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February 24, 2002
Logo Trade Mark Chevrolet Division - General Motorswww.Corvette50th.com , The exclusive site for all information and details relating to the official CORVETTE 50th Anniversary, goes live February 26, 2002.

The February 26 site marks the first wave of a multi-phase rollout. This first look officially outlines the Corvette 50th Anniversary Celebration events.  Future phases will provide more detailed information regarding all Anniversary events, activities, schedules, and registration information.

Chevrolet understands that you are anxious for information and Chevrolet is fast at work finalizing the relevant details. Remember ---  www.Corvette50th.com  goes live February 26, 2002, and that it is the official source for all details on the many questions regarding CORVETTE 50th Anniversary and related Celebration.

February 21, 2002

Logo Trade Mark Chevrolet Division - General MotorsIndy Pace Corvettes to Be Built
 this week! 

The Registry has learned that three C5 coupes of the 40 unit 2003 model year build are headed Indy Headquarters.  Where is that you ask? …See MOHN for details.

February 20, 2002

40 Validation Build ’03 models get ready to roll! 
The Vette Gazette recently announced that the “Corvettes of the future" will be on line during the  next few weeks as the 40 unit 2003 model year manufacturing validation build (previously known as pilot build) gets underway.  Members…See
MOHN for details.

February 11, 2002
We've just received word: Bloomington Gold has moved to Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL, and the dates have changed to
June 14 - 16. We will have information on a host hotel within the next few days. Keep watching our Events Page www.c5registry.com/events.htm 

February 9, 2002
After making it's way all over our great land, the "Signature CORVETTE" for the 2002 Winter Olympics arrived in Salt Lake City. Your Webmaster was there... Click Here for Photos.

February 5, 2002
GM Press Release: DETROIT, Feb. 5, 2002 – The 86th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2002, will bring together two powerful symbols that stir the imaginations of enthusiasts around the world. Chevrolet’s Corvette, an international performance icon, has been named Official Pace Car of this year’s Indianapolis 500, the world’s most prestigious open-wheel race.

Chevrolet will pace the Indy 500 a record 13th time, and Corvette will perform the pace car duties for the fifth time since 1978 – the most pace car appearances by a single brand.

Logo Trade Mark Chevrolet Division - General MotorsIndy 500 will begin 50th anniversary celebration
“This year’s Memorial Day classic will showcase America’s favorite sports car at the greatest spectacle in racing,” said Corvette Brand Manager Rick Baldick. “This is a milestone event because it will signal the start of a yearlong celebration leading up to Corvette’s 50th anniversary in 2003.”

“Chevrolet and Corvette have a proud and storied history with the Indianapolis 500,” said Tony George, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We look forward to having the 2002 Corvette pacing the greatest race in the world.”

Chevrolet returns to Indy car compeititon with all-new Chevy Indy V8 engine
The 86th running of the Indianapolis 500-mile race will also mark the return of Chevrolet to the most hallowed ground in American motorsports. Chevrolet will compete in the Indy 500 for the first time since 1993 with the all-new Chevy Indy V8 racing engine. Chevrolet won 86 Indy car races, including six Indianapolis 500 victories, and five series championships in 1986-93.

“We are proud that Corvette has been named Official Pace Car of the 86th Indianapolis 500,” said Kurt Ritter, Chevrolet general manager. “The excitement that builds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from opening day until the checkered flag falls mirrors the excitement that is building around Corvette’s 50th anniversary.

“Chevrolet’s racing heritage began with company co-founder Louis Chevrolet, who gained international fame as an engineer and race car driver,” Ritter noted. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the bronze statue of Louis Chevrolet that stands outside the Hall of Fame Museum was smiling at the news about Corvette and Chevy’s return to the Brickyard.”

Coast-to-coast events will celebrate Corvette’s 50th anniversary
Events celebrating Corvette’s golden anniversary are planned from coast to coast. The Historic Motorama coordinated by the National Corvette Museum (www.corvettemuseum.com) on June 24-28 will consist of one example from each production year to honor the more than 1.2 million Corvettes that have been produced since 1953.

Corvette will be the honored marque at the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races on August 16-18, 2002 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. (www.montereyhistoric.com).

Production Corvette incorporates advanced technology
The Corvette that provides the platform for the Indy 500 Pace Car is equipped with a standard 5.7-liter LS1 V8 engine that produces 350 horsepower in production trim. Corvette incorporates advanced technology such as hydroformed frame rails, Active Handling System, driver-selectable suspension modes and optional Head-Up Display.

“The cars that compete in the Indianapolis 500 are finely built machines that are designed for maximum speed,” said Baldick. “Corvette is just as purposeful in its own right. For 49 years, Corvette has remained true to its two-seat sports car heritage. Corvette combines power, performance, handling and technology – while delivering the maximum amount of driving pleasure to those who value high performance.”

When Corvette leads the field of 33 drivers to the green flag on May 26, it will be the start of something big – for racing fans and for Corvette enthusiasts around the world.

Chevrolet has paced the Indianapolis 500 12 times, more than any other brand:

  • 1999 Monte Carlo (Jay Leno, driver)
  • 1998 Corvette (Parnelli Jones, driver)
  • 1995 Corvette (Jim Perkins, driver)
  • 1993 Camaro Z28 (Jim Perkins, driver)
  • 1990 Beretta (Jim Perkins, driver)
  • 1986 Corvette (Gen. Chuck Yeager, driver)
  • 1982 Camaro Z28 (Jim Rathmann, driver)
  • 1978 Corvette (Jim Rathmann, driver)
  • 1969 Camaro (Jim Rathmann, driver)
  • 1967 Camaro (Mauri Rose, driver)
  • 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air (T.H. Keating, driver)
  • 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster (Wilbur Shaw, driver)

February 2, 2002
As we all know, 2003 is the
50th Anniversary for CORVETTE.. Make yours even more special!! The National Corvette Museum has begun a fundraising auction that will allow the top twenty-five bidders the chance to select a specific vehicle identification number (VIN) when ordering a 2003 Corvette. The Chevrolet Motor Division is providing this unique opportunity as a fundraiser for the Museum. This unique auction has been started via the Museum's website at: www.corvettemuseum.com/auction/vinauction.cgi
For additional information on the VIN auction, please contact:
Andy Roderick at (800) 53-VETTE or

January 31, 2002

 So.. How many Electron Blue 2002 CORVETTES have been Built so far this model year? How many 2002 C5's had a six speed??
If your a member,  CLICK HERE to visit the members only section and find out!

January 26, 2002
The C5 Registry has just learned Buzz Nielsen Member Number W0492 is the newest Member of the National Corvette Museum Board! Congratulations Buzz!! Check out the NCM Press Release CLICK HERE

January 25, 2002
The CORVETTE that almost wasn't !

Advanced Automotive Technologies in Rochester Hills, MI,  a design and prototype company, came up with a concept for the
50th Anniversary CORVETTE. GM,  however rejected the design. AAT has decieded to build the 2003/1953 CORVETTE on a Limited production basis. Details are available on their website at: www.aatcars.com/commemorative_edition_corvette.htm

January 25, 2002
The ZR-1 Net run by Dave "Mom" Bright is putting together a group purchase of car lifts. We have been asked if we are interested in joining them. Cytech, the maker of Double Park lifts, is offering to ZR-1 Net members and C5 Registry members a one time group purchase of Double Park lifts. The price is $2900.00 including drip pans and shipping in US. Also all accessories are 10% off. Cytech/Double Park has a website if you want to take a look www.doublepark.net If you have any questions on the product or group purchase, you can contact Carl Zander of Man Machine Interface, Inc. You can reach him at 1-440-871-6496. Be sure and mention that you are with the C5 Registry or ZR-1 Net. Carl should be able to answer any questions that you have. The cut off date is Feb 15th for this pricing however, if you are not quite ready Carl will take a $100 deposit and hold your lift for up to 90 days."

January 24, 2002
Team Cadillac News:
Team Cadillac announced today that Finnish driver JJ Lehto and Frenchman Christophe Tinseau will join the team at this year's classic endurance races in Sebring, Le Mans and Road Atlanta (Petit Le Mans). Lehto will team up with Eric Bernard and Emmanuel Collard, while Tinseau will partner Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli, as he did last year.

"It's great to have someone like JJ onboard," said Cadillac General Manager, Mark LaNeve. "Having a former Le Mans winner and multiple ALMS race winner sign for Cadillac proves that drivers of JJ's stature are convinced that we have what it takes to go for victories this year. We will do our utmost to do so."

JJ Lehto (Jyrki Jarvilehto in full) started making a name for himself in the mid-eighties when he was crowned Finnish, Scandinavian and European FF1600 Champion in 1986. The following year he won the British and European FF2000 Championships before storming to the British Formula 3 title in 1988.

After a brief spell in F3000 in 1989 he started a Formula 1 career that would see him race in 62 Grand Prix for Onyx, Dallara, Sauber and Benetton. In 1995 and 1996 he scored many podium finishes racing for General Motors' Opel brand in the German and International Touring Car Championships. In 1997 he finished second in the FIA GT Championship, scoring four wins for McLaren. After a season in CART he returned to sportscar racing with BMW in 1999, scoring six overall wins, four class wins and a further eight podium finishes in three seasons. His biggest sportscar win came in 1995 when he won the Le Mans 24 Hours for McLaren in a team managed by current Team Cadillac Director Jeff Hazell.

Christophe Tinseau has been part of the Cadillac sportscar program since its inception, racing for the DAMS team in the FIA and ALMS Championships in 2000 and for Team Cadillac in the 2001 ALMS program. Together with Emmanuel Collard he scored Cadillac's first podium finish in Mosport in August last year.

Team Cadillac presented its new Northstar LMP 02 in Sebring, Florida, one week ago. Between now and the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, the team will run a 26-day test schedule which includes several 24-hour endurance tests. On March 16th, the team and all six drivers will give the Cadillac Northstar LMP 02 its race debut.

January 18, 2002
GM Announces 50th Annaversary Web Site!
Corvette50th.com will be live February 21, 2002 and will offer details on the many questions regarding Corvette's 50th Anniversary and related Celebration.  This is the "Official" GM Web Site.. Check it out!

January 17, 2002
General Motors Introduces Personalized, Online Owner Center Service  Owner Center at MyGMLink Provides Vehicle, Service Information; Special Privileges and Offers

DETROIT - General Motors Corp. has created a free online service for GM vehicle owners that gives them something they've been asking for: A single, comprehensive online resource for all of their GM product ownership needs. The Owner Center at MyGMLink allows customers to get e-mail service reminders; access information about their specific GM vehicles, including owner's manuals, maintenance tips, and instructional video-clips, and receive special promotions and privileges.

The new service is now available for owners of all Pontiac models, and Chevrolet Corvette, Suburban, Tahoe, and Avalanche owners. It will become available to all GM vehicle owners in the United States during the first half of 2002; it will also be introduced in Asia, Europe, and Latin America later in the year.

Owners may sign up for the service using the "owners" links at chevy.com and pontiac.com, or simply by going to MyGMLink.com.

"The Chevy Owner Center and the Pontiac Owner Center give customers more convenience, content, and control than any other online ownership service, personalized to the vehicles they own, through the communications channel of their choice, including personal digital assistants (PDAs)," said Stu Dressler, global ownership program manager.

January 15, 2002
Cadillac Presents 2002 Le Mans Challenger
SEBRING, Fla. - Team Cadillac presented their new Le Mans and ALMS challenger in Sebring, Fla., Monday. The completely new Cadillac Northstar LMP 02 will mark the next step in General Motors' luxury brand's sportscar race program.
 Click here for Photos and Press Release.

January 7, 2002
GM showed off a lot of exciting new vehicles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this weekend. Each year, General Motors generates a lot of exciting news during this show, and 2002 is definitely no exception. On display were the production version of the Cadillac XLR ( The one to be built at the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green) [Click Here], and a New Pontiac Sports Car! [Click Here].  And then.. There's the Cadillac Cien [Click Here] and the retro Chevrolet Bel Air concept [Click Here].

January 4, 2002
We are pleased to advise you that group tours of the Corvette Assembly Plant will be available beginning Monday, January 7, 2002. Please note that tours are available on a reservations only basis at this time and only for groups.

Public tours, which were previously available at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT, are still suspended. Information about how to book a group tour and guidelines pertaining to our tours follow.

Corvette Plant Group Tour Procedures

  • Groups must make reservations in advance by calling 270-745-8287.
  • The group coordinator must fax a copy of his/her driver's license (or other picture I.D.) to 270-745-8024 prior to the day of the tour.
  • The group coordinator must also fax a list of the names of all people who will be a part of the tour group.
  • Children must be seven years of age or older.
  • All visitors must wear closed toe shoes.
  • All guests must sign in at the Tour Room and watch the plant safety video prior to the plant tour.
  • No backpacks, purses, packages, fanny packs or other containers may be brought into the facility except by special request (for medical reasons, etc.). Any exceptions are subject to search. No weapons of any kind including buck knives, etc., are to be brought into the facility.
  • Tours will be scheduled Monday through Friday during regular production only at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 noon based on the availability of tour staff.
  • Tours for school groups are available for fourth graders and up.

January 4, 2002
I would not be speeding in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan if I were you! CLICK
HERE to see why... The city of Bloomfield Hills in Michigan apparently has a Z06 Police car.

January 3, 2002
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. today kicked off 2002 with "GM Overdrive," offering $2002 customer cash on the purchase or lease of any new 2001 or 2002 Chevrolet, Pontiac, GMC, Buick, Oldsmobile or Cadillac car or truck through February 28.

"GM and its dealers are coming off an extremely successful marketing effort with 'Keep America Rolling' and we intend to continue our sales momentum," said Bill Lovejoy, group vice president of GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "'GM Overdrive' reflects our sales leadership and confidence in our industry-leading lineup of innovative new products.  See your dealer for details!

December 21, 2001
This is a new press release about Cadillac at the Detroit Auto Show, but we know there is a lot of interest in the XLR.
( The Two Seat Roadster being built in Bowling Green.)

Cadillac XLR and Cien Supercar Concept
"Bold and innovative" is an apt description for Cadillac’s upcoming new luxury roadster: XLR. Based on the award-winning Evoq concept car, XLR will feature the first application of a higher output 4.6-liter Northstar engine in a rear-wheel-drive configuration. This new Cadillac was developed on the next generation of GM's performance car architecture, designed specifically for convertibles.

"GM's recently patented performance car body structure is ideal for open air two-seaters," said David Hill, performance cars vehicle line executive. "With advanced steel hydroformed side rails and an aluminum cockpit structure, the XLR will be class leading in structural efficiency, ride quality and agility.

The 2003 Cadillac XLR will be produced on a dedicated assembly line at General Motors' Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. XLR will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show as part of GM’s Concept to Reality presentation. XLR will share the stage with the Cadillac Cien supercar concept vehicle. The aerodynamic Cien - Spanish for 100 - holistically illustrates Cadillac's signature design philosophy, melding design and technology in a mid-engine, two-seat sports car.

"With the Cien, we've created the ultimate expression of design, using dynamic lines to achieve geometric forms similar to those of the Evoq, Imaj and Vizón concept vehicles that preceded it," said lead designer Simon Cox, executive director of GM's Advanced Design Studio for Cadillac in Birmingham, England. The premium, V-12-powered Cadillac Cien concept car is a befitting icon to usher in the brand's 100th anniversary.



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