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- Weekend Getaway
Join us for this “by appointment only” tour!
Collector Car Vault
In Santa Paula
Saturday ~ October 12th
“A SPACE WITH AS MUCH HISTORY AS THE CARS WITHIN”
On the tour you’ll be seeing a very historic property. Von Dutch, the famous pinstripe artist, used to live and work on the property. Steve McQueen, who had a hangar at the Santa Paula Airport, used to hang out with Von Dutch and gear heads alike on the property until his death in 1980. You’ll see updated parts of the property where there is private storage garages for our private clients, as well as open-air spaces for clients. The entire downstairs is climate controlled and the perfect home for any car that is seeking a space for a short or extended period. There will be brought up two of our muscle cars to the “C” building where there is a showroom style floor to display them for fun. Picnic tables can be covered up for people to sit on as well.
Here’s what you need to know….
Meet at the Walmart at the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Copperhill
- Event is free
- 08:45 am – Meet to sign waiver
- 09:00 am – Depart
- 09:30 am – Arrive at Collector Car Vault
- 11:30 am – Lunch at Zapparelli’s Pizzeria (Santa Paula)
Contact Karen Jewett for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org or 661.753-622
July 4th Parade Old Town Newhall:
Our club is proud to have once again participated in the Santa Clarita, 4th of July parade, which was followed by lunch at Margarita’s Mexican Grill!
In celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, some two-hundred-forty-three years ago, a group of our members braved the early morning hours to gather in Old Town Newhall to await the parade staging.
Fifteen Corvettes were dressed out this year in red, white, and blue, and adorned with flags, streamers, and bunting to show off their pride in both the America spirit, and the heritage behind America’s sports car.
Finally, after a lot of hurry-up-and-wait, the magic hour rolled around, and the parade began its journey though the twenty-some thousand good folks who had gathered along the Newhall parade route in anticipation of this year’s event.
For nearly an hour and half, the parade goers watched an array of community clubs, floats, and groups, including mounted units, color guards, waving politicians, firetrucks, motorcycles, and antique cars, but as usual, when a flotilla of Corvettes cruise by, the crowd is moved to an extra round of cheers and applause! So much so, that following the event, mother nature even applauded with her own 6.4 trembler, to shake things up little.
Special thanks to Jimmy Webster for a job well done organizing this event for our club. As is usually the case, Corvette piloting and navigation can work up an appetite, so at the conclusion of the parade, the crew gathered at Margarita’s Mexican Grill for a well-deserved lunch, beverage, and parade discussion.
But the fun wasn’t over yet! On Monday, the official parade winners were announced, and once again, the SCVCC was honored with the first-place win in the Car and Motorcycle category! A big congratulations to all those members who participated in this year’s event and brought home the first-place award- again!
For more pictures follow the link to Shutterfly.com.
KHTS Home & Garden Show
Breakfast then Show Our Cars
Join us Sunday, April 28th for a Community Event
We’ll start with breakfast at Route 66 Classic Grill, then we’re off for the short drive to Central Park where we’ll have reserved parking (on asphalt) right in front of the show! We’ll have a front seat to all the show has to offer.
* Our contribution to the show will be to show our Corvettes!
* So wear club attire and we will bring our Club Banner
While we’re there… walk the show featuring over 400 local vendors, food trucks, arts & crafts, pig races, demonstrations, and more! Bring your lawn chairs or pop-ups if you like and spend the afternoon!
Here’s what you need to know….
Meet at Route 66 Classic Grill (18730 Soledad Canyon Rd, Canyon Country, CA.)
* 9:30 am – Meet for Breakfast (George will offer discount pricing)
* 11:00 am – Depart for Central Park – Santa Clarita
* 11:15 am – Parking – Our cars will be on display in front of the show – so no dirt!
* 11:30 am – Enjoy the show!
Contact Mark Ware for more info at VetteBro@ymail.com or 661.993.8128
Story: Mike Woodings
Photos: Janene McDonald, Tony Munshi and Mike Woodings
The planning for our SCVCC All-Corvette Car Show 2018 began several month ago at out monthly board meeting where we discussed the charity choices for this year’s event and who would fill the positions on the show committee. Our super-successful 2016 show was the logical place to begin and we soon found our past show workers were ready and eager to make the 2018 event bigger and better than ever. Still a year away from the next National Corvette Caravan, we had the time and desire to show off our Corvettes yet another time. The idea of a 2018 show was put to a vote of the membership and we were ready to make it a reality with Joe Ryan once again our chief advisor and Dwight McDonald as our leader.
As the year progressed, the committee members again solicited sponsors and donors for the event and made busy with all of the behind the scenes planning for a successful car show. AutoNation Chevrolet of Valencia helped as a sponsor as did our local KHTS radio station in advertising the event. Our many thanks go out to both for all of the help!
The show date of September 29th was earlier than in previous years and was here almost before you knew it, but our crew was ready. All of our show committee members pulled together and prepared the venue at Route 66 Classic Grill in Canyon Country in conjunction with George Thomas and his worthy Route 66 staff.
By start time at 4 PM, the venue was all together and Corvettes from near and far descended and parked in their designated parking areas by generation and the SCVCC All-Corvette Car Show 2018 was under way.
121 beautifully washed, waxed and polished Corvettes filled the lot, all to benefit the Santa Clarita Coalition in their focus to help local veterans in their transition to civilian life following service to our nation.
All of the generations of Corvettes were well represented with an amazing showing of entries representing each of the seven generations. Among the highlights were the earliest model, a 1954 convertible and the latest Corvette supercar, a 2019 ZR1. Joe Ryan and his son restored the 1954 and Ron Nolan recently purchased the ZR1. From the 155 hp Blue Flame 6 to the 755 hp supercharged LT5, amazing changes, but nonetheless, both Corvettes!
Entertainment was provided by the band, Celebrity Trash, as spectators enjoyed the rows of Corvettes on display. Vendor displays included Bling-Ur-Thingz and 3D Products were on hand for all to check out. Then, on to the raffle prizes. Once again there was a great selection of items on display that we all wanted to take a chance on winning, all donated by our members and businesses throughout the community. Who could help buying lots of tickets to place in the bins for a chance to win? It was all for the veterans after all!
Our president, Dwight McDonald, was in his element as the show Master of Ceremonies, awarding all of the raffle prizes and the trophies to the winners of the show judging. The trophies went to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each of the Corvette generations and special categories of Corvette. The judging was done by the entrants themselves, each voting for all of the trophy categories. What a chore it was, deciding who to vote for with so many terrific and beautiful Corvettes to choose from.
The votes were cast and the winners were chosen with a great split between our own members and entrants from other clubs and the community. The proud winners are as follows:
1st Donna Nolan
2nd John Fisk
3rd Joe Ryan
1st Gary Songstad
2nd Harry Rieger
3rd Ron Nolan
1st Steven Herbert
2nd Patty Kemple
3rd Peter Di Orio
1st Mark Gerson
2nd Richard La Grasta
3rd Donna Bledsoe
1st Ed Combs
2nd Rob Bitner
3rd Dan Esqueda
1st Jack Atkins
2nd Timothy Torp
3rd Brian De Avila
1st Al Aird
2nd Thomas Couples
3rd Barry Jacobson
GRAND SPORT CATEGORY
1st Mike Woodings
2nd Jeff Hernandez
3rd Tony Munshi
1st Mark Ware
2nd Ron Bergmann
3rd Brett Robinson
1st Ron Nolan
2nd Keith Shaw
3rd Tony Messina
Oh, by the way, we have heard of a “hat trick” with sporting events like hockey or soccer, but how many have associated the term with car shows? How about those Nolans taking home THREE trophies from the same show?
The 2018 SCVCC show was a success. Joe Ryan and Dwight McDonald want to thank all of the volunteers on the show committee for their planning and work that made the show a reality and for all who contributed and attended for helping reach our goal in support of the Santa Clarita Coalition. Good job one and all!
Check out Shutterfly (https://scvcc.shutterfly.com) for all the pics!
Story: Mike Woodings
Photos: Prescott Attendees
The twelfth annual Corvette Car Show at the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott, AZ, has been on the calendar for many SCVCC members ever since last September. Their enthusiasm about a road trip to Prescott has been right up there with that of a caravan to Bowling Green and it was contagious.
Over twenty Corvettes and their associated drivers and co-drivers were raring to go on Sep 20th when the trip began its first leg to Laughlin, NV for an overnight stop and then on to Arizona for the event which promised to showcase seven generations of Corvettes dating from 1953 to the current 2019 models. 250 cars were scheduled to be on display representing customized, restored, and current models, along with a variety of vendors and exhibits.
Our own Tony and Kathy Munshi and John and Linda Noble have recently departed California for a better life in Arizona and were anxiously awaiting our members’ arrival to help with the lay of the land and word is that several others are in the process of relocating soon and others have begun looking at real estate. But that will have to wait for another article.
Although the attendees have missed the deadline for this Gazette article, my detective work has uncovered some pics of their smiling faces and rumors that they had a terrific time and our people were trophy winners, to boot!
It was great to have the travelers back in time for the latest SCVCC All-Corvette Car Show just days after the Prescott Run.
HISTORIC PRESCOTT CORVETTE CAR SHOW
September 20-23, 2018
For those of you who wish to join in on the weekend run to Prescott in September.
The following links will help you to get started:
Prescott Car Show entry form
Prescott hotel Information,
We will be leaving Thursday, Sept. 20, for Laughlin, NV. Staying one night, then on to Prescott Friday morning for two nights Friday and Saturday night. Meeting place and starting time to come later. Then should you wish you may extend and spend more time in AZ sightseeing.
In Laughlin we suggest you check out …
Aquarius Casino Resort, 1900 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV. 702-298-5111, ask for California Tower.
In Prescott we suggest …
Prescott Resort and Casino, 3453 Ranch Dr., Prescott, AZ. 928-433-5500
Should you wish to join in we suggest you make your reservations SOON.
Story: Mike Woodings
Photos: Mike Woodings and Donna Nolan
Imagine a car show with no judges and no trophies. A show where every car is a winner. That is exactly the show that took place at the Four Points Sheraton over the weekend of July 20 – 22 at the Ventura Harbor. We are all members of our terrific Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club where members own and enjoy Corvettes representing all seven generations, but in our midst, several members have in their corral some mighty fine C1 cars.
The C1s roll out when weather permits, not too hot and not too cold. They lead our entry in the annual July 4th parade. And their ownership is the key to membership in another terrific club, the Solid Axle Corvette Club (SACC), whose membership is open to owners of 1953 to 1962 Corvettes.
The SACC was formed by enthusiasts who enjoy the uniqueness of the C1s. The club has six chapters (Northwest, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, Central Great Rivers, Southern California and Arizona). The club features get-togethers, a National Convention and an excellent quarterly magazine (On Solid Ground). The National Convention rotates between the regions each year and this month the event returned to our area, hosted by the Southern California Chapter.
This year’s convention in Ventura featured 61 C1 Corvettes in attendance with not only local SACC members cars, but also a large caravan from the Pacific Northwest and members from Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Florida and even Massachusetts to name a few.
The meet included a caravan from Ventura to the Mike Malamut Museum in Thousand Oaks and a Harbor Cruise in Ventura Harbor, informative Tech Sessions and special old-time Corvette racers telling us all how it was at the track in the ‘50s. Besides all that, there was plenty of time for owners to kick tires and compare notes about their passion, their C1s!
It’s not often we actually see a C1 on the road like we did in the days of American Graffiti, but a few of us in the SCVCC are still living the dream, driving our C1s whenever possible. The Ryans with their ‘54, the Fulmers with their ‘57, the Nolans with their ‘60, the McDonalds with their ‘61 and the Woodings with their ’62 are the current C1 people. We have to include the McCloskey’s in the count too with their longtime ties to C1s and the SACC and “Clutch’s” wealth of knowledge about the old Corvettes that helps us all to keep them on the road!
With that said, there was plenty of interest among our SCVCC membership in seeing all of the C1s gathered at the convention in Ventura. Yet another reason for a run in the more modern ‘Vettes and maybe even a surprise breakfast enroute.
On Sunday, the 22nd, while many of our SACC people were attending a tech session and still many more were hanging out with their C1s in the “corral”, another sight to behold rolled off Harbor Drive and into the lot with over 20 Corvettes from the SCVCC arriving en masse to check out the old-timers there, and their C1s too!
As mentioned earlier, every Corvette at the convention was a winner and with the arrival of the SCVCC Corvettes, a score more winners were added to the collection according to hotel guests and other passersby checking out all of the activity and fiberglass in the lot.
In 2019, the SACC National Convention will be in August in Detroit. Keep abreast of the details as they unfold and maybe some of us can even include the convention with the Bowling Green Caravan. In your dreams, you say. I say it can be done. Just ask this year’s attendee from Massachusetts who drove her ’59 over 3,000 miles in a six-day trip…by herself! No wimps in the SACC!
Story: Mike Woodings
Photos: Mike Woodings
We are all old enough to remember The Beach Boys and much of their music is imprinted in our minds, but one song written by Al Jardine might have slipped through the crack for most. The song is “California Saga” and starts out with big reference to Monterey. The first part of the lyrics goes:
‘On my way to sunny California
On my way to spend another sunny day
Water, water get yourself in the cool, clear, water
The sun shines brightly down on Penny’s place
The sun shines brightly down on the bay
The air’s so clean it’ll just take your mind away
Take your mind away
Take your mind away
Have you ever been south of Monterey
Barrancas carve the coast line and the chaparral flows to the sea
‘Neath waves of golden sunshine’
So, about now you are asking, what’s that got to do with the Monterey Run? Here goes then. A long, long time ago, when some of you were in diapers and others were looking for deferments from the draft, some had a short 8-week visit at Ft Ord for Basic Training. Uncle Sam sent me to the Monterey Peninsula in 1968 as a new 2nd Lieutenant on another mission of sorts. I was accepted into Language School at the Defense Language Institute on the Presidio of Monterey for a one-year Vietnamese language course. So, while you may have been listening to Joan Baez, I was appreciating Cannery Row, the Monterey Folk Festival, Big Sur, Laguna Seca and 17-Mile Drive, listening to California Saga and The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face from Play Misty for Me. I was hooked on Monterey never miss an opportunity to go back for visits as often as possible.
When our club began attending the Monterey Coast Corvette Caravan in the infancy of the event I always marked my calendar to make sure not to miss the run. As the years passes, the annual Monterey event became an every-two-year thing, alternating with the Lake Tahoe Corvette Club show each June.
This year, as in many past years, Monterey was on my calendar as it was with several other members of our club and apparently MANY members of numerous Corvette clubs throughout California and beyond with the event becoming extremely popular. Since the size of the function was limited to 200, due to venue constraints, the sign-ups filled much faster than in years past and our club only snatched up ten spots for five couples. The Woodings, Turkheimer, de Avila, Bachmura, and Meier/Granen couples attended.
Our run started early on Thursday, 5-31, with a meeting at Walmart and then north I-5 to CA-46 and into Paso Robles for lunch at Bubba’s Bad BBQ. (If you haven’t traveled CA-46 recently, it is now a great route with most of the hour ride from Lost Hills to Paso Robles now a 4-lane highway.) Then it was off to our destination at the Embassy Suites in Monterey for the next three nights.
The Monterey club really knows how to put an event together and obviously worked their rear-ends off producing an action-packed event for us all. We began the fun right away with a well-attended Hawaiian Luau in Carmel Valley, complete with 3 hula dancers. Food, spirits and company were all terrific.
The planned events for the weekend included: Monterey Zoo Tour, Monterey Wharf Treasure Hunt, Red Nines Tournament, “Car Races” in the hospitality suite, Show N Shine, Poker Run, an incredible raffle display, 50/50 Reverse Drawing, and a Mystery Gift Drawing, concluding with banquet dinner and awards presentation.
The Monterey club held a drawing from the names of early registrants and the Turkheimers were picked for an upgrade for their lodging with a spectacular bay-view room at the hotel. So, you know where we enjoyed hanging out during the free time we had!
Now is the time for the synopsis of the weekend. The Bachmuras took home one of Chuck August’s great hand-built trophies for their well-shined Stingray, Brian de Avila left some cash at the “car race” table which greatly boosted the other players’ winnings, the Turkheimers were great hosts, and the Woodings were first to sign up for the event for the second consecutive time.
Now, to tie up the loose ends; you were about to ask, “Were the Attls there?” Why, yes, they were! They say “hi” to all and hope to see you at the 40th Anniversary picnic!
And, from the song above, who is still asking, “where is Penny’s Place”? Now, for the rest of the story, you will have to ask Al Jardine, but it’s named after Big Sur Sycamore Canyon resident Penny Vieregge, an EMT, now 89, who founded the local off-cliff rescue unit
Story: Glenda Fulmer
Photos: Route 66 Classic Grill
With the Royal Wedding still a week away and the local Corvette calendar open as well, some of our own joined in the car show action at the Route 66 Classic Grill on May 12th. Route 66 hosts six Classic Car Shows throughout the summer, featuring 1975 and older cars.
Our members in the SCVCC have some really nice vintage cars squirreled away in their garages. This month, Jim and Glenda Fulmer and Miron Kalebjian participated in the May event at Route 66 along with dozens of other car people from the community.
Jim captured the trophy for Best Chevrolet for his beautiful 1957 Corvette and Miron took the honors for Best Muscle Car with his awesome 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda. Great job people!
But wait, there is more, those “lucky Fulmers” also took home $244 in the 50/50 drawing!
If you were just sitting home, wondering what to do on Mother’s Day Eve, this could have been your answer.
Summer is just beginning though and there will be five more Classic Car Shows (not counting the SCVCC All-Corvette Car Show) between now and October.
Mark your calendar for the Classic Car Shows at Route 66 Classic Grill, the second Saturday of each month, May through October.