Our Celebration at the Birthday Bash Was
I’m back from the Birthday
Bash Celebration and
MAN WAS IT GREAT!!!
can’t say it enough! This was the best Bash we’ve ever had! Of course the big
news was about Corvette’s mid cycle change for 2008. I’m not just talking about
C6 color changes, I’m talking about Horsepower! It seems as though we’re going
to get a maximum of 36 more horses in our favorite American made sports car. The
engineers are changing Corvette’s engine over to a 6.2 liter LS3 with 430 ground
rumbling horses under the hood, along with a new optional hot exhaust system
adding six additional ponies to the mix. I’ve heard this new exhaust (RPO NPP)
and it sounds aggressive! Oh yeah, I almost forgot, with all the Horsepower
enhancements, there is a new 4LT Package which gives you the new for 2008 Custom
Leather Wrapped Interior in two color combinations.
But in Bowling Green the news was that the 10th Anniversary Celebration at the
Birthday Bash was Party Central! From the blurry eyed morning reports that I
received from our members, there were parties going on somewhere in Bowling
Green every night. This year’s Birthday Bash was just the right blend of
technology and good times!
I want to extend a BIG C5/C6 THANK YOU to Executive Director Wendell Strode and
Events Manager Roc Linkov, along with their dedicated staff for the fabulous
behind the scenes commitment they had in putting on this outstanding Bash! We
could not have done it without you!
Those of you who attended the Corvette Racing Awards dinner on Friday night
heard Corvette Racing’s big announcement that Ron Fellows [C5R# Z5201]
and Andy Pilgrim [C5R# Z5202] would join forces again to run a
third C6.R Corvette at Mosport in Canada on Sunday, August 26, 2007. All
indications are that this Corvette would be painted white to match the 399 Ron
Fellows Special Edition Z06s recently completed at the Corvette plant. It’s
great news to hear about these two road course racing legends joining up again
to campaign a Corvette racer one more time.
A FUN part for me at the Birthday Bash is the opportunity to participate in the
Celebrity Choice Car Show where I have a chance to visit a parking lot full of
magnificent C5s and C6s and somehow pick one as my choice. Believe me, they’re
all winners and I always wish I had 1,000 stickers when I walk out there. But
this year, after surveying the field, I really had a great experience picking
Dan Kovacevic’s [C5R# Y3973] 2001 Z06 C5 from Cleveland, Ohio. He
has not missed the last eight Birthday Bashes along with his wife Olga and their
two children, Vladimir and Ana. Sometimes he came with just his son and other
times the whole family attended. He told me that he looked forward to his whole
family attending in honor of our 10th Anniversary Celebration! He came in his
2001 Z06 with his son while his wife and daughter followed them down in the
family cruiser. You could tell that this was a family that totally enjoyed the
Corvette hobby together. I first met Dan several years ago when he had a “Junior
Vette Seat” (okay, so everyone else calls them car seats) strapped into his
Corvette for his young son to travel with him. Well, his son has grown into a
fine young lad of 10 years who really enjoys Corvettes and the hobby just as
much as his dad! In fact, the big family news was they are planning on buying a
C6 Corvette for his wife and daughter to drive so they can come to the Birthday
Bash as an all Corvette family! So does this family sound like what I’ve been
love, give a kid a ride….which means
we all need to instill the love of Corvettes and the Corvette hobby in the next
generation. I’ve always believed that the best way to do this is to inspire them
while they’re young./color> The Kovacevic family just exemplifies what is
meaningful about the Corvette hobby and how it can bring us all together.
At Friday’s 9:00 am Official C5/C6 Registry Membership Meeting I announced the
appointment of a Director of Operations. Who will be filling this role, you ask?
Why it’s none other than our FIRST Registry member, Dan Douglas [C5R#
V0003] from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. He is known to most of you as
DataDan and he brings a wealth of computer and technical experience spanning a
variety of areas to the Registry. DataDan is a lover of Corvettes, as he says,
ever since his adolescent days. He has enjoyed five Corvettes spanning from 1963
through 1997 and has belonged to a multitude of different Corvette clubs around
the country. His professional career has been focused within the computer
industry as a consultant, designer/developer and user. DataDan will be
responsible for the daily operation of the C5/C6 Registry, as well as expanding
our offerings to better address the interests and needs of our membership.
DataDan said to the members present at the meeting, “I hope to raise the
variety of services that the Official C5/C6 Registry offers to our members to a
new level of value. The original vision that Directors Dan and Jake set for the
Registry is an all encompassing one that will serve as a model for many years to
DataDan also stressed that “without direct input from the members, the
Registry will lose touch with what the members consider to be valuable and
necessary to maximize their ‘Corvette experience.’ We plan to regularly ask them
for their opinions and guidance as to what is both good and bad about the
Registry and what we can do to make their membership more valuable.”
Members, feel free to join me in welcoming DataDan to the Registry office as
Director of Operations. For those of you who want to say hello, you can email
him at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know this is going to be a real turning point
in the history of the Official C5/C6 Registry. We all know the Registry is only
as good as it serves the needs of its members, and I know DataDan will provide a
quantum leap for our membership services.
I look forward to seeing you throughout the year at various Corvette events. I
wish you a fabulous Corvette Summer as many local Corvette Club events around
the country are powering up! Have FUN and be safe!
Remember, if you’re ever in Florida around the Kennedy Space Center, give the
Registry office a holler and stop by and see me so I can say Hello.