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Lookingglass Corvette Club

Current Newsletter


June 16: Pre-Bloomington party was held at the Astrauskas barn. It was a perfect day for an outing, sunny and warm; the a/c was on inside the barn if you needed it too. There was plenty of great dishes and tasty beverages to enjoy along with the angus dogs that our grillmaster, Ron Leveque, was cooking up, along with his helpers, Cecil Pfister and Kent Splaingard. Lots of Corvettes lined the driveway and spilled over onto the lawn. Many thanks to our exceptional hosts, Phil and Linda, for opening their beautiful home to our club.

June 21-23: Bloomington Gold at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was yet another rainy weekend at Indy, but there was just enough dry weather to not spoil the event. The L88s were on special display, with 12 of the 20 1967s being shown. It was thrilling to see them all thunder out of the showroom onto the track for their laps. Lookingglass took top club honors for the fourth straight year, and we are told that the event will be returning to the same venue next year.


A big LGCC welcome to our newest members, Dale & Jean Martin of Mulkeytown, and Michael & Diana Galgoci of Maryville. Hope to see you at an upcoming event!

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.)


July 21: Line up by 6 p.m. at the park outside of St. Jacob (same location as the strawberry festival) to parade at 6:30 p.m. The city of St. Jacob is paying the club to participate so let's have a good turnout. Bring beads, candy, or whatever you want to throw.

July 21: Annual Splaingards' pool party, begins at 2 p.m. with dinner at 5:00 p.m. Bring your cooler, chairs, a dish to share, swimwear, etc. Main course will be provided by Kent and Kathy.

August 11: Night at the races, Fairmount Park. We have reservations for 90; the cost is $22.95/person for seating along the windows of the Black Stallion Room, buffet with desserts and soft drinks, and racing program. Suzie Wildhaber is handling details and announced the event is currently sold out. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. A few tickets became available - if interested, contact Suzie ASAP.

Aug. 17-19: Return to Galena, IL. At this time, rooms have been secured at both the Best Western and the Ramada just down the street. Best Western may be full by now but Ramada still has space. A trip to Field of Dreams is planned, and if you are interested in taking the trolley tour of Galena, let Kathy Janes know so that she can make the proper arrangements for our group. Great American history, shopping, and restaurants await!

Sept. 3: Labor Day party at Rick & Lori Gray's. Party starts at 1:00 p.m.; bring your cooler and favorite beverage, chairs, and a dish to share. Main course provided by the Grays. Check your club directory for the address as residential addresses are NEVER posted on our website.

Sept. 6-19: 13 day Alaskan cruise, planned by Gary & Sue Mersinger. Cost is $3546/person (air fares, trip insurance, and land excursion costs are NOT included) See your newsletter for details.

Sept. 20-23: 25th anniversary of Corvette FunFest in Effingham. Registration is now open via the Mid America website - and in honor of their 25th anniversary, entry is FREE. Make your reservation now! The concert on Saturday night will feature Decades Rewind, songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Oct. 13 - Annual club bonfire at the Scobbie residence. Mark your calendars, more on this as time grows nearer.

October 18-22: Return to Lynchburg, TN for the Jack Daniel's BBQ, followed by Tail of the Dragon. First night's stay is planned for Nashville, TN. More on this as plans progress.

October 27: Rock & Roll bingo, Collinsville Rec Club, 427 S. Mulberry Road, Collinsville, IL. Doors open at 6, bingo begins at 7:00. We had a blast at this the last time and want to do it again. Linda Astrauskas is handling details. More info to follow!

New Arrivals:

Congratulations to Chad and Brittney Lager on the purchase of their new Z06 Corvette. Sorry to hear that their beautiful black C7 was totaled in an accident but glad to know that Brittney's injuries sustained in the accident are getting better.


Our new board of directors is - Dave Newell, President; John Mullane, VP; Kathy Janes, Secretary; Jim Heizer, Treasurer; and Danny Delaney, Sgt. at Arms. Thanks to all who served on the board as well as those who will continue to lead the club for the next year.

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:


For Sale: 1993 40th anniversary Corvette roadster, both tops, ruby red with ruby red leather interior, 47K miles, automatic, many options, looks and drives great, clean Carfax and clear title. Asking $14,500. Call 618-210-5420 for more information.

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 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.


None at this time.

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


July 15: 2nd annual automotive swap meet, Crehan's Pub, Belleville, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Vendor fee - $10 with vendor set up at 6 a.m. Cruise in at this same location from 4-8 p.m.

August 10: 26th annual Dam Cruise, 4:30 - 10 p.m., at the Mariner's Village, Carlyle Lake. Live entertainment (Man in Black and Ghost Riders) on the main stage, 50/50, dash plaques and goody bags for the 1st 50 participants. Cruise over the dam at 9:30 p.m.

August 11: Party at the Beach cruise in, Randall Dalton Veterans Park, Pontoon Beach, from 9 - noon. All makes and models of vehicles are welcome.

August 19: Cruise in at Jefferson's Restaurant, 6980 W. Main, Belleville, 4-8 p.m.

Sept. 8: 932d Airlift Wing Picnic and Deployer Return Celebration, Scott AFB car and bike cruise in. 11-4 p.m. Non-military people wishing to attend will need to be sponsored; please contact Mike Teague to be sponsored.

Sept. 9: 23rd annual car show, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Crehan's Pub, Belleville. Cruise the longest Main Street in the USA at 4 p.m.

Sept. 16: Cruise in at Schatze's Bar, 2301 E. Main, Belleville, 4-8 p.m.

Sept. 20-23: 25th anniversary of Corvette FunFest in Effingham. Registration is now open via the Mid America website - and in honor of their 25th anniversary, entry and concert is FREE. Make your reservation now!

Sept. 30 - Wine and Wheels car show; this show has moved to Silver Creek Saloon in Belleville. More info to follow at an upcoming meeting.

Oct. 4-7: Eureka Springs Corvette Weekend - arrive on Thursday, 10/4 and depart on Sunday, 10/7. Call the Best Western Eureka Inn to check for vacancies.

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. 1st Friday of each month from May thru 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.

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. Concluded for the year.

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.

Dairy Queen cruise in, Troy, IL - May 5, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m.

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

Rusty Rodz cruise-ins will begin at its new location, downtown Highland on the square, held the last Saturday of each month, May thru October.

Cars & Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars will be held the fourth Saturday of each month, starting in March, 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.

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!

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, August 2nd, 7:30 p.m.

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 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
Music dedicated to Vietnam Vets