National Corvette Museum
11th Anniversary Celebration & Hall of Fame
Bowling Green, KY
September 1-4, 2005
Tuesday, August 30
Oh-Dark-Thirty Four: Leaving my parents' house
Arrival at Mallett's in Berea, OH for the (sort of)
annual maintenance on the Vette.
Chuck hard at work.
This trip he replaced all 4 shocks, both belts, flushed the brakes, checked
He also autographed the fuel rail cover on the
...and The Fender! The Flames
took all of 3 seconds - looked like he was scribbling!
Leaving for the National Corvette Museum in
Bowling Green, KY...
and my date with hurricane Katrina.
As I neared Columbus (which would have been enjoying rush hour),
torrential rain and
resultant greatly reduced
visibility from the remnants
of Katrina prompted me to quit early, in Belleville,
Wednesday, August 31
In the morning, it was still raining, but at
least I could see
my way through the Columbus morning rush.
By Cincinnati, the rain had stopped.
By Louisville, KY, the sky was blue.
Arrival in Bowling Green, KY at the Corvette
Plant, where I dropped off
The Fender so
Plant Manager Wil Cooksey
could take it to his weekly
Staff Meeting for more autographs.
Thursday, Sept. 1
Our setup for the next 3 days in The Atrium of the National
The Vette was parked out on the Circle, next to
Chuck Mallett's display.
Friday, Sept. 2
Upon arriving at the Museum, I couldn't resist shooting the
airbrushed flames on this black C5.
I abandoned my table long enough to attend
Lance Miller's tribute to his Dad, Chip.
That afternoon, I went back over to the
Corvette Plant to pick up The Fender.
While waiting in the lobby, I noticed my car on
the security monitor
scanning the parking area outside!
Wil Cooksey's assistant brought The Fender
out to me,
and I got these shots:
Wil's photo in the lobby
and outside by the Plant sign and the display
which happened to be the same color!
Back at my display in the Museum, John
Spencer dropped by to visit. He's the
project manager in the Plant who sent The
Fenders to us for our fundraising
Thank you, John!
(Yes, he signed it too)
The Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.
Here Retired Corvette Chief Engineer
Dave McLellan reads Corvettes@Carlisle co-founder Chip Miller's
declaration as Board Chairman Larry Martin and Chip's son
Lance and widow Judy look on.
(Click image for link to the story)
OK, back to work!
That afternoon, new Hall of Fame honoree Randy Whittine stopped
autograph my banner, the fender and the R-C C6.
Lifetime Members' Dinner and Auction
Here we line up for a caravan to Museum
Director Wendell Strode's home.
Not far from our destination, we disrupted a
dove hunting party. Hey, it's Kentucky!
The dinner was great, and Wendell graciously
allowed me to put THE FENDER in
the Auction, even though
not to benefit the Museum.
stalled at about $900, so I
thanked everybody for the
support, but withdrew
it from further bidding. I knew
I could get a lot more than that.
Sunday, Sept. 4
After packing the car for the trip home, I
visited Sandy's brick on the front walk.
On the road again.
A quick stop across the street to thank Art for
his help and insight!
He has a lot of cool cars: http://www.artsvett.com/
This must be Lexington, KY!
Monday, Sept 5
Overnight at a really crappy Super 8 motel in
Carlisle, PA, then home.
The trip figures below are since the computer reset during the testing for
the column lock problem, not for the round trip.