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April 30, 2001
We have received several e-mails requesting information about what was said at the "Care and Feeding of Your New C5" seminar held during the 4th Annual NCM Birthday Bash. The question was directed to Jim Minneker (GM Powertrain guru) about how often and when the synthetic oil should be changed in a C5. (The point was, we know what the owner’s manual says, but members wanted to hear the REAL world answer.) The reply was, the single most important oil change that you can do for your C5 is the FIRST ONE!!! The statement was made that it should be done at 1000 miles. The reasoning behind doing this is that research has shown that with today’s excellent manufacturing practices and near perfect tolerance standards for machined parts, the microscopic particles that wash off (when the oil circulates through the engine) are caught in the oil filter during the first 1000 miles. It was suggested that you always want to use the VERY BEST filter available in the market place. We advise the use of GM’s highly rated ULTRAGUARD-GOLD-UPF-44, GM part number: 25329389, which can be purchased for about $8 through a Registry Corporate Member Dealer. Additional information may be found on AC Delco’s page by clicking AC Delco. This places you on their Entire Parts Line-up Page. After that, click on the link to D-F and then click on Filters – Oil and this will place you on their detailed information page about the ULTRAGUARD family of filters.

April 28, 2001
That pesky snake is back!! Yes, Le Mans is going to get exciting! The rivalry between Chevrolet’s Corvette and the Dodge Viper will be renewed at Le Mans this year. The ORECA team is currently concentrating on Chrysler’s prototype program, but it remains involved in a new French operation running a Viper. ORECA is providing a car and technical assistance to a team put together by the French national motorsport federation. The solo Viper will be entered by the French motorsport federation and run at Le Mans by Epsilon, a leading Formula 3 team. Sports car drivers David Terrien, Jonathan Cochet (last year’s French Formula 3 champion) and versatile Frenchman Jean-Philippe Dayraut will drive the Viper. Terrien is last year’s FIA Sports Racing world cup champion. For those of you going to Le Mans, looks like you’re going to have quite a show! 

April 22, 2001
Bryan Nesbitt, the designer credited with creating the exterior for the PT Cruiser, is leaving DaimlerChrysler to head up the Chevrolet Brand Character Studio for General Motors. He begins his new job in early May.

An Arizona native, Nesbitt, 32, also is credited with the exterior design for Chrysler's Panel Cruiser, GT Cruiser, Pronto Cruizer and CCV concepts. A senior product designer at DaimlerChrysler's Auburn Hills, Michigan headquarters.

Nesbitt is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and interned at the Chrysler Pacifica studio in Carlsbad, California. He also studied architectural and industrial design at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

April 21, 2001 
David Horsfall from Ypsilanti, Michigan was the winner of the Z06. Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell did the drawing at the C5 Birthday Bash Banquet. David was not in attendance, but Ron Fellows called him by cell phone to inform and congratulate him. Needless to say David was pleasantly surprised. He has tentatively scheduled Tuesday as the day to come down and take Museum Delivery of his new 2001 Silver Z06. Congratulations  David.

April 18, 2001
 Pertaining to the
new oil consumption bulletin  [CLICK HERE] from GM we hear, "Its pretty self explanatory, It applies to all passenger cars, including Corvettes, and light trucks. Powertrain Engineering has stated that oil consumption of 1 quart in 2000 miles under "normal" driving conditions is acceptable. Don't miss the many disclaimers, high rpm's, trailer wing, etc. all of which may result in oil consumption greater then 1 quart per 2000 miles, which under these conditions would still be considered acceptable."

April 17, 2001
BOBBY ARCHER RETURNS TO SPEEDVISION WORLD CHALLENGE IN CORVETTE - Grand Sport Racing has allied with Bobby Archer Motorsports to compete the #08 Grand Sport Racing Corvette entry. The 1999 Speedvision World Challenge GT Champion Bobby Archer will drive the Grand Sport Racing/KB Enterprises Corvette C5 at Mosport. Click Here for full story!

April 10, 2001
Caravaggio Corvettes is bringing a Z06 Grand Sport Convertible to the C5 birthday bash. We are going to build a total of 20 cars. There are going to be 10 convertibles and 10 targa versions, all based on the Z06. The car that you see here will be on the cover of the July issue of the duPont Registry. John Caravaggio was kind enough to give the registry members first view of this remarkable Corvette. [ Click Here to View ]
April 6, 2001
2002s . . . . Are they ready to ruuuuuumble? According to the March 23, 2001, issue of the Vette Gazette, Seven 2002 pilot cars will hit the highway in western Kentucky. See MOHN for more details.

April 5, 2001
Have you ever wondered how Bowling Green looks at Gross Units versus Net Units? For all you "techie" types, check the MOHN for details.

April 3, 2001
Today, the changes for the 2002 Model Year C5 CORVETTE went out to dealers nation wide.. You can view them here on the C5 Registry web site  by CLICKING HERE ! A special C5 Registry THANKS to the dealers who let us know about this information and allowing us to be the first to bring it to you!
March 21, 2001

Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. is proud to announce the launch of a new 'Enthusiast' section of our consumer website. This section can be viewed by entering any three of our website addresses: www.bridgestonetire.com  / www.firestonetire.com  / www.daytontire.com. This section will allow us to share our activities with car clubs and project vehicles. It will also feature photos of customers who have fitted their cars & trucks with Bridgestone, Firestone & Dayton tires.

March 19, 2001
The Evoq Watch! Straight from a Q&A recently held at the Bowling Green Plant, find out what’s happening as the plant prepares for the Evoq! Members, see MOHN for all the details . . . .

March 17, 2001
Corvette Kits for Race Teams!
Not a month goes by without a question about how many "Bowling Green Built C5R Race Corvettes have been produced (referred internally as Corvette Kits for independent Race Teams) . . . Members, get all the details on
MOHN . . . March 15, 2001
MotorTrend Magazine "Spells it out!"
The April 2001 issue of MotorTrend "
spells out" all the details for the upcoming 2002 C5 Z06.
Members, see
MOHN for their "grammar" on the C5 . . .

March 9, 2001
Chevrolet announced to all its dealers on March 1st that MSRP prices on 2001 Corvettes would be increased $200 on each model. Check out the 2001 RPO Page www.c5registry.com/Production/2K1.htm  for a full details, model by model, on the increases. Members click MOHN for additional information on the 2002 Z06.

March 9, 2001
The Evoq Watch ~ Cadillac Planning Gears Up
With the build of the new luxury two-seater Cadillac Evoq less than two years away, plans for a successful build are being finalized at both the plant and in Detroit. A two-day meeting was recently held in Bowling Green that brought together some of the key players from engineering, manufacturing and plant operations to plan a smooth product launch. John Spencer, Production Launch Manager, said, "at the end of the meeting we should have a plan to launch the Cadillac as a team (Product Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Vehicle Operations)."

Spencer explained that there are 58 steps spelled out for every Product Launch Process that takes place in GM. The official process in the plant begins at the end of the BETA build (tentatively scheduled for May through September 2001) and goes through the end of acceleration. The 58 steps spell out what the roles and responsibilities are for the various activities associated with a successful launch.

About 40-50 people were expected to attend the meetings, from Dave Leone, chief engineer for Cadillac, to the Manufacturing Integration Managers from general assembly, body and paint, to the plant launch team. According to Spencer, at the end of the meetings a plan should be in place for the successful build of a high quality flagship Cadillac. Since the Evoq will share the Corvette Assembly Plant production areas, we know you are interested in keeping up with the latest developments on the Evoq Watch! A BIG C5 Thank You to Jane Bowlin, VETTE GAZETTE editor, for sharing this information with the C5 Registry!

March 8, 2001
In a jointly timed announcement today in Detroit and Ft. Worth, it was announced
Chris Kneifel will leave team CORVETTE.  We at the Registry are excited for Chris's new opportunity and want to thank him for all the excitement that he provided for the Registry as he drove the C5-R to victory. Chris, you were there from the beginning of the Corvette's return to racing, and your kindness in always visiting with the Registry's members, posing for member photos, and just overall being a nice guy will always be remembered." [Click Here for Press Release]

March 8, 2001

GM/Dealers Discuss a Possible Joint Venture
As part of an ongoing effort by GM and its dealers to serve the growing number of consumers who use the Internet to shop for and buy vehicles, GM and GM dealers have been discussing the possibility of forming a joint venture for an all-makes/all-models Web site. This concept has become more defined over the last few months.

GM shared more information about the possible joint venture with dealers at the NADA Convention held earlier this month in Las Vegas, following a filing of papers with the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) concerning the joint venture. This filing, which is available to the public, was legally necessary in order for GM to talk to dealers in greater detail regarding the joint venture. A BIG C5 Thank You to Jane Bowlin, VETTE GAZETTE editor, for sharing this information with the C5 Registry!

March 7, 2001
Rolling out the
Red Carpet
Customers who pick up their new C5s at the National Corvette Museum as part of the Museum Delivery Program (R8C) will soon get a VIP plant tour as part of their package. NCM staff requested Museum Delivery customers get this added benefit to make their delivery experience even more special. "We give them personalized treatment at the Museum from a private tour to a special orientation to their vehicles," said NCM executive director Wendell Strode. "We wanted to continue that experience at the plant." Currently, museum delivery customers go on public tours. When the private tours begin (scheduled to start by March 1), museum tour guides or other museum delivery personnel will bring customers to the plant. They will be allowed to park right outside the Tour Room. Then, museum tour guides will take the customers on a personalized plant tour that includes two added parts of the plant: the engine line and cockpit load. Only one museum delivery tour group will be included in each tour. Prior to giving a tour, each of the museum guides will be trained by our own tour staff and safety personnel.

Employees will be able to identify our newest customers by special badges each of them will wear. Museum delivery staff will likewise wear badges and shirts that identify them as part of the delivery team.
A BIG C5 Thank You to Jane Bowlin,
VETTE GAZETTE editor, for sharing information on this new & exciting part of the Museum Delivery Program!

March 4, 2001
The No. 3 works Corvette of Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell handily won the GTS class, finishing seventh overall, nine laps down and two laps ahead of the No. 45 American Viper Racing Dodge Viper Erik Messley and Terry Borcheller. The sister No. 4 Corvette was involved in a heavy crash after a tire failed.
March 2, 2001
There is a voluntary recall on certain 2001 Chevrolet CORVETTE models equipped with the 5.7L engine.  But do not panic, the recall is for replacement of incorrect vehicle emission control labels i.e. they put the wrong sticker on the Corvette.  A new vehicle emission control label needs to be installed on left front wheel well of the vehicle.  If your Corvette is affected by this, you will receive the sticker in the mail so that you can install it yourself.  Or if you wish you can have your Chevrolet dealer install it at no charge.

February 26, 2001
The Corvette Plant Honors # 3, Dale Earnhardt
Shortly after the loss of racing icon Dale Earnhardt on Sunday, February 18th, the Corvette Assembly Plant showed their support of his racing career and involvement with GM racing by placing a 2001 BLACK C5 Coupe on display in front of the Plant. The C5 distinctively displays an oval shaped # 3 banner bearing Earnhardt’s name which covers the entire passenger side door panel. According to the window sticker VIN# 1G1YY22GX15122797, Job # 022762 will later be forwarded to Courtesy Chevrolet-Cadillac, Inc. in Kingsport, TN. On behalf of all C5 Registry members, we hope the new owner of this C5 will know and appreciate the roll his C5 played in Corvette history.

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Dale Earnhardt was not only a member of the GM and Chevrolet team as driver of a Monte Carlo, he also owned and drove a 1998 BLACK Corvette. His son, Dale, Jr., drives a red C5. At the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on February 3 & 4, he drove the C5-R for the first time (his team finished fourth overall) and had expressed the hope that he would drive again next year.
February 18, 2001
Corvette enthusiasts, race fans, and C5 Registry members were saddened today to hear of the death this afternoon of C5 Registry member Dale Earnhardt Sr. Member Number Z5203. Dale was killed today on the very track where only two short weeks ago he and son Dale Earnhardt Jr. Shared in the Corvette C5-R victory at Daytona. The C5Net has already begun an NCM brick drive to honor Dale's memory. Our condolences go out to the Earnhardt family.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Michael Waltrip's Daytona 500 victory was marred by the tragic death of NASCAR motor racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. He was 49. CLICK FOR MORE

February 12, 2001
Looking for new tires for your
The quickest production Corvette year – and some nearly as quick – have an opportunity to wear new Goodyear race-inspired rubber. Goodyear fine-tuned its
Eagle F1 Supercar ultra performance tires at the racetrack for the 2001 Corvette Z06, and now the tire maker is engineering tire sizes for other late-model Corvettes. Read the entire story on Members Only Hot News!

February 4, 2001
Roxex 24 Hours at Daytona

February 3, 2001
Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Today!
Broadcast/TV Schedule dates:
Est: 12 noon Saturday to 12 Sunday on Speedvision (LIVE) 
MRN Radio (LIVE) Follow the race on the web: www.c5rmotorsports.com/main.htm 

February 1, 2001
SEMA is proud to announce that General Motors will be the Vehicle Manufacturer of the 2001 SEMA Show to be held in Las Vegas, Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Expect a dynamic General Motors presence at the event-the largest industry aftermarket trade show. 
January 26, 2001

ATTENTION Z06 Owners! Dave Hill, Corvette Chief Engineer, has contacted us and asked for your help in responding to a survey being conducted by AutoWeek magazine. Registry Members . . . your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated! Z06 owners who want to be heard . . . now is your chance!! Thank you for your help and your participation! Dan Adovasio, Director
AutoFile Needs You:
We seek comments from owners of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. We need to know when you bought it, what you paid, your opinions and other vehicles you considered. Include your mailing address, phone number and vehicle identification number (VIN). Mail responses to the address below, e-mail responses to  autofile@crain.com  or fax your responses to (313) 446-1027.
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.January 22, 2001
Hello Vettenetters and Zroners- I write to you today with a very, heavy heart.... Jim Schefter, a friend of mine, a friend of our hobby and author of All Corvettes are Red, the true story of the design and development of the C5, died last night in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jim became a serious Corvette enthusiast late in life, in the process of gathering information for ACAR in the early-90s. Shortly after the C5 went on the market, he bought one. What color? Red of course. Since then he became a great patron of the car and our hobby.

I met Jim in the mid-'90s and became friends with him as he was completing ACAR.  (Wow, people, this is difficult to write...sigh)

I feel proud to have known him and deeply flattered that several times,
he took time out of his career as a highly-respected technical writer to help me learn some lessons about mine. At a book signing in California in the spring of 1997, Jim autographed my hardback copy of All Corvettes are Red as follows: "to Hib Halverson for his real Corvette love and for all the help! Jim Schefter." My God, that's how "I" would have said thanks to "him." 

Jim Schefter: Author, Corvette Enthusiast, Friend of our hobby.   

We all should take a moment.... ....thank you.
All those in the ZR1 Saloon and the greater Corvette community, please, raise your glasses in a toast. To absent friends.....
Hib Halverson

January 17, 2001
We've just received the  long awaited Mid-Year production totals by RPO for the 2001 Model Year CORVETTE C5 - If you are a member,   [ CLICK HERE ]
January 16, 2001

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January 16, 2001

Chevrolet SSR To Begin Production 
At The Lansing Craft Centre In 2002

Lansing, Mich. - General Motors today announced plans to build the all-new Chevrolet Super Sport Roadster (SSR) at the Lansing Craft Centre in Lansing Township, MI. Production is expected to begin in the fourth quarter 2002, pending the successful completion of economic and regulatory negotiations.

Gary Cowger, GM Group Vice President Manufacturing and Labor Relations, made the announcement during a speech to the 2001 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.

The news was shared with employees at the Craft Centre by John Buttermore, North America Vehicle Assembly manufacturing manager; Wayne McDonald, plant manager and UAW Local 1618 leaders Tim Driver and Butch Hauser.

"The Chevy SSR is a retro-style roadster with incredible performance," said Gary Cowger. "We're making it happen. We took on the challenge to build a product that's true to the concept," Cowger added.

The SSR, which is based on a new mid-sized truck architecture, provides an unrivaled blend of performance, features and utility in a vehicle. The design draws upon the styling of Chevy's rich heritage to create a one-of-a-kind, open-air driving experience designed to carve its own unique place in the automotive market.

GM will invest approximately $70 million into the facility to accommodate Chevy SSR production. GM is working with Lansing Township officials on financial incentive opportunities to offset part of the initial investment.

The SSR was first introduced as a concept vehicle at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Using computerized modeling and competitive low-volume manufacturing processes, the SSR will move from design sketch to showroom floor in just over three years, demonstrating GM's ability to quickly provide customers with unique styling and the latest technical innovations.

"The Chevy SSR is proof of GM's leadership in product innovation and its renewed commitment to creating exciting vehicles for our customers," said John Buttermore. "Our strong engineering and manufacturing systems enable us to respond quickly with innovative entries like the SSR," he added.

The Craft Centre, which presently has 320 hourly employees, was chosen to produce the SSR due to its proven history of producing high-quality, low-volume niche vehicles such as the Buick Reatta, EV1 and Cadillac Eldorado.

Production of the Cadillac Eldorado is planned to continue through the second quarter 2002. The plant will temporarily suspend production in preparation for SSR production which is targeted to begin fourth quarter 2002.

General Motors (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide. In1999, GM earned $5.6 billion on sales of $176.6 billion. It employs about 395,000 people globally.

GM is investing aggressively in high technology and e-business within its global automotive operations and through such initiatives as e-GM, GM BuyPower, OnStar and its Hughes Electronics Corp. (NYSE: GMH) subsidiary.

GM also operates one of the world's largest and most successful financial institutions, GMAC. More information on General Motors can be found at www.gm.com. For details on the Chevy SSR, access Internet web site: http://www.chevrolet.com/ssr.

January 10, 2001
Chevrolet's all-new Corvette Z06 has been selected by the editors of AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE as the magazine's 2001 Automobile of the Year. Jean Jennings, editor-in-chief of AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE, will make the formal presentation of the award to Ronald L. Zarrella, President of General Motors - North America, on January 12 in Detroit during the gala charity preview of the North American International Auto Show. "The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is, at long last, a real, 100 percent, no excuses, no explanations, no footnotes American sports car, one capable of holding its own with just about anything on the road, at a price that no other car company in the world can approach, let alone match," said
Jennings.  "How could it not be our 2001 Automobile of the Year?" "That's high praise coming from a publication as respected as
AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE," said Zarrella.  "Their editors, like other driving enthusiasts, have come to appreciate that the new Z06 is very simply the quickest, best-handling Corvette ever and sets new standards in every part of the high-performance spectrum."

Based on the former hardtop model - already the lightest, stiffest
and quickest Corvette - the Z06 has as its heart a new LS6 engine that delivers 385 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque.  Derived from the 5.7L LS1 that powers coupe and convertible models, the aluminum block has been modified for high-speed operation and new high-compression cylinder heads improve airflow efficiency.
The Corvette Z06 also features a unique suspension system, as well
as specific forged aluminum wheels and Goodyear Eagle SC Supercar tires.  A titanium exhaust system - the first-ever use of this exotic material in a mass-production car - contributes to the Z06's light weight and improved performance.  Like all '01 Corvette models, the Z06 comes standard with a second-generation Active Handling system, which makes the car more agile.

January 8, 2001 - Get a Great Automobile and Help Fight Leukemia and Lymphoma !

General Motors Charity Auction

Last year, during the auto show, GM auctioned off 3 vehicles for charity. GM raised nearly $150,000 for the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy.

Click Here for Auction and InfoThis year GM is teaming up with eBayMotors.com to offer an incredible charity auction package with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The main auction package includes a 2001 Corvette Z06 with a 3 day Corvette driving school provided by Bragg-Smith's Advanced Driving School--located one hour outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with the car, other Corvette merchandise will be auctioned for charity. For instance, Dave Hill, Corvette Chief Engineer, will autograph Corvette hats, die cast models and posters for charity. GM Performance Parts has donated a Corvette carbon fiber engine cover as well.

The auction will take place January 12th through the 19th on ebaymotors.com, the automotive section of eBay. Links to the charity auction can be found on various websites including: corvettemuseum.com, corvetteforum.com, C5registry.com, idavette.net, leukemia.org, gm.com, ebay.com, ebaymotors.com and corvette.com.

January 4,5,6 - 2001
News from Daytona International Speedway:

Robinson is looking forward to spending 2001 behind the wheel of a C5! "II know it’s a super car built by a super bunch of people and a super company," he said. Robinson also said he plans to cram in as much drive time as possible during 2001. "I work at night so I’ll be driving a lot during the day. I plan to brag about it a lot," he said. "GM will get some good publicity."

The only time he has ever driven a C5 is when he had to occasionally move one out in the plant. A 19 ½ year GM veteran, Robinson plans to retire in a year. "I just love it that I’ll have this car during my last year of work here," he said. Talk about going out in style!

December 31, 2000
To Our 5200+ C5 Registry Members – Happy New Year!

On behalf of Dan, Jake, and our entire C5 Registry Staff ~ Kathy, Marisa, Jessica, Beth, Michael, Ryan, Ben and our world-famous webmaster, Frank, who all work diligently to make the C5 Registry run as smooth as a Z06 ~ we want to wish all our members a very HAPPY AND SAFE C5Ya! NEW YEAR!

We wanted to share Bowling Green Corvette Plant Manager  
Wil Cooksey’s
comments on the excitement that Corvette has brought to people all over the world and the excitement to come in 2001!

2000 A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for A GREAT Year for Corvette

Wil: "2000 was an amazing year for Team Corvette. My thanks go to each and every one of you for pulling together to bring us great honors, an improved product and excellent results in just about every area of our business.

Last Friday’s (December 15th) drawing for a leased Corvette Corvette was an exciting finish to a year filled with one accomplishment after another for the Bowling Green team. My congratulations to B.G. Robinson, who promises not only to drive, but to promote our car during the next year.

Your hard work, commitment to our goals, and enthusiasm for our product are what made this another outstanding year. Be proud of the fact that we continue to build a car that absolutely delights our customers. In fact, they claim that we’re building the best CorvetteCorvette  yet.

Take Al Hanna [C5R # X2670] of Plano, Texas. He wrote earlier this year and his comment is typical: "Keep building each one (Corvette) with care. You’ve got a very large gathering of Corvette faithful that have a lot of pride in these cars. You should, too, for being part of the team that made it possible."

Reflecting on the past 12 months, I am filled with admiration for the good job that all of you continue to do here at Bowling Green.

You have worked safely, which is always a number one priority. By working together we met our goals in both recordables and lost workday cases. Thankfully, we can look back on a year free from serious injuries to any of our employees or visitors.

Quality-wise, we also continue to improve. As all of you know, we met the ever more challenging direct run goals during the past few months. In 2001, the mark moves again when our direct run goal goes to 80%.

Our customers again confirmed that the Corvette is truly a top quality vehicle. In GM, we had the fewest problems per vehicle according to J.D. Power surveys. We were also named a winner of the J.D. Power APEAL award, which is another survey based on customer input about how well they like our vehicle.

In the area of production, we launched successful pilot and prototype builds. We introduced the Corvette Z06, which drew rave reviews from the media (before it even reached the dealers) and our customers alike. And construction is already beginning in the uniframe area as we get ready for the build of the new Cadillac.

Just as it was during the past several years, we had a great deal of turnover in our workforce. Seventy-nine people transferred to our plant and another 73 retired. We expect this trend to continue next year. I think we all shared in the excitement of at last adding new hires (28) to our workforce. Next year, we hope to add more as we gear up for the Cadillac. Despite all these people changes, we continued to meet production targets throughout the year.

While sales lag in many car lines, our sales continue strong. Recent field stock reports show that while our field supply is higher than last year at this time, it remains one of the lowest in GM. We are blessed with a good customer base combined with a great product. We expect sales to remain strong for the rest of the model year.

Another thing all of us can be proud of is our community involvement. At Corvette, people are always willing to lend a hand to others in need. Our Christmas program truly makes a difference for many people in our area.

Our United Way donations remained strong this year. Help from Corvette and the UAW also went to many other agencies like the March of Dimes, American Red Cross and Heart Association. All of which make this community a better place in which to live.

Your hospitality and smiling faces make this a great destination for our tourists and customers to visit. From GM vice-president Gary Cowger and renowned jeweler Nicola Bulgari to Patty Loveless and (then) presidential hopeful George W. Bush, we welcomed many visitors. We recently surpassed 54,000 people. I am told so often by people who have visited our plant how friendly everyone is and how well they are treated while here. I thank all of you who go the extra mile to make our guests feel welcome.

And that brings me to our most exciting news so far this year. Our long held dream of a new product became a reality with the announcement that a two seater Cadillac will be built in Bowling Green. During the coming year our work on the Cadillac will accelerate. You’ll see more changes in the plant. And we’ll start to move people into the Cadillac team.

For all your great efforts over the past year, thank you very much. To all of you and your families, my best wishes for the happiest and safest of holiday seasons. I hope you will have a fun and restful vacation.

Please remember to drive safely and buckle up. Encourage your family and friends to do the same. I look forward to seeing you in the New Year."
Wil Cooksey, Jr.

A C5 Thanks to Jane Bowlin, editor of the Vette Gazette, for sharing Mr. Cooksey’s letter with the C5 Registry.

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