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September 3-5, 2009


One of the advantages to living in Northern Alabama, as opposed
to Maine, is that now the drive to the National Corvette Museum is
under 3 hours, not a day and a half, and a tank of gas round trip!

The Museum's 15th Anniversary was a very big deal,
with Caravans coming in from all over the country.
I hadn't planned on going, just because I felt Corvettes Conquer Cancer
would be lost in the mob. About 2 weeks before, I relented, got a room at
my usual Microtel in Bowling Green and prepared to hit the road.


Friday September 4

Departure @ 5:52am

Arrival @ 8:38
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When I got there, parked in my Special Donor reserved space on the circle and started looking around I realized that it wasn't nearly as mobbed as I expected. The traffic was extremely well managed, with all of the Caravan cars parked off-site around town, and a constant stream of shuttle busses running all day. Inside I expected wall to wall vendors, but it actually seemed like there might be space for me to set up a display. I just happened to have everything still in the back from Carlisle the week before.

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I tracked down Facilities & Displays Manager, Bob Hellmann, and asked him if
he had a space for an impromptu display. "How's this?" he asked, and pulled out an
8' table for me! So there I was, the first space inside the Conference Center, just off
Corvette Boulevard! Half the usual table space, but beggars can't be choosey.  Thanks Bob!

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Right outside the door was this. More later...
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Saturday September 5

Back in front @ 8:30am
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The unveiling: Crouching behind the Transformers Stingray are
Tom Peters (C6 Designer) and Jerry Palmer (C4 Designer).

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"Hiawathaland Corvettes" added their name to the underside of the hood,
for a donation to the American Cancer Society.

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The highlight of the weekend: Tom Peters got into "Stingray" and actually
DROVE it outside for a better view. Never guessed that it was actually a drivable car!
I had seen photos of it before and wasn't impressed. In person, I LOVED IT!

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Back inside, there it is, right outside the door from my display.
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No trip to the NCM would be complete w/o a visit to Sandy's Brick...
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Sunday September 6

The 15th Anniversary event over, I took my time packing up, then took a
leisurely tour of the expanded Museum.

I was pleased to find the retired Maine "Lobster" plate DIDNTW8
(from the Corvettes Conquer Cancer C5) on display
in the newly completed "Enthusiast" section!

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Right around the corner was this spectacular collection of Corvette
concept cars, starting with the original Sting Ray.

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Roland Roth's new pride & joy Z06!
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Back home by 3:45. Gotta love being this close!


Thanks to Bob Hellmann for accommodating us
on the spur of the moment.
Thanks to him we were able to send the
$385.00 we collected to the
Bowling Green office of the American Cancer Society!


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