1997 Torch Red Coupe, Automatic, Z51

1998

May 21, 1998: The night we picked up the 97.   10,486 miles and nearly flawless!
Think Sandy's happy?

From the dealer, we went to dinner. Yes, it was raining.

June 11 - The Sendoff from the Maine Governor's Mansion,
hosted by Mary Herman, Maine's First Lady.

June 19 - Somerville, NJ Cruise Night.

Bloomington Gold 1998

June 26 - arrival at Bloomington Gold, our first national event, and one of the largest.

           Time for a portrait.  

And a pose with new primary Sponsor, "Corvette Mike" Vietro.

The Bloomington ACS Relay For Life requested our appearance.
Sandy did the Survivors' Lap around the track.

Lined up behind the cruiser to lead the 60 mile Road Tour of about 2000 Corvettes.

July 4 - Corvette show at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH

July 8 - National Corvette Restorers Society
National Convention in Collinsville, IL

The 97 shared the front apron of the Convention Center with a rare Fuely 57.

In route to the next event, we paid our first visit to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.

And of course we had to get this photo op...

July 11 - Tom & Charlene from Maine joined us in Auburn, IN to travel to the Black Hills Classic in SD.

Black Hills Classic, Sioux Falls SD.

Notice that the wheels are now chrome. Thanks, Corvette Mike!

July 25 - Boise ID Vette Fest

July 31 - Vettes On The Rockies

August 7 - Gallup, NM

August 19 - Reception @ Corvette Mike in Anaheim, CA

On the road back East...

August 20 - Holbrook, AZ

Wigwam Motel

August 21 - Tucumcari, NM

August 22 - Shamrock, TX

Conoco Station & U-Drop Inn

August 28 - Corvettes @ Carlisle

Sandy and Me at our booth.

Dan Gale, "Corvette Mike" Vietro, Elfi Duntov and me.

Parade time. #3 in line of 400 Vettes!

September 3 - National Corvette Museum 4th Anniversary

September 10 - Mid America's Fun Fest, Effingham, IL

September 15 - Chuck Mallett's, first annual maintenance

Chuck donated a full maintenance, and the full crew spent the whole day on the car,
including mounting the new tires that Carlisle Productions had donated.

Lincoln County Weekly Article

1999

NCRS-FL Winter Meet,

Disney Wide World of Sports, Kissimmee 

On the way down

Bloomington Gold

Cruise night, Somerville, NJ

Corvettes @ Carlisle

Commissioned by Chip Miller, renowned photographer Richard Prince met us in Princeton NJ (in fresh snow!) to shoot photos for publicity related to Sandy's '97 being selected for display in "Chip's Choice", this year featuring Women and their Corvettes.

This was the setting for the photo selected for the
poster / Corvette Fever Magazine / C@C Program below.

"Chip's Choice" display

2000

C5 Birthday Bash, National Corvette Museum

Corvettes @ Carlisle

Funfest

2001

NCRS-FL Winter Meet

I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.

Bloomington Gold

Funfest

2002

Gate City Corvette Club "Spring Fling"

Monterey trip, 2002

23 days, almost 10k miles, 8 events on the Monterey Peninsula in a 10 day period.
In the process, I looped the country to pick up the last of the 48 contiguous states.
This 1997 has been through all of them!

Monterey, CA

Laguna Seca

Chuck Mallett

Funfest

Olde Mystick Village

2003

NCRS-FL, Kissimmee FL

C5 Birthday Bash, National Corvette Museum

Precision Valley Corvette Museum

Springfield VT

Skyline Drive Corvettes

NCRS National Convention, Hershey PA

Somewhere on the road...

Gate City Corvette Club Fundraiser, Nashua NH

Corvettes @ Carlisle

GM Powertrain Engineering Center, Ypsilanti MI

Mount Washington, NH

2004

Bloomington Gold, St. Charles, IL

The Kane County "Relay For Life" invited us to display. The CCC Vette was a popular photo op for the teams.

National Corvette Museum 10th Anniversary and Hall of Fame

November, 2004: Chevy Vettefest, McCormick Place, Chicago

This was by invitation: All past "Chip's Choice" Vettes were featured in a special display. 

2005

NCRS-FL, Kissimmee

The ride home - the Blizzard of '05!

NCM Birthday Bash

"Service Column Lock"

American Le Mans Series, Lime Rock Park, CT

That Pace Car is the actual one that General Colin Powell drove to pace the Indy 500!

I was honored to have John Fitch park his "Phoenix" at our booth!

Corvettes @ Carlisle

2006

NCRS-FL Winter Meet, Kissimmee FL

On the way down a momentous event happened:

Mid morning, after an overnight in Carlisle, I got a call from friend and cancer survivor, Paul Eggermann in NJ. He was on his way home after picking up his new C6 from Kerbeck's in Atlantic City, and was ecstatic! He said it was fantastic, and added that he thought I should have one! He said that he knew I had nearly 200,000 miles on the Corvettes Conquer Cancer C5, and, with my permission, in the morning he would start a nationwide fund drive to purchase one to replace the C5 so I could continue Sandy's mission! To top it off, he intended to have Corvette Chief Engineer Dave Hill present it to me on the circle in front of the National Corvette Museum on April 22, during the C5 Bash! He says there was a long silence on the phone as this sank in.

He Made It Happen!

Leaving Maine for the last time...

National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, KY

The auction is under way. The winner was to write 2 equal checks - one to the National Corvette
Museum and one to the American Cancer Society. Then I would sell them the car for $1.00.

And the Winner Is...
Roman & Marilyn Sabadaszka. It was his birthday!
He immediately put the car on loan to the Museum for 2 years.

This is a page for the event from the C5 Registry magazine.

It actually spent time on the turntable in the front window of the Museum!!!

2008

At the Bash, I had the honor of starting the '97 for the first time as it ended its 2 year stay at the Museum!

2010

Corvettes @ Carlisle - The Reunion

The' 97, then owned by Richard Fleming, Plant City FL, joined the  2006 and me at my booth.

2013

July 14 - Shenango Valley Corvette Club "Corvettes & Classics Car Show", Hubbard, OH
The last time I saw it

The '97, now owned by Bair's Corvettes, Linesville PA.
They have continued the car's mission of fundraising for cancer causes,
in this case to buy a van to transport patients to the local oncology center!

It had gained 9200 miles since I let it go in 2006.