INDIAN RIVER CORVETTE CLUB
NEWSLETTER

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

August 2004

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS
3rd - Michael Holdridge,  4th - Lucy Kesler,
8th - Michael Lukon,  10th - Claudia Woodhouse,
16th - Juliette Hofford,  20th - Bobby Harp,
21st  Erwin Pollack,  22nd - Marsha Lynn Hearndon,
23rd - Harry Woodhouse,  25th - Sandy Coffey,
26th - Crystal Hofford,
27th - Greg Butcher,  29th - Lou Ericsson,
30th - Paul Meunier,  30th - Jane Gore

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL!

Indian River Corvette Club cars again added a nice touch to the 4th of
July parade in Sebastian.  Uliskys, Smiths, Callerys, Whites, Keslers,
John Muldoon, Betty Brousseau
and Paul Kovack braved the early morning heat to participate in the parade.  Red, white and blue decorated the
parade route and beautiful Corvettes.  This has become a yearly event so
make plans for 2005.

On  July 9,  2004, the Indian River Corvette Club held its 53th regular meeting.  Amy reported the balance for the club treasury.  It looks like most of the members prefer to keep the yellow shirts since they do stand out.  Several activities were reviewed by Sue SmithGreg Butcher won $50 in the 50/50

 Mystery Dinner Run, on July 27, 2004 was arranged by Lucy & Dick Kesler.  27 members gathered and headed out to Beef O'Bradys.  Lucy made sure everyone had a ticket for the nights drawing.  O'Bradys added 4 gift certificates and a T-shirt to the $5 and $10 prizes given out.  Everyone enjoyed the evening. 

Palm Bay Chevrolets cruise-in on the second Tuesday of the month is drawing a big crowd of performance oriented Corvette owners.  Paul Massacane was giving Z-06 rides and several interesting C-5s with performance add-ons were on display.  Next months meeting on August 10th should be even better as PBC clears the parking lot and sets up an auto cross course.  Paul will navigate the course as many times as necessary to give everyone in attendance a ride around the course.

18 Club cars participated in the ribbon-cutting and  Grand Opening ceremony at Service Chevrolet on July 24th.  It was a hot July Saturday but the showroom was cool and there was plenty of free food, drinks, and gifts from the new owners, Hank and Danette Dieffenbach.  Of course, the main topic of conversation is the new 2005 C-6.  Frank Baudo of Vero Beach, will be the first to drive a new C-6 away from Service Chevrolet.  Service Chevrolet plans a big party for all Corvette owners when it arrives at the dealership sometime in Aug.

PHOTOS FROM CLUB EVENTS ARE POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE

AUGUST EVENTS
7th - DODGERTOWN BALL GAME AND CAR SHOW
10th - PALM BAY CHEVROLET CRUISE IN
 13th - REGULAR MEETING
17th - BOARD MEETING       
21st - ANDRETTI  THRILL PARK IN MELBOURNE
31st - MYSTERY DINNER RUN  Hosted By RON & MARY DERBY
 
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  HARRY'S LATEST RACING REPORT
 

JULY 23, 2004
 Hi, just a quick note to let everyone know how things are going.  Big news is that Stacey is taking rookie driver instruction and practice tomorrow.  She is going to co-drive with me in the next race in Elko, so we decided to get the rookie stuff taken care of this week.  We have decided on 125 mph, but might move that up or down depending on how comfortable she is in the car.  Today while we were plotting the course I took the radar detector with us, and she got the car up to 132 mph on the straights and was taking curves at 90 mph, so she felt good with the car.  Tomorrow, she will ride with an instructor and get some good instruction, and then later in practice I can ride with her.  She is real excited.

Course looks real good, and should be a lot of fun without being to technical.  Car is in good shape so far.

Well, we have to get up early to get the car teched so we can get Stacey to the rookie practice and school.

More to come tomorrow.
Harry

  

Well this morning we woke up bright and early to make it to 7:00 AM technical inspection for all the cars that would have Rookie Drivers.  I went down and loaded all the safety gear (suits, helmets, shoes, etc), put on two new decals, and went back in to meet Stacey for a cup of coffee.  We then took the car over to tech, for which we had no problems.  First time in 2 races that the car passed tech without a problem.  We went back to the hotel, had some breakfast and then Stacey had drivers school.  Then it was out to the practice course where each Rookie driver has an instructor ride with them to qualify them to drive at the speeds that they wish.  I was an instructor for a rookie driver also.

Stacey’s instructor was one of the best drivers doing this type of racing, Charlie Friend, who owns and races the 1965 Corvair.  He rode with her down and back over the practice course and she had a top speed of 137 mph and took the corners around 110 mph, handled the car well, and qualified.  I took a local Wendover Corvette owner, 2003 supercharged, for his qualification.  He had no safety equipment except for a helmet, fire extinguisher, and OEM seat belts, so he had to run in the 110 mph class.  He did well, the car just about drove by itself at that speed and he qualified for 110 mph, top tech speed of 125.

Stacey and I took a couple more practice runs, and she became more comfortable with the car, and was taking the curves at 120 mph and hit a top speed of 140 on the radar.  I also was comfortable riding with her at those speeds which is also important.  She feels real good about driving the car and we will probably run the 130 mph class next month at Elko’s Gamblers Twin 50’s.  She will drive the first leg of 50 miles and I’ll drive the return leg.  Should be fun.

We have just gotten back from the pool and Stacey is taking a nap.  She has 3 friends coming down from Boise to be course workers and they will get in tonight and she will probably stay up a little later with them.  We have a free dinner tonight, courtesy of the people putting on the race.  Then probably a little blackjack action, and then I will probably go to bed.

Tomorrow is a poker run, and we will drive the course one more time (at the speed limit), check out our way points, go over our strategy, and then come back and update our course notes with waypoints, times, etc.

Sunday, it will be up at 5:00, stage at 6:00, caravan out to the start, and race begins at 8:00.

We will be safe and have fun
Harry

  

INVESTING IN CORVETTES

 RARE 1963 Z-06 CONVERTIBLE

CHEVROLET ANNOUNCES 2005 CORVETTE PRICING

More Standard Features, Lower Base Prices for Both Models

DETROIT, July 2  --  Chevrolet has announced that when the all-new 2005 Corvettes arrive in dealer showrooms this fall, prices for the Coupe and Convertible will start below those of their 2004 counterparts even though each will be outfitted with more standard features.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base Corvette Coupe with a standard manual 6-speed transmission will be $44,245 including destination charge of $800. This represents a $1,305 reduction compared to the base ’04 Coupe equipped with the optional extra-cost manual transmission.

The MSRP for base 2005 Corvette Convertible equipped the standard manual transmission will be $52,245 including destination change. This price is $305 less than the base ’04 Convertible with optional extra-cost manual transmission.

“When we debuted the new Corvette in January, we announced the sixth-generation models would deliver more power, more passion and more precision than any of their predecessors,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s director of car marketing. “Now we can add a fourth ‘P’ to the equation – more competitively priced when compared to others in the high sport market segment.”

Among the list of new standard features found on all sixth-generation Corvettes are:

-          LS2 6-liter V8 with 400 hp

-          6-speed manual transmission

-          Larger tires and wheels (18” front, 19” rear)

-          HID Xenon lighting

-          Twilight sentinel / Automatic headlights

-          Keyless Access with Push Button Start

-          Cabin air filtration system

-          Power hatch pull down

-          RDS AM/FM CD/MP3 player with 7 speakers

Additionally, side air bags move to the list of standard features on Convertibles.

New options for ‘America’s performance icon’ include:

-          XM Satellite Radio  ($325)

-          OnStar  ($695)

-          DVD-Navigation System with voice activation  ($1,400)

-          Power convertible top  ($1,995)

The 4L65-E 4-speed automatic transmission (a no-charge option) is an upgraded version of the previous 4L60-E design.  Featuring a new Performance Shift Algorithm, the 4L65-E automatic can capably handle the LS2 V-8’s 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Corvette’s available Z51 Performance Suspension for 2005 ($1,495) continues to feature specific springs, shocks, stabilizer bars, and oil/power steering/transmission coolers but is now enhanced with inclusion of larger cross-drilled brake rotors, specific Goodyear F1 ‘Supercar’ tires, and performance gear ratios (manual trans.)/axle ratios (automatic trans.)

Price of the popular Magnetic Selective Ride Control option ($1,695) is unchanged from 2004.

 

History of ONE amazing 1967 Corvette L88...

    This car is one of only 20 L-88's produced in 1967.

    Shipped from the factory by train to Seattle, Washington, the red L-88 coupe was driven a few miles to Alan Green Chevrolet. Then it was trailered to a secret warehouse where it was to be turned into a 1/4 mile dragster. However, after eight years, the original owner was unable to complete the project and gave up in frustration. Not only did it never drag race, it never left the warehouse. Then in 1975, it was sold to Lincoln Auto Salvage still with only 12 miles on the odometer. They immediately sold it to a collector in Minnesota who in turn sold it for an estimated $12,000. In the process, it seemed like a good idea to someone to trade the engine block for a new short block in 1975.

    It remained in seclusion with a Wisconsin collector for another ten years before it was acquired in 1975 by David Burroughs and Jim Krughoff.

    Krughoff is a long-time collector of premier Corvettes. Burroughs is a well-known authority on L-88's and the creator of Bloomington Gold. Burroughs removed the white paint that was installed on the chassis and reassembled it per factory production. Also, they found and reinstalled an accurately dated and never stamped L-88 block to replace the one from 1975. However, the engine pad has purposely not been restamped.

    Remarkably, the window sticker is still glued to the driver window and is documented by photos from 1975 in Corvette News. Likewise, the original warranty book remains in the glove box.

    The red paint and black interior are nearly perfect, having seen almost no daylight in over 30 years. A factory quirk has been left unaltered. According to the original owner, the driver door wouldn't shut right due to a factory misalignment. When asked why he didn't fix it, he said, "I was interested in engine and chassis engineering. I couldn't care less about body work." To this day, the driver door still won't shut right.

    Although all the racing decals have been removed years ago and the chassis has been put back to stock, one memento of the original owner still remains in the cabin. Stuck to the inside rearview mirror, a black dymo tag reads, "Don't Relax!"