NCRS Florida Chapter Winter
Wonderful World of
January 18-21, 2007
to Ed Augustine and the NCRS Florida Chapter for their
this our 7th consecutive year, 8 times overall.
the tremendous help of Richard Fleming and Lynnette Boyd
we were able to
$1988.17 for the American Cancer Society,
and NCRS will match that with
an additional $1000!
This event is always a great way to start
the year, and we made the
3410 mile round trip this year with NO WEATHER
Saturday, January 13
Maine. I don't need the laptop for navigation any more, since the C6 has
built in, but through a connection
to my new company BlackBerry I can be
internet for weather info, e-mail or whatever, while on the highway!
a brief visit with my parents in Philadelphia, I went on to Carlisle for the
in Kingsland, GA, about 3 miles above the FL border.
I met Dick Borchers and his grandson Buddy (Anthony) for dinner at the
Barrel. They were on their way back to NJ from Florida.
Dick is the guy
my C6 from Maine to NJ, then from NJ to the
Corvette Museum in Bowling
This was just a short
hop to Old Town and the Comfort Inn & Suites
in Kissimmee, site of the NCRS
Day spent running
errands, including washing the Vette.
Nighttime shot from the hotel parking lot.
This is what the
vendor field looked like until late Wednesday: overflow parking
veterinarians convention! The NCRS FL folks normally would have had the
field all striped and labeled for vendor spaces over the previous weekend!
cruising the field I spotted what appeared to be a C5 with retro 62 bodywork.
found it parked later on. Click here for more photos.
Our setup, right
inside the Vendor gate.
Two beautiful prints depicting great moments in Corvette racing history at Le
Mans, matted in a single frame and donated by Richard Fleming: The C5R Corvettes
in 2001 and the 1960 Corvette of John Fitch and Bob Grossman in 1960. The C5R
print is signed by all 6 drivers and the artist; the 1960 is signed by John
Fitch and the artist. This was to be sold in a live auction at the Awards
Banquet Saturday night, with the entire amount going to the American Cancer
brought Bambi along.
That pink stroller behind the Vette is Bambi's transportation.
tirelessly worked the crowd, selling 50/50 tickets,
selling his lithograph cards, pushing the silent auctions.
also donated this unusual item: a Daiquiri Whacker! This is the ultimate
tailgate party accessory - a gas powered blender!
Yup, t-handle starter cord and
handle bars with a twist-grip throttle! Richard had many opportunities to brush
up on his German... and it paid off:
Frank Hohl and friend in the black shirts (from Germany)
decided they couldn't go home without that blender, for $175(US) to the American
All's quiet first
thing in the morning, before Richard, Lynnette, Bambi and the crowds arrive.
The yellow striped tent in right photo is Bair's Corvettes, one of our great
to Richard & Lynnette, I could get out to do some networking with vendors
and to see some of the show action.
Carl Zander judges a big-block Midyear.
owner 57 Fuely.
gorgeous 63 with C6 Z06 running gear!
National Corvette Museum dinner at the
Race Rock Cafe.
(The cutie mugging for the camera (center below) is Maddie, daughter
Stephanie Morrill, the NCM Membership Services Manager.)
at the Radisson Resort.
As usual, Richard & Lynnette helped me sell more 50/50 tickets, as did
Michael Leeds (center in center photo below), winner
of our inaugural 50/50.
After dinner we drew the winning ticket: John Paul
Nelson from WA was the winner of half of the $1210 pot, with the other half
designated for the
American Cancer Society. We then auctioned the large, framed
double print donated by Richard (seen behind Ed Augustine, below right).
winner was Jerry Rydell with a bid of $1000, which will also go to the American
Sunday, January 21
Corvettes of Orlando's
Wonderful World of Corvettes
Thanks again to CCO for inviting us to
participate in their show.
We were set up right across from the stage.
& Petra Gersch from Germany stopped by for a visit and to autograph my
They haven't missed the NCRS FL Winter Meet in something like 28 years!
studying the weather forecasts & maps for the route home, I elected to wait
until Monday morning to depart
as there was a snowstorm going across VA & PA
late Sunday and early Monday. Leaving Monday morning would allow the
storm time to
go by before I got there. I certainly didn't want any repeats of '04 (the Ice
Storm) or '05 (the Blizzard).
After spending the
night in Dublin, VA, I just kept going as long as the
Flurries in the Scranton PA area
were the only hint of
trouble, and I made it
all the way home, arriving in Wiscasset at 9:37.