Monday, January 26, 2009

An Everything Corvette Long Weekend...

 

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I'm back from Florida and I couldn't have wished for a more wonderful week. We left Tuesday instead of Wednesday & drove to New Orleans to be near the airport for our flight the next morning. We had a smooth flight to Orlando thanks to my buddy Jack (& coca cola)...

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We stayed at the Comfort Suites Maingate in "Old Town" Kissimmee. The weather was beautiful!

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It's just across the street from old time shops...

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rides...

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and car cruise-ins...

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This is second year we attend the Florida Chapter NCRS meet. A few years ago, our 1970 Corvette received it's Performance Verification Award here. This year we didn't bring a car which meant no stress and we had a wonderful relaxing time with friends we haven't seen in a while.

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But I did miss the judging...

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and the judges...

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Above on the left is Stan, our team leader for 70-72. On the right is my dear husband Thad who one day wants to grow up and be just like Stan.

Since I wasn't judging nor having a car being judged, I was able to walk for blocks and enjoy the many Corvettes both young and old!

Here's peaks of some of my favorites...

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And then there was the swap meet. I like to refer to it as a guy's flea market or garage sale. Funny how they joke about us girls getting up early on Saturday mornings...they were there before the gates opened and went back about 5 times a day just in case a vendor put out something new!

They had tons of parts...

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Is it that hard to find a date code boys??????

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cars that needed new homes & future restorations...

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and pieces for your current restoration project!

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We spent one afternoon at the Mecum Auction which was sort of exciting as I have never been to one in real life. I am a huge fan of Barrett-Jackson that airs on the Speed Channel. I love all cars from Chevrolet to Ford...my favorites being the Corvette (of course) but I love the Ford Thunder Birds and Mustangs! Thad cringes every time I say that. He's not a Ford fan.

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I think this vintage racing Corvette went for over One Million Dollars! Wow!

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For those of you who haven't seen our Corvettes...here are our two that we have now:

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1970 Laguna Gray Convertible 454 manual transmission with all available options. It is an NCRS Duntov Car which means that it has reached it's highest award of originality in the National Corvette Restorers Society. Thad and I have restored this car ourselves with a frame off restoration lasting about 4 years.  Here's a sentimental picture of Thad placing the newly acquired Duntov award plate! A much desired but much deserved award! plate duntov plate assembly

2007 coupe 3LT below:

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Plain and simple...I wanted this one to cruise around in without worrying if I got a rock in the windshield, or someone opened their door against it, driving it in the rain, etc.  There are plenty of these at every Chevrolet dealership so it's really NO big deal. People see ya in a Corvette and think wow, ya must be rich. Well heck no, at least I am NOT. It cost no more than that loaded Suburban with 2 DVD players, leather seats, nav, etc! It's only downfall is it only fits 2 people! (But I can beat it to the grocery store!) And another little tidbit of additional information, the "07 ain't even worth half of what the '70 is...go figure!

So for some of you, now you know me a little better... I love paper art, jewelry, & garage sales but I love me some cars too. Both vintage and new of course!

3 comments:

Cami said...

My buddy Jack... I know him! Fun, fun pics. Our swap meet is coming up here in these parts. I'm in the market for an old truck. Hope you're good!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

SO cool Jodie... I bet you guys had so much fun! xo Heather

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