INDIAN RIVER CORVETTE CLUB
NEWSLETTER

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

December 2003 - January 2004

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS
6 - Jose Gonzales,  14 - Ro Bryant
16 - Sherri Brower,  21 - Bob Dolan
24 - Barbara Mercer

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL!

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM US TO YOU
DURING THE HOLIDAYS

2005 Corvette Unveiling

From: Chevy Club Connection and The Corvette Marketing Team

 The 2005 Corvette will be unveiled to the media at a special event on January 4, 2004, in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The unveiling will be web cast via www.chevy.com/corvette (look for the icon under Corvette News section on January 4, 2004) and www.GM.com and broadcast via satellite. (coordinates: Galaxy 11, Transponder 12 K, Uplink: 14242 Horizontal, Downlink: 11942 Vertical, 36.000 MHz, Analog, Ku band).
The show is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm EST so tune in and be part of the excitement.

The 2005 Corvette will be on display at the Greater L.A. Auto Show  beginning January 5, 2004.

 It will also be on display in Detroit when the NAIAS  opens to the public on January 10, 2004.

From The National Corvette Museum  http://www.corvettemuseum.com/specs/2005/index.shtml

January Activities

9  -  Regular club meeting
11 -  Cruise to Hurricane Harbor
 for Lunch with Space Coast and Stuart Corvette Clubs
$12.50 includes lunch and fun
 Call Lucy!
     231-1742

Speaking of events, the Christmas party was outstanding again this year.  Approximately 50 members put on their best party clothes and dancing shoes, brought their appetites an attended the club party at the Palm Court Motel on Ocean Drive.  Four cars were entered in the annual Christmas parade.  It was a cool evening but the weather only added to the Christmas season.

Visit  www.ircorvettes.com

BETTY SKELTON FRANKMAN
(Photos)
 

If you have been involved with Corvettes even a short time,  Betty Skelton Frankmans accomplishments have surely come to your attention.  We are so thrilled that she choose Vero Beach as her home and joined the Indian River Corvette Club.  She is definitely the first lady of the Corvette world being the first lady to be inducted into the National Corvette Museums Hall of Fame in 2001.  Some of her other accomplishments include:  Florida Sports Hall of Fame, International NASCAR Motor Sports Hall of Fame, International Aerobatic Hall of Fame, Florida Women's Hall of Fame. 

In February 1956 she teamed up with Zora Arkus-Duntov and John Fitch driving a trio of 1956 Corvettes at Daytona.  Betty averaged 137mph for her Flying Mile runs.  She helped establish Corvette as a serious sports car during those early years. 

Before planting her feet on the ground, Betty had established herself as one of the foremost aerobatic pilots.  Her Pitts Special race plane, N22E, known as Little Stinker, is hanging in the new Stephen Udra Hausey wing of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Va.  The recently completed wing of the Smithsonian holds 80% of the worlds aviation treasures including a Concorde, and  the only Boeing 307F Stratoliner, the first pressurized passenger plane, in existence.  The museum is 10 stories high and 3 football fields in length.  

 Betty's aviation fame was in part due to a stunt called the  ''inverted pass''.  She cut a stretched out ribbon a few feet above the ground while flying Little Stinker upside downShe won her first of three International Feminine Aerobatic Championship in 1948.   

Betty established more aviation and automotive records than any other person, bar none.

She flew a P-51 at 421.6 mph, and flew a Piper Cub to 29,050 feet. In 1954 she drove a Dodge to a class record of 105.88 mph. In 1955, as part of the Dodge team, she helped set 395 records at Bonneville.  After two years with Dodge, she joined Chevrolet.  In addition to her beach runs in the Corvettes, she was the first female to break 300 mph in Art Arfons, jet powered Green Monster Cyclops at 315 mph.  Betty also completed NASA's astronaut training program in the late 50s. 

Betty now enjoys life at a somewhat slower pace but watch for her in that bright red 2002 C-5 convertible!