Recent "Vettes for Vets" Event - Thanks to Participants

As I sit in front of my computer enjoying the cool breeze generated by the ceiling fan above my head,  I can't help but think of the 70 Veterans that we impacted on Saturday June 2, 2018 during the Vettes For Vets event held at LMR Race Track.  Many members asked me "was it hot" and my reply was, "not as hot as what they (the Vets) had to endure fighting the War on Terror in the Middle East".  Many of the Vets who made the journey showed the scars of war both physically and mentally.  That is why it was so important to provide them with a much needed diversion and give them the opportunity to share our passion for America's true sports car.  At around 10:00 AM, we headed South on Hwy. 6 with a police escort headed to Angleton.  That was quite a sight leaving Constellation Field, home of the Skeeters baseball team.

In keeping with our Club's desire to help Vets anyway we can, we supplied 9 Corvettes and one beautiful 1962 Chevy Impala convertible with a LS 3 engine under the hood (The Rod).  I think this was the first time in the 3 year history of the event that they allowed a non-Corvette in the parade. The Impala, owned by Chip McDaniel, fit in perfectly and was the hit of the event.

Many thanks to the following members who spent their entire day entertaining the Vets:

- Doug Zorens

- Dave Blocker

- Don McCollough

- Bob Romsland

- Richard Crawford

- Tony Accardo

- Terry Spurlock

- Marc Baarda

- Chip McDaniel

- Bill Seitz

One of the photos shows Bill Seitz standing along side of Lupe Hernandez, His Vet For the Day.  Lupe is a former Marine embassy guard and single mom.  She sacrificed everything for her kids, works full time and while working went back to school and  earned a BS and Masters.  She is currently working on her Doctorate.  On top of all of that, she is an Extreme Marathoner (50 and 100 miles) and will soon compete in triathlons.  According to Bill, after spending a day with Lupe, he felt very tired, weak and old!  Bill said " It was a privilege to have her as my companion and passenger for the event".  

Everyone who came in contact with a Vet on that day walked away a better person and thankful we can drive our Vettes & Rods anytime we want.  Many thanks go out to Corvette Owners Club Houston (COCH), PTSD Foundation of America CAMP HOPE and Impact A Hero for organizing this event.  And finally, we look forward to participating in next year's event.

NWHVRs Support of Frank Elementary School

April 8 Letter to NWHVRs . . .  See photos

Tony and all NWHVR attendees,
 
It was such a pleasure to meet you!  We are incredibly grateful for your club taking the time to support our school’s 4th graders for writing STAAR.  Your participation was more than we could have ever hoped for!  The kids were extremely impressed.  I’d like to send a little something to your club.  Could you share a mailing address?
 
We plan to hold the same event next year with the same format and hope you will consider joining us.  I have attached several photos from the event that I think you will enjoy.  I can send a video too.  Just let me know.
 
Thank you, again, for making our event so special!  We were the talk of the district, thanks to you!
 
Warmest regards,
 
Kim Althoff
4th grade ELA
Frank Elementary

Two NWHVR Members win Top Awards at NCRS NATIONAL Convention – July 9-13, 2017

Ron Napoliello and John McIlvoy set out last Sunday morning in their two classic Corvettes heading to San Antonio for the National Corvette Restorers Society Convention for the chance of being judged at a National level. In the past, both had been judged at the Local & Regional level with excellent results. After three long days of “waiting to be judged”, both men got their chance on Thursday, the last day of the event. The wait was well worth it as both men walked away with Top Awards.

Ron and his 1967 white roadster won not only Top Flight but also the coveted Duntov Award.

John and his 1958 Black & Silver Fulie won Top Flight at the National Level.

Both men were congratulated at Corvette Church & Coffee and Ron showed off his beautiful plaque. Shown in the photo from left to right are:

Leon Wohltman - Master Corvette Restorer and responsible for restoring & advising on both cars. John, Ron and Bruce DeLeon – NCRS Judge and Expert advisor on both cars.

NWHVR Big Daddy Award

For many years now, North West Houston Vettes and Rods has been recognizing its members for having the fastest cars in the Club.  Our Speed & Quickest ET award is named after the Godfather of Drag Racing, Big Daddy Don Garlits of Ocala, Florida.

The latest recipient of the Big Daddy Award is Craig Calmus. On November 15, 2016, Craig's 1968 Pontiac Firebird turned in a time slip of 8.20 seconds at 165 mph in the 1/4 mile at Royal Purple Raceway, Baytown TX. That was an an outstanding achievement and the fastest time ever turned in by a member since the founding of the Club in 2004.

On hand to accept the award from Tony Accardo were Craig and his wife, Sherry and several members of their family.  In the Calmus family, Drag Racing is King and Craig hopes to best his best time in the near future.  Congratulations to Craig and his Racing Team for a job well done.