David and Judy’s Senior Moment

We own a Corvette! Now what?

The fourth year – 2004 Activities

Above – April 21, 2004 – After a winter so bad that I had to work hard to find driving days, we finally had the first official cruise of 2004 with the Fort Wayne Corvette Club. From New Haven Plaza to Nine Mile Restaurant which is 9 miles south of somewhere on US 27/33.  (Historical note – I didn’t get any pix so the above is from a June, 2003 event that left from the same place with a lot of the same people.)

Above – April 22 to 24, 2004 – Once again, our first BIG trip of the year was a trip to the C5 Registry Birthday Bash at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Also, for the second year in a row, Thursday and Friday in BG were mostly rainy but Saturday was nice. We got a special parking place of honor on the circle for the car show because a parking volunteer liked the blue stripes – true story!

Above – April 23, 2004 – The big news was my ride in a not-yet-available-to-the-public 2005 Corvette convertible! WOW!!

Above – May 8, 2004 – On a bright and beautiful Saturday in May I left Judy at home cutting grass to get ready for Mother’s Day while Bob Roskuski and I headed to Bud’s Chevrolet in Saint Marys, Ohio for the annual Corvette Cruise-In and Rally. Judy was gone when I got home.

Above – May 15, 2004 – Kelley’s Chevrolet had a “Spring into Summer” show in near freezing temperatures but the club showed up in great numbers regardless.

Above – May 15, 2004 – Judy is back! A pic of the loving owners by Don Hymer.

Above – May 17, 2004 – The weather improved and the club headed to Dillinger’s in Hudson, Indiana for supper in an  old bank robbed by John Dillinger in the ’30’s.

Above – May 22, 2004 – Two shows the same day – the first at Homestead High School (top) then the “Corvette Action Center” annual convention in Auburn, Indiana (where we were invited to join in a multi-generation picture of white Corvettes with red interiors).

Above – June 2, 2004 – Master Luke was born so the Corvette activities were suspended while we journeyed in the family car loaded with goodies to see the new guy several times.

Above – July 10, 2004 – Our first parade – the Three Rivers Festival in downtown Fort Wayne. For the sharp-eyed aficionado, you have probably noted that the body side moldings have been removed. 

Above – July 14, 2004 – A club mystery cruise to Salamonie Reservoir for a cook-in.

Above – July 18, 2004 – A TV star is born! The club needed a spokesman for the Three Rivers Festival Poker Rally, so there I was!

Above – August 16, 2004 – Club Cruise to Arnold’s Drive-In to meet an Elvis-looking person and have a root beer float! (PS – The above is art, not an accident!)

Above – August 26, 27, 28, 2004 – Our first trip to “Corvettes at Carlisle”. What a show!

Above – August 22, 2004 – The steely stare, the set of the jaw…..well, by golly, after being shown the course by some of Fort Wayne’s finest, old man David turned FTD (Fastest Time of the Day) in the Sunday Fun Run at the National Council of Corvette Clubs speed event at Grissom Air Force Base. (Did I mention that I was the only car in the Sunday Fun Run?) 

PS: “A big thanks to Paul and Kay for trusting me with their car. I did get a major chuckle at the look on Paul’s face when I said to him as I got into the car “This is great, I always wanted to try a stick shift”.”

Above – September 8, 2004 – My annual return trip to the home of my 38.5 year career – the International Truck Engineering Center for the Employee Car Show. Quite a variety of cars and great times catching up with old friends.

Above – September 11, 2004 – Two American icons, represented by the Harley Owners Group and the Fort Wayne Corvette Club honored an important anniversary. The Fort Wayne Fire Department also was there to pay respects to their fallen comrades.

Above – September 15, 2004 – The final Mystery Cruise of the year for the Fort Wayne Corvette Club. A rollicking trip to Goose Lake Resort (Columbia City) Indiana. (Edit: A surprise announcement made this the penultimate Mystery Cruise.)

Above – September 22-26, 2004 – The last big trip of the year was a 1334 mile run through the Smoky Mountains and a visit to Road Atlanta for the penultimate appearance of the C5-R in American Le Mans Series racing. GM put on quite a party for Corvette Corral folks. And we got to drive some laps on the track! Click here for many more exciting pictures.

Above – October 9, 2004 – Georgetown Shopping Center in Fort Wayne hosted a cruise in and our club ran it for them. We had a nice turnout of club cars with front fender stripes. The cruise-in had a nice turnout of Studebakers.

Above – October 20, 2004 – The final Mystery Cruise of the year for the Fort Wayne Corvette Club turned out to be a gathering in the dark for a short trip to Hilger’s Farm Market and Restaurant.

Above – December 9, 2004 – Heck, the streets are dry and the house is decorated for Christmas, let’s go for a ride then take some pix.

Above – December 16, 2004 – A winter’s day drive and art….with a purpose. Click for details.

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