December 8, 2001
Adds Oliver Gavin
DETROIT – With the 2001 season and a manufacturers’
championship barely under its belt, Corvette Racing has named Oliver
Gavin of Great Britain to its team for 2002. Gavin, a road racing
veteran, will contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans and three American Le Mans
Series (ALMS) races for Corvette Racing. Click
here for press release and photo!
December 7, 2001
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December 4, 2001
Chevrolet Announces Teresa and Dale Earnhardt,
To Carry Olympic Flame In Charlotte, North Carolina
on December 5
Teresa Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will carry the Olympic Flame in
Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday, December 5. Michael Waltrip,
Steve Park, Mark Garrow, and Dr. Jerry Punch were also nominated by
Olympic Torch Relay presenting sponsor Chevrolet. All were selected for
their inspiration to hundreds of thousands of motorsports fans
Mrs. Earnhardt, Earnhardt Jr., Garrow, Park and
Waltrip join the 11,500 other inspirational individuals who have been
selected to carry the Olympic Flame. Chevrolet and its 4,300 dealers
across the country selected a total of 3,505 Torchbearers based on four
key criteria: individuals who have inspired others; who serve their
community in an exemplary manner; who embody the Olympic Spirit of
achievement through sport and friendship; and who have inspired others
by encountering and overcoming adversity.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001.
The Olympic Flame is scheduled to arrive in Charlotte on December 5,
2001. The Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay begins in Atlanta on
December 4, 2001 and will travel for more than 13,500 miles in 65 days
through 46 states.
A total of 3,505 torchbearers from across the
county have been selected to through the Chevrolet nomination program to
help carry the Flame to the Opening Ceremonies on February 8, 2002 in
Salt Lake City.
December 3, 2001
The 29th annual
Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, presented by
Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge will take place on Aug. 16 - 18, 2002 and will
continue the honored marque tradition by featuring one of America's
sports car icons — the Chevrolet Corvette.
Here for Press Release
December 1, 2001
The C5 Registry Returns to Europe
and the "24-Heures du Mans" in 2002!!!!
Thanks to the many of you who called after the
article in the last newsletter and expressed a desire to GO BACK TO
LEMANS!! We have decided to put a trip together for next year. We will
be arriving in Europe on Saturday June 8th and heading home on Wednesday
June 19th. These days may vary slightly as we get more details, but they
are accurate to within one day.
The trip will be very much like last year. We will
not only go to the 24-Hours of LeMans race, but we will also visit the
battlefields of Normandy, the city of Paris, and the French countryside
in the south of France. Our trip will begin with your arrival in
Brussels. You will be bussed to Antwerp, Belgium where you will spend
the night in the beautiful downtown Antwerp. The next morning we will
pick up our Corvettes in Antwerp and head to Paris. We will spend two
days in Paris where we will have a bus tour of the city and a scenic
evening dinner cruise down the Seine to see the lights of Paris. From
Paris, we will head to the beautiful French countryside where we will
spend the next three nights. While at staying at our exclusive castle we
are planning a Corvette excursion to the Hennessey Cognac Factories,
which would include a tour of the factories and lunch. We will also have
a guided bus tour of the castles of the Loure Valley. Included will be a
fabulous lunch in a 17th century restaurant. We will also have a C5
Registry dinner and Barbeque on the Castle grounds. We will leave the
beautiful French countryside on Friday for the famed LeMans circuit.
Some of us may be chosen to lead the “Parade de Pilots” Friday
evening through the streets of LeMans, while the rest of us watch and
cheer for our favorite Corvette drivers. Saturday morning, we will take
a parade lap around the famous LeMans 8.45 mile circuit in front of the
cheering crowd before the start of the famous 24-Hours of LeMans.
(Personally, the highlight of my trip!) We will then take our seats high
above the pits to watch the start of the race. We will also have
hospitality available throughout Saturday and Sunday at the track. Last
but not least, we will have one of our famous Registry dinners Friday
night before the race with many of the European Corvette clubs in
attendance. Traditionally, Saturday night is the European Barbeque for
all Corvette owners sponsored by the Corvette Club of France. While in
LeMans, we will be staying with host families, living in their homes and
learning of the French culture. Come Monday morning, we will head up to
the Normandy Battlefields. We will have a tour of the Normandy
Battlefields by bus along with an English-speaking guide. Lunch will be
included on our tour, but this night’s dinner is at your discretion.
Come Tuesday, we will head back to Antwerp to drop our Corvettes for
shipment to the US, and we will take a bus on Tuesday evening back to
the Brussels airport where we will spend the night in preparation for
the flight home Wednesday morning. The cost for the trip is $5900.00 per
Corvette and it includes all of the above. Not included in this cost is
airline transportation to and from Europe, shipping of your Corvette to
and from Europe, shipping insurance, taxes, fees, and European driving
insurance. We will arrange for a shipping company and European driving
insurance for you if you request, but the cost of these would be your
responsibility. This is shaping up to be a fabulous trip, first-class in
EVERY WAY; just ask anyone who has attended one of the previous trips!
If you are interested in accompanying us on this
“trip of a lifetime” please contact us at the C5 Registry office at
321-452-2743 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org We will place your
name in our LeMans 2002 Hot File and keep you informed of developments
as they happen.
November 26, 2001
There have been a lot of stories, and
rumors going around about the 50th Anniversary
CORVETTE! We thought it might be both fun and educational to
keep track of these rumors in a timeline format. If your a member of the
C5 Registry, we've added a section in the
MEMBERS ONLY area to track these rumors. Members, give us your input and
read the input of others by
Really Big News….
Race Team is rumored to be placing some very special
auction items on the National Corvette Museum website. They hope to have
this in place by January 2, 2002 (don’t
call the Museum now, mums the word!). Word has it, from reliable
sources, that one of the items may be a "once
in a lifetime" experience that will allow you and a
friend to enjoy the C5-R’s
inaugural race for 2002 at the 12
Hours of Sebring (Saturday, March 16, 2002) in a way you
would never be able to enjoy on your own. Trust us, you’re going to bid
BIG on this item!!!!
Details to follow…. Stay tuned….
November 15, 2001
Detroit - Chevrolet
returns to open-wheel racing in 2002 with a new
Chevy Indy V8.
The spiritual heir to nearly 50 years of Chevrolet performance
tradition, the new Chevy Indy V8 is also the latest evolution of GM's
highly successful Premium V racing engine family. [Click
Here For Press Release]
November 13, 2001
General Motors Corp. today announced that Bob Lutz, vice chairman of GM
Product Development, will take on additional duties as chairman of GM
North America. Gary Cowger, group vice president of GM Manufacturing and
Labor Relations, has been named president of GM North America. Both
changes are effective immediately. [Click
Here For Press Release]
Ron Zarrella, GM executive vice president and
president of GM North America, has resigned to become chairman and chief
executive officer of Bausch & Lomb Inc. in Rochester, N.Y.
November 12, 2001
today announced the extension and modification of its
highly successful 'Keep America Rolling' interest-free automotive
finance program, which will become effective November 19 and will run
through January 2, 2002. The program will be available on most 2001
& 2002 Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, GMC, Chevrolet and Saturn models.
Corvette is excluded in the new plan, so you only have six more days to
take advantage of the 0% on Corvette.. CLICK
HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE.
November 7, 2001
Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing Manager, has announced a
special "sealed bid auction" on the #001 C5-R chassis.
Special auction information:
Mail all bids to Doug Fehan, 833 Hazel Street,
Birmingham, MI 48009. Address all inquiries via email: mailto:Godug@aol.com.
$500,000 minimum bid. Must be received by November 22, 2001, 12:00 p.m.
(EST). Highest bid will be notified and payment due by cashier check or
bank transfer no later than November 27, 2001.
Specifics and Details
- Corvette C5.R
- Chassis Number: C5R-001
- Constructed: October 1998
- Racing debut: Daytona 24 Hour, February 1999
- Last race: Le Mans 24 Hour, June 2000
Corvette C5.R, chassis #001 is the first factory
designed, built and financed Corvette ever raced in the vehicle's
49-year history. It has been maintained in the exact condition and
configuration as it last raced at Le Mans in 2000. The engine and engine
management system are part of the same serial numbered group raced at
the Le Mans event. All graphics are accurate representations of its
final race appearance. Pratt & Miller Engineering, utilizing the
same personnel who originally built the car, has performed all
maintenance work. This vehicle is arguably the most significant example
of Corvette racing history in existence. All factory records including
entry forms, practice and race set-up data sheets, historic construction
photos, and 1000 copies of the original Le Mans hero cards are included
in this package. Each person who helped design and build this vehicle is
still in the employ of General Motors and Pratt & Miller. This is an
opportunity for a serious Corvette enthusiast to own and learn about
this great American racing icon.
November 6, 2001
The GM Corvette Assembly Plant has
announced that V.I.P Museum delivery tours
of the plant will resume Monday, December 3. The V.I.P tours available
to Museum delivery participants are the only tours that will be resumed
at this time. All other Plant tours are closed indefinitely.
For the safety of both plant
employees and all guests, visitors and museum personnel must adhere to
the following plant tour regulations:
Group size must be
limited to no more than four people (excluding the tour guide).
No children are allowed
on tour seven years of age and under.
All visitors must wear
closed toe shoes.
Tour guides and all
guests must report to the Corvette Assembly Plant security desk,
sign in and wear a red visitor identification badge at all times
while in the plant.
must be presented at sign-in. (The National Corvette Museum will
also get a copy of each visitor's picture identification that will
be provided to plant security).
No backpacks, purses,
packages, fanny packs or other containers may be brought into the
facility except by special request (for medical reasons, etc.). Any
exceptions are subject to search.
Museum delivery tour
guides must stay on the designated V.I.P. tour route.
Tours are allowed Monday
through Friday during regular production only and at the already
established 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. times.
GM Corvette Assembly Plant Announcement
For security reasons, the Plant will be closing plant tours as of
Thursday, November 1. This will include all tours at the usual 9
a.m. and 1 p.m. times, as well as all privately booked tours,
including the Museum delivery tours. The Plant will not be
rescheduling any tours at this time. The Corvette Plant hopes to be
able to reopen tours to the public in the near future. The plant
will be in production, and will only be closing tours to the public.
Rolling" Campaign Continues….
Thanks to all the Registry
Dealers who informed us that the
current GM "Keep
America Rolling" APR program has been EXTENDED
until November 18, 2001.
So, don’t miss out on purchasing a new 2001
Corvette (including the fabulous Z06)
for up to 60 months at 0.0%.
Or step on up to a 2002 C5
(also including the award winning
Z06) at 0.0% for 36
months, 0.9% for 48 months or 2.9% for 60 months. A quick
telephone survey of our Registry
Dealers (check them out at http://www.c5registry.com/Dealers/index.html
) told us that they still have C5s
available. Support our Dealers, and give them a call or send them an
e-mail to get started with your "miles of smiles" in
your next C5!
Remember, with this 18-day extension, more factory fresh C5s
are arriving every day!
When November 19th rolls
around, things will be changing!! From this point on until January
15, 2002, the interest rates on 2001
and 2002 C5s
will go up to 3.9% for 36 months, 4.9% for 48 months and 5.9% for 60
months. And, for those of you who might be interested in purchasing a
new GM Truck instead of driving your Corvette through the treacherous
winter, the rates will be 4.9% for 36 months, 5.9% for 48 months and
6.9% for 60 months. So, DON’T WAIT MEMBERS!!!! Let’s do our part! BUY
YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON!!!
October 17, 2001
Word has come down
that the C6
will come out in late 2004
as a 2005
So says Autoweek
in their latest issue, October 15, 2001.
In an article (pg. 5), referring
to Bob Lutz’s memo
circulated throughout GM, it seems Bob has already amended the look of
the next Corvette and signed off on it, but with CHANGES. Hmmm…I
wonder, does that mean there will be a 2004 C5? Traditionally, in the
last model-year of a generation, Corvette produces a COLLECTOR’S
EDITION. They did it in 1982 and in 1996 as well as in Grand Style!!
A copy of Lutz’s
memo, entitled "Strongly Held
Beliefs" may be read by clicking
here. This gives you in depth insight into the mind of the real
"car guys" in the auto
Members, for a limited
time, artist Lee Bivens, is offering a very spe cial Dale Earnhardt
Print, "The Greatest Warrior" to C5 Registry
members. This print will soon be available to the public,
But for now, it's for C5 Registry members only with a free gift from the
Here to view and order.
October 15, 2001
tourist attraction continues to break records…
Of course, it’s easy for Registry
members to understand why… According to the September 28th
Issue of Vette Gazette, plant tours exceeded the 40,000-visitor
mark this month with 1,617
visitors so far in September. It’s a great tourist year at the Plant
as 40,811 excited Corvette
enthusiasts have toured the Bowling Green, KY Corvette plant. Records
are made to be broken and with 2.5 production months to go it’s
practically a done deal! (Editor’s
Note: Move over Mickey Mouse!! There’s a tourist attraction with
HORESPOWER not MOUSE power, that’s taking over!!)
October 10, 2001
own Gary Claudio is the Recipient of the American LeMans Series
"From the Fans" Award!
executive Gary Claudio was the surprised recipient of the American Le
Mans Series "From the Fans" award, presented by Panoz. The
award was voted to Claudio by fans of the series for his contribution to
sports car racing through the development of the Corvette Racing program
in the American LeMans Series. In accepting, Claudio asked Corvette
project manager Doug Fehan to join him onstage and share the
award." As many of you know, Gary Claudio is our friend at
Chevrolet who pushes for car corrals, tents, and parade laps for ALL
Corvette enthusiasts who come to the various American LeMans Series
races.[ Click here: ALM Press
He has also worked very hard with us at the Registry in our recent
fundraiser for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in which the
Registry and its members raised $1500 from the sale of C5-R Racing
apparel. A check was presented to Gary on Saturday morning, October 6,
in the name of ALL C5 Registry members. Click
here to see our BIG SMILES.
October 08, 2001
C5-R Race Team Wins its Class
at Road Atlanta’s Petit LeMans…
Andy Pilgrim (Z5202), Kelly
Collins(Z5206) and Franck Freon (Z5205) won the GTS class "CLICK
in a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, but Terry Borcheller won the class
championship with a second-place finish. Ron Fellows (Z5201), who had
led the points all season in the GTS class, failed to score any points
after a mechanical problem sidelined his C5-R # 3 after only two laps.
This was a bittersweet victory for Corvette, as many of our members have
been pulling for Ron to win the driver’s championship. All he had to
do was finish the race, but due to an electrical short, the # 3 C-R
stopped in the back of the course on the second lap. The Corvette was
then disqualified because it could not get back to the pits without the
help of the team’s technicians. This is a very tough break for Ron
Fellows and Johnny O’Connell (Z5207) who drive their hearts out in
every race for a shot at the championship. This is especially bitter for
Ron because now he will NOT be able to drive in the IROC (International
Race of Champions), which begins its new season during Speedweeks at
Daytona. On a brighter note, Andy, Kelly, and Franck put on a stunning
performance as their # 4 Corvette took the pole and won in the face of
some very tough competition from Saleen and Ferrari. They did a fabulous
job pushing the Corvette to its limit, but never exceeding it. We all
know that we have some of the best drivers in the world and I know all
of our Registry members are doggoned proud of it.
October 8, 2001
The checkered flag fell on the final
race of the 2001 American Le Mans Series - October 6, at Road Atlanta
with a GM Goodwrench Corvette C5-R in Victory Circle for the sixth time
in the eighth race series. The victory put Chevrolet and
Corvette Racing in possession of championship titles for top team and
top manufacturer in the GTS category. CLICK
HERE for More and Photos!
Approaches!! October 6th is the day the voting closes
for the ALM's "From the Fans"
award. If you haven't done so, cast your vote for Gary Claudio by
sending an e-mail to: email@example.com
"I vote for Gary Claudio of Corvette Racing for the From the Fans
October 1, 2001
Remember the "Mako
Shark" in the sixties? CORVETTE engineering rolled it out to show
us a vision of things to come in the CORVETTE world. The much of the
Mako was used in the 63-67 CORVETTE. Now, at a recent press introduction
to the lineup for the '02 model year in Ypsilanti, MI, CORVETTE did it
again! They showed the press the "Tiger Shark". More