Meet and Classic Corvettes of Orlando's
Wonderful World of
January 25-28, 2006
The weather for this
3800 mile trip more than made up for the last two,
with post card perfect skies
and temps the whole time I was in Florida...
and NO SNOW OR ICE STORMS getting
there and back!
The NCRS Winter Meet also
produced $1300 for the American Cancer Society,
thanks to the winner of our
50/50 drawing donating back his winnings.
This has become a tradition at this
event: the winner for
the past 4 years has donated back his share of the pot!
THANK YOU Ed Augustine and NCRS Florida Chapter
your hospitality and generosity!
We elected to start out a day or 2 early because of the
forecast of a snowstorm to arrive in Maine on Monday.
from Wiscasset, Maine.
After a brief visit with my parents in Philly, I pushed on
to Carlisle PA for the night.
Sunday. January 22
It was a bit FROSTY in Carlisle!
for computer junkies - About an hour after leaving Carlisle, my trusty laptop
threw fit. See rest of the story at bottom of page.)
a momentous event:
morning, I got a call from friend and cancer survivor, Paul Eggermann in NJ. He
was on his way home after picking up his
new C6 from Kerbeck's in Atlantic City, and was ecstatic! He said it was
fantastic, and added that he thought I should have one!
He said that he knew I had nearly 200,000 miles (see above) on the Corvettes
Conquer Cancer C5, and, with my permission, in the morning he would
start a nationwide fund drive to purchase one to replace the C5 so I could
continue Sandy's mission! To top it off, he intended to have
Corvette Chief Engineer Dave Hill present it to me on the circle in front of the
National Corvette Museum on April 22, during the C5 Bash!
He says there was a long silence on the phone as this sank in.
rest is history...
Leaving the overnight
stop of Kingsland, GA, where gas was (relatively) cheap.
through Kissimmee on the way to visit family
in Ft. Myers, I stopped briefly at
the show site.
we having fun yet?
It took 90 minutes to go 3 miles just east of Tampa! That's
the traffic helicopter just above the antenna of the car in front.
lumber truck took a tumble and scattered its load over both directions of I-4. Pickup
(And I just now as I edit this noticed the plate on that Mercedes!)
Wednesday, January 25
After spending 2 nights with Sandy's sister, her husband and her parents in Ft. Myers, I headed back toward Orlando.
had arranged to stop on the way at Jake Delaney's Corvette Ranch in Sarasota to
pick up some tune-up goodies.
When I got there, Jake insisted that they do the
work too! His son Brian made short work of the plugs, wires & filters and
some cleanup detailing, and I
joined them for a great lunch as well. Thanks Jake, Brian and Teresa!
into the Comfort Suites, car washed, looking over the Old Town complex.
When our assigned
space proved to be too small to fit both my display and the car,
quickly found this great alternate spot, right inside the entrance.
Yes, all that stuff came out of the Vette: 12' of table, 10'
tent, chairs, display stuff!
down for the night, ready for dinner at Logan's Roadhouse with Carl Zander.
from my room after dinner. Yup, my stuff is still there -
under the bright
lights, left of center.
Wow, looks like I'm late, but at least my tent & table are still there!
display from the entrance, and the entrance from behind our display.
A lot more clouds, but still 70's. Gotta love it!
Friday night was with the National Corvette Museum group, back
at Race Rock Cafe
As usual, a great dinner with great people.
This was our table: Tony
& Pat Vernogis, Jake Delaney and yours truly.
More ideal weather to
wrap up the show and pack up. No worthwhile photos.
Augustine MC'd the Saturday Awards Banquet.
dinner, we did the usual 50/50 Drawing to benefit the American
Cancer Society. The pot was $1300,
and the winner was Larry Martin, the
immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the National Corvette Museum.
bought tickets from me since we first started doing the 50/50, and always said
that he hoped he would win it,
because if he did, he would donate his 50% back.
He made good on his promise,
so the whole $1300.00 went the the American Cancer
Society in Florida!
That's Larry on the
left in this photo with Doug Fehan from the C5/C6 Bash last year.
scenes from the Classic Corvettes of Orlando show
The perfect weather
had to end sometime, and the perfect timing
would have to be Monday, the day
after most people left for home.
it a day in Statesville, NC.
Another day in Clark's
Back home in Maine. No
ugly weather or scary photos this time!
Computer fit, cont'd:
About an hour after
heading South from Carlisle, my trusty laptop
threw a fit. The GPS on my Delorme map program froze, and I couldn't get it
restarted. Plugging the receiver into a different usb port didn't help. Thinking
it might be a problem with the receiver, I tried the usb connection to my
camera: no response. OK, maybe it's a usb problem. I then tried the camera card
directly in the built-in slot in the laptop: still no response! Next step was to
check the Windows Device Manager for problem alerts. The Device Manager box
opened up - EMPTY! What the *&$#%!
OK, looks like we might have a Windows problem! Since the laptop seemed to be
working fine otherwise, and I could still use the map program, I just chilled,
and figured I would work it out at the overnight stop. It was not to be - the
laptop had lost any communication with anything outside its little plastic shell
- meaning NO Internet and NO e-mail!!! Does that suck or what!
When I had a free moment at the Comfort Suites I contacted (who else but)
Paul Eggermann for ideas. He did some research and quickly got back to me
with a possible solution he had found: a simple configuration setting. When
reset to what it should have been - IT WORKED! Thanks Paul!