May 18, 2014

The CJCC participated in a big way at our Sponsor’s barbecue event on Sunday, May 19, 2014. The event was held at STS headquarters parking lot and was to benefit the Special Olympics. We had been invited to participate as a club and many members enthusiastically agreed to be there with their Corvettes.


The response was so good that we had some 29 Corvettes (and one Cobra) gracing the venue and they all looked fabulous. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the single largest event with our cars the Club has ever had.


Prior to arriving, Joel K. suggested that we meet at the Bridgewater Mall parking lot so we could make a group entrance. We had a lot of cars there, maybe 20 or more. Mike W. led the group out of the mall, down route 22, then I-287 then through the Promenade Mall to the STS location where we lined up single file and I think everyone had their dual mode exhausts turned on. It sounded awesome! STS folks carefully directed each car to its show spot. This was a very good arrangement leaving much space between cars for folks to admire them and for us to lounge and visit in our folding chairs.  We had all vintages of Corvettes there (except a C-4) including John G’s 2014. We got to see some of Jay S’s handiwork on restoring his ’61 also. Bruce C. displayed his quilt made from some of his extensive collection of “Corvettes at Carlisle” tee shirts.


We each received a goody bag and a ticket for chances and meal tickets for the barbecue, etc. Also there were tickets for other prizes. Jim P. won a gasoline gift certificate – a good thing for a vintage C-3.


We had our fill of barbecue, hot dogs, potato salad, drinks and dessert either outside on picnic tables or under the tent. Music was provided also.


The weather was fine for the most part although there were intermittent clouds, which made the air cooler from time to time. We also had a very brief spritz of rain – hardly noticeable, though and it didn’t affect the show. Even with sunblock some of us got a little sunburn anyway.


Robert has already posted some pictures on our web site and Mike W. is has asked STS if we can get copies of some of the pictures they took and especially those taken from the top of the buildings.


Mike W.’s Cobra won first place, Rich A’s ’62 Corvette took second and I understand an Olds 442 took third. I’m sure I missed something but all in all it was a great showing for CJCC and a very enjoyable day visiting with our members, their spouses and friends and family and it was a great way for us to support STS and the Special Olympics.


Bill Kelly