Club News Letter May 2015 - Connecticut Military Corvette Club
Club News Letter
President John Butler
Vice- President Ron Perras
Secretary Rich Miller
Treasurer Ken Nelson
Director of Membership Jim Rodrigues
Director of Auto Events Steve Poole
Director of Social Events Joe Monarca
Great clinic by Paul K. Jackson Chev, very valuable information was given, we had 5
We have 3 car shows this year, we have taken on several new sponsors, another one
this week I just picked up. As we grow, the need for member involvement also grows, I
am hoping to have good turnouts at our club events. We hope to have many club
member events so that we can enjoy our cars, fellowship, talk cars and just have fun.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
On Sat April 26th we held our 2015 “spring kick-off brunch” at the Gelston House
in East Haddam CT. We had a turnout of 35 people for the luncheon.
Fifteen member Corvettes met in Rocky Hill and caravanned to East Haddam via
RT 9. No one got lost and it was a great site seeing all the cars. I must add, I believe
we gathered quite a bit of attention on the way, as well as when we pulled into the
parking lot. We have some beautiful Corvettes in our club.
The food was good and the conversations at each table was interesting and
entertaining as well. While there was a slight SNAFU with the menu I think it worked
out fine and the owner provide free bottles of wine (white and red) at each table.
There was a brief presentation to our new sponsor of the club, Gerry Wright as
well as an update on the proposed Mohegan Sun show in Oct. After lunch we headed
to Salem Valley Farms for handmade ice cream and more Corvette discussions. Some
members even lowered the convertible tops for this portion of the cruse.
Thank you all for your attendance and I will work to set up another similar cruise
in the near future.
“BACK OFF” this is my fork and you ain’t getting it.
MAJOR CMCC EVENTS:
Car Show - Saturday 6 May, 2-5pm, $10.00 per car, CMCC, Vettes Fighting Cancer,
supporting the American Cancer Society. Lions Fair Grounds 440 Beckley Rd. Berlin Ct.
Photo Shoot – Monday May 11th – Hank’s Dairy Bar
Hank's Dairy Bar Photo Shoot, Monday, May 11th. This is a great event, last
year we had 10-15 cars, this is a COUPLE’S EVENT, so bring your wife/other and enjoy
the ride!. I have included the info and time line below. We will meet at the Glastonbury
McDonalds, Flyer, directions and RP Map are attached, please let me know, YES/NO IF
YOU HAVE ALREADY RESPONDED, I HAVE YOU NOTED.
Hanks Dairy Bar Corvette Photo Shoot
Date: May 11th 2015 (Monday)
Place: Hank’s Dairy Bar
1006 Norwich Rd. (Rt. 12)
3:00 – 3:30 Assemble @ RP - McDonald’s in Glastonbury (Main St) 2915 Main St.
3:30 – Depart RP, see directions
4:30 – Arrive at Hank’s Dairy Bar
Car Show - Saturday, 13 June, 10-2pm, CMCC and the Corvettes only Corvette Club,
Sponsored by the Rocky Hill VA. 287 West St Rocky Hill, Ct. Please bring goodie bags
Car Show - Saturday, 27 June, 10-3pm, CMCC and Berlin American Legion, Post #68,
2nd Annual Support CT Veterans Car Show. 154 Porters Pass, Berlin Ct
MEMBER OF THE MONTH:
My first Corvette - but hopefully not the last, or only - is 1990 ZR-1 #970,
purchased in December of 2001. When I began looking I checked out Hemmings one
day and spotted this one with a 203 area code phone number. I was still working at the
VA in West Haven, and when I checked out the number I found it to be right in North
Haven - practically on my way home from work! When I stopped to see it, the seller had
two sitting in his driveway; an '89 C4 (red of course), and this ZR-1. Both were sitting
side-by-side, nose to his garage door, and the aggressive appearance of the "wide
body" of the Z has me hooked immediately!
The car had spent it's life in Connecticut, and had about 33K on it when I bought
it - it's now at about 70K, and has been to Carlisle numerous times, Bowling Green
three times, Virginia, South Carolina, New Hampshire, etc.. My hope is to someday
drive it out to Oregon to visit our son and his wife, and try to do that in conjunction with
one of the events staged by the N'west ZR-1 group at Portland Int'l Raceway (all of 3
miles from my son's house). While it is mostly stock it does have; K&N air, BB 3" catback exhaust, a Rippie chip, RC injectors, 3:73 gears, Hurst short throw shifter, Grand
Sport calipers, and a couple of minor suspension tweaks. All of this rides on an
interesting looking set of Vredestein tires (that have performed very well at about half
the cost of Michelin or Good Years).
On my first trip out to "The (ZR-1) Gathering" in '03. I did make a few passes on
the strip at Beech Bend - having not been on the drag strip in approx. 35 years, and with
no special set up or changes I managed a best of 13.3/106mph, which I thought to be
respectable as it was before all the changes mentioned above. While the paint & body
are showing a bit of age, it's still a fun driver and I'm looking forward to getting it out of
the barn shortly!
FOR SALE SECTION
MISC. SPECIAL INTEREST:
The first convertible since 1975 was introduced in 1986. All convertibles were designated as
Indianapolis pace cars regardless of their color or options, and all included decal packages.
The anti-lock brake system became standard in the 1986 Corvette. Horsepower was
boosted to 240hp in 1987, and a new suspension system was offered as an option.
A 35th anniversary edition was
offered in 1988 and available
only in coupes. The car
featured a white interior and
exterior with special accents
and emblems. In 1989, a new
manual six-speed transmission
was offered. Other changes
included a new optional
fiberglass hardtop for the
WHAT’S NEXT? Club Meetings, 2nd Tuesday of each month
CMCC EVENTS - 2015 (May-July)
Board of Directors Meeting
Lunch or Dinner Cruise (TBD)
Hanks photo shoot Plainfield CT.
Vettes Fighting Cancer, Berlin Fair Grounds, Berlin, CT, 2-5pm
Rocky Hill Car Show,10-3pm, Elm Ridge Park (Rt 160)
Timberlin Golf Course Event, 7-1200
Stanley Golf Course Event, 7-1200
Tunxis Golf Course Event, 7-1200
New Britain - Memorial Day Parade
Board of Directors Meeting
AUSA Golf Tournament - Tower Ridge CC, 140 Nod Rd, Simsbury
Marks Cruise - Vette night (rain date 6/15)
Middletown Main St. Cruise, 4:00-8:00pm
Rocky Hill Veterans Hosp Car Show, 10-2pm, bring goodie bags!
City of Bristol - Classic Car Show (In Memory of Bil Englert) 4-8pm
Spring Wine Festival, Jonathan Edwards Winery, N. Stonington, CT 12-6:00
Mark's Cruise - Vette Night, East Granby, CT, 4-8:30pm
Paul Masse, Vettetacular Event
Berlin American Legion Car Show, 154 Porters Pass, Berlin, CT, 10-3pm
Topstone Golf Course Event, 7-1200
Westwoods Golf Course Event, 7-1200
Board of Directors Meeting
50th Anniv of Vietnam War - Event
CCC's - 21st Corvette Show
7th Annual Cruise for the Camp Car Show, Scranton Motors 9-3pm
Candlewood Valley CC, Corvette Show & Shine, NMHS, 8-4pm
Place for member’s business cards that are not CMCC related