The goal of the Dutch National Corvette Restorers Society is a local chapter in formation which is to affiliate with the US NCRS organization. This organization shall be both fraternal and educational so as to serve as a medium for the exchange of ideas, information, and automotive parts and accessories between members and admirers of the Chevrolet Corvette Auto mobile within model-years 1953 through 1996, to aid the members' effort to preserve and restore the vehicles in their original, as manufactured condition, and to encourage the preservation and study of printed technical and historical material.
To reach this goal the Dutch NCRS chapter will organize periodical events, workshops, historical road trips, distribute a club magazine and maintain a website.
My first recollection of seeing a Corvette was when I was about 12 years old (you don't see that many Corvettes in the Netherlands, it is quite rare to see one in daily traffic). A sportscar like that was so different compared to the european sports cars, the sound of a V8 and the -coke bottle shape-, I fell in love. When I was older I realized that it probably was a 1980 coupe that I saw that day. The whole design in which the driver is placed on the rear axle and in front of him nothing but a long hood, contributed to my love for the Corvette. As a youngster I started digging into the history of Corvette and as I grew older I never forgot that first Vette I saw that day somewhere back in the eighties. I think that, that memory contributed to me favoring the C3. My ultimate dream is owning a 1970 Bridgehampton Blue Coupe. There were moments in my life that I was real close to buying one but didn't, because of several reasons. One day that 70 coupe will be in my garage, there is no hurry, with time the right car will be found. In 2014 I found a red on red 1986 Coupe on Ebay located in the US. Again it was love at first sight. After looking through the photos and videos for about 150 times and making sure I knew all the details about that car, I decided to give the owner a call. At the end of that conversation I bought my first Corvette! She is a dream to drive and in 2015 she was awarded the bleu ribbon of the Topflight. I'll never sell this car, so that 1970 coupe will have to share the garage.
Brandy Ruigrok is from the buildyear 1959 and lives in Lisse - The Netherlands. When at the age of 14 I saw a C3 Corvette I fell in love. At that moment I made myself a promise that one day I would drive a Vette. Unfortunately it took some time, but in 1984 I purchased my first Corvette one from 1976, which underwent a full body-off restoration in 2008. In 2002 I had the opportunity to buy a C1 from 1961, a decission which was easy to make. That car I immediately restored body-on. Then in 2003 I bought a C4 as a daily driver and ultimately in 2006 I was offered for sale a C5 with front damage. I bought the C5 and had it repaired. Meanwhile I have grown a small collection....my dream came true.
In short I love driving my Vettes but restoring and maintaining them is something I really enjoy!
1961 Convertible (Honduras Maroon/Fawn)
1976 Coupe (Corvette Tan/Brown leather)
1992 Coupe (Red/Tan)
2000 Coupe (Torch Red/Black)
I was made in 1979. When I was sixteen, I was infected by the Corvette fever during a holiday with friends in Iowa. In their barn I found a Tuxedo black 1968 convertible, which had not run for 15 years. Because owning a real Corvette was not financially feasible during my medical studies I build a lot of plastic Corvette models. Since 2012 I am the proud owner of a black 1989 C4 convertible. In the future I hope to obtain and restore that 1968 Iowa Corvette.
black 1989 C4 convertible
My name is Andre Boer. I m running a Mercedes dealership in the East of The Netherlands. Im a long time Corvette lover and collector. My collection fever has resulted into the fact that today I have a small Dutch Corvette museum in Wezep which contains almost a Corvette for each production year. Im still looking for a 1953 Vette which is missing in my collection. Next to the Mercedes servicing Corvettes has become also my daily expertise and together with my sons I take big pride in this job. In Holland I have perhaps seen the most Corvettes from inside out so it is for this reason that I am the Technical Advisor at the Dutch Chapter.
Private collection of more the 100 Corvette's with models from 1954 till 2007
Although my wife is the oldtimer lover of our little family I was infected with the Corvette virus due to the fact that we hired a 1958 mint green/red interior car for our wedding day. After app. a year the Corvette itch started and before I knew I was browsing e-Bay and the rest of the internet for a car of our own. We managed to find the car of our dreams in California; a Crown Sapphire/White interior 1959 model which we imported ourselves and restored to Top Flight status.
After two years it started to itch again and before I knew I bought a Daytona Yellow/Black 1969 427ci/390hp big block convertible.
Lately I've bought a 1963 split window coup which is my current restoration project.
As a daily driver (app. 50 miles per day) I drive a 1999 Black/Bordeaux red car, so I enjoy the Corvette hobby on a daily basis!!!
1954 convertible (Polo White/Red)
1959 convertible (Crown Sapphire/Turquoise)
1963 coupe (Daytona Blue/Saddle)
1999 coupe (Black/Burgundy)
I was born in 1963 and I live in Amstelveen. At an early age I had a C3 poster hanging between a Floris (a classic Dutch TV series) poster and a Led Zeppelin poster. After some years I decided that I wanted a C3. I became a member of the Heartbeat Corvette Club and started my search. That did not work. Then Eric Stroeve introduced me to the NCRS and that worked well! After more than 20 possibilities with responses from knowledgeable people saying NO GO!?, I found a 1972 LT-1 for sale in The NCRS Driveline. I saw the photos: it was love at first site and a deal was quickly made. Thanks to members on both sides of the ocean the car arrived safely in The Netherlands in 2009. I am now working to enhance the Dutch NCRS website. This is the place for members and other Corvette enthusiasts who wish to see their classics just as they left the factory.
1972 LT-1 Coupe (Ontario Orange/Black)
Since the eighties of the last century, I traveled for work regularly to the US.
Soon, my eye fell on the, then still fairly new, C3. But I decided that I would liKe to own one from my own birthyear 1956. Until a test drive in a 1956 C1 forced me to other alternatives and I decided to look for something more -modern-. I definitely wanted a Corvette to drive and not a trailer queen. To my surprise there was a 1963 convertible offered here in the Netherlands. After a technical check and a short test drive, I was convinced this would be it. That was in 2001, before the Euro and this car is paid in -good old- Dutch Guilders. Each year, the Corvette comes a bit closer to its original factory status. Meanwhile, the family has been extended with a beautiful granddaughter, and two great grandsons. The more reason to leave the Corvette in perfect condition for the next generations.
Meanwhile for nearly a decade now and with great pleasure, involved in the NCRS Dutch Chapter.
Needless to say, Corvettes are my biggest hobby. I own a Corvette bronze L71 from 1968, which is a nice driver and ready to be restored as soon as I find space. Next to that I also own a 2002 millennium yellow Z06, which is the only millennium yellow Z06 on the Dutch roads. I need to apologize first to all the American readers; sorry for taking these national treasures overseas. I personally bought and exported the cars out of the US (C3 from Arizona; C5 from South Carolina). As an open invitation to any NCRS member: if you visit Amsterdam I would love to meet you and show you the beautiful spots of this great multi-cultural city.
1968 coup (Rally Red/Black) 1969 convertible (Riverside Gold/Black) 2002 ZO6 coup (Milennium Yellow/Black)
My name is Jack Jansen. I was born in 1968 and I own an auto garage in Breda which specializes in Citroens and Peugeots. Since 1978, when I was taken for a ride in a friend's father's new C3, I have been crazy for Corvettes. Ever since I received my drivers license I've owned different C3 and C4 Corvettes by my passion (and later my wife's also) has been for the C1. After searching for years in Europe and the U.S.A, in 1999 we found nice and affordable 1959 C1 in Belgium. We drive this car on may classic rallies throughout Europe (i.e. The Six Hours of Breda, SLS, The Tulip Rally, The Luxemburg 200) and accumulate about 5000 km (3100 miles) driving each year. Unfortunately the C1 is not the most comfortable car to drive. Therefore we purchased a C2 Corvette in 2009 for the longer trips. I am now working on the C2 to have it prepared for the rallies. When this is finished I will start restoring the C1 to NCRS standards.
C1 1959 convertible Roman Red/Black C2 1966 coupe Black/Black C5 2003 convertible Silver/Black