INDIAN RIVER CORVETTE CLUB
NEWSLETTER

President
  Rob Callery   Vice-President Bill Ulisky    Secretary Betty Brousseau   Treasurer Ro Bryant

January 2005

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS
 8th - Marsha Robinson,  14th - Ro Bryant, 16th - Sherri Brower,
18th - Gary Auberry,  21st - Robert Dolan, 24th - Jeanie Shearer

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS
3rd - Betty Brousseau, 12th - Kathy Sterner, 13th - Madel Vitrano,
18th - Sue Kranenburg, 21st - Karl Sterner, 24th - Hollyann Quina,
28th -  Danny Hearndon, 28th - Wayne Sandlin

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL!

On Jan 14 , 2005  the Indian River Corvette Club held its 58th regular meeting.  30 members attended the January meeting.  By-Laws have been updated.  The Christmas party will be on Dec 10, 2005.  Service Chevrolet may become our sponsor.  Several activities have been scheduled, so check the calendar often.  Rob presented Harry Butler with a T-shirt reading ''I Do My Own Stunts.''  The shirt relates to Harry's accident with his 96.   50/50 was won by Sue/Terry Smith.   The Webmaster, Newsletter Editor, Historian, and Membership members of the board remain the same for 2005.  

Tom & Hollyann made the trip on Jan 15th to the Roundup  at Corvette Ranch in Sarasota.  Two Great speakers, Buzz Nielsen from the National Corvette Museum and a GM Rep.  Buzz had many personal pictures taken of the C6-R secret tests at Sebring and explained about the Corvette Corel that the museum will be sponsoring at Sebring.  The GM Rep. talked about Corvette warranty, the fact that the local dealer does not have the final say, and Corvettes are built for speed and track time does not void your warranty. 

The weather was not good but 85 Corvette lovers from the 3 area clubs still gathered at Hurricane Harbor for lunch on Jan 16th.  The event was hosted by the Stuart Corvette Club.  Because of the weather, the activities were moved inside where damage done by last Septembers hurricanes was yet to be repaired.  The saving grace was the good food and good car talk!

Another great NCRS show in Old Town drew big crowds!  The record breaking prices at the Mecums auction reflected the continued interest in vintage Corvettes.  Its not unusual for big block mid-year Corvettes to fetch $100,000.  Ron Derbys brother from Lake George, N.Y. added another solid axle ''fixer-upper'' to his collection of 50 or more cars!  Sundays show hosted by the Classic Corvettes of Orlando was well attended as usual.  ''Big Daddy'' Don Garlits was on hand to pass out autographs and trophies.  He owns a 2003 anniversary car.  It was a cool windy day but that didn't keep us from having a good time.

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Thanks go out to Sue/Terry Smith for Januarys great dinner run to Cafe Caribe.
9 cars paraded to Cafe Caribe on route 1 for some fantastic food. We had two table of eight in the back corner.  Terry, we are sorry that you were called to work and missed the dinner

Another great Reflections In Glass show in Boca on the 5th of Feb.  Over 150 cars filled the parking lot.  A silent auction and lot of door prizes added to the fun.  Keslers brought home a trophy.  It's a long ride but well worth it

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Daytona International Speedway hosted the Milestone Club Day and The Grand AM Cup series race on Friday February 4 and the Rolex24 on Saturday and Sunday February 5th & 6th.

 All of these events were attended by Rob & Cathie, Tom & Hollyann, and Harry Butler. 

 Milestone Club included two laps on the full road course track along with a drivers Derek Bell and Hurley Haywood talking about funnier and more interesting events in their World Championship careers.

Saturday morning started out with our group visiting the pits and garages before the start of the race,  as we were checking out all the drivers, cars and people we spot our leader Rob standing the the back of the Crawford Pontiac garage talking to Jimmy Johnson, Tony Stewart and the rest of the drivers.  We could not figure out if he was telling them how to break into the Hairpin turn or just trying to get their autographs,  all we knew was that you had to know the owner to get that far into the garage. 

The Rolex24 is considered the toughest of all the endurance sports car races.  The three top finishers were driving Daytona Prototype Pontiacs powered by Corvette's LS6 engines, the same engine that is in the C5 Z06. 

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EVENTS
FEB 11 GENERAL MEETING
FEB 19 COMBINATION  POKER/ECONOMY  RUN   w/Lunch at the end of the run
FEB 20  SCCA Solo II event at IRCC
FEB 22 MYSTERY DINNER CRUISE
FEB 25 Dancing in the Streets By COOL 
FEB 26 Main Street BBQ Cook-Off & Corvette Show By COOL
MAR 5 Vettes at the Villages IV
MAR 5 Corvette Challenge
MAR 11 General Meeting
MAR 12 ST. PAT'S DAY PARADE
MAR 12 The Titusville Corvette Club Concours for Charity
MAR 12-13 FIREFIGHTERS FAIR EVENT
MAR 13 SCCA Solo II event at IRCC
MAR 19 UNDER THE OAKS
MAR 19  12 HOURS AT SEBRING
MAR 26 Go Kart Racing Andretti Thrill Park, Melbourne
MAR 29 Mystery Dinner Cruise

WHAT YEAR WAS THAT CORVETTE BUILT??

Here is a nice guide to help you nail down the year various Corvettes were built. 
Step 1  Locate the tenth digit of the Vin #  Step 2 Use the following guide

A= 1980   B=1981     C=1982     D=1983    E= 1984    F=1985     G=1986    H=  1987  J=1988  K=1989
L= 1990  M= 1991    N=  1992     P= 1993  R=  1994   S= 1995     T= 1996  V= 1997   W= 1998
X=1999   Y= 2000     1= 2001     2= 2002   3= 2003    4= 2004   5= 2005