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THE CARAVAN LEFT AT 0730 FOR

 

VETTES for VETERANS

 

An ALL CORVETTE car show Honoring San Diego Area Veterans.

Vettes For Veterans 2018

It was very, very chilly at 7 a.m as the group heading to this year’s Vettes for Veterans met at Kohl’s. Many of us had also looked at the weather forecast and thought the day would continue cool closer to the ocean, so were prepared with longer sleeves and jeans. The “caravan” included the Crooks, Ray McIntosh, Mike Re, Wes and Carole Carroll, Rose Streets and Bob Smith, Jim Sommars, Bill Stedfield, the Stevens, the Weeks and the Webers. Joe Priebe met us at Kohl’s but left ahead since he doesn’t push the beautiful red car as hard. John and Fritzi McDermott took theirs on the trailer, so left way ahead of us. Skip Hipp brought along his friend, Carlos, just for the fun and not to show his car. Unfortunately, the Crowthers didn’t make it as they had returned from Maui very late the night before. John Olivas and Manny Macedo came down later in the morning so did not go with the group. Doug Barnette, a former COTV member, was parked right behind us.

Mike Re, taking his responsibilities as the new activities guy for 2019 seriously, led us down to the Shoppes at Carlsbad. Everyone appreciated his bringing print-outs of the route and giving clear directions over the radio. We all got there together and in one group, so got parked all together in the row that the McDermotts and Joe had started. Once we got set up, the majority of us headed to either Leap Coffee or Panera and got a cup of coffee to wake us up. We might have wanted a warm up as well, but the weather immediately got sunny and much warmer than we had expected. Almost immediately after we got parked, a group arrived to park across from us and it turned out to be our travel buddies from San Diego, the North County club. If you go to the major local events like Plastic Fantastic and Vettes for Veterans, you see the same cars and faces, so it is one big friendly Corvette family. We collected our goody bags, bought our raffle tickets and checked out the Silent Auction items, before either sitting and chatting or walking around to see the other cars.

The judging at Vettes for Veterans is done by veterans from either the Semper Fi Fund or the Cal-Diego Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the chosen charities of the organizing North Coast Vettes. This is somewhat different from the participants’ choice of Plastic Fantastic or the more professional judging we see at Monterey. This means that our choices for winning cars are not always the same as the ones that win. Unless, of course, it is one of our own cars.

The morning was spent pleasantly and then most folks went for an early lunch at Islands or the Yard House or Panera Bread. We also checked out the raffle prizes at the hourly drawings and the trivia contest. Bill Stedfield won a trivia prize. Mike Re, the Webers and the Carrolls won raffle baskets. At 2 p.m they drew the last raffle tickets, announced the silent auction winners and then presented the cash awards for the actual cars selected by the vets. As usual, Joe Priebe, was our COTV winner and generously returned his winnings to the charity fund. Our friend, Doug, also was a winner and did the same. COTV almost won an award for attendance, with 15 cars registered, but ended up third. Maybe next year!

To most of us, the point of the show is to be there and support the charity, not necessarily to take home a prize. The majority of the participants in this show are veterans and this is a celebration of their service to our country on Veterans Day.

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