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As the Most Active Corvette Club in Central Florida, we welcome you to the Corvette Club of Orlando's Website! At CCO, our motto is simple - "Friendship, Family, Fun." Founded in 1992, we have been providing Corvette owners in Florida a truly premier membership experience for almost twenty-two years. We're owners of Corvette classics from the '50's to the ultra modern 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray! We are a social organization that enjoys fellowship, Corvette road-trips, Corvette car shows, activities & events and we all have a common bond of support for the communities we live, work and raise our families in. This Website serves our members with a portal for club news and information. We also feature our valued sponsors prominently and provide the entire world an opportunity to learn more about the Premier Corvette Club in all of Florida. Please come on in and browse around. Thank you for visiting The Corvette Club of Orlando!
July Fourth Gathering a Real 'Blast..!'
Greg & Kay's signature smiles while preparing smoked specialties for CCO to enjoy..
July Fourth - Greg & Kay have this Happy Birthday USA thing figured out! Once again they open their home to CCO for an afternoon of fun with friends. An estimated forty CCO'ers showed up bringing favorite recipes to share along with Greg's signature smoked specialties. Needless to say we ate good. The dessert table was full including a custom decorated CCO sheet cake! Soon, CCO's two water volleyball teams went into heated battle, playing several games while the spa ladies dodged out of bounds serves. (Sorry there's no pics of gameplay...) Judges Jim and Dan managed to somehow keep the peace as the two teams loudly objected to almost every call.
The gang enjoying 'Fourth Fare' and pool fun..
After the games ended those in the spa and others waiting to take a dip gathered in the pool for a little low-impact fun and leasurely conversation. As the evening progressed we all began to anticipate Greg & Kay's now-traditional annual pyrotechnics display. As the sky darkened, their back yard lit up 'like the fourth of July' and we all enjoyed the show!
Where there's smoke - is there fire?
Happy July 4th from CCO!!
Thanks to all who attended and contributed to the food and fun! And a very special CCO thanks go to Greg and Kay for their very gracious hospitality. As Greg was heard to say over and again as we were departing "With CCO, it's always fun!" We would agree.
~ Photos and story by Howard Brown
"No Guts, No Glory" Trip a Big Hit!
Pahrump, Nevada - June 8 - 11, 2014. Ten CCO members and three guests - some with spouses and family members, left Spring Mountain Motorsports Park / Ron Fellows Performance Driving School on June 11th with new driving skill-sets and a newfound passion for C7 Corvette. All graduates of the Ron Fellows technique-intensive 'Level One' program, our guys are quoted as saying the school and the new Corvette both exceeded all expectations! The school was three full days of classroom driving concepts, on-track basic handling in dry and wet conditions, safety, shifting, braking and cornering exercises, all emphasizing enhanced visibility and awareness - all in showroom floor, stock C7 Corvettes. Instructors rode shotgun, demonstrated behind-wheel and lead or followed each student in small groups of four cars every day - communicating with us via two-way radio. Day three included several open-lap sessions where we were able to practice new-found high performance driving techniques. Over the three day period we racked up well over 200 miles of seat time. While we all learned new high performance techniques for on-track applications, the primary benefit will be that the skills gained in enhanced visibility, handling, shifting, braking and cornering concepts can be applied to everyday driving. And, as far as measuring our individual experiences with the new C7 Corvette - pushing the car to our own limits, we all know this new car has performance capability far exceeding our abilities! C7 Rocks! Spring Mountain is a state-of-the-art, motorsports country club with all the features any automotive enthusiast would ever need. If you enjoy spirited driving, be it in a Corvette or what ever one enjoys driving, a driving school at Spring Mountain should be on your must-do short list! Thanks go to a tremendous staff of Spring Mountain instructors headed up by Rick Malone and the support staff at the school and resort. Thanks also go to Don Ianitelli for his diligent work with the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School on school and condo arrangements at the resort, to John Bradham for publicity, and Mike Nostro for assisting many of us with after-school, Las Vegas accommodations at Caesars Palace and flight arrangements!
Another Breakfast Mystery Solved!
The Beautiful Mission Inn - Howie-in-the-Hills is no longer a mystery...
Howie-in-the-Hills, Florida - May 31, 2014 Ed's Mystery Breakfast for May started out at RaceTrac on Hwy 441 and Wolf Branch Road, Mount Dora. At 8:30 am nearly thirty cars pulled out headed east, then south, and west again across the muck farms of western Orange and eastern Lake Counties. Soon we were rolling up and down the hills so common in central Lake County until our driving directions brought us to an old Florida landmark - The Mission Inn at Howie-in-the-Hills. Long known for it's beautiful grounds, fine dining and traditional old-world accommodations, the Mission Inn has long been a fine convention, golf and wedding destination. It was not that long ago CCO attended a Concours quality car show at Mission Inn.
The La Hacienda Dining Room served up scrumptious breakfast fare.
After a short stroll uphill we found ourselves at the La Hacienda Restaurant - Mission Inn's main facility dinning room. A comprehensive menu of breakfast offerings - from fresh fruit to a made-to-order omelet station, and all the trimmings kept us coming back for seconds and thirds! Surrounded by beautiful garden views out every window, we enjoyed the food and each others company before heading our separate ways to complete our Saturday. Special thanks to Ed for the drive and arrangements and to John for promoting the event and keeping the roster!
Prez Mike gives the camera a wave in a room full of hungry CCO Road-trippers.
The blur of a fast bowler...!
Leesburg - May 18, 2014 About forty CCO members converged on AMF Leesburg Lanes on Sunday May 18th for an afternoon of fun and bowling. There was a lot of trash talking, laughing, and just good ol’ revelry. The highest game for the men was 201, bowled by Nick Francoforte. The highest game for the women was 193, bowled by Sue Bischoff. After getting their fill of bowling, the group headed to Zachary’s Restaurant, also in Leesburg. Zachary’s had set aside a beautiful room for the exclusive use of CCO. The special menu included fish, chicken, pasta and steak entrees. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food. While CCO’s gang will probably not win any bowling tournaments, the group seemed to really enjoy the camaraderie that existed while bowling. The buckets of beer for $10 probably helped as well!
~ Story by Don Bishoff, Photos by Susan Adams and Debbie Nostro
The gang takes the alley by storm...
CCO Dyno Day at Next Level Performance
Geoff Skorupa explains Steve Jone's dyno results as Nick and Bruce look on.
Altamonte Springs - May 10, 2014 - Club Sponsor Geoff Skorupa ~ AKA: Next Level Performance, held an exclusive Dyno Day for CCO Saturday. Members started arriving at Next Level after a record-attendance breakfast at CCO Sponsor, Nicks Family Diner... (wow, CCO has the greatest Club Sponsors!) By 9:30 AM at least ten Corvettes were in line for a horsepower / torque test. Geoff & Riana had drinks and snacks and plenty of chairs for the ladies who also came out for the event. As each car was set up in the dyno, the guys gathered around the computer screens eager to see results after each of Geoff's runs. After their run, Riana presented each member a nice laminated 'Run Sheet' that graphed their car's best-of-two run performance on horsepower and torque. Nice touch Riana!
Steve's C5 all strapped in for a Dyno Run.
Geoff is a very accomplished LS tuner and worked with each owner regarding tips and suggestions for squeezing even more power out of their motors. We were glad to see some members discussing additional tuning work that would be scheduled for another day. Thanks to Geoff & Riana for your support and a great day in the shop. Thanks to Don Ianitelli for event coordination and to John Bradham for publicizing the event. See more event photos at CCO's FaceBook Page or in our CCO Dyno Day 2014 Gallery!
CCO's Annual 'The Kellie' Recipient Recognized
Susan (left) presents CCO's Favorite Ladie's Kentucky Derby Hat Award to Debbie Boone.
Daytona Beach Shores - May 2-4, 2014 - CCO's annual Kentucky Derby Party weekend event just wrapped up and yes, we have a new 'The Kellie' recipient! All our ladies (and guys) were sporting all manner of Derby Tops, some humorous, some serious, some boisterous, some conservative, but all imaginative and fun! (See our 2014 Derby Gallery) After first balloting was complete and finalists Rena Woodley, Debbie Nostro and Debbie Boone were announced by Master of Ceremonies Don Ianitelli, we voted again for our favorite overall winner. Top honours went to Ms. Debbie Boone, decked out in a striking red-on-red ensemble that certainly took the Shores's Coastal Room by storm. Congratulations to Debbie on her most-coveted win. This award, fondly entitled 'The Kellie', honours the memory of Kellie Goodale, a long-time CCO member who lost finally lost her valiant battle against cancer some years ago. Kellie loved attending our Derby Parties, laughing, smiling and showing off her beautiful hand-made derby hats!
Rick takes home the 'Horse's Ass!'
In the CCO Men's Favorite Derby Hat category, Rick Woodley's imaginative race horse top took top honours. We suspect it was actually Rena's imagination and design that brought home the trophy. CCO President, Mike Nostro presented this especially saught-after award to Rick. Hey who wouldn't want a statue of a horse, backside in the air, proudly displayed in thier tropy case at home? Anyway, Rick seemed excited to be CCO's 2014 'Horse's Ass!' Congratulations to Rick!
CCO Gals & Guys ready to compete for our favorite Derby Ladies and Mens Hat!
This was CCO's Sixth Derby Party and our fourth venue to have hosted the event. Thanks to Don and John for making all the arrangements at The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach Shores. This year, a storm system that had engulfed the north half of Florida dampened and chilled our Friday and Saturday - forcing all activities indoors. On Friday evening, CCO Member Ray Ingrassia found us a group of tables at 'Down the Hatch', Ponce Inlet's popular waterside bar and grill. Saturday, with pool, hot tub, sand and surf rained out, we played bingo, took long naps, shopped or did short road-trips through Tamoka/Ormond Loop and, oh yes, bar-hopped in the hotel lobby. The Derby event began about 4PM Saturday in the 11th floor Coastal Room - with hazy, but still wonderful floor to ceiling window views of Daytona Beach and the inland waterway. Our evening began with some small-time wagering, an antipasto tid-bits on one end, cash bar on the other and our big-screen in the middle to watch the 'Run for the Roses' where later, the chestnut colt California Chrome won it all at Churchill Downs. Payout's made, our derby hats competition winners were then announced, candid, couples and group photos captured for our 2014 Derby Gallery and then it was off for dinner at several select oceanside eateries for dinner in small groups. Sunday brought a sunny sky with a lingering bit of chill in the air as we watched children hit the pool and beach after an all-couped-up weekend! Breakfast coffee down or maybe a late check-out arranged, we all said our good-byes and headed back to reality. Another Derby Weekend in the books. ~ Editor
Please see our 2014 Derby Party Gallery for event photos!
Redneck Wine Tour Kicks Off CCO's Summer Season
Beautiful Label Artwork - And Good Wine at Tangled Oaks.
Country Roads of Florida - Our tour started in Mt. Dora with sixteen souls in eight Corvettes eager for a full day of motoring in rural mid-Florida. After a pit stop in Bellview, we rolled on through the backroads of Ocala Horse Country making our way to the ‘Gem of the Suwannee Valley’ — Chiefland.
A Classic Experience at Dakotah!
Our first stop was at Dakotah Vineyards Winery, just north of Chiefland. Based on the number of bottles and other merchandise the group purchased, this winery was even better than we had expected!
We departed Dakotah and headed northeast into High Springs for lunch at the Great Outdoors Restaurant. It was their annual “Pioneer Days” so parking was somewhat of an issue until we found a big patch of somebody’s grass.
Who gave us permission to park here?
After lunch we continued our tour - now heading generally southeast toward toward the Palatka area and the tiny town of Grandin, where we visited Tangled Oaks Vineyard. It was a much smaller family-run facility but still educational and fun to visit.
Departing Tangled Oaks, we started our last two legs of the tour with a stop at the Rodman Dam and a drive into Deland for dinner at Cooks Buffet & Cafe Bakery.
It was a Great Day spent with Great Club Members!
Thanks go to Ed Merchut for organizing the tour, leading the group & submitting these great photos and feature story! ~ Editor
CCO Annual Auction Shows Record Shattering Results
Don & Mike working for Kurt.
MetroWest Country Club, Orlando - On Monday, April 21, CCO VP Don Ianitelli announced record shattering news to the membership. Don says “Our Treasurer, Susan King has published our final results and I can now say Our Live Auction netted $4882, and our Silent Auction added another $1208! That's $6090!! All along, my goal for this year’s auction was to surpass
Kurt getting a 'All-In' Top Bid.
$3000 with the hope we’d get to $4,000. Last year, by comparison, we raised just a bit less than $2000. Yet, I'm not surprised that we surpassed our goal because of our people. I am very grateful to a group of wonderfully generous members. As a result we are looking forward to a more relaxed homecoming season, as our second major annual fundraiser now needs less intensity and will certainly be much less stressful.”
On auction evening, April 16, nearly one-hundred CCO members arrived at MetroWest, auction items under arm and in boxes and bags. Settling in — refreshments in hand, we began visiting and browsing the silent auction area, jotting our names and bids down when we found interesting items for bid. Soon, the buffet was served. Not long after, Elvis made his grand entrance, socializing and
Silent Auction is underway.
posing for photos with the ladies. Then Elvis took his microphone and in hand and crooned out a few well known golden oldies! At 7pm, Mike called a very short business meeting to order. Business done, Kurt got the live bidding started and for almost an hour and a half, entertained us — raising ton of dollars to boot! It was a long evening for our members and event organizers, and
we can’t thank everyone enough. When asked Don what he attributed our wonderful results to, he had the following to say: “The biggest of all ‘Thank you’ goes out to each of you, CCO members! You donated more items, and many were more valuable than was expected. There were more classy items and certainly many upgrades from last year. Many of you were not afraid to reach out to the business community and ask for a donation. Others of you let go of some of your favorite Corvette or even non-Corvette items for the good of the club. We can't thank you enough! And of course, lets not forget the members who were bidding on items including many overbids too. You’re the best!Thanks go to Susan King who was continuously busy all night handling the tally and collecting the monies. She
Marjean enjoys the evening.
probably had the toughest job of all. Thanks to Mike for helping me deal with all the live items and to John Bradham for sending out great emails as constant reminders of the event.
“ I want to extend special thanks to Jim and Joe Stoddard. You boys are the best! These two raised over $300 bucks by auctioning themselves off for a Stoddard Lunch. And Jim, you told me this wouldn't work! Thanks for keeping the faith. It had to be the shoes. And finally, If I’ve forgotten anyone please know it’s not intentional!”
Don’s last thoughts were to say: “CCO Members, we just couldn’t have accomplished these results as a group without your kindness, loyalty and determination. You really have the will to win! What we stand for goes beyond our basic love of the Corvette. We are a group of active folks who love the club as if it was family. I’m proud to belong.”
Jim & Joe do lunch with the highest bidder.
Jim's Green Wingtips - it must have been the Shoes.
CCO Selects Corvette of the Second Quarter 2014
Congratulations to Steve & Darlene Misciagno as their 2013 60th Anniversary Grand Sport has been selected as CCO's Corvette of the Quarter! Please see the Misciagno's full BIO on this beautiful and very rare Corvette at our Corvette of the Quarter Gallery!
CCO Members, do you want to know more about how you can submit your Corvette for consideration?
See the Corvette of the Quarter Rules for Submission.
Lake Wales - March 29 - Thirty Corvettes meet at Champions Gate. Departing at 8:15 AM, with well prepared directions given by top-notch navigators, we drive generally south through rural Osceola & Polk Counties on damp yet picturesque country roads. Then, Bok Tower rises above the fog - long in the distance. Soon after, a stop at Race-Trac.
Two more miles... Mystery Solved. Chalet Suzanne. A really nice Breakfast! After... shopping anyone? Thanks Ed! Thanks John. A big welcome to many of our new members for quickly joining 'Friendship, Family, Fun..!'
Susan and Mike present our check to GKTW Representative Lauren..
Orlando - Wednesday, March 19 - CCO's 2013-14 Charitable Giving Campaign came to a big conclusion at our March Meeting of the membership. Our year-long efforts were rewarded with much success as President Mike Nostro confirmed we'd had a 'banner year.' Initially announced at February's meeting, we were advised that our total gift this year would be split evenly between a donation to Give Kids the World, and the National Corvette Museum. A representative from GKTW was in attendance on the 19th and graciously accepted our gift - presented by Mike and Treasurer Susan King.
NCM Director Wendell Strode seated on CCO's Commemorative Bench..
Earlier in March, our gift to the National Corvette Museum was recognized by NCM Director Wendell Strode with a very kind letter of thanks sent our way. Wendell also took the NCM photographer out into the courtyard where CCO's Commemorative Bench is located, sat down comfortably and posed with our check, being sure CCO's logo on the bench was visable and the trade-mark NCM red tower was in the background. Thanks to Wendell for braving the cold - we see the snow over his shoulder. Wendell wrote that CCO will be recognized in the Museum's America's Sports Car Magazine for our gift and representatives of CCO will be invited to Bowling Green to attend the 2015 Winner's Circle & Duntov Society Evening at the 'Bash' in April of next year! CCO has much to be proud of knowing we made a difference this year!
Letter of Thanks from Wendell and the NCM..
March signals the beginning of Spring in Central Florida. Spring brings a new season of outdoor enjoyment and fun - and also the ramping up of CCO's new year of activities, events and yes, efforts that allow us to give back. Up next: CCO's Annual Charity Auction evening - Wednesday April 16. More information can be found elsewhere on this site about this exciting event. Please plan your active attendance now!
CCO Corvette of the Year - 2013
- Craig & Bette Hallmark's 2008 Jetstream Blue Roadster -
CCO Corvette of the Year
Announced at CCO's Annual Christmas Holiday Extravaganza on January 4th, The Corvette of the Year 2013
Award is deservedly presented to Bette Hallmark.
See CCO's Corvette of the Quarter Gallery for a Photo and BIO on all our 2012 & 2013 Winners!
CCO Members: Click here
to find out how to have your car considered for Corvette of the Quarter.
Not For Those Faint of Heart - A June 2014 Adventure...
RON FELLOWS PERFORMANCE DRIVING SCHOOL
A CCO Extraordinary Event
"No Guts, No Glory"
Coming June 2014
As of January 15 Event is Full
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2014 CCO/National Corvette Caravan Page Now Open
The excitement is already building..! Our own John Bradham steps up to coordinate CCO's participation in the 2014 National Corvette Caravan & the NCM 20th Anniversary Celebration in Bowling Green Kentucky. Members who will make the journey need to login to MY CCO
and keep track of Johns' periodic updates. Click Here
to go to CCO's Member Exclusive 2014 Caravan Page. The Caravan is a long way off - but as anyone who attended the 5th, 10th or 15th NCM Anniversary and Caravan events knows, spots fill, slots fill, rooms get reserved early, So consider getting your reservations done! Will you
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