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Story and Photos by Scott Gregory
Fourteen Corvettes gathered early on a Saturday morning at our pre-launch site in the parking lot of the Copperhill Walmart in preparation for what turned out to be a beautiful day for the drive north to Buellton, CA.
The trip up was great, and as usual it required some experienced coordination between Mark Ware in the lead car and the tail gunners, Tom and Elke Couples, to keep everyone in formation as we made our way through some coastal traffic along the Ventura and Santa Barbara stretch of the 101. But once we cleared the traffic it was time to set the cruise control and enjoy the ride.
The museum, for those that have never there, is an amazing private petroliana collection of gas pumps, signs, and racing related memorabilia, much of it from the central California region. It is also home the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame.
The museum was gracious enough to let us park inside, where we spent the next couple of hours getting a private tour by our hostess, Misty, the daughter of the owners, Mark and Vicki Mendenhall. She was not only very knowledgeable about the collections on display, but she shared many family memories related to growing up around the museum that was originally started by her grandfather, a Buellton gas station owner, and himself a land speed record holder.
After our visit to the museum, we took the short drive to Morrell’s Farm Fresh Dining where twenty-seven of us descended on the restaurant for brunch. Parking had been pre-arranged in front of the restaurant, and our tables were ready and waiting.
The relaxed brunch was excellent and offered a wide range of menu choices from traditional breakfast items to locally selected specialties – either way, we could not go wrong.
After brunch some of the group headed off to the casino to try their luck, which I understand went well, while others went shopping in Solvang, and a few of us caravanned home along the Chumash route through Ojai, bringing a close to another great run.
SCVCC Day Trip!
Scenic Drive, Museum and Lunch
With all of the rain that we’ve had we’re looking forward to a green spring. Let’s take advantage and make a run up the 101 to Buellton to visit the famous Mendenhall Museum! After that, we’ll have lunch and then it’s all up to you! Wine tasting! Casino! Solvang!
Here’s what you need to know…
Meet at the Walmart at the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Copperhill.
* 07:30 am – Depart Walmart
* 10:00 am – Arrive Mendenhall
* 11:45 am – Lunch Morrell’s Farm Fresh
Contact Mark Ware for more info at VetteBro@ymail.com or 661.993.8128
Story: Mike Woodings
Photos: Judy Woodings
The open road is where we want to be and when it leads to the Central Coast for a weekend away, even better. November included severe fires throughout the Calabasas and Malibu area, fortunately not in our area this time and our scheduled getaway to San Luis Obispo on November 9 to 11 allowed a great number of our members to observe the tremendous cloud of smoke streaming out across Ventura County and west to the ocean as we traveled on Friday morning in our caravan on CA 126 and north on US 101.
Our route bypasses the fire and resulting congestion and included a lunch stop in Buellton at Morrell’s Farm Fresh Dining on McMurray Road. It’s an American food place with excellent ratings where we were all welcomed and well taken care of. The restaurant staff was excited to have us all pour into their place and photo’d us leaving. We apparently were the guests of the day. Our caravan of 23 Corvettes was spectacular as we headed north and all the way into SLO and took over the Best Western Plus on Madonna Road for the weekend. Naomi, the manager, was gracious and she and her staff all treated us as longtime family friends, like her buddy Don Ceo.
Besides getting to SLO all together, there was no set agenda for the weekend, but despite that we all dined together at Tahoe Joe’s nearby to end our day. Our club is one that likes to stick together, and this getaway was no different. After Saturday’s leisurely breakfast, most of us lined up for another caravan, outbound on Los Osos Road to Morro Bay, then north on CA-1 to Cambria where one of our own, Chuck Negri suggested a stop at the little known Nitt Witt Ridge house. It was at least worth a drive-by.
With the Nitt Witt detour in our rear-view mirrors, we continued north on Highway 1 past San Simeon and on to the gateway to Big Sur, Ragged Point. There were plenty of photo ops there and the fresh ocean air was a welcome change from our hot summer’s end.
The caravan then continued, back south to Sebastian’s in San Simeon for lunch. The Corvettes rolling in all together were an added attraction for the many tourists at the café and my chili burger was especially good.
Onward south to Cayucos was next for a mandatory stop at the Brown Butter Cookie Co. for our favorite cookie selections and for some a look at the other spots of interest in the great little beach town.
Our caravan splintered into several smaller groups through the day, but we all made it back to SLO in good order in time to once again assemble for another “group meal”. This time the location was the nearby and infamous Golden Gong Chinese Restaurant. It was a close walk from the Best Western.
The hotel lobby lounge transitioned after dinner into the SCVCC Acey Ducey casino where some were lucky and some, not so much. The words of Kenny Rogers seemed to echo through the room saying, “You got to know when to hold ’em, Know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away, And know when to run.” For some, if it wasn’t for bad luck, they wouldn’t have any luck any all!
Then, almost as quick as the weekend started, it drew to a close. For some, Sunday morning had an early drive home in store and others had local stores to visit. With the ongoing fire situation in our home area, the route home was a consideration for all and there were several options discussed and taken, but we were all in the same accord, the Central Coast Getaway was another great event for the SCVCC!
Hello to those who love to travel again,
The weekend Get Away to San Luis Obispo is coming up soon. Date: November 9th, 10th & 11th.
Have a fun time driving around the area; Pismo, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Cambria or wining in Paso Robles (not whining)
We have great dinners planned and Acey Ducey later for those interested. Bring your quarters, lots of them.
We have 20 rooms booked at:
Best Western Royal Oaks Hotel, 214 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo.
Please call and make your reservations , Ph. 800-545-4410 when making reservations say you are with Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club.
There are 18 cars signed up for this trip with room for more.
If you wish to join in and have not signed up, let Janene know
via – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or message at 661-309-0308.
We need totals for other reservations – lunches & dinners …
MORE INFO TO BE ANNOUNCED AS THE TRIP GETS CLOSER.
Story: Mike Woodings
Photos: Mike Woodings
Our club has always rolled out in large numbers for weekend activities and runs, and that is to be expected. You can’t spend all of your time doing chores, watching football or waiting for the sunset . No, I say! Leave that for the non-Corvette people.
Well then, what about the other five days of the week? They are just as beautiful as Saturday and Sunday, and there is some expensive gas in the tank. So I say let’s hit the road for a MID-WEEK run in our Vettes and the heck with work or television or whatever!
Wednesday, October 24th was just one of those days for 28 of our club people as we got together for such an escape to the Cold Springs Tavern for some driving fun and excellent eating.
It was also an excellent opportunity for Jim and Donna Webster to introduce their brand new 2019 Admiral Blue Grand Sport to the open road.
Our fifteen Corvettes looked terrific all the way outbound on CA 126, north on US 101 and up the San Marcos Pass Road on CA154 as your “road captain lead the procession. At the summit, our trusted “mountain goat” Steve Turkheimer took the lead through the curves on Stagecoach Road on to our destination since he knew every curve and also to give him his choice of the few parking spots available.
San Marcos Pass is to most off the beaten track and the Cold Springs Tavern is almost off the grid, but it is top notch with their service, food and ambiance. Our Activities Committee made a great call putting this run on the schedule as a weekday destination.
The fortunate 28 in attendance for the hump-day run were: Jim & Donna Webster, Dick Meier and Leah Granen, Steve Hilton & Jo Ayers, Dave & Karen Jewett, Dan & Marcia Stern; Les Hershberger & Mami Wong, Steve & Judy Turkheimer, Shelia Percivalle and Linda Roselund, Tom & Judy Tomlinson, Don & Connie Ceo, Gene Schmidt, Brian de Avila, Jim & Maggie Bancroft and Mike & Judy Woodings.
An informal survey of all attendees was taken and their unanimous response indicated the continued viability of the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club…none of Wednesday’s caravanners had any relocation plans on their schedule or in mind!
This mid-week trip will start early because we have a lot to do. First we’ll head up to Cold Spring Tavern and enjoy a hearty meal at this famous stagecoach stop on the San Marcos Pass in the mountains north of Santa Barbara. Here you can appreciate the true ambiance of the Old West because, as if by magic, time stands still. Savor the traditional American fare made with fresh local ingredients including our famous Cold Spring Chili, tri-tip barbeque sandwiches, and delicious steaks and ribs. After our meal, before heading back home we’ll have the opportunity to either go wine tasting in Santa Ynez at any of the dozens of wineries or gambling at the Chumash Casino. If you like, do both!
We’re meeting at Walmart on Newhall Ranch Road at 08:45 in the morning to sign waivers to be able to head out by 09:00, we have a beautiful drive to Santa Barbara planned out by your leader Mike Woodings.
SEE YOU THERE..
Story: Mike Woodings
Photos: Mike Woodings, Glenda Fulmer, Mark Ware, Mike Cusick
Did you know that “Pismo” is Chumash for “call of the wild”? Well, not really, but it might be the new meaning when it comes to Corvette owners in the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club. Twenty-two of America’s favorite sportscars with almost double that number of participants left Santa Clarita for a three to four day outing in beautiful Pismo Beach. The caravan was a sight to behold as our assembly of cars headed out CA 126 and all the way north on US 101 on the getaway leg. Morning coffee necessitated a pit in Ventura and then it was clear sailing into Buellton for a traditional traveler’s lunch at Pea Soup Andersons.
Spring flowers and poppies were abundant in the lush green hillsides along the route accented by an array of Corvette shades all the way into our weekend destination, the Kon Tiki Inn. The hotel advertises itself as having “one of the best panoramic ocean views Pismo Beach hotels have to offer” and we will have to concur with their statement. The place can’t be beat. Even their parking spaces were EXTRA wide, to the delight of our Corvette owners!
Our weekend was designed to be a time to relax, with no planned agenda. But, the Central Coast lends itself to many activities, so there was something for everyone. To name just a few of the things our people did: wine tasting, dining, walks on the beach, watching sunsets, drives to local sites, kite flying, shopping, conversation, quad runner dune riding and even some car detailing.
Here are the attendees for the Pismo run. Ask any of them for their critique of the weekend and it is guaranteed to be a universal “you missed a great run” answer: Anthony & Delores Bachmura, Ron & Joyce Bergmann, Jeff & Leeann Carley, Don & Connie Ceo, Dan & Lydie Colonello, Mike & Mary Cusick, Brian & Kathy De Avila, Jim & Glenda Fulmer, Jeff Hernandez & Moira Moe, Steve Hilton & Jo Ayers, Dave & Karen Jewett, Mike & Dorothy McCloskey, Dwight & Janene McDonald, Dick Meier & Leah Granen, John & Linda Noble, Sheila Percivalle & Linda Roselund, Ed & Deana Shaver, Steve & Judy Turkheimer, Mark Ware, Jim & Donna Webster, Mike & Judy Woodings, along with future members Gerald & Dawn Barry.
If you missed this one, watch our website, for all the upcoming events our Activities Committee has planned.
See the Pismo Bound video on the SCVCC Video Gallery page!
Story: Mike Woodings
Photos: Janene McDonald and Mike Woodings
Weekend runs are always fun and our get-away to San Luis Obispo and the surrounding area was right up there with the best of them. Our Friday began with the headcount and drivers meeting at Walmart and then off we drove in a tight and beautiful caravan, west on CA 126, to US 101 through Ventura and Santa Barbara (with only one pit stop). Then it was over the mountain past Lake Cachuma of Corvette parking and good food available there as well as photo ops in the beautiful surroundings.
Our Activities committee has another treat on the itinerary for us for our evening meal, Tahoe Joe’s BBQ in San Luis Obispo. Once again, plenty of good food and company to conclude our Saturday. Veterans even were treated to a free steak by the restaurant for Veterans Day! We did notice the McCloskey’s initially absent from dinner but later showing up with Mike wearing a new Cal Poly t-shirt and explaining he and Dorothy went to the Cal Poly/Sacramento State football game to witness Cal Poly’s defeat, 49-14. Sad for our CPSU alumnus! There was even another hospitality room event with a great turnout to finish Day 2.
Day 3 was much less organized with some wanting to avoid weekend traffic getting an early start while others took a more relaxed approach in leaving the area with more shopping, a visit to See Canyon for a final run to the local apple orchards, and even a later pass through Santa Barbara to be treated by a military style fly-over in honor of our vets!
Plenty to do, and great people and Corvettes to do it with!