December 3, 2002
DETROIT - The General Motors Board of Directors today announced it has
elected Rick Wagoner chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), effective
May 1, 2003, following the retirement of current GM Chairman Jack Smith,
after 42 years of distinguished service. Smith will also leave the GM
board at that time. Click Here for More Details
November 28, 2002"Silver,
White or Blue? . . . . Don’t delay! The end is near!"
For any members wishing for a
Silver, White or Blue C5, now is the time to ACT! These exterior paint
colors will end early for the 2003 model year. According
to our sources, "These exterior colors will be cut-off for ordering
approximately four weeks prior to the build-out week."
12U Quicksilver---February 24,2003
40U Speedway White---February 24,2003
21U Electron Blue---May 5,2003
Get ‘em while they’re spraying ‘em!!
November 27, 2002
"Going for the
Members – just in! To document
this very, very rare, "one-of-a-kind"
C5 ~ the Job Number is 14949
and the VIN is 1G1YY22G035114811.
For all your Corvette historians, you will want to write this one down!
November 26, 2002"SEMA! SEMA! SEMA!"
No, it’s not a movie title! But spending a few days there was just as suspenseful!
The "Big Guns" were showing off their latest! Ford was touting their GT40 in a "shrine-like" display and Dodge had their ’03 Viper surrounded by the latest in "go-fast" Trucks – the RT Truck with it’s 500+ Viper motor, and breaking news of the "Holy Grail" of engines, the "HEMI" being added to the 1500 Ram Truck series. … So what was Corvette up to?
MOHN for the latest update!
November 19, 2002
Could this be our new replacement for
DETROIT - General Motors Powertrain
(GMPT) Saginaw (Mich.) Metal Casting Operations (SMCO) has been awarded
the precision sand project to produce engine block castings for GM's next
generation of aluminum V-8 engines. The company plans to invest
approximately $80 million to renovate a portion of the facility to install
precision sand technology, retaining jobs for 191 employees who currently
work at the plant. The new engine will power future trucks, passenger cars
and sport utility vehicles. Research, development and the installation of
related equipment are scheduled to begin before the end of 2002, with the
new engines planned for the second half of 2006
November 15, 2002
It is incredibly unique that the
C5 Corvette has the
distinct honor of not only having one, but TWO, one-of-a-kind
factory-produced C5s! The Platinum Power 2000 C5, won by Billy & Reva
Phelps [C5R# Y3500] and now this Golden
2003! Both are destined to be collectibles for the 75th
anniversary of Corvette!
for the Gold!”
Breaking news from the
Corvette Plant! Bowling Green is going to build a one of kind Gold
Corvette! Their JP Power goal this year is to be the best plant in North
America – to win the JD Power Gold Award.
In their journey to be the best, they are
going to build a one of a kind Gold Corvette starting next week. The
Corvette will be an automatic coupe with a black interior. Engineering
has designed special unique detailing for the Corvette. It is going to be
Their build schedule shows the Corvette
coming off the line first thing Monday, November 25th,
meaning that it will be assembled Thursday and Friday, November 21 & 22.
All Plant Workers on the line will have the opportunity to sign the
Corvette on the frame as it is built!
The Gold Corvette will be made available
to employees to drive on a nightly basis. In June, the National Corvette
Museum will raffle off the Gold Corvette during the 50th
Anniversary Celebration. Profits from the Corvette will go to the NCM”s
operation fund and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. --special thanks to Jane
Bowlin, editor of the Performance Press (Volume 24, Number 44), for
sharing this HOT news with the C5 Registry!
November 15, 2002
to Ron Fellows and DEI ~ a Winning Combination!”
Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
announced earlier in the week (according to the Toronto Sun, 11-12-2002)
that they have hired Ron Fellows to race at Sonoma and Watkins Glen in
2003. Dale Earnhardt Inc. will form a fourth team to accommodate Fellows
-- who has a total of five BGN and CTS victories driving for a team owned
by Joe Nemechek. Fellows will still race the No. 3 Corvette C5-R in the
ALMS, where he won the GTS championship this season. "DEI will have a
fourth team at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen for the 2003 season and Ron
Fellows will be our driver," DEI spokesman Steve Crisp said.
”Fellows will also play a major role in
upgrading DEI's road course racing program, acting as a coach for Dale
Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip and Steve Park. "Thrilled is the best word
to describe how I feel," Fellows said from Sebring, Fla., where he was
testing the 2003 Corvette. "Being with one of the best Winston Cup teams
in the business is a big shot in the arm for me." Sponsorship and details
on team personnel with the DEI effort are still being worked out. Fellows
will begin working soon with DEI chassis and motor builders to prepare the
team for 2003. Crisp said DEI has been pursuing Fellows since team founder
Dale Earnhardt worked with him leading up to the 24 Hours of Daytona
sports car race in 2001. “
November 14, 2002
“Want 50th Anniversary Indy Pace
Then, GM Restoration
Parts has the decals for you! Just released, Corvette 50th Anniversary
Indy 500 Pace Car Decal Package (Part # 6716
- priced at $495) - available for
shipment on or before 12-10-02. These can be ordered through your dealer,
www.gm-restorationparts.com Once you are on that page, click on Box 1
“Click here to order/search by part number” and enter the part number
6716. This twenty-one-piece set comes
with instructions for installation but it is
highly recommended that you have it
professionally installed by a talented graphics installer in your area.
Additional notes are, for proper installation, the body side moldings may
be required to be removed and 50th Anniversary fender emblems
may require removal and reinstallation. Registry Members, you will want to
have this done right the first time, because the decals are NOT
sold individually. If one decal is “mis-installed”, you will have to buy a
whole new set to make it right. This will probably work out good for
E-Bay, as there will be a lot of unused pieces from your second or third
set that get sold there!
November 10, 2002
DETROIT - Popular Science magazine has named General Motors'
Magnetic Ride Control the winner of its prestigious "Best of What's New"
award in the Automotive Technology category for 2002.
The award recognizes products or technologies that represent a
significant step forward in the category. GM's Magnetic Ride Control, the
worlds fastest reacting suspension system, took vehicle handling to a new
level with the introduction of this leading-edge technology on the 2002
Cadillac STS. It is now also available on the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette.
Friday November 1, 2002
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. today announced modifications to its
retail marketing program on 2002 and 2003 model year vehicles.
Effective November 1 and continuing through January 2, 2003, GM is
offering "Zero, Zero, Zero" -- no monthly payments for 90 days, no down
payment and 0.0% APR financing rates for qualified buyers on the purchase
of most new 2003 and the remaining new 2002 model Buick, Cadillac,
Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, and Saab cars and trucks. The
2002 and 2003 HUMMER models are not included in the program.
Click Here for
Wednesday, October 30
Members, radar detectors are always a big
topic of discussion for C5 Corvette
drivers! We have just learned of ESCORT’s new CORDLESS Solo S2 Radar
Detection System, being introduced as a "sneak peek" to selected
previous purchasers. Members, see
for the latest update!
Tuesday, October 29
Just in!! 50th Anniversary
C5 Coupe and Convertible model sales remain strong. So strong, that rumors are flying… Members, see
MOHN for the latest update!
Tuesday, October 29
For those of you who haven’t heard,
John Lingenfelter lost control of his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Cavalier in the semifinals of the Mazda NHRA Sport Compact World race at Pomona Raceway this weekend. Although still listed in critical condition, word is that he is improving. He broke the 7th bone in his neck, but he can move his feet and he has feeling in his fingers, so this is a good sign. The brain swelling is also not as bad as it was. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family during this difficult time of recovery.
October 24, 2002
guest at yesterday's Corvette Club of Michigan meeting was Mr.
Steve Wesoloski. Steve is the Chassis Engineer for GM's C5R Team.
According to him, Corvette has been selected as the featured marque for
next year's 24 Hours of LeMans Race, and will be the official pace car!
October 23, 2002
There is not a day that goes by that we don't
receive e-mails and/or phone calls from members looking for a dealer who
will sell them a 50th Anniversary Coupe or Convertible without gouging
above window sticker. Even on E-Bay there has been attempts by some to
charge up to $8,000 over GM's MSRP. Allocations have been tight, but it
now appears that C5 Registry Dealer
Les Stanford Chevrolet may be the answer to your prayers. The
information they have asked us to forward to our members is as follows:
CHEVY PUMPED UP OUR ALLOCATION PLUS WE'VE BEEN
BUYING UP OTHER DEALER'S ALLOCATIONS. WE HAVE 25 UNSPOKEN FOR 50TH
ALLOCATIONS. COUPES OR CONVERTIBLES...ORDER IT HOWEVER YOU WANT THEM.
$1000 DEPOSIT MANDATORY. SELLING FOR MSRP PLUS FEES AND TAXES. STILL ABLE
TO DO R8C MUSEUM DELIVERY. EARLY 2003 ARRIVALS - LES STANFORD CHEVROLET
(800) 699 8388
October 10And while we are on the subject of great magazine articles covering our beloved C5 Corvette, be sure and check out the November 2002 Motor Trend, where Jack Keebler and Matt Stone author a superb article, "Dodge Viper SRT-10 Meets Chevrolet Corvette Z06," pp. 46-53. We hold our own, even with the Viper’s 95 hp difference!
Their conclusion seems to be on the money with a closing comment of "the Z06 is still seriously fast in a straight line and can corner and stop right up there with the Big Bad Dodge. It’s a lot easier to live with on a daily basis. The Viper is a weekend toy, while the Corvette would serve as an everyday runner – that happens to have 405 horses. And let’s not forget that it’s a cheaper date by some $30 grand."
Scathing! It’s the only way we can describe the November 2002 Car & Driver article (pp. 40-46), written by John Phillips, regarding the new 2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10. Laughing and dying at the same time, we can’t remember ever reading anything like this on a new model comparison before!
In the article, Phillips reviews the Viper’s ability to "pop popcorn" and "cook eggs & bacon" on the hot sills. Our all-time favorite line. . . "bumps cause the car to talk. First the dash croaks out its name, then the convertible top, then the center console, then the bulkhead behind your back." Phillips makes a comparison between a middle-age man’s physical appearance while driving the Viper. You have just got to read it to believe it!
After six pages of disbelief, Phillips ends with the most truthful statement to date. His words, not ours . . . "But the truth is, a Corvette Z06 – some $33K less costly – is not only miles more comfy but is more effective in real-world A-to-B blasts, simply because it’s half as difficult to drive."
We couldn’t agree with this statement more!!
Tuesday, October 8
Members, there’s always a price to be paid when you have rebates and discounted interest rates!
In a time when the U.S. economy is this slow, it’s hard to understand what GM is thinking in regards to the recently announced price increase on 2003 Corvettes. MSRP on a ’03 Coupe is now $43325, an increase of $100. A Convertible is now priced at $50,075, an increase of $375 and a Z06 is priced at $50,975, a $490 increase. The Option prices appear to be unchanged.
October 1, 2002
We have just been informed that the Ramada Inn I-95 Gwinnett Mall, where we
had a block of rooms reserved for the Road Atlanta event October 10 - 12,
was SOLD yesterday, and the new owner closed the doors!!! If you have
reservations at the Ramada Inn, your rooms are no longer there!
have made arrangements with a sister property, the MicroTel Inn and Suites
in Lawrenceville. They are about 5 miles from the Ramada. They will give
you a lower rate on your rooms than the Ramada offered. Please call Angela
at MicroTel at 1-888-222-1230 or 770-237-5992.
We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause, but we were not
informed of the sale until this morning, after the doors had been closed.
We are doing everything we can to make sure that you all have a place to
stay for the Road Atlanta event!
September 27, 2002
Only Trucks Now Transport Our Corvettes!!
The primary reason the Corvette assembly plant has stopped
shipping new Corvettes by rail is to better satisfy the customers.
Shipping by rail, said quality manager Rick Robbins, causes six
times as much damage to our product as does transporting by truck.
As of this month, the 40% of the
production that was transported to distant points around the country by
railroad is now trucked to its final destination. According to
Tom Kelly of P.C. and L. the change meant an addition of 35 drivers to
the staff of Allied- the Corvettes carrier - and 35 Trucks.
The process will be used on a trial basis for the next six months,
said Robbins. If quality data shows that damage to the carefully painted
Corvettes is not as great, trucking only is sure to continue.
The reason for increased
likelihood of damage by rail the process itself, he said. Corvettes
shipped by rail were loaded on a truck at the plant, transported to Saturn
in Spring Hill, unloaded, then reloaded on a rail car. Once they reached
their rail destination, they were unloaded, then loaded on another carrier
for delivery to the dealership. "Obviously, much more handling is involved
with the shipping by rail, " Robins said. "Damage was recorded on the one
a d on-half percent of the vehicles sent by rail and only one-fourth
percent of those trucked to the dealers." Trucking only should lead to a
significant decrease in the numbers of chips, scratches and other
mutilations encountered on cars delivers by rail, Robbins said.
Corvettes were shipped by rail
to the most distant parts of the country including many in California, the
Northwest and in Florida. The Bowling Green plant shipped by rail for the
time the plant opened in 1981 until 1987. A rail car came to the Allied
lot in back of the plant and cars were loaded there. In 1987 this practice
was discontinued but resumed in 1995 at the Saturn Plant. The
C5 Registry wishes to thank
Jane Bowlin, Rick Robbins, and Tom Kelly of the Corvette
Assembly Plant for the above information. The C5
Registry feels this is an excellent move, and will surly improve
the quality of our future Corvettes!
September 24, 2002
C5 Registry Member Bob Patrella
C5R# Y3932 has agreed to donate the final $25,000 needed to reach the Land
Campaign goal of $200,000, once the campaign reaches the $175,000 mark.
Patrella stated, "I believe the Museum belongs to the members and I want
to do my part to help." The campaign scheduled to end October 31,
currently stands at over $126,000. Donations from over 40 Corvette Clubs
along with 700 individual donations have been received.
A BIG C5 Registry Thank You goes out to Bob and Diane
for their very generous commitment. Registry Members, if you feel led to
help Bob be relieved of the last $25,000 toward this great cause, please
send your donation to
and let them know you are a C5 Registry member!
September 19, 2002
General Motors Corp. today announced an enhancement of its retail
marketing program on 2002 model year vehicles. Effective September 19 and
continuing through September 30, GM will offer APR financing rates of 0.0%
on terms up to 60 months for qualified buyers on the purchase of all new
2002 GM models including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, HUMMER,
Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saab and Saturn.
"We believe that our offer is
unquestionably the best in the industry," said Bill Lovejoy, group vice
president of GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "There
are no exceptions, no fine print and no gimmicks. For qualified consumers
who are shopping for model year-end bargains, our zero percent offer on
every '02 model is as good as it gets.
September 9, 2002
All American Day and 9/11 Tribute
A tribute will be paid to the victims of 9/11, 2001 at
General Motors locations across the United States Wednesday September
11th. A moment of silence will be observed at 7:46 A.M. on first shift
throughout GM. On second shift, a moment of silence will take place at
At the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, the day will be
commemorated not only as a memorial, but as a celebration of the American
way of life. The Diversity Committee at the plant is planning an All
American Day that includes a special lunch (on the barbeque grill) and
music and ice cream at the afternoon break.
The cafeteria will serve up an All American Lunch complete with hamburgers
and hot dogs, cooked outside on charcoal grills. With the lunch, pick up
some chips, baked beans, cole slaw and a brownie.
The truck will be located in the area adjacent to dynamic vehicle test
(where Corvette Race Day is held). While munching on ice cream, listen as
some of your fellow employees sing patriotic songs. Second shifters will
have ice cream served and patriotic tunes played at 6:15 P.M. in the
cafeteria. A United Way kick-off Will be included.
September 6, 2002
Performance Parts Garage Sale A Boon For Enthusiasts
Detroit - It's a pavement shredding
monster: a 502 horse-powered crate engine with 565 ft-lbs of torque. You
gotta have it, but your piggy bank squeals "no way". What to do? Shop the
GM Performance Parts "Garage Sale". GM has discounted to its dealers some
of its most popular performance-enhancing parts on the market. The "Garage
Sale" runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, 2002.
"These parts aren't just slow movers - they
represent 76 percent of our sales," said Gary Penn, GM Performance Parts
product specialist. "With discounts to dealers on approximately 90 of our
top-selling parts, including intake manifolds, cylinder blocks, and the
ram Jet 502 crate engine, this promotion is one that customers can't
afford to miss."
During the "Garage Sale" local GM
Performance Parts dealers will have access to unprecedented parts
discounts, including the 355-horsepower ZZ4 5.7 liter engine and the
popular Hot Cam kit.
The promotion reflects GM Performance
Parts' emphasis and commitment to providing customers innovative parts
with proven performance and value, Penn said.
September 4, 2002
General Motors Corp. will offer zero percent financing
for three years on some of its 2003 model vehicles Including Corvette, the automaker
GM will offer APR financing rates of zero percent for
36 months, 2.9 percent for 48 months and 3.9 percent for 60 months or
cash rebates up to $2,000 for qualified buyers on 2003 model Buick,
Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile and Pontiac cars and trucks. The
programs runs through Oct. 31.
Saturn, Saab, and Hummer are excluded from the
program, which started Wednesday.
September 4, 2002
Last' Camaro Sells for $71,500
The last new
Camaro to be sold by Chevrolet - a red, T-topped Z-28 - brought a tidy
$71,500 at a charity auction.
"I got a little crazy," said the buyer,
Mark Gembinski, a 32-year-old business manager from Mayville, Mich. "I
paid a lot more than I wanted to, but I wanted it bad."
"It's a very sad day for us," said Scott Settlemire, Chevrolet's
assistant brand manager for the Camaro line. "But the money is going
August 27, 2002
optional spare being tested at Carlisle by Wil Cooksey.
Click Here for Photo
August 23, 2002
It's been called the
"Corvette of Pickups" so for our members first on the Internet
Information, the features and options of the new Chevrolet SSR Pickup are
located for your viewing pleasure:
August 13, 2002
Help the Corvette Assembly Plant!
We got the following message from Jane
Bowlin in Bowling Green.. It's a good chance to see the plant close up and
Hi C5ers, We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the plant the
week before Labor Day. You're probably aware that we will be closed on
both Friday, August 30 and Monday, September 2. But, we expect many
Corvette people to stop by for a tour on Thursday, August 29. To handle
the multitudes, we could use some of your great volunteer help. If any of
you would like to be a part of the Corvette Assembly Plant team for half a
day on Thurs.,, Aug. 29, please e-mail me as soon as possible.
Your job will be to help host visitors. No prior experience required!
You will have the chance to mingle with real Corvette assemblers! We hope
many of our former C5 tour hosts can join us again. Available shifts are
morning: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
If you can help us either (or both) shifts, e-mail Jane Bowlin at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate what shift you would like and we'll be back
in touch. Remember, you must wear closed toe shoe and, leave your purses
and other stuff in the car.
August 12, 2002
The C3 Vette Registry is proud to sponsor a special
tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the attacks on the
World Trade Center, The Pentagon and in Pennsylvania on 9/11/2001. Also,
this will serve as a special salute to the men and women who helped with
rescue and recovery, and the men and women who are currently fighting the
war on terrorism.
As a special tribute, the C3 Vette Registry is asking that *ALL
Corvette owners* drive their Corvette to work or anywhere they need to go
on 9/11/2002. And to signify that they are a part of this special tribute,
would like them to *ride with their headlights on all day*.
The Corvette is a symbol of America and as such, we feel this is a
great way to show our support of America on the anniversary of one of the
worst days in U.S. history.
If you plan to participate in the Corvette Owners 9/11 Tribute, please
visit the C3 Vette Registry website and add your name to the participant
list, so others can see how many Corvette Owners of America are
participating in this tribute. The address is:
addition, the website has information on how you can send a monetary
donation to the American Red Cross.
August 10, 2002
Corvette50th.com Update Includes Parking Information
The celebration year has begun.
We've officially started the 50th Anniversary Year of Corvette. And in
just 11 months, the big party -- the official Chevrolet-sponsored Corvette
50th Anniversary Celebration -- rolls into town for two days of Corvette
captivation. Nashville. June 27-28, 2003.
There's only one place to find all of the latest news for the
Corvette50th.com -- and the latest update is live. Here are the
Parking and Shuttles
It's the question everyone's asking. "Where can I park?" The new
Parking section of
Corvette50th.com has the answer. And remember, shuttles to and from
the Corvette celebration at The Coliseum in Nashville will be available
Corvette 50th Anniversary hotel areas at no additional cost.
Your club has a fantastic opportunity to win great awards for the Corvette
50th Anniversary Celebration in Nashville, June 27 and 28, 2003. View the
complete Terms and Conditions at
Don't forget to sign your club up to participate!
Updated Celebration News
Historic Motorama officially kicked off the 50th Anniversary Year, and
Anniversary Road Tour was there. Check out pictures of the Motorama
events and a write-up of the festivities. If you attended the Anniversary
Road Tour and got your picture taken with the 50th Anniversary Edition
Corvette, you can pick up your photo at
Tickets and Hotels
Corvette50th.com is your
one-stop shop for Corvette 50th Anniversary Celebration
accommodations. A limited number of
rooms are available at a special Corvette rate. Hotels are filling up
fast, so don't delay
August 7, 2002
Carlisle Corvette Sticker Clarification
We just heard from Lisa Lafferty from Carlisle Productions who is being
inundated phone calls about a second decal/pass that allows you to park on
the C5 Registry hill. Lisa has informed me that there is no second
decal/pass required to park on the Registry hill. What a C5 Registry
member needs to do is purchase a Fun Field Pass ($40/in advance, $50/Day
of Show) and place it on their C5. When they arrive they need to tell the
Traffic Directors as you come through the gate that you want to park on
the C5 Registry hill.
Note to Members: As in
past years, the C5 Registry area which holds about 600 C5s, the C5 area
fills up very, very fast! If you do not arrive early, you will probably
not be able to find a place in the C5 Registry Parking Corral. What does
early mean? That means by 7:30 a.m., you should be coming through the
July 31, 2002
The following is an announcement that Mobil 1 will be
used by Cadillac. An endorsement of the superiority of it over other
Mobil 1 Chosen As Factory-Fill Motor Oil for Cadillac XLR
FAIRFAX, Va.--(AutomotiveWire)--July 23, 2002--Mobil 1(R), the world's
leading synthetic motor oil, has been selected as original equipment
(factory-fill) in Cadillac's all-new luxury roadster, the Cadillac XLR.
The Cadillac XLR will be factory-filled with the 5W-30 viscosity grade
of Mobil 1 with SuperSyn(TM).
"The Cadillac name is a hallmark in the automotive industry and we are
proud that General Motors has selected Mobil 1 with SuperSyn as original
equipment in its new Cadillac XLR," said Jan Crowe, Automotive
Lubricants Manager, North America, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties.
"Cadillac joins a stellar group of renowned automotive brands that rely
on the outstanding performance and strong anti-wear engine protection
that Mobil 1 delivers to cars, trucks and SUVs," said Tom Olszewski,
Group Technical Leader, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties. "An
automaker's choice of Mobil 1 as factory-fill is their seal of approval.
Being factory-fill conveys a great level of confidence about Mobil 1 to
millions of consumers who seek the manufacturer's recommendation about
Mobil 1 is also original equipment in other high-performance vehicles,
including the Chevrolet Corvette, all Porsche models, Mercedes-Benz AMG,
Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang Cobra R, and Aston Martin models. All new
Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold in the U.S. are equipped with an engine
decal approving Mobil 1. Land Rover also approves Mobil 1.
ExxonMobil engineers recommend that consumers follow the viscosity grade
and API service category recommendations in vehicle owner's manuals.
Where to Find Mobil 1 with SuperSyn
Mobil 1 with SuperSyn is available at Cadillac and other General Motors
dealers, all GM GoodWrench locations, auto parts stores, Mobil service
stations and some Exxon service stations, and many other retail
locations across the nation.
For more information about Mobil 1 with SuperSyn, visit www.mobil1.com
or call 1-800-ASK-MOBIL. Product data sheets, merchandise, promotions,
racing news and product performance information for each Mobil 1 motor
oil are available on the Mobil 1 Web site.
The Cadillac XLR can be previewed at
Note: A Photo is available at URL:
July 30, 2002
Coming to the he C5 Registry Dinner
that will take place at the Monterey Hilton on Saturday August 10, 6 -10
PM. John Cafaro will be the guest speaker!!
July 29, 2002
Remember that one of a kind well autographed C5 we
followed for the C5 Registry in Utah during the 2002 Olympics? ( See story
and Photos :www.c5registry.com/Members/press/2002.htm
Well.. It's for sale on e-Bay
Click Here for Full Press Release!
July 11, 2002
It had to be a big day June 21st
for the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green as the 35,767th 2002 Corvette
rolled off the assembly line, ending the largest total Corvette
production year since 1986. We don't yet have our usual
total production stats for the previous years Corvette build, but we do
have the following:
35,767 2002 Corvettes
Interior Choices Were:
Colors Choices were:
Torch Red 19%
Electron Blue 15%
95% Dual Zone
Electronic Air Conditioning
94% Memory Package
53% M30-Automatic Transmission
24% Six Speed Manual Transmission
an additional 29% were "Z06"
65% Steering Column; Power Telescope Manual
60% Body Side Moldings
88% Stereo System Delco-Bose with CD
72% Power Passenger Seat
provided by Bowling Green Assembly Plant
July 2, 2002
Detroit - General Motors Corp. today
announced "Summerdrive," the latest of GM's simple,
compelling retail marketing programs. Effective today, GM will offer
customer cash or APR financing rates of up to 0.0/0.0/0.0% (36/48/60
months) for qualified buyers on the purchase of new 2002 model Buick,
Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac-GMC cars and trucks through
September 3. Saturn, Saab, HUMMER and all 2003 models are excluded from
this program CLICK HERE
for Press Release and Details..
June 26, 2002
MIAMI– Buckle up! Beginning June 19, world
champion race car driver Justin Bell will bring the thrill of professional
race car driving to Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Justin Bell GT
Motorsports Experience, a Corvette and Camaro race car driving school
based at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach Gardens, is expanding to a
second location, the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Miami, Florida. Beginning
this June, The Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience will offer one-, two-
and three-day classes at Homestead, servicing the vibrant South Florida
market. CLICK HERE FOR FULL RELEASE!
June 24, 2002
GM has noticed several comments from people
with 2002 models about a "jingle" noise. The best description is that it
sounds like someone shaking a key ring and it occurs most often in 6spd
vehicles on deceleration. This condition is the result of the exhaust
tuning for 2002 and is actually caused by exhaust gas impulses within the
exhaust system. It is not caused by something loose or broken on the
vehicle. It is also not coming from the transmission. GM Engineering is
aware of the condition and is currently validating a correction.
June 21, 2002
The production of the 2002 model year ended
today... 87 units were built... at the Bowling Green Plant. Production of
the 2003 started as the last of the 2002's rolled off the line... there
were 47 2003's built today!!
June 16, 2002
AGAIN WINS AT LEMANS
The American national anthem will again
sound in Le Mans thanks to the performance of the C5R Corvette at the lead
of the GTS class.
The Corvette has again taken the LM GTS class by
storm. A 1-2 finish in 2001, and the same result this year in
the very same order: the #63 car driven by O'Connell-Fellows-Gavin
followed by the #64 team of Pilgrim-Collins-Freon. The #52 Equipe de
France FFSA Chrysler Viper rounds out the podium.
June 14, 2002 With the last 2002
Model Corvette being built Friday June 21st, talk around the festivities
at Bloomington today is of the pricing for the 2003 Corvette Announced to
dealers today! a complete list will be posted soon but here are some
Coupe 43225.00 (
Add 670.00 for destination charge on all models )
1SB Coupe Optional Package 1200.00
1SB Convertible Optional Package 1200.00
1SC Coupe 50th Optional Package
1SC Convertible 50th Optional Package
F55 Magnetic Selective Ride Control 1695.00
June 13, 2002
The next Corvette Hospitality
_ Touring Challenge for Corvettes race is July 6-7. This one is at
Mid-Ohio. For more information contact:
J. Race Enterprise
610 N. M-15
Ortonville, Mi 48462
Two new Corvette C5-R race cars started first and second in heavy,
wet conditions and finished 1 - 2 in dry conditions in their first
American Le Mans Series start Sunday, May 19. The No. 3 GM
Goodwrench Corvette, with Ron
the driving duties, finished 1st in GTS and 5th overall in the 2 hour
45-minute race. They finished a one-lap ahead of the No. 4 Corvette of
place in GTS and 7th overall. The Ferrari 550 Maranello of Naspetti and
Schiatarella finished in third, four laps down.
May 15, 2002
Corvette Racing to
Unveil New Chassis at Sears Point
Motors Corvette Racing
will utilize two new chassis
at Sears Point Raceway on May 19 while the two "older"
and very successful chassis remain in Le Mans, France, fully-prepared
for the upcoming 24-hour race in June. The Sears Point race will mark
the debut of two newly completed Corvette C5-R chassis for this year's 2
hour 45 minute endurance race at the 2.52-mile Sonoma circuit.
HERE for full Press Release
May 8, 2002
received this wonderful note from Karen Hill, wife of Dave Hill, and
wanted to share her note with all C5 Registry members:
Dear C-5 Friends,
A very special thank you to all who came to the C5 Registry's 5th
Birthday Bash. What a wonderful fun-filled weekend! Thanks to everyone!
Dave and I sure enjoyed being with old friends again. It was a pleasure
for us to meet new friends, too! Enjoy the summer miles in your C5!
May 7, 2002
to visit U.S. Navy personnel with the Fifth Fleet following Le Mans Open
Le Mans, France - All six
of the drivers from Corvette Racing will be embarking on a special lap
of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet currently stationed in the Persian Gulf
as part of the ongoing war on terrorism. The Fifth Fleet has been a
fixture of America's military presence in the region for some time, but
has been at a heightened state of alert since the terrorist attacks
against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
The drivers will visit
U.S. military installations and ships in the region as part of a
goodwill tour in appreciation of the ongoing efforts and sacrifices
being made by U.S. military personnel.
Developed in association
with the navy's Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division, the idea for
the program was born out of the Sept. 11 attack and its tragic impact on
GM Racing group marketing manager, who lost several friends and family
in the destruction of the trade towers in New York.
"This effort started at Petit Le Mans last year when we painted the
car to honor the New York police and fire personnel in acknowledgement
of the 'United We Stand' campaign," Claudio said. "We get a
lot of attention in this racing business, but these men and women are
truly the heroes enabling us to pursue our dreams and live in safer
Corvette race team to
spend 5 days with Navy
Claudio and the drivers will spend some five days in the Persian Gulf
signing autographs, meeting military personnel and distributing racing
apparel. In addition to the support of the US Navy, GM Goodwrench
Service, GMAC, UAW-GM, Mobil 1 and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS)
sanctioning organization have all made contributions in support of the
May 6, 2002
return to Le Mans as defending GTS class winners from 2001 with
the same, yet more refined C5-Rs. Corvette continues the Chevrolet
tradition of racing production-based vehicles to improve the breed and
enhance the image of GM performance globally. In addition to Corvette,
the Chevrolet Camaro and Monza models have also raced in Le Mans.
The Le Mans race will be
the last outing for the two C5-R chassis that have racked
up numerous wins and 1-2 finishes including last year's Le Mans and
Daytona 24 Hours, the 2001 America Le Mans Series (ALMS) GTS
Manufacturers' and Teams' Championships and the 2002 12 Hours of
Sebring. Two new chassis will compete the balance of the North
American ALMS schedule beginning at Sears Point May 19.
May 3, 2002
Registry members . . .
Word has just reached us from Jane Bowlin at the Vette
Gazette that Plant tours are
re-open to the Public! Some welcome news for Corvette
enthusiasts and potential visitors from around the country. After almost
six month of downtime, plant tours were re-opened to the public on
Monday, April 29th. The 9:00
am and 1:00 pm tours
resume for visitors following their closure November 1st due
to the events of September 11, 2001. Some of the rules put in place for
group tours, which reopened in January, remain in effect for public
- Children must be seven years of age or older.
- All visitors must wear closed toe shoes.
- All guests must sign in at the Tour Room and watch the plant safety
video prior to the plant tour.
- No cameras, backpacks,
purses, packages, fanny packs, or other containers may be brought
into the facility except by special request (for medical reasons,
Group tours are
available by reservation only (call 270-745-8287) and will be available
at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 noon Monday through Friday. The same
rules above apply to group tours.
far this year the plant has hosted just under 2,500 visitors. In 2001,
47,492 people visited the plant, making it the second largest tourist
attraction in Bowling Green (the Corvette Museum is first).
Members, this is fabulous news, and a BIG C5 Registry Members THANK YOU to all
those working behind the scenes to allow the public tours to resume. We’re
sure with the 50th Anniversary of Corvette taking place in
the upcoming months that a new visitor record will be set at the Bowling
Green Assembly plant!
April 25, 2002
You saw it here
first! Effective May
1, 2002 General Motors today
announced its new retail marketing program that will make purchasing a
vehicle as simple as "1-2-3." GM will offer $1,000, $2,000 or
$3,000 customer cash or APR financing rates of 1.9/2.9/3.9% (36/48/60
months) to qualified buyers on the purchase of all new 2002 model Buick,
Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac-GMC cars and trucks through July 1. Saturn, Saab, HUMMER and all 2003 models are excluded
from this program.
CLICK HERE FOR NEWS RELEASE! and Model Information
April 25, 2002
Registry members . . . Rumors
are flying! There are rumblings of a
rebate/cash back or financing that may be made available on the 2002 C5
Corvettes effective, most likely, May 1,
2002. The consensus of rumors leads us to believe that it will be
some type of a “1-2-3” plan, or a
rebate/cash back on newly purchased Corvettes after May 1st.
The “1-2-3” plan may be 1% interest
rate on Corvettes for 36 months, 2%
interest rate on Corvettes for 48 months,
and 3% interest rate on Corvettes for 60
months. Of course, GM will have the final say on whether this
happens or not, but if it does, you can bet it will also be made
available on many other GM model lines and vehicles as well. But to
offer any kind of program for the Corvette, especially in Springtime,
which has always been considered the “HOT”
buying season, is an offer you don’t want to miss!
April 11, 2002
you all know, the National Corvette Museum will have the
New 2003 50th
on display at the C5
Birthday Bash next week. As a special service to our members, Dan
and Jake took some detailed photos of both at Indy.. Members of the
Registry, can view the photos before you come to Bowling Green, to
touch, fell, and wrap your arms around these cars for yourself! Located
in the Members Only section, along with press releases, specifications,
and what's new and news for 2003 are the photos..
April 4, 2002
members . . . we are pleased to inform you that both Dan & Jake will
have the opportunity to witness the unveiling of the 50th
Anniversary Indy Pace Car on Wednesday, April
10th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! The great
part of this event is that it is an “immediate announcement release”….
This means we can post the information and pictures as soon as the
ceremonies are over… AND WE WILL!!!
day is designed be the world media
introduction of the 2003
Corvettes and the special 50th Anniversary Edition model that will serve
as the Official Pace Corvette of the 2002 Indianapolis 500. As
most of you already know, the Indianapolis race debut of the ’03
Corvette will serve as the Kickoff for the year-long 50th
festivities. . . we’re revved and
ready to go!
March 28, 2002
We know this is a CORVETTE
News section, but we are performance nuts, and Bob Lutz's announcement
today from the New York auto show should stir up some excitement!
The Pontiac GTO
The next Pontiac GTO will come from Australia. Lutz told a breakfast
group at the New York Auto Show that GM will import the Australian-built
Monaro to the U.S. About 20,000 each year will be imported into the
The U.S. version will
come with a 5.7 liter V-8 and a 6-speed manual transmission. It will
make its debut at either the 2003 Los Angeles or Detroit auto shows,
said Lutz. It will be sold as a 2004 model Pontiac GTO.
Lutz said: "It's the
most sought after, high-profile car on Australia's roads now," he
said. "It will deliver the type of performance that made the
original GTO famous." View the Monaro
March 18, 2002
saw it here FIRST!! GM has announced a
INCREASE: Chevrolet announced revised 2002
model year Suggested Retail Prices effective with vehicles produced on
or after March 15, 2002. C5 Registry Member Dealership, BUD's
Chevrolet has notified us of an across the board base model
increase as well as several option increases
Gosh.. EVEN BSM's).
Full details are at:
And through the years.. Your renewal dues for the C5 Registry
have remained the same!
March 17, 2002
the GTS competition for the C5-R consisting
Vipers and the 550 Modena Ferrari,
50th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring was won by Corvette. Ron Fellows,
Johnny O'Connel and Oliver
were the drivers, with a 9th place overall finish, behind the P900
Corvettes dominated the proceedings from the start and it wasn’t until
the seventh hour of the race that a stuck throttle on Andy Pilgrim’s
car broke up the Millennium Yellow tandem.
GTS Class Winners:
1, Johnny O'Connell/Ron
Fellows/Oliver Gavin, Corvette Racing, Chevrolet Corvette, -29 laps
2, Franz Konrad/Toni Seiler/Terry Borcheller, Konrad Motorsport, Saleen
S7R, -37 laps CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS
March 15, 2002
"DICK GULDSTRAND OFFERS
No, it's not some new religion or weird California cult. At least not in
the strict definition. What it is is the 50th Anniversary of the
Corvette -- America's favorite sports car which often inspires a cult
following bordering on religious fervor -- and Dick Guldstrand's plans
to celebrate this historic milestone.
HERE FOR DETAILS
March 14, 2002
Driver Andy Pilgrim has a website
up now were you can purchase "Official" Andy Pilgrim clothing
and merchandise. The Website is located at:
March 14, 2002
Stripes Tour- Attention Members
Registry Office Received the following e-mail:
Hello, my name is Brian and I am writing you on behalf of the Stars and
Stripes Tour. The tour is a relay form coast-to-coast stopping the
commemorate those that have fallen from the acts of terrorism. We will
be stopping in Oklahoma City, at the Pennsylvania Crash Site, the
Pentagon, and finally in NYC on July 4th. The goal of our event to honor
our country, to make a donation to the bereaved of 9/11, to display the
patriotism of the Corvette community, and have fun in the process. We
are looking for as many Corvettes to participate as possible. If you
would please pass along this information to your club members along with
this website: http://www.grammonline.com/starsandstripes/
it would be greatly appreciated.
If you or any of your club members are interested
please email me back and I’ll put you in contact with the regional
coordinator for or area. If you have any questions feel free to contact
me. I will get back with you as soon as possible.
Assistant National Coordinator / Ohio Lead Coordinator
Order Dates for the 50th
Anniversary Corvette are out!
March 5, 2002
We have the
best member dealers in the world! Could there be a
Remember RPO N73?? Members, go to
MOHN for details.
March 4, 2002
Magnetic Red II is Retiring! If you want
one, HURRY AND ORDER NOW!
The Registry has
learned that Magnetic Red II (RPO 86U)
is heading to the “Color Retirement Home” effective May. If you really have your heart set on this
color, contact your dealer, get your checkbook out fast and make your
order NOW! There are other rumored color changes for model year
MOHN for details.
February 24, 2002
exclusive site for all information and details relating to the official
goes live February 26, 2002.
The February 26 site marks the first wave of a multi-phase rollout.
This first look officially outlines the Corvette 50th Anniversary
Celebration events. Future phases will provide more detailed
information regarding all Anniversary events, activities, schedules, and
Chevrolet understands that you are anxious for information and
Chevrolet is fast at work finalizing the relevant details. Remember
goes live February 26, 2002, and that it is the official source
for all details on the many questions regarding CORVETTE 50th
Anniversary and related Celebration.
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