INDIAN RIVER CORVETTE CLUB
NEWSLETTER

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

August 2005

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

4th - Lucy Kesler,  10th - Claudia Woodhouse,  20th - Bobby Harp,
22nd - Marsha Hearndon,  23rd - Harry Woodhouse,  26th - Crystal Hofford,
27th - Greg Butcher,  29th - Lou Ericsson

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1st - David Brower,  2nd - Bob Dunn,  3rd - Tom Robinson,
11th - Renae Brock,  12th - Lee Harris,  13th - John Trimpe Jr.,
20th - Dale Warringrton,  22nd - Jan White,  25th - Cathie Callery,
28th - Rob Callery,  30th - Densie Mulligan

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL!

On Friday  August 12, 2005  the Indian River Corvette Club held its 65th regular meeting. 

Tom & Hollyann hosted the July dinner run to Harbor Cove Restaurant in Ft Pierce.  14 cars and 25 diners made the trip.  Harbor Cove is an ''outdoor'' restaurant on the water .  The food was great and everyone had a good time.  Thanks Tom and Hollyann .

Congratulations To Betty
By Rob & Cathie Callery

We would like to congratulate our own Betty Skelton Erde who was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

The 44th Annual Enshrinement Ceremonies took place over July 15th,16th weekend in Dayton Ohio.

Friday night was the President's Reception and Dinner held at the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Drinks and appetizers were served inside the National Museum of the Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

We were led into the museum and were seated amongst historic planes for dinner and the more casual program and "Hangar Stories."  Saturday evening was the Formal Dinner and Enshrinement Ceremony. This was held at the Dayton Convention Center. The hall was decorated beautifully and Betty looked stunning.  Allan looked handsome in his tux and we had the pleasure of meeting his sister and daughter who flew in to join Betty and celebrate her induction.

Dorothy Cochrane, Curator in the Aerobatics Department the National Air and Space Museum presented Betty for enshrinement. In 1995, Cochrane organized an all-volunteer crew to restore "Little Stinker." She did a wonderful job introducing Betty and relaying all of her achievements.

Seeing Betty and hearing her acceptance speech was very moving. She is so humble.

Anyone reading her accomplishments can easily see why she was added to the previous 182 honorees that preceded her. Betty chose boldness over timidness, and excellence over mediocrity.

Congratulations Betty, and thank you for allowing to share this very special time with you.

Cathie and Rob

Car and Driver 50th Anniversary Celebration
By Rob & Cathie Callery

On July 23-24, 2005, Car and Driver Magazine celebrated their 50th Anniversary at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

You were able to autocross just about any car imaginable against their editors...Csere, Swan, or Webster. You could even drag your own car against Yates, Winfield, or Phillips.

If you don't like the idea of sitting behind the wheel and racing, you could ride in any Supercar of your choice around the oval with a professional racecar driver.

They even had a five decade Concours d'Elegance.

Other than being in triple digits (temperature as well as speed), it was a spectacular car fest. Just about any car was available to look at, race in, or take hot laps in...even million dollar Porsches!

Saturday night we were all treated to a free Grand Funk Railroad concert...who proved to the small audience why they are "THE AMERICAN BAND." Phenomenal.

Brock Yates then did a live commentary and background on his movie "Cannonball Run" showing on a HUGE screen. I'm sure we have all seen this a dozen times...and most of it actually happened!   Scary...but Go Captain Chaos!.

It was ashame the event was not better attended. The vendors were just giving stuff away due to the small crowds. Those lucky enough to attend were treated very well.

It sure didn't compare to our own Corvette 50th Anniversary party held in Nashville and Bowling Green 2 years ago.

Cathie and I still had a great time and it allowed us to stop at the National Corvette Museum on our way home and say "hi" to all of our friends and see our new club brick.

MOROSO CORVETTE CHALLENGE

My name is Bob Mancuso.  I am Coordinator of the Moroso Corvette Challenge.  
We were able to come to contract terms and bring organized Corvette
ONLY Bracket Racing to the South East Florida area. Moroso as well as the local Corvette owners have been very receptive to this new series. We have between 25 and 40 Corvettes show up at each race and we are out there just having fun. We are not professionals, we are Corvette enthusiasts who come out once a month to play with these great cars and enjoy each others company. During the first 5 races we have been so successful that Moroso has renewed our contract for 2006. Again as the COORDINATOR of the Corvette Challenge I would like to thank those  responsible for getting the word out.

Additionally we are having a CORVETTE TOGETHER on August 14Th at the Quarterdeck Restaurant in Jupiter.

This CORVETTE TOGETHER is open to any Corvette owner. At the moment we have 36 Corvettes committed to attending so it already looks to be a nice day of enthusiast gathering. Please see this thread on the Corvette Forum for the details.

Should you have a question about the Corvette Challenge or the Corvette Together please feel free to contact me anytime. 561 436-5631

Corvette Challenge info can be found on our website

www.corvettechallengemmp.com 

SILVER SPRINGS SHOW ON NOV 5 2005 

Several Couples are attending this show....... Make plans now to join us.............. 

PHOTOS FROM CLUB EVENTS ARE POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE

Visit  www.ircorvettes.com

 EVENTS
 
August 12 Regular meeting
August 30 Mystery Dinner Run by ????
September 3 Corvette Challenge
September 9 Regular meeting
September 11  Venice show

MY 63 COUPE  by GARY COX 

I don't have to drive it," Gary Cox says about his '63 coupe. In most circumstances, we here at Team VETTE would consider that to be something of a heretical statement. After all, we're firm adherents to the "get out there and drive it" school of Corvetteing. On the other hand, we also know that there are exceptions to every rule. So, given that this split-window is an incredible, all-original example that shows only 5,381 miles on the clock, we'd have to agree when Mr. Cox also says, "It's like a work of art"--and treats it accordingly.

Like many who were impressionable youngsters when the revolutionary Sting Ray Corvette was introduced, Gary Cox had wanted a '63 coupe since before he was old enough to drive. As an adult, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, resident made several trips to Bloomington Gold, taking extra interest in the Special Collection cars, thinking, "Boy, I'd like to have that." As it worked out, Cox's first Corvette was a brand-new C5, ordered before he'd even seen one of the new-generation cars. And while he liked the latest and greatest Vette just fine, his heart was still set on a mid-year.

The chance to own a '63 came in 1998, when Indiana car dealer and Corvette collector Gino Burelli needed to sell some of his cars to make way for a new acquisition. By this time, Cox really wanted a Special Collection car. It was, however, "a lot of money." (Lets pause just a moment to consider what an unrestored, near-perfect condition, 5,381 original-mile '63 split-window coupe costs.) The deal was finally done with encouragement from his wife, Elizabeth, who flatly stated, "You need to buy that car." With that, Gary (and Elizabeth) had what many desire and few possess: A Corvette that is as much priceless historical artifact and work of art as it is a sports car.

Speaking of Corvette art history, this '63 was ordered on December 29, 1962, from Yingling Chevrolet of Wichita, Kansas, by one Mr. Robert Bain. According to the car's second owner, Gordon Wellman, Bain was something of a "car nut" type who usually had more than a few cool sets of wheels parked in the garage. In this case, like many people at the time, Bain had to have his own example of the latest, newest Corvette--and who could blame him?

The split-window was ordered in Riverside Red with the stoutest of Chevrolet's carbureted Corvette engines, the 327ci, 340-horse L76. The powerplant was joined to a M20 four-speed transmission, which sends the power back to a 3.36:1 rearend. Bain also checked off RPO J65, Sintered Metallic Brakes, and added a set of optional rayon cord whitewall tires to his new Vette's running gear. In the driver's compartment, Bain chose red vinyl seats and red carpet to complete the color theme, and RPO U65, the Signal Seeking AM Radio (aka the "Wonderbar") for audio entertainment.

As it tends to happen when a car is part of a collection, however, the '63 was used only sparingly. When Bain sold the car to Wellman in 1970, it had logged a mere 3,000 miles. The second owner didn't plan to hang on to the Vette for very long; in fact, he advertised it for sale in Hemmings Motor News for $5,000. The ad indicated that the car had 5,000 miles on it, and contained the seller's address for replies. Who wouldn't jump at a deal like that? That's only a dollar mile, for gawd's sake! Even so, hard as it is to believe in the year 2003, the ad didn't create very much interest, and Wellman put the car into storage. Several offers were made on the split-window over the years, but it took until 1987 for one to be accepted. When Bob Rowe took possession of this now ultra-rare Corvette, Wellman's new wife sat in the Vette for the first time, commenting that it still smelled like a new car.

It was while Rowe owned the Sting Ray that it made its first appearance in the Bloomington Gold Special Collection, as the split-window joined three other '63s in a display honoring the 25th anniversary of Chevrolet's Second-Gen. Corvette. The car was also Bloomington Gold certified at the time.

One Ray Norvell became owner number four in 1995, and the red Vette made a second appearance in Bloomington's Special Collection. The car again changed hands in 1997, with the aforementioned Gino Burelli taking possession. In June of that year, the mid-year was honored as one of the first 33 cars to be named to the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame. After that, as you already know, the '63 again found a new home, this time with the Cox family.

It should come as no surprise that this ''like-new '' 63 continues to amass honors. Soon after the Cox' purchased the car, it went on display at the National Corvette Museum for two years. The Sting Ray then garnered an NCRS Top Flight award at the Louisiana regional meet in Baton Rouge in 2001. And most recently, the Sting Ray was again invited to Bloomington Gold, this time as part of the 2002 Special Collection Evolution Display of '53-67 Corvettes. Given that his Special Collection car was back in the Special Collection, we're sure Gary nothing less than thrilled.

In the meantime, Gary's mid-year infatuation has grown. The C5 is long gone, but he's added a '67 small-block convertible, and has just taken delivery of a one-owner, 435hp '67 ragtop. But that '63--Gary loves the red-on-red colors, and especially likes the depth and color in the like-new steering wheel. He starts it several times a year, and it never fails to fire. The brakes work perfectly, as does the rest of the car, and it rolls on the original bias-ply whitewalls. Time and the elements have left their mark in various places, most notably in the exhaust system, which has developed a few rust holes. Gary tells us that it's "sort of loud." He doesn't intend to fix it, however, because it's still original.

And that's exactly the way it's going to stay. The car is not for sale, and, as Gary's told us, it's not going to accumulate very many more miles. As we started to ask about if he felt he was missing out on anything by not driving it, Gary quickly responded. "I have it here, and everytime I look at it, I smile," he told us. "It's so well preserved...it's neat." And you know what? After looking at this oh-so-rare artifact, we agree: it is well preserved, and it is neat. With that, we'll just smile and say, "There's more than one way to enjoy a Corvette.