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The Original Contraband Corvette Club History
Prior to July 1972 Lake Charles had never had a Corvette club. A few Corvette owners decided to start a club and got quite a few people interested. The first meeting was July 18, 1972 and decided to call the club the Contraband Corvette Club.
Meetings were set for the first Thursday of each month. A function of some sort was to be held the last Sunday of each month. At the first meeting, officers were elected and we agreed on a logo, the same logo that is presently being used by the current Contraband Corvette Club. Our meetings were held in the meeting room of Cagle Chevrolet on Broad Street.

In the early stages, the club was introduced to members of the San Jacinto Corvette Club from Houston, Texas. The San Jacinto club had been in existence for a long time and offered to guide the club into the fun-loving club we are today.
Club functions at that time most often centered on showing and racing Corvettes. The racing consisted of a course laid-out with pylons either in a parking lot or at an airstrip. Chenault airstrip was the scene of some good racing, both autocross and funkhana styles. We also did scavenger hunts where a driver and navigator were used, racing against time. Most of the Corvette-related events between Dallas and New Orleans were attended and entered by some of the members of Contraband Corvette Club.
Schools and cities were continually calling on the club to do their parades and homecomings. Periodically the club was a unit entry in the parades (looked awesome seeing 20 to 30 Corvettes all grouped up together!). On occasion the Prien Lake Mall allowed the club to have car shows inside the mall. We would place the cars in the mall on Thursday night for viewing on Friday and Saturday. The cars were judged and the mall presented awards.

Some of the earliest members were: Jean Landry, Jim Venable, John Vaughn, Butch Elkins, Warren Schindler, Charles Fontenot, Lloyd Smith, Harry Kleinman, Manuel David, Mike Shell, Gary Peimeaux, Clyde Nelson, Bob Fruge, Randy Hudson, Clyde Nelson, Carl Louviere, Barbara Cormier, Charlene Arnold, Charlotte Comeaux.


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