Always one of our favorite annual
events, Carlisle this year was no
We were able to send the American
Harrisburg, PA office
in contributions we received this
Thursday, August 25
Leaving home... with my new traveling
the pilot C6 Z06 left front fender*.
Arrival at the Ramada in Carlisle.
Gary preceded me by an hour or
Friday, August 26
When our assigned space had a squatter
occupying it, Lisa of Carlisle Events
came through immediately
with what was
actually a better space -
right on the corner of the main intersection on the
Dan & Jake of the C5/C6 Registry invited me
to the Friday night banquet, and asked me to do a 50/50 raffle.
Always glad to
oblige, I did just that, and the 50/50 produced
$335.00 for the American Cancer Society!
I also picked up many autographs on the fender, seen leaning
against the table in the background in the first photo below.
These included Wil
Cooksey, Corvette Plant Manager, seen speaking in the right photo below.
Saturday, August 27
After the Celebrity Lunch, I struck out to scan
through the eligible 2600+
Corvettes in the "Fun Display".
looking for the ONE Corvette
that Sandy would have picked.
I have no doubt that this is it!
Yes, Larry Spilman's Honduras Maroon '62 is gorgeous, but
it's those classic
American Racing Torque Thrust mag wheels that would have grabbed
This is the car that we were looking for (but couldn't find) when we
our first Vette in 1977.
We "settled" for a '63.
In the process, I spotted the '55 from my
sponsor, the Precision Valley Corvette
Museum in Springfield, VT. The Museum's
Matt and his wife Cindy, DROVE
it down to Carlisle to
participate in the special displwy for the the '55's 50th Birthday.
I also got a first-hand feel for the incredible
crowd on the Fairground that day!
It was even more packed than it had been
the morning when I was carrying
THE FENDER around in search of autographs.
When I got back to our display, Dave McLellan,
former Corvette Chief Engineer, was there for a visit.
A short while later, another celebrity stopped
by for a visit: the current Miss America,
Deidre Downs. She had seen our
while being driven by earlier in the day
and wanted to come back. Her
"Day Job" career is in pediatric cancer care!
11 years later, in 2016, I met her again at a childhood cancer fundraiser in
We got another photo together, and she signed a
print of the Carlisle photo!
Sunday, August 28
...dawned cold and wet.
It gradually brightened, and by noon was at
least dry, if not bright sunshine.
The Gate City Corvette Club set up camp in back of our display.
I got away briefly to visit with some
supporters. I caught up with sponsor
Mallett, who was taking orders for his latest hot rod:
the Pontiac Solstice,
which he livens up a bit with an LS2 Corvette engine and other related
One dealer alone has ordered 50 of them!
I also made an appointment to stop at
his shop in Berea, OH Tuesday afternoon
for routine maintenance on the trusty '97.
Carlisle '05 ended on a very special note
Dan Feidler, Gate City Corvette Club president, had somehow
arranged with Lance Miller to present Corvettes Conquer Cancer
with a "Big Check" for the money generated at their Fundraiser event
held earlier in the month in Nashua, NH.
This was done in front of the stage and
grandstand, right before the final Carlisle feature: the Corvette Giveaway.
can be seen holding the "check" at the right edge of the left photo
below. As we were waiting to do that,
a white '53 Vette pulled up in front of
our car. It was Noland Adams in the car that was the model for the new Corvette
US postage stamp!
Dan made a very moving presentation of the $8,000
Noland briefly talked about the stamp and the '53 pictured on it,
drew the winning ticket for the red ZR-1 Corvette on the stage.
with our car right there between the Stage and the Grandstand!
Thank you Lance, Carlisle Events, Dan and Gate City!
Monday, August 29
Today was a quick 120 mile drive East to my
parents' house in Phila. for the night.
Well, it should have been quick. A bad wreck on the PA Turnpike forced a
mandatory detour off the pike...
after 90 minutes of
no movement at all. The good
news was that a detour that I chose took
me right through Valley Forge Park.
* The Fender
This is the left front fender off the very first
2006 Z06 Corvette to go down the production line. The Z06 is the new for 2006
super-Corvette: 505 horsepower, aluminum chassis, many other unique performance
enhancing parts, and unique body panels. This was the practice car, assembled as
the plant figured out how to incorporate the new model, with all its
differences, into the production flow. Designated "experimental", the
car could not be sold to the public, and was partially dismantled afterward to
be used for training. John Spencer at the Assembly Plant sent both front
fenders to Hank Vezina for the Gate City
Corvette Club Fundraiser held August 13 in Nashua, NH. Made of carbon fiber,
the fenders weigh only 3 pounds each!
The right fender was auctioned at that event for
$800. The other I kept, and transported to the next 3 events, collecting
autographs on it from everybody involved with Corvette design, engineering and