National Corvette Museum
Bowling Green, KY
April 23-26, 2008
This was a memorable event, what with
restarting the old C5 for the first time in 2 years
and the dedication of Roman
Sabadaszka's memorial brick. We had a successful 50/50 Raffle,
for the American Cancer Society. Table donations came to $468 for a total of
This qualified for a match from Neutrogena, bringing the total generated
for ACS to
Monday April 21
I visited with my parents in Philly for a
few hours, then on to Carlisle for the night.
Wednesday April 23
The next night was in Cherokee NC. Yes, it's an
Indian reservation, hence this casino.
Right on schedule, I met up with Roland Roth
for what was to be his first drive on the Tail of the Dragon.
Roland was in my brother's class in high school in Philadelphia, 2 years behind me. We
crossed paths again,
for the first time since
I graduated in 1960, at the NCRS
meet in FL in 2002 (rt photo).
"Deal's Gap", and the "Tree of
Shame". This is where the "Tail of the Dragon" begins.
These photos are from http://www.killboy.com
A really great service!
Notice in the first 2 shots I'm pointing my camera at the photographer
know, the lens cap is on...)
Arrival in Bowling Green.
Thursday April 24
My "office" in the National Corvette
Museum for 3 days: in my favorite space in the front window, right by the front
Even though I am pretty much stuck here, at least I can see everybody
coming and going as well as what is happening out front.
Thanks to Chaz Cone for this shot of me, out to retrieve something from the car.
C5/C6 Registry barbeque at AutoMasters in front
of the Corvette plant.
"BlueLight Special" is a great oldies band... yes, they are cops!
This photo from the BBQ appeared in the
Registry magazine article on the Bash.
Friday April 25
Long-time sponsor Marsh Fancher of Corvette
Dreams strolls in.
2009 Corvettes on display on the circle.
This "Cyber Gray" Z06 is absolutely
stunning with the gray wheels
and the 2-tone gray interior! Sinister...
Look what I found when I went out to my car to
get something: my new top! I had been trying
to get it replaced under a GM recall program for 10 months through 3 different
Tom Hill, head Corvette Plant Quality Engineer, caused this to magically appear.
And through the miracle of mass production, it fit perfectly. Thanks Tom!
By complete accident I ran into my Michelin
contact in the lobby in front of my display.
She was there because the new ZR1 is factory equipped with Michelins instead of
This is Amy Batt, who provided the Pilot Sport 2s that are now on the car.
Left-ctr to right: Ray Battaglini, John Cafaro, Jack Matukas
& Marilyn Sabadaszka.
Shots from the Museum expansion groundbreaking
Saturday April 26
Past Museum Chairman Larry Martin and new
Corvette Plant Manager Paul Graham.
Two very special events with Marilyn Sabadaszka,
who now owns my old C5:
Here's the old warhorse, which has resided at
the Museum for the past 2 years. Marilyn and her husband
Roman bought it
the day I was presented with the new car. It even spent a month on the turntable
in the front
With the help of a jumper, it fired right up and idled right down like no time
had passed, even with the 2 year old gas.
had gained 1 mile.
Immediately after the revival of the old car
was the Memorial Brick ceremony for Roman, who died suddenly last summer.
Marilyn's request I was one of the speakers. There were no greater supporters of
the Museum and Corvette Racing than Roman and Marilyn!
Another brick for Roman, bought by Buzz &
Somewhere out there is Tadge Juechter
introducing the ZR1.
This wonderful lady and her daughter paid the $25 to the American Cancer Society
to sign the underside of the hood. Thank you Liz & Katie!
Sunday April 27
Well, it all went back in the car once again.
Time to hit the road for home.
Overnight in Carlisle, PA.
Monday April 28
I was treated to torrential
rain for about 600 miles, all the way from Carlisle to home.