Events

11/10/18 Vettes for Veterans


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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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10/28/2018 MLR Hosted by Ann & Tom Lontz

 

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ANN & TOM LONTZ TOOK US ON A GREAT RIDE!

Mystery Lunch Run

October 28, 2018

We will be changing the name of the October MLR to the Mystery Lontz Run in honor of Tom and Ann who led us on a great drive today and have already signed up to repeat in October 2019. Let’s give them a big hand for COTV spirit above and beyond. They have hosted or will host a run each year of their membership.

Not too many days ago the car count for the run was 15 per John Vara. Today we had 30 cars and 56 people. Some of our members brought along guests: Bruce had Vicky as his co-pilot; the Glenores were joined by their former neighbors, Carla and Anthony Thomas; and Marti Schoemann’s sister Lynne and nephew Max came in Marti’s blue ’02. Amazingly, Ronette Garduno and Norm Craig had no guests and actually were both in the same car for a change. Among our newest members in attendance were Murray and Eva Gruber, Tom and “Elle” Ramsey, and John and Barbara Rider. Unfortunately, not with us for the Run, but in our thoughts, was John Meyer who just had by-pass surgery. Get well soon, John!

The day’s route took us out 79 for about 36 miles and a rest stop at the Warner Spring Golf Course, where the manager took pictures of all the cars in the lot and on the road. We continued east and then made a right onto 76 west and past Lake Henshaw. Then we started up those lovely, winding roads to the Palomar Observatory and back down. We didn’t get to drive too fast since there was also a major bicycle event on all of these scenic roads, so we had to share the space. As Vickie said, she was glad to be going downhill in a Corvette and not uphill on a bicycle. Most of us shared that sentiment. After we got back onto 76 west we still hit some traffic since folks were heading home from a weekend with their camper, trailer, dirt bikes, etc. But it wasn’t too far until we turned into the Casino Pauma and wended our way to the back and the Buffet. Tom and Ann had pre-paid our entry with tax, tip, etc. from what we had pre-paid them so it was an easy transfer from car to food. Unfortunately, Marti’s nephew did not make the age cut for the casino so they were unable to join us for lunch. We missed them!

After lots of lunch (amazing how much you can find to eat at a buffet!) and lots of conversation, everyone left on their own schedule. As always, our thanks go to the hearty souls who volunteer to plan and lead our MLRs and we look forward to next year’s Mystery Lontz Run. See you next month and bring your appetite!

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1019/18 – 10/21/18 COTV Goes to San Diego

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COTV Headed for San Diego
Oct 19 – 21, 2018
We Were Led by Hans & Alma Boers
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– Spent the night at Courtyard by Marriott,
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– Saturday, We took a  Tour by Corvette
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Judy and Ray 

Lynne and John

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Darlena and Curt 

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We Saw: La Jolla Shores – Paradise Point
Liberty Station – Mt. Soledad – O’Gara La Jolla
Cabrillo Monument – Imperial Beach Pier
Seaport Village- Hotel Del & Much, Much More

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Lunch at the Corvette Diner
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– Saturday We Had Dinner at Seasons 52
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– Sunday We Went to a Car Show
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FUN IN SAN DIEGO

The ever-changing group of COTV travelers, flexing with some cancellations and even some re-bookings, finally settled at 24 people and 12 cars on Friday, October 19th. The Webers brought along the XLRV, an almost-Corvette, because the low front end on the ZR-1 cannot deal with the streets of San Diego, so if you don’t recognize the black car, that is why. The eager travellers included Simon and Terry, Hans and Alma Boers, Harry and Sharon Finch, JR Knight and Nyla Finch (on their first ever COTV event), John and Fritzi McDermott, Ray and Judy McIntosh, Steve and Marsue Page, Randy and Angela Smith, Jim and Diane Sommars, Curt and Darlena Stevens, John and Lynne Vara, and Rob and Daryl Weber.

The whole weekend was conceived of and planned in great detail by Hans, the ultimate party planner. Since he and Alma had lived in San Diego for many years (his family moved there in 1959), he wanted to show everyone else all of his favorite places. Our base of operations was the Old Town area and many of us stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott while others stayed at the nearby La Quinta. Our first dinner was a very short walk up to San Diego Avenue for Mexican food and Margaritas at Cafe Coyote.

On Saturday morning we jammed all the cars in to a small cul-de-sac next to the Courtyard and split into 4 groups of 3 cars each for a day of sight-seeing. Each group had a lead car (Boers, McIntoshes, Stevens and Varas) and an itinerary to follow, with two route plans. Unfortunately, San Diego’s busy event schedule made some last minute changes to the routes as there were marathons in both Old Town and Balboa Park, which limited access. The beautiful weather also brought out larger crowds than anticipated and therefore heavier traffic in many of the points of interest. So each group adapted as needed. Hans and Alma had JR and Nyla in their group and made sure to hit all the high spots so that they would really enjoy their first excursion. The majority of us met for lunch at the Corvette Diner in Liberty Station which normally has plenty of parking and plenty of space inside, but had limited access this time. We did sit in the Corvette Clubhouse, sponsored and decorated with photos and memorabilia provided by the Corvette Owners Club of San Diego. Our waitress had definitely been hired for her “vibrant” personality and carrying voice, but the experience was exactly as advertised…a 50s diner with a live DJ, lots of noise, lots of food and malts and shakes. After lunch the groups swapped itineraries.

Most everyone got back to the hotels in time to relax, shower, change or whatever they chose to do before heading to dinner at Seasons 52 in Seaport Village. There we were surprised to see Al and Vickie Hackworth, accompanied by Chuck and Terry Isenberg who were on an RV trip from St Louis and were “camping” with the Hackworths in Chula Vista. It was great to see them again and the now 28 member group headed inside for a noisy and happy dinner in a private room. Hans had arranged both a dedicated parking area without the normal valet charge and the private room. Seasons 52 has a varied and constantly changing menu so there was something for everyone to try. After dinner, we reversed course back to the hotels.

Ten of the group headed home in the morning and 14 of us met at Coasterra on Harbor Island for lunch on Modern Mexican food overlooking the bay. The Webers, of course, found a car show in Seaport Village called “Cops and Rodders” to check out before lunch so there are some photos of that included.

As always, we send many, many thanks to Hans and Alma for all the planning on this trip and to the various group leaders who got us around San Diego without getting too lost. Hans, are you planning anything for 2019?

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TO GO TO THE PICS FROM ALMA & HANS, GO HERE

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TO GO TO THE PICS FROM TERESA & SIMON, GO HERE

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TO GO TO THE PICS FROM JUDY & RAY, GO HERE

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TO GO TO THE PICS FROM DARLENA & CURT, GO HERE

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TO GO TO THE PICS FROM DARYL & ROB, GO HERE

03/24/19 – 04/8/19 Hawaiian Cruise

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COTV CRUISE ON THE

RUBY PRINCESS TO HAWAII

3/24/19 – 4/8/19

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IT WILL BE A STAR STUDDED CRUISE!
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AND YES, THE KING WILL BE THERE!
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Contact Karen Hellman at 442-244-0725 or 800-375-0863. karen@khtravelexperience.com

Sun, Mar24 Los Angeles, California 04:00 PM
Mon, Mar 25 At Sea
Tue, Mar 26 At Sea
Wed, Mar 27 At Sea
Thu, Mar 28 At Sea
Fri, Mar 29 Hilo, Hawaii 09:00 AM 06:00 PM
Sat, Mar 30 Honolulu, Hawaii 07:00 AM 11:00 PM
Sun, Mar 31 Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Mon, Apr 1 Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii

(Tender Required), (Wheelchair Access Limited)
07:00 AM 06:00 PM
Tue, Apr 2 At Sea
Wed, Apr 3 At Sea
Thu, Apr 4 At Sea
Fri, Apr 5 At Sea
Sat, Apr 6 At Sea
Sun, Apr 7 Ensenada, Mexico 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Mon, Apr 8 Los Angeles 06:15 AM

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AND SO WILL DON HO!

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(Seen here with the King )

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THESE ARE THE PRICES
(A CABIN NEXT TO THE KING WILL BE A Wee Bit MORE!)

 

  • MB – Mini-Suite – $3639.00 cruise fare + $175.00 = $3814.00
  • MD – Mini-Suite – $3499.00 cruise fare + $175.00 = $3674.00
  • BB – Balcony – $2929.00 cruise fare + $175.00 = $3104.00
  • BC – Balcony – $2864.00 cruise fare + $175.00 = $3039.00
  • BD – Balcony- $2799.00 cruise fare + $175.00 = $2974.00
  • OC- Ocean View- $2344.00 cruise fare + $175.00 = $2519.00
  • IB – Inside – $1739.00 cruise fare + $175.00 = $1914.00
  • (Prices for TWO individuals per cabin)
    Princess Cruises Past Guests are not automatically entered into the Princess Captain’s Circle program. Guests must register as a past guest with Princess Cruises in order to receive these benefits.
    Princess Captain’s Club Benefits Level varies by completion of sailings/Cruise Days. Make sure to give Karen this important information!

Also On The Cruise Will Be Steve McGarrett, Kono, Chin Ho Kelly & Dan’O

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Along with Alex, Scott, Daniel & Grace
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Not to mention Higgins, Magnum, Rick & T.C.

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YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS CRUISE!

Sun, Mar 24 Los Angeles, California 04:00PM
Mon, Mar 25 At Sea
Tue, Mar 26 At Sea
Wed, Mar 27 At Sea
Thu, Mar 28 At Sea
Fri, Mar 29 Hilo, Hawaii 09:00 AM 06:00 PM
Sat, Mar 30 Honolulu, Hawaii 07:00 AM 11:00 PM
Sun, Mar 31 Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Mon, Apr 1 Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii (Tender Required, Wheelchair Access Limited) 07:00 AM 06:00 PM
Tue, Apr 2 At Sea
Wed, Apr 3 At Sea
Thu, Apr 4 At Sea
Fri, Apr 5 At Sea
Sat, Apr 6 At Sea
Sun, Apr 7 Ensenada, Mexico 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Mon, Apr 8 Los Angeles 06:15 AM

9/30/18 Mystery Lunch Run Hosted by Donna & Rick DeMarco

Thanks to our COTV photographer, Wes Carroll for taking these nice pictures of the September MLR to Pala Casino:

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09/19 – 10/01/18 North to Alaska – COTV Princess Cruise

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“Way up north, Way up north,
North to Alaska, Go North, the Rush is On”

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Were Having a Great Cruise!!

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Highlights on the Cruise Include
Ice Berg Rapelling, Swimming with the Seals
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Running with the Bears
(actually running from the Bears-but you get the idea):

 


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TO GO TO THE PICTURES FROM KETCHIKAN,GO HERE


TO GO TO THE PICTURES FROM JUNEAU, GO HERE

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TO GO TO THE PICTURES FROM SKAGWAY, GO HERE


TO GO TO THE PICTURES FROM GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK, GO HERE

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TO GO TO THE PICTURES FROM VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, GO HERE

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TO GO TO THE PICTURES FROM SUSAN LOKKEN, GO HERE

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9/17/18 Breakfast Social @ French Valley Cafe

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Corvettes of Temecula Valley

September Breakfast

We Ate!

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Usually when the breakfast bell rings, the COTV crowds rush forward to eat, but this September found a smaller than usual group on the outside patio at the French Valley Cafe. Could it be that we are not ready to EAT? Heaven help us!!!!

Twenty plus hearty appetites turned up. For the McDermotts and the Becks, this was the scene of their first experience with COTV and look at them now – all on the Leadership Team in one role or another. The Res are another couple of more recent converts who are now stepping up to the Leadership plate as well. Then there are the oldies but goodies – the Weeks, the Sommars, the Buotes and the Webers – always up for a good meal after all these years. Not to leave anyone out – we can’t forget Bruce and Skip, the first to sign up and the first to arrive. The Finches and the Crooks were in the back corner. The Meyers were sitting with Skip and Bruce, too. The Randalls turned up a little late. Marilyn Watson did her hosting job sans Bill, who was on a consulting gig before a group of us leave for Alaska on Wednesday.

The group enjoyed their meals – along with getting a shower from the extra heavy misting system that has been installed and also fighting off the hordes of flies who wanted their share of the food. We look forward to the next adventure in eating and as always, give our thanks to Marilyn and Carol for their years of service in helping to keep us fat and happy.

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9/12/18 COTV goes to Fontana for Lefty’s Track Day

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08/26/2018 COTV MLR Hosted by Skip Hipp & Kim and Val Sparks

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Val and Kim Sparks along with Skip Hipp want to thank the 53 members/guests that showed up with 33 Corvettes to join the thundering herd through the back roads in our area. Thank you Val for taking the roll for attendance and Bill Stedfield for keeping notes on new member and guests. Marty brought along her brother-in-law Patrick McConnell. Wes Carroll and Carole Schartoff are newer members and Wes handled all the camera work today, thanks again Wes. Tom and Ellen Ramsey new members were here today along with John and Barbara Rider and Phil and Karen Hughes. Visitors today were Bill Mc Donald and Rhonda Burt along with Tony Lucas and Son Tony. We are sure our visitors liked what they saw and will become members soon.
 
Our run took us out 79 east to Anza Road and then along De Portola to Glen Oaks. Right turn out Mesa to Sage then down through those nice curves, we all took care and behaved – I think? We tuned west on Domeniconi Parkway then left past the science center and up the hill we all went to Diamond Valley Lake for a short break and photo ops. All went well until we came to a HUGH road block at Winchester Rd. at Newport. I heard there was a commercial being filmed so we took a detour and all made our way back to Newport Road and Bj’s Restaurant on Haun Road in Menifee.
 
Doug Wallace is the manager who set up the large side room just for COTV. We had a total 5 servers and 3 additional helpers so considering our large group service went well. The menu allowed for many choices and I am sure everyone left with a full tummy. Skip had a little surprise in the sealed directions for tokday’s run. Two of the directions had a little caption. “keep your shiny side up”. Bill Stedfield and Larry & Joan Thackell were the winners of some auto detailing merchandise.
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08/23/18 – 08/26/18 Vettes on the Rockies

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Vettes on the Rockies

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Marilyn & Doug, Steve & Liz, Diane & Jim,
Sandi & Bill, Darlena & Curt, Daryl & Rob, Ruth & Mark Harwell, Kathleen & Dave Regenhardt and Donna & Sam Rindskopf! 

23-26 August, 2018

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