As a former college basketball coach, I think teamwork is a thing of beauty.
At last month’s Southern Oregon Rod and Custom Show, Rogue Valley Corvettes showed as much teamwork as the great UCLA Dynasty teams of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Coach Wooden would have been proud.
The Rod and Custom Show is the region’s grandest indoor car event, and RVC’s drive-in theater-themed club display was a tremendous hit. Many of our club members teamed up to make it happen.
Morris and Virginia loaned us our theater ‘screen’ – whom else has a spare 65” TV? Dave Stickland’s Red Elk Enterprises paid for the black back-drop that gave us the dark-of-night look we needed. John Bucchino created speakers for each car that were outstanding. Car owners Lori Hale, Greg Danner, Kent and Barbara Colahan and the Bucchinos brought their cars to the event. And on the days we had to set-up and tear-down the display, we had almost more help than we needed. Besides the Bucchinos and Danner, we also had Ron Seering, Dave Guches, Morris and Stickland helping out.
We didn’t set any picks or trap at the wings, but it was a thing of beauty.
Our friends at Rogue Valley Street Rods appreciated our club display and all of our members who volunteered their time to assist with the show. RVC’s dedication to our Community shined brightly. I, for one, talked to hundreds of people who stopped by who were impressed not only with our cars and our display, but with our contributions to Skills USA.
To those of you who provided cars – thank-you. And to those of you who made the display possible – thank-you. And to those who volunteered your most precious resource – time – I thank-you, too.
Spring is in the air. Warmer temperatures and my sinuses prove that.
As the weather gets (hopefully) progressively better, let’s keep our eyes and ears open for windows of opportunity – chances for spur-of-the-moment Corvette cruises that can be pulled off with a few phone calls and emails. Anyone can initiate a spur-of-the-moment cruise. Anyone – even you.
On March 17th, RVC Events Czar Marilyn Pack will lead our band of merry Corvette enthusiasts to Wolf Creek for a lunch-run. I hope you and your Corvette will join us.
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Five RVC cars were dramatically displayed in an almost-life-size-like drive-in theatre that included a car culture movie classic, some Bucchino-built limited edition speakers and a display of club trophies.
RVC Charter Member Dave Stickland’s Red Elk Enterprises paid for the black back-drop that gave the scene the after-dark feel it needed. The back-drop was a subtle, but very important, piece to the drive-in theatre puzzle. Dave’s generosity, as always, was greatly appreciated.
Numerous RVC members volunteered to work the area’s biggest annual indoor car show, manning everything from doors, to ticket booths, to the PA system.
“RVC had a great weekend,” said President Dan Richards. “Our club display was a hit with everyone who attended the show and our members really stepped up to help our friends at Rogue Valley Street Rods put the show on.”
“We couldn’t do this without your Corvette club’s help,” said John Marvel, RVSR member who coordinates the staffing of the show. “We really appreciate your help!”
In the drive-in display, the car culture cult classic “American Graffiti” played on as Lori Hale’s ’54, Dan Richards’ ’62, Kent and Barbara Colahan’s ’64, John and Mary Jo Bucchino’s ’65 and Greg Danner’s ’72 shined brightly under the lights of the main floor.
“It was really cool,” Richards said. “Peoples’ eyes lit up when they saw the cars and realized they were parked at a drive-in. American Graffiti was the perfect movie for us to show.”
On Saturday night of the show, nearly 30 RVC members and guests attended a dinner social at Medford’s Red Lobster, hosted by Lori Hale. “We had a great dinner with good friends,” Hale said. “It’s a great part of our Rod and Custom Show weekend.”
Each of the RVC cars displayed were awarded Sponsor Plaques and the RVC Club Display placed second among the most club displays the show has ever had. “I thought we did very well for our first attempt at a club display,” Richards said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to have another club display next year.”
RVC has a great relationship with Rogue Valley Street Rods, and has assisted with the Rod and Custom Show for the past five years.
Rogue Valley Street Rods has hosted the show for three-plus decades and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for their charities. This year, RVC will help them commemorate the 35th Annual Show with a club display.
Five RVC Corvettes – Lori Hale’s ’54, Dan Richards’ 62, Kent and Barbara Colahan’s ’64 coupe, John and Mary Jo Bucchino’s ’65 coupe, and Greg Danner’s ’72 big block – will grace the main floor at this year’s show.
Set up in a drive-in theatre-like atmosphere, the RVC cars – complete with Bucchino-designed drive-in theatre speakers – will transport visitors back to the glory days of Corvettes, rock n’ roll and the classic American drive-in theatre.
“We’re excited to help our friends at Rogue Valley Street Rods celebrate the 35th Anniversary Rod and Custom Show,” said RVC President Dan Richards. “Their club has a great history of putting on a wonderful show and raising a lot of money for Southern Oregon children.” The Rod and Custom show benefits the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center of Oregon – and this year they could eclipse the $500,000 mark of charitable donations raised.
The Rod and Custom Show is held at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Central Point. 8,000 visitors are expected at this year’s show.
For more information, go to http://roguevalleystreetrods.com/
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