COTV certainly started the new year with a bang – a group of 34 cars and about 60 people met for the first Mystery Lunch Run of 2014. There was a large turnout of the “old guard” as always, but even better was the number of new and recent members. Trevor and Wendy Newton came in their brand new Laguna Blue C7 with the blue tinted glass roof. They purchased it at Paradise and were sent over to the Club. They even have name badges as of today. Terry and Wendy Converse, who had been to the last meeting, came in their “other car”, as their ’67 is still in restoration. Dee Edwards was bubbling over with excitement and brought her black “Shadow” with the gull-wing style doors. Chuck Shamblin’s fiancee, Connie, finally got a weekend day off so came to her first MLR. She announced that the wedding was May 14 at the Whitney Portal at Lone Pine, outside where the dogs could run. Congratulations in advance to the happy couple! We hope she gets more Sundays off. Kim and Val Sparks joined us in their red 2004 ZO6. As Kim asked, is there any other color for a Corvette? Those of us with other colors would beg to differ! Doug and Marilyn Glenore brought guests, their neighbor Anthony Thomas and his friend Craig Rogers, driving Marilyn’s red car. We think Anthony will be in the market for a Corvette after this run.
Cyndee O’Brien, our intrepid Activities Director, stepped into the breach again, even though she and Mike haven’t taken delivery of their new C7 yet. She split the group into 2, with Group 1 led by Mike as ride-along with Scott McCormick in his C4 and Group 2 led by Cyndee, riding along with her activities cohort, Leigh Dutton, in bright yellow, both clothes and car. There was a last minute glitch for Group 2 as Don Weeks told Cyndee about problems on Hwy 79 leading to a 3 mile back-up. But our fearless leader came up with an alternative and the two groups set out separately for a scenic drive around the various wine areas of Temecula and in among the ranches and horse properties. We looped back and forth and even crossed paths once, waving and honking at each other. Finally, as Group 1 was turning back on to Anza, Group 2 came down Anza and the two groups merged perfectly into one long string of gorgeous horsepower. We all headed back down Temecula Parkway and ended up at Applebee’s, where the group gave the staff a run for their money by placing 60 lunch orders at the same time.
As usual, we had a chatting, hugging, laughing, driving, engine revving, car oohing and aahing day with all our buddies and are already looking forward to the next mystery in February. Make sure you come along next time, too!