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Summer 2017
Welcome to the Michigan Region website and the ‘Summer of '17'. The driving season, for Corvettes, has been in full swing, in spite of the damp and rainy weather and is moving forward at full speed. There are many upcoming events that our Michigan NCCC members will be participating in, which include rallies, Corvette shows, low speed events and many club do their own ‘drive and dines'. For those who are new to this website or the world of Corvettes, a drive and dine occurs almost any day of the week when members of a particular club pick a destination, a time to meet, and take off of a pleasant drive to a restaurant or other eatery.
Later this summer there will be a lot of national events that many of us will be attending all season long. The famous Bloomington Gold Show at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in June; the Corvettes at Carlisle, in August; and the Mid America Motors Funfest, in September. This year's NCCC Convention will be in Bowling Green, Kentucky and in conjunction with the National Corvette Museum in late August. Right after that is our own fabulous Corvette show at Mackinaw City known as the "Corvette Crossings". That show is on Saturday August 26th and always attracts Corvette owners from all over the Midwest and Canada! All of these events, and more, can be found at the various websites with all the details you need to know to go to and enjoy these events.
On our website, you will find flyers about all the sanctioned and sponsored events that the various clubs will have from now until the Fall, right here in Michigan. Take a few minutes to look at these and see if there is something there for you and your ‘baby'. Also, if you are looking for a club near you to join or participate with, there are linked to the club's website and a list of name for key persons at each club. We have a lot of fun every year and this year will be no different.
Sadly, we lost a very longtime member of the Michigan Corvette family earlier this year. Jim Harris was a former Region Executive and my predecessor and mentor. He joined the Flint Corvette Club in 1973 after he bought his first Corvette, a 1971 Torch Red Coupe. Since then, he served there in various offices for many years. Jim had been involved in many events as the Corvette Reunion at ‘Back to the Bricks', in Flint, and the Sloan Museum Auto Show, also in Flint. He was instrumental in establishing the ‘Corvette Crossings Show', in Mackinaw City and one of the largest ‘Corvette only' shows in Michigan.
Nationally, Jim was involved in many aspects of NCCC. Besides being a governor for many years, he was the Michigan Region Executive from 2009 to 2014. He served as the Convention Coordinator from 2004 to 2012 and also was on several other committees at that level. He participated in nearly every convention, regardless of the location, and met his wife, Barbara, at the Indianapolis Convention, in 1983. She was a member of an Ohio club, at that time, and they met through a mutual Corvette friend. Jim and Barb were married in 1987. As a member of the Convention Committee, for many years, he was deeply committed to the promotion and success of all those national events as well as the events in Michigan.
He was often heard to say that well known line: "I came for the car and stayed for the people!"
Jim will be remembered for many years to come.