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December 31, 2002
There's a rumor floating around the GM will show a 1000hp Cadillac V16 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. Let's see now... With Lutz's announcement that the reincarnation of the GTO (see December 10th Hot News) will have the the LS1 and LS6 from the Corvette, and Cadillac already having a 700+hp V12 and now this announcement, and with Mr. Hill telling us at the Birthday Bash last year that the Corvette would remain GM's "performance icon", It looks like we may be in line for one heck of a Vette in the near future......ummm.

December 30, 2002
One of the most renowned Corvette racers in history will make its debut at the 8th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance March 7-9, 2003. Click Here for More Info!

One of only five ever built, Corvette Grand Sport #004 has spent 10 months undergoing a comprehensive restoration. The result is a remarkably detailed and authentic renewal of an American racing icon.just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Corvette.

December 24, 2002
The C5 Registry has posted a press release, and update on our friend,  NHRA driver, engineer and legendary tuner John Lingenfelter who was critically injured during a NHRA Summit Sport Compact drag racing event at Pomona, California on October 27, 2002. The thoughts and prayers of the C5 Registry are with John and his family.
 CLICK HERE for full LPE Press Release and Update.

December 23, 2002
WASHINGTON <AP>--The federal government has upgraded an investigation into the Chevrolet Corvette after receiving hundreds of complaints that the steering column can lock up and cause the driver to lose control. General Motors did not comment on the investigation except to say the company is cooperating with federal officials.  An investigation can lead to a recall, but many are dropped

Twenty-five crashes and 10 injuries have been reported in the probe, which covers 131,981 cars from the 1997-2001 model years.

There have been 344 complaints that the steering column locks up while the car is traveling at speeds between 5 mph and 65 mph. General Motors Corp. also fielded 24,127 warranty claims about the condition. If this does turn into a recall, you can check it at: www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/Index.cfm , the website for the government agency leading the investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

December 21, 2002
We've all heard a lot  about the new CORVETTE C6 and the C5 Registry figures if all the automotive magazines and most of the automotive websites can speculate about the new C6.. So can we! If you are member, you can preview some "Maybe" Photos in the Members Only area.

December 20, 2002
 Successful Corvette C5-R driver to lead Corvette’s 50th Anniversary Program. The 2003 Corvette Racing Lineup will accommodate increased off-track responsibilities

DETROIT Andy Pilgrim, who was previously teamed with Kelly Collins in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, has been selected to be the Corvette Racing 50th Anniversary Program Representative.

In this new role, Pilgrim will interact with the considerable Corvette dealer base, the Corvette Museum, Corvette clubs and special GM organized functions, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary on a national level. In addition, Pilgrim will continue to drive in endurance race with Corvette Racing, the two-time defending 24-Hour of Le Mans and American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GTS Champion.

"Andy has a direct and extremely strong connection with our dealer and customer base,” said Gary Claudio, GM Racing, manager Motorsports Marketing. “There are several key events that Andy will play a critical role in, which will conflict with a few dates on the race schedule. Andy will adjust his driving schedule slightly to fulfill a larger role in the overall celebration of the Corvette."

British driver Oliver Gavin will join Collins in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette for all of the races in 2003. Pilgrim will join the No. 4 team for the seven endurance events in 2003. Gavin had teamed with GTS Champion Ron Fellows and runner-up Johnny O'Connell in the No. 3 Corvette C5-R last year during the endurance races. The final adjustment in the Corvette Racing lineup in 2003 will move Frenchman Franck Freon from the No. 4 car to the No. 3 car joining Fellows and O'Connell during the endurance races.

Pilgrim and Collins provided two wins in the ALMS in 2002 and finished second in GTS in Le Mans with Freon. Pilgrim and Collins tied for third in the GTS Driver Championship in 2002.

The Corvette C5-R is a production-based race car and is part of GM's commitment to improving the breed by integrating racing developments into production vehicles. GM Racing engineers work closely with production engineers to insure that the street version of the Chevrolet retains the crown of "America's Performance Icon," in 2003 and beyond.

December 11, 2002
Members, as you know, we've been told the CORVETTE C6 and the Cadillac XLR will share the same frame, suspension, etc... pretty much everything but the body and engine. If that's true, here's a guide to the chassis of the C6:

December 10, 2002
And we thought CORVETTE was to remain GM's Performance Icon!
In a keynote speech at Kettering University, (formerly the General Motors Institute) in Flint Michigan about a week ago GM Vice-Chairman Robert Lutz announced that the 2004 GTO will have a 360+LS1 in 2004 and a 405 HP plus LS6, among other product notes.

December 4, 2002
CORVETTE Price Increase!
Yep... You read it right. For the second time since the 2003 model year was introduced there's a price increase.  ..
Effective November 22, 2002
1YY07 Coupe $43,335.00 was $ 43,325.00 UP $ 100.00
1YY37 Z06 $51,135.00 was $ 50,975.00 UP $ 160.00
1YY67 Convertible $50,235.00 was $ 50,075.00 $ 160.00
All destination charges for all models went up to
 $ 760.00 
was $ 670.00  UP $ 90.00
Click Here for more....

December 3, 2002
- The General Motors Board of Directors today announced it has elected Rick Wagoner chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), effective May 1, 2003, following the retirement of current GM Chairman Jack Smith, after 42 years of distinguished service. Smith will also leave the GM board at that time. Click Here for More Details

November 28, 2002
"Silver, White or Blue? . . . . Don’t delay! The end is near!"
For any members wishing for a Silver, White or Blue C5, now is the time to ACT! These exterior paint colors will end early for the 2003 model year. According to our sources, "These exterior colors will be cut-off for ordering approximately four weeks prior to the build-out week."

  • 12U Quicksilver---February 24,2003

  • 40U Speedway White---February 24,2003

  • 21U Electron Blue---May 5,2003

Get ‘em while they’re spraying ‘em!!

November 27, 2002
"Going for the Gold"
Members – just in! To document this very, very rare, "one-of-a-kind"Click Image for Larger View 2003 Gold C5 ~ the Job Number is 14949 and the VIN is 1G1YY22G035114811. For all your Corvette historians, you will want to write this one down! [Click Image for Larger View]

November 26, 2002
No, it’s not a movie title! But spending a few days there was just as suspenseful!

The "Big Guns" were showing off their latest! Ford was touting their GT40 in a "shrine-like" display and Dodge had their ’03 Viper surrounded by the latest in "go-fast" Trucks – the RT Truck with it’s 500+ Viper motor, and breaking news of the "Holy Grail" of engines, the "HEMI" being added to the 1500 Ram Truck series. … So what was Corvette up to?  

November 19, 2002
Could this be our new replacement for the LS1-LS6?
DETROIT - General Motors Powertrain (GMPT) Saginaw (Mich.) Metal Casting Operations (SMCO) has been awarded the precision sand project to produce engine block castings for GM's next generation of aluminum V-8 engines. The company plans to invest approximately $80 million to renovate a portion of the facility to install precision sand technology, retaining jobs for 191 employees who currently work at the plant. The new engine will power future trucks, passenger cars and sport utility vehicles. Research, development and the installation of related equipment are scheduled to begin before the end of 2002, with the new engines planned for the second half of 2006

November 15, 2002
It is incredibly unique that the C5 Corvette has the distinct honor of not only having one, but TWO, one-of-a-kind factory-produced C5s!  The Platinum Power 2000 C5, won by Billy & Reva Phelps [C5R# Y3500] and now this Golden 2003!  Both are destined to be collectibles for the 75th anniversary of Corvette!

Going for the Gold!
Breaking news from the Corvette Plant!  Bowling Green is going to build a one of kind Gold Corvette!  Their JP Power goal this year is to be the best plant in North America – to win the JD Power Gold Award.

In their journey to be the best, they are going to build a one of a kind Gold Corvette starting next week.  The Corvette will be an automatic coupe with a black interior.  Engineering has designed special unique detailing for the Corvette.  It is going to be a BEAUTY!

 Their build schedule shows the Corvette coming off the line first thing Monday, November 25th, meaning that it will be assembled Thursday and Friday, November 21 & 22.  All Plant Workers on the line will have the opportunity to sign the Corvette on the frame as it is built! 

The Gold Corvette will be made available to employees to drive on a nightly basis.  In June, the National Corvette Museum will raffle off the Gold Corvette during the 50th Anniversary Celebration.  Profits from the Corvette will go to the NCM”s operation fund and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. --special thanks to Jane Bowlin, editor of the Performance Press (Volume 24, Number 44), for sharing this HOT news with the C5 Registry! 

November 15, 2002

Congratulations to Ron Fellows and DEI ~ a Winning Combination! Dale Earnhardt, Inc. announced earlier in the week (according to the Toronto Sun, 11-12-2002)  that they have hired Ron Fellows to race at Sonoma and Watkins Glen in 2003. Dale Earnhardt Inc. will form a fourth team to accommodate Fellows -- who has a total of five BGN and CTS victories driving for a team owned by Joe Nemechek. Fellows will still race the No. 3 Corvette C5-R in the ALMS, where he won the GTS championship this season. "DEI will have a fourth team at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen for the 2003 season and Ron Fellows will be our driver," DEI spokesman Steve Crisp said.

”Fellows will also play a major role in upgrading DEI's road course racing program, acting as a coach for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip and Steve Park. "Thrilled is the best word to describe how I feel," Fellows said from Sebring, Fla., where he was testing the 2003 Corvette. "Being with one of the best Winston Cup teams in the business is a big shot in the arm for me." Sponsorship and details on team personnel with the DEI effort are still being worked out. Fellows will begin working soon with DEI chassis and motor builders to prepare the team for 2003. Crisp said DEI has been pursuing Fellows since team founder Dale Earnhardt worked with him leading up to the 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race in 2001. “


November 14, 2002
Got 50th Anniversary Corvette?
Want 50th Anniversary Indy Pace Car?

Then, GM Restoration Parts has the decals for you! Just released, Corvette 50th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car Decal Package (Part # 6716 - priced at $495) - available for shipment on or before 12-10-02. These can be ordered through your dealer, or through www.gm-restorationparts.com Once you are on that page, click on Box 1 “Click here to order/search by part number” and enter the part number 6716. This twenty-one-piece set comes with instructions for installation but it is highly recommended that you have it professionally installed by a talented graphics installer in your area. Additional notes are, for proper installation, the body side moldings may be required to be removed and 50th Anniversary fender emblems may require removal and reinstallation. Registry Members, you will want to have this done right the first time, because the decals are NOT sold individually. If one decal is “mis-installed”, you will have to buy a whole new set to make it right. This will probably work out good for E-Bay, as there will be a lot of unused pieces from your second or third set that get sold there! J
November 10, 2002
 DETROIT - Popular Science magazine has named General Motors' Magnetic Ride Control the winner of its prestigious "Best of What's New" award in the Automotive Technology category for 2002.

The award recognizes products or technologies that represent a significant step forward in the category. GM's Magnetic Ride Control, the worlds fastest reacting suspension system, took vehicle handling to a new level with the introduction of this leading-edge technology on the 2002 Cadillac STS. It is now also available on the 2003 Chevrolet Corvette.

November 1, 2002
- General Motors Corp. today announced modifications to its retail marketing program on 2002 and 2003 model year vehicles. Effective November 1 and continuing through January 2, 2003, GM is offering "Zero, Zero, Zero" -- no monthly payments for 90 days, no down payment and 0.0% APR financing rates for qualified buyers on the purchase of most new 2003 and the remaining new 2002 model Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saturn, and Saab cars and trucks. The 2002 and 2003 HUMMER models are not included in the program. Click Here for details!!



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