THE VILLAGES WEATHER
MYSTERY DRIVE & DINE
The club thanks Tim & Terri B for their tireless efforts to again put together what turned out to be a hugely successful "mystery dine & drive". In spite of constant changes that occurred prior to the event with people coming, not coming, and, of course, those who "signed up" but didn't "show up", everyone enjoyed their dinners and the airplane hanger visit after dinner.
This was the club's second year support this wonderful event in Ocala. Night to Shine is an evening of wonderful excitement for a group of mentally disabled young people from this area. This year 15 club members in their Vettes chauffeured 200 guests to their "prom". Our thanks to Ron & Marty Tanner for again organizing this cool cruise/event. After the driving was over we had a wonderful dinner at THE premier Italian restaurant in this area, Mesa de Notte.
The Village Vettes Corvette Club is sad to announce the passing of Bill Clements on Friday, January 26, 2018. He and partner Sandy Ritchie have been long time, devoted members of our club. Bill was our club's first Ambassador to the National Corvette Museum and proudly achieved the title of Master Ambassador during his tenure. His love for Corvettes coupled with his wonderful photography will be sorely missed.
The family will host a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 in the Clearwater Room of the SeaBreeze Recreation Center, 2384 Buena Vista Blvd, The Villages at 11 a.m. It is informal and the family prefers members wear their Village Vettes Corvette Club shirts to the event. In lieu of flowers, please donate, in the name of William Clements, to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, Fl, 32162
Welcome to the Village Vettes Corvette Club website. Here you will find a plethora of useful, entertaining and, perhaps, useless information about our club and our beloved cars,
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What a wonderful day and wonderful automotive event at the beautiful Grand Oaks Resort and Museum in Weirsdale, Fl. Our sincere thanks to Tom Warriner, General Manager and Monica Blanco, Coordinator for Sales & Events at the resort. Without their assistance and guidance this event would not have happened. The hospitality and accommodations provided for our cruise-in far exceeded our expectations. The tireless efforts of organizers Jim Loguidice, Mike White, Roger Stokes and Charlie Tagman as well as the many Village Vettes club volunteers made this event truly memorable. We also wish to thank the local area car clubs whose members joined us to share, what turned out to be, a very pleasant successful day; Leisure Time Corvettes, Touch of Glass Corvette Club, Vettes R' Us, Corvette Club of Marion County, The Villages Antique Automobile Club, The Antique Automobile Club of America (KOR), The Village Vintage Car Club, and The Villages Nomads.
Below you'll find a plethora of pictures from the event, any of which can be downloaded as desired. Sum 01/21/18
EVOLUTION OF THE CORVETTE
Village Vettes Corvette Show
Rich & Paige Udell's "other ride"
Rich & Paige, known for their custom car builds are true "car guys" owning a C6 ZR1, really cool street rod and this 1963 426 HEMI Plymouth Savoy
Members Donna & Bob Collins and Roger Stokes & Cindy Jaudon drove the infamous TAIL OF THE DRAGON on August 14th.
While in the area, they also toured the Biltmore estate in Asheville, enjoyed wine tasting at several wineries and excellent cuisine in Banner Elk, Jefferson and Boone.hey
Although we were rarely able to exceed 35-40 MPH, the ride was memorable, to say the least! Since we were there on the week-end, the trail was quite busy with other cars and numerous motorcycles. On the way down a couple of Deals Gap’s finest were seen citing several bikers. In one video I followed Roger up the trail and in the other I led the way back down. There are several professional photographers positioned along the trail. The still shot of my C7 I sent you was taken on the way back down the trail. I downloaded it from their website for $5.75. As you can see from the video, it was taken with the Performance Data Recorder (PDR) in my C7. This feature is especially nice as not only do you capture the view from the windshield, but also cabin sounds, the tachometer, speed, gear, and side-to-side G-force.
I’m enrolled in the Ron Fellows Performance Driving Course in January and will be at Sebring in March and look forward to more recordings.
The club desperately needs committed committee members to help develop car show cruises, dinner runs, points of interest cruises, etc. for the club. We all own CORVETTES and we love to drive them >>>BUT<<< we need organized events to do so. With close to 500 active members, there should be some folks out there that willing to step up. Other local car clubs, larger and smaller have interesting activities, cruises, dinners, etc but we, for whatever reason, seem to have some trouble emulating this. Please contact the BOD to help us make this club the best car club in THE VILLAGES.
In September 2014 our club, THE VILLAGE VETTES CORVETTE CLUB, was the recipient of the FIRST PLACE AWARD for our BANNER displayed at the NATIONAL CORVETTE M-- USEUM in Bowling Green, KY. Our banner will proudly fly for one year at the entrance to the museum for all CORVETTE visitors to see. This was presented to the club's NCM AMBASSADOR, Bill Clements, at the Sept 2014 20TH ANNIV. NATIONAL CORVETTE MUSEUM CARAVAN which many of our members participated in. My thanks to my son, Kevin, for his continued support in teaching me website design and graphics "that make sense".
We're were hoping for a "WE'RE #1 REPEAT" with our submission for 2015 shown below but the "NCM Banner Gods" were not smiling for us. We did, however, capture the 3rd place award which, considering the size and median age of our club members is pretty darn good. This simply motivates Kevin & I to come up with one for 2017 that absolutely blows away the competition.
We have a very, very active club, enjoying the camaraderie of our fellow members and our cars with many, many cruises, shows, etc. on our agenda. Please visit our calendar page for details and links to our upcoming cruises. If, after perusing our entire website you feel an unrelenting urge to join our club, please click the button for an on-line registration form On-Line Applicattion Our club is open to all residents of THE VILLAGES who own CORVETTES. Thank you and enjoy our site and the rest of your day.
The following video embodies what the
is all about. Loving our cars and taking care of our fellow man. Before you go any further, please take a moment to watch this: