this fantastic event raised
for the American Cancer Society!
year friend, Russ Caron had been a member of the C5 Registry for a couple of
years, and noted the lack
of Registry events in this part of the country. In
2000, the year Sandy died, with the Registry's blessing, he did
it! Sandy was to have been the keynote speaker, so I filled in as best I could.
was a big hit, and the friendships formed that weekend have continued and grown.
From the beginning,
the focus was 2-fold: to have fun in our Corvettes, and to
raise money for the American Cancer Society as Sandy
had done via
her Corvettes Conquer Cancer Tour for her last two years, and as I
have continued in her honor.
FUN and the FUNDRAISING have just gotten better and better!
weekend started after 1/2 day at work.
arrival at the Parkwood Inn in Brunswick, I was treated to a lot full of C5s...
a C6! brought by
John Wakefield from
Nashville. John had been an active
C5 Registry member for several years,
year or so ago had landed a job as a
quality engineer at the Corvette Plant in Bowling
about 6, the caravan of 32± Vettes set out for a scenic drive to
House in So. Harpswell
for a great dinner and
socializing out on the deck.
Oh yeah, and some
more shots of the C6...
first event on Saturday was a scenic road trip over lots of nice, twisty roads.
Thanks to FRS radios, the chatter never stopped.
is our traditional potty-stop/photo-op along the way
at the Sherman Lake rest
on the road again to the next stop: Pemaquid Lighthouse, one of Maine's
most picturesque, and featured on the Maine Quarter!
bright sun there really showed off Steve Blaha's "ghost flames".
final leg to our lunch stop at the Lobster Pound in Lincolnville Beach
the most fun roads yet.
Over the FRS, John was giving
readouts from the C6 after each of the more
He reported several readings in the 0.8G range.
lunch, the group scattered, as we were on our own for the return to the Parkwood.
Some elected more sightseeing, some shopping, many, a combination.
in the C6 noticed a new Viper on the front lawn of a tiny Chevy dealer in
On a whim, he pulled in and went into the showroom to casually ask if it would
be OK for him to
park the C6 he was driving next to the Viper for some photos.
He said there was this funny silence
as his request registered, then the
salesman said "you're driving a WHAT?" Needless
to say, it was OK!
I suspect that it made their day - to be the first
Chevy dealer in Maine to have a C6 grace their lot!
had rained a little on the way back from lunch,
so the wash area at the Parkwood was busy before dinner.
evening featured a cookout at organizer Russ Caron's house in North
Yes, for all his hard work putting this event together, to say nothing of
his secret-keeping ability,
he deserved to be the first to have a C6 parked in his
garage... even if only temporarily!
soon as I arrived at the Parkwood, John asked if I would like a ride in the C6.
WOULD I !! Does a bear s... ???
Finding a nice straight deserted stretch, he went through the gears, then demonstrated
the car's incredible
maneuverability with a few mind
blowing instant lane changes, so violent that I lost my grip on my coffee
the process, spilling it on the floor. Turning hard back into the Parkwood's
drive, the G-meter read what
he said was a personal best of .91G! Then (after I
mopped up the coffee) he posed the car
by the Parkwood's welcome sign for
another photo op.
(John has informed me that he later got a .99G and a 1.06G
couple miles down the road is Thomas Point Beach where we set up a
show to raise
for the American Cancer Society. As you can see,
this is a beautiful spot
for a Corvette show.
In fact, our club had held a
big annual show here for many years.
radio control C6 on the manifold of the real thing.
frequent co-pilot (and bodyguard), Gary, gets to try on the C6.
Wakefield took a break from showing off the C6 to relax at my table.
spectacular engine compartment of Greg Sohovich's C5, all the way from Ohio.
& Bev Adams and I were the last to leave the beach.
by Bernard Hochberg, a few of the more creative fundraisers moved to
the nearby shopping center,
setting up a mini-show and stopping people for
donations with their American
Cancer Society collection boxes.
The C6 continued to draw people of all ages like moths to a
evening was the final banquet, silent auction
and awards at the Taste of Maine
couldn't resist this: Remember the movie "A Christmas Story"?
This lamp, just like the one Ralphie's dad won, was in the
waiting area at the
dinner and the company were great.
serious purpose behind all of the fun this weekend, of course,
was fundraising for the American Cancer Society.
table was premium raffle items, including a slot car racing set
and a Valentine V1 radar detector package.
of the interest was in the Silent Auction. The 2 biggest items were autographed
posters donated by Frank Genova:
the C6, autographed by Dave Hill and Tom
Peters, with photos documenting them signing it, went for $700.
C5" went for $280. 3 autographed C6 models went for between $110 and $125.
John Wakefield even auctioned a ride in the C6. That went for $55,
and I am told
the ride produced a witnessed weekend record 0.92G!
was one live auction item: John Wakefield brought a prototype
C6 Daytona Sunset Orange "waterfall",
autographed by plant and
engineering people. It went for $600.
wrapping up, Russ presented a bunch of fun awards. Then he got down to
the awards for fundraising results. And what incredible results!
& Ilene Licht got the top award:
they alone were responsible for raising
top 5 fundraisers were:
1. Ed & Ilene Licht, NJ, $4,370
2. Martin & Sharon Yaged, NJ, $2,312
3. Bernard & Ruth Hochberg, NJ, $1,148
4. Frank Genova, NY, $1,080
5. John Wakefield, TN, $834
Russ did a final tally of all the raffle and silent auction results, I thanked
this wonderful group
of Corvette folks for their incredible support and gave
them a summary of what
Corvettes Conquer Cancer has been doing this past year. I
also told them about some of the
developments kindled this year that should make next year even
better year for fundraising.
Russ returned to the mike and recapped the 5 year history of the fundraising
effort of this event.
It had doubled the previous year's results nearly every
last year producing $5000 (in the pouring rain, I might add).
year he had a goal of $10,000.
Seeming as astounded as we
all were, he announced that
this year's total for the American Cancer Society
put this in perspective, the first 4 years of the Maine event,
each of which was
great success in its own right,
generated a combined total of $12,500!
Russ, for another job superbly well done, and to all
the wonderful participants,
who became friends. Even the weather
cooperated this year, and was near-perfect
every time it mattered.
is going to be a really tough act to follow, but if anybody can,
you are the man!
usual final stats for the weekend.