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March 22 - A Message From Ben & Christy Labaree - Re: Sandy's Memory

March 31, 2000
For all of our members waiting for their SPRING TIME Convertible to arrive the following information will be of interest. The Maximum number of Convertibles that the Bowling Green plant can produce is 45% of production and they are now producing 44.9% of production.
They are MAXED !!!!!

March 29, 2000 - Birthday Bash Update:
To All Members:
We are making plans for the Birthday Bash. I have been in contact with the plant and we need tour guides for the plant tours on Friday April 14, 2000. We will have a meeting for all tour guides on Thursday April 13 at 2:30. We will meet at the Corvette Plant in the Tour Room. Plant personnel will then give us our training. We will be running two shifts on Friday April 14 and we need at least 22 members per shift. The plant has a great program planned for the tour guides on Thursday including some goodies for those that attend. I need the name of those members volunteering so the plant will have special name badges made up. Please email me ASAP c5dan@c5registry.com with your information and place "TOUR GUIDE 2000" in the subject line. If you have already sent a request please re send it. We have switched email programs and some have been misplaced in cyber space....
Dan Adovasio, Director
C5 Registry

March 29, 2000
High HP does not a Sports Car make.....what does makes it, is all the components added together to achieve a single goal.  That goal becomes a complete package of High Performance.  All the HP in the world doesn't matter if you can't control it on the pavement.  The "RUMORED ONE" is a integrated package which will make use of every ounce of HP the engine delivers by turning it into Performance.  It appears the old adage "don't believe everything you read", applies to the recent GM Press Release regarding the Features & Benefits 5.7L V8 (LS6) Car Engine "Corvette" Model Year 2001 located on the GM Powertrain and Camaro-SS/LS6data web sites. Click Here for MOHN to learn more.

March 26, 2000
WHO IS THE C5 CUSTOMER??? According to the Vette Gazette, Bowling Green's Corvette plant newsletter, the people most likely to buy Corvettes are 48 years old, 80% male, 79% married and has a household income of $125,000.

March 25, 2000
DEMAND FOR THE C5 HAS NEVER BEEN HIGHER.... Beginning Monday, April 10th the Adult Toy Workshop increases the hourly shifts by 3 additional hours per week which equates to 40 additional C5 toys. This great news means that from this point until the end of the 2000 production year (June), 360 units have been added to Corvette's production schedule due to the continuing demand of the C5 in the marketplace.

March 24, 2000
FOR ALL C5 OWNERS WHO HAVE ALWAYS WANTED A FACTORY INSTALLED CD CHANGER - WE HAVE MUSIC TO YOUR EARS....We have just been notified by Registry Dealer Bruce Glueck (Bruce Glueck Chevrolet VC001)
of the upcoming release of a FACTORY OEM CD INSTALLATION KIT Part # 12496743 (available mid-April). Bruce said he would order for C5 Registry members for the price of $89.00 including UPS shipping to any of the continuous 48 states. The factory 12 DISC CD PLAYER Part # 25685332 is also available to C5 Registry members for the price of $549.00 including shipping to the above mentioned areas. Of course Florida residents will have to pay the state. Please contact Ken Bassett, Parts Director, Bruce Glueck Chevrolet at 1-904-792-1111 to place your order.

March 16, 2000
Features & Benefits 5.7L V8 (LS6) Car Engine "Corvette" Model Year 2001
The information is announced on the internet......click here for more info or go to http://www.camaro-ss.com/ls6data.html  Thanks to Scott Payne for brining it to the attention of the C5 Net and the Registry....And thanks to the CSSOA and Rick Mast for posting this info ....It sure looks 2001 is going to get EXCITING......"

March 11, 2000
The C5 Registry is going to Le Mans, France
for the famous 24hrs of Le Mans June 11-21,2000. It will be a 10 day trip and we will be shipping our C5s to Europe with us. We will be leading the famous Le Mans Parade on Friday June 16th,2000. CLICK HERE for more info. We only have room for 20 C5s so get back to the Registry if plan on attending.

All of our European Members are invited to join us at Le Mans, where we will have a parking corral for Corvettes only. For our European members please invite any Corvettes (no matter what the year) to join us. We need to get the word out through out Europe that there will be a gathering of Corvettes at Le Mans and all European Corvette owner are invited to attend.

February 29, 2000
, have you seen the April 2000 issue of Motor Trend? Let me call an interesting article to your attention. On page 54, John Coletti makes some pretty strong boasts about his new baby, the Mustang Cobra R. To make things worse, and what really got our danders up, the article's author, Jack Keebler, snidely insinuates that the Viper GTS would make a more worthy competitor for the Cobra than would our beloved C5. Well... Of course, we couldn't let this go unchallenged ...so... Below is the letter we have sent to Motor Trend by email as well as snail mail. I think the gauntlet has been dropped, don't you? Members, if they take the challenge and invite to a shootout, are you with us?  Will you be there in the Corvette's hour of need? ARE YOU FAITHFUL WHEN OUR BELOVED HAS BEEN BERATED????? 
We will stand ready to back up our letter at any time or any place... more to come...
Jake and Dan

Dear C. Van Tune, Editor-In-Chief,
It has come to our attention here at the C5 Registry that some Ford manager with "unbridled Mustang enthusiasm" (no doubt after consuming a few adult beverages) has made some pretty bold comments about his new Mustang Cobra R. As a long time reader (>25 years) of Motor Trend, I have always found your articles to be of the highest standards, and full of useful consumer information. But Mr. Coletti has gone too far, especially when his suggestion that his pony would benefit from being on the same racetrack with America's sports car was countered with the article's author's suggestion that a Viper would be a worthier opponent.

Corvette is, and has always been, the only true American sports car worthy of the name, and we are confident of the C5's abilities to withstand any challenge from this new and limited edition so-called competitor. In fact, on behalf of over 4000 C5 Registry members ( www.c5registry.com ), and the million-plus owners of  Corvettes (almost all of whom, by the way, have air-conditioning and stereo systems), we accept John Coletti's "BOLD" challenge. To prove our point, I think it would only be fair for me to bring my personal, right off the showroom floor, 2001 Special Edition C5 to any place of Motor Trend's choosing at any time that is convenient for Mr. Coletti. I invite him to bring his best Cobra R driver to the shootout, and I will cajole some of my friends to help me with the driving, as well.

Let me emphasize that, while I have no official connection with General Motors in any way, as a Director of the C5 Registry, and as a loyal Corvette owner and driver, I will make every effort to defend the Corvette in this proposed challenge. I see no need to bother General Motors with this insignificant skirmish with Ford.  In fact, to be fair (and since your writer, Mr. Jack Keebler stated that a "fairer matchup" would be with a Viper GTS,)  I suggest that you contact the Viper Club of America and invite them to bring to this "shootout" any factory fresh, right off the showroom floor GTS that they can find. (Preferably one that can last at least a day without breaking down-I realize this may be difficult...) Please know that while Mr. Coletti is waiting for my arrival in his non-airconditioned, no-radio, no back seat Cobra, I'll be tooling to the rendezvous with my AC on and my Bose CD player blasting, grooving to "Radar Love" and basking in the knowledge that I have spent $5000 less than him. Oh, by the way, my C5 won't be red-I haven't yet decided which one of the five available colors I will order, but I'm leaning towards Millennium Yellow...I want to make sure that Mr. Coletti won't have any problems seeing the Corvette out front.

Now that Mr. Coletti's adult beverages have worn off, and he's grabbing for the aspirin bottle after reading his comments in the cold light of day, please let him know that I will bring a case of Tums to the track to relieve the gargantuan case of indigestion that he will have from eating all that crow...

You can reach me at the address below, or by contacting me through our web site: http://www.c5registry.com  Or email me at: c5jake@c5registry.com

My new Corvette will be delivered in early August, and I will be ready any time, any place.

Jake Drennon
Director C5 Registry
PO Box 541023
Merritt Island, FL  32954-1023
(321) 452 2743

February 29, 2000
The 1999 Nassau Blue C5 Registry show car has been sold. We are waiting the delivery of our new 2000 Millennium Yellow - Courtesy of
Steve Moore Chevrolet.

February 28, 2000
One can find "HOT NEWS" in the strangest places! The just released Year "2001 GM Product Preview Fleet and Commercial" Vehicle Guide lists the following: There will be two new colors for Corvette in model year 2001 - a new (REGISTRY we can hope ! ) WHITE(40U) and QUICKSILVER  Metallic (13U).Neither of these colors are premium paint, but they come at the expense of three deletes, (10U) Arctic White, (12U) Sebring Silver and (23U) Nassau Blue. BUT the BIG NEWS is the NEW and IMPROVED LS1 for 2001.  GM has rated the horsepower at 350 at 5,600 rpm with no change to torque listed. This was accomplished with a NEW CAM and INTAKE Manifold. Not to be left out the F-Body SS & WS6 LS1 will also benefit from the new CHANGES as they will be rated at 345 hp. Under the Guides heading "MAJOR CHANGES for 2001" they list a "New Generation ABS/TCS/AH Systems" and "NEW CHROME EXHAUST TIPS".  Active Handling (JL4) will become a standard "Safety Feature", for all models (adding an est. $325.00 to the base MSRP for 2001). It appears 2001 is starting to look "VERY INTERESTING" !! 


February 21, 2000
There have been several discussions on the
C5Net regarding adjusting the steering effort. There has even been a posting on the internet advising that this is available through the use of a Tech2 diagnostic tool. The 1999 and 2000 model year service manuals even have a reference advising that this is possible. We have done some research into this and it is NOT possible to adjust the steering effort on a Corvette. The service manuals are incorrect and a bulletin will be published advising dealers and technicians of this fact. Chevrolet would like to get this information out to as many C5 owners as possible so that any confusion regarding this can be avoided.

February 18, 2000
"On February 3, 2000 the plant began installing a passenger air bag switch on all new 2000 C5s." Click Here for MOHN to learn more.

February 16, 2000
We've just received a call from Lisa Stanick, Assistant Brand Manager-Corvette, she stated: "The Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC from Monday March 6th through Friday March 17th due to product build tryouts.  We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused."  Translation:  this means that that they will be running a large number of 2001 prototype C5 Corvettes. Lisa requested the C5 Registry get this information out to the public in case you are planning a trip.

It is our speculation that these 01's will be Press Corvettes used in the advanced press introduction scheduled for mid-May 2000. At this event all of the car magazine editors and their staff have the opportunity to test drive the upcoming model year Corvette. Of course, they will be under a strict embargo agreement until July 1, 2000 (they cannot publish or say anything about what they see, hear, or touch). We speculate that Chevy will have all types of C5's there including.....the most RUMORED one.

So if you're planning a plant trip in March because you wanted to see your C5 being built, you will not be able to get in between March 6th and the 17th.

But Dan's Say's, if you still want to go, bring your camera and a zillion rolls of film and start shooting everything that comes out the door !!

Jake and Dan

February 11, 2000
Cadillac Evoq will be on display at the Bowling Green Corvette Plant on February 14 & 15 so that employees can get a close-up look at what may possibly be built in the BG plant.  Click Here for Members Only Hot News and the full story!

February 6, 2000
The Corvette
proved to be a tremendous challenge to the Viper! The C5 Registry congratulates Corvette Racing on a tremendous and exciting race.  It was the closest finish in 24 Hours of Daytona history! The C5 Registry has never been more proud to be associated with Corvette, and the Corvette Racing effort! Corvette Racing has a tremendous team this year. Click Here for Members Only Hot News for more about the race, Dave Hill's comments at the C5 Registry Dinner, and More!

February 3, 2000

Is our
C5 gaining weight? And losing fuel capacity? In reviewing some recent technical bulletins, it came to our attention that the stated weight for a C5 Coupe from 1997 to 1999 was 3245 lbs. In 2000, the C5 Has indeed gained a little weight... Click Here for MOHN to learn more.

February 1, 2000
Some of you have reported an up-and-down "
wobble" in your (AQ9) Sports Seat - primarily on the driver's side (and with low mileage). Click Here for MOHN to learn more.

 January 31, 2000
Corvette Gets New Base Wheel! Chevrolet Sales Information Bulletin Y-00-1 provides all the latest details on the wheel change. The bulletin in it's entirety is on MOHN . Here's a preview:

"The Corvette Brand Team is pleased to announce that starting with the January 24th production week, a new 5-spoke aluminum wheel has been made standard on all 2000 models. Click Here for MOHN to learn more.

January 30, 2000
There has been quite a bit of discussion floating around on the C5 Net about a Base QD4 Painted Wheel change. As some have already heard and brought to our attention, it is true that a new and improved Base QG1 Wheel has gone into production. Click Here for MOHN to learn more.

January 26, 2000
The Registry has learned that Active Handling (RPO JL4) will become a standard item on the 2001 Model Year. We expect the base price of the Corvette to raise accordingly. We know that Active Handling is a great safety related feature and we applaud GM's Corvette management for this decision. The information on the 2001 is starting to trickle in, so you may want to start a 2001 file for all the information. Keep track with MOHN

January 25, 2000
Daytona is hosting a "Club Day" on Wednesday, February 2, beginning PROMPTLY at 9:00 a.m. You can arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. This is not a Registry event, but rather a Daytona/Rolex 24 Speedway Event for all car clubs in attendance. Check the EVENTS PAGE for details.
[Click Here]

January 24, 2000
According to some recent magazine articles, there is an opinion that Arctic White (RPO 10U) may be discontinued as well. Click Here for MOHN to learn more

January 22, 2000
The word is out that Nassau Blue (RPO 23U), has fallen to a total production of 2% (562 total C5s through January 24, 2000). Click Here for MOHN to learn more

January 19, 2000
There has been some C5 Net discussion on the headlamp on/off operation. We have recently learned from one of our Corporate Member Dealers that the head lamp assembly opening and closing mechanism has been modified.
Click Here for MOHN to learn more

January 18, 2000
Just In!
Want to know how many 2000 C5's there are like yours? We now have the Mid-Year production numbers for the 2000 Model Year Corvette listed by RPO. Click Here to view the chart if you're a C5 Registry Member.

January 15, 2000
Want to know more about the  RARE Millennium Yellow C5s with Torch Red interior. Are you asking "How RARE are they?" Click Here for MOHN to learn more

January 12, 2000
There has been a lot of misinformation circulating about a recent Administrative Message pertaining to Brake Rotor Pulsation. We have received the most recent Administrative Bulletin (#VSG19990282)"Click Here" which clarifies the appropriate GM vehicles involved. The original Administrative Message did not include the list of vehicles. Corvette is NOT one of the affected vehicles.

January 9, 2000
We hear there is the possibility of two new "premium tint coat" colors being considered for 2001 production. It is not clear if both colors will both be available but certainly one of the two will. Click Here for MOHN to learn more

January 2, 2000
C5Net MEMBERS! ... The time has come and today is the day, if all goes well. I'll be moving all of you over to the new server for the C5Net. I ask that you don't post any messages to the net until the conversion is over as the mail will not transfer that is already there. Once you're all added to the new server, I'll turn off your ability to post to the old server. The new address to post to the C5Net is C5NET@LISTSRV.PALMNET.NET  Make SURE you change this in your address books in your e-mail program. Once the server conversion is complete, and the existing archives are downloaded, the old server will be history.

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