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Lookingglass Corvette Club

Current Newsletter


May 20-21: 9th annual Man Cruz, Rantoul, IL. Fifteen Corvettes journeyed to Mid America Motorworks for breakfast and then on to Rantoul to watch drag racing at the No Fly Zone. Torrential rain kept participation down and unfortunately hydroplaning caused Vinnie Martinez to skid into a rain-filled median right before Effingham. He and co-pilot Tony Tranker were unhurt but wet, rented a car, bought new (dry) shoes and socks, and proceeded to Rantoul anyway. Hopefully Vinnie's beautiful Grand Sport is not too badly damaged. Thanks to Manny Lopez and Tony Cecena for planning the event.

May 29: Memorial Day parade in Highland - beautiful day and a great turnout by LGCC! We had around 40 colorful Corvettes in the parade. The VFW is always very grateful for our participation and thanked us profusely. After the short parade, many ventured out to Betty & Jerry Wilson's house where they had their huge garage set up for party-time. A delicious catered lunch was provided by our own Dan Delaney, consisting of pulled pork, fried chicken, potato salad, and green beans. Club members provided side dishes and desserts, and it was quite a feast. Many thanks to the Wilsons for opening their home to our group, but also our thanks and gratitude to the military men and women on this day of remembrance.

June 17: Pre-Bloomington party at Astrauskas' home was a big hit again. Lots of members showed up for this annual event. As it was a beautiful day, most drove their Corvettes and made Linda's fabulous landscaping even more attractive parked on the grass. A big thank you to Phil and Linda for hosting and also Ron Leveque for volunteering to grill the weenies. It was a fun day with Corvette friends, great food, great fellowship.


There were the following visitors at the June meeting - Jeff & Lisa Cleveland of St. Jacob; Ken Hoercher, St. Louis; Ron & Mary Krause, Germantown; and Ed & Paula Clark, Maryville. All joined at the close of the meeting. Welcome, everyone!

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 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. You can leave your cooler in the climate controlled suite which has a large fridge and bring along a snack if you want.

July 22: Pool party hosted by Kent & Kathy Splaingard (address in newsletter). Festivities start at 3:00 with dinner served at 5:00 p.m. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share along with your beverage of choice and chairs. Splaingards will provide the meat. Bring your swimwear and towels if you want to use the pool.

August 5: Annual "night at the races" - Fairmount Park. Tickets are now available. Cost is $22.95/each for entry, program, all you can eat buffet with desserts, and soft drinks. Sign up sheet will be available at the June and July meetings. Reservations and payment must be made prior to July 20th. Contact Suzie Wildhaber for details.

August 15-19: Woodward Dream Cruise and upper Michigan trip. Details, including lodging for the event, have been emailed to all those who expressed interest. If you did not receive the information, please contact John Mullane at

Sept. 4: Labor Day party at Rick & Lori Gray's home. More info later!

Sept. 8-9: Vettes on the River, Paducah, KY. Show will again be held indoors at the Expo Center. We have a block of rooms at the Drury Inn. If you want to make a reservation, please see your June newsletter for the online link or toll free number and group # to receive our special pricing. Registration forms are available on-line at

New Arrivals:

Congratulations to Lonnie and Melodie Bettis on the purchase of their 2017 gray coupe; also to Larry Eckert on his NCRS performance verification award with his 1995 ZR1.

Congratulations to Phil and Amber Knight on the birth of their twins - a boy and a girl. Phin and Luci!


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!


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.


None to report at this time.

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

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 those who ordered club shirts for this event, they will be available in the suite. 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. Info is above under club events.

Sept. 8-9: Vettes on the River, Paducah, KY. This will be held at the convention center like last year. Chuck White is working with Drury Inn on a room block, see Club Events above for booking information. Thanks to Chuck White for setting up the room block for us again!

Sept. 9: Courthouse Cruise-In, East side of Bond County Courthouse in Greenville, IL. All licensed vehicles welcome - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 50/50, food stands, 50s-60s-70s music provided. Free admission.

Sept. 14-17: Corvette FunFest at Mid America Motorworks in Effingham. They are celebrating the 50th birthday of the 1967 Corvette this year. Musical guests still to be announced.

Sept. 17: Swap meet & car show, Hollywood Casino parking lot, St. Louis. Vendor spaces, $25; car show, $20 judged, $10 display only. 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Sept. 17: Radius Rods annual rod run and cruise in, Pocahontas PIC park.

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

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.

New Baden cruise-in/car show, held at Three Way Creations Shed, 6th & E. Hanover Street, 6:00 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Friday from April thru October.

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

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; they will be serving fish through Lent as well.

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.

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 Little Smokies in Sweet Crescents

2 pkgs. Little Smokies

2 tubes Crescent rolls

1 stick of butter, melted

3 tbs. brown sugar

3 tbs. honey

Mix together melted butter, sugar, and honey.

Roll out crescents and cut each triangle into halves (can do thirds if you prefer)

Roll each weenie up in the dough.

Spray or line and spray a 9x13 pan. Place rolled weenies close together in pan.

Pour butter mixture evenly over weenies. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until dough is browned. Serve warm.

Special posthumous thanks to Mary Ann Myers who shared this recipe with me during a Barrett Jackson party at Jim & Sandy Shepard's home. We all miss her so much!

Next meeting: Thursday, July 6th, 7:30 p.m.

Congratulations to our board members for 2017-2018 - President, John Mullane; Vice President, Dave Newell; Secretary, Kathy Janes; Treasurer, Shelia Heizer; Sgt. at Arms, Kendall Willis; Chairman, Suzie Wildhaber. A special thank you to our retiring secretary, Renee Steinwagner, for all her hard work the past two years; and our ongoing appreciation to the board for devoting the time from their busy schedules to continue to guide the club in a positive direction.

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!

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


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