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Lookingglass Corvette Club

Current Newsletter

NEW BOARD FOR 2019-2020: President, Suzie Wildhaber; Vice President, Dawn Stilwell; Secretary, Jim Peterson; Treasurer, Mike Teague; Sgt. at Arms, Tammy Lochmann. Congratulations to our new officers and a hearty thank you to our retiring officers, Dave Newell, John Mullane, Kathy Janes, Jim Heizer, and Dan Delaney for a job well done.


May 14: Horse Hooky Tuesday drew about 14 members for lunch at Koke's Mexican Restaurant in Fairmont City. Afterwards, we journeyed down the road to Fairmount Park for a perfectly beautiful afternoon of horse racing. It was a great day to be outside and watch the thoroughbreds. Some of us even won a little bit!

May 16-18: St. Jude's Drive - a number of LGCC members participated in this fund raiser for St. Jude's, heading to Memphis, TN. A full report will be given at the June meeting.

May 27: Memorial Day parade in Highland - 29 Corvettes paraded from St. Paul's parking lot out to the VFW. Afterwards, those who wanted to have a late lunch as a group gathered back at the St. Paul lot for a head count and then drove over to Blue Springs Restaurant on the outskirts of town. They did a great job seating and serving all 46 members. Thanks to all who participated, that long line of Corvettes looked very impressive.

May 31-June 1: Annual Man-Cruz! This year the boys of LGCC traveled to Bowling Green, KY for a tour of the Corvette Museum. They had perfect weather for the journey and looked like a great turnout of members participated. Thanks to Manny and his team for putting the event together.

June 8: Astrauskasfest at Phil and Linda's was well attended, the weather cleared for a mild and dry event. Some of the members played corkball while others watched the Belmont Stakes on the big screen TV but most simply chatted and enjoyed each other's company. Food was wonderful and plenty of it - the slushy machines were a big hit too. Thanks again to the Astrauskases for opening their beautiful home, She Shed, and Man Cave to our group. They are always the perfect hosts.


At June's meeting, we welcomed visitors Glenn and Renee Brokering of New Baden, 2005 roadster; Bryan and Diane Marsh of Trenton, 2002 roadster; Kurt & Kim Laux of New Baden, 2002 roadster; and Andy and Theresa Mosby of Moro, 2015 Z06. We welcomed BACK Jimmy Ford and Brandi Koller, 2019 ZR1 coupe. All became members at the close of the meeting. Welcome to the LGCC family!

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.)


June 20-22: Bloomington Gold, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. By now, you've probably heard that this will be a Corvette and Camaro show in order to appeal to a larger audience. The jury's still out on how this will be received by Corvette enthusiasts. Time will tell. Lodging update - the Drury Inn that we've stayed at the past few years is now a Peartree (Drury property). They will still have the hot breakfast but only snacks, wine and beer in the evening instead of the "Kickback" that we used to have. Cost has gone down $25/night for the rooms, though. If you booked a room last year, you need do nothing more; your reservation is secure. The club will only have one suite instead of two at the track due to an anticipated drop in participation for 2019. Also - if you did not get your wristband (gives you access to the suite and special parking), please contact either Suzie or Pokie Wildhaber; you can pick it up from them or they will have them at the event as well. Our club suite is 530, it is climate controlled with an overview of the track; you will need your wristband to get into the suite.

June 29: Corvette display at Faith Care, 100 Faith Drive, Highland, from 10 a.m. - noon. They will have special parking roped off for us. We have seven or eight Corvettes lined up but could use a couple more. If you would like to participate, please contact Suzie Wildhaber. Rain cancels the event.

June 29: Marine Homecoming parade - line up at 5:30 p.m. between Douglas and Duncan streets in Marine, IL; parade starts at 6 p.m. We will be joining forces with our sister club, OCC of St. Louis, for a good turnout. Please contact either Suzie Wildhaber or Kendall Willis if you would like to participate.

July 4: BBQ and Swimming party at Topals' home. Starts at 1 p.m. with lunch around 2 p.m. They will provide brats, burgers, and pork steaks. A-L bring dessert; M-Z, bring a side. Please RSVP to the Topals if you plan to attend; bring your own beverages and chairs. Address is listed in the newsletter or roster.

Sept. 7: Annual trip to Fairmount Park. Seating is being reserved in the Black Stallion Room for our group. Please let Suzie Wildhaber know ASAP if you wish to be placed on the reservation list. Entry, program, and buffet dinner is $22.95/person, like last year. She will begin collecting the money at the June meeting. Checks are preferable, that makes it easier for us to keep track. Last opportunity to sign up and prepay is the August 1st meeting. Tickets will be available by the July meeting.

Sept. 15: Trip to Warm Springs Ranch, Booneville, MO. Contact Dawn Stilwell for a reservation, $17/person to attend. Must be prepaid. Additional details at an upcoming meeting.

Oct. 19: Annual club bonfire at Scobbies' - more on this later.

New Arrivals:

More like a return engagement - Mark Yehling bought back his 1997 drag Corvette; and Rick Weltzin traded his 2009 Z06 for a 2015 Z06. Congrats!


Please welcome Steve Schmitt Chevrolet in Highland as our sponsor! 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! When thinking about a purchase, talk with Steve, Chris, or Scott about a deal on a new Corvette or other GM product that they offer.

Please support the Corvette Museum's store when shopping for Corvette apparel or other items. You can do so by visiting or clicking on the link below:


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 or directly to Mike Teague, Treasurer. New members also pay a one-time $15 installation fee unless active military. Anyone whose dues are delinquent after the February 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.


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

June 20-22: Bloomington Gold (see above, under Club Events)

July 4: Car show sponsored by River City Cruisers, Lion's Club Pavilion, Red Bud. Registration fee is $15; registration is from 9 - noon.

Car show at Bethalto Central Park, 4 - 8 p.m. First 25 cars get dash plaques.

July 20: All Ford show - Mike Teague is looking for some judges to assist him. If interested, please let him know.

July 21: Automotive swap meet and cruise in, Crehan's Pub. Swap meet from 7 - 2 p.m., cruise from 4-8 p.m.

July 28: Greenville Heritage Days car cruise, held at the American Farm Heritage Museum from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. . Free entry. At 2 p.m., there will be a short cruise from the museum through the Greenville business district.

Aug. 3: Car show in Alhambra Township Park, $15 entry, $5 display only. Registration 8-noon, awards at 4 p.m. Twelve classes (no special class for Corvettes).

Aug. 3: Party in the Park car cruise, noon - 4 p.m., Everett Moody Park, Fairview Hts. Dash plaques to the first 100 cars.

Aug. 10: Dynamic Duo car show for Corvettes and Mustangs, held at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey. $20 preregistered, $25 day of show (fee includes tee shirt). Display only, $15. Registration 8 - noon; awards at 3 p.m.

Aug. 15: V8TV Drive In Cruise, Skyview Drive-In, Belleville. Tickets are now available - drive your classic car to one of the few drive-in theaters left in downstate and watch The Blues Brothers on the big screen. $15/car.

Aug. 17: O'Fallon City Fest is back, hosted by Party Tyme Kruzers. Registration from 8 - 11:30 a.m. Entry fee $15, display only $10. Held at O'Fallon City Park. Three Corvette classes.

Aug. 15-18: Woodward Dream Cruise, Detroit, MI - Sandy Morris is working on details and has contacted the Michigan NCRS to reserve parking for LGCC; a block of rooms is being held at the Marriott in Troy, MI. Please contact Sandy for additional info on cost, activities planned, etc.

Sept. 8: 24th annual car show, Crehan's Pub, Belleville, 9 - 4 p.m. At 4:00, cruise the longest Main Street in the USA. Hosted by Gear Jammers.

Sept. 14: Maryville Car Show, 1st Baptist Church. Registration from 9 a.m. - noon, awards at 2:00 p.m. 15 classes. All registration fees/donations will benefit Maryville Outreach program.

Sept. 19-22: Corvette Fun Fest, Mid America Motorworks' campus, Effingham, IL. Entertainment for Saturday night has not been revealed as yet.

For an on-line schedule of local and national car clubs, show information, and buying tips, you can visit St. Louis Car News' website: or and check the Lakers' site.

Recurring Cruise-Ins

O'Fallon KC Hall will begin hosting classic car displays every Weds. evening (weather permitting) beginning in May, from 4:30 - 9 p.m. Brats, wings, burgers, $2.00 longnecks, $2.50 rail drinks and wine specials.

Mexico Tipico car cruise, Lebanon, IL - 3rd Friday of each month, May - October.

Piston Pushers' car cruise, 4th Saturday of the month from April thru October, 1254 University Dr., Edwardsville. 5-8 p.m., dash plaques, DJ music.

Downtown Lebanon cruise "on the brick road" - held 1st Saturday of each month from May thru October, 6 - 8 p.m. Go really early if you want a good parking space, this fills up fast. Hosted by Lakers Car Club, this has concluded for the season.

Dairy Queen cruise in, Troy, IL - starts 2nd Saturday in April through October.

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

Rusty Rodz cruise-in, downtown Highland on the square, held the last Saturday of each month, May thru October.

Caffeine and Chrome at Gateway Classic Cars will be held the fourth Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. - noon. Free coffee and donuts.

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

Syberg's in O'Fallon will begin car cruises every Weds. evening, 4 p.m. Half price appetizers and $1.50 domestic longnecks. They have taken over the cruises that used to take place at the now defunct Dandy Inn.

Cook's Corner - LGCC Favorites!

ErmaJean Rehberger's Bread Pudding

Preheat oven to 350 and mix together the following:

9 slices white bread (1/2 of a 16 oz. loaf)

2 beaten eggs

1/2 plus 1/8 c. sugar

2 cups 1% or 2% milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 c. butter (1/2 stick)

Cinnamon to taste

Grease baking dish and break bread into small pieces; put bread into prepared pan. Add milk to beaten eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Blend well. Pour mixture over bread, making sure all pieces are covered. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top and dot with butter. Bake 50 minutes or until golden brown.


1/2 c. sugar

1 tbs. cornstarch

1/2 c. boiling water

1/2 tbs. vanilla

Mix sugar and cornstarch in 2 quart pan. Gradually add hot water; cook until sauce thickens. Remove from stove and add butter and vanilla, stirring until blended. Pour sauce over pudding and add cinnamon to taste on top. Serve warm or chilled.


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 an upcoming meeting!

Most of the graphic images on this website are courtesy of Angelfire's Animation Factory.

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 sponsor, Steve Schmitt Chevy/Buick/GMC at They are located in Highland, IL and are ready to serve your automotive needs.


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