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December 25, 1999
As all eyes look to heaven on a day like this, let's remember our shuttle crew STS-103 commanded by Curtis L. Brown, Jr. Most of you will remember Commander Brown as the commander of John Glenn's famous STS-95 Shuttle flight during 1998. http://www.c5registry.com/Special/friendship7/f7c5s3.htm

After the John Glenn parade in Cocoa Beach in which Brown got a chance to drive a C5 with the HUD option, Commander Brown went out and bought a C4. After several months he traded it in and ordered a BRAND NEW Millennium Yellow C5 just so he could enjoy Head Up Display (that ought to make Steve "Mr. HUD" Stringfellow proud!) Word is that Commander Brown will be picking up his C5 after his Millennium ride in space! We have sent him an email wishing he and his crew "God Speed" from the C5 Registry.

If you are interested in sending an email to the STS-103 crew please click here http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/feedback/expert/

All of you Yellow Jackets out there might want to send Brown a patch and invite him to be an Honorary Member!

 December 23, 1999
In keeping with our
Holiday tradition, read on to find out:
Dateline-December 23, 1999 2:42 pm

"Santa's Deliveries"

Who's Been Naughty and Who's Been Nice?

Gordon Chevrolet in Tampa, FL, get the LUCKY nod for who's been NICE as they receive the last C5 TO head out the plant door today which is also the LAST C5 to be SHIPPED this CENTURY! This lucky C5 is a Black (41U) Coupe with Black (19I) Sport Seats (AQ9) interior. It is a 6-Speed (MN6) VIN Y5116233 - JOB # 016244 with the following additional options: Memory Package (AAB), Power Seats (AG2), Body Side Moldings (B84), Single Glass Top (CC3), Dual Zone A/C (CJ2), Active Handling (JL4), Base Suspension (FE1), Heads Up Display (UV6), Base Wheels (QD4), Fog Lights (T96), CD in Dash (UN0) and 12 Disc Changer (U1S). This collectible C5 is headed to one lucky boy or girl who must have been very good during 1999 and will probably pony up to a MSRP of $44,569!

Now the NAUGHTY . . . . The NOT-SO-LUCKY nod goes to Les Stanford Chevrolet, in Dearborn, MI, as a C5 Black Convertible Automatic with Black Top/Black Interior (VIN Y5116234 - JOB # 016245) still sits (ALL WRAPPED UP!) inside the plant door, and will do so until the plant re-opens on January 3, 2000, when it will be shipped to Michigan.

Santa Say's, "YOU CAN BLAME IT ON Y2K!"

This Z51 Performance Suspension C5 includes Sports Seats (AQ9) interior, Dual Zone A/C (CJ2), Performance Axle (G92), Base Wheels (QD4), Fog Lights (T96), CD in Dash (UN0), and Heads Up Display (UV6) with a MSRP of $48,744.

You know, the more we think about it . . . . Maybe Les Stanford hasn't been so naughty after all -- as this will be the first 2000 C5 shipped in 2000 . . . .the new CENTURY!

December 23, 1999 6:12 am

A BIG HO HO HO to the GREAT C5 factory ELVES who worked 10 hour shifts and several Saturdays throughout 1999 to produce MORE C5s THAN EXPECTED for all the "BIG CHILDREN" of the World to ENJOY!! In fact, the 1999 Year End C5 TOY Production was 1313 C5s over 1998 Year End production (1998 C5 Calendar Production was 31874 and 1999 C5 Calendar Production was 33187). A BIG HO HO HO THANK YOU FROM EVERY MEMBER OF THE C5 REGISTRY (3350 members and growing fast!). WE WISH EVERY EMPLOYEE AT BOWLING GREEN A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Dan Say's WHAT A YEAR!!!


December 20, 1999
The winner of the one-of-a-kind 2000 Platinum Purple coupe Corvette, was Corvette Plant employee Billy Phelps. Billy has been a 2nd shift electrician at the Corvette Plant since 1984. Billy was not in attendance for the drawing, held at the GM Corvette Assembly Plant. The drawing took place at 130 pm before Billy's shift started.

There was a 30 minute ceremony with remarks from Will Cooksey, plant manager and Billy Jackson, UAW 2164 president. They showed a short video detailing what the Platinum Power campaign meant to both of them. The video included some unique comments from plant employees on what they would do if the one the Platinum Power Corvette.

Following the video presentation, there were five other drawings held prior to the GRAND PRIZE!

  • A 4-day all expense paid trip (including airfare) to Disney World. The lucky winner was Vivian M. Snardon, who works in the paint department and is the plant chaplain.
  • A computer was won by Dottie R. Angle.
  • A big screen television, was won by Billie "Baldy" Morris, a material driver.
  • A $1000 Best Buy gift certificate was pocketed by Jack W. Davis, a line repairman.
  • A Barbeque Grill went to Selvin "Beaver" McKinney, another material driver.
  • Gwendolyn L. Wharton took home a special leather Corvette jacket.

After the prizes above were awarded, Jim Campbell, Brand Manager, had the honor of drawing Billy Phelps' name from the prize drum! Mr. Phelps was later quoted in the Daily News, the Bowling Green local newspaper as saying, "For about 15 minutes there, it was a pretty good roller coaster ride. At first I didn't believe them, so I had to do some verification and find out it was true," Phelps said. "I was on a great big high, and then I came down just a little bit until I got it verified, and then I went back up again."

Update: According to the December 23 issue of the Vette Gazette (the Bowling Green plant's weekly newsletter), "After a brief trip to Cave City Chevrolet for pre-delivery inspection, the purple C5 will be at home in Phelp's "Corvette House". It will join his recently purchased '98 model in a special garage that is filled with all things Corvette. "Right now I've got my '98 in there along with a lot of posters and all the memorabilia we get here at work," he said." The one-of-a-kind Corvette sticker price is $42,481 and internet chat groups have the C5 priced above $200,000.

The big question is, of course, will he keep or sell his new Corvette? "Right now, I think I need some legal advice," he said. "I really doubt if I drive it. I may possibly put it on display at the museum. This is all just now starting to sink it. My wife and I are just very, very happy."

For a first hand account go to: This Site or the NCM Site

In August the Corvette Plant kicked off a major campaign known as "Platinum Power," in which employees had the opportunity to enter a raffle to win the commemorative Corvette. This give away was the culmination of the campaign, designed to heighten employee awareness in building world-class quality Corvettes.

December 20, 1999
The C5 Registry office has learned more about the A-pillar moldings concern (see November 23rd post ). The vinyl is not discoloring, but is related to another problem.
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December 17, 1999
The Platinum Power Corvette is now complete and on display for all plant employees to drool over! The VIN number is 1G1YY22G8Y5113591 and the Job Number is 013592.
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December 12, 1999
Here is some IMPORTANT information the C5 Registry has received regarding the "running out of gas" problem "There have been several comments lately regarding the operation of the fuel gauge or system and people running out of gas.

There has recently been a problem identified with the transfer of fuel from the right hand to the left hand tank. This problem is NOT currently correctable by a dealer. Replacing the right hand sender will NOT correct this concern. Corvette engineering is developing a fix and a service bulletin will be published when parts become available." We will let you know what that Bulletin Number is as soon as we get it.

 December 9, 1999 
It will be a very merry Holiday season for one lucky Corvette plant employee . . . . on Monday, December 20, a drawing will be held at the Bowling Green Plant for the Platinum Power 2000 model Corvette Coupe. Each eligible employee will automatically receive one ticket. Additional tickets can be earned through perfect attendance. Jim Campbell, Corvette Brand Manager, will be drawing the winner's name from the Prize Drum during the one o'clock break period. 

December 3, 1999
Rumor has it that the Platinum C5 has been moved off the line and is being hand assembled. Click Here for "MOHN to learn more

December 2, 1999
From GM Detroit - C5 owners have complained that there is a pulsation when applying the brakes, the cause of this complaint is that the rotor surfaces are not parallel and this causes the pulsation when the brakes are applied. Click Here for "MOHN to learn more

November 28, 1999
There can be a problem matching the Magnetic Red Paint on a C5.We've found the secret!  Click Here for "MOHN to learn more.

November 24, 1999
We have heard from many members about a belt tensioner concern on the LS1 engine. The engineers that we have spoken with are well aware of this. An effort is underway for a new and improved tensioner ... Click Here for "MOHN to learn more.

November 23, 1999
C5 VIN's 108800 through 109800: the garnish moldings (which cover the A pillars) are possibly discolored. They are supposed to be black but, due to a vendor glitch, some may discolor in a short period of time. The garnish molding is the molding which covers the windshield pillar on each side of the cockpit interior. Click Here for "MOHN to learn more.....

November 22, 1999
Part 3-
Mr. Hill graciously accepted questions from the C5 Registry members. - (Cont.)

  • Death Watch issued for Nassau Blue! 
  • Are the 2000 wheels forged? 
  • When asked why Corvette does not go to a twin cam engine, ...
  • What about other (than Chevrolet) GM brand dealers servicing a Corvette?
  • What about a 6th generation Corvette?
  • What will the 2003 50th Anniversary Corvette be like? 
    Click Here for "MOHN to view Mr. Hill's responses to our questions.

November 18, 1999 
Part 2 -
Mr. Hill graciously accepted questions from the C5 Registry members.

  • Starting with "What is the status of the Steering Column Lock problem?" 
  • Are there plans for a 5-speed automatic? .
  • How many C5 Corvettes were produced in 1999? 
  • Why was the passenger door key removed on the 2000 C5? Click Here for "MOHN to view Mr. Hill's responses to our questions.

Mr. Hill was also questioned about how the Corvette stands up to other performance cars. 

November 15, 1999
Dave Hill, chief Corvette engineer and GM Performance Cars Vehicle Line executive, spoke during the C5 Registry Dinner in Las Vegas. Mr. Hill spoke for approximately 25 minutes at the dinner and then took questions for an additional 25 minutes. Click Here for "MOHN to view  a summary of most of his comments to a full house of C5 Registry members and guests.

November 5, 1999
The C5 Registry was at the 1999 SEMA show before the race at the Las Vegas Speedway. Check out the photos of the Budnik C5 Convertible Hardtop and give us your feedback.  Photos are online for the Skunk Werkes Corvette Speedster, and the new CaVallo GT. Click Here to View.

November 3, 1999
Factory Exhaust Headers for the 2000 Corvette are different than the previous 97 - 99 headers. The differences are due to the fact that Chevrolet has added a second set of cats' to meet more stringent emissions of several state. This action required the flange, length and angle of pipes to change.
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November 2, 1999
 In recognition of Chevrolet's latest-edition Corvette entering the next millennium, the Detroit automaker has incorporated 2000 Daytona Pace Carthe perfect color into the paint scheme of its 2000 Corvette pace car - Millennium Yellow. For the second consecutive year a Corvette is slated to pace an international field of world-class sports cars at Daytona International Speedway's famed road course as the C5 coupe will serve as official pace car for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona endurance race on Saturday and Sunday, February 5-6, 2000. The Corvette C5 hardtop paced this year's Rolex 24 and coincided with Corvette's debut at Daytona with the C5R Corvette GT2 racer. For the complete release and more photos, please go to MOHN

October 22, 1999
Chevrolet announced price increases for the 2000 Corvette today. The average increase was $235. Check out the 2000 RPO Page for a full list of the increases.

October 18, 1999
"Recently the word we are hearing is that due to the HIGH DEMAND for QF5 High Polish Wheels, the QF5 wheels will NOT be available to dealerships for over the counter sales. More information can be found on (MOHN)

October 16, 1999
Attention F45 Selective Real Time Damping, Electronic Suspension C5 Owners .. We have some new for those of you who may be out of warranty. Check out: (MOHN)

October 14, 1999
With demand running high for the new Millennium Yellow (RPO 79U), we have learned that GM is averaging 75 Millennium Yellow C5s a week.  More on this and the Magnetic Red II Color on : Members Only Hot News  

October 12, 1999
The plant is building a special one of a kind, Six Speed Targa Coupe, with custom paint and interior. We've learned the color of the custom exterior paint. For More Info, check out the  Members Only Hot News (MOHN).  

October 11, 1999
For all Coupe (Targa) Owners:
  Are you tired of the water running into your speakers when you open your hatch lid?  The BIG news is that Corvette has finally come up with a fix.. Check out the Members Only Hot News (MOHN).  

October 9, 1999
The Leguna Seca World GT Race - Final lap results at the "Checkered Flag"

  • 1. Heinricy Corvette C5-R
  • 2. Biskup Porsche
  • 3. Archer Viper #32 (For the championship)
  • 4. Kitchak #03 Porsche
  • 5. Schardt Toyota
  • 6. Cooper Pirate C5-R Corvette
  • 7. Judy BMW
  • 8. White C5-R Corvette
  • 11. Lackey #02 C4 Corvette
  • 14. Bragg-Smith #75 Pirate ZR-1
  • 15. Polli #67 C4 Corvette

October 8, 1999
"The C5 Registry would like to congratulate Jeff Altenburg who won first place with his #72 C5 Hard Top, at the SCCA Valvoline Run Offs in the T1 division, at the Mid Ohio Sportscar course, in Lexington, OH. Jeff beat the #17 Porsche 996 of Steve Valentinetti.

We would also like to congratulate third place finisher, Scotty B. White, (C5R# X1686) in his #97 C5 Hard top. Rounding out the top five finishers, fifth place went to another C5 Corvette, Bill Deters, with his #14 C5 Hard Top.

The Valvoline Run Offs is the finale of all SCCA racing across the country where the best of the best compete. In the T1 class (slightly modified/factory stock cars), the C5s dominated the Vipers and Porsches, collecting three of the the top five finishes and dominating the race!"

October 5, 1999
Information on both the Eckler's and Las Vegas events have been updated. Check the Events Page for the updates.

October 2, 1999
October 16 - 17, 1999 is Eckler's 20th Anniversary Bash, and the C5 Registry will be there. If you plan to attend, CLICK HERE for the latest updated Information. The local Day's Inn Oceanfront has a Toll Free Number - (800) 962-0028 - and is aware of C5 Registry rates.

September 23, 1999 
"We are gearing up for our first BIG West Coast event . . . the San Diego Grand Prix in San Diego, CA, on November 5-7, 1999. The festivities will include the traditional C5 Registry dinner, seminars from GM executives, vendor displays and of course, RACING!!!
We have reserved a block of 200 tickets for a C5 Registry section in the Grand Stands at the race. You must reserve these tickets early. 
Click Here for fax in form and information.

September 20, 1999
According to the GM suspension engineers who were at the NCM Labor Day Event, you can upgrade your 97-99 Z51 suspension to the new and improved 2000 suspension system. An "over the counter" 2000 suspension package upgrade is currently being put together by GM for any interested C5 owners who want to complete this upgrade. Target date for this package to be available is December 1.
The key to a successful upgrade, according to the suspension engineers, is the replacement of the front and rear links to the new 2000 designed steel links. This includes new hold down clamps and/or brackets for the sway bars.

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