Current Newsletter​


July 22: Pool party at Splaingards' home was on the hottest day of the year with temps climbing to 105. Pool was so refreshing as friends gathered to cool off, converse, and enjoy great food. Thanks, Kent and Kathy, for opening your lovely home to everyone on such a hot and humid day. We all had a great time in spite of Mother Nature's hot flash.

July 28: 50's/60's car display at the Maryville Baptist Church. Twelve beautiful rides showed up for photo ops with the ladies of Girls' Night Out. Seems the ladies were mostly interested in posing with Benny Burns' red '62 Corvette. Thanks to all from LGCC and also Okaw Valley Classics for bringing out your vintage cars, the church truly appreciated it.

August 5: Night at the horse races, Fairmount Park, was attended by 94 members. Everyone enjoyed cocktails and a buffet meal before betting on the ponies. We had a few big winners, many more losers, but for some it was their first time at the races - hope all had a good time. Lots of pictures are posted on the club Facebook site.


There were the following visitors at the August meeting: Dave & Rita Jenkins of Edwardsville; Debbie & Russell Cochran of Granite City; John & Brenda Heidenreich of Columbia; and Bill & Gerry Obernuefemann of Swansea. All became members at the close of the meeting. Welcome!

UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS (the following is an overview only, please check your newsletter or Yahoo site reminders for details such as addresses, contact info, etc. This is done to protect our members' privacy, particularly when events take place at members' residences.)

August 15-19: Woodward Dream Cruise and upper Michigan trip. Details, including lodging for the event, have been emailed to all those who expressed interest. You will need to fill out a parking permit sheet (parking cost is $90) which includes breakfast and lunch for you and your passenger. If you did not receive the information, please contact John Mullane at After Woodward, if you wish to continue on, another group is heading to the Great Lakes region from there, on August 20-25. Contact Gary or Sue Mersinger if interested in that portion of the trip.

Sept. 4: Labor Day party at Rick & Lori Gray's home. Guests can arrive at 1:00 p.m., dine at 2:00 p.m. Bring your chairs, cooler with beverages of choice, and a side dish or dessert to share. Rick and Lori are providing the main course.

Sept. 8-9: Vettes on the River, Paducah, KY. Show will again be held indoors at the Expo Center. We have a block of rooms at the Drury Inn. If you want to make a reservation, please see your newsletter for the online link or toll free number and group # to receive our special pricing. Registration forms are available on-line at

Sept. 14-17: Corvette Funfest, Mid America Motorworks campus, Effingham, IL. If interested in caravanning with other members, plans are to meet at the Shell Station off I-70 at Exit 30, just outside of Highland, with groups leaving every hour on the hour starting at 7:00 a.m. Club registration closes on August 1st so please be prompt, and don't forget to indicate Lookingglass as your club affiliation - see newsletter or Events (below) for extremely lengthy club ID number.

October 28: Annual bonfire at Scobbies' home. Bring chairs, cooler, a CUP of chili (please have it hot), and your favorite side dish to share. Hot dogs will be provided by the club.

Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade, chaired by Ken Koehn. We will need volunteers to carry dignitaries in this downtown STL parade. More information at the September meeting.

Nov. 18: Annual Santa parade in Granite City - line up behind the Granite City Senior High School. There will also be a chili cook-off, games, food vendors, etc. More details to follow.


Aug. 17-19: Return to Galena, IL. More info to follow.

Sept. 6-19: 13 day Alaskan cruise, planned by Gary & Sue Mersinger. Cost is $3546/person (air fares, trip insurance, and land excursion costs are NOT included) See your newsletter for details.

New Arrivals:

Congratulations to Lonnie and Melodie Bettis on the purchase of their 2017 gray coupe, and John & Teresa Lorbacher, 2017 white coupe; and Bob and Sandy Morris, triple black 2017 roadster; also to Larry Eckert on his NCRS performance verification award and NCRS Dave Hill award with his 1995 ZR1.


WE HAVE A NEW SPONSOR! Please welcome Steve Schmitt Chevrolet in Highland! Many of us already know Steve and his staff, having purchased cars or service from them in the past. FYI, Steve was our original sponsor during our inception in 1976 and is also the individual responsible for naming our club. It's great to have him back!


None at this time.

Dues: Cost is $30 a year, pro-rated from the month you join until year's end. If you are unable to pay at the meeting, please send a check ASAP payable to LGCC, P.O. Box 82, Highland, IL 62249. New members also pay a one-time $15 installation fee unless active military. Anyone whose dues are delinquent after the March meeting of each year, you will lose your membership privileges so please be prompt.

NEW round static cling club decals are now available for $2 each - free to all new members, especially those joining after we ran out of the old decals.


Terry Renaud, 1st place and Tony Tranker, 2nd place at the Ellis Grove car show. Gary Sanders took home a trophy from the Catsup Bottle show in Collinsville. Congratulations!

Upcoming Swap Meets, Area Car Shows, Local & National Events

August 11: Cruisin' the Dam, Carlyle Lake - 4:30 - 10:00 p.m. Starts at Carl's 4-wheel Drive, then cruise the main dam at 9:30 p.m. Dash plaques and goodie bags for first 50 participants.

August 15-19: Woodward Dream Cruise, Michigan. Info is above under club events.

August 20: DARE car show in Edwardsville at the high school, registration 8:30 - 1:00 p.m. 51 classes, attendance prizes, 50/50, etc.

August 20: Benefit car cruise/block party for Collinsville Food Pantry, held at Bert's Chuck Wagon, 101 E. Main St., Collinsville. 11:00 - 3 p.m., $10 all you can eat buffet. Goodie bags and dash plaques while supplies last. Bring 2 toiletry items and get 1 ticket.

August 25-27: Frog Follies, Evansville, IN. Held at Vanderburgh 4H Center, Evansville.

August 26-27: Meals for Millions food packing event, display your Corvette in the morning and help pack food into packages for local food pantries. For more information, email Event to be held at St. Charles Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles, MO.

Sept. 8-9: Vettes on the River, Paducah, KY. This will be held at the new convention center like last year. Chuck White has contacted Drury Inn regarding a room block, see Club Events above for booking information. Thanks to Chuck White for setting up the room block for us again!

Sept. 9: Courthouse Cruise-In, East side of Bond County Courthouse in Greenville, IL. All licensed vehicles welcome - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 50/50, food stands, 50s-60s-70s music provided. Free admission.

Sept. 9: Secretary of State Vehicle Show, downtown Springfield, IL - 2nd and Capitol Avenue. For more information, visit, 217-557-7220 or

Sept. 14-17: Corvette FunFest at Mid America Motorworks in Effingham. They are celebrating the 50th birthday of the 1967 Corvette this year. Musical guests still to be announced. To register, you can go online - club code is 50CF3FA4533840E7BFED892FF1A73E55 (or a whole lot easier, just call and register over the phone, stating LGCC as your club).

Sept. 16: Oktoberfest in downtown Belleville on East Main; all makes, models, and year of vehicles welcome. Registration from 9 - noon, awards at 3:30 to top 15. Dash plaques for 1st 100 cars. $10 entry fee with a portion of the proceeds to charity. Hosted by Southern IL Street Rod Association.

Sept. 16: Staunton Art in the Park and Art That Parks cruise in, downtown Staunton. Registration 10 - 1 p.m. Awards at 2 p.m.

Sept. 17: Swap meet & car show, Hollywood Casino parking lot, St. Louis. Vendor spaces, $25; car show, $20 judged, $10 display only. 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Sept. 17: Radius Rods annual rod run and cruise in, Pocahontas PIC park.

Sept. 22-24: Annual Mother Road car show, downtown Springfield, IL.

October 5-8: Eureka Springs, AR annual Corvette Weekend. Club members are staying at the Best Western Eureka Inn. They are probably booked full right now but keep trying, cancellations always happen. Phone #479-253-9551.

For an on-line schedule of local and national car clubs, show information, and buying tips, you can visit St. Louis Car News' website:

Recurring Cruise-Ins

O'Fallon KC Hall will begin hosting classic car displays every Weds. evening (weather permitting) beginning in May, from 4:30 - 9 p.m. Brats, wings, burgers, $2.00 longnecks, $2.50 rail drinks and wine specials.

New Baden cruise-in/car show, held at Three Way Creations Shed, 6th & E. Hanover Street, 6:00 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Friday from April thru October.

Edison's in Edwardsville is holding car cruises, 4th Saturday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Sponsored by Piston Pushers.

Randy's House of BBQ car cruise, Highland - 2nd Friday of each month beginning in April and running thru October, 6-9 p.m. Rib specials will continue as in the past; they will be serving fish through Lent as well.

Huddle House car cruise, Mascoutah, IL - 2nd Saturday of each month beginning May thru October, 6-9 p.m. Sponsored by Piston Pushers.

Downtown Lebanon cruise "on the bricks" - held 1st Saturday of each month from May thru October, 6 - 9 p.m. Go really early if you want a good parking space, this fills up fast. Hosted by Lakers Car Club.

Culver's cruise-in, Collinsville, IL - 3rd Saturday of each month, beginning April thru October.

Rusty Rodz cruise-ins will begin at its new location, Sonic Drive-In, Highland, held the last Saturday of each month, May thru October.

Cars & Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars will be held the fourth Saturday of each month, March thru October, from 9 a.m. - noon.

Bad Boyz cruise-in, last Friday of each month, April through October. Held at the Dairy Queen in Caseyville,IL.

KC Hall in O'Fallon will host a car cruise every Weds. night beginning in May. Special prices on wings for this event.

Silver Creek Saloon, Belleville, has a car cruise the 3rd Saturday night of each month, beginning in May.

Should you want additional information regarding joining our club, you can contact us via email at the "email me" link below, or call 618-654-9919.

Please check out our new sponsor, Steve Schmitt Chevy/Buick/GMC at They are located in Highland, IL and are ready to serve your automotive needs.



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