Mystery Lunch Run
June 26, 2016
It was a bright and sunny, really bright and really sunny, Sunday morning when COTV gathered in Kohl’s parking lot for the June Mystery Lunch Run. In fact, the sunny weather caused all but the most hearty (Bill Steed) convertible owners to put their tops UP of all things. A small tree in the Kohl’s lot provided shade about the size of two Corvettes parked together which in turn made for the tightest drivers meeting ever as everyone tried to crowd in. Nevertheless, all had smiles on and it turned out to be a typically fun and friendly COTV day. Attendance was good, 44 people in 29 cars, especially since several club members were away attending the Big Bear Bash.
Hosts for the day were Bob Smith and Rose Streets assisted by Bill and Cynthia Stedfield.
The route initially went through the Redhawk area joining Pechanga Parkway/Pala Road near the Pechanga Casino. After traveling the hills and curves of Pala Road, a route most of us are familiar with, the group turned eastbound on CA-76 in front of the Pala Casino. Next came a turn on to Cole Grade Road which went through orange orchards then beautifully up a valley leading to the flat lands and agricultural areas of Valley Center. Then eastbound on Valley Center Road eventually lead to the pit stop at Harrah’s Casino after a nice drive through more agricultural land and down another valley. From there it was a quick leg up to CA-76 to turn westbound and quickly arrive at the El Rey Restaurant in Pauma Valley for Mexican food. Total time was about 1.5 hours.
Attendees were Dave Hellman, Skip Hipp, Jim Sommars, Bill Steed, Isenbergs, Thackwells, Homans, Stevenses, Pages, De Marcos, Hackworths, Grahams, Watsons, Buotes, McIntoshes, Weekses, Crooks, Dee Edwards and friend George Lopez – each in their own Corvette, Dayton Taylor, Marins, Don Sforzini, Victor Maurais, Mickey Diehl and granddaughter from Idaho, prospective member John Mollway, and long absent Captain Norm Craig and Ronnie Garduno. Great to see everyone. As always.
Jim Sommars was driving his Turbo Velostar because his C7 was in the shop but he tried to save face by saying that his ride for the day was the C8 Corvette prototype.
Carol Buote and Skip Hipp won door prizes of Route 66 ball caps purchased from the Victorville Route 66 Museum during the MLR in April.
So, warm it was, but the drinks were cool and the food was good, and another excellent Mystery Lunch Run is now in the books. Thanks Bob and Rose and Bill and Cynthia.