As I came outside on Sunday morning to a bright sunny day I was ready to get on the road. A quick run down Rt 295 to the Aloft in Mt Laurel to meet up with the group for our trip. Everything was great, all my fluids were up to temperature and I had some heat in my Continentals. Once everyone was ready to go we were off to our next stop. As the only C4 in the group I was the oldest one there but I was the lead dog all the young whippersnappers would have to chase my tail lights today. We got out to the back roads to cut across to the Wawa through the farms and even some cranberry bogs. After a short stop at the Wawa where the last one met up with us we were off through the pines. All of my C5, C6 and C7 siblings right behind me even the one hotshot CZ7 riding behind the old guy. The two people with me were enjoying the ride and the scenery as we cruised along road. We soon arrived at our lunch stop at Breeze’s Bar & Grill off of Rt 9 in Tuckerton. The twelve of us just hung out in the parking area next to the marina with the sun and breeze on us. The people we brought with us had a nice lunch on the deck while watching the boats go in out. When they were done eating it was time to continue our trip so we were off again with me in the lead again. Rt 542 is a great road in South Jersey winding along the Mullica river to our next stop at Basto Village. A couple of us went their own way from our lunch stop and didn’t make it to Basto Village. After hanging out in the parking area while our people walked around to see the sights we called it a day and we all went our separate ways back to our homes.
We started our trip on Friday morning October 28th with a ride to the Chesapeake House Travel Plaza in Maryland. Once everyone arrived we were off to the next stop. We got plenty of attention from the other travelers with the 8 Corvettes in a row. Upon arriving in Harpers Ferry and driving through town we discovered there wasn’t any place to park so we turned around and drove back through town to the highway. After a short distance we got to the next town and stopped for lunch. After lunch we picked up Rt 340 South to Luray Caverns. Some of us took the tour of the cavern and others just hung out, walked around and relaxed for awhile. From there we took a nice winding road across the hills on Rt 211 over to Rt 81 South down to our rooms in Staunton, VA. When all of us got checked in and unpacked our cars we went to dinner at a local restaurant. From there it was time to get a little R&R for the next day.
Saturday morning was warm and sunny for our ride down the Blueridge Parkway. We started at the North end where the Skyline Drive turns into the Blueridge Parkway for a 85 mile cruise South to the Peaks of Otter Lodge. Everyone was on there own to either stay with a group or go on your own to stop or drive as you pleased. Sometime after noon we all got together at the Peaks of Otter lodge for lunch. They were a little surprised when we told them we had 14 people in our group but were able to set up two tables for us. After lunch we walked around and enjoyed the warm weather before getting back on the road. Back on the road we traveled a little farther down the Parkway to Rt 43 to get to the Natural Bridge. The ride on Rt 43 was great it was only a 5 mile distance but it was almost all downhill with hardly any straight sections. The Natural Bridge is a scenic area with a lot of walking. We all walked around and enjoyed the sights and sounds for an hour or two. It was getting into the afternoon hours so it was time to head back to our hotel. A group of people went out to Cracker Barrel for dinner and had a rather extended meal.
Sunday morning we had breakfast, packed up and checked out of the hotel. The weather looked a little gray and cloudy but the sun was trying to break through. The Corvette train was lined up and off we went for the 112 mile run up to Summit Point Motorsports Park in W. Virginia. The route was mostly Rt 81 with a nice ride through the country on a winding two lane road with 55 mph speed limit. We arrived at the track fairly event free, we all signed in and met Chris White the Motorsports Director. Chris went over the rules with us we then followed him to the track we would be on. Chris led us on to the 14 turn 1.7 mile Jefferson Circuit for 4 laps. at the end of the 4 laps we pulled into the paddock area and were allowed to switch drivers if we wanted to for 4 more laps. We were told we would be going at highway speeds while on the track (the highway speed limit in the area is 70 mph) and I know I hit 70 a couple of times. With our laps complete we drove over to the main track and parked in the pit area. There was a place to get something to eat so we ate lunch. We were allowed to walk around and check out the cars that were racing and talk to the racers. I think everyone was getting tired and ready to go home. Leaving the track we all kind of went our own way for the trip home. It was a great trip with a great group of club members.
Today is Tuesday two days from the start of Corvettes at Carlisle 2016. OGSCC members will be planning, packing or even already driving for their annual pilgrimage to the Corvette mecca in Carlisle, PA. The OGSCC will have members from as far away as Florida and as close as a short 15 to 20 minute drive. We will take our traditional spot at the top of the hill overlooking the 60 plus years of every color Corvette along with all types of vendors. It will be a great weekend to find Corvette related items from the vendors or in the huge swap meet. I really enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones and best of all getting out on the road for a nice ride. I’m all ready to go the fuel tank is full, all my fluids are checked and the tire pressures set. Now I just have to wait for all the stuff for the trip to be tossed in the hatch and off we go. We will see you there, stop by and say Hi if you can make it up the hill!
by The Vette
On April 30th the first annual ‘Cruise Heights’ was held in Haddon Heights sponsored by the Haddon Heights Businessman’s and Professional Association. The event was hosted by The Original Garden State Corvette Club. DJ Al Snyder provided great oldies tunes. Really cool dash plaques were given out to all attendees. Trophies were presented by OGSCC for best Street Rod, best GM, best Ford, Best Mopar, best Import and best Corvette. There was a great collection of cars that made up the 38 cars that attended. We had 12 club cars as well.
Everyone was pleased with the first time event considering the weather up to the day of show was undecided. The HHBPA and OGSCC look forward to next year and building on this first time event. Thanks to all the OGSCC members who came out to support and assist in the event.
award. In 2011 Jeffrey Duda, the Club President at the time was elected the Car Guy of the Year for the Club’s work in
supporting the yet to be built, Jake’s Place Boundless Playground.
Early in the morning on September 27th a group of 10 Corvettes from the OGSCC met at The Recovery Room near exit 5 of the NJ Turnpike for a run to NJ Cars and Coffee in Millstone, NJ. After our owners and passengers were ready to go we got on the road for the trip two ex
its north on the Turnpike. It sure felt good to flex our horsepower and get some rubber on the road. The Mobil 1 was warm and flowing smoothly while we were cruising along getting our photos and videos taken by some crazy people driving by us. Upon arriving at the Moto Business Park we were directed to park on the side of the road that ran around the perimeter of the park. Our owners and their passengers got out and left us sitting there while they walked around looking at the hundred
s of other cars there of all makes and models from the very old to the brand new. There were some of our family members there from our fore fathers of the C1 generation to the young hot shots with all of their high tech stuff from the new C7 generation. After our owners got back from their walk we got to cruise through part of the other cars on our way out it was good to see some old friends and family members on the way out. The ride home was uneventful and I was not looking forward to being stuck in the garage again. The next NJ Cars and Coffee is on October 18th but I won’t get to go because I will probably be stuck in the garage again while my owners go to the Smithville Corvette Rendezvous and get to hang out with over 200 of my other family members.
By The Vette
This past Sunday, September 20th, 25 OGSCC members gathered in Ocean City, N.J. for the A Day at the Beach Corvette Style sponsored by Boardwalk Corvettes from Atlantic City, N.J. We caravanned over from Micky D’s to the airport for staging for the traditional parade to the boardwalk with 450 other Corvettes from the Tri-State area. We entered the Boardwalk at 14th Street with a huge crowd greeting the cars and drive 2 abreast down the Boardwalk to the Music Pier and then line up from there. The weather was excellent as there was a steady breeze and partly sunny. Everyone brought their car show chairs and we enjoyed the parade of folks viewing the cars. This was a huge day for Ocean City, the vendors on the Boardwalk and all the show cars who attended. This event has grown in popularity over the years and now is a pre-registration only event. If you want to join the event and be at the shore, watch for the early registration notification sent by your club in the early Spring.