April 26-29, 2007
Bowling Green, KY
This was a bittersweet event for us. I
joined with many friends in celebrating the life and friendship of Frank Genova,
dedicating a brick and a bench in his memory. It was also the first birthday of
our Corvettes Conquer Cancer C6,
which was presented to us at the 2006 Bash. It
was also a very unusual event for me because I was sick as a dog
for the entire
event (food poisoning) and missed both the Corvette Racing dinner Friday and the final dinner
Thanks to a whole bunch of wonderful people
we were able to send a total of
$3667.00 to the
American Cancer Society office
in Bowling Green, KY.
Leaving Maine 6:26am for a quick visit with my parents
before moving on to Carlisle for the night.
Wednesday, April 25
Carlisle to Bowling Green, a 14 hour, 900 mile
day. This included all 318 curves
the 11 mile "Tail of the
Dragon" section of US129 straddling the NC/TN line.
No time to be shooting photos in that stretch,
but I had a camcorder mounted
on the dash to
record the fun.
Rain. At least I didn't
feel obligated to wash the car...
of my space in the front window of the lobby
of the National Corvette Museum, from both outside and inside.
at the Montana with the IC5CU gang. Dinner for them, at least -
I could barely eat
and that was the last thing I ate until
I got back home on Monday!
Mob in the lobby. I was
VERY thankful that the
men's room was right around the corner!
folks who bought my C5 last year, Roman & Marilyn Sabadaszka,
arriving at the Museum, at right, in the shades.
crowd greets the 2008 Vettes... and blocks my view of them!
to Frank Genova
This was the first memorial bench to be
Here is Frank at
the 2006 Bash, holding the plaque that Dave Hill had read moments
before as he presented me with
the new car.
If the guy in the orange shirt stepped aside,
you could see the
spot where Frank's bench now sits.
Here are some of the people who spoke at the Bench dedication:
Richardson, Donna Genova,
Tadge Juechter, Wil Cooksey, Harlan Charles,
"Zippy" Vernogis and Jake Drennon.
of the faces in the crowd...
Fittingly, Frank's brick
occupies the very first space on the Walk of Fame!
last Vette, which went home to FL with Bernard & Ruth Hochberg.
Bernard presided over the brick dedication, above center.
2007 Indy 500 Pace Car.
is the Auction where the banner that flew trackside on the
Corvette Racing Pavilion
at the 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans
was sold to Gary & Tonya Curry for
Genova attended that race, brought the banner home and donated it to the
Maine2005 C5/C6 Registry event as a fundraiser
for the American Cancer Society.
Steve & Bev Adams bought it there for $900, then donated it back in 2006 to
again be a fundraiser for ACS.
I took it to the Museum's Labor Day Celebration
and, at her suggestion, entrusted it to Marilyn Sabadaszka. She gave it to Robin
Pratt who took it to
the Petit Le Mans race in GA later that month. Robin was
able to get ALL SIX of the C6-R drivers and EVERY MEMBER of the Pratt
& Miller crews to autograph it!
I had an agreement with the museum that I would donate it for the Bash auction
on the condition that the proceeds be split between the Museum and the American
Society. Frank's souvenir from the 2005 Le Mans race has, to date,
generated $1950 for the American Cancer Society and $1050 for the National
Thank you, Frank, and
all the others identified above who helped boost its value!
The fact that these 3 Vettes happened to be parked together
Sunday morning was appropriate. When I got back to my hotel room Saturday I knew
I was too sick to go to the closing dinner. This presented a problem because
that was where we sell the bulk of the tickets for the 50/50 raffle and
draw the winner! I called
Tony "Zippy" Vernogis and asked
if he would be a lifesaver and take over for me. He immediately drove over and
all the stuff (and my dinner ticket). He and Pat ran with it,
recruiting Charlie and Jim Robertson and Pam Dansbury to help sell tickets and
Frank & Bettie Noerr and Larry & Janette Terrell
to count the money. They did a great job: the final pot was $1817.
And the winner was: Frank & Bettie!!! Without hesitation, they donated their
50% back so that the entire $1817 would go to the American Cancer Society!
my friends, is why this grouping of Vettes is significant:
the blue C5 is Frank
& Bettie's and the Ron Fellows C6 Z06 is Zippy's.
I had captured the last photo
from the Museum's web cam as
Zippy & Pat took delivery of that car on April
packed up again and ready to head back East.
Some interesting cloud
patterns northbound on I-81 through Pennsylvania
permitted stopping off at my office in Portland to show my new boss, David
Barter, the car that proudly bears the CBE Technologies logo.
luck would have it, the VP for Services, George Mellor, was there from Boston at
the time, so they both got their first look at the car.
CBE and ValCom
been wonderfully supportive of our Corvettes Conquer Cancer mission from
the very beginning.
$3667.00 for the American Cancer Society
$1850.00 for the National Corvette