|July / August '99- by Dan Adovasio
Wow - 2400 members and adding more every day! We aren't even
pushing red-line yet!! Things are really going great here at
the Registry! What is truly amazing is that the number one statement we hear almost every
day is, "I just found about you guys!" or "I didn't know the Registry existed until my friend told me."
So there are still people out there who don't know about us and are missing out on all the
great fun we have!
To combat this problem and to further our goal of providing
our members with the best possible Registry there is, we have developed a C5 Registry "mini-application."
It provides a simple way for members to inform other C5
owners of our great group. Chaz Cone [C5R
#W0526] is the "wizard" behind this great idea! He
helped create a simplified application designed to fit in the glove box of your C5. When you are cruisin' the highways and see a C5 without a Registry decal (of course I recommend you best
wait until they bring the beast to a halt) you can slide one of these applications under
the windshield wiper! Way to go, Chaz!! Be sure and put your
name and C5 Registry number on it so we can give you
credit. We will recognize those members who help deliver the C5
message! I continue to appreciate all the help we receive from our members in passing the
word along about what a great group we have; I hope this just makes it easier!
The Birthday Bash was FABULOUS!
I originally had my doubts about being able to be there, when at 11 PM Sunday night I went
to the emergency room with what I thought was a looming heart attack (Peta and I were planning on driving our new '99 C5 convertible up to the NCM that next morning!) Long story
short - Wednesday I was discharged with the promise if we waited 24 hours and FLEW to
Kentucky we could attend. We were also relieved to discover that I had not had a heart
attack and I want to thank all the many members who responded with their prayers and best
wishes. I was playing catch-up from the moment I arrived, however ~ you, the members ~
made up for any shortcomings in enthusiasm, good spirits and a "get it done"
attitude! It was really you, the C5 Registry members,
who held this one together and made it happen!
Now back to the exciting Birthday
Bash! We had over 600 Registry members in
attendance . . . doubling last year's attendance! We raised over $70,000
in net revenue for the National Corvette Museum. To see our members making such a
commitment simply reflects the true dedication and warm generous spirit of all! I am
unbelievably proud of this great organization!
In spite of the cold weather everyone seemed to have a
"warm" time! A HUGE C5 THANKS to everyone
who came and shared their C5 enthusiasm with the
Museum and GM ~ they couldn't say enough about the tremendous excitement among our
members. We have really blown them away!!
It is with great pleasure that I give out some BIG C5 Registry THANK YOU'S . . . to Ed Duprey [C5R #W0276] for
donating the Corporate Member Plaques that we presented. Ed does so much to help us and I
really want the membership to know how much we here at the Registry appreciate him! Once
again to Chaz Cone [C5R
#W0526] for keeping our membership list current. He was also there to help us keep track
of members at the Bash and was always willing to fill in at the C5
Registry desk. A final thank you to the throng of C5
Registry members who helped at the check-in during the C5
Birthday Dinner on Friday night and to so many other members who helped out in many ways,
shapes, and forms over the weekend ~ we couldn't have done it without you!
An important C5
Registry first occurred during this year's Birthday Bash ~ Two GM Customer Service
Representatives attended with their on-line computers to assist members with any C5 issues they had! Do you know of any other car company who
comes to the customer?
To me, the highlights of the Bash were the "Big Thank You" at the Bowling Green
Plant on Friday, the Women's Seminar, Drag Racing and
Road Tours . . . but the most fun of all had to be the auction Saturday night. And once
again it was shown that Jake Drennon "takes the
cake" this time literally!
Congratulations go out to Jeff Corbel
[C5R #W0315] who won the Sunday morning drag racing!
His top performing C5's winning time was email@example.com mph.
I learned from Corvette Brand Manager, Jim Campbell's office, that the video from the "Big Thank You" at the Bowling Green Plant was sent out via
satellite to over 60 television stations which requested the footage for their newscasts!
We hope to have a complete copy of the video available sometime in the fall. For those of
you who were unable to make this year, save the date now! Don't miss next year's Millenium Birthday Bash, April 14-16, 2000!
I keep telling members, the way to
get the most value out of your C5 Registry membership is to be involved. By
going to C5 Registry functions and being on the C5 Net, members receive the
most bang for their buck! We have a number of events
coming up throughout the rest of the year. Next is Corvettes at Carlisle, PA ~ August 27-29, 1999. We will have the traditional C5 Dinner and Corral! We will also be at the BIG Five Year
Anniversary NCM Labor Day Celebration (which just happens to also be the 2nd
Anniversary of the C5 Registry!) and at the Petite
LeMans Race at Road Atlanta ~ September 17-18,1999.
Remember, the best place to keep up to date on future events is to stay tuned to the
Events page http://www.c5registry.com/events.htm
As soon as we have information on any event the Registry is involved in, it is posted to
It's official!! I am proud to announce we will be at the
San Diego Grand Prix in San Diego, CA ~ November 5-7, 1999,
especially for all of our West Coast and Southwest members! We have a full weekend planned
beginning with seminars all day Friday with GM personnel such as Dave Hill, John Cafaro, Jim Minneker and others.
It wouldn't be a C5
Registry Party without a dinner on Friday night. We will be there with the race teams
including Corvette drivers! Saturday we will all be watching practice laps in preparation
for Sunday's big race. It will give all West Coast members a chance
to meet and greet the GM brass, the drivers and your fellow Registry members.
We may even bring out a surprise or two from the Midwest! See, we have a busy year
We have unveiled a new T-shirt design, our Official 2nd
Edition, "I Still Play With Cars." None other than
the Bowling Green Plant Manager, Wil Cooksey, introduced it
at our Birthday Bash. By popular demand, we have added another item. It is the "I Still Play With Cars" C5
Registry hat! An order blank with pictures of all our items can be found on our Official
Apparel page http://www.C5registry.com/Clothing/index.htm
Judging from the initial reaction, (the T-shirt table was mobbed at the Bash!) they were
very well received!
There will be more C5
Registry items available in the future. One I am excited about is the C5 Registry Floor Mats
by Lloyd (Part Number 37887 @ $112.50/pr Registry Member Price). They have the C5 Registry logo custom embroidered onto both front mats
and, if you request it, your C5 Registry number. These
will be available through Eckler's. Call them at 1-800-327-4868.
Just a reminder to everyone, the C5
Registry logo is trademarked and cannot be used without the written consent of the C5
Registry. Please submit a written request if you have a product bearing our
trademarked name or logo. Currently those with approval are Great Lakes Trophies &
Engraving and Chaz Cone.
By now many of you have had a chance to talk with or meet
our new addition to the C5 Registry crew, Marisa Hirsche. Marisa is in the
office on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings. If you need to get an
answer to something, please try and call the office then. With Marisa's
help, we are actually answering e-mails and responding to phone calls in a pretty timely
manner! One special note: Registry Members please include
your Registry Number when you send an e mail or letter. It is
our policy to answer Registry Members with numbers FIRST. So if you have a
question, give us a call or send us an e-mail! Again, there is also an answering machine
to take your calls any other time of the day!
C5Ya! Till Next
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