The "Bash" at the National Corvette
Museum is always a great event.
This year was no exception,
seeing old friends and making new ones.
Thanks to the C5/C6 Registry, the NCM and all the wonderful people attending, we
were able to send
to the American Cancer
Society's Bowling Green, KY
Tuesday, April 19
Leaving home in Maine.
Arrival in Philadelphia for a quick visit with
Wednesday, April 20
Early (!) departure for KY the next morning.
The Corvette Assembly Plant at the exit off I-65 in
Stats for the trip from Maine to the
National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.
Some of the new displays I noted in a quick
walk-through of the Museum:
The Auto Show C6-R that was first shown at the C6 Z06 introduction in January,
and the one and only Torch Red C6, driven by Joe Spielman.
Nearly 40 C5/C6 Registry members met for drinks
and dinner at the terrific
If you've never been there, do it. Where else can you reserve
space for half that
but still get flawless service, great food...
and SEPARATE CHECKS!
Thursday, April 21
Thursday morning we set up in the Atrium area
of the Museum, at the entrance to the
exhibits. The same spot we have
had for the last 3 visits.
We were once again right
from Dana Forrester. There I did the usual distributing of cancer information.
Thursday was focused on Corvette Racing and the
The weather was still beautiful as I prepared
to leave the Museum
for the Corvette Racing Awards banquet.
At the banquet, I got to meet Gary and Robin
Pratt. Gary is the Pratt of Pratt & Miller, the people
who build the C5-R
and C6-R racing Corvettes. Robin is a big supporter of the Race for the
for the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
She and Karen Hill
recently did a 3 day,
60 mile walk for breast cancer, camping along the route.
The banquet was a lot of fun. Ron Fellows and
Johnny O'Connell told a few stories, mostly at each other's expense,
and kept everybody
in stitches. Those two guys are as great a comedy team as they are a race team!
Out in the parking lot, 2 new Z06s were getting
a lot of attention!
On the way back to my motel, I stopped by the
Best Western for a beer
and a visit with Jake Delaney's
Here charter members
Jackie and Buzz Nielson model the "club" shirts.
Friday, April 22
Not a happy sight... but a happy outcome.
Click on the photo for the full story.
Friday evening hit us with one of those
"Wrath of God" thunderstorms on the way
to the C5/C6 Registry dinner.
Fortunately it let up just as I arrived at the restaurant,
where we were treated
with this rainbow.
Corvette Assistant Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter presented a slide show on the new Z06, and talked
about a lot of the
behind the scenes in its development. Plant Manager Wil Cooksey and
General Manager of Manufacturing Joe Spielman also spoke.
You won't find a more
animated Corvette nut than Joe! Dave Hill also quietly wandered
in and mingled.
Registry co-director Jake Drennon had asked me
if I would do a 50/50 for just the Registry dinner, separate from the one
selling at the Museum for a
Saturday drawing. Of course I relented, and the pot
for the evening came to $481.
The wonderful lady who won donated it back, so the
entire pot went to the
American Cancer Society in Bowling Green. I'm sorry
to say that I have lost the lady's name. If anybody can tell me who she is,
I'll give her credit here.
Saturday, April 23
Saturday turned much colder, but the
clouds had a silver lining: the traffic INSIDE the Museum picked up
considerably. One of the items I have at my table
to generate donations is the
black 50th pin seen here.
It is part of a set of 4 from Corvette's 50th
Anniversary in 2003. I also have one of the "Nashville" pins,
had never seen the full set of 4 until a lady brought in her hat to show me.
The closing Banquet and Auction was the usual
feeding frenzy for 50/50 tickets.
Thanks to my table-mates, Frank & Betty
and Larry Terrell,
who held my dinner
and counted the money, I
was actually able to eat my (albeit cold) dinner this year.
Here the ecstatic winner waves her roll of cash
($2219) as I thank the crowd
for their support of the American Cancer
Sunday, April 24
If Saturday was cold, Sunday was downright
Since I had been able to fully pack up the
display the night before,
I started for home directly from the motel, passing the Museum on I-65
The sun was long gone by Lexington. Not far
east of there it started to rain...
then snow. For 500 miles! All the way to
Fortunately the ground
was warm enough that the road was just wet, so it was only occasionally that
visibility impairment slowed me down. I made it to
Scranton, PA by 9:00 that night.
Monday, April 25
Departure from Scranton.
Arrival back in Wiscasset, Maine. Record time,
actually, in spite of 500 miles
70.4 mph average for the 1303 miles. 26.4 mpg isn't hard to take, either.
And... NO MORE FUSES!
(Note: these specs, other than the odometer reading, were all
reset to zero in
Bowling Green as a result of the fuse issue)