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Lookingglass Corvette Club

Current Newsletter

PAST EVENTS:

Members who attended the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale gave a brief report of the event. Lots of beautiful cars, and a close-up look as they came through the sale.

Feb. 5: Super Bowl party at Mark & Kathy Janes' house - possibly the most exciting Super Bowl ever, but the commercials left a lot to be desired. Lady Gaga's halftime performance was a hit, however, along with Mark's hot wings, meat balls, and delicious sides that members brought to share. Thanks to the Janeses for their hospitality.

VISITORS/NEW MEMBERS

February's meeting brought us Gary and Kay Vogel of Belleville, who decided to become members at the close of the meeting. 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.)

Feb. 15: Breakfast get-together at 9th Street Café in Highland. Be there at 9:00 a.m. for a great breakfast, and then plans are being made for a tour of an automotive facility in Hamel right after breakfast.

March 11, 2017: SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR ANNUAL PARTY! The theme is "Fiesta," the party will be held at the KC Hall in O'Fallon. The committee is pleased to announce a catered dinner by Cygan Delaney, live music by Incognito, and the price of $50/couple covers open premium bar, dinner, music, and fun. The club is absorbing approximately half this cost as part of your member privilege. Mark your calendars! We began collecting the fee and taking reservations at the January meeting and will continue to do so through the March meeting. After March 2nd, we cannot add to the list of attendees as our count will have been turned in to both the caterer and the hall for seating.

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. A representative from Kaskaskia will be on hand at an upcoming meeting to give us more information.

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.

New Arrivals:

Paul and Virginia Nowak recently took possession of a 2017 Grand Sport roadster. Congrats, hope to see you at an upcoming club event.

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

Steve Schmitt Chevy in Highland has a yellow 1973 Corvette roadster, black top, black leather interior. For anyone seeking a collectible C3, you might want to check it out. Ask for Chris Martz. They also have several beautiful C7s on the showroom floor if you are looking to purchase a brand new Corvette.

Dues: Cost is $30, 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

March 5: Automotive swap meet at Lindendale Park, Highland. 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Usually lots of stock car stuff and speed equipment.

April 20-22, 2017: Hot Springs Corvette Weekend at Hot Springs Hotel and Spa. Registration begins January 2, 2017 and can be done on-line at centralarkansascorvetteclub.com. Meet and greet, auto cross, cruise, social, fashion show, vendors, silent auction, 50/50, etc.

April 30, 2017: 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. More on this as we get closer to the date.

June 10-11: Scott AFB air show, Corvette display. More on this later.

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! Cruises have concluded for the season.

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

Downtown Lebanon cruise "on the bricks" - held 1st Saturday of each month from May thru October, 6 - 9 p.m. (exceptions - May 14th and October 8th). Go really early if you want a good parking space, this fills up fast. Hosted by Lakers Car Club. Concluded for the season.

Culver's cruise-in, Collinsville, IL - 3rd Saturday of each month, beginning April 16 thru October 15th, 2016. Last cruise is their annual Halloween cruise, October 15th, dress up your car or yourself and participate.

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. Last cruise of the season was October 29th.

Bad Boyz cruise-in, last Friday of each month, April through October. Held at the Dairy Queen in Caseyville,IL. Last cruise of the season was October 28th.

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, February 2nd, 7:30 p.m. at the KC Hall in O'Fallon.

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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