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March 29, 199
Rumors from Ford -
CORVETTE TO GET POWER BOOST FOR 2001 BlueOvalNews received a CD containing information on GM's Powertrain Operations. It listed the 2001 Vette's horsepower being increased by 20 horses. First gear was good up through 73 miles per hour. Also detailed was a fully adjustable heads up windshield display.

March 27, 1999
Chevrolet may be building a $200,000 - $300,000 Super Corvette which will be a street version of their C5-R Race Car. In order to qualify for Le Mans in the year 2000 and race the C5-R, they will need to produce 50 of these cars and sell them to the public. [ Click Here for Photos and Story ]

March 22, 1999
New Ecklers Chassis Performs Flawlessly In Quickest Field In Funny Car History at the Gatornationals.

March 20, 1999
The C5-R's got off to a fast start at Sebring Click Here for the Press Release.

March 20, 1999
Eckler's Corvette Parts
has reworked the EasyCare/Eckler's C5 Corvette funny car body to take maximum advantage of the 1999 NHRA rules.

March 11, 1999
A frustrating dilemma
for many C5 Registry members comes when it is realized that children 13 and under (and small adults) cannot legally ride in the passenger seat with a functioning air bag. To further complicate the situation, many new car dealerships are unable (or unwilling) to obtain and install an on / off air bag switch. [CLICK HERE For More Information].

March 7, 1999
Another C5 Registry First! All available specifications for the 2000 Corvette as published in the "2000 GM Product Preview Fleet and Commercial" are now available on line.. [CLICK HERE]

March 6, 1999
"C5 Birthday Bash" Guest Speakers Confirmed and Early Bird Cookout on Thursday evening, April 15, at the home of Wendell & Jan Strode! This is a complimentary cookout!" [Click Here For Information]

February 26, 1999
One can find "HOT NEWS" in the strangest places! The Year "2000 GM Product Preview Fleet and Commercial" Vehicle Guide (pages 51 and 52) lists the following:
There will be two new colors for Corvette model year 2000 -
Millennium Yellow (79U) which is extra cost, and Dark Bowling Green Metallic (91U). The new wheels are forged aluminum and will have an optional high polish version. The previously reported new Torch Red interior will be available with White, Silver, Pewter, Black and Torch Red exterior colors.

February 19, 1999
You asked for it, and Corvette listened!
The C5 Registry has learned that the Corvette Brand team announced four options to be added to the Fixed Roof Coupe. They are: 1- Head Up Display (UV6); 2- Fog Lamps (T96); 3- Dual Zone Air (CJ2); and 4- Magnesium Wheels (N73). These options will be available soon.

February 13, 1999
Our friends at the factory are working hard and are almost 1000 VINs ahead of 1998 production. Looking at the production numbers [ Click Here ] through January 18, 1999 we are able to get an idea of what 1999 C5 owners are ordering. As most of you know, we at the C5 Registry are big fans of the Z51 Performance Handling Package [ Click Here ] and the sale of this option has increased (almost double) 15 1/2 percentage points over last year. At this rate, maybe the factory will realize that ALL Corvettes should come with a Z51 package and will eliminate any other suspension options!!"

February 10, 1999
The C5 Registry was advised of an Administrative Message covering the 1999 model year Corvette experiencing a "No Crank Condition" ( Symptoms similar to a dead battery ). Click Here For More Information

February 4, 1999
Dave Hill made the following announcement to the C5 Registry members at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Mr. Hill stated to all members present - about 150 -  that "a C6 development team has been formed and is in the early stages of beginning work on the
C6 Corvette. Of course, this work is in the preliminary stage and certainly several years into the future."

Mr. Hill went on to state that export production would be quadrupled in the coming months. Those of us present felt this meant a couple of thousand additional C5s would be sent overseas compared to previous year's production. This is just my opinion but it looks like we want to have a good showing of C5 Corvettes in Europe before the C5R Racer goes to Le Mans in 2000.- Jake

January 31, 1999 Racing Logo
After leading the GT2 Class for 12 hours at this weekends Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, The number 2 C5-R developed an oil leak and charging problems. But the team hung in there with a tremendous effort and managed to finish 3rd in the GT2 class. GREAT SHOWING for a first time out! Post race quote from Ron Fellows (No. 2 GM Goodwrench Corvette C5-R): "We had an oil consuming problem. It started consuming oil, and eventually the officials said to fix it or park it. I guess we were leaving a fair amount of liquid on the track. I don't really like racing in the race -- this is a difficult place to do it. We were in contention for so long. We surpassed expectations, as far as I'm concerned. We were able to go fast enough to learn exactly what the Vipers had in terms of speed. That means a lot. They didn't sandbag. We set a decent time and then had to go for it. That's a good thing, to learn what they've got." Congratulations to Corvette Racing and the C5-R Teams!!

January 18, 1999
At this weekends Disney Corvette Show ( Formerly Cypress Garden Show ) representatives from GM announced the only changes for the model year 2000 C5 Corvette would be: Yellow exterior color available, Torch Red Interior Option, and a new design for the wheels. No other changes are planned.

January 16, 1998
GM Announced a price increase today on the C5 Coupe, and Convertible..
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January 11, 1999
Strong Rumor
has it the C5-R Testing at Daytona is going very well. The times are reported to be better than that of last years Viper team!  The rumor continues that reigning GT2 champion Mercedes has called in the expert French Viper team to take on the Corvette! Looks like the battle lines have been drawn folks... The battle of the V's --  Vette vs. Viper.

January 10, 1999
is preparing to celebrate the "official" return of Corvette to road racing when the new factory-developed C5-R race cars (based upon the production C5) debut at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona on January 30-31, 1999. We are just as excited about the new production C5 Hardtop’s role as the Official Pace Car of the Rolex 24 and the prospect of witnessing America’s performance icon lead an international field of racing machines around Daytona’s famed road course. To commemorate this historic double-header, we would like to offer loyal Corvette owners a unique opportunity to attend the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and personally experience this great moment in Corvette racing history. "Corvette Super Weekend" Package:  [ Click Here To View Jim Campbell's Letter ] and details.

January 8, 1999
once again to CORSA Performance. Last year their C5 Power-Pulse™ Pace (Indy) Car Edition exhaust system was selected by Chevrolet Specialty Vehicles for the '98 C5 Indy 500 Pace Car. Leave it to CORSA, once again Chevrolet Specialty Vehicles chose their Touring Edition system - this time for the C5 Corvette Hardtop Pace Car for this years Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona GT2 endurance race later this month.

CORSA's Touring Edition was chosen this time, but no matter, there's no loss in performance in comparison to CORSA's Pace (Indy) Car Edition, just a slightly different exhaust sound - and both systems feature that great polished stainless steel appearance. Good going CORSA!   [Click Here To View The Pace Car]

January 7, 1999
The C5 Registry has learned that effective immediately, the leather seating surfaces on all 1999 Corvettes, Convertible, Hardtop, and Coupe, have been modified to enhance durability and reduce leather wear. High quality vinyl will be used on the seat side bolsters - in place of leather in both the standard base and sport bucket seats. Leather will continue to be used on all the remaining seat surfaces.

January 5, 1999
The C5 Registry has learned that Car Guys, an east-coast on track driving school, is having a Corvette-Viper event at Sebring on May 29-30. Their events feature full speed all out driving on the premiere east coast road-racing circuits in your own car (with an instructor in the passenger seat). They can be reached at www.carguys.com. C5 Registry Member David Farmer C5R# W0120, will be instructing for them this year.

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