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To Park Together, We Arrived Together

More or Less

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But What We Did Do Was

WIN BIG!

And the Winners Are…..

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Bill Steed, 3rd Place C1

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Joe Priebe, 2nd Place C2

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Robert Smith, 3rd Place C5

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Dee Edwards, 2nd Place C6

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Don Sforzini, 2nd Place C7

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A Pretty Fantastic Plastic Fantastic for COTV
May 15, 2016

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North County Corvettes brought 12 cars to the COTV Car Show on May 1 and we were able to show them our enthusiasm for their Fantastic event as well as a group of 18 registered exhibitors, accompanied by Dave and Betsy Crook who came as spectators convoyed down the 15 to Seaport Village. This year’s much larger group was led by Bill Steed, organized by Joe Priebe, and included Dee Edwards, Doug and Marilyn Glenore, Dave Hellman, Bob Smith and Rose Streets, Bill Stedfield, Steve and Marsue Page, Ted Carli, Chuck Isenberg, Fred Fox, Tyler Fox, Arthur and Viveca Marin,, and Rob and Daryl Weber. We were joined by new members Don Sforzini, Mike and Doreen Alewine, potential new members Linda and Don Hancock, and friends of Bill Steed, Wayne and Daphne Grigsby. Skip Hipp arrived after the cut-off time of 10am, but spent the day. Other COTV members who came for the show, but not to show their cars, were Al and Vickie Hackworth, Mike and Debbie Homan, and Leonard and Carol Buote.

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In past years, our schedule of getting to the waterfront park by 8am has garnered us front row parking places, but in 2016 everyone must have arrived at 7am when registration opened and we were up the hillside and not quite in everyone’s line of sight. This makes it a little more difficult to see and be seen in a participants’ choice show, but we set up the cars and chairs and headed out for much needed coffee or breakfast, to buy raffle tickets and for the first 325 participants, to collect our “gift”, a commemorative backpack, which later came in handy for carrying those raffle prizes and purchases from vendors. The total number of cars in place by the 10am cut-off was 425. Our Don Sforzini, who had not pre-registered, was lucky # 400 at 8am.

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In general, we noticed a much larger selection of older models this year – more C1, C2, and C3 models than we had previously seen. We fanned out through the cars to select our one winner in each generation and cast our ballots. A group of twelve ended up at the Harbor Haus for an early lunch (this group had generally stuck with coffee earlier), with a heavy emphasis on fish and chips, although Doug Glenore and Bob Smith also tried the oysters and Doug and Skip had vegetable risotto, which earned high marks from them. We got back to see what raffle prizes we might have won. Fred Fox also won a silent auction item of Padres box tickets, so his day was made.
The awards ceremony presented us with a number of surprises, especially considering our non-prime location for vote seekers. First, we were named the 3rd largest club in attendance – Pacific Coast Corvettes wins hands down every year, this time with 44 cars. Then we won five separate awards, which is a real haul among 425 wonderful cars:

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Bill Steed won 3rd place in C1.
Joe Priebe won 2nd place in C2.
Bob Smith and Rose Streets won 3rd place in C5.
Dee Edwards won 2nd place in C6.

Don Sforzini won 2nd place in C7.

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When asked earlier if he was enjoying his new membership in COTV, Don’s response was a rousing affirmative. We should have asked him after the awards.

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After the awards were given, the departure free-for-all began.

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We must commend the North County Club on the whole event, from start to finish. We can’t count how many times they thanked us each individually for coming and the number of friendly and personal comments we each got. In addition, the organization was flawless as they got 425 cars through registration, parked in an orderly fashion and in a speedy manner, handed out dozens of raffle prizes, clearly got through all the awards, and handed us water for the trip home with one more “thanks for coming” from each person we saw on the way out. A lot can be learned from their Club and since 2017 will be their 40th event, they have perfected the process. Let’s see if we can beat Pacific Coast in 2017! 

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