COTV Showed its Stuff on the Promenade

Sunday, June 8, 2014 came very early for the Car Show team as they prepared for the club’s first car show in a new location at the Promenade Mall in Temecula. After some years of setting up at the Stampede in Old Town, it was a welcome change to relocate to the parking lot near the Edwards Theaters and many of the restaurants at the Promenade. The hearty souls who arrived to set up some of the first pop-ups at about 6am included Ray McIntosh, Doug and Marilyn Glenore, Dave and Betsy Crook, Joe Priebe and Rob and Daryl Weber. It didn’t take long for for members of the team to arrive and it was a good thing, because some of the eager pre-registered cars and a number who just showed up were lining up and ready to go. Steve Page and Hans Boers have been working on a new format as well as a new setting since they became members of the Board so the team had to bring their “A game”, which is not so easy early on a Sunday.

We had a list of 66 cars that were pre-registered. As each entrant arrived, they checked in with Monica Clark, Betsy Crook, Marilyn Glenore and Diana Rash at the registration table and received their welcome packet and great goody bag from Patty Crowther. They were then directed to the “photo booth” where photos of each car were taken with their registration card in front of a clean background by Rob Weber, Ray McIntosh and Daryl Weber. Dave Crook then ushered them on their way to Tim Vilgiate and his team who had them park throughout our assigned lot, which had been marked off the previous night so no non-Corvettes would be mixed in. Before we knew it there was a long line of lovely Corvettes, both new and old, waiting to join the show. In the end, we reached a nice round number of 100 cars who joined us for the first COTV at the Promenade. 

Judy Venn circulated among the crowd selling tickets for the 50-50 raffle, with 2 numbers to be drawn on the hour from 11-2. Each winner received cash of $60 or $70 with the final 2 draws being for $93 and a lovely wine picnic basket and gift certificate. Judy also had COTV baseball caps for sale. (We saw a new white one on Doug Glenore’s head!) Glenn Crowther brought his whole DJ set-up and kept us singing along with a really eclectic mix – from Glen Miller to Elvis Presley. He also did all the announcing – telling the crowd about our sponsors, calling out the raffle numbers, etc. Rosemary Priebe had arranged for some food vendors from the Promenade to provide tastes of their wares so we had Wetzel’s Pretzels strolling through the crowd with tasty treats, Teavana serving up Blueberry Bliss iced tea and bags of cookies from Mrs. Fields to tempt everyone’s sweet tooth passed through the crowd by COTV members.

 In addition to the normal car show stuff (like Leonard Buote starting up his noisy monster for all the interested men in the crowd), we had visits from 2 of our Walking Wounded. Carolyn Keefer brought Ed to visit. Many of us had not seen him since his recent brain surgery so we got to give him some hugs and love. Liz Rose picked up Leigh Dutton, who is doing better after her recent back surgery and was able to walk around and look at some of the cars as well as entertaining company, Southern style, in the shade of one of the pop-ups. 

One of the facets of our new show format was that the winning cars in each class (C1-7, Stock and Custom, Guest and COTV Member, Best Engine, Best Interior, and Best Paint) would receive a personalized award with the photo of their car taken upon arrival. The Mayor’s Choice and Sponsor’s (Paradise Chevrolet) Choice winners received “solid gold” trophies. Each entrant was provided a ballot for the People’s Choice awards and was directed to vote by noon. The ballots were counted by Vance Weir, Susan Reichardt, Gordon Lenz and Alma Boers. The winning numbers were then provided to Ken Kaufmann, who was working in the air-conditioned splendor of Al and Vickie Hackworth’s motor home and who turned the early photo into a work of art. As with all things new, this takes some amount of time and rather than delay all of our guest entrants, the team decided to name the winning guests at the show and then provide the COTV winners with their plaques at the normally scheduled club business meeting on Thursday, June 12. 






After the rest of the crowd had left, the team broke down all the equipment and took out the trash. Vickie Hackworth provided wine and beer for those who wanted to get out of the heat and into the air conditioning. This first iteration of the new and improved COTV Car Show seemed generally well- received and the team can now take a deep breath and prepare for an even better one next time.

Thanks to all who volunteered to help out and especially to Steve Page for organizing it all and Hans Boers for have the foresight and persistence to get the ball rolling and keep it rolling.

Thanks to all who attended and showed their cars!

Congratulations on a job well done!