Atomic City Corvettes gear up for big event

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By Carol A. Clark

A dedicated group of Corvette enthusiasts gather monthly to eat pizza, talk cars and plan events. Mike Ragsdale founded the Atomic City Corvettes Club in October of 2006 and serves as club president.“For many years there were only a few Corvettes in town but over the last few years I noticed an increase,” Ragsdale said. “Any time you have that many owners, there’s got to be an interest.”Ragsdale felt it was a lot more fun to organize the owners and participate in activities as a group so to get things started he ran ads and passed out flyers and asked for an impromptu “show and shine.”Los Alamos Police Lt. Chuck Ney is a member of the Atomic City Corvettes Club. He has had an interest in Corvettes since he was a small child – the car’s curves caught his eye. “Growing up in the 1970s with the extended fenders on cars, the Corvette with its curves was so different,” Ney said. “It’s the only true American-made sports car.”Ney owns a white 1998 Corvette with gray and black interior and said he has owned three Corvettes over his lifetime.During a Jan. 17 meeting at Home Run Pizza on 15th Street, Ney recounted his first encounter with Ragsdale. “I saw him driving a brown 1965 Corvette with ‘Fuzz Bait’ on the license plate,” he said.

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