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Dave, Tim, Betsy & Linda

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We Can Tell You Where We Went. 

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But we can’t tell you why we

met another Corvette Club

coming the other way

 

Spring has Sprung!!!!

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March 20, 2016

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As Ogden Nash once said, “ Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the birdies is.” Well, on this first day of Spring 2016, 35 shining Corvettes with 65 Spring seekers on board met to find those darn birdies.

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We had some old and some new and we are not just talking about our oldies but goodies members. Bill Steed and Joe Priebe dusted off the 1962 Roadster and the 1963 split-window for what was promised to be a shorter ride – the kind those oldies but goodies love. Everyone with a new C7 had the convertible top down or the removable top removed as the day started sunny and got summery warm by the end of the ride. For the first time in a long time, we actually had 3 blue Corvettes parked together, the lighter blue rather than the Nightrace blue (of which we have two.)

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Keeping with the old and new theme, we had charter members like Bill Steed, the Weeks, and the Priebes. We also had new members like Marti Schoeman and her guest Blair, John and Jerri Lynn Randall (who finally got their name badges so they know who they are) and hopefully soon to be new members like Don Sforzini with his son Brent in the high-viz yellow C7R. We also had guests John Vara and his daughter Heather, who we hope to add to the membership roster as well.

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Betsy blew her whistle and the drivers’ meeting came to order, so after getting our verbal instructions we all took our cute little Easter basket/boxes with our written instructions and got into our chariots. Because it was a “short ride with no potty stop” we all left together this month rather than splitting into two groups. We headed east on Hwy 79, through the nice green hillsides, and then turned left at Sage Road. Just after we turned, we met a large group of Corvettes going in the opposite direction. At first, we thought part of our group had gone ahead to confuse us, since we are easily confused. Doug and Marilyn Glenore identified them as the Block of Orange Corvette Club. If you have never driven through this area, it is a lovely twisty road through beautiful countryside for most of the 23 miles to Hemet.

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We didn’t quite get to Hemet, but after a couple of turns found ourselves on Domenigoni Parkway, where we were able to double up and pick up a little speed. We then turned left onto Winchester and completed the loop by going all the way back to Margarita and into the Promenade. It was a preview of the upcoming COTV Car Show as we parked in the same lot and ended up at Lucille’s BBQ. If we hadn’t been our usual clueless selves, we might have picked up a clue from the fact that Betsy wore her COTV Car Show t-shirt.

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Lucille’s did a fantastic job of seating us together and pretty much serving all 65 of us in pretty quick fashion. There didn’t seem to be anyone who was the “way last to get their order”, so we give kudos to the staff. Remember to patronize them and grab some BBQ on May 1 when you are at the COTV show or after you have volunteered and everything is packed up and cleaned up. We remind everyone to sign up to show their car in the participant-judged all-Corvette event and to volunteer to help make it a big success. Check in with Terry Converse or Glenn Crowther to see where your skills might fit.

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The Crooks and the Vilgiates did a fantastic job on Spring’s Opening Day. We think Betsy should share that whistle with other MLR organizers as it seemed to get everyone’s attention. Again, we thank you for coming and joining in the fun and remind you all to RSVP so that the MLR folks can make plans that include every member who wants to participate.

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