05/31/2018 – 06/02/2018 2018 Monterey Coast Corvette Cruise



2018 Monterey Coast Corvette Cruise

May 31, June 1 and 2

Hosted by Monterey Peninsula Corvette Club


It’s time to register for the 2018 Monterey Coast Corvette Cruise Event. Prepare yourselves for a fun packed weekend on California’s beautiful Monterey peninsula.

Click on the Link to Download the registration form and mail it in.

2018 Welcome Letter
2018 Registration form
2018 Event Agenda and Show & Shine Rules


Three good reasons to register now:
1. Attendance is limited to the first 100 registrations.
2. They only reserve 75 hotel rooms for attendees (they go fast).
3. You will be kicking yourself in the behind & slap-slapping yourself upside your own head if you wait too long.





The “Wild Bunch” (because they frequently have different colored hair )is planning on using the Monterey event as the corner stone for a COTV trip before and after the Monterey event. We’ll be taking a couple of days to get to Monterey and then after Monterey heading for the Gold Country, Yosemite and beyond (7-10 days total).

Would you like to be on the
“I’m interested and send me some information List”?


Send an email to Jim and say
“I’m interested so send me some information about the.


Want to know where the


Trip is going?

Go to the COTV calendar and look ahead to May 29, 2017.
Book your hotel rooms for the Before & After Trip
early. Availability at some locations is limited.


But First You Have to Register for the

2018 Monterey Coast Corvette Cruise (so read on…..) For those who have participated in prior years, we hope you decide to join COTV in 2018. For those of you presently “scoping out upcoming events”, this event will be all you could hope for. Whichever category you fall into, old or new, spread the word, register, then set back and relax. This is by far one of the best events in the state.

Some of the events over-lap, so you participate in those you like, skip the others, or you can send your significant other one way and you go the other. Whatever works for you! There are two goals. One is to make sure event participants have a wonderful weekend. The second goal is to raise money for The Food Bank of Monterey County, a well deserving organization in the county providing food for individuals and families in need. To date, over $30K has been raised to support these efforts, which equates to over $150K when combined with other generous partnerships that have been built. That makes this weekend a WIN-WIN for everyone!

If you have questions, call Katie Ruskell, Event Coordinator, at 831.624.9018 or email her at

During the event, an MPCC member will be available in the hospitality suite everyday.

(Sorry, We Will Not Be Taking A Hot Lap – or 2 – Around Laguna Seca This Year.)



Local Dining Suggestions Friday evening dining is up to individuals, groups, or parties. Some favorite local restaurants are ….

Monterey / Monterey Wharf: Fish Hopper or Domenico’s, Montrio Bistro, El Cantaro

(vegan Mexican), or Cibo’s Ristorante Italiano or COTV’s favorite, Tarpy’s.

Carmel: The Flying Fish, Flaherty’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar, A.W. Shucks Oyster Bar,

Il Fornaio, The Grill, Forge in the Forest

Carmel Valley: Café Rustica, Casa Linda, or Wills Fargo

Pacific Grove: Loose Noodle Pasta House

Moss Landing: Haute Enchilada

Embassy Suites Lodging … Single/Dbl Occupancy $204; Triple Occupancy $224; Quad Occupancy $2449, plus taxes & $10 per day parking

Arrangements have been made with Embassy Suites to provide rooms for event participants at significantly reduced summer rates. Although the event is limited to the first 100 registrants, MPCC has arranged for only 75 rooms to be set aside as some participants stay with family, friends, or at other pre-arranged lodging. If you plan on staying at Embassy Suites, book your room as soon as you receive the event group code. Rooms go fast! Reserved rooms include a mixture of single, double, triple, and quad availability with double or king beds. MPCC continually monitors the room block to insure other groups do not infringe on rooms set aside for the event participants. Embassy Suites has graciously agreed to extend the room rates for two days before the event and two days after the event for those of you planning an extended stay. Visit Embassy Suites online to see other hotel accommodations.

FOUR MORE good reasons to register now:
1. Cancel by April 1 2018-Get Your Money Back.
2. Reserved and Assigned parking for all participants.
3. Complimentary cocktails from 5:30pm to 7:30pm each evening.
4. If you are staying at the Embassy Suites, a cooked to order Breakfast each morning.

09/24/17 New Meeting Place for MLR Hosted by Bruce Mofford


New Meeting Place

Black Angus Parking Lot

Corner of Ynez and Rancho California Road

27735 Ynez road Temecula


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We have SOME details for the September 24 MLR Hosted by Bruce Mofford

The restaurant will be serving a combo plate. Your job is to choose 2 meats and 2 sides from the following list:

smoked beef brisket
pulled pork
tri tip

mac and cheese
french fries
fried okra
spicy creamed corn


O.K., now that you have chosen your selections for each person, put your name on it and RSVP to :



We will meet at Kohl’s 32085 Temecula Parkway
at 9 and leave at 9:30



Cost is $20.00 per person and that includes tax,
tip and soft drink, pay at restaurant.



You will be back in Temecula early afternoon.



We will be meeting at Kohl’s

at 0900 and departing at 0930.


If you plan on attending, and….

especially, if you want to eat lunch


RSVP Bruce “The Bat” no later than 9/17




(This is VERY, VERY Important!)

RSVP By Sunday , September 17


We are having problems at the Restaurants

because some members are not

RSVPing for Themselves or their Guests.

We’d Love To Have You There…. but,

Our MLRs have a lot of attendees.

We can’t just show up with more

folks and expect to be seated.

You need to RSVP.

09/21/17 – 09/25/17 Prescott Vette Sette Car Show





You’re Slappin’ yourself on the Forehead for Missing the Tahoe Trip


Kickin’ yourself in the Behind for not going to Plastic Fantastic.

So What….

You’ve Earned all the Self Abuse You Can Handle!




Jim has arranged for another great COTV ROAD TRIP!.


We’ll be driving to Prescott on 9/21

Some of us will be staying at the Hotel St. Michael & some
at the Grand Highland Hotel (both are on the show site).

SPECIAL HOTEL RATES have been arranged at
various Prescott area hotels for September
22nd & 23rd by mentoning “Prescott Vette
Sette Rate”. See the Flyer Below.

We’ll be Attending the Car Show at the Courthouse Square on 9/23

We’ll Be Going to Out of Africa on 9/24
(The VIP Behind-the-Scenes Tour-See Below-is Pricey,
, But Worth Every Penny)

And Returning to Temecula 9/25



To Register for the Event click on

2017 Registration Form



To see the Car Show Flyer click on

2017Car Show Flyer



To see the Car Show Hotel Information click on

2017 Car Show Hotel Information



To see the Car Show Site Map click on

2017 Car Show Site Map



To see the Car Show News Letter click on

2017 Car Show News Letter



Here are some things you need to know:

1) There will be a “greet and meet” cocktail party Friday Nite, 9/22,” 5pm to 7pm, at The Holiday Court Sponsored by The Grand Highland Hotel. Those wishing to attend MUST indicate that on their application). There will be appetizers, Live music, and no host bar. $5.00 Per Person.

2) Saturday Car show (Bob & Rose are thinking they can go 5 for 6 and Leonard & Carol are a shoe in for another Judges’ Choice award)

3) Sunday we will travel to OUT OF AFRICA animal park about 40 mi. from Prescott. We will be returning to Prescott that evening for dinner with the car show folks. COTV members MUST make their own reservations for Out of Africa regarding which tour they prefer. Go to: OUTOFAFRICAPARK.COM and check out the different options). Contact person at Out of Africa is CINDY. Tell her your choice, so that she can group us accordingly. Her number is: (928) 567-2851 EX. 201. MENTION COTV.


Interested in the Longer Way Home?
You’ll Need to Coordinate with Other Attendees!

(How About Sunday Dinner with the Car Show Folks,
Overnight in Flagstaff at the Little America Hotel
& the Traditional Sing Along Dinner
How About Overnight in Sedona with a room overlooking
the Canyon, Lunch at the Snowflake in Seligman
and an Overnight in Peach Springs)


Email Jim & Let Him Know What You’d Like to Do




You’ve Never Had Tongue, Until You’ve Been Kissed by a Giraffe







9/20/17 Sponsor Appreciation Dinner – Siggys



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Sponsor Appreciation – Siggy’s – September 20, 2017

OMG, we got to eat again! OMG, we got to eat together two days in a row! OMG, we got to eat huge plates of food again. Do you think we can get through this week without exploding? Oh no, there is a Mystery Lunch Run this weekend as well. We are doomed.

Dave kindly arranged another opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, both to thank a sponsor and to stuff our faces. So off we went to do our duty, this time at Siggy’s, which has a huge menu of very reasonably priced huge plates of food – from Mexican to Greek to pastrami sandwiches to salads to Salisbury steak for Jim Sommars. It was a motley crew of about 22 who met to share laughs, with the usual early arrivals including Bruce Mofford and John and Fritzi McDermott. Skip Hipp joined in with apologies for missing the Rainbow Oaks breakfast but had some excuse about setting his alarm for the wrong day, when we knew he actually wanted to sky dive as well as have breakfast at the Bombshelter instead. Carol and Leonard seemed to be eating a healthy meal until you saw the size of their salads. Marsue took home half her pastrami sandwich and half Daryl’s quesadilla to feed the neighbor teenagers and that was after we had eaten our fill first.

Chuck Sherman reappeared from a Hurricane Irma impacted cruise out of Fort Lauderdale, with some interesting tales. The Varas had their own tales about Lynne’s surprise birthday dinner and concert. Some of the group exchanged tales about plans for Monterey in 2018 and the fact that the event sold out in under 3 weeks and it is still 9 months away. Guess we can start planning the details now.

Bill Stedfield introduced us to the owner and recounted that when he asked if they would be interested in sponsoring the Club they had immediately asked to sign up. So here is another place to go if you are really, really hungry, We hugely recommend it!

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09/19/17 Breakfast Social – Rainbow Oaks Restaurant



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COTV September 2017 Breakfast




As is always the case when food is involved, we had a very successful and well-attended breakfast social at the Rainbow Oaks Restaurant, which surprisingly enough is located in the small town (population:1092) of Rainbow, just off the 15 a little south of Temecula. This restaurant has been the site of a number of other COTV meals and some of us have even been there for the Prime Rib dinner on Wednesday or Fried Chicken Tuesday. Don Weeks recommends the meat loaf, as well, if you are going on your own.



Thirty-two hungry COTV members, most of whom arrived before the 9am reservation (Surprise! Surprise!) chowed down on huge plates of food. You never go hungry – breakfast, lunch or dinner – at the Oaks. As always, some who signed up didn’t turn up and others did the reverse, so please remember that it makes it difficult for those who organize these events to tap-dance with the restaurant staff to get the right number of tables and waiters set up when they have no idea what to expect themselves.



Murray Gruber, who attended the August MLR for the first time, was a slighty later arrival and came without his wife, Eva, and Angelique, their service dog. Some of the guys came solo as their wives had other plans for the early morning (we know you really wanted some alone time, Diane and Patty!)



We are seeing more of Joe and Rosemary and the split-window 1963 and we are very happy about that. It is amazing how much time grandchildren take up of our time now that we are over the children stage. Isn’t that correct? Ask the Priebes, Crowthers, Sommars, or Weeks just for a start.



Some of us were able to share our love and hugs with Bev Weeks, who lost her mother 2 weeks ago. As a group, we seem to all be in a position to experience that kind of loss, but at least we have the support of all our COTV friends to help us through.



As we were all getting ready to depart, Jim Sommars announced the happy news that there would be one more breakfast social in 2017, with details to follow as they are available. We all said thank you to Marilyn and Carol for their hard work and planning. Carol says it works for her because she gets to eat out at places they are considering as well, so it is a win-win for everyone.








09/15/17 – 09/16/17 COTV Road Trip-Petersen & Nethercutt




 COTV Road Trip

The Petersen Museum &



The Nethercutt Collection



COTV 2-day Trip to Los Angeles hosted by Hans and Alma Boers

It seemed like this trip to the Petersen Automotive and the Nethercutt Museums was planned ages ago. Actually Hans first started planning it back in April of this year. In his true fashion, no detail was missed.

We started out Friday, Sept. 15th, from the meeting spot in Corona. We were 13 cars, 26 people, strong. We made a nice Corvette statement driving along the I-15, I-71, and I-10 freeways on the way to our initial meeting spot at the original Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles. The drive was surprisingly smooth with just a few areas of congestion. Somehow we managed to stay together on the L.A. freeways. That was not the case however as we all exited the freeway. Our individual navigation systems had us taking multiple different routes to the Farmer’s Market but we managed to arrive about the same time. That was fun.

For a few of our members, the trip to the Farmer’s Market was a new experience. Others had not been there in years and were pleased to see not much had changed. Many of our favorite vendors were still there. Needless to say, we had a great selection of food choices and all said their choices were delicious

Next we drove a short distance to the Petersen Automotive Museum. The recent $125 million renovation of the museum proved to be fabulous, showing off the beauty of their massive car collection. There were two special exhibits: a Bugati exhibit showcasing many of their designs, considered to be some of the most seductive and artistic cars in existence. The other special exhibit was the 70 Years of Ferrari; while we all love our Corvettes, we couldn’t help but admire these red beauties. We took the 90-minute tour of the Vault. This behind-the-scenes tour gave us a look at some of the unique cars in their collection; all had interesting histories and the docent was well versed on every one of them.

Our drive from the Petersen to our hotel in Burbank was quite an experience for many of us. Our navigation systems, while trying to avoid the Friday evening rush hour traffic, took us on a tortuous path through the residential areas of Hollywood and the Los Feliz areas. Interesting to say the least, but we all made it safely to our destination where Hans and Alma were waiting for us with a nice pre-dinner treat of Swedish meatballs straight from the infamous Ikea cafeteria! They were delicious and went down easily with a nice glass of wine. We then had dinner at either The Stage or BJ’s. The food was good but the company was even better.

On Saturday we headed over to the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar. This is a secret gem; secret because many of us had never heard of this museum that is owned and provided by the founders/owners of Merle Norman cosmetics. What a history they had to share! COTV members who have been to many car museums agreed the Nethercutt is a rival for top-billing. The cars are faithfully restored and all have an interesting story to tell. The grand finale was the mechanical music instruments demonstrated for us on the tour. If you have not been here, be sure to place the Nethercutt on your bucket list.

We all look forward to the next trip planned by Hans and Alma, whatever it may be! 


08/30/2017 Sponsor Appreciation Dinner – Guadalajara Mexican Grill

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Thank you to Guadalajara


Wednesday, August 30, marked our annual sponsor appreciation dinner at Guadalajara (Temecula), a long-term sponsor of COTV. Dave Hellman was oh-so-smart and didn’t try to get us in on a Taco Tuesday, so the hungry folks started turning up about 5:15 or 5:30 for the 6pm starting time.


Perhaps it was the horrendous heat we have been experiencing or perhaps it was that folks were heading out of town for the Labor Day weekend, but we were a relatively “intimate” group of 29. The air conditioning in the back room managed to keep up pretty well with the outside temps over 100 and a round of margaritas always helps to cool everyone down as well. Our waiter did a fantastic job of taking orders and delivering food so that even the last table to be served was not too far behind.


We shared the room with a couple of families whose small children were exuberantly celebrating their own fun Wednesday, so it was not as quiet as it could be, but after those margaritas….who cared!


Thanks again to Guadalajara for their years of sponsorship and to Dave for arranging another fine meal.


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08/27/2017 Mystery Lunch Run Hosted by Lou Long & Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac



Up In The Sky……
Is It A Bird?
Is It A Plane?
It’s SuperDrone





COTV and Paradise Celebrate COTV’s 15th Anniversary



August is for many the last hurrah of the summer season. At COTV, August is Lou Long month as this has become the month when Lou puts together his version of a Mystery Lunch Run. This year was even more special, since it also marked the 15th anniversary of the Club. So Lou planned the event, to include over 60 cars in drone photos, a nice drive and a great lunch and worked with the COTV Leadership Team to provide an additional bonus of the chance to win one of 10 special prizes. He was also supported by the lovely (and soon to be Mrs. Lou Long) Julie, who took care of raffle tickets and waiver forms, was the voice on the radio, and who was heard telling someone she would also sell them a Cadillac today. An all round talent who is a perfect match for Super Lou!



The day started with “coffee and donuts” at the dealership. The meeting time was posted as 8:45am, but by 8:15am there were already a dozen or more cars in place. Some members brought more than one Corvette (Buote, Priebe, Steed) and so we had the earlier models of the 60s as well as their C-6 and C-7 cars. There were RSVPs for 62 cars and over 90 COTV folks, but we never actually did a count as the lines kept on changing and people kept on arriving. Some of the founding members of COTV were there: Don and Bev Weeks, Vance Weir and Susan Reichardt, Willie Nagle, Joe and Rosemary Priebe, and Bill and Sandi Steed.



The majority of attendees have been around the Club for at least a few years, but there were a number of new faces as well. John Mollway brought his son Pierce. The Sparks’ grandson, Austin, joined us. Marti Schoemann brought her brother-in-law, Patrick. Mickey Diehl had her friend, Karen, as her ride-along. Steve Glenore was joined by his friend, Liz. Ed and Marie Filardo have been among the missing for a while, so they were welcomed back into the crowd. We thought the blue-haired lady was a new face, but it turned out to be Darlena Stevens, trying out a new fuller version of a look she debuted earlier in the year. Bruce Mofford also had a ride-along, Vickie, who was introduced to him by Sue Lokken. One prominent face who was missing in action was our President, Glenn Crowther – we all hope he is feeling better soon.



Several very new faces were in attendance for part or all of the event. Casey Cannon came to the dealership, filled out an application, and left to take care of his sick wife. James Gilbert, who last stopped by on an MLR about 6 months ago, took an application form with him this time. Murray and Eva Gruber and their service dog, Angelique, came in a car with no plates yet and stayed for lunch. Since they shared a table with new members Terry and Jan Munn, James Gilbert and our Membership Guy, John McDermott, we are sure they all got all the information they needed on COTV.



The reasonably short drive from the dealership to lunch led us out and around Temecula, back down the 215 south to Old Town Temecula and the patio at Baily’s, where we had 6-8 entrees to select from. The restaurant was closed except to our private party so we had the full attention of the kitchen and the wait staff. As always, someone’s table has to be the last served but everyone seemed to be enjoying the food. Midway through the meal, Lou announced the drawing of prize tickets, which gave the winner a detail at Paradise: John Vara, Bruce Mofford (how did he win twice?), Dave Hellman, Linda Wilson, Skip Hipp, Vance Weir, Hans and Alma Boers, Austin (the Sparks grandson who is probably too young to drive but whose grandfather isn’t), and Chuck Calagna.



All in all it was another Lou Long special of a day. Thanks, Lou. Do we really have to wait a whole year to see what he will do next time?




10/01/17 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance




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Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance

Sunday Oct. 1st

10 until 4

Torrance Airport

Cost is 40 bucks per person plus

$10 for parking and

gourmet food trucks are available.

Lots of beautiful rare old cars
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including a few C-1 and C-2 Vettes
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In addition there will be some very

interesting planes on display



and it is a the site of
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For more information go to

and then RSVP to me..

We will meet at the Shell station at


Temescal road at 9 and leave at 9:30.

The run will take a little over an hour.

7/30/17 Hystery Mystery Lunch Run Hosted by Teresa & Simon Bleeker


Saw some roads we’ve never been on before and had a grand old time!



Thanks to Teresa & Simon Bleeker!



Mystery Lunch Run
July 30, 2017



Simon and Teresa Bleeker weren’t content to just give their all for COTV by hosting a fantastic annual picnic at their home, they also stepped up to provide us with a great July day on the roads. We have to make sure they stick around so we can have more fun days together.



The group was set to meet at the usual spot (Kohl’s on Temecula Parkway, in Temecula, for any new members) at 9am and depart at 9:30. Of course, by 8:30 there were already 3 or 4 cars in place, with Bruce Mofford acting as a welcoming party for some early bird visitors, Beverly and Walt Kuchler. They had been on a previous MLR about a year ago, but decided to come over from their home in Garner Valley near Lake Hemet, to give us another look over. In a prior life they were members of Orange County Corvettes, but we are hoping they will come over to the fun side and since they asked for an application during lunch, chances are good.


A number of our new to newer members were on hand for the fun and for many, their first Mystery Lunch Run. Among them were Chuck Calagna, Jan and Terry Munn, Jason and Joethal Marshall, and Rahul Bharadwaj. A blast from the past came in the persons of Rick Suviate and his wife (sorry I forgot your name!) who joined in 2005 when Don Weeks was president, were quite active for a couple of years and then dropped out when life got busy (happens to the best of us.) They are considering rejoining and since they kept their badges, decals and shirts, they are all set. Tom and Ann Lontz & Tom and Ruth Pierick, who are all relatively new, were there, although Ruth was among the “walking wounded” sporting a broken foot from their recent trip to Colorado. Some faces we don’t see as often as we would like, Karen Hellman and Dayton and Pam Taylor, joined the fun as well.



We were ready to depart pretty close to “on schedule” and Hans and Alma volunteered to bring up the rear of the caravan of 35 cars and about 60 folks. Simon promised our rest stop would be at an “interesting old building” and sure enough, about 35 miles along Highway 79, just before Warner Springs, we made a left turn where we didn’t even know there was a street – because it wasn’t really a street but more of a dirt road. We did a semi U-turn and climbed a dusty hill to the Saint Francis of Assisi Chapel which was constructed as a Mission Chapel by the Cupeno Indians in 1830 with the supervision of the Verona Fathers from the Santa Ysabel Mission. It is known for its open beam work ceiling and, are you ready, paranormal activity. For over a century it has been considered one of the most active paranormal sites in western America. The chapel is considered the beginning of the “trail of tears.” We arrived as they were preparing for the Sunday service and had a quick peak inside and used the “facilities.” Then we left via the same dusty road from the dusty parking lot, after seeing a place most of us didn’t even know existed. Our question, as always, is how the MLR hosts even find some of these places.



We regrouped a little further along 79, with Hans acting as road captain by standing in the middle of traffic until we all got out onto the road. After about 13 miles, we turned right on Mesa Grande Road, which most of us were completely unfamiliar with (although Bill Steed has been there and even recently, so he doesn’t count). We wound through the hills of what the Bleekers called gorgeous ”cattle country” in our gorgeous Corvettes and made a short stop for a photo op. We stayed on Mesa Grande for about 12 miles and then caught up with a real numbered road, CA-76. After 1 ¾ miles we ended up at the Lake Henshaw Market and Cafe, the Round Up Grill. We filled the parking lot and most of the seats in the cafe, much to the dismay of all the motorcycle riders who count it as a lunch stop as well.



As lunch drew to a close, some left on their own trek home and some stayed to caravan with the Bleekers over Palomar and into Temecula the scenic back way. What another successful and fun day, meeting new friends and chatting with old ones as well. Let’s do it again! Much thanks to Simon and Terry for all their planning.










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