By Janet Curran, Registry Number W0477

Way Out West

by Janet Curran email
Contributions by Bruce Miller and Joe Syslo

Summer is over and Autumn is beautiful. Nice warm days and cool nights are very energizing and tempt us to venture out to the various events that keep the Corvette family busy. It is time to caravan up to the mountains with friends to see the changing of the leaves and watch the critters prepare for winter.

In Colorado Springs, the Rocky Mountain Corvette Social Club takes full advantage of the environment, ending their formal “Drive-N-Dine” season with a Color Run through … where else … the Rockies.  As in previous years, the event was organized, planned, mapped and executed by our own Dan Samento [C5R# Z6286]

The northeast caravan contingent left Colorado Springs led by Bruce “Wrong-Way-Miller” [C5R# X3278] eventually heading southwest to Penrose, CO for breakfast at the Gooseberry Patch.  Dan and his wife Priscilla took the lead from their winding up the twisty back roads, past the Llama Ranch on the way to Cripple Creek, an old mining town turned low-stakes gambling.  The Aspens were in a state of full migration turning from green to vibrant states of yellow and orange, seemingly glowing without the aid of sunlight. 

No Drive-N-Dine is complete without a “Dine”, so off they went on a mountainous back-door approach to the Hickory House in Denver.  No Drive-N-Dine that Dan plans is complete without an opportunity for triple-digits either, and as the season was coming to an end, both requirements were fulfilled.

Track days are in full swing at the many road tracks in the West. Homecoming Parades, Autocrosses, Car Shows, Road Rally’s and impromptu Road Tours compete for our attention every weekend. Shine up that vette and choose your event – a few hours, a full day or the entire weekend, it is time to join friends and share the pleasures of the West with Corvette friends.

West Coast Corvettes held a Grand Opening party at their new Anaheim facility in September. Complimentary In-N-Out burgers and wings & hotdogs from Hooters were served to the happy attendees. The first 500 Corvettes received great goody bags and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the over $12,000 in giveaways. There was an entertaining DJ that kept the music going between the many raffle drawings. People came from all over the West and even a few from further away, including one Corvette from Florida. West Coast Corvettes has a great new state of the art facility and they were busy doing modifications and installations in the pristine new service bays with an enthusiastic audience for each Corvette. With over 500 Corvettes and 1,000 people in attendance, this was the place to be in September. Watch for West Coast Corvettes’ announcement for their 2007 party and mark it on your calendar. This is a not-to-be-missed event!

The Silver State Classic Challenge was held September 17. This is one of the twice yearly Open Road Races held in Nevada. The State of Nevada closes the highway so that competitors can compete against the clock trying to achieve a perfect “target time”. Silver State is open to all makes of cars as long as they hit the prescribed safety requirements for their class. The Silver State always has great Corvette participation and this event was no exception with 48 Corvettes entered in 12 different classes. There were seven Corvettes that won their individual classes and a total of 16 Corvette Podium finishes, including Ted Bair [C5R# W0762] who took 3rd place in the 140 MPH class. Congratulations to all of the participants.

The Road Runner Open Road Race was held in Texas on 10/16/06 attended by Joe and Marianne Syslo [C5R3 X1900] who took 2nd place driving his C5 FRC (Marianne has an ’03 Z06).  They have been very active in this event for several years and reading Joe’s report leaves little to the imagination:

Marianne and I managed a 2nd Place finish in the GS1 (130 MPH Target Speed / 168 MPH Tech Speed) group. We finished the 80 miles at an average of 130.050 MPH, five hundreths of a MPH fast, and 0.851 seconds fast crossing the finish line. The guy who won was .023 MPH fast, and 0.390 seconds fast. That is INSANE accuracy! Doing the math, we covered 80 miles of public highway in 36 minutes, 56 seconds, covering the distance each way of 40 miles in 18 minutes, 28 seconds, AVERAGE!!! Speed ranged between 110 and 160 mph. I hauled back at 160 because the car gets 'light' at about 155 MPH.
I'm going to add some serious aero over the winter, probably the Z11 wide body kit from ACI, with vented hood, front splitter, rear diffuser, ground effects and (real) C5-R wing. I plan to run Kinesis Wheels with 315's on the front and 345's on the back with Penske fully adjustable shocks. I've already added Wilwood Big Brakes (6 piston front and 4 piston rear with vented and slotted rotors) and the T1 suspension and lowered to the maximum GM setting. On the interior, I'm adding a full cage, crashworthy fuel cells and full fire extinguisher system in addition to the six point harness and Corbeau Forza race seats. The engine will get a new BeCool aluminum radiator, SVO 36# injectors, a Z06 intake and roller rockers (I have already added coolers for the tranny and diff). I will run straight exhaust and have a chip tune by JR Rovner, of Team ZR1 fame. I hope to have all of this done in time for the Big Bend Open Road Race in April. If not complete, I'll likely use Marianne's Z06 in a lower speed category, because it doesn't have all the safety gear that the FRC has.
By the way, when I'm not racing, I do use Zaino

The Corvettes and Ghost Riders Tombstone Run was held in Tombstone, AZ October 5 thru 8. This memorable event was attended by 200 Corvette fans, some coming from as far as Ohio, North Carolina, Texas and Pennsylvania. The Town Too Tough To Die welcomed the Corvetters with open arms, side arms, hanging ropes and lots of great western entertainment. There were re-enactments of the Gun Fight at the OK Corral, Saloon Girls, Ghost Hunting and lots of partying. The car show was held in downtown Tombstone with all five generations of Corvettes represented in great contrast to the old west of the 1880’s. There was a walking rally to make sure that you didn’t miss any of the sights of downtown and a Cochise County Road Tour to make sure that you saw the beautiful countryside. Mike and I had a great time and hope to attend again next year. Extreme Corvettes, Corvette Motorsports, Vettes & Rods of Scottsdale and Desert Corvette Association produced a FUN time for all. For more information about the Tombstone Run and to see pictures of all the Corvettes in Tombstone go to .

Las Vegas Corvettes held their inaugural Corvette Roulette in Las Vegas, NV October 5 thru 8. This was one of the last events to be held at the Stardust Hotel as it will be razed and a new complex built in its place. There were Autocross and Funkana sessions, an indoor car show and a scenic rally around Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

Corvettes of Temecula Valley held their annual Day of Wine and Roses Rallye on September 16th at Lake Skinner. The four events included a Gimmick Rallye, a Poker Rallye and two Game Rallyes. This was the perfect day to join friends, tour the country side, enjoy the Santa Maria style barbecue and have a fabulous time.

Upcoming events –

Jan 27-28, 2007 Corvette Track Days, Spring Mtn, Pahrump Nevada

April 14, 2007 ALMS & Speed World Challenge, Long Beach, CA

April 21-22, 2007 Corvette Track Days, Spring Mtn, Pahrump NV

April 26-28, 2007 C5/C6 Birthday Bash, NCM, Bowling Green, KY

July 27-29, 2007 Big Bear Bash, Big Bear Lake, CA

July 25-29, 2007 Vettes on the Rockies, Breckenridge, CO

If there is an event that you believe others might care about, please let us know. Join us for a lot of C5/C6 FUN!

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