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Seasons Greetings to our CCO Family!
Orlando - As the days and weeks approach the holidays, CCO's activities will slow just a bit to allow our membership to enjoy the season with their families. To facilitate this, CCO plans to celebrate the holidays just a tad different than in years past by throwing our end-of-year bash just after the New Year. As with several past seasons, CCO will meet, greet, dine and party at a venue that has become the standard of excellence for a CCO event - Maggiano's's on International Drive in South Orlando. Get reserved now for this Saturday evening, January 4 event. It's destined to be our best of the year event! See further down this page for more details.
CCO Toys for Tots 2012...
A reminder goes out to CCO's Membership to be sure and attend our last of the year Meeting of the Membership at MetroWest Country Club. DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR TOYS for TOTS unwrapped new child's toy to the November Meeting. Thanks go to Joey Stoddard who continues to volunteer every year - working hard to be sure our gifts are handed off to children in the Central Florida community who otherwise might not have a Christmas. Can you find Joey in this photo from last year's collection? He's under there somewhere!
CCO'S Annual Holiday Event will be on January 4, 2014, at Maggiano's Little Italy, 9101 International Drive, in Orlando. Members and Guests join us at 7 o'clock in the evening to celebrate the beginning of another year, and as always, we'll reminisce the good times we had in 2013. Here's the details: $50.00 Per Person with guests at same rate. Bring checks payable to Corvette Club of Orlando at our November meeting, see email blasts from John Bradham regarding mailing checks to CCO, or login at MY CCO, go to the Membership Roster to get the address of Susan King - CCO Treasurer. Don't Miss This Event!
Corvette Fall Classic Almost a Rain-Out
1963 Corvette Grand Sport Replica Seen at the Fall Classic
Mystic Dunes Resort, Celebration, Florida. Saturday, November 2 - Well, even with all the rain we still managed to enjoy the day, and each others company. And, we were able to overlook the fact that everything was soaking wet and everyone seemed to be catching a chill. Sandi was the only one to bring warm clothes! We have no photos of our cars, but during a break in the rain, Howard did spend a little time with one entry - a well done replica of Roger Penske's Grand Sport Chassis #005 in full race trim, seen above.
Even though the Car Show Gods did not shine down on our Corvettes, they did shine down on CCO. After judging which was done in a drizzle, we adjourned early to the show venue's Club House Restaurant at Mystic Dunes. We had a nice lunch and awaited the results from the show's officials. ~ John Bradham
Below are the awards - See Photos of the presention on our Vette Races, Shows and News Page
Corvette Fall Classic - 2013
Late C6 1st Place Rich & Susan Kaleta
Late C6 2nd Place El Craig
Early C6 2nd Place Rich Craig
Late C5 1st Place Sandi Brown
C4 3rd Place BJ LaMontagne
C1 1st Place Willie Santana
C1 3rd Place John & Barbara Bradham
Best Interior C1 John & Barbara Bradham
Best Club Participation Award: The Corvette Club Of Orlando!
Polling Booth Open Through December 10
Attention CCO Members - Your end of year Polling Booth is now open. Click the link, or navigate to MY CCO, login, and make your annual choices for 'Best' Events and Corvette of the Year - 2013. Your awards will be presented at our annual Christmas Holiday Party at Maggiano's, January 4th, 2014!
CCO Rolls Back Roads to MOSI
'Sea Monsters Revealed' Exhibit - MOSI, Tampa
Saturday, August 17 – Tampa - On a muggy Saturday morning almost thirty CCO members in their Corvettes met at Starbuck’s on Cagan View Rd in Clermont. Departure time for this back roads trip to Tampa was 8:30 AM. Ed – a fantastic route planner, out-did himself again with a fabulous back roads trip heading south, southwest and then west to the MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry,) slightly northeast of Tampa.
Once there, we broke into small groups and ventured into the unknown - where great creatures roam our oceans. We had access to the entire museum and a chance to see as much as we could take in. First, we watched the IMAX short feature film about great white sharks. It was simply outstanding to watch these creatures on screen as if you were in the water with them. The film was frightful, entertaining and educational as everyone watched in awe of these magnificent creatures and of those individuals who dedicate their lives to studying them and helping in their conservation.
We then toured Sea Monsters Revealed, an awesome exhibit of many different known and unknown sea creatures. There were excellent displays of creatures in full form, yet transparent, so one could see their inner workings. Many great comparisons were shown between human organs and aquatic creatures’ hearts, brains, lungs and such, to help the visitor gain a better understanding of how similar we actually are to our sea-bound relatives. We roamed at our leisure from exhibit to exhibit until the lunch bell starting ringing. What’s a road trip with a lunch plan!!!
Next, we drove to Ybor City and the infamous Columbia Restaurant. Even in the middle of the day, this place was so crowded that sitting as a group could not be arranged so we gathered at tables with whom ever we could sit with. Always on tap when this group gets together; laughter, friendship and discussion about the museum was the order of the hour as we dined well in this traditional Old-Tampa venue.
Our ‘Back Roads Trip to MOSI’ was another fine production. Thanks go to ‘Fearless Leader Mike’ who coordinated the trip, to Ed, for concept, a superlative route plan, and driving lead car, and to Susan for collecting museum fees ahead of time to get us quickly out of the heat! Guys, this is Corvette Club of Orlando at its finest, each time, every time. Until the next venture..! See more pics in 'Latest Happenings' on the right side of all site pages!
~ Story contributed by Nick. Photos by Nick, Mike, Don & others…
Mystery Solved... Destination: Lake Worth Beach
Sunday Morning Over the Intercoastal! Photo courtesy of Susan Adams
Lake Worth Beach, Florida - On Friday, August 2, seventeen Corvettes assembled at Florida Turnpike's Canoe Creek Service Plaza for a noon departure for somewhere south. Billed as a low-key beach weekend - destination unknown, we were all ready for a drive and some relaxation - CCO Style! By 3:30 PM and a Worth Avenue/South Ocean Boulevard 'Billionaires Row' tour, the mystery was solved. Thirty-plus drivers & passengers were either in or near the heated spa between the west wing suites and the intercoastal at the Fairfield Inn, Lake Worth Beach. Refreshments, snacks & laughter were in order as we relaxed after that 'spirited' Friday afternoon commute down the Turnpike! Damp weather and no sunshine (a tropical system hovered nearby) would not deter our spirits! Later, dinner was in the lobby after all contemplated what our phoned-in orders would be to the Italian restaurant Mike recommended. Pizza and pasta finished, the evening topped off with two tables of Hand-n-foot going 'till after midnight for some, a stroll to Mulligan's for a nightcap for others. Saturday found breakfast in the lobby and later, (tropical system still hovering nearby,) most of us headed over to the beach & boardwalk, pier, or the Lake Worth Casino (not a real casino) building for various shopping, ice cream and eats or local exploring, biking, etc. Poolside & Spa later Saturday, (a tropical system STILL hovering nearby,) and a group dinner at Mulligan's topped the evening. Hand-n-foot for the diehard card gamers again Saturday..., 'till?
Then, Sunday, (NO tropical system nearby-Wow how pretty it was finally!) Breakfast done, a handful request late checkouts and head back to the beach. Others begin their treck back to Central Florida. By nightfall - all are safe and back home and are sending Mike appreciative notes for another great weekend. We like these low-impact weekends! Thanks Mikey! See more pics in Mikey's Mystery Trip August 2013 Gallery.
Sunday's Buttermilk Sky..
CCO Corvette of the Quarter, October - December, 2013
Sandi's 2004 Commemorative Edition Z06 - CCO Corvette of the Quarter
4th Qtr 2013!
See CCO's Corvette of the Quarter Gallery for BIO's on 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
Signup NOW! only 4 spots of 16 left
Check Roster for John Bradham or
Don Ianitelli email and let them
know you are interested!
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
make this historic journey?
CCO's Member Exclusive 2014 Caravan Page
CCO - "The Journey is the reward!"
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