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30th Annual

July 16-18, 2010

(New this year!)

Many thanks to Joe & Vera Pruitt for the invitation
and hospitality for this great weekend!

Friday, July 16

Departing Decatur @ 7:16 am (hey, on 7/16!)

Nashville skyline.
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Set up in the lobby of the Sloan Convention Center, the Vette right outside the entrance.
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Some cars that caught my eye inside the judging hall:

Spectacular paint!
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Love those high-mileage cars: original owner '60, with 248,000 miles!

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Great airbrush art!
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Memories of our first Vette, except for the knockoffs and ours was Powerglide.
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Heavy mid-afternoon shower gave everything a good rinse.
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The view from my room at the adjoining Holiday Inn.
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Homecoming Grand Marshall, Retired GM VP Joe Spielman,
is presented with the Key to the City by Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker.

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I enjoyed several beers with Joe & his son, Brian, after the "Meet & Greet".
Brian got to hear some of Dad's wilder Corvette "adventures"... for the first time!

The party moved to the parking lot.
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Saturday, July 17

Closer view of our display in the COLD lobby.
(I learned from from yesterday - today I ditched the shorts
& T-shirt for jeans and a polo, over a T-shirt!)

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It was so cold in the lobby that my glasses instantly fogged up
stepping out the door into the high humidity. That wasn't all that
fogged up, with this interesting effect:

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It took nearly 5 minutes for the lens to clear!

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This is Joe Spielman's new Grand Sport that he walked off
the production line yesterday. This is his 38th Vette!

The parking lot show was packed.
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The lobby was busy as well.
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Joe Spielman (and son, Brian, in ball cap) mingle with owners, and pose for photos.
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The plant had 2 new Vettes on display.

Plant Manager, Bob Parcell, autographs my fuel rail cover.
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Parcell and Engineer Eric Millette applaud as Steve Grilli
talks about the new features on the 2011 Vettes.

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Beautiful 62. Love those wheels!
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The Road Tour.
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Joe & Eric admire Joe's newest. (He currently has 8 Vettes.)
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Sunday, July 18

Packed & ready for the sub 3 hour ride home.
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Final stats.


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