pleasure.  As a result Nebraska has created a Special Interest license plate that is only required to be placed on the back of the car.  It is a law intended for vehicles that are not daily driven and used for pleasure.  There are many of us in South Dakota who would like to change our law to allow us to legally drive our cars without a front license plate.  As a result the UNITED CAR COUNCIL OF SOUTH DAKOTA has been formed.  This organization is led by Sioux Falls Corvette Club enthusiasts Mike Skiles and Bill Kullander.  In order to make this happen they need our support.  Attached below is an update on the progress of the group and what you can do to help.

Thank you.

Barry Konken
The CorvetteOlogist
Jerry’s Chevrolet
Beresford, SD
www.jerryscars.com
www.jerryscorvettes.com
WK 605.763.6000
Cell 605.212.1978

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Platte Valley Shoot Out Recap

Platte Valley Shoot Out 2015 Recap

It was another successful year at the 2nd Annual Platte Valley Shout Out.  The event took place Saturday June 6th on a two lane black top county road near Wakefield, NE.  There were 9 drivers who ran the ¼ mile.  Brian King with his 1983 Hurst Olds ran 129.99 MPH.  It was the fastest ¼ mile pass.  His car is far from stock.  It features a Procharged LS engine with a Trailblazer SS All Wheel Drive driveline.  I drove our 2008 Lingenfelter 660 Corvette Z06 125.92 MPH good enough for 2nd fastest.  Maryia Schneider drove her dad’s Daytona Blue 1963 Split Window Coupe 96.69 MPH.

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