July 2024        LOW-DOWN from COWTOWN - LIVE ONLINE
          Racing, Showing and Cruising around Fort Worth since 1974           
The President's Pit Stop
               
                                                                                                                            

Randy Baker - President

Howdy Cowtown,

 

Wow - what a good time!  Cheers for 50 Years was and a huge success.  Eighty-eight past and present members of Cowtown Vettes attended to celebrate 50 years of fun activities and the club’s rich history.  This milestone event showcased the diverse community of individuals that make up our membership.  There were plenty of opportunities to look back at the history of our club with a video slide show provided by Doug McMahan and photo and yearbooks organized by Mary Pittman.

 

Fun activities included a Decorated Flip Flop and Parrot Head Attire contests headed up by JoAnne Smith and Debbie Lindsey.  These were serious competitions as our club members really got into them.

 

Great food, margaritas, and cake with the setting at the Texas Motor Speedway worked perfectly to celebrate the legacy of Cowtown Vettes and the unity it fosters among the membership.

 

Best of all, it was a great time for us to swap stories among individuals from our club’s inception to club newcomers who are just getting started.  People came early and stayed to the end visiting and getting to know each other.

 

Special thanks to Vicki Currey/Mary Pittman and their committee members’ planning and all the hard work it took in making this an event to remember.

 

This celebration once again reinforces our club motto ….

 

I joined for the car and stayed for the people

 

 

Happy Driving,

 

Randy Baker

Cowtown Vettes President

 

 

 
 
 
 

 Social News
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Mary Pittman - VP - Socials - Historian

A huge thank you to all of you who came out for “Cheers to 50 Years”,  celebrating 50 years of Cowtown Vettes. A special thank you to former members who came out to celebrate with us.  We had a capacity crowd.

 

A big thank you also to Vicki Currey who accepted the challenge in February to pick up this event and run with it.  It was a pleasure to be her co-chair. The full house seemed to enjoy the fun, food and festivities.  Who knew flip flop decorating was such a competition sport.  There were dioramas, flip flops that talked, a flip flop clock and all manner of others. First place went to Lee Ann Parker. Thanks to Jo Anne Smith for heading up this contest. 

 

Thanks also to Debbie Lindsey for being in charge of the “Best Dressed Parrot head” contest. There were some great “beachy”, floral, Margaritaville outfits. Bill Hornback and Tim & Melissa Musick were the winners of this contest.  Thanks for sending CTV into their next decade in style!

 

JULY

 

The social event for July will be a cruise to Roadside America Museum in Hillsboro on July 27.  Roadside America is a privately owned collection of 40’s & 50’s advertising memorabilia, classic cars, and nostalgic Americana.

Robert Geyer will have more info on meeting location and time, etc.

 

 

 

AUGUST

 

August is going to be a “do again”....Sylvia Hoaldridge has graciously invited us back to her home for another pool party on August 17. There will be more info and a sign up sheet later on.

 

 

Be sure and put December 7th on your calendar for our annual

Christmas Party!

 

  

Secretary
                                      
Vicki Currey - Secretary - Timing Chair
    
 

CTV Secretary

 

Just a reminder, the Membership and Board minutes are located in the Members Only section.

 

If you have any questions about the minutes, please feel free to contact me.

 

Timing Chair

 

 

If you are interested in learning timing for CTV’s autocrosses,

 

come spend some time in the trailer and join in the excitement!

 

 

Vicki Currey

vfrostcurrey@live.com

    

Treasurer - Digital/Social Media - Sponsorship
        

Doug McMahan - Treasurer - Social/Digital Media - Sponsorship

Digital / Social Media Article

 

Hope everyone had a great time at the 50th Anniversary Party – we did. On the 29th, we will have our historic 50th Anniversary Member / Vette Photo Shoot – we do have at least 1 of every generation signed up. Due to some requests, we are trying to figure out a way we can get the “50 Years of Cowtown” video on the website or even just shared via a link for you to enjoy it – more on this later.

We will have a slideshow in July, which will include all the May & June events. The slideshow will continue to include some Corvette Trivia along with various other Corvette happenings around the country. Larry (our webmaster) does post a lower-resolution version online, on the CTV Website. Please provide any submissions for the slideshow to me no later than Monday evening of the Membership Meeting week.

 

If you have been working on or updating your Corvette with new items …or if you have taken a trip in your Corvette and have some photos to share with membership, please send those to me and I’ll include them in the monthly slideshow.  Cowtown’s Microsoft O365 account allows us to use OneDrive, which makes it much easier for you to provide high-resolution photos from events for the web and/or monthly slideshow. If you would like to share photos, please take them in high-resolution; if not, they can’t be used on the big screen since they would show grainy / blurry.  These are needed by noon, the Monday before the Membership Meeting. If you have questions, please contact me and I’ll provide you with more information and the OneDrive link to share your photos – basically use the highest resolution option you can set on your camera or smartphone.

When you receive a CTV-ALL eMail blast, we would request that you please only reply to the originator when you are replying to a CTV-ALL email. When you opt to reply, simply select Reply on the email, then remove the CTV-All entry and replace it with the email address of the originator. If you are sending CTV-ALL emails, please include your email address in the body of the email so you have that address handy.

If you change your email or home address, Corvette, or other info – please drop an email to CTV-Membership@groups.io.

If you are not receiving CTV-ALL emails, please get with me so we can either add you or figure out why you aren’t receiving them.

More information on email distribution lists and the acceptable use of them can be found on our website.

Facebook – if you are on Facebook and not a “friend” of Cowtown Vettes, members cannot include you in tags at events; these tags show your non-club member friends all the fun we are having. Who knows, maybe some of you are in the witness protection program and don’t want to be tagged J If you are posting, be sure to tag Cowtown Vettes so it appears on our Facebook news feed.

Doug McMahan

Digital / Social Media Chairperson

socialmedia@cowtownvettes.org

 

CTV Treasurer

As a friendly reminder, our Monthly Treasurer Reports are located on the Member’s Only page on our website. If you have any questions about the reports, please feel free to reach out to me.

Additionally, all the Budgets and P&Ls for events and socials are on the Member’s Only page as well.

Doug McMahan

CTV Treasurer

treasurer@cowtownvettes.org

CTV Sponsorship

For our 50th Anniversary, Cowtown could benefit and would like to partner with some good club sponsors (at any level); see below. Do you own or work somewhere that might be interested in becoming a sponsor?  if so, help promote them to become a Cowtown Vettes Sponsor? There are multiple levels depending on the depth of sponsorship desired. Do you have a candidate or any thoughts for a club sponsor? With club sponsors we can fund the financial needs of our club, but we also have opportunities for funding an event or socials; or event to print the Low-Down, etc. Not all sponsor levels have to be automotive related, so talk to us and share what you might be interested in sponsoring.

Note: We have a freshly painted Club Trailer – Certain Club Sponsors Levels will have their logo added to our club trailer, adding visibility beyond the flyer and our website.


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We always have copies of Cowtown’s Sponsor Program at the Membership Meetings – see me. They are also available on our website, on the Sponsor page. If you need some in between meetings, contact either me or the Sponsorship Committee CTV-SC@groups.io

 

We continue tweaking the Member Guide that will help everyone to understand and promote Cowtown to potential sponsors. This guide will only be posted on the CTV Member’s Only website page – not to be distributed to non-CTV Individuals.

 

If you have questions or need clarifications, please reach out.

 

Doug McMahan

Sponsorship Chairperson

macsvettes@gmail.com

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

NCCC Event Chairperson(s) NEEDED

 

Cowtown Vettes annual income, typically ~83% comes from NCCC Events, the remainder from the Annual Corvette Show.  Each year, Cowtown typically holds an Autocross in the Spring, along with a Corvette Scramble (has been at Fat Daddy’s) and another Autocross in the Fall.

 

Cowtown Vettes is looking for someone to head up the NCCC Event Chairperson for 2025, when Larry Schaapveld steps down.  This could even be a couple of members if one member wanted to chair the Autocross events (like the TCC events this year) and the other the Scramble type events (car show, funkhana, rallyes). Keep in mind that this chairperson does NOT have to be a racer or competitor to be great at this, we have had previous chairpersons that were not, and they did an awesome job. Do you have organizational or planning skills?  If so, you have most of the skills needed to be successful. There are numerous knowledgeable members that will always pitch in and help you any way they can.

 

We invite you to get involved and help Cowtown with these revenue generating events and consider this chairperson position. If you are interested and/or have questions about this chairperson, contact Larry Schaapveld, Doug or Glenda McMahan, or other members that have been around a while.

 

Regards,

Previous NCCC Event Chairperson & Board Member

 
 
Board Members
                           Raley Smith               
                           Glenda McMahan       
 
                           Kim West          
 
                        William Nolan        
 
                         Cliff Holden          

 Membership Chair
 
            
    

Ann Walker - Membership Chair
 

NEW MEMBERS

 

 

 

VISITORS

SONNY ARNOLD

KERRI SHAW

 

                                                              
                       Joly BIRTHDAYS:                                                                                            July ANNIVERSARIES:               
         

JULY 12 – ROYCE LUMMUS

JULY 12 – SUSAN PAVAS

JULY 15 – SAM CASTORANI

JULY 18 – CHARLOTTE WILLINGHAM

JULY 22 – MIKE MESSERLI      

JULY 23 – NANCY ZIRBAS

JULY 25 – RICHARD DOWNING

JULY 25 – MITCH WILLIAMS

JULY 25 – SHARON WOMBOUGH

JULY 27 – CRAIG PLUNKETT

JULY 29 – ANN WALKER

JULY 12 - JACK & PAULA WINTER

JULY 20 - JESSE & MELISSA PEREZ

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   

Cowtown Cruiser

    

Robert Geyer - Cruiser/Equipment Chair
            

Hello cruisers, 

 

It's definitely Summer now and the heat is on.  But don't let that  keep you from enjoying a fun cruise in you Vette.  It's a great time to find those cruiser points or that perfect location for your `what I saw along the way'  photo. Remember your points and photo will be due by early November,  so don't delay.  

Now for the good stuff.  I will be leading a cruise on July 27th to Hillsboro to visit a museum called Roadside Americana.  Plan to meet up in the Hobby Lobby  parking lot in Mansfield by 9:30 with drivers meeting at 9:45 and leaving at 10am sharp. If you have never been to this museum before, to say it's very unique, is an understatement.  It's chock full of all things quirky Americana.  Think route 66.  After visiting the museum,  around 2ish we will head over to R & K Cafe for lunch. This place is a typical small town cafe serving Texas style comfort food.  And that's good food at a reasonable price.  

I will pass around a sign up sheet at July's meeting as I will need a head count for the cafe.  There is an entrance fee for the museum of $10 Per Person.  The owner ask that we pay in Cash as a way to speed up entrance.  So no cards here, please.  Speaking of photos and cruiser points there are several photo opportunities and lots of cruiser points to be found around the court house square.

In August I have a cruise planned for Stephenville to a country cheese shop. The farmer there raises his own cattle and goats, milks them and processes the milk into cheese.  Interesting place with many different flavored cheeses to purchase. Bring your cooler with some ice and take home some good natural farm made cheese. Lunch will be at the Hard 8 BBQ in Stevenville.  More information for this trip latter.

Futher down the road, no pun intended, will be a trip east to Canton for their First Monday Trade Days . So be ready for that one with more information, you guessed it, to come later.


That's all for now and I'll see all at the July club meeting. 

Your Cruiser Chairperson 

Robert Geyer 

 

Charities
                       
 
Cathy Baker - Charities
    

  

Hello everyone –

 

Well …. the weather is getting warmer (you think) and all is gearing up for the summer. Hope everyone is getting out and enjoying much earned vacations and fun with family and friends as well as cruising in our fabulous cars.

 

The club has several activities coming up for the remainder of June with our work-day at Tarrant Area Food Bank on Jun 27th and the 50th Photo Session on Jun 29th.  On July 25th, the club will again be supporting the “Christmas in July” event at Cook Children’s Hospital as we have done in the past.  More details and sign-up sheet will be provided at the July monthly membership meeting.

 

Then for the months of Aug/Sep, Charity will turn up our work of requesting gifts, donations and door prizes for our upcoming October car show.  If anyone has any good ideas or suggestions regarding “give-aways”, just let me know - we are always open to new ideas.

 

I want to give a big shout-out to the club’s “Cheers to 50 Years Committee members” who provided an excellent club celebration on June 15th. It was very well attended with lots of good food, drinks, and fun activities. And it took a lot of hard work, organization and coordination to make this event happen... Thank you all !

 

Everyone stay safe and well and more to follow …..

 

            

Cathy Baker

Charity Chairman

      

 cathybaker3@gmail.com

 

 
            
    

Webmaster
             
 
Larry Currey - Webmaster  
 

Corvette Racing at Detroit:

Bid for Home Win... Comes Up Short

 

    

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes finished 10th and ninth, respectively, in the GTD PRO class of the Chevrolet Detroit Sports Car Classic for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

It brought an end to what had been a fantastic weekend with the Corvettes returning to race in Detroit – and for the first time on the city’s downtown street circuit.

 

 
 

 

 Disaster struck first and at the start for the No. 3 Corvette. Garcia had to pit at the end of the first lap with an alternator problem.

By the time he rejoined the race, he and Sims were well down the order and treated the rest of the race as an extended test session for the first-year Corvette.

 

On-Line / LowDown  Feature Article
 

 

Matthew McConaughey's Corvette Auctioned for $61,000
 
 
McConaughey's decision to auction his 1971 Corvette wasn't driven by a need for a bigger garage or a flashier ride. Instead, the Texas charmer had a mission in mind – a mission fueled by compassion. While McConaughey surely loved his car... 
 he loved kelping people more
 
 
In 2006, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ripped through the Gulf Coast, leaving a trail of devastation and countless lives in need. McConaughey, with his inherent generosity, saw an opportunity to transform his prized possession into a symbol of hope. McConaughey, a Texas native himself, decided to put his car up for auction on eBay.
 
 
The Corvette Stingray, nicknamed Mako by McConaughey himself was a true classic. This Corvette was built for cruising in style: think comfortable bucket seats, a powerful engine that purrs like a kitten, and a removable top for those sunny days
In the end, one lucky bidder snagged the Stingray for a cool $61,600. While the buyer's name remains a mystery, the real winners were the victims of the hurricanes who received much-needed aid thanks to McConaughey's big heart and a classic car with a story. 
 
Larry Currey / On-Line LOW DOWN Editor
 
larrycurrey@yahoo.com
 

National Corvette Museum
                           
 
James Little - NCM Ambassador
jlittledude@gmail.com
 
 
About The Museum
 
At the National Corvette Museum, you’ll experience the legacy of America’s Sports Car, the Chevrolet Corvette.

Discover a rich history that spans over seven decades, showcasing the evolution of design, engineering, and the Corvette spirit.

Engage in interactive exhibits, experience the thrill of racing through virtual simulators, participate in educational workshops, and view rare memorabilia.

The Museum is a celebration of innovation, speed, and the enduring appeal of the Corvette, offering an unforgettable journey for enthusiasts and families alike, igniting a passion in each guest.


To visit the NCM website... Click
National
Corvette Museum
 
 

 
Car Show Chair
                         
 
Kim West - Car Show Chair
 
It's time to get your log book organized for the upcoming car show season.

For all the information go to CTV's website, Activities tab, Car Show. There you will find the point system.

I hope everyone participates, even if you only attend one or two car shows, turn in your points.

The annual award will be give out at the Christmas party.

 We will need lot of help at our new location at Macy's/Hulen Mall. 

Contact me with any questions or if you want to volunteer.


Kim West
Car Show Chair
kdcwest@sbcglobal.net


NCCC Chair
 
                      
 
Larry Schaapveld - NCCC Events
treesandquail@skywi.com
 
Mark your Calendar

September 7 & 8 Our final Autocross for the year at TCC South Campus

Come out and watch fellow members race the clock and dodge cones

We always need helpers and the best seat in the house to watch is as a corner worker...
so plan on this event and support our club
 

NCCC Governor
                  
 
Norman Walker - NCCC Govenor

NCCC EVENTS
 

We now are back up to 151 members  

 

The SW Region 2024 Competition Season is in full swing.

We have had a 14 event autocross weekend in Waco, our Spring Scramble at Fat Daddy’s, Our Larry Hoaldridge Memorial Event, and a 14 event autocross weekend in Killeen.

 

 

The next thing on the horizon is our fall event, September 7 and 8, once again at Tarrant County College.

 

Save the wave!

Norman Walker

CTV NCCC Governor



For Southwest Region Events for our Club Members to participate in...

click on this link    NCCC Southwest Region Schedule (ncccswregion.org)
 
 

CTV Market Place
 
 
Donna Forsythe - CTV Logo Merchandise
 
Hello and welcome to the Logo Merchandise store.

There are lots of great things for sale with the Cowtown logo on them:
 Caps.Visors, Sweatshirts, Long Sleeve T-shirts, Short Sleeve T-shirts, Men’s & Women’s Long Sleeve Denim Shirts, Polo shirts Name Tags

(Please note that on all shirt orders, 2XL and up sizes are slightly higher)

If you want your name added to your shirt, Or a Cowtown logo or a certain year Corvette added to your shirt.
We also have stickers, patches and koozies So stop by the Logo table before and after the meeting to place your order. You’ll get your order by the next meeting.
 
Donna Forsythe CTV Logo Mechandise
dforsythe817@gmail.com


 
                             
 

 
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