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December 16, 2004
Los Angeles Auto Show Corvette Corral January 10, 2005 GM is pleased to invite a LIMITED number of Corvette Enthusiasts to a  Private Tour of the GM Exhibit at the Los Angeles  Auto Show. Pre Registration is required and participation is limited.

The Corvette Corral will be located at the Los Angeles Convention Center,  South Hall with  entry from Pico Drive. You MUST have a Corvette Corral Pass in order to enter the Corvette Corral.

Upon entering the Corvette Corral you will pay $10 to the Parking Attendant.

Entry into the Los Angeles Auto Show will be $6 to be paid inside the  Corvette Corral.

Cars will be parked in the Corvette Corral from 8 AM until 8:30 AM. There will be no admittance to the Corvette Corral after 8:40 AM.

We will walk from the Corvette Corral at 8:45 AM to a special entrance into the GM Exhibit.

In order to receive your Corvette Corral Pass and be placed on the
Registration List, please send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) to

Janet Curran
Post Office Box 550
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Include with your SASE a note containing the License Plate number of your
Corvette, your first and last name, the first and last name of anyone that will
be with you and an email address where we can reach you.

If your name is not on the Registration List, you will not be permitted to  enter the Private Tour
of the GM Exhibit at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Deadline for Registration is January 3, 2005.

December 12, 2004

Looking for that last minute Holiday Gift ?
GM has announced a new way to power that sleigh to Grandma's house!

GM PERFORMANCE PARTS ZZ572 / 620 DELUXE CRATE ENGINE: GM’s largest, most powerful street engine makes 620 horsepower at 5500 RPM and 650 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 RPM.  Pump-gas friendly, all from GM, the ZZ572 / 620 Deluxe is for those who consider excess to be barely enough!  Built around an all-new Gen VI tall deck Bowtie big block, this all-new engine is filled with a forged 4340 steel crank with 4.375 inch stroke, shot peened forged 4340 H-beam rods, and forged aluminum pistons with full floating wrist pins.  Hard-core race parts for hard-core long-term durability!

For more details and pricing information about the GM Performance Parts ZZ572 / 620 Deluxe crate engine, contact any GM dealership and ask about part number 12498793.

To locate the GM dealership closest to you, call 1-800-GM USE US or visit www.goodwrench.com 

September 28, 2004
Gavin, Beretta and Magnussen Win Race;
Fellows and O’Connell Win Title
ATLANTA – The 2004 ALMS GTS Championship-winning Corvette Racing team continued their winning ways with a commanding 1-2 GTS finish at the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans endurance event at Road Atlanta on Saturday. Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Jan Magnussen won the race of production classes in the #4 Compuware Corvette C5-R, edging Corvette stablemates Ron Fellows, Johnny O’Connell and Max Papis by just seconds. With their second place finish, Fellows and O’Connell claimed their second straight shared GTS Drivers’ Championship; Fellows has now won three straight ALMS GTS championships.

September 25, 2004
Dan and Jake headed back to Florida after the C5 Registry dinner at Road Atlanta last evening because of the approaching hurricane. Jake reports Dave and Karen Hill, Dave and Glenda Dave McLellan, John Cafaro and son, attended the dinner, all spoke at the dinner hosted in the BBS wheel room. The Corvette Coral, sponsored by IMSA, The National Corvette Museum, and the C6-C6 Registry was great! Dave Hill's team brought  several C6's to the event. Four were convertibles, and one had the new power top. Members present were treated to an demonstration of the ease of use and the flawless operation of the new power top.

September 22, 2004
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. today announced its latest marketing program, "The GM 72-Hour Sale," which runs from Sept. 28-30, 2004. Qualified buyers are able to finance a new GM vehicle through GMAC for 72 months at 0 percent interest. All 2004 Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac and Oldsmobile cars and light duty trucks are included in this program.

"A great deal like this doesn't come around very often," said John Smith, group vice president, GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "We think consumers will respond very favorably to this offer, but they need to act quickly as the program lasts only three days. GM offers the most wide-reaching portfolio of vehicles, including high performance vehicles like the Chevrolet Corvette and the Pontiac GTO and the broadest lineup of SUVs in the business - ranging from the Chevy TrailBlazer to the GMC Yukon Denali. We also offer more segment-leading fuel efficient vehicles than any other manufacturer. Combine all this with interest-free financing for up to 72 months, and consumers will find truly great values during GM's 72-Hour Sale."

"The GM 72-Hour Sale" will be supported by a national advertising campaign scheduled to run from Sept. 23-30. It will include network television, newspapers, radio, interactive and extensive dealer promotions.

September 20, 2004
What’s In Your Tank?
A new class of gasoline, called Top Tier Detergent Gasoline, will be appearing at retail stations of some fuel marketers. This gasoline meets detergency standards developed by four automotive companies. A description of the concept and benefits of Top Tier is provided in the following question and answer section.

 What is Top Tier Detergent Gasoline?
Top Tier Detergent Gasoline is a new class of gasoline with enhanced detergency. It meets new, voluntary deposit control standards developed by four automotive companies that exceed the detergent requirements imposed by the EPA.

Who developed Top Tier Detergent Gasoline standards?
Top Tier Detergent Gasoline standards were developed by four automotive companies: BMW, General Motors, Honda and Toyota.

 Why was Top Tier Detergent Gasoline developed?
Top Tier Detergent Gasoline was developed to increase the level of detergent additive in gasoline. The EPA requires that all gasoline sold in the U.S. contain a detergent additive. However, the requirement is minimal and in many cases, is not sufficient to keep engines clean. In order to meet Top Tier Detergent Gasoline standards, a higher level of detergent is needed than what is required by the EPA. Also, Top Tier was developed to give fuel marketers the opportunity to differentiate their product.

Why did the four automotive companies join together to develop Top Tier?
All four corporations recognized the benefits to both the vehicle and the consumer. Also, joining together emphasized that low detergency is an issue of concern to several automotive companies.

 What are the benefits of Top Tier Detergent Gasoline?
Top Tier Detergent Gasoline will help keep engines cleaner than gasoline containing the "Lowest Additive Concentration" set by the EPA. Clean engines help provide optimal fuel economy and performance and reduced emissions. Also, use of Top Tier Detergent Gasoline will help reduce deposit related concerns.

 Who should use Top Tier Detergent Gasoline?
All vehicles will benefit from using Top Tier Detergent Gasoline over gasoline containing the "Lowest Additive Concentration" set by the EPA. Those vehicles that have experienced deposit related concerns may especially benefit from use of Top Tier Detergent Gasoline.

Where can Top Tier Detergent Gasoline be purchased?
The Top Tier program began on May 3, 2004. Some fuel marketers have already joined and are making plans to introduce Top Tier Detergent Gasoline. This is a voluntary program and not all fuel marketers will offer this product. Once fuel marketers make public announcements, a list of all fuel marketers meeting Top Tier standards will be made available. For now, look for the "Top Tier" designation at the gas pump near you.

September 13, 2004
C5/C6 Registry Members - Our deepest apologies! Due to the amount of damage Hurricane Frances did to our area of the state of Florida, Dan and Jake, who are insurance agents on the east coast of Florida, will NOT be able to attend the MidAmerica FunFest in Effingham, IL this weekend. Members, please don't change your plans! This is a great event for ALL Corvette enthusiasts.  If you were planning to attend, please do so and support one of our Corporate Members!

Again, we regret this late cancellation, but under the circumstances this is our only option.  We plan to see all of you at Road Atlanta on September 24-25.  Please see the Events Page for the latest information.

September 7, 2004
C5/C6 Registry Update
As Most of you know Jake Drennon and myself are both State Farm Insurance agents in Florida. My office is in Merritt Island which is the southern half of the Kennedy Space Center and my house is on Cocoa Beach. Both place were on the North side of the storm and were hit by the Eye Wall as Frances came ashore.

Jake's home is on Merritt Island and his office is in Titusville which is 20 miles north  of Merritt Island. At this point we have had moderate damage and have no electricity in our offices, but both Jake and I,  and our families are OK which is the most important thing. Both our homes are still habitable,  but with moderate damage, and as of today, finally, electricity. We are also setting up generators at our offices to handle the expected flood of claims. We have not internet services or phones at any of our locations at this time. Marginal cell phone service is our means or communication.

We ask that the members bare with us during this time since most of our waking hours will be spent taking care of our insured's and we will not have a lot of time for Registry business. Please keep emails to the C5 Registry office to a minimum as not to stack up in the incoming mail, the Registry office has no power yet, no internet service, and marginal phone service. Kathy will be in the office at times but she also has damage to her home, and again, phone service at the office is iffy.

We hope to be back to normal in 30 days but I will keep you all informed.

C5 Ya!
Dan Adovasio 

September 2, 2004
2004 (Selected VIN's Only) Recall #
04V273000 .
This recall affects 41,928 2004 C5's only and we've heard the range of VIN Number is between 18578 and 27799, but the Registry suggests you check with your dealer.

Here is a copy of the Recall Notice:


 August 31, 2004
C5/C6 Registry Members - Our deepest apologies! Due to the approach of  Hurricane Frances to the state of Florida, Dan and Jake, who are insurance agents on the east coast of Florida, have been called back by their company and will NOT be able to attend the 10th Anniversary NCM Labor Day Event this weekend. Members, please don't change your plans! This 10th Anniversary of the NCM is a very special time for ALL Corvette enthusiasts.  If you were planning to attend, please do so and support the greatest museum for the greatest performance icon on earth!  We ask that you keep everyone in the path of this powerful hurricane in your prayers.

Again, we regret this late cancellation, but under the circumstances this is our only option.  We plan to see all of you at the MidAmerica Corvette Funfest on September 17-19 and/or the following weekend at Road Atlanta on September 24-25.  Please see the Events Page for the latest information.  http://www.c5registry.com/events.htm

August 16, 2004
A total of 34,064 Corvettes rolled off the end of the assembly line for the 2004 production model year. Coupes still proved to be the most popular model ordered with 47 percent of total sales. Convertibles held a steady 36 percent with the ZO6 claiming the remaining 17 percent.

Le Mans Blue, a color named to commemorate the Corvette win in the 24 race, also won the race for most popular color (20 percent), with Black finishing at a close second (18 percent), and Torch Red coming in third (15 percent).

The results for the remaining colors are as follows: Light Tarnish Silver (14 percent), Magnetic Red (11 percent), Medium Spiral Gray (10 percent), Millenium Yellow (8 percent), and Artic White (5 percent).

Black proved to be the most popular color of convertible top with 58 percent of sales, followed by the Medium Neutral Top with 22 percent. The Oak top accounted for 17 percent and only 4 percent were white. Interior color selections were: Black (62 percent), Shale (14 percent), Oak (12 percent), Pewter (8 percent), and Red (5 percent).

Only one option was chosen by all Corvette owners, air conditioning with auto temperature control was installed in 100 percent of the cars. Automatic transmissions were very popular with 63 percent of sales.

Excluding ZO6s, which were all manual, 20 percent were equipped with the manual six speed transmission.

Many other popular options include: Memory Package (91 percent), Heads Up Display (75 percent), Telescoping Steering Wheel (75 percent), Soft Ride Suspension (72 percent), Aluminum Polished Wheels (66 percent), and Exterior Body Side Moldings (61 percent).

July 20, 2004
Corvette Engine Plant Tour

St. Catharines, Ontario (10 minutes from Niagara Falls)
 There will be an Open House with Plant Tours on August 4, 2004.
10:00 am - 7:00 pm (self guided tour)
Noon - 7:00 pm Car Show
Guest Speaker Ron Fellows
Corvette Heritage Tour
Entertainment & BBQ
Merchandise for sale.
Register with Tom Laing at 905- 641-4163 or Tom.Laing@gm.com

July 19, 2004
Astronauts & Corvettes they got together, download this cool PDF Graphic celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Moon Landing!.

July 6, 2004
The Last C5 Off the Line!
Registry Members
The last C5 rolled off the line on Thursday, July 1, 2004. It began its journey down the line at 6:20 am on June 29, 2004, and was driven off by Roger Hagan, final line assembler, at 1:35 pm on Thursday. VIN # 1G1YY22GX45134064, Job # 38840 was a Commemorative Edition automatic Coupe with polished wheels, HUD and lots more.

Lynn Herron, Quality Audit Supervisor at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, shared her feelings about the last day of production: “As with the last C4, I experienced joy and sadness. The C5 has been my favorite design and the customer’s enthusiasm has been so enjoyable. The joy came due to the pride the C5 generated. The C5 reinforced the fact the Corvette is an American icon. It’s a symbol of class, power and ‘American Made!’ The sadness came due to the fact it was the end of an era. I felt the same way with the C4. When you work with a generation of Corvette day after day and come in to work on the new generation, the sadness dissipates ever so swiftly. I’m experiencing so much excitement about the new C6 that I’m sure, along with the rest of the team here at Bowling Green, that the future will bring even more joy and pride. This certainly is a special time for everyone at Bowling Green.”


June 27, 2004
Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell won the GTS class in the Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R!


June 16, 2004
Z06 2004 Model Year Z16-Z18 Build-Out Numbers!
Registry Members – The Z16-Z18 Commemorative Edition era of the 5th Generation of Corvette is over!  It’s hard to believe that the last Z06 (Z16) was completed on Monday, June 14th bringing an end to a fantastic era of performance inspired Corvettes.  This Z06 legacy will now remain on the shelf until the unveiling of the new BADDER than ever 2006 Z06 Corvette. 


FINAL Z16-Z18 numbers are in.  Members, go to MOHN to see the break-out numbers by country for the Z16 and Z18 production of Corvettes for model year 2004. 

June 14, 2004
2004 Model Year Option Build-out!
Registry Members
The 5th Generation Corvette is coming to an end.
Over the next few weeks we will be saying goodbye to the C5. The final C5 will make it’s historical drive off the line a day before the downtime at the plant on July 1st. Members, go to MOHN to see the build-out dates for model year 2004.

 June 10, 2004
C6 Ordering Begins Today!
Registry Members
Scott Montgomery, sales manager for Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, MI has informed us that the first batch of C6 allocations will be accepted by GM today! We’re sure that many of you have been standing in line at your dealer’s to place your order your brand new C6 or have left large deposits with them. Today is the day to call your dealer and ask, “when will MY order be submitted???” We know that all 7,500+ of you will keep the phone lines busy to your dealers today! Thanks, Scott, for this valuable info!
In Other News…
Les Stanford Chevrolet
is continuing to discount his remaining C5s. You can get a Z06 Z16 for $12,000 off MSRP with GM Owner Loyalty. He is also offering up to $13,000 off all other Coupes, Convertibles, and non-commemorative Z06’s in stock. Don’t miss out on one of these great deals! Give Scott a call today at Les Stanford Chevrolet at 313-724-1412 or e-mail him at smontgomery@lesstanford.com

"HOT"  June 9, 2004

Torch Red…or something like it has been approved
Registry Members - FINALLY the powers to be at C6 are listening.  All during the Birthday Bash, especially at the seminars, it became very evident from our members that a C6 without TORCH RED was not what the members envisioned.  Our members wanted something similar to Torch Red to be offered in the C6 color palette.  We have learned that our concern about no Torch Red was taken seriously by GM management and effective sometime after start of production the additional “NEW VERSION” of C6 Torch Red (which we are very sure will have a new name) will be offered to Corvette owners when they order their new C6.  Let’s have some fun with this and submit names that we think GM should call this new red.  We will gather all the emails and forward them to our friends at GM.  At the Registry Office our personal favorite so far is “it’s about time RED”!  So if you would like to submit a name for this new C6 red which will be unveiled after the start of production, we will pass it on.  This should be some GREAT C6 FUN !!! 

So, let's help them give this new color a name! Send your suggestions, for a name, Click on this link, include your Name, Member Number, and what you think the color should be named. Be sure and do this before  June 18, 2004!

June 11, 2004
The last
C5 convertible, #36,099 in LeMans Blue, came off the final line on Monday morning. A special banner for all employees to sign commemorated the event. The National Corvette Museum (NCM) raffled the last convertible during the Corvette Forum on May 29. The winner, Glen Groeneweg of Lowell, Michigan said, “I am so surprised and shocked!” This is my first time purchasing a ticket and it is hard to believe that I won – I have never won anything.” Glen currently owns a 1978 and 1986 Corvette and looks forward to coming to the Museum soon to pick up his new Corvette, said Bobbie Jo Lee of NCM Communications.

June 4, 2004
The last
C5 convertible was scheduled to come off-line on Monday, June 7th. The build of the very last C5 is just weeks away. The final one of the popular fifth generation Corvettes is currently slated for build the week of June 28th.
June 3, 2004
Rick Daniel of Les Sanford Chevrolet has just informed us of a fantastic offer on new 2004 Corvettes! For the non-current GM owner; $3000 rebate, or 0.0% interest for 36 months, 1.9% for 48 months or 2.9% for 60 months. For a current GM product owner with current registration on the vehicle, $4000 rebate, with no promotional % rates, and, for GM Employees, the first option plus $1000 bonus cash. Give Rick a call at 866-700-8388 or e-mail him at rdaniel@lesstanford.com for all the details!! Rick informs us he has over 80 Corvettes in stock, check out his website for the inventory: www.corvettesbyrickdaniel.com/NEWINVENTORY.html


May 28, 2004
GM made a terrific showing in the just-released Strategic Vision 2004 Total Quality Index (TQI), providing further evidence that GM is making significant strides in its quest for quality leadership in the automotive industry. Among GM's 11 of 19 segment winners were the Corvette and XLR. Chevrolet ledin five segments, Cadillac topped three segments (and had the highest scoring model - the Cadillac XLR), Saturn had two wins and Buick had one.


May 21, 2004
The Best Deal on Z16 of the Year!
Registry Members

We just received an exciting message from Scott Montgomery, sales manager for Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, MI. According to Scott… “My Z16's are multiplying like bunny rabbits! I have 15 in stock and more on the way - dealers are passing up allocation and I'm grabbing them.” He’s selling them for $8,500 off sticker but they have got to be gone before the end of the month. He tells us that anybody can have the discount, so be sure to tell your friends about it too.

MSRP for a Commemorative Edition Z06 with a carbon fiber hood is $57,320
Your cost is $48,820 before MI taxes - That's only $250 more than a GM employee would pay!!
So give Scott a call at Les Stanford Chevrolet at 313-724-1412 or e-mail him at smontgomery@lesstanford.com  and tell him that you want to take advantage of this great deal!

May 20, 2004
With the ending of the C5 era, the #1 Membership email is …Registry Members We were just taking a survey the other day of all the emails we’ve received in the C5 Registry office, not counting the C5Net.  We have received over 500,000+ emails.  THAT’S A BUNCH since 1997!!!  The ONE email topic received most often relates to C5 DEAD batteries, C5 WEAK batteries, and C5 LEAKING batteries.  GM had several battery designs throughout the course of the 1997– 2003 C5 run all with pretty dismal track records.  In 2004 GM changed all new vehicle production to the 1950s style top post.  In this case it sure seems like “the old ways are the best ways.”  The final year of the C5 benefits from this vast improvement…Hallelujah!!! 


Some time ago we stated that if you have a C5, you need a BATTERY EXTENDER.  We have used many over the years for our C5 Show Corvette and have found the best one for us to be “Auto Meter Pro Tech Series 12 Volt Battery Extender Model 9201” by Auto Meter Products, Inc. of Sycamore, Illinois.  In our opinion, they have the technology down on their micro controlled charging which charges your C5 with one amp and a 250 mill amp for a maintenance charge to keep your C5 battery at precisely full charge!  Auto Meter Products include a 36 month limited warranty from date of purchase.  The 12 Volt Extender is available through many of our Corporate Members.  It normally sells for around $60.  So in an effort to cut down on the next 500,000+ emails during the C6 era…PLEASE GO OUT AND BUY AN AUTO METER EXTENDER!!!

May 15, 2004

Registry Members –  It’s hard to believe after an eight-year run the end of the C5 era of production is quickly coming upon us.  Just off the phone with several of our Registry Dealers indicates almost all orders are Coupes only and the list of what you CAN’T get is larger than the list of what you can.  NO 1SA packages, NO C2L Dual Roof packages, NO ULO AM/FM cassette players, NO 1YY67 Convertibles, NO 10U Arctic White, NO 70U Torch Red, NO 88U Medium Spiral Gray Metallic, NO 79U Millennium Yellow, and NO 1YY07 Coupes with 1SA base package.   As you can tell, all colors have been discontinued except Machine Silver, Corvette Black and Le Mans Blue.  The Z06s have gone into diet mode as there will be very few produced, with the exception of the final months run of Z16 Commemorative Edition Z06s.  Also, those interested in one of the last Commemorative Edition Coupes need to get your order in NOW!  All indications are that there are only two ordering weeks left for C5s! 


May 3, 2004
C5 Rebate Increased Today Up to $3,000

Registry Members Thanks to our many Registry Dealers who called us with the latest C5 Corvette rebate information.  Effective today the C5 rebate was increased to $3,000 on all models including Commemorative Coupes and all other Coupes, Commemorative Convertibles and all other Convertibles, and all Z06s except Z16 Commemoratives which are excluded.  The latest figures for the Z16-Z06 are projected to be about 1,800 Z16s for the US and 300 Z16s for all other markets, totaling 2,100 as the complete build. 

April 6, 2004
A special C5 Registry thank you to Rick Daniel of Les Stanford Chevrolet or making the preliminary ordering workbook available to our members! Thanks to Rick, you can download the workbook with all the options, RPO Codes, Interior and Exterior colors and more.. The real thing folks, not just another internet rumor!
CLICK HERE , to visit Rick's site and download the workbook.

April 2, 2004

New for 2004! Mallett Cadillac CTS-V

The Ultimate Performance Sedan
This is what you've been waiting for: a luxury car with the heart and soul of a racecar!
The Mallett CTS-V combines Cadillac styling and refinement with Mallett brute-force power and handling.  The package is designed exclusively for all CTS-V sedans. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

March 24, 2004
It is with great sadness that I wish to tell the C5 Registry that our friend Chip Miller, who founded Corvettes @ Carlisle and Carlisle Productions passed away early this morning after a heroic battle with amyloidosis, a very rare plasma cell disease. Our prayers go out to his wife Judy and his family. We will let you know as more information becomes available as to any arrangements that are made. Chip was an inspiration to me personally with his advise and foresight. The Corvette hobby has lost a great supporter and a great friend. His family has been keeping a journal at www.caringbridge.org/pa/chipmiller/ . We hope that you will  visit the site and sign the guest book to let the family know that you are thinking about them. If you would like to send cards, letters, etc. to Judy and the family, their address is:

Judy Miller
1040 Bryn Mawr Road
Carlisle, PA 17013

The Funeral is Sat April 3rd 2004 in Carlisle, PA

Please join Jake and I in praying for Chip and his family.

March 22, 2004
MAKING HISTORY! - Johnny O'Connell became the first driver to score six class wins in the legendary Sebring event as he drove a Corvette to his third straight GTS class win. O'Connell teamed with Ron Fellows and Max Papis to take the GTS class win in a Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, finishing fourth overall and winning the class by 22 laps. "It's amazing," he said. "I've been fortunate to have excellent cars. The C5-R is one of the most important cars in history, and our new Michelin tires made a huge difference."

"Fourth overall is pretty impressive," said Fellows. "Pit stops in the are were flawless. Sebring is a tough race, but we've learned how to win. We were more careful getting out of the pits after the clutch problem on the #4 car. We have to say thanks to Michelin, we couldn't have done this without them. We need them to win Le Mans, it is part of the evolution of the program."

Finishing second in the GTS class was the Barron Connor Racing Ferrari 575 GTC of Danny Sullivan, John Bosch and Thomas Biagi, followed by the ACEMCO Saleen S7R of Terry Borcheller, Johnny Mowlem and David Brabham


March 17, 2004
BRASELTON, GA. - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., winner of the 2004 Daytona 500 and one of the biggest stars in NASCAR racing, will bring his skills to a different form of the sport when he drives a Corvette in the July 18 American Le Mans Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

March 17, 2004
Registry Members: Words just in that Brent Dewar, Chevy General Marketing Manager, will be at the 12 Hours of Sebring. For those of you who have not met Mr. Dewar, he is a true Corvette aficionado. His love for Corvette goes way back. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Dewar at the helm of Chevrolet marketing during their new campaign "REVOLUTION".

David Hill just informed us that he plans to see that Brent Dewar visits the Corvette Corral while he is attending Sebring.

Members, we really need to put out the welcome sign to this wonderful gentleman. We spent some time with him at the 50th Anniversary Corvette Celebration in Nashville. For those of you who have your Fall 2003 C5 Registry Commemorative Issue Newsletter, Brent is on the front cover in the passenger seat riding with Bob Patrella (Y3932) in his '53 Vette in the parade through downtown Nashville.

It's important that he knows how much we, the Corvette customer, really appreciates our favorite automobile, the Corvette, being on the race circuit around the world. Our enthusiasm will be what he sees and remembers after he's left the corral. Here's our chance to really speak with someone at the top who makes decisions regarding our Corvettes. I know all of you are as proud as we are of the success our C5-R has had in the ALMS racing circuit representing all of us who are C5 owners.

Don't forget to bring your paint pen or Sharpie pen so you can be one of the few that has Brent Dewar's signature on your C5.

And REMEMBER, if you don't have a photo of this signing with you in it...IT DID NOT HAPPEN!!!!

You get the point, have someone take the picture of you and Brent Dewar when he is signing your C5.

March 10, 2004
Direct from GM Racing Regarding Sebring Corral
Registry Members –.We have just received the following from GM Racing:

"Due to budget cutbacks, we will have the corral area and will have a limited amount of water and soda. There will be no food this year. The corral will be a combination of Cadillac and Corvette on Friday and the Corvette only on Saturday. The corral will open at 7:30 on Saturday. It has been moved to turn 1 (one)."

Go in the Main Entrance and you will be directed to the corral. For a map of the track go to http://www.sebringraceway.com/track.html

We are planning to once again attend the 12 Hours of Sebring, where the C5-R will be participating in this world famous race. Similar to previous years, the festivities will kick off at 8:00 am at the Corvette Corral where we will have a tent and parking for C5 Registry members. Please remember since Chevrolet sponsors this Parking Corral you must be driving a Corvette in order to be eligible to park in the Corvette Corral. Space is limited to the first 50 Corvettes. There may be an overflow area if there are more Corvettes. Be aware that it is possible that a PASS MAY BE required (details to follow). We are working with Chevrolet to finalize these CORRAL PARKING details. So keep checking the Events page for details. Please bring your C5 Registry name badge to gain entry into the hospitality area. Hotels are hard to come by, so if you plan on staying in the area, you need to make your arrangements very soon. Due to Sebring’s location, there will be no host hotel or dinner for this event. Keep checking our Events page http://www.c5registry.com/events.htm as we finalize details. For more information on race tickets, call the Sebring International Raceway at 1-863-655-1442 (Fax 863-655-1777).

Since this is a one-day event, we do not have a Registry host hotel or a dinner planned. If you need accommodations, we suggest you get them early. Sebring is a small town and the rooms are gone quickly. For those of you interested, practice for the actual race begins on Wednesday, March 17, with minor races running on Thursday and Friday. 

March 16, 2004
The Winning 2002 # 3 Corvette Nose is to be Auctioned off at Sebring March 20, 2004 CLICK HERE FOR PRESS RELEASE !!!

 March 15, 2004
Barrett-Jackson has 41 GM cars that will be auctioned off during the Barrett-Jackson auction. Our understanding is that they will be auctioned off during the three days from Friday 3/19 until Sunday 3/21. You can see the entire lineup through the link below. By Clicking Here...  Looks like some historic collector stuff in the mix...

March 14, 2004
The 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 will bring together two powerful symbols that stir the imaginations of enthusiasts around the world – Chevrolet and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – as a 2004 Corvette Convertible will serve as the Official Pace Car of this year’s race.

March 10, 2004
Direct from GM Racing Regarding Sebring Corral
Registry Members –.We have just received the following from GM Racing:

"Due to budget cutbacks, we will have the corral area and will have a limited amount of water and soda. There will be no food this year. The corral will be a combination of Cadillac and Corvette on Friday and the Corvette only on Saturday. The corral will open at 7:30 on Saturday. It has been moved to turn 1 (one)."

Go in the Main Entrance and you will be directed to the corral. For a map of the track go to  www.sebringraceway.com/track.html


March 3, 2004
Finally a Battery that will Last !!!
Registry Members
If the C6 doesn’t do anything else for Corvette owners, it will finally provide a battery that will actually last.  Our “006 Agent” has just risked his very soul in getting us the most recent test results regarding battery “stand times” from the “battery test central command”.  Drum roll please…the new C6 flooded battery for 2005 should last in an unused mode 52 DAYS! Yes, that’s right, 52 DAYS!!! As opposed to our wonderful C5 AGM (gray in color) battery used from 1999 though 2003 which could survive (if you were very, very lucky!) only 25 DAYS!  At least the 2004 final year C5s received a special newly designed flooded battery that is reported to be good for up to 41 DAYS. Our question is simple – If the C6 battery with the new “TOP MOUNT TERMINAL” design is ready, why don’t they give it to us now???

March 2, 2004
- The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, a member of the sixth generation of an American performance car legacy, will be unveiled March 2, 2004 at the Greater Cleveland International Auto Show by Brent Dewar, head of the Chevrolet division of General Motors. Brent Dewar will pull the cover off to reveal a completely new Corvette convertible. The Corvette convertible along with the recently introduced coupe will deliver more power, passion and precision than any previous model and will set a new standard for performance car excellence.

Following the unveiling, Tadge Juechter, assistant chief engineer for the Corvette launch team, will do a vehicle walk-around pointing out the key features of the exterior and interior, as well as the powerhouse under the hood.

Members of the Cleveland area Chevrolet dealer body and Chevrolet Corvette enthusiasts clubs will also be present to view the unveiling. The event will take place at the Chevrolet exhibit at the 2004 Greater Cleveland Auto Show. All members of the media are invited to attend.

March 1, 2004
Twin 125’s, Daytona 500, and Indy.
C5 Registry Members
– Name three events where the greatest sports car in the world paced the race? (I know, you’re all thinking this sounds like a Johnny Carson "Carnac the Magnificent" episode with answers, then questions.) Great news, there definitely will be an Indy 500 C5 Pace Corvette for this very prestigious race. The bad news, there is no current plan to reproduce an Indy 500 Pace Replica C5 for members to buy. This is going to be a great year for the 2004 C5 as it will be the Pace Car for many of NASCAR races and other racing venues around the country. We visited with Jim Campbell (Corvette Brand Manager prior to Rick Baldick) at Daytona last week and he shared with us that C5 Corvettes are going to be very busy pacing the country. If you were at Daytona or watched on TV, the Twin 125’s on Thursday, February 12th, were paced by an Arctic White C5 Coupe with orange and green decal/paint motif to represent Gatorade, who sponsors the Twin 125 race. On Sunday, February 15th, the Daytona 500 was paced by a Millennium Yellow C5 Coupe striped with a very unique Daytona 500 decal package.

For all you Johnny Carson fans (like we are) you might want to check out some of his old answers and questions at johnnycarson.com/carson/entertainment/carnac/video2.jsp . You will need QuickTime to run the video clips. Dan’s favorite is titled "Cannonball Run" located near the bottom of the list. Prepare to laugh!

February 24, 2004
Racing Legend Carroll Shelby Named Sebring Grand Marshal
SEBRING, FL. - Legendary driver and car builder Carroll Shelby will serve as Grand Marshal at the 52nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. America's oldest and most prestigious sports car race begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 20, and will open the 2004 American Le Mans Series season. As a driver Shelby won numerous road racing events, highlighted by a victory at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. His stellar career includes a second place finish at Sebring in 1955, co-driving with Phil Hill SEE EVENTS PAGE FOR DETAILS!

February 24, 2004
Magnesium Wheels Are Running Low!
C5 Registry Members – When 2004 production began, there were 1,200 sets of magnesium sport wheels (N73) left in the C5 production inventory. As of today, that number is down to less than 750 sets. To read about the latest, Members, see MOHN.

February 24, 2004
AOL USERS: Attention!!!:
If you are on AOL, and not receiving C5Net mail, or mail from c5registry.com,  you may want to get in touch with AOL. The problem seems to be specific to various AOL / COMPSERVE mail servers.
Call AOL and voice your concern!!!! On February 21st they promised to have this fixed in 48Hours. UPDATE: February 24th- I just spoke the AOL post master team. The problem is being fixed... Will maybe take 24 to 48 Hours...

February 21, 2004
Commemorative Editions Are Moving Out The Door in High Percentages!
C5 Registry Members
As of February 1st there have been a total of 22,941 C5s built with a greater than expected segment being Commemorative Editions. To read about the latest numbers, Members, see MOHN.

February 19, 2004
Word Is Just In —
2004 C5 Sales Break All-Time January Record Ever!
C5 Registry Members
– The old girl still has some major life left in her! Our eight model year old class leader finished January 2004 with its BEST EVER recorded sales of 2,986 C5s sold. We were number one in the "sports car segment" market! We beat the one-year old new comer Nissan’s 350Z with sales of 2,431, Porsche Boxer with sales of 260, Porsche 911 with sales of 584, BMWs Z4 with sales of 333, Chrysler’s really new Cross Fire with sales of 470, and Mazda’s RX8 with sales of 1,789. This is something I know all of our members are very proud of. With Chevrolet incentives on C5s possibly going up, we look forward to seeing our C5 break every month’s record in the first half of 2004.

February 15, 2004
The C6 promises to be the best Corvette yet, and Mallett’s renowned Hammer conversion will make it just that much better.  Exclusive Mallett engine and suspension modifications will make the C6 Hammer a performance-driver’s dream, while Mallett styling features will set it apart from the rest. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS and SPECS.

February 7, 2004
GM Recall:
Corvette model years 1997 – 2004 for Steering Column Lock
Recall Date:
  February 06, 2004

Component: Steering: Column Locking: Anti-Theft Device

Potential Number Of Units Affected: 126,624

On certain passenger vehicles equipped with electronic column lock systems (ECL), when the ignition switch is turned to lock, the ECL prevents turning of the steering system. When the vehicle is started, the ECL unlocks the steering system. The vehicle is designed so that if the column fails to unlock when the vehicle is started and the customer tries to drive, the fuel supply will be shut off so that the vehicle cannot move when the vehicle cannot be steered. If voltage at the powertrain control module is low or interrupted, however, the fuel shut off may not occur and the vehicle can be accelerated while the steering system is locked.

If this occurs, a crash could occur without warning.

On vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, the dealer will disable the steering column lock by removing the column lock plate. When the ignition key is removed, the transmission shifter will lock but the steering column will not lock. On vehicles equipped with a manual transmission, the dealer will reprogram the powertrain control module. The steering column on these vehicles will continue to lock when the key is removed. Owner notification is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2004. Owners should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438.

GM RECALL NO. 04006. - Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration’s auto safety hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236 

February 6, 2004
. . . The 2004 Corvette Coupe, America's performance icon, will pace this year's Daytona 500, the opening race of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, on Feb. 15. The announcement was made yesterday at Daytona International Speedway by Jim Campbell, marketing director for Chevy Racing. "This is the final year of production for the current fifth-generation Corvette ? and there is no better way to celebrate its success than to pace the Daytona 500, one of the legendary and most prestigious events in motorsports," said Campbell. For the 2004 season, Chevy will pace 26 Nextel Cup events, 18 Busch events and 13 Craftsman Truck races ? a total of 57 national events and 21 more than last year. This month alone, during Speedweeks, Corvette will pace four events at Daytona International Speedway, including the Budweiser Shootout, the Gatorade 125-Mile qualifying races, the Hershey's Kisses 300 and the Daytona 500.

January 28, 2004
The all-new 2005 Corvette just edged out the all-new 2005 Mustang as the favorite vehicle of visitors to the Official Web Site of the North American International Auto Show 2004 on MSN Autos. The 2005 Chevrolet Corvette and 2005 Ford Mustang are new production versions of American automotive icons, and unlike many of the concept vehicles that debuted at the Detroit show, they will be available in showrooms later this year.

The 2005 Corvette is powered by a new LS2 6.0-liter small-block V8 that produces an estimated 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. In terms of overall dimensions, the C6 is more compact than its predecessor, measuring 5 inches shorter and about one inch narrower than the current Corvette. The wheels increase to 18 inches in diameter at the front and 19 inches at the rear.

Nine vehicles were nominated by the editors of MSN Autos as  significant vehicles of the show, representing a cross section of production and concept vehicles. Visitors to the MSN Autos NAIAS Web site then voted for their favorite show vehicle. Photos of each vehicle were displayed online and the photos were randomly served into a special grid to ensure fairness and to prevent any particular vehicle from consistently appearing in a favorable position. Blocking technology was used to ensure that no individual could vote more than once.

January  14, 2004
- announced a new partnership with the Michelin Group. The manufacturer will provide technical assistance and full tire support for the Corvette C5-R in the American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

Corvette Racing’s sixth full year of racing will commence at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 20. The team will begin the season with a new six-speed gearbox from supplier Xtrac, engine performance enhancements and further aerodynamic modifications.

January 07, 2004
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We've got big things happening in Detroit this week and hope all of you will join us! This is the final itinerary for our exciting trip. Don't forget to pack your name badges and FRS radios for road trips.

Maps to all of the events (Listed on the Events Page - CLICK HERE ) will be available from Dan in the Crowne Plaza Hotel lobby at 4:30 pm on Thursday. We will leave extra maps at the front desk for late comers. Check out the most recent updates - Listed on the Events Page.



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