July 16-18, 2010
(New this year!)
Many thanks to Joe & Vera Pruitt for the invitation
and hospitality for this great weekend!
Friday, July 16
Departing Decatur @ 7:16 am (hey, on 7/16!)
Set up in the lobby of the Sloan Convention Center, the Vette right outside the entrance.
Some cars that caught my eye inside the judging hall:
Love those high-mileage cars: original owner '60, with 248,000 miles!
Great airbrush art!
Memories of our first Vette, except for the knockoffs and ours was Powerglide.
Heavy mid-afternoon shower gave everything a good rinse.
The view from my room at the adjoining Holiday Inn.
Homecoming Grand Marshall, Retired GM VP Joe Spielman,
is presented with the Key to the City by Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker.
I enjoyed several beers with Joe & his son, Brian, after the "Meet & Greet".
Brian got to hear some of Dad's wilder Corvette "adventures"... for the first time!
The party moved to the parking lot.
Saturday, July 17
Closer view of our display in the COLD lobby.
(I learned from from yesterday - today I ditched the shorts
& T-shirt for jeans and a polo, over a T-shirt!)
It was so cold in the lobby that my glasses instantly fogged up
stepping out the door into the high humidity. That wasn't all that
fogged up, with this interesting effect:
It took nearly 5 minutes for the lens to clear!
This is Joe Spielman's new Grand Sport that he walked off
the production line yesterday. This is his 38th Vette!
The parking lot show was packed.
The lobby was busy as well.
Joe Spielman (and son, Brian, in ball cap) mingle with owners, and pose for photos.
The plant had 2 new Vettes on display.
Plant Manager, Bob Parcell, autographs my fuel rail cover.
Parcell and Engineer Eric Millette applaud as Steve Grilli
talks about the new features on the 2011 Vettes.
Beautiful 62. Love those wheels!
The Road Tour.
Joe & Eric admire Joe's newest. (Joe currently has 8 Vettes.)
Sunday, July 18
Packed & ready for the sub 3 hour ride home.