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Summer - 2003 by Dan Adovasio

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 c5dan@c5registry.com  for 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!!!    


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