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A MLR like no other.

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We had that world famous quartet,
The Caroling Corvetters.
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We had the newly arrived.
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We had guests.
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We had old friends we hadn’t seen in awhile,
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And Some We’ve Rarely Seen.
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We had a long and winding road.
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We had Magic.
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(How Don Got Himself Stuffed Inside That Mirror We’ll Never Know)

 

We had funny cars and hot rods.
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We had a parking lot jam.
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We had folks who seemed to be having
way too much fun.
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Oh Yea, I almost forgot, we had lunch!
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One Man’s Treasures… Another Man’s Dreams
February 28, 2016
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Well, we are sure off to a great start in 2016. January’s Mystery Lunch Run was a rainy fun trip to Carlsbad and February’s was a journey to find treasures right in our own back yard that only a few of the group had ever heard of, let alone seen. Of course, our fearless leaders for this journey were the intrepid Al and Vickie, who never let us down.
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The group meeting at Kohl’s was as large as we have seen in a long time and there were so many new and nearly new faces that Bill and Diana Rash came just to circulate applications for membership, even though they couldn’t make the whole run. Several of us did a car count and settled on a median number of 46 – that’s forty-six gorgeous Corvettes – lined up to follow each other through the countryside. The weather couldn’t have been more different than January, as the temps climbed into the upper 80s by the end of lunch.
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Among the new faces were Simon and Terry Bleeker in their brand new white C7 convertible. They had been members some years ago and then were caught up in events with their musician children, but have just bought a new car from Paradise, who sent them to the Run. Walt and Beverly Kuchler came in their blue ’95. Harold and Kathy Stephens, who had been on runs in the past, were there with their younger generation, Chance and Linda Rumley.
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Among the pretty new were the Grahams who joined late last year and the Randalls, who joined at the February meeting, a few hours after buying their Corvette. Also, new member, Arthur Marin, who joined at the February meeting as well, brought his son, Eric, along for his last drive in the Corvette as he ships out to the Army this afternoon.
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We had two cars of visitors from Corvettes West – Howard and Anna Hoyt and Max and Bobbi Plains. Some of us will be seeing them in Big Bear at the Big Bear Bash in late June. Jim and Dianne Sommars’ friends from North Dakota/Mesa, AZ, Rick and Sharon Schwartz, joined us in their Velocity Orange convertible. Dave Hellman brought his wife, Karen, along just so we would remember what she looked like (actually, we all hope to see more of her smiling face.) Lana Jenkin brought her sister, Carol, along for the ride. There was such a rush of people around it was hard to have long conversations, but there were a lot of COTV hugs and smooches to go around to show how glad we all were to see each other.
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Vickie announced that it would be an easy ride, not a long ride, with a potty stop at the 1 ½ hour mark. Since there were so many cars, the group was broken into two, A-M led by Al and Vickie and N-Z led by Bill Steed with Glenn Crowther bringing up the rear in his wonderful 2016 Shark Gray Z0-6. Vickie said the potty stop might be easier to handle with the two groups, so Glenn decided to let Group 1 have a 10 minute lead. The route wound through the wine country of Temecula and the scenic rolling hills, then West on Scott Road which turned into Bundy Canyon and on to the 15 North for a few exits to Nichols Road in Lake Elsinore. We then took some really small residential streets to – where the heck is the potty stop again??!!??
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If we had been bad boys and girls and opened our directions, we would have seen that Vickie allotted one hour for a potty stop – ONE HOUR! We may be old but it doesn’t usually take us that long, even if there are more than 90 of us.
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However, the stop was at the residence of Randy and Julie Haapala, and Randy’s Drag Racing Museum. They were kind enough to open their home for us to use the facilities and to welcome us to Randy’s mind-boggling collection of drag racing memorabilia – the largest private collection around and maybe anywhere. It takes up a large building on the same level as their home, with several levels, and then a number of other buildings in a Gasoline Alley set-up down the hill on their large property. After our allotted time at Randy’s, we all shifted our cars around and back down the extremely narrow and steep driveway and headed to lunch.
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Fortunately, it was only a couple of miles and a few minutes to the Longhorn Steakhouse in Lake Elsinore, where we had most of both the parking lot and the restaurant to ourselves for quite a while. We were lucky that this venue had the space for all of us as this was a very large group for an MLR, so we want to remind you all again that it is much easier on the hosts for the various events if they get RSVPs from everyone attending so that they can warn the restaurant in advance.

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Again, we are going to repeat ourselves and say a BIG THANK YOU to Al and Vickie for another in a long list of very successful and perfectly planned events. Now, we might have to wait for the picnic in May before we can benefit from Vickie’s planning talents again. But we will do our best to wait patiently!
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