Welcome to the 1999 C5 Birthday Bash

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C5 Bash to Feature Food, Fun & Celebrity Guests

Everyone is invited to attend the second annual C5 Birthday Bash, coming up April 16-18 at the National Corvette Museum.  This three-day event is co-hosted by the C5 Registry and features three days of celebrity guests and seminars, road tours, drag racing and three nights of good food and fun.

This year's event is a must for anyone who loves the new C5 Corvette and wants to learn more about it from the people who made it happen.   Chevrolet will host an outstanding lineup of speakers, each of whom will lead seminars and be available for Q&A and autographs.  Speakers at the second annual C5 Birthday Bash will include:

David Hill: the Corvette's Chief Engineer will discuss C5 innovations from an insider's point of view and participate in a Q&A session with Jim Campbell, Corvette Brand Manager.

John Cafaro: the C5's Chief Designer will be on-hand as well to share stories about the once top-secret design process behind the "best Vette yet."

Jim Campbell: Brand Manager for Corvette and Camaro, Jim will join David Hill in a question and answer session.

Ken Brown: Ken's seminar topic is "Engineering C5 Corvette Racecars." Assigned to GM Motorsports as the C5-R chassis engineer, Ken is also responsible for the design and development of C5 Corvette heavy duty parts and the C5 Corvette Racer Parts Kit.  He is the support manager for current Corvette competitors in the World Challenge GT and American LeMans Series GT class.

John Heinricy: Heinricy is currently driving one of the C5-R racecars competing in the GT2 competition.  He has been very active in racing, having won five driving championships and several team championships.  He was a member of the team that broke three world speed records in 1990 driving a ZR-1, and currently serves as Vehicle Chief Engineer for Camaro and Firebird.

Dave Peacy: Having served 22 with General Motors Corporation, Dave will explain how his current position as Brand Quality Manager for Corvette ensures that C5 owners get the service they need from their dealers.

Jon Albert: As an engineer involved in the development and continuous progress of the C5, Jon's particular emphasis is on the Corvette's interior. He will share his insight, ideas and hear your suggestions for interior enhancement.

In addition to an outstanding panel of speakers, the C5 Birthday Bash will also be your chance to meet with friends who share your enthusiasm for the Corvette.  Museum Executive Director and his wife Jan will host a cookout for "early birds" at their 1869 Homestead Bed & Breakfast on Thursday evening (April 15).  On Friday night, the C5 Registry will have a private dinner for registry members.  Finally, the finale comes on Saturday night with the C5 Birthday Banquet being held at the National Corvette Museum.

The tentative agenda for the C5 Birthday Bash includes:

Thursday:  "Early bird" cookout at Wendell & Jan Strode's 1869 Homestead


Friday:  Assembly Plant Tours, Special Car & Driver Photographs, Tuner Demonstrations, Celebrity Seminars, C5 Registry Dinner


Saturday:  Celebrity Seminars, Group Photograph, Commemorative Brick Placement Ceremony, Road Tours, Tuner Demonstrations, Car & Driver Photographs, C5 Birthday Banquet


Sunday: Drag Racing at Beech Bend Raceway Park, Farewell Remarks, Final Road Tour

The Museum and C5 Registry promise several more surprises and encourage you not to miss this event.  Registration is going on now for the second annual C5 Birthday Bash.   Registration is just $45 for Museum members and includes all weekend activities (with the exception of Friday's C5 Registry dinner and Sunday's drag racing).  Non-member registration is $55 per person.   To register for the C5 Birthday Bash, call Bobbie Jo Lee at (800) 53-VETTE.

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