23, 2000 6:12 am-December
22, 2000 2:42 pm
HO to the GREAT C5
factory ELVES who
worked 10 hour shifts and several Saturdays throughout 2000
to produce MORE C5s
THAN EXPECTED for all the "C5
CHILDREN" of the World to ENJOY!! In fact, the 2000
Year End C5 TOY
Production was 1654 C5s
over 1999 Year End production (1999
Production was 33187and 2000
Production was 34841).
A BIG HO
THANK YOU FROM
EVERY MEMBER OF THE C5
members and growing fast!). WE
WISH EVERY EMPLOYEE AT BOWLING GREEN
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Dan Say's "THANKS
FOR THE EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT . . . MY
WHAT A SLEIGH TO DRIVE!"
Who's Been Naughty
and Who's Been Nice?
Thane Hadkins Chevrolet
in White Bear
Lake, MN, gets the LUCKY
nod for who's been NICE
as they receive the last C5
to head out the plant door today which is also the LAST C5
to be SHIPPED
this year! This lucky C5
is a Torch Red (70U) Coupe with Black (19I) Sport Seats (AQ9) interior.
It is an Automatic Transmission (MX0) VIN
15117540 - JOB
# 017498 including the very important
package (The Santa
package)! This collectible C5
is headed to one lucky boy or girl who must have been very good during 2000!
Now the NAUGHTY
. . . . The NOT-SO-LUCKY
nod goes to Wilkes
Chevrolet, in Bethlehem,
PA, as a C5
Torch Red (70U) Convertible 6-speed (MN6) with Oak Top (67T) / Oak Sport
Seats (AQ9) interior (673) VIN
15117541 - JOB
# 017499) also including the very
package (The Santa
package) still sits (ALL
WRAPPED UP!) inside the plant door, and
will do so until the plant re-opens on January
2, 2001, when it will be shipped
"All the Z06’s
are in Santa’s Sack!"
For those of you planning to visit the Bowling
Green Assembly Plant next year, the following are the dates
the plant will be closed for holidays and vacations. We hope this helps
in your vacation planning. The GM Corvette Assembly Plant will be closed
the following days in 2001. Additional closings may be added at a later
date. For more information on plant closings contact (270)
& 16, 2001
July 2, 2000
July 9, 2000
This information is from the
National Corvette Museum.
Remember if you are planning a trip and wish to visit the Bowling
Green Assembly Plant it would be a good idea to call the
above number to check there will be tours of the plants on the days you
wish to take them. They do shut down the plant to visitors from time to
The C5Net is moving! On
Wednesday morning, December 13, 2000 the C5Net server will be
unplugged and shipped from Florida to Idaho. The C5Net will be down
while the move and transition is taking place. This is a move to provide
better and a more reliable service to the C5
Keep watching this page for updates.
Corvette Museum and CORSA
Registry Corporate Member #WC006] have partnered to present a
special offer. When you order a CORSA
C4 or C5
Corvette exhaust system directly from CORSA
Performance you will receive a FREE one-year Individual
Membership to the National Corvette Museum (a $50.00
value). For additional information on this offer call CORSA
at 1-800-486-0999 or visit
their website www.corsaperf.com/museum.htm
To be eligible for the FREE one-year
Individual Membership, you must mention the offer when placing your
Several C5 Registry's
Corporate Dealers have contacted Technical Assistance asking
questions regarding the application of this campaign. The dealer is advised to check the electronic file using the C5's
vehicle identification number to confirm if the
vehicle is included in the Seatbelt Campaign. If it is
included then the procedures detailed in the campaign (Campaign
should be performed. If an owner has a question about whether their vehicle is included they can have there Dealer find the
info electronically or contact Customer Assistance
November 25, 2000
CORVETTE AND A
What does the 2001 Corvette Z06
and the Whirlpool Gold washing machine have in common? They both
recently received the 2001 "Design and
Engineering Award" from Popular Mechanics magazine. The
awards are presented annually by the publication in honor of both the
achiever and the achievements. According to the Vette Gazette, "it
is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition for excellence in
engineering, design and innovation".
November 23, 2000
Top Secret Test Session at Sebring, November 20 - 22, 2000
Thurn got some
great photos and a movie of the C5-R
at speed. Want to see the Earnhardt's
with the C5-R
? CLICK HERE!
November 15, 2000
2000 Corvettes with Millennium
Yellow and Torch Red Interiors
"RP" has announced that a tie has occurred between 2000
Millennium Yellow Coupes with Torch Red interior and 2000 Millennium
Yellow Convertibles with Torch Red interior. Members, please go to the
for more details on this late breaking BIG news
November 12, 2000
Bragg-Smith “Drive Your Own Corvette”
May 12-13, 2001 $270.00 includes lunch Saturday & Sunday, BBQ on
Saturday night 30 Driver Minimum.
We will be divided up into 2 or 3 groups
Arrival 8 AM, on track 9 AM - 4 PM, lunch break 12 - 1 PM
“Ladies Only” 2 Day Class
May 10-11, 2001
Drive the Bragg-Smith C5 Corvettes
Cost of $1300.00 includes insurance
This is the regular 2 day Bragg-Smith class, but NO MEN to intimidate
the ladies. We will cover ALL of the regular class material. Lots of
track time. Learn how to drive the C5
the way it was meant to be driven. (minimum of 8 ladies for this special
November 8, 2000
With the recent announcement of
the Earnhardts joining the Corvette Race Team for the Rolex 24 at
Daytona, lots of questions are being asked about the details of the
Team. A BIG C5 Thank You to Jane Bowlin, editor of the Vette
Gazette, for the answers!!
Earnhardts Join Corvette
officials announced last month that the father-son team of Dale
Earnhardt Jr. and Sr., will join forces with the Corvette C5-R at the
2001 Rolex 24 at Daytona. For all you Earnhardt fans out there, here’s
some more information about this stellar pairing. One of the more
interesting details is a question involving the marketing of
"customer" C5-Rs! Read on --
Who will share co-driver duties with Dale and Dale Jr.?
will co-drive the Corvette C5-R with Dale Earnhardt and his son, Dale,
Will the Corvette carry Dale’s traditional #3
coincidentally, the #3 designation is the same carried by Andy Pilgrim
Will the Corvette carry Dale’s familiar
"Intimidator" black scheme?No. The paint
scheme for next year’s Team Corvette entries has not been finalized,
but it will be based on the Millennium Yellow currently used.
Will GM Goodwrench Service Plus be the primary sponsor
of the Earnhardt’s C5-R Corvette Entry?Yes.
Will Budweiser (Dale Jr.’s primary NASCAR Winston Cup
sponsor) also be a sponsor of the Earnhardt’s car?Other
sponsorship opportunities for the 2001 season, including the "Rolex
24 at Daytona," are currently being explored.
With Dale and Dale Jr. added to Team Corvette’s driver
roster, which of your current C5-R drivers will not be competing at
Daytona? (Fellows, Kneifel, Bell, Freon, Collins)The driver
lineup for the 2001 season has not bee finalized, but we are delighted
that Dale and Dale Jr. have accepted this opportunity to join Team
Corvette at the "Rolex 24 at Daytona."
When and where will Dale and Dale Jr. test the Corvette
C5-R?Dale Jr. will
test at Sebring on November 20-22. He will also participate during the
open test session at Daytona on January 4-6. Dale as a schedule conflict
that prevents him from attending November’s Sebring test. He is
checking his always-hectic schedule to determine his availability to
test at Daytona.
How many other Corvette C5-R factory entries will be
entered in the "Rolex 24 at Daytona?"There will be
two (2) Team Corvette entries for the "Rolex 24 at Daytona."
What are Chevrolet’s plans for marketing ‘customer’
C5-Rs now that they have proven themselves as winners?Dan Says:
Hmmmmmmmm . . . . very interesting!
C5-R ‘customer cars’ will be available for purchase sometime during
the 2001 race season. Dan
Says: Sign me up for one!
November 6, 2000
Limited Supply of 2001 C5
Brochures Available at the National Corvette Museum
Members: Don’t Wait!! Here is your chance to get the Brochure your
dealer NEVER has!! The Corvette Store has a limited number of 2001
Dealer Brochures for sale for $24.95.
These collectible brochures contain photos, color selections and lots of
technical and other interesting information on the new Corvette models.
It also has several pages highlighting the new Z06.
Get one while they last online at http://www.corvettemuseum.com
click on Corvette Store.
Corvette Millennium Yellow and Magnetic Red Constraint Allocation
Members: Please go to the MOHN
for more details on this BIG change to color constraint allocations. A BIG
C5 thanks to Rick
Baldrick (Corvette Brand Team Manager) and his Corvette Brand
Team for making this much needed change!
November 3, 2000
Bob McDorman - Top Bidder Of National Corvette Museum's Z06
Auction A Big C5
Congratulations goes to our friend, Bob McDorman, owner of
McDorman Chevrolet in Winchester, Ohio. Bob had the top bid of $76,000
for VIN #1, a Z06,
in the NCM auction on Tuesday, October 31. Bob is an
NCM Lifetime member and strong supporter of the Museum. The VIN #1
Z06 Corvette will be on
display at the Museum until arrangements are made to move this very
special Corvette to McDorman Chevrolet. Bob has a collection of over 200
GM/Chevrolet cars, with almost 100 of these being Corvettes! Again,
congratulations, Bob! You are a great friend and supporter of the C5
October 25, 2000
to James Healey, of USA TODAY,
October 13, 2000 for picking up the "TORCH" where the C5
Registry left off in defending the Z06
against the Mustang Cobra R onslaught http://www.usatoday.com/money/columns/healey/0032.htm
As you will recall we defended with honor (see HOT
NEWS, February 29, 2000) http://www.c5registry.com/Members/PastHN/1q00hn.htm
an "unbridled Mustang enthusiasm" from John Coletti whose over
confident bellowing in Motor Trend (April 2000) led to an overwhelming
amount of emails, letters and calls to Motor Trend in defense of what
every Registry member knows to be an untruth! James stated "But if
you appreciate the extraordinary muscle that once let Detroit rule the
auto world, and like yours with all the trimmings, Z06
is nonpareil. An outstanding achievement." If you would like to
congratulate James R. Healey, as we
have on an outstanding article you can email him at email@example.com
October 20, 2000
Seems like C5
is always out after the publicity photos. His motto is.."What
ever it Takes".
In the most recent issue of "Cars&Parts Corvette"
on page 50, we find our man Jake masquerading as the Corvette Brand
for Photo of Jake in action!
October 17, 2000
One of the
premier families in American motorsports - the Earnhardts
- have joined forces with America's performance icon - the Chevrolet
Corvette - to
compete in next year's 'Rolex
24 at Daytona'
sports-car race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 3-4, 2001 Click
Here for Full Press Release.
October 15, 2000
After qualifying 1st and second at
Laguna Seca, Corvette ended up with a second place finish in an real
fender bender of a race. Check it out at http://www.c5rmotorsports.com
. With the first place finish at Texas and Atlanta, the C5-R team
qualifies for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2001. Chevrolet says they will
October 11, 2000
When the Corvette C5-R made its debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona last
year, a new chapter in Corvette history was written. We are proud to
announce a special meet and greet with the C5-R race team on Thursday,
November 2nd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT at the National Corvette Museum.
The entire C5-R race team that includes, Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel,
Justin Bell, Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins, and Frank Freon will be here,
along with (shop managers) Doug Fehan and Gary Claudio. One of the C5-R
race cars will be on display along with the C5-R Pratt/Miller
This will be a wonderful opportunity to
meet the drivers first hand in a relaxed atmosphere. NCM members will be
admitted to the meet & greet free of charge. Non-members can be part
of the evening for the regular Museum admission fee of $8.00. A cash bar
will be available throughout the evening affair. For more information on
C5-R Race Night, contact the events department at: 800-53-VETTE. Bobbie
Jo Lee http://www.corvettemuseum.com
October 6, 2000
Mid America Designs has launched a very
special program in commemoration of Corvette's 50th anniversary,
June 30, 2003. Not only have we unveiled a symbolic, Countdown to 50
billboard, which will reflect each day closer to the coveted Golden
Anniversary, but we also have an informative new Web site to accompany
the program. Over the course of the next few years, Web watchers can
look forward to finding the following Corvette facts and information at
Mid America's original countdown link, www.countdownto50.com
- Announcements of all Corvette-related
birthday parties and gatherings taking place around the nation and
- Corvette history
- The evolution of concept cars, engineering,
testing and design.
- Profiles of the people who have made
America's sports car into a world class car.
- Timeline of major news events, wrapped
around significant Corvette moments in time.
- Tech data information for each year.
Plus many more developments to come as
the date approaches. www.countdownto50.com
October 5, 2000
For 4th Year in a row Customers
vote Corvette most appealing
For the fourth year running, Corvette was named as a J.D. Power APEAL
award winner. The award signifies that customers like the styling and
workmanship on our product. "This is good news for the entire
Corvette team," said plant manager Wil Cooksey. "The APEAL
award really recognizes everyone from those of us who manufacture the
car in Bowling Green to the people who design it in Detroit." The
study, which is actually called the Automotive Performance Execution and
Layout Study is in its fifth year. It is based on responses from 101,768
new vehicle owners and measures what excites and delights them with
their vehicle’s features and design.
Corvette sets the APEAL
standard in the sports car segment, placing first for the fourth year in
a row. Behind Corvette, are second and third place finishers, the
Porsche 911 and the Audi TT.
While Corvette was the only
GM product to capture first in a segment, other GM models were named in
the study. They included: Pontiac Grand Am and Oldsmobile – entry
midsize; Chevrolet S-10 pickup – compact pickup segment; GMC Sierra
– full size pickup; Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana – full-size
van; and the GMC Yukon XL – full size SUV.
Toyota models ranked highest
in three of the 15 vehicle segments with the Avalon, Land Cruiser and
Tundra. The Tundra is the industry’s first non-domestic full-size
pickup truck to top its segment. For the second consecutive year, three
Volkswagen models also captured top segment rankings – the popular
Beetle, Jet and GTI.
The 2000 APEAL study
comprises eight specific areas of vehicle performance and design,
including more than 100 attributes that uncover about what consumers
like and dislike about their new vehicle. These areas include vehicle
styling engine and transmission, comfort and convenience; ride, handling
and braking, seats; heating, ventilation and cooling, cockpit and
instrument panel; and sound system.
October 4, 2000
please read about one C5 Registry member’s
EXCELLENT ADVENTURE by Buzz Fyhrie
C5R# W0564) working as part of the crew for
the C5R Race Corvette # 4 which WON the
Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta, September 30, 2000. He was drafted onto
the team at the last minute and made the C5
October 1, 2000
CORVETTE WINS AT
a 1st and 3rd place finish in a good old fashioned racing
battle that folks will be talking about for years to come... Check out
the story on C5RMotorsports
September 28, 2000
When your new issue arrives, check out the fantastic 13 Page center
section on the
2000 LeMans and
the C5 Registry.
We'll be looking for you next year!
September 27, 2000
DRIVERS ARE STOKED!
just got off the phone with Kirk
Weeks, PR Representative for the C5R
Race team. He states "The
drivers are stoked for this race".
After a long awaited win in Texas the premier event of the American
LeMans Series, the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta will be held on
Saturday, September 30th (as an added bonus - the
winner of this race receives an invitation to the 24 Hours of LeMans).
To those members attending – remember we will have a
corral in the in field of Road Atlanta with a tent for your use. On
Friday night a dinner will be held with the C5R
drivers including an autograph session. www.c5registry.com/events.htm
It is our understanding that a win at Road Atlanta will put Corvette
into a close contention for the manufacturer’s championship of the GTS
Division of the American LeMans
Move out of the
way Vipers – because we’re knocking on the door and the BIG BAD
CORVETTE WOLF is going to blow it down!
and I look forward to seeing "YA’LL" at this Southern
tradition of the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta this weekend – IT
WILL BE GREAT!!!
September 25, 2000
Test"Under a Roof....
Many members who have attended the Corvette (Bowling
Green, Kentucky) plant tour have seen the two booths at the
end of the production line. Members always talk about how impressive it
is to watch a newly produced C5
being placed on top large drum rollers and then strapped down. We all
watch with excitement as the C5 revs
up to 75 miles per hour for several minutes. They enjoy the display that
takes place on the screen – but what’s the scoop on what is really
happening? The Dynamic Vehicle
Test, or roll test, is not only one
of our tourists’ favorite stops, it’s also (and most importantly) a
major test of our end of the line product quality. Members
click here for MOHN for all the details.
"We have started receiving part numbers for the various 2001 Z06
parts. Members click
here for the information.
A Protective Cover for the C5
The C5’s for
going through a new protection process to prevent damage during
shipping. The Corvettes are being "dressed"
in a protective plastic covering before
being shipped to dealers. The new Mutilation
Protective Wrap, as it is formally called, is applied on all
Corvettes shipped within the domestic United States. Export cars will
not receive the protective covering. This trial process will continue
until December in an effort to improve our J.D. Power standing and
increase customer satisfaction. Employees apply the plastic by hand.
There are no adhesives involved in the bonding process to the vehicle.
Moisture is used to attach the plastic. The car then goes through an
oven, heating its surface to 130 degrees to
help the plastic adhere. Once the Corvette arrives at its final
destination, the dealers simply need a high-powered water hose to remove
the plastic. There are no harmful side effects to the car’s paint job.
A BIG C5 Thank
You, to Jane Bowlin, Editor of the VETTE
Gazette for informing the Registry of this latest factory
Apparently it doesn’t take Chevrolet
long into a new model year to figure out when they believe they have
under priced the HOTTEST Corvettes
of the new Millennium. Which Corvette or Corvettes are we referring to?
The new for 2001 Z06
sped up a $1,000
(MSRP), C5 Coupe
is up $250 (MSRP) and the beloved Roadster
popped it’s top up $250
(MSRP). But the one that blows us away is the 34% increase
in high polished wheels raising the price
of option QF5 from $895
to $1200. To our Corporate Members
who specialize in chrome wheels, we hope you have a large inventory on
hand to meet the demand. It seems with this large percentage of increase
more C5 buyers will opt for the
standard wheel (no additional cost) and have them chromed. NOTE:
If your C5 was ordered through Prospec
(prior to September 15th ) at your dealership you are price
protected from this increase. Of course, your dealer must file
with Chevrolet for the old pricing once your C5
arrives. CLICK HERE for
DRIVERS NEEDED - see below!
*Please let us know ASAP if you are
interested, you may email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will forward any questions to Justin Bell GT Driving School for
answers. Members we look forward to having a great time together!*
Thank you for your assistance.
Dan & Jake, Directors C5 Registry
GT Driving School
Details of this event are as follows:
Date: Monday, October 2nd
Location: Moroso Motorsports Park
West Palm Beach, Florida
Report Time: 5:00pm for debrief,
with event times from 6:30pm-10:30pm. We will supply FOOD and FUEL to
each, we are looking for the first 20 that are able and willing.
Event: Corporate event for Justin
Bell GT Driving School. Drivers will be required to drive members 3 to 4
laps on road course for the duration of the event. Event Length: approx.
4 hrs. Need driving info ( brief driving resume, whether club events or
track days ) for each driver, brief description of vehicle would be nice
to help promote event.
Justin Bell GT Driving School
September 7, 2000
C5 Registry Members, we
have just received the following from "a friend in high
To: Dan Adovasio
Subject: Oil Consumption
"We aware of the fact that there are customers that are unsatisfied
with the amount of oil that their Corvettes are using. We are working to
understand the specifics of this situation and develop a strategy that
will address this concern. Please understand that this situation is
complicated and will not be easily resolved. Information regarding this
situation will be provided when it becomes available. The information
that the C5 Registry has provided regarding this matter is appreciated
and will help move this process forward."
September 4, 2000
NayKid In Texas!
Corvette fans and owners, including the "Team
Texas" C5 Registry members, took a break from the 108
degree heat at the Speedvision World Challenge event Sept. 1-3 at Texas
Motor Speedway. Naykid Racing provided
a "Corvette Fan Appreciation Station," a special shaded
area with seating and complimentary ice-cold lemonade for the devoted
CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE AND PHOTOS
Finals of the NCM Labor Day Drag Race came down two, that's
" 2" C5 Registry
Members, Bob Adams with his 1999
Magnetic Red Convertible and the
Official C5 Registry Car!
Today around Noon CST, the C5 Registry
show car proved it had "GO" and not just all Show!
At the NCM Labor Day 2000
celebration, In the seventh round of eliminations "Bracket
Racing" at Beach Bend Raceway, the C5
Registry show car driven by David
Yates came out on top, winning the event!
The C5 Registry would like to thank
the Corporate sponsors who have provided the Official Show car, and
congratulate David Yates on a great job well done! Ben Anderson, and
crew keep this car in top shape... for both SHOW
Here for More Photos and Info
The battle of the GTS class came down to the strength of wills, and the
works Corvette team won its first-ever American
Le Mans Series race, courtesy of Ron Fellows and Andy
Pilgrim. "The snake has been bitten in Texas!" yelled
Fellows after the race.
It was the Canadian who emerged from the cockpit of the Corvette at the
end of the first stint and required medical treatment due to the extreme
heat conditions. Pilgrim took over the driving for a stint and a half
and Justin Bell, who completed two laps in qualifying, was on hand to
take over the car for the final run if needed. Fellows, however, the man
who chose the Corvette program over the GM's Cadillac prototype team,
was not to be denied and took the wheel again to run to the finish.
CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE
August 24, 2000
As we talked about last month the Z06s
that the press tested at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Track were not exactly pure
production cars. The Front Brake Pads were a special pad provided
by GM Performance Parts (Part Number 12480154) which lists for
$135.00. Corporate Member Dealer # VC001, Bruce
Glueck Chevrolet, has agreed to sell these Performance
Pads to C5 Registry members for $113.40
plus shipping to you. Please contact Parts Manager Ken
Bassett at 1-904-792-1111.
Please tell him you are with the C5
Registry. According to the GM Parts House, there are only 50 sets of
these pads in stock at this time. Don’t delay . . . order today!!!
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