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We met at 0630 AM & Headed for the Park.

THEY met at ODark30 and By 6AM Were Parking
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NCOCC 40th Plastic Fantastic

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But We Got Even….


Joe & Bill Took Home
Some Awards!

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And If Eating Well is the Best Revenge……
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We Were All Winners!

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Plastic Fantastic 2017 – the 40th Anniversary for NCOCC

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There is always good news and bad news – the good news was that the 2017 version of Plastic Fantastic was just that, fantastic, and the bad news is that the City of San Diego and Port of San Diego, in their infinite wisdom, are planning to build retail and condos on the wonderful Waterfront Park within the next couple of years and NCOCC will have to find an equally wonderful site in the future for all of their fans.

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Well, the COTV group certainly enjoyed this 40th Anniversary event, both the veterans and the first-timers, and the Club won acclaim for being the second largest of the 400 Corvettes registered with 21 cars on the books. It seems we will never be able to catch up to Pacific Coast Corvettes who always field a group of 40-50 cars. The Webers made a long weekend of it, so some of the photos are pre-Plastic Fantastic itself and several are from the window of their 38th floor room overlooking the Park. They got to see the show being set up before 6am by the NCOCC members as well as many cars arriving as they waited to enter with the COTV early birds in the early vintage cars of the Club – Bill Steed, Joe Priebe and Steve Tidwell. These guys don’t like to push it as hard with the older cars, so left at 6am while the main group left at 6:45, led by Dave Hellman. The plan was to hold enough spaces for the whole group, but you know that saying…..the best laid plans, etc. COTV ended up in 3 different places, with Steed, Priebe, Tidwell and the Bleekers (on their first trip and pretending to be Jim Sommars to boot!), while the Webers and Dave Hellman were just across the path (but in the shade thank-you!) The main group was over the hill a little but actually had several shady spots and gazebos, so it worked out for them as well.

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Veterans to the event included the afore-mentioned Steed, Priebe, Webers, Hellman, as well as the Venns, the Pages, and Skip Hipp (who didn’t come as a registrant, but just for the fun). Newer faces who certainly had lots of smiles included the Varas, the Alewines (they came last year and then joined the club), Andrew Echols, Dave Richards, Tom Bryant, Don Sforzini (who won an award in 2016), the Bleekers, the Piericks, and the McDermotts. The Caliandros, who joined us on a previous MLR and who promise to bring their application to the picnic, were there in her red C5 and the Patrons came in their mini-van so they could bring the kids. Leonard and Carol Buote came for their annual lunch on the pier and to check out the 400 beautiful cars.

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Everyone wandered around to vote their participant’s choice ballots, to buy their raffle tickets and check the board to see if they won, to pick up their 40th anniversary gift of a nice red chair and check out the vendors. Bill Steed made his annual purchase of new baseball caps. We ran into people we knew from other clubs and made new friends. Some ate breakfast burritos and pulled pork sandwiches. A group of 20 went to the Harbor House for lunch on the patio.

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At 2pm, they announced the awards and did it in reverse order from C7 back to C1. With the tremendous competition from all the beautiful cars, it wasn’t until almost the end that COTV had success – not a major surprise since both Bill Steed and Joe Priebe have won many times in the past. Joe came first in the C2 category and Bill came second in the C1 category, so they have more crystal trophies to add to their huge stash. After the announcements were through, it became a true free-for-all to get out of the park, so some of us waited until the rush was over. The Varas and the Caliandros couldn’t bear to leave the lovely San Diego day behind so the shot of the yellow Vara car from the Webers’ room window is a fitting last shot for these memories of Plastic Fantastic 2017. Let’s give the Pacific Coast Corvettes a run for their money next year and get an even bigger group together.

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