"We are gearing up for our first BIG
West Coast event . . . the San Diego Grand Prix in San Diego, CA, on
November 5-7, 1999. The festivities will include the traditional C5
Registry dinner, seminars from GM executives, vendor displays
and of course, RACING!!!
We have reserved a block of 200 tickets for
a C5 Registry section in the Grand
Stands at the race. You must reserve these tickets early.
Click Here for fax in form and information.
According to the GM suspension
engineers who were at the NCM Labor Day Event, you can upgrade your
97-99 Z51 suspension to the new and improved
2000 suspension system. An "over the
counter" 2000 suspension package upgrade is currently being put
together by GM for any interested C5 owners who want to complete this
upgrade. Target date for this package to be available is December 1.
The key to a successful upgrade, according to the suspension engineers, is
the replacement of the front and rear links to the new 2000 designed steel
links. This includes new hold down clamps and/or brackets for the sway
announced today that for the Third Year in a Row, the C5
Corvette has won the JD
Power and Associates
APEAL Award in the High Performance Car class. " Automotive
Performance, Execution And Layout (APEAL)"
1st: CHEVROLET CORVETTE
2nd: Porsche 911
3rd: Porsche Boxster
Pursuing the JD
Power Platinum Award
for excellence, the plant is building a special one of a kind, Six
Speed Targa Coupe, with custom paint and interior. The special "Platinum
of a kind will be awarded to a lucky Corvette Plant employee.
C5 Registry Member Chaz Cone has put put together a
really comprehensive page about the Petite Le
Mans at Road Atlanta CLICK
HERE TO VIEW
After purchasing thirteen tickets for the
Job Number 12042, VIN
Number 12098 C5
Registry Corporate Member VC-001
Bruce Glueck wins the NCM
Drawing. [ Click
Here For More ]
September 4, 1999Dateline -
member Scotty B. White takes the checkered flag at the Molson
Indy Weekend Speed vision GT Race
in his "Team
NayKid Racing/Tom Henry Chevrolet"
to record his first "Professional" Road Racing Win! This is also
the FIRST Professional Road Race win for the Latest Generation Corvette C5!
Registry is on site and the 5th Anniversary Celebration
at the National Corvette Museum.
this special Link for a report on the activities.
August 25, 1999
Registry Dinner at
Labor Day event
will be held Sunday, September 5, 1999 at the University
Plaza Hotel. A Cash
Bar Ice Breaker will be held from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Dinner will be at
6:30. Dress is casual and DJ Music will be provided. We can only seat 150,
so if you plan on attending, let us know now. You can call us at- 407.452.2743
or Click Here to EMail
Us. See you there!
All the Final
1999 RPO Production Numbers are now on the
Web Site [CLICK
the we've also learned the manual shifter spring bias
has been increased to provide a more positive sense of gear locations and
Performance shifting has also been improved for the competition
who saw the Z06
prototypes at our Birthday Bash believed the new design
2001 rear air duct (located
in front of the rear wheel on both sides) was designed to allow air flow
to the rear braking area. After
looking at some close up photos of the
Race Car, we believe that this air duct is actually NOT for the brakes,
but to provide air to a manual six-speed transmission oil cooler, located
in the rear of the Corvette. We
also suspect that the transmission in the upcoming "Bad Boy" Z06
will be of a heavier duty design than the current
August 19, 1999
like GM is
experimenting with some
for future C5s and possibly
even the C6 Corvette such as
the suspension and exhaust systems and a special clear
for use as
a rear window (which could save up to 50 pounds).
at The NCM Labor
The Labor Day
1994 NCM Corvette Reunion was the first, now, five years later, Wendell
and the Gang at the NCM are preparing for another. This event will be even
bigger! To give you an idea of the logistics faced by the NCM staff, Click
Here to get an
Idea of what 1994 was like. 1994 was 4000+ Corvettes, if you've been to
the NCM you can imagine what it would be like to park 4000 Corvettes near
by. This year 1999 they are expecting 8000 to 10,000.
We've been getting a lot of inquiries about the C5Registry
Corral and parking area at the Labor Day Celebration. We have not
been able to answer them because the NCM is still trying to put this
together as the Caravan numbers increase, but here is an update of where
We have been in contact with the NCM for over a
month and just yesterday received information that there will be NO
CORRAL on Cafaro's Hill. On Friday, September 3, everyone coming from
Nashville in the caravan will be parked on the NCM side (after you exit
the Interstate) in the order they arrive. If you come from Louisville, you
will be parked over on the Corvette Plant side in arrival order. They have
informed us that all tents will be in a lined row together around the
front side of the NCM ( we have reserved a 20 x 20 tent red & white
tent for the C5Registry
members). At this time, there really will be no opportunity for Corvettes
to be parked near these tents as the main front paved NCM parking lot has
been reserved for lifetime members only.
From April until one month ago, we had been led to
believe by the NCM that we would have the area on Cafaro's Hill but we
have been bumped by the "Evolution of
Corvettes" display that will be located on the front of
Cafaro's Hill. We tried to work out an alternative parking area behind the
display on the backside of Cafaro's Hill, but we found out yesterday that
was a "no go" as well. We are also trying to find out and have
not been able to get an answer yet, if we can have a Corral anywhere on
the NCM grounds on Saturday, Sunday or Monday - but we know for sure they
will not allow any group parking at the NCM on Friday - the logistics and
planning would be just too much with all those Corvettes arriving at once!
We are working on a plan for Saturday, so
that the 200-300 C5Registry
members attending the event can rally at our "Headquarters
Hotel" the Drury Inn early
Saturday morning and drive to the NCM as a group. We'll keep you posted
both here and on the Events
These are some of the problems we have been dealing
with while getting ready for Carlisle and the NCM. It is indeed
frustrating for all, but the event will indeed be worth it! To the
Corvette enthusiast, this is The Event of a Lifetime.
Dan Adovasio, Director C5Registry
16, 1999 (Evening)
We have had to change
our C5 Registry Dinner on Friday
August 27, 1999 from the Navy Base to the Clarion Hotel in Carlisle.
The good new is that the dress is now Casual...So
if you would like to attend please let us know as soon as possible....I
will follow with a post tomorrow night with direction and additional
information. We have room for about 150 members but we need to know how
many to reserve for, with in the next couple of days......Many of the
member who have held off because they did not want to wear a coat and a
tie now is your chance to join us for dinner...It will be a buffet
dinner.....sorry for the inconvenience..
Dan Adovasio e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
4, 1999, the constraint will officially be lifted from the
High Polish Wheel.
Many members have asked us what the story was on the wheels - how
did this problem come to be?
After some time, we have been able to piece together what we think
is the complete story . . .
the beginning . . .the original new 2000 QD4
was the only change in the wheel area for 2000. The QF5
High Polish Wheel
was originally scheduled for the 2001 model year. We believe GM
representatives made the decision to bring the QF5
High Polish Wheel out
a year early after seeing lots of C5s at shows (most of our 600+
members at the Birthday Bash had made wheel enhancements to their C5s!), listening to the frequent discussions about wheels and noticing the
large number of aftermarket chroming and replacement of factory wheels.
Of course, part of the plan was to price the wheel in line with the
aftermarket cost of chroming.
was to be high polished on the spokes and face only.
After reviewing the C5
prototypes, they decided the
look they wanted would include polishing of the entire wheel.
The original agreement with the supplier was to polish spokes and
This change caused a setback in the ability of the supplier to make
the change in time for the late June production start-up. (Members
who saw the early prototype are glad GM made the change to high polishing
the entire wheel facade
~ even if it meant a wait!)
latest word we have received is that there will be a few 2000s with the QF5
option produced beginning next week prior to the actual constraint lift.
course, this is not an official GM version of the events that transpired,
but the story as we believe it to be!
are coming in about the October
magazine and the article entitled, "Top
Secrets! Spy Shots"
giving the inside scoop on Corvettes of the future.
The article, written by "Deep Throat, Jr."
includes photos of the High Performance LS6
members who attended our Birthday Bash in April, this is NOT new news!
The photos used in the article are of a Corvette that was on
display during the Birthday Bash!
For those of you there, if you remember, the C5
T1 prototype (white with blue
striping) was located in the long hallway between the gift shop and the
atrium at the NCM.
It was in line with the
Coupe display (past &
are glad that "Deep Throat, Jr." came to the Birthday Bash!
Otherwise, this Vette
magazine story might never have made it to press!
Just a reminder folks, Call
1-717-243-7855 to order your tickets to Carlisle
before August 1, 1999 for the "Fun Field" and they are $35.00 and on or after
August 1st, the price goes up to $45.00.....Remember you must have a "Fun Field"
Pass to join the C5 Registry Corral on the
top of the hill. ALSO MAKE SURE YOU MENTION THAT YOU ARE A C5
REGISTRY MEMBER....so that you will get the correct ticket.....See you all
July 24, 1999
Registry First! The MSRP Price List for the new 2000 C5 Corvette is now on line, [Click Here]
. You'll notice the price of the optional RPO N73
Magnesium Wheels has dropped $1000 - to $2000 while the RPO QF5 New High Polish Wheel comes in real close
to our estimate at $895. Other notable 2000 C5 Corvette Model increases are AQ9
Sport Seats increased $75.00 to $700.00. and the Coupes DUAL Roof Option C2L
increased $150.00 to $1,100.
July 23, 1999
For those of you waiting for your new
2000 Corvette, and the Dealers waiting to show them, some REALLY HOT NEWS from Bowling Green Today! At 9:AM CST, the 2000
Corvettes will begin shipping. The plant plans to work all weekend to ship 500
Corvettes by Sunday evening! To give you an idea of the enormity of this task, the "short haul" carrier trucks hold only Ten (10)
C5's on their way to the rail head. The "long
haul" transports hold Eleven (11) C5's!
The last of the 1999 C5's were shipped from the plant July 14, 1999.
July 14, 1999
Sears Point Update Sears Point Update -Sears Point
Update -Continuing their support of the C5-R
are sponsorship partners UAW-GM, General
Motors Acceptance Corporation (
GMAC ), Mobil Oil
and its Mobil 1 brand, Action Performance Companies, Mid
America Designs, and Cutter & Buck. The Sears Point Grand Prix of Sonoma can be seen live on
NBC starting at 400 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 25, as well as
heard live on the Radio Le Mans Web at www.americanlemans.com
. [[Click Here]
July 10, 1999Word coming out of Detroit is that effective Monday,
August 2, the plant goes back into overtime to build as many C5s as they
can due to the tremendous number of orders waiting to be
filled - hopefully your wait will be short!!!
July 4, 1999"According to the July 2nd Vette Gazette and quick work by Harvey Gluck (C5R
# W0222), we have preliminary 1999 FINAL production numbers
[ CLICK Here ]. We realize that there is more
information still to come and we will get it posted as soon as we receive it. We wanted
you to have it as soon as we got it!! Have a great July 4th from all of us here at the C5 Registry!"
July 3, 1999"303 lucky 2000 C5s were completed this past week (the first week of
2000 production) and are patiently waiting at the plant to be shipped to their new owners
following the plant shut down (July 5-16). Word is that they will be shipped after July
21. They should start to arrive at the dealerships sometime around the first of August.
The last one out the door is headed to Tom Jumper Chevrolet
in Sandy Springs, "Atlanta" GA. It's VIN #100303 -
JOB #000285, A Pewter Convertible with Oak Top and Interior, Six-Speed Transmission, and
R8C NCM Delivery Option. Barely missing the exit out, VIN # 100304 - JOB #000286 (
Pewter Coupe, Black Interior, Automatic ) is sitting just inside the door, waiting
to be moved to the parking area on its way to Sport Chevrolet in
Silver Springs, MD.
July 2, 1999"You may have to wait for
yours, but the GM execs will be celebrating the 4th with a BANG in their new 2000 "LEAD UNIT" C5s. The reason for
this is not all play, but work! This gives GM the chance to
see how the early 2000s have come out of production and to check out performance on real
road conditions. Among notable GM celebrities picking up their new "firecrackers" include Jim
Campbell, Dave Hill, Lisa Stanick and Cheryl Pilcher along with several
top engineers and other execs from the Detroit area."
Chevrolet Press Release On 1999
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