|September-December '99- by Dan Adovasio
As I reviewed the front page of the
newsletter with all the information about the new 2000
model year C5, I began to wonder just what
changes the new Millennium would bring to Corvette and the C5
Registry. So I went to my closet (the original C5
Registry office) where I retrieved my crystal ball. I dusted off my turban
(given to me by the famous Kresken) and gazed into the ball. This is some
of what I saw.
The FIRST image was a new Corvette, similar
in style yet with a strong influence of new exotic materials. Some of
these include ~
- A polycarbonate rear
hatch and window
- The use of carbon
fiber materials in various body parts
- Titanium used for
axles, exhaust systems and the like
Use of these materials should reduce the
weight of the C5 some 300 pounds.
I see new options to interface with the HUD
system such as:
- A stock ticker display
to follow your investments
- A GPS in full view
projected through the HUD so that the driver will never have to take
his eyes off the road to find his destination
With a beefier 6-speed it will allow the
supercharged LS6 engine to produce 475
HP all the while maintaining great road manners and 25 MPG
performance. I see a Special Edition Hardtop or Coupe with a price tag of
$8,000 over the current (Model Year 2000) MSRP that will be the closest
thing to a full-blown racecar without an exorbitant price tag.
I see improved calipers and rotors on
brakes. Combining with the exotic Goodyear EMTs together they will produce
not a pleasure cruiser but a stiffer suspension bat-out-of-hell
Hot Rod Racer! This will be an exciting 50th
anniversary edition introduced in the Fall of 2002.
The SECOND image coming into view is a car
company driven by customers' needs and wants. Much of this will be
accomplished through increased use of the Internet. I envision increased
purchases of the C5 online. Consumers will
by-pass dealers with less allocation and gravitate toward those with more
knowledge and experience.
I see a diagnostic tool where owners can
plug their C5 into their laptop’s serial
port and download the service entity from the Corvette’s diagnostic
center. Problems would be diagnosed; parts ordered and service
appointments set all online. As the computerized service center receives
failure indicators and diagnoses them, the information would be forwarded
to a central customer service center to be analyzed by engineers and
Availability of such technology will
tremendously affect customer satisfaction. Having access to an expert who
would analyze problems however big or small will be revolutionary!
I see the demise of the Camaro that will
open the door for the creation of the 4-door Corvette. It would be similar
in design to the 928 Porsche. Corvette would evolve into a series of
different models for various lifestyles. Increased production will allow
the Corvette to be sold worldwide and due to the car’s value,
performance, standards and styles it will be highly sought after by all
segments of society.
Now this part was a bit cloudy and made
deciphering the image difficult. It involves the future of the C5
Registry . . . . . .
I predict continued growth beyond our 3200+
membership. I look for more regional get-togethers and having a presence
at different shows such as Bloomington Gold
and the Black Hills Classic. The Birthday
Bash (April 14-16, 2000) will move
from lectures to more hands-on experiences. Perhaps a famous driving
school owner/instructor will be there to share his knowledge and
excitement with those present.
I see more useable information in a
pass-worded section as we strive to give more value to our members. That
time is here! We now have a Members' Only
section on our Website! Although still under construction, I want you to
be able to watch it grow! The Website is located at <http://www.C5registry.com/members.htm>
We will morph into an association of
Corvette owners interested in exchanging information and doing it in a fun
way regardless of the digit following the ‘C’. And finally from far,
far, away I see . . . . . . an international event . . . . . . in Europe .
. . . . . . make plans to join us for Le Mans now!
Not appearing on the C5
Registry agenda is an organization for all Corvette owners – especially
older models AKA the NCRS. I feel we will always be a group of owners
interested in current cutting edge technology.
I am often asked about a C6
Registry. I do not have a concrete answer but I do know that I see
it incorporated into our present genre, because our members are interested
in the most current model. I see it with ~
- Instantaneous communication via the
Internet/satellite member to member (remember, this is a vision)
- Development of a Tech Section in the
pass-worded member area where a paid Corvette Technician would deal
with intricacies of our cars
Enough of crystal ball day dreaming . . . .
. . Sometimes the vision is clear and correct while at other times the
vertical hold doesn’t and things are out of focus (i.e.: don’t always
believe everything you read, but it sure is fun to daydream.)
Now, back to the reality! Over 275 Registry
members enjoyed the excitement of Carlisle on
a hill overlooking the entire fairgrounds. We feasted on hot dogs, sodas
and chips provided by Corporate Members Bud’s Chevrolet [C5R#
WC005] (Tom Hendricks) and Steve Moore
Chevrolet [C5R# WC002] (Todd
Skelton with Sharon Dibble there in
person to serve up the fare). It added to the excitement of the day.
Although it was the first time we tried this concept, it was a huge
success – giving members a place to rest, relax and rejuvenate!
From there it was on to Cleveland and the
Corsa [C5R# WC006] and Mallett factories. At
Mallett there is even a white epoxy painted floor. A great place to party!
Corsa’s new exhaust tips are as beautiful as a fine piece of jewelry.
They are developing a process to receive current exhaust systems, attach
their tips and then return the exhaust to the owner to replace on their C5.
They are also working on an exhaust for the ZR1 and the C4. Corsa’s
owner Jim Browning Sr. [C5R#
V0010] explained noise cancellation technology, which allows a free
flowing exhaust while eliminating selective sound waves. They are in the
process of building a new building and they welcome a visit for any
interested C5 Registry member.
Then it was on to Bowling Green and the NCM
Labor Day Celebration! We greeted over 400 members (100 joined
during the three day festival) and had in excess of 200 for dinner Sunday
night! Two celebrities with their families joined us - John
Cafaro and Jim Danahy (Quality
There are always members who give 110% to
make sure the events run smoothly. Richard [C5R#
W0202] and Allen Clark [C5R#
X1607] pitched in to get the road tour back on track and along with Jackie
and Buzz Nielsen [C5R# W0492]
volunteered to eat in the hallway when our numbers swelled beyond the
capacity of the dining room. It is this ‘can do’ attitude embraced by
99.9% of our membership that makes the Registry events the huge success
that they are when our plans fall short. For that I am grateful!
Please remember when you attend a Registry
event – CHECK-IN. Much of what we do on the Internet prior to the event
is for planning purposes only. Take time when you arrive to let us know
that you are here, register for your dash plaque, (NCM was our 11th
DPE [Dash Plaque
Event]) check for any changes in the agenda
and sign up (and if required - pay for and pick up your ticket) for any
event in which you wish to participate.
Wait a minute – an image is clearing in
the crystal ball. I see 100 C5s caravaning
somewhere in France’s wine country in the
direction of LeMans, there to cheer on the C5
Race Corvette. Plans are very preliminary but it looks like a two
week stay including round-trip shipping of your C5
and your plane fare would be about $8000 per couple. I hope you will agree
with me that this is an exciting proposition – certainly a once in a
Speaking of C5R
Racing, congratulations to Scotty B. White [C5R#
X1686] for winning the World Cup Challenge in
Vancouver. This is the first win in that series and it was our member who
took the checkered flag! I know I speak for all 3200 of our members who
are proud to say, "Scotty ‘You the Man!’"
Keep it Fun – C5Ya!