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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" 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!

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? Members, see MOHN for the latest update!  

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.

Friday 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!!

Wednesday, October 30
Members, radar detectors are always a big topic of discussion for C5 Corvette drivers! We have just learned of ESCORT’s new CORDLESS Solo S2 Radar Detection System, being introduced as a "sneak peek" to selected previous purchasers. Members, see MOHN for the latest update!

Tuesday, October 29
Just in!! 50th Anniversary C5 Coupe and Convertible model sales remain strong. So strong, that rumors are flying… Members, see MOHN for the latest update!

Tuesday, October 29
For those of you who haven’t heard, John Lingenfelter lost control of his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Cavalier in the semifinals of the Mazda NHRA Sport Compact World race at Pomona Raceway this weekend. Although still listed in critical condition, word is that he is improving. He broke the 7th bone in his neck, but he can move his feet and he has feeling in his fingers, so this is a good sign. The brain swelling is also not as bad as it was. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family during this difficult time of recovery. 

October 24, 2002
The featured guest at yesterday's Corvette Club of Michigan meeting was Mr. Steve Wesoloski. Steve is the Chassis Engineer for GM's C5R Team. According to him, Corvette has been selected as the featured marque for next year's 24 Hours of LeMans Race, and will be the official pace car!

October 23, 2002
There is not a day that goes by that we don't receive e-mails and/or phone calls from members looking for a dealer who will sell them a 50th Anniversary Coupe or Convertible without gouging above window sticker. Even on E-Bay there has been attempts by some to charge up to $8,000 over GM's MSRP. Allocations have been tight, but it now appears that C5 Registry Dealer Member XC022 Les Stanford Chevrolet may be the answer to your prayers. The information they have asked us to forward to our members is as follows:


October 10
And while we are on the subject of great magazine articles covering our beloved C5 Corvette, be sure and check out the November 2002 Motor Trend, where Jack Keebler and Matt Stone author a superb article, "Dodge Viper SRT-10 Meets Chevrolet Corvette Z06," pp. 46-53. We hold our own, even with the Viper’s 95 hp difference!

Their conclusion seems to be on the money with a closing comment of "the Z06 is still seriously fast in a straight line and can corner and stop right up there with the Big Bad Dodge. It’s a lot easier to live with on a daily basis. The Viper is a weekend toy, while the Corvette would serve as an everyday runner – that happens to have 405 horses. And let’s not forget that it’s a cheaper date by some $30 grand."

October 9
Scathing! It’s the only way we can describe the November 2002 Car & Driver article (pp. 40-46), written by John Phillips, regarding the new 2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10. Laughing and dying at the same time, we can’t remember ever reading anything like this on a new model comparison before!

In the article, Phillips reviews the Viper’s ability to "pop popcorn" and "cook eggs & bacon" on the hot sills. Our all-time favorite line. . . "bumps cause the car to talk. First the dash croaks out its name, then the convertible top, then the center console, then the bulkhead behind your back." Phillips makes a comparison between a middle-age man’s physical appearance while driving the Viper. You have just got to read it to believe it!

After six pages of disbelief, Phillips ends with the most truthful statement to date. His words, not ours . . . "But the truth is, a Corvette Z06 – some $33K less costly – is not only miles more comfy but is more effective in real-world A-to-B blasts, simply because it’s half as difficult to drive."

We couldn’t agree with this statement more!!

Tuesday, October 8
Members, there’s always a price to be paid when you have rebates and discounted interest rates!

In a time when the U.S. economy is this slow, it’s hard to understand what GM is thinking in regards to the recently announced price increase on 2003 Corvettes. MSRP on a ’03 Coupe is now $43325, an increase of $100. A Convertible is now priced at $50,075, an increase of $375 and a Z06 is priced at $50,975, a $490 increase. The Option prices appear to be unchanged.

October 1, 2002
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO MEMBERS ATTENDING ROAD ATLANTA!!! We have just been informed that the Ramada Inn I-95 Gwinnett Mall, where we had a block of rooms reserved for the Road Atlanta event October 10 - 12, was SOLD yesterday, and the new owner closed the doors!!! If you have reservations at the Ramada Inn, your rooms are no longer there!

We have made arrangements with a sister property, the MicroTel Inn and Suites in Lawrenceville. They are about 5 miles from the Ramada. They will give you a lower rate on your rooms than the Ramada offered. Please call Angela at MicroTel at 1-888-222-1230 or 770-237-5992.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause, but we were not informed of the sale until this morning, after the doors had been closed. We are doing everything we can to make sure that you all have a place to stay for the Road Atlanta event!

September 27, 2002
Only Trucks Now Transport Our Corvettes!!
The primary reason the Corvette assembly plant has stopped shipping new Corvettes by rail is to better satisfy the customers. Shipping by rail, said quality manager Rick Robbins, causes six times as much damage to our product as does transporting by truck.

As of this month, the 40% of the production that was transported to distant points around the country by railroad is now trucked to its final destination.  According to Tom Kelly of P.C. and L. the change meant an addition of 35 drivers to the staff of Allied- the Corvettes carrier - and 35 Trucks.  The process will be used on a trial basis for the next six months, said Robbins. If quality data shows that damage to the carefully painted Corvettes is not as great, trucking only is sure to continue.

The reason for increased likelihood of damage by rail the process itself, he said.  Corvettes shipped by rail were loaded on a truck at the plant, transported to Saturn in Spring Hill, unloaded, then reloaded on a rail car. Once they reached their rail destination, they were unloaded, then loaded on another carrier for delivery to the dealership. "Obviously, much more handling is involved with the shipping by rail, " Robins said. "Damage was recorded on the one a d on-half percent of the vehicles sent by rail and only one-fourth percent of those trucked to the dealers." Trucking only should lead to a significant decrease in the numbers of chips, scratches and other mutilations encountered on cars delivers by rail, Robbins said.

Corvettes were shipped by rail to the most distant parts of the country including many in California, the Northwest and in Florida. The Bowling Green plant shipped by rail for the time the plant opened in 1981 until 1987. A rail car came to the Allied lot in back of the plant and cars were loaded there. In 1987 this practice was discontinued but resumed in 1995 at the Saturn Plant. The C5 Registry wishes to thank Jane Bowlin, Rick Robbins, and Tom Kelly of the Corvette Assembly Plant for the above information. The C5 Registry feels this is an excellent move, and will surly improve the quality of our future Corvettes!

September 24, 2002
C5 Registry Member Bob Patrella C5R# Y3932 has agreed to donate the final $25,000 needed to reach the Land Campaign goal of $200,000, once the campaign reaches the $175,000 mark. Patrella stated, "I believe the Museum belongs to the members and I want to do my part to help." The campaign scheduled to end October 31, currently stands at over $126,000. Donations from over 40 Corvette Clubs along with 700 individual donations have been received.

A BIG C5 Registry Thank You goes out to Bob and Diane for their very generous commitment. Registry Members, if you feel led to help Bob be relieved of the last $25,000 toward this great cause, please send your donation to www.corvettemuseum.com/land/index.shtml and let them know you are a C5 Registry member!

September 19, 2002
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. today announced an enhancement of its retail marketing program on 2002 model year vehicles. Effective September 19 and continuing through September 30, GM will offer APR financing rates of 0.0% on terms up to 60 months for qualified buyers on the purchase of all new 2002 GM models including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, HUMMER, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saab and Saturn.

"We believe that our offer is unquestionably the best in the industry," said Bill Lovejoy, group vice president of GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "There are no exceptions, no fine print and no gimmicks. For qualified consumers who are shopping for model year-end bargains, our zero percent offer on every '02 model is as good as it gets.

September 9, 2002
All American Day and 9/11 Tribute
A tribute will be paid to the victims of 9/11, 2001 at General Motors locations across the United States Wednesday September 11th. A moment of silence will be observed at 7:46 A.M. on first shift throughout GM. On second shift, a moment of silence will take place at 6:30 P.M.

At the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green,  the day will be commemorated not only as a memorial, but as a celebration of the American way of life. The Diversity Committee at the plant is planning an All American Day that includes a special lunch (on the barbeque grill) and music and ice cream at the afternoon break.
The cafeteria will serve up an All American Lunch complete with hamburgers and hot dogs, cooked outside on charcoal grills. With the lunch, pick up some chips, baked beans, cole slaw and a brownie.

The truck will be located in the area adjacent to dynamic vehicle test (where Corvette Race Day is held). While munching on ice cream, listen as some of your fellow employees sing patriotic songs. Second shifters will have ice cream served and patriotic tunes played at 6:15 P.M. in the cafeteria. A United Way kick-off Will be included.

September 6, 2002
Performance Parts Garage Sale A Boon For Enthusiasts
Detroit - It's a pavement shredding monster: a 502 horse-powered crate engine with 565 ft-lbs of torque. You gotta have it, but your piggy bank squeals "no way". What to do? Shop the GM Performance Parts "Garage Sale". GM has discounted to its dealers some of its most popular performance-enhancing parts on the market. The "Garage Sale" runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, 2002.

"These parts aren't just slow movers - they represent 76 percent of our sales," said Gary Penn, GM Performance Parts product specialist. "With discounts to dealers on approximately 90 of our top-selling parts, including intake manifolds, cylinder blocks, and the ram Jet 502 crate engine, this promotion is one that customers can't afford to miss."

During the "Garage Sale" local GM Performance Parts dealers will have access to unprecedented parts discounts, including the 355-horsepower ZZ4 5.7 liter engine and the popular Hot Cam kit.

The promotion reflects GM Performance Parts' emphasis and commitment to providing customers innovative parts with proven performance and value, Penn said.

September 4, 2002

General Motors Corp. will offer zero percent financing for three years on some of its 2003 model vehicles Including Corvette, the automaker announced Wednesday.

GM will offer APR financing rates of zero percent for 36 months, 2.9 percent for 48 months and 3.9 percent for 60 months or cash rebates up to $2,000 for qualified buyers on 2003 model Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile and Pontiac cars and trucks. The programs runs through Oct. 31.

Saturn, Saab, and Hummer are excluded from the program, which started Wednesday.

September 4, 2002
Last' Camaro Sells for $71,500
The last new Camaro to be sold by Chevrolet - a red, T-topped Z-28 - brought a tidy $71,500 at a charity auction.

"I got a little crazy," said the buyer, Mark Gembinski, a 32-year-old business manager from Mayville, Mich. "I paid a lot more than I wanted to, but I wanted it bad."

"It's a very sad day for us," said Scott Settlemire, Chevrolet's assistant brand manager for the Camaro line. "But the money is going somewhere good."

August 27, 2002
New ZO6 optional spare being tested at Carlisle by Wil  Cooksey. Click Here for Photo

August 23, 2002
It's been called the "Corvette of Pickups" so for our members first on the Internet Information, the features and options of the new Chevrolet SSR Pickup are located for your viewing pleasure: http://www.ssrinfo.com/technical/features.htm
August 13, 2002
Help the Corvette Assembly Plant! We got the following message from Jane Bowlin in Bowling Green.. It's a good chance to see the plant close up and personal.

Hi C5ers, We're looking forward to seeing many of you at the plant the week before Labor Day. You're probably aware that we will be closed on both Friday, August 30 and Monday, September 2. But, we expect many Corvette people to stop by for a tour on Thursday, August 29. To handle the multitudes, we could use some of your great volunteer help. If any of you would like to be a part of the Corvette Assembly Plant team for half a day on Thurs.,, Aug. 29, please e-mail me as soon as possible.

Your job will be to help host visitors. No prior experience required! You will have the chance to mingle with real Corvette assemblers! We hope many of our former C5 tour hosts can join us again. Available shifts are morning: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you can help us either (or both) shifts, e-mail Jane Bowlin at jane.b.bowlin@gm.com. Indicate what shift you would like and we'll be back in touch. Remember, you must wear closed toe shoe and, leave your purses and other stuff in the car.

August 12, 2002
The C3 Vette Registry is proud to sponsor a special tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and in Pennsylvania on 9/11/2001. Also, this will serve as a special salute to the men and women who helped with rescue and recovery, and the men and women who are currently fighting the war on terrorism.

As a special tribute, the C3 Vette Registry is asking that *ALL Corvette owners* drive their Corvette to work or anywhere they need to go on 9/11/2002. And to signify that they are a part of this special tribute, would like them to *ride with their headlights on all day*.

The Corvette is a symbol of America and as such, we feel this is a great way to show our support of America on the anniversary of one of the worst days in U.S. history.

If you plan to participate in the Corvette Owners 9/11 Tribute, please visit the C3 Vette Registry website and add your name to the participant list, so others can see how many Corvette Owners of America are participating in this tribute. The address is: http://www.C3VR.com/9_11Tribute.asp In addition, the website has information on how you can send a monetary donation to the American Red Cross.

August 10, 2002
Corvette50th.com Update Includes Parking Information
The celebration year has begun.

We've officially started the 50th Anniversary Year of Corvette. And in just 11 months, the big party -- the official Chevrolet-sponsored Corvette 50th Anniversary Celebration -- rolls into town for two days of Corvette captivation. Nashville. June 27-28, 2003.

There's only one place to find all of the latest news for the celebration -- Corvette50th.com -- and the latest update is live. Here are the highlights:

Parking and Shuttles
It's the question everyone's asking. "Where can I park?" The new Parking section of Corvette50th.com has the answer. And remember, shuttles to and from the Corvette celebration at The Coliseum in Nashville will be available from all Corvette 50th Anniversary hotel areas at no additional cost.

Club Challenge
Your club has a fantastic opportunity to win great awards for the Corvette 50th Anniversary Celebration in Nashville, June 27 and 28, 2003. View the complete Terms and Conditions at Corvette50th.com. Don't forget to sign your club up to participate!

Updated Celebration News
The Historic Motorama officially kicked off the 50th Anniversary Year, and the Anniversary Road Tour was there. Check out pictures of the Motorama events and a write-up of the festivities. If you attended the Anniversary Road Tour and got your picture taken with the 50th Anniversary Edition Corvette, you can pick up your photo at Corvette50th.com.

Tickets and Hotels
Corvette50th.com is your one-stop shop for Corvette 50th Anniversary Celebration tickets and hotel accommodations. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at a special Corvette rate. Hotels are filling up fast, so don't delay

August 7, 2002
Carlisle Corvette Sticker Clarification
We just heard from Lisa Lafferty from Carlisle Productions who is being inundated phone calls about a second decal/pass that allows you to park on the C5 Registry hill. Lisa has informed me that there is no second decal/pass required to park on the Registry hill. What a C5 Registry member needs to do is purchase a Fun Field Pass ($40/in advance, $50/Day of Show) and place it on their C5. When they arrive they need to tell the Traffic Directors as you come through the gate that you want to park on the C5 Registry hill.

Note to Members: As in past years, the C5 Registry area which holds about 600 C5s, the C5 area fills up very, very fast! If you do not arrive early, you will probably not be able to find a place in the C5 Registry Parking Corral. What does early mean? That means by 7:30 a.m., you should be coming through the gate!

July 31, 2002

The following is an announcement that Mobil 1 will be used by Cadillac.  An endorsement of the superiority of it over other synthetics.
Mobil 1 Chosen As Factory-Fill Motor Oil for Cadillac XLR
FAIRFAX, Va.--(AutomotiveWire)--July 23, 2002--Mobil 1(R), the world's leading synthetic motor oil, has been selected as original equipment (factory-fill) in Cadillac's all-new luxury roadster, the Cadillac XLR. The Cadillac XLR will be factory-filled with the 5W-30 viscosity grade of Mobil 1 with SuperSyn(TM).

"The Cadillac name is a hallmark in the automotive industry and we are proud that General Motors has selected Mobil 1 with SuperSyn as original equipment in its new Cadillac XLR," said Jan Crowe, Automotive Lubricants Manager, North America, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties.

"Cadillac joins a stellar group of renowned automotive brands that rely on the outstanding performance and strong anti-wear engine protection that Mobil 1 delivers to cars, trucks and SUVs," said Tom Olszewski, Group Technical Leader, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties. "An automaker's choice of Mobil 1 as factory-fill is their seal of approval. Being factory-fill conveys a great level of confidence about Mobil 1 to millions of consumers who seek the manufacturer's recommendation about motor oil."

Mobil 1 is also original equipment in other high-performance vehicles, including the Chevrolet Corvette, all Porsche models, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang Cobra R, and Aston Martin models. All new Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold in the U.S. are equipped with an engine decal approving Mobil 1. Land Rover also approves Mobil 1.

ExxonMobil engineers recommend that consumers follow the viscosity grade and API service category recommendations in vehicle owner's manuals.

Where to Find Mobil 1 with SuperSyn

Mobil 1 with SuperSyn is available at Cadillac and other General Motors dealers, all GM GoodWrench locations, auto parts stores, Mobil service stations and some Exxon service stations, and many other retail locations across the nation.

For more information about Mobil 1 with SuperSyn, visit www.mobil1.com or call 1-800-ASK-MOBIL. Product data sheets, merchandise, promotions, racing news and product performance information for each Mobil 1 motor oil are available on the Mobil 1 Web site.

The Cadillac XLR can be previewed at www.media.gm.com/cadillac.
Note: A Photo is available at URL:


July 30, 2002
Coming to the he C5 Registry Dinner that will take place at the Monterey Hilton on Saturday August 10, 6 -10 PM.  John Cafaro will be the guest speaker!!

July 29, 2002
Remember that one of a kind well autographed C5 we followed for the C5 Registry in Utah during the 2002 Olympics? ( See story and Photos :www.c5registry.com/Members/press/2002.htm )

Well.. It's for sale on e-Bay Click Here for Full Press Release!

July 11, 2002
It had to be a big day June 21st for the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green as the 35,767th 2002 Corvette rolled off the assembly line, ending the largest total Corvette production year since 1986. We don't yet have our usual total production stats for the previous years Corvette build, but we do have the following:

35,767 2002 Corvettes *
were built:

  • 41%  Coupes

  • 36% Convertibles

  • 23% Z06’s

Interior Choices Were:

  • Black 71%

  • Oak 15%

  • Gray 7%

  • Red 7%

Colors Choices were:

  • Black 20%

  • Torch Red 19%

  • Electron Blue 15%

  • Quicksilver 13%

  • Yellow 11%

  • Mag-Red 9%

  • Pewter 7%

  • White 5%

  • Un-Painted 1%


95% Dual Zone Electronic Air Conditioning
94% Memory Package
53% M30-Automatic Transmission
24% Six Speed Manual Transmission an additional 29% were "Z06"
66% Head-Up
65% Steering Column; Power Telescope Manual Tilt
60% Body Side Moldings
88% Stereo System Delco-Bose with CD
60% Base Suspension
72% Power  Passenger Seat

Information provided by Bowling Green Assembly Plant

July 2, 2002
Detroit - General Motors Corp. today announced "Summerdrive," the latest of GM's simple, compelling retail marketing programs. Effective today, GM will offer customer cash or APR financing rates of up to 0.0/0.0/0.0% (36/48/60 months) for qualified buyers on the purchase of new 2002 model Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac-GMC cars and trucks through September 3. Saturn, Saab, HUMMER and all 2003 models are excluded from this program CLICK HERE for Press Release and Details..

June 26, 2002
MIAMI– Buckle up! Beginning June 19, world champion race car driver Justin Bell will bring the thrill of professional race car driving to Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience, a Corvette and Camaro race car driving school based at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach Gardens, is expanding to a second location, the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Miami, Florida. Beginning this June, The Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience will offer one-, two- and three-day classes at Homestead, servicing the vibrant South Florida market. CLICK HERE FOR FULL RELEASE! 

June 24, 2002
GM has noticed several comments from people with 2002 models about a "jingle" noise. The best description is that it sounds like someone shaking a key ring and it occurs most often in 6spd vehicles on deceleration. This condition is the result of the exhaust tuning for 2002 and is actually caused by exhaust gas impulses within the exhaust system. It is not caused by something loose or broken on the vehicle. It is also not coming from the transmission. GM Engineering is aware of the condition and is currently validating a correction.

June 21, 2002
The production of the 2002 model year ended today... 87 units were built... at the Bowling Green Plant. Production of the 2003 started as the last of the 2002's rolled off the line... there were 47 2003's built today!!

June 16, 2002
The American national anthem will again sound in Le Mans thanks to the performance of the C5R Corvette at the lead of the GTS class. 

The Corvette has again taken the LM GTS class by storm. A 1-2 finish in 2001, and the same result this year in the very same order: the #63 car driven by O'Connell-Fellows-Gavin followed by the #64 team of Pilgrim-Collins-Freon. The #52 Equipe de France FFSA Chrysler Viper rounds out the podium.

June 14, 2002 With the last 2002 Model Corvette being built Friday June 21st, talk around the festivities at Bloomington today is of the pricing for the 2003 Corvette Announced to dealers today!  a complete list will be posted soon but here are some highlights!!!

Coupe 43225.00 (  Add 670.00 for destination charge on all models )
Z06 50485.00
Convertible 49700.00

1SB Coupe Optional Package 1200.00
1SB Convertible Optional Package 1200.00
1SC Coupe 50th Optional Package  5000.00
1SC Convertible 50th Optional Package 5000.00

F55 Magnetic Selective  Ride Control 1695.00

June 13, 2002
The next Corvette Hospitality _ Touring Challenge for Corvettes race is July 6-7. This one is at Mid-Ohio. For more information contact:

 D. J. Race Enterprise
610 N. M-15
Ortonville, Mi 48462

May 19, 2002
Two new Corvette C5-R race cars started first and second in heavy, wet conditions and finished 1 - 2 in dry conditions in their first American Le Mans Series start Sunday, May 19. The No. 3 GM Goodwrench Corvette, with
Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell sharing the driving duties, finished 1st in GTS and 5th overall in the 2 hour 45-minute race. They finished a one-lap ahead of the No. 4 Corvette of Andy Pilgrim and Kelly Collins, second place in GTS and 7th overall. The Ferrari 550 Maranello of Naspetti and Schiatarella finished in third, four laps down.

May 15, 2002
Corvette Racing to Unveil New Chassis at Sears Point
General Motors Corvette Racing will utilize two new chassis at Sears Point Raceway on May 19 while the two "older" and very successful chassis remain in Le Mans, France, fully-prepared for the upcoming 24-hour race in June. The Sears Point race will mark the debut of two newly completed Corvette C5-R chassis for this year's 2 hour 45 minute endurance race at the 2.52-mile Sonoma circuit. CLICK HERE for full Press Release 

May 8, 2002
We just received this wonderful note from Karen Hill, wife of Dave Hill, and wanted to share her note with all C5 Registry members:

Dear C-5 Friends,
A very special thank you to all who came to the C5 Registry's 5th Birthday Bash. What a wonderful fun-filled weekend! Thanks to everyone! Dave and I sure enjoyed being with old friends again. It was a pleasure for us to meet new friends, too! Enjoy the summer miles in your C5!

Karen Hill

May 7, 2002
Drivers to visit U.S. Navy personnel with the Fifth Fleet following Le Mans Open Test

Le Mans, France - All six of the drivers from Corvette Racing will be embarking on a special lap of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet currently stationed in the Persian Gulf as part of the ongoing war on terrorism. The Fifth Fleet has been a fixture of America's military presence in the region for some time, but has been at a heightened state of alert since the terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

The drivers will visit U.S. military installations and ships in the region as part of a goodwill tour in appreciation of the ongoing efforts and sacrifices being made by U.S. military personnel.

Developed in association with the navy's Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division, the idea for the program was born out of the Sept. 11 attack and its tragic impact on Gary Claudio, GM Racing group marketing manager, who lost several friends and family in the destruction of the trade towers in New York.

Personal tragedy inspires program
"This effort started at Petit Le Mans last year when we painted the car to honor the New York police and fire personnel in acknowledgement of the 'United We Stand' campaign," Claudio said. "We get a lot of attention in this racing business, but these men and women are truly the heroes enabling us to pursue our dreams and live in safer world."

Corvette race team to spend 5 days with Navy
Claudio and the drivers will spend some five days in the Persian Gulf signing autographs, meeting military personnel and distributing racing apparel. In addition to the support of the US Navy, GM Goodwrench Service, GMAC, UAW-GM, Mobil 1 and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) sanctioning organization have all made contributions in support of the effort.

May 6, 2002
Corvette Racing will return to Le Mans as defending GTS class winners from 2001 with the same, yet more refined C5-Rs. Corvette continues the Chevrolet tradition of racing production-based vehicles to improve the breed and enhance the image of GM performance globally. In addition to Corvette, the Chevrolet Camaro and Monza models have also raced in Le Mans.

The Le Mans race will be the last outing for the two C5-R chassis that have racked up numerous wins and 1-2 finishes including last year's Le Mans and Daytona 24 Hours, the 2001 America Le Mans Series (ALMS) GTS Manufacturers' and Teams' Championships and the 2002 12 Hours of Sebring. Two new chassis will compete the balance of the North American ALMS schedule beginning at Sears Point May 19.
May 3, 2002
Registry members . . . Word has just reached us from Jane Bowlin at the Vette Gazette that Plant tours are re-open to the Public! Some welcome news for Corvette enthusiasts and potential visitors from around the country. After almost six month of downtime, plant tours were re-opened to the public on Monday, April 29th. The 9:00 am and 1:00 pm tours resume for visitors following their closure November 1st due to the events of September 11, 2001. Some of the rules put in place for group tours, which reopened in January, remain in effect for public tours.

 They are:

  • 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 cameras, backpacks, purses, packages, fanny packs, or other containers may be brought into the facility except by special request (for medical reasons, etc.)

Group tours are available by reservation only (call 270-745-8287) and will be available at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 noon Monday through Friday. The same rules above apply to group tours.

 So far this year the plant has hosted just under 2,500 visitors. In 2001, 47,492 people visited the plant, making it the second largest tourist attraction in Bowling Green (the Corvette Museum is   first).

 Members, this is fabulous news, and a BIG C5 Registry Members THANK YOU to all those working behind the scenes to allow the public tours to resume. We’re sure with the 50th Anniversary of Corvette taking place in the upcoming months that a new visitor record will be set at the Bowling Green Assembly plant!

April 25, 2002

You saw it here first! Effective May 1, 2002 General Motors  today announced its new retail marketing program that will make purchasing a vehicle as simple as "1-2-3." GM will offer $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000 customer cash or APR financing rates of 1.9/2.9/3.9% (36/48/60 months) to qualified buyers on the purchase of all new 2002 model Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac-GMC cars and trucks through July 1. Saturn, Saab, HUMMER and all 2003 models are excluded from this program
and Model Information

April 25, 2002
Registry members . . . Rumors are flying! There are rumblings of a rebate/cash back or financing that may be made available on the 2002 C5 Corvettes effective, most likely, May 1, 2002. The consensus of rumors leads us to believe that it will be some type of a “1-2-3” plan, or a rebate/cash back on newly purchased Corvettes after May 1st. The “1-2-3” plan may be 1% interest rate on Corvettes for 36 months, 2% interest rate on Corvettes for 48 months, and 3% interest rate on Corvettes for 60 months. Of course, GM will have the final say on whether this happens or not, but if it does, you can bet it will also be made available on many other GM model lines and vehicles as well. But to offer any kind of program for the Corvette, especially in Springtime, which has always been considered the “HOT” buying season, is an offer you don’t want to miss!

April 11, 2002
As you all know, the National Corvette Museum will have the New 2003 50th Anniversary CORVETTES on display at the C5 Birthday Bash next week. As a special service to our members, Dan and Jake took some detailed photos of both at Indy.. Members of the C5 Registry, can view the photos before you come to Bowling Green, to touch, fell, and wrap your arms around these cars for yourself! Located in the Members Only section, along with press releases, specifications, and what's new and news for 2003 are the photos.. CLICK HERE!


April 4, 2002

Logo Trade Mark Chevrolet Division - General MotorsRegistry members . . . we are pleased to inform you that both Dan & Jake will have the opportunity to witness the unveiling of the 50th Anniversary Indy Pace Car on Wednesday, April 10th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! The great part of this event is that it is an “immediate announcement release”…. This means we can post the information and pictures as soon as the ceremonies are over… AND WE WILL!!!

The day is designed be the world media introduction of the 2003 Corvettes and the special 50th Anniversary Edition model that will serve as the Official Pace Corvette of the 2002 Indianapolis 500.  As most of you already know, the Indianapolis race debut of the ’03 Corvette will serve as the Kickoff for the year-long 50th Anniversary http://www.corvette50th.com/ festivities.  . .  we’re revved and ready to go!

March 28, 2002
We know this is a CORVETTE News section, but we are performance nuts, and Bob Lutz's announcement today from the New York auto show should stir up some excitement!

The Pontiac GTO Returns:Monaro
The next Pontiac GTO will come from Australia. Lutz told a breakfast group at the New York Auto Show that GM will import the Australian-built Monaro to the U.S. About 20,000 each year will be imported into the United States.

The U.S. version will come with a 5.7 liter V-8 and a 6-speed manual transmission. It will make its debut at either the 2003 Los Angeles or Detroit auto shows, said Lutz. It will be sold as a 2004 model Pontiac GTO.

Lutz said: "It's the most sought after, high-profile car on Australia's roads now," he said. "It will deliver the type of performance that made the original GTO famous." View the Monaro CLICK HERE

March 18, 2002

 You saw it here FIRST!!  GM has announced a PRICE INCREASE: Chevrolet announced revised 2002 model year Suggested Retail Prices effective with vehicles produced on or after March 15, 2002. C5 Registry Member Dealership, BUD's Chevrolet has notified us of an across the board base model increase as well as several option increases ( Gosh.. EVEN BSM's). Full details are at: www.c5registry.com/Production/2K2.htm
And through the years.. Your renewal dues for the C5 Registry have remained the same!

March 17, 2002

CORVETTE Wins Sebring
With the GTS competition for the C5-R consisting of  Saleens, Vipers and the 550 Modena Ferrari, the 50th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring was won by Corvette. Ron Fellows, Johnny O'Connel and Oliver Gavin were the drivers, with a 9th place overall finish, behind the P900 prototypes. Both Corvettes dominated the proceedings from the start and it wasn’t until the seventh hour of the race that a stuck throttle on Andy Pilgrim’s car broke up the Millennium Yellow tandem.

GTS Class Winners:
1, Johnny O'Connell/Ron Fellows/Oliver Gavin, Corvette Racing, Chevrolet Corvette, -29 laps
2, Franz Konrad/Toni Seiler/Terry Borcheller, Konrad Motorsport, Saleen S7R, -37 laps CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE

March 15, 2002
No, it's not some new religion or weird California cult. At least not in the strict definition. What it is is the 50th Anniversary of the Corvette -- America's favorite sports car which often inspires a cult following bordering on religious fervor -- and Dick Guldstrand's plans to celebrate this historic milestone. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS


March 14, 2002
C5-R Driver Andy Pilgrim has a website up now were you can purchase "Official" Andy Pilgrim clothing and merchandise. The Website is located at: www.andypilgrim.com

March 14, 2002
Stars and Stripes Tour- Attention Members
The C5 Registry Office Received the following e-mail:

Hello, my name is Brian and I am writing you on behalf of the Stars and Stripes Tour. The tour is a relay form coast-to-coast stopping the commemorate those that have fallen from the acts of terrorism. We will be stopping in Oklahoma City, at the Pennsylvania Crash Site, the Pentagon, and finally in NYC on July 4th. The goal of our event to honor our country, to make a donation to the bereaved of 9/11, to display the patriotism of the Corvette community, and have fun in the process. We are looking for as many Corvettes to participate as possible. If you would please pass along this information to your club members along with this website:
it would be greatly appreciated.

If you or any of your club members are interested please email me back and I’ll put you in contact with the regional coordinator for or area. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I will get back with you as soon as possible.
Sincerely, Brian
Assistant National Coordinator / Ohio Lead Coordinator

March 6, 2002
Order Dates for the 50th Anniversary Corvette are out!
Members…See MOHN for details

March 5, 2002
We have the best member dealers in the world! Could there be a mid-year wheel change? Remember RPO N73?? Members, go to MOHN for details.

March 4, 2002
Magnetic Red II is Retiring!  If you want one, HURRY AND ORDER NOW!
The Registry has learned that Magnetic Red II (RPO 86U) is heading to the “Color Retirement Home” effective May.  If you really have your heart set on this color, contact your dealer, get your checkbook out fast and make your order NOW!  There are other rumored color changes for model year 2003.  Members…See MOHN for details.

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.



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