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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

National Corvette Museum 5th Cruise to Canada


National Corvette Museum 5th Cruise to Canada
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Corvetters from the United States travel on the "Jewel of the Seas " into the St John port. There to greet them is members from the River Valley Vettes ,Corvettes from Southern NewBrunswick and the Greater Moncton Corvette Club.
For more photos click on the link below

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594302666798/

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]



Friday, September 22, 2006

River Valley Vettes to Meet Cruise Ship


River Valley Vettes
Originally uploaded by redvette.

To all Corvette Club Members.

The NATIONAL CORVETTE MUSEUM 5th ANNUAL CRUISE takes place this September, with the cruise ship arriving in Saint John on Wednesday, 27th of September, around noon. Kelly has been in contact with the cruise director and has confirmed that they would be greatful if members of our local Corvette Club would be able to meet the cruise ship Corvette members as they depart the ship in Saint John Harbour. Possibly have a meeting place at a local pub around dock area. This is being arranged as well as a parking space for about 20 Corvettes.

We would like to have as many members attend this function as possible (Taking into consideration this is a regular work day). All clubs are invited to attend, and hoping that this will bring more Corvetters to meet the cruise ship.

Anyone interested, please let myself or Kelly know as soon as possible. We will be in contact with any updates, and the probably meeting time would be at 10:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Big Stop next Wednesday 27 Sept.

Kelly says: ...........the ship arrives at 12:00 NOON...leaves at 7 PM................we hope to have some a small gift for them..(care to suggest anything ??)...ONLY 51 corvetters...a great chance to meet some Corvetters from throughout U.S. California, Pennsylvania,Kentucky,Florida and Georgia....(and other States)...a chance to make an acquaintance that you might connect with at a later date..a channe to get on a first name basis with someone from the Corvette Museum.............a chance to do a super fun corvetting thing !!!!!!!!

The travel agent suggested the nearby pub, etc.,...heck maybe someone wd like to take them somewhere for a drive.....and DO realize that there is a good chance they have already booked tours........maybe we will only see them at 1 PM - ish and they will head off on a tour...........
by Kelly Kelly
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Jim D'Arcy's 1938 Chevrolet Business Coupe-Jim is a member of the River Valley Vettes





























At least 5 Corvetters made it to the Noonan Nationals on Sunday. Alfred Kenny,Jim Good, Kevin Douglass, Charlie Gormley and the main reason for this little article Jim D'Arcy. Jim is not only still racing but still racing the same car he was class winner with at the 1966 Canadian Nationals in Ontario. I just had to get his picture next to his 1938 Chevrolet Business Coupe.This car is a piece of history and stands out from all other drag cars. It's powered by a 327 with Crane roller cam, Corvette Fuelie heads and a pair of Holley 660's. If you ever get a chance watch this car run do it. When you see the wheels in the air and Jim shifting this 4 speed it will take you back in time.
Subnitted by Alfred Kenny and Posted byTom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Thursday, September 14, 2006

PEI 2006 Show and Shine Winners




















Photos sent to me by Barry Hanaveld from the PEI Corvette Club
C1-no entry
C2-Harvey MacAusland -65 silver coupe
C3-Harold and Pauline Redmond-79 red coupe
C4-Greg MacKay-86 yellow pace car convertible
C5-Dwight and Libby Rayworth-02 magnetic red convertible
C6-Ed and Kelli Mansfield- 05 coupe
City of Charlottetown's Choice-Evelyn and Doug MacDonald-67 red coupe
Burger King's Choice- Harvey MacAusland-65 silver coupe
Charity's Choice- Jocelyn and Leon Caissie 06 magnetic red convertible
People's Choice-Gail and Scott Ferris-81 yellow coupe
Club Participation - NSCC
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]
To view photos click on the link below
http://flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594279540578/

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Updates on photos


Kelly's artistic shot from the ground
Originally uploaded by redvette.

More photos were added to the "Prince Edward Island Tour "and to "Joe and Charlene's Outing"today . Ron was over today to give me the photos.
Click on the links below

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594279540578/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/242747350/

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Monday, September 11, 2006

On the Island














Rick Holt in front leads the vetters on a tour of Prince
Edward Island. More info and photos to follow.
Click on the link below for more photos on the island
taken by Kelly Kelly.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594279540578/
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Corvette Fever

Corvette Fever

I get a lot of flack about my car, probably because I drive a Corvette. Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking:

"A Porsche is better. You should get one of those instead."

"Americans can’t make a decent sports car."

"You could get a Cadillac or Lexus or Mercedes… something BIG!"

I’ve heard it all before. Save your breath.

I got my first taste of life in the fast lane about 10 years ago. It all started when I was shopping for a new car. "Why don’t you get a Corvette?" suggested a wise guy friend.

I laughed… but the seed had been planted. I figured, "Well, why not look? Doesn’t cost anything just to look."

Now the most popular Corvette color is red - but I wanted a white one. I went to a dealer "just to look." But the salesman, evil man, obviously hell bent on making a fat commission, talked me into driving the shinny, new red demo.

"Just take it for a spin, you don’t know if you even want one until you drive it. Noooo obligation!"

I was sort of afraid. Seems silly now, but I’d never driven a hot car like that before. I was afraid it would get away from me. But once behind the wheel, I knew what makes a Corvette a Corvette. The engine, the power, the feel! They drive and handle like a dream. I was in love, a woman obsessed. I had it bad - Corvette Fever!

I didn’t know anything about the Corvette subculture when I brought my first Vette. I just liked the car, especially the neat headlights that turned a flip. It was only later that I found out they are made in Bowling Green, Kentucky, only a short drive from Nashville on I-65. The only remaining Corvette factory in the US is there, and across the street is the National Corvette Museum.

When the National Corvette Museum opened a few years ago, there was big celebration and I decided it might fun to go. Corvettes were descending on Bowling Green from every direction. While driving to the event from Nashville, I soon found myself in an informal I-65 caravan. I fell in behind two twin Corvettes traveling together. Someone else joined in behind me, and so on. There were a several dozen Vettes, a mini road tour of our own.

When I got there I found Corvettes, car clubs and auto enthusiasts from all over the country. You’ve never seen so many Vettes, all colors, all years. Swarms of Corvettes took over the city. They were parked in fields surrounding the museum and were being driven everywhere. The parking lots were show places of their own. Antique cars seldom seen outside of a museum were being driven on the streets. Everybody was a Corvette enthusiast and it was very contagious.

The Beach Boys entertained the crowd that year at the University of Kentucky stadium, but the real show was going on outside behind them. A few overly enthusiastic Vette fans, drunk on Corvette fever, were creating an informal show of their own, showing off the Vette's quick take off by smoking rubber and spinning wheels. They received the crowd's enthusiastic cheers and applause -- at least till the cops came and ran them off, to a round of boos and jeers from the crowd who wanted to see the Corvettes more than the Beach Boys.

So, I have to take a lot of kidding about being on an ego trip, having a mid life crisis, driving a plastic car - even about having more car than I can handle. I don’t worry too much about what people think. I just keep my eyes on the road and my foot on the pedal.

Guess one of these days I’ll get the car out of my system; I haven’t yet. Something about sliding in those bucket seats and smelling the leather still makes the adrenaline flow. It has a ton of power and temptation to speed is a constant problem. It is, after all, a racecar capable of 180 mph. Some people say they are unsafe, but I say it is the way people drive them that creates the high accident rate. Actually, the low center of gravity, wide tires, fast getaway, and ability to be maneuvered can be a safety factor -- as long as you can behave yourself.

I drive mine pretty much like I would drive any other car. When I go to the local grocery store, the teenage carryout boy that brings groceries to the car will usually do a double take.

"Boy, I like your car!" he will invariable say. "That’s the kind of car I want!" I smile. He could never get insurance. At his age it would be a high-risk insurance pool, for sure.

But, I always just grin and say, "Thanks, I hope you get one some day. They are a lot of fun!" Why kill a dream?

Long live Corvette fever!

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Thursday, September 7, 2006

RVV members in P.E.I. in 2003



















Don't forget the Prince Edward Island Show and Shine this weekend.
Meeting at the Blue Canoe Irving at 9:00 am Saturday. Good turnout
is expected.Always lots of fun on the island.Saturday calls for a tour
of the island as well as a barbeque. Show is to be on Sunday.
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Monday, September 4, 2006

Woodstock September Meeting

On Sunday ,Sept.03 it was decided to travel to Woodstock , Smitty's Restaurant, for our monthly club meeting.There, we met up with Joe and Charlene Travis, Danny and Karen Calhoun & Danny Nason.Making the trip was John & Pauline Thompson,John Johnston,Peter & Marilyn Wood, Kelly Kelly, Bob Cromwell, Ron & Anne Gould , Paul Melanson ,Julia Patriquin , Arnie & Gloria Adams, Charles & Minerva Gormley, John & Linda Duncan , Roger & Angie Bourgeois [GMCC] and Tom & Lois Hiltz. After a breakfast and club meeting Joe and Charlene took us for a lovely ride acoss the border at Houlton , Presque Isle and on to Fort Fairfield ,Maine, stopping to shop along the way.We were then invited to the Travis's for a wonderful meal which I know Charlene spent many hours preparing. Thanks again for opening up your beautiful home and for your gracious hospitality. Fun was had by all and it I can tell you it sure beat setting in my recliner all day watching CNN.
Posted by Tom Hiltz [redvette]

Joe and Charlene's Outing


Joe and Charlene's Outing
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Thanks to Joe and Charlene Travis for the wonderful time and great hospitality on Sundays outing For photos click on the link below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594268458095/

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