Rear View Mirror - August, 1992: Planning
for a Day at the Races and Tri-club picnic;
Dale Detzel and Jeff Johnson get
transferred away by Marines; Cruise Nite to
T-Bird Diner; Cruise Nite to 101 Cafe
(where Joel & Laurie Garry show up in a
ZR1!); Picnic near Julian; Brunch run to
Bruno's; C5 debut delayed until 1997;
Las Vegas Vettes had a club picture on
Freemont Street; Earthquake Poem for
Big Bear Bash.
Well, I finally got the "beta" version of the
Unofficial, Unauthorized, Corvette Purity
Test up on my web site. Its... (deep breath)
additions, complaints, general whoop-de-doos, don't-get-its and tips-of-the-hats to
email@example.com. And if
anyone is up for counting exactly how many
questions there are... I finally got my SCSI
interface up, now I can finally start working
on snazzy graphics and scanning in some
original Vette pictures.
The new drop-top sure looks good! Those
marketeers at Chevy really are geniuses! It
seems like every mainstream auto mag has
a Vette on the cover this coming month.
But... no hardtop?
This months prize Corvette url is http://www.sdplastics.com/drivetst.html.
Poke around on the sdplastics site for some
interesting Vette restoration tidbits.
Corvettes and the Rogue
By Frank Tecca
Gloria and I decided to motor up to Oregon
for a couple of weeks this summer to tour
the fantastic Oregon coast and see the
grandkids. Wouldn't you know it, we spent
the 4th of July moving our eldest into a new
house in Lake Oswego. The ache in my
back is a lasting memento of the
excitement of the move. Fortunately, the
levity was mitigated by a chance to limit out
on trout while casting a fly line over the
We planned our trip to end up in Grants
Pass for the great Corvette Weekend on
the Rogue River, held on July 11, 12 & 13.
However, while traveling south on I-5 to
Roseburg we chanced to encounter
another great Oregon event. The
Norwest's Best Graffiti Weekend, July 7-12, 1997. It's a week long event drawing
cars from all over the Northwest. We
stayed in Roseburg several days to
participate in the gala exposition. A
highlight was an evening at the City's
Museum, where all the cars were on
display, booths and food were plentiful and
the Museum stayed open into the wee
hours. Gloria found a 34 Dodge convertible
she was ready to take home, but my vote
went to a 34 Ford that was still being driven
with the original engine and mechanical
brakes. The next day they closed down the
City to display all the cars on the City
streets similar to Route 66 in San
Bernardino. The weather was gorgeous
(crystal clear air), the hills were all green
and the cars shone like a new penny. We
felt sad but anticipative as we left on Friday
to travel the last few miles to Grants Pass.
We pulled into the Riverside Inn in Grants
Pass just in time for registration. Picked up
our package with all the goodies including a
grand glass beer mug for each, etched with
the Corvette Weekend '97 signature.
Rhonda Bohal welcomed us with T-shirts
and tickets for the white water raft trip on
the Rogue River. Larry Ruben and Lowell
?, who we met at the Vette Set show in
June were glad to see us and helped us to
get oriented. Friday night brought a great
hospitality room with free wine and beer,
and all the goodies one could eat. They
really put out the food. I understand that
approximately 225 registered with 116
Corvettes. There were 17 clubs present
from Oregon, California, Washington,
Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Alberta,
Saturday we joined the Corvettes for a
grand tour of the Countryside and a poker
draw at 5 selected stops. The tour was not
competitive and just the right length making
it enjoyable for all, including navigators. It
ended up at Jim Siegal's Chevrolet
dealership for a BBQ lunch and car display.
Votes were placed for peoples choice. Of
the approximately 80 cars on display, the
vote went to a 1962 all red restored
Corvette. Couldn't happen to a finer
At 2:45 we boarded the Hellgate riverboat
for a 37 mile ride down the famous Rogue.
We stopped for a BBQ dinner at a small
lodge (don't remember the name), and ate
our fill to Western Music. The trip took
about six hours and then we returned after
8:00 pm. The ride was indescribable as we
sailed over the rapids., taking on no more
than 3 inches of water. Can you imagine
turning a 360 degree brodie in a boat doing
35mph?? We did it at least six times on the
return trip. The swing and the wake
provided a sideways rollercoaster ride.
There were three boats leaving minutes
apart. This, of course, called for war
among the boats. (Corvetters are known
for waging war on fellow Corvetters at the
least opportunity.) Several water guns
were standard equipment on each boat and
broadsides were unleashed whenever
possible. The ultimate water gun was the
jet spray from the boats jet engine. If you
got the captain wet, he would attempt to
unleash a torrent into the other boat. The
captains, however, were very careful not to
set up in a line which would allow that kind
of firepower to be successful.
Not to be outdone by anyone, we returned
to the rafted boats a lettle early after dinner.
We confiscated some of the water guns
from the other boats and hid them
discretely. On the return trip we seized the
advantage of firepower and surprise.
Passengers on the enemy boats who had
brought their own guns, however, put up a
heros defense in managing to soak
everyone on our boat as well.
We returned to the Riverside Inn just in
time to clean up, change, reconstruct the
hair-dos and hit Casino night, which
stretched into the AM. The prizes were
great, and the raffle was generous.
Everyone had a great time!
Sunday morning, we attended the brunch
with abundant food, and heard about the
final winners. At 865 miles, we did not win
the trophy for the farthest away attendees.
It went to Corvetters from Alberta, Canada,
reported to be 1143 miles away. Actually,
we didn't win any prizes but made many
new friends, sampled a lot of the Rogue
River and had an all around great time.
We headed for home Sunday afternoon
and arrived by Monday evening. We are
looking forward to doing it again in 1999.
Next year, the festivities will be held in
Bend, Oregon, since they alternate
Oregon's biggest event. That is a little
farther, but not significant. Maybe 1000
miles from here.
I will stay in touch with Corvettes of
Southern Oregon and the Willamette
Valley Corvette Association to present
their plans for next year to the members of
the Vette Set and North Coast Vettes.
For those of you looking for a great summer
adventure in 1998 and 1999, we will make
the arrangements. What great fun it would
be to take a caravan to Oregon for a week
of car events. It would require one nights
lodging along the way, both up and back,
maybe in Sacramento. Also, lodging at the
events. However, I can assure you that the
environment, the people and the fun rate
among the best found anywhere.
Frank and Gloria Tecca
It doesn't seem possible that August is upon us. Time flies when you drive a Corvette. Bad news on the Smog front. The Smog Exemption Bill carried by Sen Kopp failed to pass the Appropriations Committee but may be revised later this month. It seem that the bureaucrats in Sacramento are deathly afraid of losing revenue. Damn the citizenry, just keep the money coming in.. Write ,e-mail or call your Reps.
I would like to thank all who attended our Club dinner-cruise on July 25 at the Old California Mining Company in San Marcos. Great food and desserts. A BIG THANK-YOU to our host, Dan Calloway. A great time was had by all 19 diners. After dinner we caravaned to the Coast in Carlsbad and viewed a spectacular sunset, specially ordered by your Prez. The plan was to continue the caravan to Del Mar but all hopes were dashed when we allowed "ole leadfoot" Anne to lead the way. All kidding aside, the event went well and was easy to set up so lets have volunteers to fill up the rest of our calendar. What about the Four Seasons?
Go Snake Eyes! Everyone ready for the Races? August 30 at Del Mar. This is one of our Club's premiere events so get those reservations to Anne and Andrew ASAP.
Gossip!! John Pawoll's 67 is now in New Zealand and John is Corvetteless.
Keep those cards and letters coming.
North Coast Vettes
P. O. Box 188237
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Car Country Carlsbad
5335 Paseo del Norte
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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