Family Treasure: The 1964 Corvettes of Minnesota Slippery Slalom Trophy

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
family treasure the 1964 corvettes of minnesota slippery slalom trophy

My grandfather was a big rally- and ice-racing fanatic during the 1950s and 1960s, running everything from a Renault Dauphine to a Corvair in every Minnesota race he could find. Eventually, he picked up a Corvette, which he loved almost as much as his Saab 93, and the trophies started to pile up. On my trip to the Midwest last month, I managed to talk him into letting me have this one for my office.

He’s also given me some old Super 8 film from his racing days, as well as a genuine Curta “Peppermill” Calculator.

Unfortunately, the only photo of his Corvette that I could find was this scan of an entire photo album page, showing some of his race and street vehicles from the 1960s and 1970s. That’s it in the lower left corner.

A Corvettes of Minnesota/3M Sports Car Club gymkhana from January, 1964. It was probably 20 below during this event, and I’m sure you could hear the cars rusting, but Minnesotans are crazy tough.

I’m not sure what this award was actually for, because a critical plaque fell off during storage, but that doesn’t matter. I’m putting it right next to my Fastest Swedish Car award from the 2008 24 Hours of LeMons San Francisco!

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  • Dvp cars Dvp cars on Sep 22, 2011

    ....the trick car for those early parking lot autocrosses was the Spifire....shortest turning circle ever.....I wandered into a Porsche Club event one Sunday and won 1st place in my girlfriend's '69.......were they pissed!! Made up probably 8 seconds in the section where you take a four pylon square in all 4 directions.

  • Rpn453 Rpn453 on Sep 24, 2011
    It was probably 20 below during this event, and I’m sure you could hear the cars rusting . . . They don't rust much at those temps. I've certainly never been able to hear it, anyway. It's when it gets warmer and wetter/slushier that the rusting becomes audible.
  • Redapple2 I d just buy one already sorted. Too many high level skills (wiring, paint, body panel fitment et. al.) that i dont have. And I dont fancy working 100 s of hours for $3 /hour.
  • 28-Cars-Later I'm actually surprised at this and not sure what to make of it. In recent memory Senator Biden has completely ignored an ecological disaster in Ohio, and then ignored a tragic fire in Hawaii until his handlers were goaded in sending him and his visit turned into it's own disaster, but we skipped nap time for this sh!t show? Seriously? We really are through the looking glass now, "votes" no longer matter (Hillary almost won being the worst presidential candidate since 1984 before he claimed the crown) and outside of Corvette nostalgia Joe doesn't care let alone know what day it happens to be. Could they really be afraid of Trump, who AFAIK has planned no appearance or run his mouth on this issue? Just doesn't make sense, granted this is Clown World so maybe its my fault for trying to find sense in a senseless act.
  • Tassos If you only changed your series to the CORRECT "Possibly Collectible, NOT Daily Driver, NOT Used car of the day", it would sound much more accurate AND TRUTHFUL.Now who would collect THIS heap of trash for whatever misguided reason, nostalgia for a much worse automotive era or whatever, is another question.
  • ToolGuy Price dropped $500 overnight. (Wait 10 more days and you might get it for free?)
  • Slavuta Must be all planned. Increase price of cars, urbanize, 15 minutes cities. Be poor, eat bugs