August 24-26, 2007
My favorite of the year!
Wednesday August 22
Thursday August 23
Arrival in Carlisle,
after a night with my folks in Philadelphia.
waiting for our tent to be set up, I did some sightseeing around the fairgrounds
while waiting for frequent co-pilot & bodyguard Gary Readio to arrive.
this year featured "Cover Cars" - Vettes that had graced
the covers of
flame job on a spectacular car!
& Cindy Manire's banner is covered with autographs, including Sandy's...
Mallett's latest monster - a Saturn Skye with Corvette power!
By 9:15 we were open
few minutes later, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter stopped by for
We talked about the fun we had on the Corvette
Quarterly Ride & Drive
back in May in Maine.
Fleming's Grand Sport replica.
day ended with the Burnout Contest. Corvette Plant Manager Wil Cooksey may
have been the overall winner, but his performance was certainly the talk of
Click on the photo to see more.
Wil tells about the
burnout contest, the inside view.
Danahy, new Corvette Chief Engineer for current products.
Line Executive Tom Wallace.
Thurn shooting Dan Adovasio, Tom, Jim and Jake Drennon.
50/50 we did at the dinner produced $738 for the American Cancer Society!
Gary already hard at work (on the donut) at 6:11 am!
6:47 the sun rises through the haze.
Gary minded the table, I walked the field
looking for my Celebrity Pick.
spectacular paint job!
overnight someone thoughtfully applied a band-aid
to sooth Wil Cooksey's burnout boo-boo.
on C5/C6 Registry Hill I found Dave DeMarco's Z06...
degrees left is this view of the field and grandstand.
in the C5C6Registry tent on top to the hill that
appeared in the Registry
Registry magazine photo from the hill.
Miller and Dave McLellan at the autograph table.
it is! Lee Boyer's '61, my Celebrity Pick. I believe this is the
would have picked: Our first Vette would have been
a red '62, if we
found one. Instead we got a black '63. This car sort of combines
Lee has owned it for 32 years!
evening, a wicked thunderstorm hit the area,
and there may have been brief tornado activity.
Gary & I were just leaving the Olive Garden in Mechanicsburg when it
hit. This is what the drive back to Carlisle looked like.
we didn't know until later that evening via email chatter was the damage
Carlisle and the fairgrounds!
At the fairgrounds,
there was ample evidence of the force of the storm. The rumors that abounded
were wildly exaggerated.
Fortunately, the storm hit around 7, so most of the
participants had left for the evening and the vendors were secured for
night or the damage would have been much greater. The Carlisle staff and many
volunteers did a tremendous job of
cleaning up the debris overnight and are to
be commended. There were some injuries; miraculously, none were serious.
photo to see more pics of the damage.
11:00 Gary performed his preflight and taxied away for his
ground level flight
to MA for FAA business.
event concluded once again in front of the stage with Gate City Corvette
Club, represented by Dan
Feidler and Carol Michalik,
me with a
check for $8300, the proceeds
from their annual fundraiser in NH.
Lance Miller added some kind words of support.
to head home.
That's a bunch of
North Shore C.C. people
gotten a relatively early start, I managed to get
all the way home to Maine,
to the hospitality and support of
Corvettes @ Carlisle and the C5/C6 Registry,
we were able to send $1,252.00
to the American Cancer Society's Harrisburg office!