This has always been one of our favorite events of the year.
Our 9th consecutive year
was just as memorable as each of the previous events.
In addition to the fun, we were also able to send
$795.00 to the American
Cancer Society's Harrisburg office as the proceeds
from the 50/50 raffle
we did at the C5/C6 Registry dinner!
Thursday, August 24
Heading out for Carlisle.
In CT I connected with frequent
co-pilot (& bodyguard) Gary Readio.
Arrival stats: 29.7 mpg average for 581 miles
at an average 70 mph ain't hard to take!
Friday, August 25
As we prepared to set up our display, Corvettes
@ Carlisle Head Honcho
and all-around nice guy Lance Miller
dropped by to
welcome us and to
check out their sponsorship graphics on the hood of the new
A goose-bump inducing rumble right across from
Lance's arrival in one of the 5 original Grand Sport Corvettes!
Long-time sponsor Marsh Fancher points to his Corvette
A new feature this year was the Burnout
Contest, staged right in front
of the grandstand.
Whoever created this red smoke
made a big hit hit with an appreciative crowd!
The C5/C6 Registry dinner featured guest
speaker Wil Cooksey
(Corvette Plant Manager),
hysterical storytelling by Jake
and an update by Reeves Callaway on their activities in Europe.
We also did our usual 50/50 Raffle. The
pot had grown to $795.00 when
the winning ticket was pulled,
and the generous
winner (whose name
unfortunately I didn't get) donated their half back so that the entire
went to the American Cancer Society!
After dinner, some of us went upstairs for some
Saturday, August 26
Sponsor "Yogi" Bair points out his Bair's
Steve Pasteiner of Advanced
Automotive Technologies arrived after an
overnight drive from Michigan
their brand new C5 based
Commemorative Wagon, completed the day before!
Pick: Craig Hester's '62. This is without a doubt the one Corvette
(of the 3600+ I had to pick from)
that Sandy would have chosen. What really
it was the Torque Thrust wheels! Craig's late father bought it new.
Former Corvette Chief Engineer, Dave McLellan,
spent some time visiting.
Here he autographs the fuel rail cover on my engine.
Above left he is talking to Gary.
Mike" Vietro stopped by to check his sponsor logo on the new car.
was our FIRST sponsor when Sandy started Corvettes Conquer Cancer in
Dinner at Sunnyside with the National Corvette
Sunday, August 27
3 variations on a theme...
My Celebrity Pick from 3 years ago purred
Judy Miller checked out the Chip
Miller Charitable Foundation
graphics on the hood.
Judy is Chip's
widow and Lance's Mom.
Visions" Don Theune stopped by while I was approaching the stage for the
closing ceremonies. He creates
a highly detailed model
of a well known Corvette for the Charity Auction at every Corvettes @
Carlisle. He met Sandy
when she was in the
"Chip's Choice" collection in 1999. Sandy's C5 was his subject for
His Charity auction models are normally one of a kind. His intention for
2000 was to make 2:
One for the Auction, one for the National Corvette Museum.
When I met him at the 2000 Carlisle, he brought 3: One for the Auction, one for
the NCM... and one for ME!!
As I was waiting to approach the stage this year he told me he was thinking of
doing our new C6 for a future Carlisle auction!
For the second year in a row, Carlisle
ended on a very special note for us.
After all the awards and right before the Corvette
Giveaway that concludes the event, we pulled our C6 up in front of the stage.
Dan Feidler gave an emotional recounting of the Gate City Corvette Club
Fundraiser that he chaired which took place in Nashua, NH
on August 12. He and
Gate City President Lynn Nault presented me with the "Big Check" for
the proceeds from the event:
(Thanks to Lance Miller for taking the shot of me,
Dan, Miss Corvettes @ Carlisle, Lynn and Bill Miller. That's Lance himself in
the 2nd photo, with Miss C@C.)
Thank you Lance & Bill, Carlisle Events, Dan and Gate City Corvette Club!
This is how Corvettes @ Carlisle 2006 closed,
with our car in front of the stage
in the light rain as the crowd files out.
Gate City folks: if you look closely,
some of you can be seen in the first row;
Norm Wood in the
white hat with his back to us is right above the Targa bar.
Later that evening the Gate City crowd took me
to dinner at the Olive Garden.
Monday, August 28
On the way out of town I stopped by the
Fairgrounds to say thanks again.
I found Lance with photographer
Jerry Heasley, who was shooting
the famed "Purple People Eater" from the Miller
Leaving the Fairgrounds for an overnight with
my parents in Philadelphia before
the next phase...
to Bowling Green KY and the
National Corvette Museum.