Posted July 6, 2018
(at least for us)
Sunday, July 29, 2018
We Hit The Track and Bet The Farm!!!
Thank Goodness Jim Left His Pink Slip At Home
Posted July 6, 2018
Wednesday July 25
Guadalajara Mexican Grill
Sponsor Appreciation Dinner
When you pulled into the parking lot at Guadalajara in Temecula, you might have guessed that they were having an event. Every space was taken and not necessarily by Corvettes, so lots of others had the bright idea of having someone else do the cooking on this day of “Extreme Heat Warning”. Bruce Mofford, being the early bird, had a prime spot, but many of us parked in lots for other buildings. Knowing how tight the parking lot actually is, we hope that we remember to go next door to the Charter School lot next time….so much easier.
It was a relatively small but still “eager to eat” crowd of 22 in the back room. The Boers, Bruce, Bill Stedfield and the Lokkens grabbed the first booth. The Watsons and Finches followed. Then the Pages and then the Webers and Re’s, which left the longer table for the Sommars, the Crowthers and Chuck Sherman. Leo Biller squeezed another chair in with the first group. Service was good and food was plentiful.
We give our congratulations to Mike and Denise Re over the birth of their lovely grand daughter, Summer Ann, and hope, for her parents’ sake and sanity that she starts to sleep through the night soon.
We want to thank Dave Hellman for planning the dinner, even though he was out-of-state and didn’t attend. We also want to thank Guadalajara for being such a long-term sponsor of COTV.
Posted June 19, 2018
Breakfast Social – July 17, 2018
Maybe we aren’t as “social” or as “hungry” or as interested in getting up early in these hot days of summer, because it was a slightly smaller than usual group of 24 who met at the very new Country Kitchen in Wildomar.
It was the usual suspects, with a few exceptions. Marilyn Glenore came alone to celebrate her 75th birthday, which is actually on Thursday. Doug was doing corporate tax work. Jim Sommars joined the bachelor group of Skip Hipp, Mike Marty and Bruce Mofford. The Finches brought their 20 year old granddaughter, Stephanie, who is visiting before work and school ramp up again. The Crooks and Mike Marty had actually done a “pre-run” on Sunday so were familiar with location and menu. Bruce apparently knew our waitress, Laura, from a previous stint at Applebee’s.
The food was good and Laura had a system of numbering each order so she could get her bills out correctly. She was surprised to see so many of us so early, but later understood that it was to her benefit to have orders placed and filled in waves instead of all at once.
Carol Buote said that she and Marilyn try to find new places to go. It fills a double bill of supporting new businesses and of getting our group into a restaurant before it becomes so busy that it can’t accommodate us. As always, we “thank them for their service” in organizing a new culinary adventure every other month.
Posted May 22, 2018
Mystery Lunch Run – June 24, 2018
A New, and Very High, Bar has been Set
Most of us have experienced an event organized by Vickie Hackworth (with Al’s assistance, of course), so when their friends, Denise and Jeff Kilpatrick, impulsively bought a new Grand Sport and joined the club, we probably should have raised our expectations for an initial MLR, because our expectations were met and exceeded with today’s run. Al and Vickie were there for support and guidance, but Vickie said all the marvelous details were due to Denise and Jeff’s planning.
It was an early morning departure for the 23 cars and 41 Corvette lovers as we met at 8:30 and left promptly at 9am. If Bill Watson hadn’t seen us on Temecula Parkway going in the other direction, he might have missed the whole day. When they said depart at 9, they meant it, as they had a full day planned. In addition to the usual suspects, we had two guest couples. First to join us were Terry and Steve Stuart from San Marcos. The Glenores, Stevens and Webers met them May 29 at the Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo. Apparently we passed them on the road and so they stopped to talk to us at dinner. They told us they had a Corvette and we told them to come see a club event. Rob sent them a link to the website with their picture on it and we all moved on. Apparently they did come up to Monterey and saw all the cars at the MPCC event as well. We must have made a good impression on them since they signed up for the MLR and seemed to have a great time. The second couple was Gail and Randy Fitzpatrick, friends of the Hackworths, the Kilpatricks and known by anyone in the Women’s or Men’s Clubs in Temecula. They did the run in a borrowed Corvette and…..who knows?
Denise checked us in and gave us the secret instructions. Vickie, more importantly, gave us each a bag of trail mix for the road. Bob Clark loaned the Stuarts a walkie-talkie so they wouldn’t be left out if anything of real importance was said. And off we went, regrouping quickly at our usual spot on Temecula Parkway at Butterfield Stage and then heading east on 79. Let the guessing games begin – Julian? Idyllwild? San Diego? Anza Borrego? We turned on 371 so Indio was now looking like a good direction. Then we made a right onto Burnt Valley Road. You may ask where that is, as did most of us. It was a little scenic detour with lots of curves and some dust and very low traffic. The “race drivers” (Denise, Steve, Skip, Rob, and even Chuck C) were in heaven and reached pretty good speeds. Then the detour ended and we were back on 371. We turned left at the Palms to Pines Highway (74) and drove a little over 8 miles to Anglers Landing or the Hemet Market at the Lake Hemet Campground. Ever prepared, Denise and Jeff and handed out bottles of water as we all made a potty stop.
Then we hopped back on 74, turned right on 243 and headed out on the Banning Idyllwild Panoramic Highway , through Idyllwild and down into the Banning area. It sure lives up to its name as the scenery and the road are really great. So at the bottom of the hill, we get onto the 10 East and Vickie announces that in case we get separated we need to exit on 111 into Palm Springs. So all our minds are whirling and remembering that they told us to bring a jacket as the lunch restaurant was cool. Some brilliant minds figured it out and when we turned on Tram Way, even the not so brilliant minds put things together.
Just to show the excellent planning by the Kilpatrick/Hackworth team, the Aerial Tramway waived the $5 charge to park and we had a separate/private parking lot with our name on the sign and a ranger assigned to help us into the lot and onto the shuttle up to the Tramway. Our group was placed in one tram and even got an earlier time assignment. When we reached the top our ticket also gave us a buffet lunch. All in all it was a $47 value for $28, so how can you complain about that. In addition, Denise and Jeff had brought a special cake with actual Corvette models on it and our Club artwork.
For many this was the first time to the Tramway and for many more it was the first time in decades. For all of us, it was a trip to be remembered and talked about for a long time. They certainly set the bar very, very high for future MLRs. Let’s make sure to ask them to organize another one – from conversation at our lunch table, they just might be thinking about another one in the future. Three cheers for Denise, Jeff, Vickie and Al and all their hard work to make our day so very enjoyable!
Posted May 1, 2018
The Annual COTV Membership Picnic
While it is certainly not Thanksgiving yet, let’s start off by giving thanks to a lot of folks. Thanks first and foremost to the Bleekers, who opened up their home and grounds to at least 70 COTV members, let us all wander through their house and use their bathrooms, cooked the food and set everything up. They did all this with welcoming smiles and hugs. They even marked the stairs with bright blue tape to make it easier for us old folks who might have missed a step.
Thanks to Curt and Darlena for turning up before the crowds to help set up and take photos. (Rob really thanks Curt for stepping into the breach as Club Photographer). Thanks to Alma for working up a sweat in the kitchen before she even got outside. Thanks to all the members for bringing plenty of sides and snacks to go with the hamburgers and hot dogs. Special thanks to those who brought desserts as well, since we all have a sweet tooth .
We were very happy to see Terry and Wendy Converse and to note how well Terry is doing after the heart surgery. We know it must seem like a slow and frustrating recovery, but you look great, Terry.
What a great day to spend with all your Corvette friends and what a great place to do it. Thanks again Terry and Simon!
Here is a great Pic from Harry Finch
Pics from Teresa & Simon
Posted May 1, 2018
2018 Monterey Coast Corvette Cruise
May 31, June 1 and 2
Hosted by Monterey Peninsula Corvette Club
Join Glenores, Pages, Priebes, Res, Stedfields, Stevens, & Webers
Posted May 1, 2018
NCOCC 41st Plastic Fantastic
Plastic Fantastic XXXXI All Corvette Car Show
The Big Winner
BEST IN SHOW
The Other Winners
It was a cool and gray San Diego day, but COTV enjoyed the fun of the 41st Plastic Fantastic anyhow. We went from not knowing if anyone would be making the trip down to having 14 member cars plus one from the other Temecula Club and another with DJ and Claire, who plan on becoming members. If they had already been signed up we would have tied for 2nd largest club participation with North Coast Corvettes, although not being close to catching up to Pacific Coast who always run away with the title, this year with 35 cars.
The Crowthers, Sommars and Webers had made a long weekend of it, so were already either on-site or on the way when the group came into view. Although the gates were not scheduled to open until 8am, we were all in place about 7:30 and John and Fritzi were there even before the rest. We got good spots along the edge of the grass, set up our chairs and then went to get our free gifts and buy raffle tickets. Then everyone voted their People’s Choice ballots before hunger overcame us all after the early start to the morning.
A group of 26 headed to Harbor House where they had set up a nice long table on the upstairs deck and with a very efficient service team, took all our orders and got the first food on the table in less than 15 minutes. Bill Steed lost $1 to Rob Weber as he bet that would not happen (we may have failed to mention to Bill that we had ordered appetizers). After a good lunch we headed back to see if we had won any raffle prizes and then waited for the award ceremony.
The surprise was the third place in the C6 category as AIR ZR1 is a little past the prime of competition. Then Rose and Bob won third place in the C5 category – not a surprise. The next surprise was that neither Joe Priebe nor Bill Steed won in their classes, which is usually a given. Joe then redeemed the whole day by winning Best in Show. That meant we could all pack up and head out, although the Crowthers, Sommars and Webers will be on the road on Monday so have one more relaxing night in San Diego.
Posted May 1, 2018
May 15, 2018
It happened again! Marilyn and Carol rang the breakfast bell and COTV came running. At least about 30 members ran or drove to The Bomb Shelter Restaurant at Sky Dive Perris to do what we do best – talk and eat.
The usual suspects were first in place, although Chuck Calagna and Bruce Mofford trade places for #1 on the scene and today was Chuck’s day. When the second wave arrived (Glenores, McDermotts and Webers), we found Skip Hipp keeping the other two company. Then, just as the ladies at the restaurant got the registers fired up and the cooks behind the counter got the griddles fired up, the rest of the group started to pour in. The gate for parking on the tarmac had to be manually opened by someone from the hangar so that slowed things down, but only a little.
Bob and Monica Clark were able to fit us into their schedule today and it was good to see them since work seems to limit their ability to participate. It is a long drive from San Diego just for breakfast, so we were really glad to have their company. Marti Schoeman was also able to join us and since she is often in China for business, we were glad to catch her in between trips.
For the most part, the rest of the attendees were real regulars and we are always glad to see all of them and catch up on what is being done to cars and what trips are being planned. We look forward to more of the same next time with Carol and Marilyn.
Posted March 25, 2018
We Met at KOHL’S at 9AM & hit the road at 9:30
It Was A Long Ride!
Mystery Lunch Run
April 29, 2018
Not only are John and Lynne Vara willing to volunteer to coordinate the MLR schedule and find leaders for 11 months a year, but they also do an awesome job of leading one themselves. Last time we went to Palm Springs for a buffet at Agua Caliente, but this time we did not go quite as far, not QUITE AS FAR. Considering they have not even lived locally that long, they have been searching far and wide for excellent roads and, even better, excellent food…… and they have clearly been successful.
John has also mastered the technique of getting people to RSVP for these runs – just be really, really persistent and send plenty of e-mails. So our turn-out for this April run was a very healthy 34 cars and 63 participants.
Among the attendees were a number of new faces. As Jim Sommars stated, we don’t need to recruit new members, we just ask Norman Craig to bring them along. Norm and Ronette had both of their cars – one driven by Norm and the other by his brother, George, who said he really enjoyed the drive. They also had another friend, Stevie, with them to fill out those two cars, as well as John and Martina, in a third car. Al and Nicole Villa, who joined after being Bruce Mofford’s guests a few months back, brought their own guests, Chris and Lucy, in a lovely blue C7 Grand Sport.
Jason Marshall had to work today, but Joethel brought along both their red C7 and their now 14 year old daughter (Congratulations and happy birthday, Krista!) who apparently found the combination of her mother’s driving and the curvy roads a bit much for her stomach. She said she had been looking forward to having her day with us all, but maybe she is re-thinking that unless the next one is a straighter road. Chuck Sherman brought his brunette daughter, Debbie. Mike and Denise Re were glad to be back in SoCal after a visit to cold, windy and snowy Chicago for their daughter’s baby shower. Doug and Marilyn Glenore got back yesterday from a spur of the moment trip to Hawaii, which included a cruise around the islands. Leonard and Carol Buote were back from the Corvettes of Bakersfield Gambler’s Classic in Laughlin, where they had lots of fun.
Unfortunately, this was the last MLR for Chuck and Terry Isenberg who sold their home in record time and are heading back to the St. Louis area to be closer to family. They will miss SoCal, but not as much as they will be missed by their COTV friends. They will be coming to their last meeting on May 10, so make sure to stop by and wish them well in their new adventures.
Now that we have caught up on the social chit-chat, let’s talk about the marvelous run the Varas had mapped out for a very pleasant April day with temps ranging from the low 50s in higher altitudes to the lower-mid 60s. We left the parking lot and regrouped at our usual spot past Butterfield Stage Road, then proceeded east on 79. This is when the speculation starts – where do you think we are going? Is it the same as last month? When do we eat? After about 15 miles, we turned left on 371 in the direction of Anza. Our potty stop was the good old, smoky Cahuilla Casino. Then we continued on 371 to the Pines to Palms or Palms to Pines (depending on which direction you are driving) Highway and turned left toward Idyllwild/Hemet. We turned right on 243, the Idyllwild/Banning Panoramic Highway and made our way through Idyllwild (no lunch there because there is neither enough parking nor a restaurant that would hold our group) and then the rest of a 28 mile very curvy drive (sorry, Krista!) along the ridges with great views and downhill to the “lovely” town of Banning.
Generally, Banning is a town you pass through on the way to somewhere else, like the Colorado River. Who knew that on Ramsey Street, there is a place called Johnny Russo’s Italian Kitchen, which served our very large group a very good meal. We had a separate room and a select menu of 6 sandwiches, 2 kinds of lasagna or a full salad. Each dish came with bread, a salad to start and potato chips and pasta salad alongside the main course, plus a drink of your choice. John and Lynne had asked us all to make our choice in advance and Lynne had provided everyone with “tickets” showing our individual choices for the waitresses. It went very smoothly and they served more than 60 of us very efficiently. Maybe this is the wave of the future for such large group events. The food was good and there was plenty of it. So everyone headed out fat and happy!
John and Lynne gave us a wonderful drive on a great day and showed some of us new roads and reminded others of places we hadn’t been in a while. We want to thank the Varas for being among the newer members who have stepped up to the plate to be active participants in COTV, even going as far as serving on the Leadership Team. Thanks for being a fun addition to a fun group, COTV!
Posted March 7, 2018
We Met at KOHL’S at 9AM and departed at 9:30
It was A Long Ride!
At least it wasn’t raining for our March MLR, but it was pretty chilly. The skies were cloudy and even when the sun came out from behind them at 8:30 or 9:00 am it was still very, very cool. Even transplants from the East Coast had to agree that jackets were in order. Jim and Diane Sommars were in command of this event and they had their list and sealed envelopes in hand. There were 32 cars on the RSVP list, but only 27 actually left the parking lot and that included some new faces who were not even expected. Mickey Diehl’s guest was her friend Diane, who Mickey claims had never driven with her so she wasn’t sure how enjoyable she would find it. Steve Page had his friend Mike McGraw from Vancouver, WA along for the ride. Mike has 3 Corvettes of his own and from what Steve has told us, a pretty decent collection that we hope to go and see at some point. Captain Norman Craig had signed up for two extra cars of “guests”. One was Harold and Kathy Stephens who used to be members some years ago and brought their application form with them so they could rejoin and legally use the badges they had kept. The other couple was their friend “Crazy” Bob and Kathy’s friend, Jasmine, who had not met before today, so we could call this their first date. We also had the two Tonys, one of whom had attended a previous meeting with his wife some time ago. The last new face was D.J., who had recently purchased a red C7 and was out getting gas when he saw us. He parked in the midst of all the COTV cars and we invited him along for the run. Jim provided a walkie-talkie and DJ contributed his lunch money and became part of the group just as easily as that. We hope he will be back.
Jim has always said he likes LONG rides. So when he and Diane are in charge of an MLR, we had all better like LONG rides. Now, it should be stated that in addition to long rides, Jim favors rides over the Ortega Highway to San Juan Capistrano, so the old hands in the group were prepared to head in that direction. Much to our surprise, we did not go to see the swallows this time! We headed out for a familiar staging spot along 79 east bound just past Butterfield Stage. Then we just kept going and going, making a potty stop at the Warner Springs Golf Club, and then going and going east, up to Julian, through Julian, and then bearing slightly left onto 78 East. Clearly this was not the way to San Juan Capistrano and maybe not even to San Diego. It was the way down into the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and then onto S3 and into Borrego Springs itself, but not where we have ended up in the past.
This time we went to the Rams Hill Golf Club, where we were greeted and treated very well – with a separate parking area and a shuttle to the Club House for those who needed it. We had our own private room and special menu with four choices: (1) a salad with large pieces of grilled salmon; (2) a pulled pork sandwich with fries; (3) a tri-tip steak sandwich with fries; and (4) a turkey wrap with fries. Soft drinks, tea and coffee were included and there was a full bar for those who wanted something stronger.
After lunch, Jim suggested that folks could head back the same way or up S22, which is our usual way of getting to Borrego Springs. Al also suggested stopping to see some of the Ricardo Breceda sculpture spread around the desert area nearby. Breceda’s metal sculpture is very familiar to those in the Temecula area and his leaping horses can be seen along 79 East.
Most of us headed out with all the traffic towing sand equipment back to Temecula. If you were lucky, you got over the twisty hills, but many of us slowed down as we got closer to Temecula with the lack of passing opportunities on 79.
Thanks to Jim and Diane for surprising us with the destination but not the wonderful drive!!!!