Spindle City Corvettes
This is always a great show, but this year's Harvest of
will always be special in my mind because it was at this event that
WE SOLD THE FENDER** !!
On the road to Kimball Farm in Westford, MA.
Our setup. People are always incredulous that
all that stuff - 12' of table, 2 chairs,
all the display materials AND the
10'x10' canopy tent - came out of the Vette!
Oh, and THE FENDER** too!
Although I never got away from the table, the
view of the rest of the show was good.
While the trophies were being awarded, I made
everything go back into the car.
As the awards were concluded, Spindle City
President Bob Brooks called me up to the front. He reminded me that
the day I had a conversation with someone who basically asked how big a check
would it take for me to give up
THE FENDER on the spot. He then
asked me to get THE FENDER back out of the car.
Then Linda and Bob Crooks came forward and presented me with a check to the American
Cancer Society for
I actually got to add my autograph to the 38+
that I had collected.
Linda and Bob are long time members of the
Spindle City Corvette who were back
for a visit
from their new home in Phoenix,
AZ. Bob is also a cancer survivor!
Thank you, Linda and Bob for your tremendous
Now, go find the rest of that Z06!
After the usual great feed with the Gate City
Club at Carol & Joe Michalik's
in nearby Chelmsford, I headed home.
really seemed like there was
something missing... oh, yeah - no fender 6"
from my head!
** 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
manufacturing. These include:
Dave Hill - Corvette
Dave McLellan - Retired Corvette Chief Engineer
Wil Cooksey - Corvette Plant Manager
John Spencer - Corvette Plant Project Manager who sent
us the fenders
Tom Peters - Corvette C6 Designer
John Cafaro - Corvette C5 Designer
Jerry Palmer - Corvette C4 Designer
Randy Whittine - Corvette Designer since the 1960s
Karen Rafferty - Corvette Marketing Manager
Lance Miller, Judy Miller & Bill Miller - Corvettes
Bill Nichols - Corvette Powertrain
and now... Me!