By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Last year when Dennis Voth attended the annual Corvette Expo, he didn’t own a Corvette, nor did he know he wanted one.
But when his grandson, Jakob, saw a 1994 red convertible, he was on the hook.
“I bought it from a friend about a week later,” Voth said. “He had three vehicles that year and I decided to get this one.”
Voth said he didn’t just want any Corvette.
“To me, a Corvette had to be red and have a manual transmission,” he said. “Now, some folks might not agree with me, but to me that’s a Corvette. This one just happened to be both.”
Within that week after last year’s expo, Voth said he began to shop around and his wife, Patti, just told him to buy the one he had at this year’s expo.
“I hadn’t driven it until I bought it,” he said. “The first time I’d ever driven a Corvette was after I bought this one.”
Voth doesn’t have any buyer’s remorse. He joined the Corvettes of Enid soon after his purchase, and enjoys taking rides with his wife.
“They’re just really fun to drive,” he said. “When I take out the car it’s usually me and my wife.”
Voth’s 1994 ’vette was one of the featured Corvettes at this year’s Expo. Model years ending with a four all were featured during this year’s expo.
The annual Corvette Expo is the only fundraiser for Corvettes of Enid.
Corvettes of Enid was founded in October of 1992 by a group of individuals who were interested in the maintenance, preservation and restoration of America’s only true two-seat sports car and who “just want to have fun with their cars,” according to the group’s website. “The group is interested in educating Corvette owners about the heritage of their car, and helping them obtain the camaraderie and maximum benefit from Corvette ownership.”
Corvettes of Enid supports local organizations in the Enid community.
Last year, the group donated $4,500 to the Garfield County Child Advocacy Center, the seventh year the club has made a contribution to the organization.
This year’s event had 95 Corvettes registered for the Expo, which included judging for President’s Choice, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Engine and Best of Show.