Queen of hearts is Wild!
Join us for this fun run!
At the end of the run, we will have dinner together and the member with the best poker hand will be announced.
Stay tuned for all the details!
EXPERIENCE the thrill of aerial maneuvers at 600 knots and air-to-air combat in an authentic military flight simulator. Guests who are not flying can relax in the Officers Club and watch all the aerial action on large LCD screens. No experience required. Classroom training and in-flight instruction are provided to ensure a challenging aviation-themed adventure that you won’t forget.
Here’s what you need to know….
See below for a description of FOX 1, that will be the Flight for our event. The additional FOX options can be reserved on your own.
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30 Min Class
35 Min Flight
Min Age: 11
Min Ht: 4’ 11”
Leave the civilian life behind and step into the world of the fighter pilot. Don your flight suit and listen closely in the class where you’ll learn the important stuff. Once in your cockpit, adjust your headset and you’ll be cleared for take-off. When you hear “Fight’s On, Fight’s On” – it’s furball time and we’re keeping score! Fly high, fly low, try everything to prevent being hit. Finally, try to catch your breath before you land your jet and then join the instructor for your scoring debrief.
30 Min Class
35 Min Flight
Min. Age: 11
Min. Ht.: 4′ 11″
FOX 1 Completion Required
Take it the next level with advanced evasion maneuvers and perfecting your aim with the cannon. If the words “call the ball” are familiar, then you know what it is – an aircraft carrier trap landing. Just be sure to jam the throttle forward when you hit the deck just in case you miss the wires. Successfully catch one of the four wires and you’re officially a tail-hooker. If you didn’t have something to brag about before, you do now.
30 Min Class
35 Min Flight
Min. Age: 11
Min. Ht.: 4’ 11”
FOX 1 & 2 Completion Required
You might have a call-sign by now and definitely know the routine. This time you’ll ingress your aircraft on the tarmac and ATC will give you clearance to taxi to the taxiway, then the runway and when you’re wheels up you might buzz some of the rookies still waiting to take off. You’ll learn even more advanced evasion and air combat maneuvers, finishing the mission with a carrier landing in an F-18 – this time at night.
San Luis Obispo (SLO) and the Central Coast make a great destination for travelers and maybe even more so for Corvette people. A road trip there offers not only many choices of sights and things to do, but also plenty of driving through beautiful countryside. The weekend of November 15 – 17 was on our calendar for a weekend trip up the 101 to SLO and points beyond, and the plan was a popular one, one with time for getting together and time for individual interests.
Thirty of our members answered the call, eager for our annual weekend run to SLO. Some of us were so eager, another day, November 14, was added for visits with friends in the area, shopping and the SLO Farmers Market held on Higuera Street every Thursday. As Thursday was going on, our hearts were, at the same time, heavy with the events at Saugus HS.
Our advance-party conveyed to the main caravan that the weather was beautiful and we were eager for their arrival. First stop, Pea Soup Andersen’s for lunch.
We all joined as planned on Friday afternoon at the Best Western on Madonna Road to officially begin our weekend. We initiated the run officially with a mass gathering at poolside with beverages and snacks to get us ready for our mass arrival for dinner at the nearby Tahoe Joe steak house.
Saturday had no official agenda, but there was no lack of things to do as we rolled to the winds in our faithful Corvettes. North and south, we found butterflies, elephant seals, cookies, farmers markets, apple farms, wineries, souvenirs, and cinnamon rolls.
There is likely even more, including rocking chairs. I must add that despite my excellent packing skills, my trunk was filled with reminders of the SLO weekend.
Saturday evening brought us all back together for an impromptu happy hour at an undisclosed room on the third floor of the BW. One more group dinner followed at the infamous Golden Gong, just south of our lodging. Service and cuisine were just as good as last year!
Before you could blink, it was already Sunday. Like the last day at camp, there were hugs and good-byes. Some left early to miss Santa Barbara Sunday traffic and some elected to enjoy even more time in SLO. It played out the same for us all in the end, we returned to our beautiful, but in shock, community with memories of a great weekend together.
P.S. I felt compelled to make a stop at Bunnin Chevrolet of Santa Paula en-route home to see what’s up. I was met by many familiar staff members there who reported they are indeed open and that virtually all of the sales and service employees were retained under the new business ownership and they are eager to see us at their Grand Opening. I noted they have two Corvettes in stock as well, a Stingray convertible and a ZO6! (Christian says he is anxious to make a deal.) I was happy to see them up and running again.
Sure, you can buy your pumpkins at Ralph’s or Von’s or even cheaper at Walmart, but chances are you will not be hauling them home in your Corvette. Our Activities Team came up with a solution for all that with the Fillmore & Western Railway PumpkinLiner run on Saturday, October 19th.
Six Corvettes comprised our caravan which headed west on CA-126 to Fillmore at a respectable 9:30 AM start for a ride on the vintage train to the Santa Paula Pumpkin Patch.
The event gave us our money’s worth with a half-hour ride to cover the short 8-mile route. A lot happened in those 8 miles though, almost leaving an opening on our board when, in near slow motion, an oak table did its best to do-in our own Donna Webster before we even pulled out of the Fillmore Station. Normally, the “you break it – you buy it” rule would apply, but that darn attack-table would not fit in the rear of the Webster Grand Sport. After the OSHA incident report was completed we were off at a snail pace with break-it rule forgiven.
Donna still was still anxious to fill the rear of the GS, so upon arrival ay the Pumpkin Patch, she went about requesting the largest pumpkin in the patch, not fully understanding how it would be loaded onto the train, how it would be moved to the Webster GS and how in the world it would be loaded into the rear of the car.
All worked out and the pumpkin was loaded.
The rumor is that while Jim has not begun his quest to purchase a new C8 mid-engine soon and was quite happy to drive his C7 “mid-pumpkin” model back to Santa Clarita.
Many of you missed a fun time together, but you may actually have been wiser for taking the SUV to Ralph’s or Von’s or even Walmart for this year’s pumpkins.
By the way, that 44-pound monster looks pretty darn good on the Webster porch!
“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.
Meet at the Walmart at the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Copperhill
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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.
Come join us for some fun and laughs while miniature golfing. Afterwards we will be stopping at Chapala Mexican Restaurant in Santa Paula for an early dinner. Depart noon, miniature golf at 1pm, early dinner ~ 4pm
Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park
5555 Walker Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Chapala Mexican Restaurant
245 S 10th St.
Santa Paula, CA 93060
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