Summer - 2003
Fatherıs Day Watching 24hrs of Le Mans
Itıs Fatherıs Day, and what a great way to spend the morning, watching the 24
Hours of Le Mans. The C5-R did not come in first, but it was still a great race!
It was very exciting this year because there was competition. I for one hope we
have competition in the ALMS (American Le Mans Series) throughout the rest of
the year! As being the American underdog battling back from hardship when
Corvette began its modern day racing, to being "King of the Hill" for the last
few years and wondering who would try to be the one to knock us off. Ferrari is
tough competition, and I think thatıs better than no competition at all. We may
not win every race,
but it sure is fun to watch!
Just when I thought they couldnıt be any better, this yearıs Birthday Bash was a
blast! Chevrolet seems to have started a tradition of introducing new C5 models
along with color and option changes during our Birthday Bash. This year we were
fortunate enough to be treated to the unveiling of the 2004 Commemorative
Edition C5s. These Commemoratives included a Z06 complete with Carbon Fiber
Hood, a first for a C5 mass-produced vehicle.
Z15 Commemorative Edition 2004 C5
If you werenıt there, youıll want to catch the details of our
Birthday Bash and the full line of Commemorative
Edition C5s on pages 12 & 13.
As most of you already know, I started the Registry in order to gather Corvette
friends together to talk Corvettes and party. What you may not know is that each
year C5 Registry members from all over the South begin their march to the
Birthday Bash by converging through Atlanta. Why Atlanta? Because in addition to
the camaraderie, what makes this journey so much fun is a pre-Birthday Bash
gathering hosted by Chaz & Gael Cone [C5R# W0526]. This yearıs event was
fabulous! And for those of you who have never attended, find out what you
missed on page five!
This issue also features an interview with Wendell Strode, executive director of
the National Corvette Museum. I have known Wendell since the C5 Registry was
established on Labor Day 1997. He is a real first class gentleman and an
excellent administrator for the NCM. Read more about the success of the Museum
under Wendellıs leadership on page 11. Members, get out those pens or turn on
those computers! We are always looking for a good C5 Corvette story. We know you
have one, so feel free to mail us or send us an email
review for a future issue.
The hornıs tooting Iıve got to go jumping in a C5 and heading for Nashville
with the Florida Caravan. Weıll be making a quick stop at Bruce and Beckyıs
(Bruce Glueck Chevrolet [Corporate Member# VC001] in Jasper, FL for a huge BBQ
with over 500 C5s expected, and then on to Atlanta Motor Speedway for some Hot
Laps, led by
C5-R driver Andy Pilgrim. Weıll be arriving in Nashville just in time for the C5
Registry dinner at the 101st Airborne Restaurant.
Isnıt life great!!!