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Larry and Ingrid
In 1965 we bought a 1959 Corvette that needed much work, did some restoration, then sold it in 1967, so we had an affection for Corvettes and the show brought back memories of our first Corvette. In 1985 purchased a new 1985 Corvette from Dobles Chevrolet. Then , on September 27, 2008 we took delivery of our third Corvette, from Dobles, a Victory Red Roadster with Black Top. This 2008 was a retirement gift to us after I retired at the end of May 2007.

Remembering that Gate City Corvette Club used to show the club cars at the Nashua Mall in the 70's and 80's, we thought it would be appropriate to see if GCCC was still in existence and if so, to become members. After contacting Dennis Granger regarding the club, reviewing the process for becoming members, we attended our first meeting on 12 September 2007 at Dobles Chevrolet in Manchester. This was the last meeting to be held at Dobles - go figure!. Our second meeting was in December where the club was introduced to MacMulkin and were given a tour of the facilities. The Christmas party in January was our third event and we were accepted as members of GCCC. For 2008, we made every meeting but one, of course that one was pizza night!

When the Seacoast Vettes Calendar of Events came out, we reviewed all the events and decided what we would try to attend during the year. In the end, including GCCC picnics, we attended 15 events overall. It seems like we were on the road every other weekend doing something related to Corvettes. One of the first ones that we wanted to attend, Back to the Beach in Ogunquit, ME was booked. Looking forward to 2009, we met up with the folks who put on this event and now have a reservation for Back to the Beach II in June of 2009.

During our participation at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, in Maine, the summer of 2008, we met another couple attending the event from Nantucket, MA. The two days we spent were fun and we seemed to hit it off very well. They suggested that we visit them some time and we parted. In early December 2008 they sent an email inviting us to visit them and enjoy the annual Christmas Stroll on Nantucket. We had a great time with them and all went well. Now they are planning a trip to Texas in April 2009 and have asked us to join them. We said yes and are currently planning the "cruise" to Austin, TX. You meet the nicest people in Corvettes!

Since we took delivery of our Corvette, we have kept it on the road through all the seasons and put 10,000 miles on it after 14 months. We have had a great time driving around in it; we have made many new friends, and look forward to another great year in 2009. Not sure we can do more events but we will see. To those who joined after us, and to those who will join, ask questions. Many folks in the club assume everyone understands the details behind the topic being discussed which leaves new members in the dark - ask questions! We would like to see more club participation in other club events and more technical sessions either by club members (we have some great "mechanics") or visiting shops in the area.

Many thanks to all members of GCCC for helping to make this first year of membership meaningful and quite enjoyable. We look forward to working with all of you in 2009.

our 1985 Corvette
Our 1985 Corvette
our 2008 Corvette
Our 2008 Corvette
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