1048 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
West of I-5
North Coast Vettes was formed in 1978 by
people who shared a common interest -
their cars - and who wanted to have fun
and participate in community functions.
Since that time, the club has grown to
involve activities with clubs and
organizations of various types, all directed
toward using our cars for enjoyment by us -
individually and as a group.
We like to think that the members are
"family." While we enjoy many varied
events such as caravans to interesting
destinations; participation in parades, car
shows, inter-club poker runs, and different
events; brunches; parties, making new
friends; car racing; etc., we always keep in
mind that we join the club to enjoy it!
Wasn't that West Coast Expo something?
Yes, it is possible to have too much
After a full day's work, I got there in time for
part of Doug Rippie's tech session, which I
The Supertech session included all the
Corvette Cheif Engineers - Dave Hill, Dave
McClellan, and demigod Zora Arkus-Duntov himself, along with Corvette Action
Center Jerry Watts answering all questions
from us mere mortals. One of the best was
about four-wheel drive on a Corvette. The
Daves went on about how it adds weight,
complexity and cost, not really cost-effective for a basic high-performance
sports car like a Corvette. Zora, who of
course built a mid-aluminum-big-block-engined four-wheel drive prototype over
three decades ago, said "Bullshit! It only
adds 125 pounds to a mid-engine
configuration" or heavily accented words to
that effect. Every time Zora spoke he
received an ovation from the highly
appreciative crowd. Another interesting
contrast was the response to a question
about customer input to the features on
Corvettes. The "young-uns" told about
opinion clinics and so forth (Dave Hill was
particularly emphatic that the artist
renderings of the C5 Corvette have not
captured it, and the opinions of those who
have seen it are extremely positive), while
Zora says "Forget clinic! We are the
engineers, we'll design a great car for you!"
or heavily accented words to that effect.
Anne Lamache got an ovation for publicly
proclaiming her thirty years of love for Zora,
and thanking him and Andrew for letting her
have that gorgeous '67 big-block.
Friday night was PARTY TIME at Club 66
in the downtown Gaslamp district. The one
snafu that I know about in the entire expo
was: After we had returned the City
Chevrolet shuttle vans because we
thought they wouldn't be needed, one of
the buses didn't show up to pick up the
revelers and bring them back to the hotel.
Saturday morning was the Car Show on the
Bay. Every Vette from a '53 to the Vette of
the Future, inclusive, was there. I had to
judge 9 ZR1's in three hours, and it wasn't
no newbie wash-n-shine class, neither.
When you really get down to it, though,
some are prepared just a liiiiiitle bit better
than others. One amazing car even got
past me with full points on paint, wheels
and interior! Found a spec of dirt in the
engine compartment under the headlight,
Other cars of note included Dick
Guldstrand's GS-90, the first Callaway
Speedster, some racin' Vettes, a '95 Pace
Car, Mike Vietro's trio of L-88's - '67, '68,
and '69, Bruce Jacobson's pair of white
supercharged late models, and so on and
Then, for me at least, a schlep back to
Vista to pick up the loved one, then back
down to the hotel for the banquet. Our very
own Anne & Andrew Lamache and Merle
& Lorie Walker won awards for their white
Vettes (Merle's was Zora's wife's choice),
and Don Wolfe was specially thanked for
his leading role in putting on the show.
Great job, Don! And kudos to everyone
who helped out to make this the Corvette
event of the year!
Sunday, I was just too burned out, so I
missed the autocross. Maybe next year...
Rear View Mirror - June, 1990: Cruise to T-Bird Diner; welcome to new members Rick & Marilyn Otto, John Pawoll, and Steve Montagna; R & J Spring Fling; Fallbrook Vintage Car Show after brunch at the Grove; in March, ZR1 broke three world records (5000 km, 5000 mi, and 175.885 mph average for 24 hours) and 12 international class standards (3 by L98).
By Helene Sheehan,
We'd like to extend a warm welcome to our
five new members.
Joining our organization in the month of
May were Sally Pawoll, Terry Shrock,
Owen & Carol Rabourn and Bob Levers.
So glad to have you on board.
Guests of the May 3rd meeting included
Wes DeHoll for his second visit and
Warren & Phyllis Cummings who have an
'87 red coupe and a '91 white coupe.
Additional guests on May 3rd were Cadillac
owner Jimmy Mayer and Steve & Julie
Schaeffer who own a '91 turquoise coupe.
Mel & Jessica Muzio and their son Chris,
joined us as guests at our Wednesday, May
17 meeting. They just bought a '93 40th
anniversary edition ruby red metallic coupe
and are very excited about it. Glad they
could join us & hope we'll see them again
Congratulations to Rick & Marilyn Otto on
their purchase of a black ZR1.
Membership fees are due and payable on
June 1st. Rates are $60.00 per individual
and $70.00 per couple.
By Eddie Sheehan
Memorial Day Weekend, 1995 was the
setting for Superbash XII hosted by the
Tucson Corvette Club. Friday night, the
hospitality room started 24 hours a day with
a bottomless keg. Saturday there was an
indoor concours car show, as well as a
rally. Saturday evening they had a casino
night. Attending from North Coast Vettes
were Frank & Gloria Tecca, Eddie &
Helene Sheehan, and Anne Adams
Sunday started off with an autocross,
however, those of us in town without our
cars opted to take a side trip to Bisbee and
Tombstone for the day. We participated in
a Chili cook-off, Wyatt Earp Days in
Tombstone, and spent a lot of time in an
old saloon. Sunday night was the banquet
and dance, a very good dinner, a fantastic
deejay, we had a heck of a time and stayed
up till 3 AM. Monday morning was the
awards breakfast, and we were off at 12 to
fly back to San Diego.
Another fantastic time put on by the Tucson
Corvette Club, a group of people who are
very hospitable, and friendly, and we hope
to see them again next year. Also popping
in for a visit was The Admiral from the
Millard Fillmore in Phoenix, passing out
flyers for Millard XIX on Labor Day
weekend. We look forward to hitting that
Otis Chandler Museum
Saturday, June 3rd, I got up at 4:30 AM to join the caravan to the Otis Chandler Museum of Vintage Transportation and Wildlife. I managed to drag a bit, so I didn't meet the group that was to leave Marie Callendars at 6:00 sharp, but happened to merge into them as I got onto the 5! Later, I left them to join Frank & Gloria Tecca, Eddie & Helene Sheehan, Bob & Janet Levers and about 30 other Vettes in Man wouldn't you know I ran out of floppy space while converting to html at kinkos.