Looking out my kitchen window I see encouraging signs that the cold weather is running out of gas and with budding trees and sprouting jonquils spring is not too far off. And that's a good thing because CCA members have been actively planning a number of events, from autocrosses (five so far at Lincoln Tech) and car shows (three so far) to cruises and social events. You'll want to visit the events calendar often because new events and activities are being added almost every week.

Speaking of social events, I'm sure somewhere further on in this newsletter there is a story (and pictures) of the CCA's St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Kilarney House on March 10th. Also during this past month many of the CCA members and their friends enjoyed a morning tuning up their racing skills while karting at the Autobahn in Jessup. Be sure to catch Pat R.'s column for pictures and the race results. I can say from personal experience the karting was a full day's work out of the upper body. I brought a friend this year who had never been karting before. He had so much fun he was considering buying a 'vette so he could return next year. I told him the purchase wasn't necessary and I would gladly introduce him to our friends at Sport whenever he is ready.

During this past month we have firmed up the dates on several events. We will be coordinating with the Northern Virginia Corvette Club (NVCC) in putting on the Wounded Warriors Car Show on September 8th at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Nita A. has taken the lead in coordinating our Club's involvement with this event and there will be more details as things develop. Nita is also very much involved in making arrangements for our annual picnic, which is set to be held August 5th at the Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard in Frederick, MD. Again, be sure to check the calendar for rain dates and other information.

And last, but not least, it is time to start tuning your rides for the start of autocross season. Our new competition director (Bill S.) has been very busy preparing for this new season; don't miss his column for additional information and details. I'd also like to express the club's sincere appreciation to April H. and Paul D. for the time and effort they have put into making our autocross timing system so incredible and state of the art. There just aren't that many autocross events where you can view your time, on your smart phone or pad just after you've completed your run.

In closing this month's column, I would like to invite all members to join us in one of our many club activities. Whether it is an autocross, one of our monthly business meetings (second Tuesday night at the Greene Turtle in Burtonsville), shop night (fourth Tuesday evening at Sport Chevrolet) or one of the many cruises and trips planned for this coming year, please consider coming and joining some very friendly and fun loving members. Enjoy life with your Corvette!

Kelly Ryan
2018 President
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