6th Annual Official C5/C6 Registry Regional Event
Parkwood Inn; Brunswick, Maine
July 8-10, 2005
This event, created and coordinated by Russ
Caron, has become the
runaway biggest fundraiser for
the American Cancer
of any that we participate in. It is also the most fun!
The total for ACS as of this posting
stands at $20,000!
That will be
going higher, because a donated St. Maarten
vacation is being sold on E-Bay.
Friday, July 8
The first thing that caught my eye when I
arrived at the Parkwood (after a slightly abbreviated day at work) was John
Wakefield from the Corvette Plant
showing off this Velocity Yellow 2006 Z06!
This is an early "evaluation" car; regular production of saleable cars
won't begin until around August 1.
With an aluminum frame and 505 horsepower,
maybe it should be called "Screaming Yellow!"
For dinner, we cruised down the chain of
islands to Estes Lobster House.
Since Frank Genova (yellow shirt) could not
stay until the final banquet on Sunday,
Russ took the opportunity to present him
appreciation plaque for his unique
ability to acquire unusual and highly
collectible items for the Auction.
More on that below.
Saturday, July 9
Visit to the fabulous private collection of Bob and Sandra
on Paris Hill in Western Maine.
Pit stop in So. Paris, and orientation by Jeff
Orwig (white shirt).
Jeff has the responsibility for
keeping every one of these
ready to drive at a moment's notice.
Gorgeous '61 Ferrari. Can you say "Ferris
Studebaker! No, not a car, but...
This '38 Alfa Romeo I first saw at
the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance,
where it received the F.I.V.A. Award.
One of only four known to exist, it is
estimated to be worth $10-15 Million.
Photos I took at Pebble Beach 2002
...so is this Mercedes.
Jeff shows off the star of the collection.
Arguably the best Duesenberg in
the world, it was
totally restored in Bahre's
shop by Jeff and his staff.
It won the Best In Show at Pebble Beach!
More samples of the Upstairs collection.
Downstairs proved just as interesting.
Jeff started 3 of the cars - the old wagon via
One of the 51 Tuckers ever made.
He has 2, and declined to allow their use in the "Tucker" movie.
This dual cowl Cadillac was built by GM for Harley Earl.
I saw it (and Jeff) at Pebble Beach in '02 also.
Russ presents Jeff with a token of our
appreciation for his
gracious hospitality and good humored & informative
So, what does the guy in charge of this
incredible collection drive?
A Classic, of course... this Rambler Classic! (Hidden out back.)
(In reality, he also drives all of the
collection: his goal
is to run a tank of gas through every one, every year!)
The front of the main collection building, and
the house above. The house,
fyi, was originally owned by Hannibal Hamlin, who
was Lincoln's VP!
We reluctantly let Jeff go back to work, and
headed off in two groups:
the Freeport Shopping group and the Touring group.
choice there: Touring, led by Steve & Bev Adams.
And a great lunch at Mac's
Grille in Auburn.
Then we enjoyed some more "spirited"
touring, ending at the Adams' house
in Woolwich. There we put the Z06 on Steve's
for a close inspection of
all the hidden goodies underneath. Neat stuff
like the factory exhaust
"bypass" and the dry sump oil system.
repaired the dislodged front lip, and will be working
on a design change to
address the problem.
This photo op was Steve's reward for the use of
Sunday, July 10
Scenes from the spectacular scenic boat ride
from Boothbay Harbor.
Final banquet at the Taste of Maine
Bidders line the Silent Auction tables.
This huge banner was Frank Genova's
contribution: This flew from the
Chevrolet pavilion trackside at the 24 Hours
of Le Mans in June.
photo shows it hanging on the building. It will be
autographed by all
of the Corvette C6-R team drivers.
The Silent Auction bids are closed, and checks
The Banner was a live auction. Steve Adams was
the high bidder at $900 -
with the stipulation that everybody in attendance had
to sign it!
While Russ tallied up all the money, I spoke
briefly and fielded questions about
Corvettes Conquer Cancer,
have done and what we hope
to be doing in the future for the American Cancer
Russ then announced the grand total collected
the American Cancer Society of $19,444!
While everybody was cheering and congratulation ourselves, Doc
quietly got up, went up to Russ and wrote a check to round the total up to
Thank you to every one of the very
special people who made
this event so enjoyable
and such a spectacular
especially Russ Caron who put it all together.
The usual final statistics: This is probably
the lowest miles I covered
for any event, and it was by far the highest dollar
Monday, July 11
The event was over, but I stopped by
the Parkwood in my company car to see the
departing friends off.
John Wakefield offered me a ride in the Z06. It was a tough
decision, but I took
him up on it.
Let's just say that he achieved 2 personal bests
instrumentation during that ride...
shot leaving town as we lined up at the traffic light, both heading back to work
in our company cars;
me in my Escort, John in his Screaming Yellow Z06.