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“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
Contact Karen Jewett for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org or 661.753-622
According to Wikipedia, a picnic is a meal taken outdoors as part of an excursion – ideally in scenic surroundings, such as a park, lakeside, or other place affording an interesting view, or else in conjunction with a public event, and usually in summer. Our third annual SCVCC picnic definitely fit the bill in all aspects. We had a meal. The event was outdoors, in a scenic park. It was part of an excursion with our beautiful caravan. It celebrated an event, out member appreciation. And, it was scheduled on the second day of summer. Well done Activities Committee for such attention to detail!
Since our first annual club picnic in 2017, a tradition was born and our picnic event has improved with each outing. We again held our picnic at Steckel Park, on Highway 150, north of Santa Paula. The park offers everything needed for a gathering of a club our size.
There is plenty of parking for a Corvette Corral. There are pavilions for dining and games. There is open space for competitions and plenty of shade for just hanging out. Steckel Park was the place to be on June 22 for our member appreciation event!
Events like this don’t just happen though. We don’t just show up at a designated spot for a caravan and roll into our destination with a lot of prior planning and preparation. The Activities committee and their picnic support team have been meeting and preparing for months making this one afternoon possible and our thanks go out to all who worked so hard to make our picnic a success.
As always. picnic day started early for our set-up team as they claimed our spot at Steckel Park and went about the set-up activity, once again making sure every detail matched Mark Ware’s extensive preparation spreadsheet.
At a reasonable start time of 10 AM, attendee members gathered at the designated assembly area in the Walmart lot for headcount and sign-in and payment of parking fees, eager to move on to the awaiting picnic. Light traffic allowed us to keep our 19 Corvettes together in a spectacular caravan westbound on CA 126 all the way to our destination.
Once there, we rolled into our reserved “Corvette Corral” we caravanners all witnessed the splendid set-up that was waiting for us. Both covered pavilions were decorated, game areas laid out and equipped with all types of picnic games and music was in the air.
The staff from Laird’s Butcher Shop in Santa Paula was on hand and already preparing our picnic feast as we arrived. Their cooking skills seem to improve with every event we attend in the Santa Paula area. They add to our pleasure at not only our picnics but at the Santa Paula Chevrolet bi-annual BBQ events as well. Picnic baskets of old were nice, but BBQ is a great call.
PIC 8While music played in the background, picnickers went about visiting and competition in the events on the lawn. Bocce ball, croquet, cornhole game, Jenga, bingo, and the Corvette tabletop race competition were all available. The volleyball was flat and there was no spiking this time out.
The call to eat went out and the line quickly formed to pick and choose from the Tri-tip, Chicken, sausages, and all the trimmings available for our picnic lunch. As soon as the BBQ sauce was wiped from the corners of our mouths, dessert was on everyone’s mind. With the many choices available, the blackberry pie apparently was at the top of the list and disappeared in a blink of the eye.
Throughout the afternoon, there were numerous raffle prizes given out and a nice 50-50 pot as well. All of the bases were covered!
The bottom line in this report from your writer’s point of view is that all in all, the picnic was fun, delicious and again a success.
Besides the Activities committee it is all of the attendees who are to be thanked too for coming out and adding to the fun of the event. We appreciate each and every one who worked and played together as a club to make Picnic 2019 a fun time. Well done!
For those that were craving more Bar-B-Que, a short trip up the 126 was all it took! On an overcast but pleasant Saturday morning, we gathered at our usual meeting spot at the Copperhill Walmart in preparation for the short drive west to support our friends and neighbors at Santa Paula Chevrolet.
When thirty of us arrived in eighteen cars, the front lot of the dealership was ready for us, as their usual inventory of cars and trucks had been relocated to the K-Mart lot as part of their annual tent sale. Of course, the friendly dealership staff were there to help us park, and throughout the afternoon they proved to be gracious hosts.
A substantial influx of Corvettes from the Redline and Ventura Corvette Clubs were already onsite, and after we got parked, the front lot of the dealership contained at total of forty-two visiting Corvettes! There was also a half dozen more really shiny ones that still had that new car smell, window stickers, and big orange discount tags hanging from the mirrors. It was a worthy line-up indeed. The event was a great opportunity to not only support the dealership, but to meet our friends from the other clubs as well.
We were presented with an excellent lunch from the very popular, Laird’s BBQ, who we will see again in June at our annual picnic. The spread provided for us included sausage, tri-tip, and grilled chicken, along with all the fixin’s, including some spicy beans and potato salad. After lunch, John Macik, of Santa Paula Chevrolet, offered some words of appreciation for our support throughout the year, and to further emphasize the point—as if the great lunch wasn’t enough—he held a raffle for a number of prizes that included, free oil changes, alignments, and air conditioning services.
Oh, and did I also mention there were donuts? Yeah, it was a good day…
You know the drill. Quick drive to Santa Paula, greet our host and friends from Redline and Ventura Valley Corvette Clubs. EAT!!
Here’s what you need to know….
Meet at the Walmart at the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Copperhill.
* 10:00 am – Meet to sign waiver and
* 10:15 am – Depart
* 11:00 am – Santa Paula Chevrolet
Contact Mark Ware for more info at VetteBro@ymail.com or 661.993.8128
December brings a time of giving and combine that with Corvettes, it was a time of caravan to Santa Paula Chevrolet to participate in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots event.
Major Bill Hendricks of the USMCR in Los Angeles founded Toys for Tots in in 1947. 5,000 toys were collected during the campaign that year. In 1948, the USMC expanded the program nationwide. Toys for Tots continued expanding to today and is named as a top charity in the Philanthropy 400 and is accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. In other words, it’s a great charity which helps a heck of a lot of kids at this time of year.
Annually, our sponsor Santa Paula Chevrolet holds a donation drive in which local Corvette clubs are invited to participate with their gifts for boys and girls and rolls out the red-carpet with a breakfast for participants at the dealership.
We had a great turnout on a beautiful December 1st morning. The road was clear and the caravan was spectacular as we rolled west on CA 126 yet again.
Once in Santa Paula, we joined our fellow Corvette people in filling the lot with Vettes and the contribution boxes with all sorts of cool toys, including some scale model Corvettes to perhaps inspire another generation before electric and self-driving cars have ruined their minds.
Giving is always a great thing to do and thanks to all who participated in this worthy event. Thanks too to our hosts, John and Sandra Macik of Santa Paula Chevrolet for including the SCVCC in this year’s Toys for Tots program.
And a final thanks to the Marines who serve our nation, not only locally, but around the world!
This coming Saturday, December 1st, Santa Paula Chevrolet will hold its annual Toys for Tots donation event at their dealership. US Marine personnel will be there to accept our toy donations as we arrive and our host, John Macik, will provide breakfast for those participating.
The event will run from 9:00 AM until noon. Please bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10.00 or more for a child of any age, boy or girl (both if you wish), to 14 years old. We will assemble at the Walmart parking lot on the corner of Copper Hill/Rye Canyon & Newhall Ranch Road and leave at 9:00 am. We will take the beautiful drive to Santa Paula and arrive together with the news media there covering the event.
We need to have a number of those attending ASAP so we can give Santa Paula a head count for food. Please respond via email, text, or call to Mark Ware, but let him know.
Phone or text 661-993-8128
Let’s start December with a terrific turnout…for the KIDS!
We have all caravanned out on the 126 a time or two. Most of us have even been to Santa Paula Chevrolet for both business or pleasure or a combination of the two. We have partaken of the great BBQ prepared by Laird’s Butcher Shop & BBQ and have enjoyed the hearty fare. The same is likely true for the Redline and Ventura Corvette Clubs as well, but twice a year we are faithful in answering the call and return to Santa Paula Chevrolet for yet another lunchtime BBQ feast surrounded by scores of terrific Corvettes (ours and theirs) and plenty of other tempting Chevrolet products.
On Aug 18th, our pilgrimage began with the mandatory sign-in and drivers’ meeting in the Walmart lot under a pleasantly cool blue sky. There were a large number of tops down or off for the drive as eighteen gorgeous Vettes lined up and rolled west toward a partial marine-layered and cooler destination. Judy and I led the way in our ’62 with its new water pump and enjoyed this trip to Ventura County without any overheating. A reading of 160˚ on the water temperature gauge and wind in our hair, a perfect combination for our easy morning drive.
Once we arrived and lined our Vettes up among the early arrivals we went about the usual tire-kicking, visiting, and maybe even some shopping. The dealership had numerous tempting retail Corvette related items for sale and of course there were new Corvettes and other Chevys to drool over.
Even though this caravan was similar to other BBQ caravans, it still offered it’s own unique flavor. This was the first club caravan for Peter and Carrie Di Orio, who enjoyed the ride tremendously. Tom Tomlinson brought his neighbor Don Knight, not yet a Corvette owner, but Don bought a Corvette hat from the dealership display, so what might be on the horizon?
Oh, there was still another unique event at the BBQ. We conducted a special new member induction of our first and only Honorary Members. Your board recommended the recognition of John and Sandra Macik as Honorary Members in recognition of their outstanding service and support as sponsors of the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club. Our Membership Chair, Judy Woodings, presented John and Sandra with club name badges along with special membership certificates as they were welcomed into our club. John and Sandra proudly wore their new badges throughout the day and a “spy-shot” into John’s office even spotted his SCVCC certificate displayed in his bookcase!
The BBQ meal was delicious as always…The Corvettes were beautiful as always…
Time with friends was great as always…What could be better? Next time, I will drive the air-conditioned, modern Vette for the 97˚ return home!
Many thanks to Santa Paula Chevrolet for another great BBQ, and welcome to the club John and Sandra!
Post: Steve Turkheimer
Photos: Steve Turkheimer, Santa Paula Chevrolet
I took my Vette to Santa Paula Chevrolet to have its annual service performed, knowing it needed it prior to the MPCC run. When I left to go home I had an ‘In Awe of Moment’ which I’ll get to later.
As always, we (SCVCC club members) are treated fantastic. I checked in and had a brief conversation with Monty, my service writer, to go over my areas of concern. He assured me it would all be handled along with the bow to stern inspection and a wash. On my way into the show room, I stopped in to John Macik’s office to say hello and thank him for all he does for the Corvette community. Well, that ‘hello’ lasted about 30 minutes. He’s a very approachable man, which says a lot for his organization.
Following our conversation, I went across the street to grab a hoagie sandwich while I waited for my car to be completed. It just felt like the right thing to do. I’m not sure why, it just did, drive-n-eat. After eating, it was now shopping time! I love messing with the sales people. They just have this pre-conceived idea of what I can or can’t drive. It’s entertaining. Anyway, I found the car I want, a 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 3LZ, Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic with jet black interior, 650 HP. Only $105k. The dream will continue.
I finalized my business for the day, got in my car, and headed east on Harvard Blvd. At the light at Palm, I was waiting for my light to turn green so I could turn right to go the freeway and home. It was then I saw a beautiful young woman. She was a 10 out of 10, waiting to walk across the intersection where I was going to turn. I waited patiently for her to cross and proceeded to make my turn. As I turned, I noticed a middle-aged man in a mid-sized tin can waiting to go straight as the woman crossed the street in front of him. I watched the man watching the woman, or so I thought. Upon completing my turn and driving past the tin can, I caught the ‘in awe of moment’. I realized he was not watching the pretty woman. No, he was watching my car and rubbernecking his head until it was virtually facing backwards. I could see he was in total awe of my car.
I must admit, his reaction was a bit of a surprise, extreme, and made me laugh. This type of reaction happens frequently. It made me think how special it is to have such a great car and to be able to enjoy it year-round. So for now, with a smile on my face and the roar of “The Mighty LS3” at my back, I bid you adieu.
Story: Mike Woodings
The clouds parted just enough during the March rainstorms for the eagerly awaited BBQ at Santa Paula Chevrolet. As in days past, our participants assembled at our start point in the Walmart lot for headcount, waivers and a driver meeting.
We know the way, but it’s just what we do, besides, you could almost smell the tri-tip on the horizon. Nineteen was the count of the Corvettes as we once again headed west on the 126 and as always, we were a sight to behold!
Our friend and host, John Macik, from Santa Paula Chevrolet, again cleared his lot to for the onslaught of Corvettes that rolled in for another of his now-famous BBQ get-togethers.
We don’t all come just for the food though. Some shop and most of us dream as well.
There was quite a bit of attention paid to the current Torch Red Grand Sport Convertible on display and also to a certain ZO6 for sale on the lot. Come on people, Santa Paula would love to do business with us!
Laird’s Butcher Shop and BBQ keeps getting better and better with the spread they prepare for us at every gathering. The grub and Vettes keep us coming back time and time again. What a great combination. As always, for a Saturday run and a great BBQ, Santa Paula Chevrolet is THE place to go.
Thanks to John and his crew for another fine event!