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COTV Mystery Lunch Run, hosted by Bruce Mofford (The Bat), September 24
(by Darlena Stevens)

Bruce Mofford led our COTV members and guests on a fantastic run through the De Luz area north of Fallbrook.

The group of 30 cars started out from the Black Angus parking lot at 9:30AM. We couldn’t meet at the usual Kohl’s parking area because the Michele’s Place Walk of Hope for breast cancer was being held in the area. Jim and Diane Sommars drove by Kohl’s to make sure no one missed the revised meeting place at the Black Angus parking lot instead. They were delayed by the activities in the area but still made it in time for the start of run. Thanks to Diane and Jim for looking out for our members!

We welcomed several guests to the MLR. Elizabeth and Mark Noakes were excited to join us with their sparkling new white Corvette. They are friends of Teresa and Simon Bleeker.  Elizabeth says she has admired Corvettes since she was a young girl (not that long ago) and this is her first Vette. We can look forward to the Noakes joining our club. Evan and Murry VanLeuevon were there with Lisa and Rick Servante. The Servantes were previous members of COTV and are planning to rejoin. Eva was rightfully proud to show off their beautiful, recently purchased, 2008 white Vette with black and red interior. Bill Stedfield brought his step-son Nick along for the ride as well. Another highlight was the beautifully restored 1966 Silver (show quality) Corvette brought by Woody Woodall and admired by all.

Since we had 30 cars, we broke into two groups. Bruce led the first group and the second group was led by John and Lynne Vara. The route took us through the hills west of Temecula and into the back country of De Luz. We pretty much had the roads to ourselves but the twists and turns kept our speed at a reasonable rate and allowed us to enjoy the scenery along the way. The oak trees created a beautiful canopy across the roads and we passed horse farms and many citrus and avocado groves.

Bruce had arranged for two stops along the way. The first one at the historic site of the De Luz Post Office and De Luz School, both built in the early 1900s. The site is well kept and gave us a glimpse into the past and this still very rural area. The next top was at the De Luz Fire Station #16. This was a short stop where we were welcomed to use the station’s restrooms and talk with the firemen/woman and see their facilities. We were intrigued with their rig and the nicely maintained station. What a great service these men and women provide to the hill country of De Luz.

The end of the run dropped us into the community of Fallbrook where Bruce had pre-arranged our lunch stop at the Firehouse Que & Brew on Main Street. The restaurant was ready with our orders and it did not take long at all for the food to be delivered. We enjoyed the barbeque meats and sides; the setting was nice for our group and we thanked Bruce for a run that was unique and well-planned. A raffle was held and won by Teresa Bleeker, who was so excited because she “never wins anything”. We all think she is a winner every day with her bubbly personality and enjoyment of life. The gift was a car detail at Paradise Chevrolet.

About 6 cars joined up with Bruce on the drive back to Temecula while the rest hung around longer at the Firehouse restaurant or went their own way. This was a great run for the end of Summer and start of Fall.

Photos Courtesy of Teresa Bleeker

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