INDIAN RIVER CORVETTE CLUB
NEWSLETTER

President
  Rob Callery   Vice-President Bill Ulisky    Secretary Sandy Ericsson    Treasurer Amy Harp

July 2004

JULY  BIRTHDAYS
            2nd - Joann Lane,  5th - Richard Coffey,
14th -  Peter Silba,  17th -  Denver Sperry,
18th - Larry Gillespie,  21st - John Muldoon,
27th - Joanne Wolfe, 22nd - Jerry Weick,
 30th - Dr Allan Erde, 31st -  Cheryl  Casano.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL!

On  June,  2004, the Indian River Corvette Club held its 52th regular meeting. 

President Rob welcomed prospective new member Tim Taylor and welcomed aboard new member Betty Brousseau, along with recently joined members Walter Donovan and Harry and Claudia Woodhouse.

The club will not be having a car show in 2005 as earlier announced.  Plans were made to attend the ''Wings & Wheels'' show at the Ft Pierce airport.  Betty Skelton will be honored on Sunday June 13, 2004.  A committee was formed to research the possibility of adopting a new club shirt.  Most members seem to like the mustard yellow shirts that we have.  They are a bit hot in the summer months but they really help the club ''stand-out''  in the crowds at the car shows. 

 Mystery Dinner Run, on June 29, 2004 was arranged by Dan and Ro.  About 25 members dined at Capt Hiram's.  We were given the ''boat'' at the Sandbar for seating.  It was a nice evening with the gentle breeze off the river. 
Thanks Dan and Ro.

Several members attended the Wings & Wheels show at the Ft Pierce Airport. Betty Skelton was honored on Sunday.  Approximately 30 cars, half of them Corvettes, were on display on Saturday. Helicopters from the Vietnam era were in the air and rides were available.  Several miliary-type reenactments took place at various times over the weekend.  15,000 people attended but the show still lost about $70,000.

Callerys, Quinas, Woodhouses, Betty Brousseau, Ericssons, Butchers, Smiths, Bryants and Keslers participated in a benefit poker run on June 26, 2004.  It was organized by C.O.O.L.( Okeechobee club) and president Melanie Heaton.  Over $1700 was raised for 3 yr old Lexie Bussey who has leukemia.  Lightseys Restaurant in Okeechobee prepared a catfish dinner for those who finished the run.

June 5th, the club did its second trolley ride and bar hop. John Muldoon was the designated drive for about 18 members who enjoyed the bar stops.  Its is a unique event but maybe the last because the trolley many never again be available.  Thanks John. 

 PHOTOS FROM CLUB EVENTS ARE POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE

JULY EVENTS
JULY 3RD-4TH OF JULY  PARADE IN SEBASTIAN
JULY 9 REGULAR MEETING
JULY 10 SHOW AT MERCADO IN ORLANDO
JULY 27 MYSTERY DINNER RUN BY KESLERS
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2003 CORVETTE PRODUCTION
 

Total  35,469            12,812 coupes             14,022  convertibles     8,635  Z06's     11,632 Anniversary Models

4,085 Anniversary coupes          7,547 Anniversary convertibles       

COLORS BY NUMBER

11,632 Anniversary Red          5,597  Black       5,205  Red
3,900 Yellow     Spiral Gray  3,299

2,770  Electron Blue     2,387  Silver       679  White

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2005 CORVETTE UPDATE
A few 2005 Precision Red coupes will be built(if already ordered) before the color is replaced by Victory Red.  Victory Red will most likely be brighter than Precision Red making it more like Torch Red.
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NUMBERS FOR THE C-6

0-60 = 3.9 sec
1/4 mile = 12.6 @ 115 mph
Top Speed = 186!
 
Rick"Corvette"Conti

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Z-06 RUMORS
 
Rumors have it that the 2005 Z-06 engine will fall short of the 500 HP mark.  However, the car will be 150 pounds lighter than other 2005 Corvettes which are already lighter than the C-5s. If the engine is rated at slightly under 500HP, we may be seeing echoes of the sixties.  In 1965, GM had a policy of not putting engines with more than 400 cu.in. in mid-sized cars like the Corvette. The new, at the time,  Mark IV 427 engine was a natural for the 1965 Corvette.  To make it work, sleeves were added to the engine to reduce the displacement to 396cu.in.  In 1966 the 427 was available. 
CARLISLE 2004
 
Lance Miller, the son of Chip Miller, will help run the big show in 2004.  Chip suffered from amyloidosis and died this spring.  A benefit auction for amyloidosis research will be held at the show.  Chips 1957 Corvette will be auctioned and is expected to bring upwards of $200.000 .
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DID YOU KNOW
 
The first year for the 327cu.in. engine was................................................1962
Coves on the 62 could not be ordered in a different color as per 56-61 because the chrome trim around the cove was eliminated in 62.
A one-half inch wider wheel was available in 1962. 561 orders were placed for option RPO 276, a 5.5 inch wheel!
 
In 1963 air-conditioning was available for the first time, but only 278 units were sold with A/C.
In 1963, coupes cost $220 more than the convertible. 10,594 split window coupes were produced.
The 1963 327cu.in. engine with fuel injection produced 360 hp. 2,610 were produced. Cost was $430.