Yesterday we celebrated Veterans Day (and the 244th Birthday of the United States Marines) with the North Coast Corvette Club at their signature event of the year -- "Vettes for Veterans".
We attended the same event in 2017 and wanted to go again. This year we decided to take Nan's 56 and the Z06.
Joining us as participants this year were Bill Connelly (Bill also entered with us in 2017) with his 1957 fuelie Corvette, and Bill Brandon with his spotless 50th Anniversary Corvette.
Friends who stopped by included Bill Hatch (you can never have too many Corvette friends named "Bill") and his wife Marylyn . . .
. . . and Russell and Pam Sutton, Dan and Lisa Oskam, and Ron Lukasiewicz (sorry that Linda Lukasiewicz could not join us).
There were more than 200 Corvettes in the show, maybe as many as 230, and some amazing cars from all seven current generations. First, Second, and Third place awards are given for each generation/category. Two years ago Nan came home with a 1st Place award, but this year we all came home empty-handed. I personally felt that Bill's 1957 Corvette with the silver coves on the black exterior was among the very best of the C1 cars, even though a lot of first-generation entries showed up this year. His car is so very well appointed and just stunning with period-correct tires, license plates, etc. And when surveying the ocean of Corvettes, Nan's 56, the oldest Corvette in attendance, stood out so much that I felt it should have been a strong candidate for "Best in Show"!
After we got home we figured out why the judges had shunned the cars from Cary's Corvettes Club. USC was playing an away game at Arizona State, and UCLA had a bye-week, so the PCA-12 Referees from LA came down to be the Judges of the cars.
Seriously, Congratulations to all the 2019 Winners! Happy Birthday, United States Marines!
And thank you, current service men and women, and all veterans, for your service!