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Hosted by Skip Hipp

(Here he is, looking Pretty Good in a New C8)

Mystery Lunch Run

November 24, 2019

It was the closing chapter in 2019’s book of MLRs, authored by Skip Hipp. Somehow, our November run is always larger than we expect with its close proximity to Thanksgiving, although this year because Turkey Day is later in the year, it fell on the Sunday before instead of the Sunday after.

Anyhow, we had a sizeable crowd of 26 Corvettes plus the Buotes’ Hunni Bun car and 49 COTV members. Some of our singles teamed up (Bill Stedfield and Bob Smith, Skip and John Meyer, the Buotes and Willie Nagle.) Norm and Ronette brought along two familiar faces, Eric and Missy Johnson, who after giving us a trial run for about a year (according to Eric) finally bit the bullet and decided to join. Dave Hellman was accompanied by his other “plus one”, his daughter Dana.

Today’s route took us along some familiar but favorite curvy roads through the back of Temecula, then onto Domenigoni Parkway for a brief moment before entering the “Valley of the Mastodons/Diamond Valley Lake”. We passed the Visitor Center and Museum and headed up and then down to the launch ramp parking area for a “rest stop.” After we had rested for a while, we headed back on Domenigoni, through parts of Menifee and over the 215 freeway before turning into the shopping center and heading to BJ’s Brewhouse.

The restaurant had arranged large tables for us in the separate dining room area and provided a never-ending buffet of salad and 4-6 types of deep dish pizza, plus drinks with plenty of refills. As soon as folks filled their plates, new pizzas appeared. At the end of the meal, they provided carry-out boxes for COTV members to take home the remaining pizza. It was a win-win situation, both lunch and dinner in one.

Thanks Skip, for a lovely day of sun, great roads, food and comraderie to round out 2019’s MLR calendar. We still have Toys for Tots and the Holiday Party to come in December, so we look forward to seeing everyone again before the year comes to a close.