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A NEWSLETTER FOR THE CORVETTE ENTHUSIAST

From the President
By Frank Smith, President

At our last meeting we held our annual elections and your Officers for the up
coming year are, myself as President, Georgana Turner Vice President of
Activities, Rich Merce NCCC Governor/Vice President of Membership, Dean
Smith Treasurer, and Cindy Clemmer Secretary.  I want to say thanks to all
nominees for caring enough about our Club to volunteer their services for the next
year.  I also think we have an outstanding Board that brings a lot of talent to the
management of the Beachcombers Corvette Club.

During November, all newly elected Officers conducted turnovers with the
outgoing Board Members.  I think we're firing on all eight cylinders and won't
miss a lick.  There have been some preliminary talks already to make our next
year's car show a real success.  But at this point everything is very preliminary.
If anyone wants to help out with the car show let me know.  The fact is we are
going to get started much earlier this year than we have in the past.  If you have
suggestions for our show, ensure you attend, not only our regular monthly
meetings, but also the car show committee meetings.  All dates, times and
places will be announced at the regular business meetings.
 
We had our 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off, which was a huge success.  There were
ten different chili entries and plenty of deserts. We had about thirty members
show up and there were a lot of laughs.  I also want to thank our gracious hosts,
Chris and Valerie Donahue.  I don't think we broke anything, though we may have
worn out the felt on their pool table.

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing
all members at  The Lighthouse Restaurant Friday the 10th of December for our
annual Christmas Party.
 
Your Board Members want to wish each and every one of you and your loved
ones a very safe and Happy Holidays, and we'll see you next year.  Don't Drink
and Drive, and remember, friends don't let friends drive drunk.

Upcoming Events
By Georgana Turner, VP Activities

Tuesday, December 7th, is the next business meeting held at the Virginia Beach
Central Library.  We will be going to Sal's afterwards for a late dinner and
munchies.

Friday, December 10th, is the Beachcomber's annual Christmas Party.  It is
being held at the Lighthouse Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue at Rudee Inlet.
There will be a cocktail hour from 7:00-8:00 PM with a cash bar and light hors
d'oeurvres. Dinner will be served at 8:00PM.  We have opted for dinner package
#4 that costs $24.95 per person (the price includes sales tax, gratuity and the
cheese and fruit trays served during the cocktail hour).  Beachcomber member's
cost is $12.50 per person and must be paid no later than the December 7th
meeting so that I can provide the restaurant with a good count.

Choice of Appetizer:
She Crab Soup
Mock Turtle Soup
Shrimp Cocktail (3 piece)
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Garden Salad (with choice of
Choice of Entree:
Filet Mignon and Rock Lobster Tail
Jumbo Shrimp Stuffed with Backfin Crabmeat
Fried Seafood Platter of Fresh fish, Scallops, Clams, Crab Cake, Oysters, and
Shrimp
Grilled Salmon Stuffed with Backfin Crabmeat
Chicken Breast (broiled or fried)
New York Strip

Served With:
Potato
Freshly Baked Breads
Coffee or Tea

Choice of Dessert:
Rum Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
White Chocolate Cheesecake
Chocolate Cake with Fudge Sauce

After dinner there will be door prizes and a DJ.  There has been a lot if effort put
into getting door prizes and I think you will be pleased with how it turns out.

Tuesday, December 14th, the events committee meeting will be held at 7:30PM
at Al and Liz Bianchi's house.  The address is 505 Dominion Boulevard S.,
Chesapeake.  If you need directions please call Al or Liz at 436-4868.  There
were approximately 15 people at the November events committee and there
were a lot of good ideas brought up.

Thursday, December 23rd, Hey everyone! It's that time of year again and Greg
& Nancy Koteski are having their annual Christmas party.  All Beachcombers are
welcome to come by Greg & Nancy's house at 5717 Paiute Road in Virginia
Beach and join the party starting at 7:00 pm.  (If you need direction, call Nancy
at 552-0922.)

Friday, December 31st, there will be a New Year's Eve party at Nadine
Carmody's house.  The address is 3329 Regent Park Walk, Virginia Beach.  The
party will start between 8:30 and 9:00 PM.  I would like you to RSVP to either
me (Georgana, 460-6282) or Nadine by Christmas so she can make plans for
food and drinks.  For further information, please call Nadine at 431-1573.

Tuesday, January 4th, is the first business meeting of the New Year held at the
Virginia Beach Central Library.  We will be going to Fuddrucker's afterwards for
a late dinner and munchies.

Tuesday, January 11th, the events committee meeting will be held at 7:30PM at
Nadine Carmody's house.  The address is 3329 Regent Park Walk, Virginia
Beach.  If you need directions please call Nadine at 431-1573.

Sunday, January 16th, will be our second Scotch Doubles Bowling Tournament.
The last one was a big success and everyone enjoyed themselves.  Hopefully
there will be even more people join in the fun this time.  We will hold it at the
Indian River bowling alley.  It will start at 12:00 Noon and go until approximately
2:00PM. The cost is $1.50 per game.

Other Events in January:

* Tuesday, January 18 - Tech Night at Tom Chorlton's house
* Thursday, January 27 - Dinner at Angies Restaurant in Chesapeake
* Sunday, January 30 - Superbowl party at Jimmy and Cindy Clemmer's house

BEACHCOMBERS RULE!!!
Congratulations to the these Beachcombers on their individual achievements in
local events:

Western Branch High School Homecoming
John Ashcraft - '97 Sebring Silver Coupe

ODR SCCA Langley Speedway Auto-X
Jeff Wetzel - 1st Place, Super Stock (SS)
Roberta Wetzel - 1st Place, Ladies Super Stock (SSL)
Greg Smith - 2nd Place, B Street Prepared (BSP)

Western Branch versus Deep Creek Football Game
John Ashcraft - '97 Sebring Silver Coupe
Jimmy & Cindy Clemmer - '98 White Coupe
Tom Chorlton's - '68 Red Convertible
Noel Goulston - '98 Sebring Silver Coupe
Ken Jobe - '93 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Convertible
Lynn Kennedy - '99 Red Coupe
Wayne King & George Smith - '75 Maroon Coupe
Bill Rascoe - '88 Metallic Red Coupe
Dean Smith - '98 Carmine Red Convertible
Greg Smith - '89 Dark Metallic Gray Coupe
Frank & Joy Smith - '92 Triple White Convertible
Keith Starlinz - '00 Millenium Yellow Convertible
Jeff & Georgana Turner - '00 Black Coupe
Don Ward - '58 Venetian Red Convertible
Tidewater Veteran's Day Parade
John Ashcraft - '97 Sebring Silver Coupe
Preston Berry - '62 White Convertible
Dennis DeMille - '86 White Coupe
Phillip Earls - '76 Green Coupe
Noel Goulston - '98 Sebring Silver Coupe
Ed Phillips - '74 Maroon L-82 Coupe
Dean Smith - '98 Carmine Red Convertible
Greg Smith - '89 Dark Gray Metallic Coupe
Don Ward - '58 Venetian Red Convertible

TSCC Joy Fund Auto-X
Jeff Wetzel - 2nd Place Super Stock (SS)
Roberta Wetzel - 3rd Place Super Stock (SS)

CCCHR Toys for Tots Car Show
Jesse Bloodworth - Top 25 Winner
Dan Burke - Top 25 Winner
Beachcombers Corvette Club - 2nd Runner Up, Club Participation

Manteo Christmas Parade
Bobbi Agner & Frank Malone - '81 Red Coupe
John & Merrill Ashcraft - '97 Silver Coupe
Philllip Earls - '76 Green Coupe
Ken Jobe - '93 Ruby Anniversary Convertible
Wayne King - '75 Maroon Coupe
George & Judy Manning - '91 Lone Star White ZR-1 Coupe
Bill Rascoe & Susan Blount - '88 Metallic Red Coupe
Dean & Dorothy Smith - '98 Carmine Red Convertible
George & Denise Smith - '87 Metallic Red Coupe
Greg Smith - '89 Dark Metallic Gray Coupe
Frank & Joy Smith - '92 Triple White Convertible
Linda Spradlin & Morgan Smith - '99 Red Convertible
Jeff Turner & Jimmy Clemmer - '00 Black Coupe

Joy Fund Car Show
Sarah Burke - 1st Place, '60-'69 Chrysler Luxury Cars
Preston & Linda Berry - 2nd Place (Tie), '53-'62 Corvettes
Dan Burke - 2nd Place (Tie), '53-'62 Corvettes
Greg Smith - 2nd Place (Tie), '84-'96 Corvettes
Don Sniady - 2nd Place (Tie), '84-'96 Corvettes

A Corvette's Night Before Christmas
(Contributed by Nadine Carmody)

'Twas the night before Christmas and in the garage,
There wasn't a trace of a Ford or a Dodge.
The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit,
So I figured I'd mess with the Vette for a bit.

I popped the release and I lifted the hood,
When a deep voice behind me said "looks pretty good."
Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick,
And there, by the workbench, stood good ol Saint Nick!

We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say,
Then he said "don't suppose that you'd trade for my sleigh?
I said "no way, Santa" and started to grin,
"But if you've got the time we could go for a spin!"

His round little mouth, all tied up like a bow,
Turned into a smile and he said "hey! Let's go!!"
So as not to disturb all the neighbors' retreat,
We pushed the Vette quietly into the street,

Then, taking our places to drift down the hill,
I turned on the key and I let the clutch spill.
The sound that erupted took him by surprise,
But he liked it a lot, by the look in his eyes.

With Goodyears a'cryin' and sidepipes aglow,
We headed on out where the hot rodders go.
And Santa's grin widened, approaching his ears,
With every shift up as I went through the gears.

Then he yelled "Can't recall when I've felt so alive!"
So I backed off the gas and said "You wanna drive?"
Ol' Santa was stunned when I gave him the keys,
When he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees!

Then the small block exploded with side exhaust sound!
Santa let out the clutch and the tires shook the ground!
Power shift into second, again into third!
I sat there just watching, at loss for a word,

Then I heard him exclaim as we blasted from sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, it's a hell of a night!!!"

Chili Cook-Off '99
By Dorothy Smith

If you missed our second annual Chili Cook-Off, you missed a hot time at the
Donahue's.  Chris and Valerie were wonderful hosts.  Their lovely home was
filled with the aroma of chili, chili, and more chili.  We had 10 pots of that
delectable dish, going from the mild all the way to Chris' #10 on the Richter
scale.  It was so hard to pick a favorite.  But when all the numbers were in after
all the tasting and re-tasting, the favorite of the night was Sarah Burke's delightful
pot, followed by Linda Spradlin, and Frank Smith, Mr. President himself.  Phillip
Earls' was chosen as the pot in most need of HELP!   Must have been those
Louisiana hot peppers!  The ladies still rule.  Yea!

There was also lots of other treats; bread, finger food, and oh those desserts.  I
noticed a few who didn't seem to be able to get enough.  You know who you
are!

Why not attend the next event and join in the fun.  It's the best way to get to
know your fellow Beachcombers.  If you'd be interested in hosting an event
at your home, please contact our new V. P. of Events, Georgana Turner.  She'd
love to hear from you and we'd love to have you at our events to get to know
you better.

See you at the Christmas Party on December 10th at the Lighthouse down at the
Oceanfront.

For Sale:
Trade for pinball machine, pool table, or piano!  I have the following items for
sale.  An upright Sear Coldspot Frostless Freezer (it has locking door) $125.00
or best offer.  I also have a Soda Machine worth $1,600 that holds 575 cans or
bottles.  Great for Game Room or Garage.  $800 or Best Offer!  Call Terry
Fennessey @ 473-1099.
 
Enclosed 22' Wells Cargo auto hauler/utility trailer.  Has a dovetail for easy
access, accommodates lowered Corvettes.  Almost like new, rarely used with
four new tires plus a never-used spare.  The best built trailer now at the best
price.  Trailer has three doors.  List price was $8500, will sell for $5000. Contact
George Manning in Duck, NC @ (252) 261-5184.