April was quite a month in many respects. It is always tax month, but this year our benevolent government gave us until the 18th to settle up. It was pretty rainy in these parts giving us green hills with poppies all around. Castaic Lake is even full to the brim. Drought isn’t mentioned on the evening news while virus restrictions were reported to be history.
April was even once again a month for near insurrection at our monthly club meeting, reminiscent of our April 2019 meeting at Embassy Suites meeting. When the vote was called this past month to finalize the naming of our car show charity, the vote had to be postponed to May to allow for additional charities to be considered. Hearty discussion is good, and the delay did us no harm and after our decision is reached we can move forward with our planning for the September 30 All-Corvette Car Show at Route 66 Classic Grill.
The show planning committee has been formed and we can begin to advertise the event. The car show requires much more than the committee and a plan, it will require help and support from our entire membership. In the coming month I ask all of you to put forth maximum effort to make the show a success.
This month, ballots will go out to all regular members for electing your board for 2023 – 2024. Completed ballots need to be returned NLT May 31, 2023.
Membership renewal is also beginning. I ask you all to re-up for club year 2023 – 2024 well before June 30 to avoid getting a reminder from your president. Dues are raised this year to $100 for regular members and $25 for associate members. As always, new application forms are required along with your dues to assure your information is complete and up to date.
Our meeting attendance remain excellent. Turnout at the Santa Anita run, and the Home and Garden events was excellent as well. I know many are looking forward to the Las Vegas run and all of our coming events. Check your Three-Months for what is on the calendar and even more important, read your email for additions and changes to the event schedule.
An important by-laws change vote will take place at our May general meeting to assure we continue to comply with state and federal requirements. Be there and vote.
With Spring arriving, be sure to get out in your Corvettes. Enjoy your good fortune in having the Corvette experience. With that, tell Patty Kemple, “well done”, for yet another first place trophy on April 30 at the Glendale Adventist Academy car show.
Looking forward to what May hold. Save the Wave.
Once again, as I man the keyboard I wonder how your past month has gone. Personally, all seems to be OK, but I sense a feeling of confusion here and there. It makes me recall the nonsense of Abbott and Costello on one of their routines. Abbott: Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third…Costello: That’s what I want to find out. Abbott: That’s what I said, Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Knows on third. Is there anyone who knows what is going on? I am grateful for the reality that our club provides several times a month when we get together and enjoy some stability that seems to be absent from other areas of life. I am thankful we can still employ common sense in at least one aspect of life with the enjoyment of our Corvette bond.
On September 2nd, we held our second General Meeting in the Vincenzo Room at Santa Clarita Lanes. I felt we had a great turnout with 53 in attendance and plenty of room for more. The board unanimously recommended continuing to hold our general meetings at Santa Clarita Lanes and the response from the membership was also favorable. At the September meeting, a vote was taken to update our Standing Rules to name the location as our designated meeting spot. The staff at Santa Clarita Lanes is equally happy to have us meet at their location and is looking forward to making things even more comfortable for our monthly meetings.
Our Activities team put together a run to Simi Valley and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for September 11. The turnout was outstanding for the run featuring the special FBI exhibit at the library. Lunch followed at the Junkyard Café in Simi. September 11 also was an opportunity for others to attend or participate in the Patriot Day Car Show and a day of remembrance to honor the first responders and civilians who lost their lives on 9/11. Congressman Mike Garcia spoke and aircraft performed a flyover show of respect for the fallen heroes.
Several of our members additionally made the trip to Prescott, AZ to attend the 2021 Prescott Vette Sette Corvette Car Show and get together with ex-patriot SCVCC members over the weekend of 23 to 25 September. Just in case something more was needed in the way of events in September, our friends at Bunnin Chevrolet Fillmore invited our club to participate in Vintage Car Fest on September 18th, with the promise of food, music, and fun!
These are the reasons we join a club and could care less about Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Knows on third.
The newsletter was again the product of the substitute editor and still in need of the help of the membership. When our editor returns, HELP HIM OUT with some contributions…please!
Be sure to mark October 7 on your calendar and join us at Santa Clarita Lanes for our next meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30, so come earlier if you can to catch-up with you Corvette friends.
2019.10.04 to 2019.10.13 – Southwest Caravan-Albuquerque Balloon Festival & National Parks
All of a sudden, October was here and the much anticipated (by some) Southwest Caravan was a reality. The caravan was scheduled to include the 48th Annual International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque and then to continue on to enjoy National Parks and sites off the beaten track in our wonderful Corvettes. Four couples ultimately participated in the event, Jeff & Leeann Carley; Brian & Kathy de Avila; Gene & Cindy Schmidt and Mike & Judy Woodings.
The morning following our October General Meeting, our adventure began at Denny’s on Sand Canyon as we rolled east to our first “roadblock”, construction on Pearblossom Hwy in Palmdale. Ugh, but not too bad. Off again to another construction delay before we even got to Victorville. Dang. The first day continued fine where we all enjoyed a relaxing lunch at Pirate Cove on the Colorado River with our friends Greg and Pat Attl. Off again eastward for our first night at Flagstaff, we learned of another roadblock ahead when we reached the Havasu turnoff from I-40. We had to detour back through Bullhead City due to an overturned big-rig closing the Interstate and blocking our route to Kingman. We rerouted as required and “DANG again” 14 miles from Flagstaff for more construction with our forward movement slowed to 4 mph! Flagstaff was a welcome stop after all that, but wait, there is more! Jeff Carley reported to us that he believed he was having trouble with his Vette, the left rear was sagging, not from overloading. Initial parking lot diagnosis pointed to an issue with the left rear lowering bolt.
Early morning follow-up at Marxen Chevrolet in Flagstaff confirmed a broken lowering bolt and the prognosis was the car was ok to drive to Albuquerque where parts were ordered for delivery on Monday. The remainder of Arizona on Day 2 was scenic but uneventful. We found downtown Winslow crowded with a classic car show so on we went to Gallup, NM and the Hotel El Rancho for our first taste of New Mexico “red or green” cuisine. After arriving in Albuquerque, it was a short day in preparation for Day 3 and an EARLY start for the Balloon Fiesta.
The crowds were huge at 5:30 AM as we arrived at the Fiesta Park and Ride for our bus trip to the Balloon Park on the north side of Albuquerque. The mass of people was even larger as we entered the park as hundreds of hot-air balloons were in various stages of inflation in preparation for the 7 AM mass ascension. Jeff, you remember Jeff, didn’t even think about bolts that morning with all of the balloon excitement! We found Old Town full of balloon fiesta tourists at mid-day and opted for a drive through the Bosque and visit to Los Poblanos Historic Inn and a drive through the Village of Corrales. The early start of Day 3 called for some relaxation in the afternoon before dinner at the famous Frontier Restaurant on old Route 66, across from UNM.
On Monday, Day 4, Jeff and Leeann broke away for their needed bolt repair at Bruce’s Corvette & Auto Service and were happily good to go for the rest of the trip as well as for a visit to an Albuquerque quilt shop while the remainder of us made our way to Santa Fe. We drove east of the Sandias through Madrid up NM-14, the Turquoise Trail. Despite missing Santa Fe, the Carleys still smiled their way through Day 4! Santa Fe was founded in 1610 (before the Pilgrims landed ay Plymouth) and is the oldest state capital. It’s old and scenic with plenty of choices of places to eat or spend your money, from high end art to the native jewelry in Palace of the Governors. As we returned to Albuquerque, the Schmidts’ status changed slightly with Cindy flying back to LA for an overnighter to appear on local television leaving Gene with us until her return. Meanwhile, Judy, with not only New Mexico roots, but New Mexico connections as well, arranged for those remaining to enjoy an afternoon wine and cheese get-together at her cousin Katie Santiannes’ home prior to our dinner with local family at El Pinto in the North Valley.
Day 5 was an easy day as we headed north to Durango, CO. We departed from Albuquerque without Gene as he awaited Cindy’s return flight but he continued to enjoy Albuquerque for another day with a trip up the Sandia Tram and a hook-up with cousin Katie for more Armijo family visiting. Our 3-Corvette caravan visited the Aztec Ruins National Monument in Aztec, NM, to walk the grounds of a 1,000 year old Pueblo settlement. We then rolled into Durango, still with time for Leeann and Judy to take in a visit to the Stitch A Quilt Shop. Gene and Cindy followed us as darkness fell and our caravan was back together again.
Day 6 was our day for the narrow gauge railroad ride to Silverton through the amazing canyon along the Animas River. The scenery was beautiful with the changing seasons and the temperatures were chilly and the air was thin at 9,300 feet in Silverton. The Durango-Silverton RR was a kick and made for a fun day.
Day 7 was a little longer with us ending back in Arizona at day’s end. Enroute, we covered a lot of backroad miles too. Our first stop of the day was at Mesa Verde National Park outside Cortez, CO. Mesa Verde is famous for over 600 cliff dwellings of the Pueblo people, quite a sight. It was then off to Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet. The Navajos have the corner (or 4 corners) on the market there with $5.00 a head to see a survey monument afixed to the red earth there. Off again to our lodging in the woods in Jacob Lake, AZ took us by Monument Valley and through a Hopi Pow-wow in Kayenta, AZ. A great caravan day.
Day 8 had North Rim Grand Canyon on our calendar. The views are much different than those typically seen from the South Rim and the canyon is more up close and personal. Another cool day with club jackets a must at over 8,000 feet elevation. With less that 10% of Grand Canyon visitors coing to the North Rim, it is worthwhile trip for those who enjoy the road less traveled. Brian and Kathy missed the Grand Canyon visit as they peeled off from the caravan to visit relatives and take in the Prescott Corvette Car Show, hooking up with SCVCC alumni for a quick “howdy”. Day 7 then took our remaining Vettes to Kanab, UT for the night.
Day 9 had Bryce Canyon National Park as our visit of the day. Once again, a beautiful but cool day with ice in the puddles at 8,800 feet elevation. The sights were glorious and easily accessible, except for Bryce Point with limited parking. Parking attendants were less than cooperative about us trying to save parking space for one another and that will just remain a story for another day. We went on to caravan to St. George, UT, where yet another quilt shop was visited briefly before we rolled back to Pacific Daylight time and entry into Nevada. The Schmidts continued to Las Vegas for personal and show time on the Strip while the Carleys and Woodings opted for Mesquite. Rested and ready to roll on Day 10, the Carleys headed home to Parker, AZ where Jeff will re-address the lowering bolt issue and the Woodings made a stop at Cracker Barrel in North Las Vegas, having passed by six others during the caravan. Love those biscuits.
The International Balloon Fiesta is the first week of October every year and we are already looking forward to another caravan including the Fiesta then along in another route to the south next time for more Southwest attractions.
Love and breakfast were in the air on a cold, rainy, Sunday morning when we gathered around the fireplace at the Claim Jumper Restaurant for their special Sunday brunch buffet.
After being seated at two large tables, we were turned thirty -four of us loose on the buffet. From the fresh salad bar, to the omelet bar and carving stations, there was something for everyone- especially after two trips!
We had two friendly waitresses who, despite our apparent famine, kept up with the cold drinks and hot coffee.
With brunch nearly over, and the last few trips to the dessert counter completed, everyone had relaxed into pleasant conversation, when Tom Tomlinson surprised the ladies with red Valentine roses for each of them! Way to score points buddy- that was a hit!
We don’t have a Sunday event for March. Instead we have two Saturday events. The first, on Saturday the 16th is our Drive, Bowl, Eat, at the AMF Bowling Square Lanes in Arcadia. The second is Saturday March 30th. That’s our Day at the Races, with horses and horsepower! This is going to be a full day of activities, and it promises to be a good one.