August 28-30, 2009
Corvettes @ Carlisle has always been one of my
from our very first appearance there in 1998.
Sandy and our 97 were
honored to be featured in Chip's
Choice in 1999.
This was my first major event since my move last
Wiscasset, Maine, to Decatur, Alabama.
Thanks to Lance Miller and Carlisle
Events for hosting
us again this year.
Despite the sagging economy, we were able
for the American
Thursday August 27
Leaving Decatur AL, 4:23am!
Arrival @ Fairgrounds 3:28pm.
Check the average mileage - that was at an average speed of 73 mph, on Regular
Stan Kessel, fresh from Texas, ignores me.
Friday, August 28
Scattered showers & thunderstorms all day
to dampen anybody's enthusiasm.
Display fully set up, with co-pilot &
Gary Readio, from Maine, on duty.
Secured for the evening.
Friday evening C5/C6 Registry dinner @
Carlisle Comfort Suites.
Corvette engineer Tom Hill explains the Launch
Control feature on the 2010 Vette,
to the amusement of Registry Director Dan Adovasio and Plant Manager Paul Graham.
As usual, Gary & I sold 50/50 tickets. In a
real nail biter, the winning ticket
belonged to Herb Schmoock, who donated his $420 share back so that the
entire $840 pot went to
the American Cancer Society.
Saturday August 29
Same weather as Friday, scattered showers &
6:30am we're back in business, in the fog.
That's Gary's Pewter C5 "FLYNLO".
He even managed to get me into a photo.
Time for my annual "Celebrity Pick",
this year going to Dennis & Cindy Manire
who have logged over 450,000 miles on this gorgeous '67!
"Chip's Choice" this year: Corvettes that raced in the 24 Hours at
A visit to sponsor "Yogi" Bair's
booth found this:
The Corvettes Conquer Cancer C6 will be featured on the
cover of their catalog
for next year!
That's Yogi pointing to his decal on our car.
Scenes from the Celebrity Lunch: Corvette Chief
Engineer Tadge Juechter,
special guest Mario Andretti,
and proud Dad Lance Miller describing the joys
of fatherhood with wife Michelle
and daughter Ella, held by
Chip's partner in founding Carlisle Events, but no relation.
A short time later, Mario happened by our
I got him to autograph my fuel rail cover!
Sunday, August 30
Finally, absolutely perfect weather for a car show!
Gary does his pre-flight before departing for
FAA business in MA.
Thanks, G-Monster, for your unwavering support all these
I then packed up and left about 1:00 for the
125 mile trip farther East
to Philadelphia for a quick visit with my
parents. The timing was good:
my Dad had been put in the hospital on Friday. Nothing
serious, but at 100,
nothing is simple!
This was wearing heavily on my Mom, who is 92,
so I was glad I could be there
for her, even if only briefly.
Leaving Philly about 8:00, I got to
Chambersburg PA for a short night!
Monday, August 31
Leaving Chambersburg @ 4:00am, I arrived back
in Decatur about 3:30pm.
Adding the $297
collection at our table to the $840 from the
C5/C6 Registry 50/50,
we were able
to send $1137.00 to the
Society's office in Harrisburg PA.
send whatever we collect to the office that serves the area
event is located.
all who helped make this possible!