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Lookingglass Corvette Club

Current Newsletter

PAST EVENTS:

Feb. 11: Breakfast at 9th Street Café in Highland, followed by a tour of Gateway Bronco in Hamel to view their restorations and powder coating operation. Thanks to Seth Burgett and his employees for a very informative tour.

March 11: Annual party was a HUGE hit! We had a capacity crowd at the KC Hall. Everyone enjoyed the buffet meal after snacking on nachos and dip, and the desserts were to die for. The committee did a terrific job of decorating, along with the help of many volunteers (thank you, thank you) who not only assisted in getting the decorations on tables and walls, but stayed around afterwards to help tear down too. The band, Incognito, had great tunes for us to dance the night away as well. Special recognition to Sandy Morris, our creative genius, for her fantastic ideas (especially the photo booth) and going above and beyond the call on just everything; but not to forget Patty Newell, Carol Farris, Bob Morris, Kathy Splaingard, Pokie & Suzie Wildhaber, and Shelia Heizer (our little Mexican girl) for their part in making our Fiesta party a big success.

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS

March's meeting welcomed a visitor and new member, Steve Drueke of Highland with a 1973 yellow roadster. Congrats on the purchase of your yellow Corvette and welcome to LGCC!

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS (the following is an overview only, please check your newsletter or Yahoo site reminders for details such as addresses, contact info, etc. This is done to protect our members' privacy, particularly when events take place at members' residences.)

April 21-22: Ladies' road trip to Brown County, IN. Make your room reservation at the Brown County Inn (800-772-5249), tell them you are with Lookingglass - group code is 4989. Rooms are $89/night. You have until March 21st to reserve your room, after that, any rooms left will be released. It is approximately a 4 hour trip.

April 30: Corvette display at Weingarten, Belleville. We have been invited by Kaskaskia Valley Corvette Club of Nashville, IL to participate in this display with proceeds going to St. Jude's. This is open to all vehicles.

May 13: Drag race day with Mid America Motorworks - details from John Mullane to follow at a later date.

May 20-21: 9th annual Man Cruz, Rantoul, IL. Hotel information forthcoming at the next meeting. You can register for the event by visiting Manny Lopez' website - www.corvettecruise.com and clicking on the Man Cruz link.

June 22-24: Bloomington Gold Corvette Show, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Registration is open! The club will again have two suites in which to gather. Don't forget to register as part of Lookingglass, we are trying to retain our top club status from the past two years. No club parking in 2017, we will all meet up and party in the suite instead of the parking lot.

New Arrivals:

Congratulations to Lonnie & Melody Bettis on the purchase of their 2017 Corvette coupe. Also to Bob and Debbie Vincent on the purchase of their beautiful new C7 Corvette.

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

WE HAVE A NEW SPONSOR! Please welcome Steve Schmitt Chevrolet in Highland! Many of us already know Steve and his staff, having purchased cars or service from them in the past. FYI, Steve was our original sponsor during our inception in 1976 and is also the individual responsible for naming our club. It's great to have him back!

CARS FOR SALE OR CARS WANTED

None at this time.

Dues: Cost is $30 a year, pro-rated from the month you join until year's end. If you are unable to pay at the meeting, please send a check ASAP payable to LGCC, P.O. Box 82, Highland, IL 62249. New members also pay a one-time $15 installation fee unless active military. Anyone whose dues are delinquent after the March meeting of each year, you will lose your membership privileges so please be prompt.

NEW round static cling club decals are now available for $2 each - free to all new members, especially those joining after we ran out of the old decals.

CAR SHOW WINNERS

None to report at this time.

Upcoming Swap Meets, Area Car Shows, Local & National Events

April 2: Annual automotive swap meet at the Gateway Grizzlies' stadium.

April 16: Annual Easter car show, upper and lower Muny lots, Forest Park.

April 30: LGCC has been cordially invited by Kaskaskia Valley Corvette Club out of Nashville, IL to participate in a Corvette cruise at Weingarten in Belleville, proceeds to support St. Jude's Hospital. All makes and models are welcome to join in, not just Corvettes.

June 10: Make A Muscle car show, sponsored by the Camaro club.

June 17: Greenville Graffiti Car Show, on the square. Open to 1992 and older cars and trucks for judging; open to all for display only. $15 entry fee for judged cars, $7 for display only. This year features Tyler Dale of American Restoration on the History channel, Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch, and Eddie Deezen (Eugene) from Grease and Grease 2. Registration 9-noon, awards at 3 p.m.

June 22-24, 2017: Bloomington Gold at Indianapolis Speedway! Please be advised that a few rooms at the hotel have opened up. DO NOT book directly with the Drury Inn, bookings MUST be done through Shirley Flath via LGCC to ensure only club members are reserving as we have contracted the entire hotel for 2017. Also, club president John Mullane has advised us that our club suites will be a bit less money this year as BG is doing away with club parking and encouraging clubs to utilize the suites instead, which we have done the past two years. They are climate controlled, overlooking Gasoline Alley with a great view of the track. For anyone interested in purchasing BG tee shirts individualized with our club logo, John will have more info on that at an upcoming meeting. Many thanks to John for his efforts interacting with Bloomington Gold's staff on these matters - much appreciated!

August 15-19: Woodward Dream Cruise, Michigan. More info to follow at a later date.

For an on-line schedule of local and national car clubs, show information, and buying tips, you can visit St. Louis Car News' website: www.StLouisCarNews.com

Recurring Cruise-Ins

Edison's in Edwardsville is holding car cruises, 4th Saturday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Sponsored by Piston Pushers. Cruises have concluded for the season.

Randy's House of BBQ car cruise, Highland - 2nd Friday of each month beginning in April and running thru October, 6-9 p.m. Rib specials will continue as in the past!

Huddle House car cruise, Mascoutah, IL - 2nd Saturday of each month beginning May thru October, 6-9 p.m. Sponsored by Piston Pushers.

Downtown Lebanon cruise "on the bricks" - held 1st Saturday of each month from May thru October, 6 - 9 p.m. Go really early if you want a good parking space, this fills up fast. Hosted by Lakers Car Club.

Culver's cruise-in, Collinsville, IL - 3rd Saturday of each month, beginning April thru October.

Rusty Rodz cruise-ins will begin at a new location, Sonic Drive-In, Highland, held last Saturday of each month, cruises have concluded for the season.

Cars & Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars will be held the fourth Saturday of each month, March thru October, from 9 a.m. - noon.

Bad Boyz cruise-in, last Friday of each month, April through October. Held at the Dairy Queen in Caseyville,IL.

KC Hall in O'Fallon will host a car cruise every Weds. night beginning in May. Special prices on wings for this event.

Silver Creek Saloon, Belleville, has a car cruise the 3rd Saturday night of each month, beginning in May.

Cook's Corner - LGCC Favorites!

Suzie Wildhaber's Do Nothing Cake

2 c. sugar

2 c. flour

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

16 oz. crushed pineapple (undrained)

Mix together and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Preheat oven to 350 and bake 35-40 minutes (cake will be very brown).

Icing:

1/2 c. butter

1 c. sugar

3/4 c. evaporated milk

1 c. coconut

1 c. broken pecans

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix butter, sugar, and milk. Cook over medium heat until slightly thickened (about 5 minutes on low boil). Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Pour/spread over hot cake.

Next meeting: Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. at the KC Hall in O'Fallon. PLEASE BE AWARE - Due to the terrible events that led to seven children in Glen Carbon being left with no parents, home, or belongings, LGCC will be passing the hat at our April meeting to show our support and help by donating cash or gift cards. In the past, LGCC has shown itself to be very generous when such matters present themselves. Ron Leveque is handling the collection and distribution of funds. Thanks in advance to everyone for their generosity.

As a reminder, weather conditions that create treacherous driving may cause us to postpone our monthly meeting. We care about our members' safety, so if in doubt, contact the KC Hall to make sure of the meeting's status when Mother Nature is making the roads hazardous. In the meantime, let's hope good weather remains so that we can fill the parking lot with Corvettes at the next meeting!

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Should you want additional information regarding joining our club, you can contact us via email at the "email me" link below, or call 618-654-9919.

Please check out our new sponsor, Steve Schmitt Chevy/Buick/GMC at www.steveschmittauto.com. They are located in Highland, IL and are ready to serve your automotive needs.

Links

Mid-America, home of the Funfest
Check out your car's history on CarFax
Steve Schmitt Chevy/Buick/GMC, our sponsor

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