New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Club helps car lovers become close friends
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Corvettes line the parking lot at Fiesta Lanes during the Fiesta Show and Bowl Saturday.
“The biggest benefit to membership is the friendships Ive made,” Hutchison said.
“We’re a very diverse group and its the love of the car that’s brought some of the best and dearest friends together who never would have had any reason to meet otherwise.”
While some members have single cars they use as a primary mode of transportation, others have entire collections.
Aside from the 1998 and 2003 Corvettes club President Ralph Christ actually drives, he has another three cars from 1978, 1986 and 1995 in his garages.
If five decades worth of automobiles weren't enough proof of his devotion. Christ put in a 55-foot, Corvette-shaped swimming pool in his backyard with the depth modeled after a 454 motor.
“Its the sideview of a Corvette and the depth of a Chevrolet motor — it goes from 4 feet to 5 feet to 4,”
ests in Corvettes started when she was a teen learning to drive.
“A friend of my dad’s had a '56 Corvette, and when I was 16, he let me drive it,” Cody said. “That was it — I’ve been hooked ever since.”
Cody said owning a Corvette was like owning a piece of American history.
“The Corvette has been the only American model sports car in production (without a break) for 53 years now. It’s truly an American icon,” she said.
Executive committee member Cathy Cody, owner of a 2003 Indianapolis 500 pace car Corvette, said her inter-
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Planning Director Frank Robbins said the idea for the ordinance change declaring the signs “abandoned trash” was taken from San Antonio, which tcx)k a similar step several months ago.
“People can remove them now, but this clearly establishes the city’s public policy about the signs,” he said. “We hope we can use it to advise folks what they can do.”
Councilwoman Beth Sokolyk, whose district contains many of the new neighborhoods that contribute to the number of real estate bandit signs, said she was in favor of having citizens pick up the trash.
“It gives them the ability to take back their neighbor-
■ A newly proposed section to the Environment Ordinance defines bandit signs as "Any sign posted on a utility pole, street sign, street furniture or sign posted in violation of this section in the public right of way, of any size, including signs with wood or wire framing, post or stakes."
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While the civilian manpower might help clean the roadway right of ways more quickly, Sokolyk said she wanted to see more permanent solutions to prevent the signs from ever being placed.
“I understand the need to point people to the new houses, but we could do it in a more attractive way,” she said. “I would like to see us consider monument signs, for example, where people could post directions
to new houses."
Sokolyk also suggested council consider increasing the fine for placing bandit signs in the right of way.
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