Maine 06 C5/C6 Registry Weekend
July 7-9, 2006
This event in recent years has been the biggest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society of any Corvette event that we have the privilege of participating in. This year was no exception. In its 7th edition, organizer Russ Caron and the dedicated participants managed to produce $12,000.00 this weekend, and that number will increase as we find the right home for a pair of left-over auction items.
Friday, July 7
Let the good times begin!
The scene at the Parkwood Inn when I arrived.
The ride to Estes Lobster House for dinner.
As the sun set over the deck, Ed Licht called event regulars
Ruth & Bernard Hochberg in NJ to let them know we missed them!
Saturday, July 8
Steve & Bev Adams led us on a GREAT road cruise of classic Maine
coastal scenery, first to Ocean Point, and...
... after a Mickey D pit stop in Damariscotta,
Then it was back to organizer Russ Caron's house for a first class cook-out.
Ohio & New Jersey: Coincidence? I think not!
This angle certainly shows the extra width of our new Mallett wheels w/Michelins
in direct comparison with the factory C6 behind ours. Thanks Chuck!
After a free afternoon for shopping in Freeport or whatever, it was back
to the Parkwood for Mexican, followed by silent and live auctions.
Top item to sell was a die-cast of the #3 C5-R driven by Dale Earnhart (Sr. & Jr.)
and Andy Pilgrim. Donated by Wade Mertz (light shirt), who personally had it autographed by
the above drivers, it was purchased by Joe Paganini (red shirt) for $1200! Thank you Wade & Joe!
Another interesting item (that did not sell) was this pair of ZR-1 cam covers donated by Steve & Bev Adams. They are raw castings - never seen a machine tool. They are some level of prototype, as they have significant differences from the production version. I agreed to take them with me in my travels to find out exactly what they are. We will then auction them at a future date. (Note: Mission accomplished - see NCM Labor Day for the answer)
Another very cool item donated by Steve & Bev is this banner that flew from the Corvette Racing Pavilion at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in '05. The photo at the right shows it flying on the Pavilion at Le Mans. Steve & Bev bought it at last year's Maine2005 event when it was donated by Frank Genova. Bidding didn't reach last year's level, so I agreed to take it on tour to find a better venue and to pump up its value with significant autographs. (Note: Again, mission accomplished - see NCM Labor Day for the answer)
Sunday, July 9
The guests went on a beautiful boat cruise out of Boothbay Harbor... and shopped.
Sunday evening everybody congregated at the Taste of Maine
for a great dinner and the weekend awards.
Russ presented Ed & Ilene Licht with the top award for the most $ produced
for the American Cancer Society, for the third year in a row!
The end of another fun and productive weekend with great people
enjoying each other through the cars that we love.