This trip had some interesting moments.
Homeland Security sent the Drones to keep an eye
on Ted and Judy, who were their usual rowdy selves.
(click on that sky blue photo to see what we mean)
Marilyn Won Something Big
(you’ll have to ask her how she’s going to use it)
JOE WON REALLY BIG!
COTV Trips the Light, no Plastic, Fantastic
After a difficult, hot and smoky week, the COTV “show car team” looked forward to a cooler day at the largest all Corvette show in the Southwest, the Plastic Fantastic, at Seaport Village in San Diego. Marilyn and Doug Glenore organized the group to meet at the Big Flag in Temecula by 6:45 am on Sunday, May 18, to caravan down to San Diego as North County Vettes, the sponsor, request that if you want to park together at the venue, you arrive together. The early morning departure included the Venns, the Glenores, the Schaedels, Steve Rose, John Meyer (with friend Roland as a stand-in for Diane), the Webers, Bill Steed, Norm Luckcuck, Bill Moore, Joe Priebe and at the last minute, the Sparks. As we proceeded south on the 15, we picked up the Stells (with Lucky along for the ride), the Weirs and the Clarks. COTV had a 15 cars registered, which came nowhere near the Pacific Coast Corvettes, who won the award for largest club participation with 39 cars registered. When we arrived at Seaport Village we were directed to either the preregistered or on-site registration lines to receive our packages with car plaques and show information. Anyone in the first 300 also received a gift of a gray car blanket in a roll. (Those who were at Monterey are starting car blanket collections now.) In addition to the early birds, we were joined during the day by John Marsh and Mary Kino, who were registered but arrived from a BMW show in their BMW so did not show the car; Jim and Cheryl Homan, who thought Rob Weber was a stranger taking their photo; the Odells (the Venns’ daughter and her husband, Dave, a COTV sponsor); the Buotes; and the Sommars, who arrived after Jim finished playing golf with Jumbo Estoch. A former COTV member, Doug Barnett, was parked across the way from us with his gorgeous red C4 and we all spent time catching up.
The day started cool and gray, jacket weather for most of the ladies in attendance, but eventually the clouds burned off and it was a great day in a wonderful location with more than 370 Corvettes arrayed on the lawns between the marina and the open water between us and the Naval vessels at Coronado. The Rancho Bernardo Kiwanis provided both a $5 breakfast of OJ, coffee, pancakes and sausage and a $5 lunch of hot dog or hamburger, chips and soda. As an alternative for dining, there were a number of attractive restaurants within walking distance and the Venns, Schaedels and Weirs took advantage of this by having breakfast at Buster’s. The guys cleaned off the road dust from their cars and set them up for display. Plastic Fantastic is a popular vote show, but with 370+ of your peers doing the voting, you needed to be prepared as competition was very stiff.
The rest of the morning was spent in the usual manner – talking, eating, walking around looking at cars and voting for one in each class, checking your raffle tickets as each group was called, and looking at all the photos taken during arrival and maybe purchasing one imprinted with the Plastic Fantastic logo. Lucky Stell enjoyed all the attention as Grace soaked up the rays, looking for a little “color.” Marilyn won an oil change container in the raffle and we are still trying to figure out how to turn it into a portable potty for the longer road trips. Joe won some dog food and since he and Rosemary are not dog owners, gave it to Vance and Susan, who with her own tickets won a tea drinker’s gift basket and a case of oil, which Vance says they can use for her car. Norm only won 1 prize, a new low for him.
A little after 2pm, they finished tabulating the ballots and were ready to announce the show winners. The Clarks had left early, but we promised to pick up their award on their behalf. When they got to the C2 class, our own Joe Priebe won the first place trophy, an exciting moment, especially since there were so many C1s and C2s at this show. In the C4 class, our friend Doug Barnett deservedly won first place. In the C6 class, Rob Weber got first, a real surprise for him in such a huge class group. The biggest moment, however, was when Joe won Best in Show, which is given to the car that got the largest number of votes. What a great end to a great show! We may not have had the most participants but we might have won more awards per capita than most clubs.
After that it was time to finish packing up and to join the rush to leave. It took the Webers 30 minutes from the time they got into the car until they got on the 163, so you can imagine the lines. Some of the group had left earlier and Bill Steed, Bill Moore, Steve Rose and Norm Luckcuck were still chatting when the exodus began. As we pulled out every North County club member we saw thanked us for coming and they provided bottles of water for the drive home. We imagine 30+ years of experience has shown this club how to do the show thing the right way.
It was a fun day for the group and we all look forward to signing up for next year’s show. While we find it hard to imagine that we can come close to Pacific Coast Corvettes group attendance (the next runner-up was 19 cars), we might be able to get an honorable mention – so come on down to San Diego next year for a Plastic Fantastic day!
First Place C4
First Place C6
First Place C2
BEST IN SHOW!