Club/Corvette News

1012-Dicks2006Z06_webDick’s 2006 Z06 for sale (12/25/10)
Dick, from Dick’s Rod Shop, has decided to sell his 2006 Z06. It only has 4,250 miles on it.  Needless to say it is like BRAND NEW!  It is completely loaded with every option and includes the extended warranty.  The price is $49,000.  Anyone interested can contact Barry at Dick’s Rod Shop (707-258-8727 or barry@dicksrodshop.com) for more info or to see the car
.  For those who joined us on the tour of Dick’s Rod Shop last summer you got to see it on display among the many other beautiful cars.

The Original Window Valet for sale (12/22/10)
Ken Rabello is selling The Orginal Window Valet as a Corvette upgrade.  For more information click here.

Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 12 (10/13/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 12 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.


Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 11 (10/1/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 11 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.


Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 10 (9/18/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 10 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.



NCCA newsletter voted best in the country! (9/2/10)
During its annual awards presentation, the National Corvette Museum has awarded NCCA 1st place for its printed Newsletter.  Congratulations to George Robinson, our VP for Publications, and thanks to all those that provided monthly input to George.

Auto Dimming Mirror for sale (8/26/10)
Ken Rabello is selling an auto dimming rear view mirror as a Corvette upgrade.  For more information click here.

Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 9 (8/20/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 8 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.


No plans for mid-engine Corvette (811/10)
It's official: There's no mid-engine Corvette on the horizon.  That's the word from General Motors top global engineer.  A Corvette with a hybrid powertrain? That's a possibility.  This is from an Automotive News and Autoweek interview with Karl-Friedrich Stracke, GM’s vice president of global vehicle engineering.  The full Autonews article is located at http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100811/OEM04/100819973/1261.

NCCA member visits Corvettes of Norway (8/9/10)
During July, Bjorn, a member of the Corvettes of Norway Club, attended our general business meeting and also met with a few NCCA members later that week.  Last week, NCCA member Matt Faris, was in Norway and visited Bjorn and several members of the Corvettes of Norway Club.  Below are a couple of pictures from that visit.

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Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 8 (8/3/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 8 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.


Chevrolet releases new Corvette Commercial (7/21/10)
Chevrolet has released a new 2011 Corvette commicial that is fun to watch.  It can be viewed at the following address:



Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 7 (7/20/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 7 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.

View it at the following link:

Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 6 (7/15/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 6 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.

View it at the following link:

Vette Magic 35 Results Available (6/16/10)
Vette Magic 35 Car Show and Drag results are available.  To see VM35 Car Show results click hereTo see VM35 Drag resuls click here.


Les Peck passed away (06/13/10)VM22-T-Shirt_WEB
7803-14r1-Autocross_WEBLes Peck, a former member of the NCCA, passed away in April of this year.  Les was one of the founding members of Vette Magic; putting on the first Vette Magic in 1976.  Les was a graphics artist by trade and he designed the Vette Magic “genie” that is still used today.  Les also designed the T-Shirts for at least this first 10 years of Vette Magic.  Les also loved autocrossing.  At one point in time Les owned five Corvettes and drove a different one each day to work.  Les retired in 1991 and he and his wife Sally moved to Sedona, Arizona.  Les did return a couple of times since his retirement to join us at Vette Magic.  Even though he was no longer a member of the club, in 1997 he designed the VM22 T-Shirt.  That was the last artwork he did for the club.  Les was 87 when he passed away.  He will be missed.

WSCC Board of Directors Announced (6/9/10)
The WSCC Board Of Directors are very pleased to announce the following Board of Directors for 2010 - 2012:

President - Rob Weaver
Vice President - Kathy Pimentel
Secretary - Dan Divita
Treasurer - Alice Westbie 
Events Director - Gary Moreland
Public Relations/NCM Representative - Buzz Marston
Publications - Don Herzer
Webmaster - Andy Hoepfner

Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 5 (6/8/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 5 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.

View it at the following link:

Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 4 (5/17/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 4 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.

View it at the following link:

FX3 ride control and shock actuator wanted (5/16/10)
NCCA member Bruce Bourne needs an operational FX3 ride control module (p/n 22114335) for a 1991 Corvette.  He also need one shock actuator to shock absorber snap ring.  Contact is Bruce Bourne, 510-612-0379 or Hamppa@aol.com.

New C5 CB Mounting Bracket Now Available (5/7/10)
In addition to his C6 CB mounting bracket that was developed last year, NCCA member George Robinson has now developed a C5 CB mounting bracket.  For more information, click here.

NCCA Club Shirts now available (4/29/10)
NCCA has voted in a new club shirt.  That club shirt is now available.  For information about where to purchase and the cost, click here.

Front License Plate Petition (4/21/10)
A petition to eliminate the requirement for a front license plate in California is being circulated.  For more information, click here.

Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 3 (4/15/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 3 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.

View it at the following link: 

Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 2 (3/25/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 2 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.

View it at the following link: 

Corvette Racing Video Series - Episode 1 (3/14/10)
Chevrolet has released Episode 1 of its Corvette Racing Video Series.

View it at the following link: 

Corvette Racing Team 2010 - Preview (3/4/10)
A video trailer for the upcoming Corvette Racing Video Series has been released. Corvette Racing will be documenting their journey over the course of the 2010 American LeMans season, giving viewers behind-the-scenes access into the team’s passion for racing and insight into how lessons from racing fuel the production vehicle. This is a short glimpse into what is to come from the Corvette Team in their season-long documentary video series.

Here’s a link to the video:


New Goodyear Tires on 2011 Corvette (2/4/10)
AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: GT) is announcing its newest ultra-high performance tire, the Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2, and its arrival is boosted by the achievement of an original equipment position on the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

The new Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 builds upon a three-decade relationship between Goodyear and Corvette.  For Corvette owners and other enthusiasts who demand the most from their performance automobiles, the Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 is "street-refined, but track-capable," according to Bob Toth, Goodyear's director of new products.

An asymmetric, directional tread design with massive tread blocks on the outboard shoulder help enhance dry cornering grip, while sweeping Aquachannel grooves on the inboard side of the tread help enhance wet cornering grip.  An innovative multi-radius mold shape helps to offer precise handling and smooth, even wear.

Even the appearance of the tire is important; a serrated band sidewall styling and distinctive lettering add to the overall ultra-performance look.

"The new Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 is positioned as a race-inspired, ultra-high performance dry traction tire for select supercars.  With a left-side, right-side specific tread design, it offers superb dry traction and precise handling, complementing both the performance and appearance of sports cars," Toth said.

The tire, tested on some of the most renowned road courses in North America, will be available this summer in these run-flat sizes: P275/35ZR18 and P325/30ZR19.

NCCA contributes to IMSFF (1/6/10)
During November 2009, NCCA voted to make an $850 contribution to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.  These were funds NCCA raised during the Bay Areas Fleet Week in October 2009.  Attached is the letter we received from the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund thanking us for our contribution.

GM recalls Vettes to replace roof panel (December 29, 2009)
General Motors is recalling Chevrolet Corvettes from the 2005 through 2007 model years because the roof panel may blow off.  The recall covers Corvette coupes with the removable roof panel. There's a problem with the adhesive that bonds the plastic roof panel to its frame. If the bond breaks, the roof panel could go flying off while driving.  There are clues to the problem, such as a snapping noise from the roof when driving over bumps, water leaking from the headliner, or the roof panel moving when the door is closed.  Nearly 22,100 cars are involved in the recall. Those with a bad panel -- GM has previously run a customer satisfaction campaign for this problem -- will get a new panel. GM says it will start the recall in January

C7-split-windowC7 Corvette gets a split window (12/11/09)
In its December 2009 issue, Motor Trend magazine reports that the GM has given its design department the okay to apply the 63’ Sting Ray-style split rear window.

New 2010 NCCA eboard elected (11/3/09)
The new 2010 NCCA eboard has been elected and will begin their work this month.  Ken Rabello was elected as the new President while outgoing President Bob Ashbaker assumes the position of BMAL. The new VP Events is Steve Logan and the new VP Motor Sports is Chuck Gerughty.  Karen Beyer assumes the position of Secretary.  Click here to see the 2010 NCCA eboard.

Three NCCA members to receive WSCC awards (10/29/09)
Three members of NCCA will receive Year End Awards from WSCC at their annual banquet on January 23, 2010.  The three members include Bonnie Bourne, Rob Wigand, and Cindy Grounds.  Bonnie will receive her award for car show, modified, 1984-1996.  Rob Wigand will receive his award for car show, modified, 2005-present.  Cindy Grounds will receive her award for autocross, class D2W.  Congratulations on a great job!!!.

NCCA US/Canada Tour Team Returns Home! (9/19/09)
Four cars completed their 23 day, 7000+ mile trip around the US and Canada with a stop at the National Corvette Museum.  Jim and Suzie Wells meet the cars when they arrived in Astoria, Oregon.  Below are pictures of their cars.  The bridge in the first picture is of the famous Astoria Bridge which links Washington and Oregon across the Columbia River.


C7 Corvette out in 2012 (8/13/09)
C6VR.com has reported that the next generation C7 Corvette will go on sale in 2012.  They stated that is according to official new model strategy plans revealed by General Motors yesterday.

NCCA Banner at NCM (8/13/09)
As part of the National Corvette Museum’s expansion 13 additional banner poles were installed. Congratulations to the following clubs drawn as part of our 2009-2010 Club Banner Promotion! These clubs will have banners in the new parking lot which flanks the Conference Center, Corvette CafĂ© and Museum's 2nd entrance. The banners include their club logo and information to be seen by the thousands of guests who visit the Museum each year.

  • Corvettes of Southern California
  • Corvette Club of Delaware Valley
  • Northern California Corvette Association
  • Vets with 'Vettes and Corvette Owners
  • The Unofficial Corvette Club of Mesa, Arizona
  • America's Corvette Club of South Florida
  • North Central Corvette Club of Pennsylvania
  • Santa Clara Corvettes
  • Diablo Valley Corvette Club
  • 'Vettes of the Smokies
  • Corvettes of Clarksville
  • Playground Corvette Club
  • Central Illinois Corvette Club

Discount Michelin Driving Shoes (5/19/09)
As a Shine Box affiliate, Michelin Footwear is making these great shoes (MXV4) available to NCCA members for a limited time, at the low price of $47.99 per pair. That's 40% off the suggested retail price of $79.99. Plus they're throwing in shipping and handling at no charge. This is a limited time offer and subject to availability...so when they're gone, they're gone. To get more information, their web link is http://www.myshinebox.com/Michelin_offer.aspx and a .pdf describing the driving shoes can be found at http://www.myshinebox.com/portals/0/campaignphotos/DrivingShoeShineBox.pdf.

2010 Corvette Grand Sport Announced (4/24/09)
Chevrolet has announced the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport! It's one of the most illustrious racing heritage Corvettes and it is returning to the lineup. Chevrolet is announcing the new, 2010 Corvette Grand Sport today as part of the C5/C6 Corvette Birthday Bash!

The new Grand Sport model combines the Corvette's LS3-based powertrain with unique, wide-body styling and a racetrack-bred suspension for a distinctive, starting grid-ready performer. It is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The LS3 6.2L engine is rated at 430 horsepower (321 kW)* and 424 lb.-ft. of torque (575 Nm)* with the standard exhaust system. An optional two-mode exhaust system elevates the power ratings to 436 horses (325 kW) and 428 lb.-ft. (580 Nm).

Cool Paints Initiative (4/1/09) – [from Ward's AutoWorld]
 If California Regulators Get Their Way, auto makers may soon be forced to rewrite a clichĂ© from the Ford Model T era and start telling customers they can have any color they want as long as it isn't black. Some darker hues will be available in place of black, but right now they are indentified internally at paint suppliers with names such as “mud-puddle brown” and are truly ugly substitutes for today's rich ebony hues. And that's too bad, because paint suppliers say black is the second- or third-most popular vehicle color around the world

The problem stems from a new “cool paints” initiative from the California Air Resources Board. CARB wants to mandate the phase-in of heat-reflecting paints on vehicle exteriors beginning with the '12 model year, with all colors meeting a 20% reflectivity requirement by the '16 model year. The measure is aimed at reducing carbon-dioxide emissions and improving fuel economy by keeping vehicles cooler on sunny days and decreasing the amount of time drivers use their air conditioners.

The rationale goes like this: Vehicle AC units sap engine power and hurt fuel economy. If vehicle paint and glass reflect more heat, car interiors will be cooler. That means drivers will use their AC units less, the compressors won't have to work as hard and auto makers will be able to use smaller AC units in the future. Reflective coatings and glazing (glass) already have proven to save energy when used on buildings, and this legislation is based on architectural standards.

On the surface, it's not a bad idea, but fundamental issues reveal profoundly flawed legislation: Buildings and vehicles are manufactured and recycled differently, and no one buys a building based on its color. Another troublesome fact: Heat-reflecting paints for black and other dark colors on vehicles have not been invented yet.  Paint suppliers also say heat-reflecting pigments that could be used in automotive applications contain toxic heavy metals that cause environmental damage and create health and safety issues during manufacturing and recycling.

So far, auto makers are holding their tongues on this subject, but automotive paint suppliers, such as PPG Industries, are tearing their hair out.  “PPG obviously has a very large architectural division that paints lots of buildings,” says Connie Poulsen, global director-product management, at PPG. “The theory when (CARB) started this was you take the pigments used in buildings and put them into car paints. That's a good theory; unfortunately it doesn't quite work that easily. Believe me, we tested it right away.”  “Requirements for color palettes are different, the process is different, the pigments used are different,” Poulsen says.

Some California rules are problematic because they are utopian and unworkable. This legislation is flat-out lazy. It's a cut-and-paste job from the state building code that ignores smarter, more-effective automotive solutions already in production or on the way, such as more efficient AC units and solar-powered ventilation fans that work automatically when a car is parked in the sun.  Struggling auto makers and suppliers must not be forced to waste their limited resources on the cool paints initiative, an ill-informed wasteful boondoggle.

Request for support from Operation S.A.M (3/13/09)
Steve and Penny Bisset are coordinating donations for Operation S.A.M. (support for deployed troops).  They have specifically requested used cell phones (with chargers if you have them).  These are turned in and exchanged for calling cards the military can use to call home from overseas.  In addiiton, they have received a request from Operation SAM for some special items. They are in need of the following: Visine eye drops, Jerky (any flavor), and Protein bars.  You can contact Steve at steven.l.bisset@intel.com or 925-455-6431.

President’s Run Canceled! (2/17/09)
The August 8-9, 2009 President’s Run to Murphy, CA has been canceled!

Doug Knudson gets best reaction time at Infineon Drags! (10/29/08)
Infineon held its last Wednesday Drags of the season today and several NCCA members were there to compete.  NCCA Doug Knudson got a round 1 best reaction time of .007 and that netted him a prize of $200.  All other NCCA members did well.  Neal Golding made it into the third round.  Click here to see some photos taken that evening.

Operation S.A.M. needs help (10/3/08)
NCCA and its members have supported Operation S.A.M.  Because of the situation with the ecomony, Operation S.A.M. needs additional support.  Operation S.A.M. is a non-profit organization that sends packages to our troops to show our support to those deployed all over the world, especially those deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It is operated by a group of dedicated volunteers and their families.  If you wish to learn more, see their main website at http://www.operationsam.org/index.html.  To donate items for our troops “comfort packages” see http://www.operationsam.org/how_to_help.html.  For information on writing to the troops see http://www.operationsam.org/Letterwritingguidelines.html.  For additional information, contact our NCCA club members Steve and Penny Bisset.

ZR1 Corvette Runs Nurburgring (8/14/08)
A General Motors engineer has driven -- flogged may be the better word -- a bone-stock Corvette ZR1 around the famed Nurburgring Nordschleif in an astonishing 7 minutes and 26.4 seconds, one of the fastest times ever posted by a production car.  Click here to read article and view video.

Corvette Night at Infineon a Success! (7/16/08)
Corvette's took center stage and was the featured class at last night’s Wednesday night drags at Infineon Raceway.  A total of 52 entries made up the field but in the end it was a pair Northern California Corvette Association (NCCA) club members, Hayward's Mike Emerson going up against Antioch's David Northrop and his C-6 07 edition for the big trophy.  Emerson, a 2 time Infineon runner-up in the Street class found himself a bit tardy with a .399 reaction time to Norhtrop's better .163 which ended with Northrop getting the win light with a 13.293 ET (13.10 dial-in) at 105.07 mph forcing Emerson to break out with a 12.777 (12.80) at 110.82.  Semi trophies were handed out to Robert Bussey of Pittsburg and his 02 Corvette and Keith Mendia of San Jose with his classic 1960 Vette who represented the Santa Clara Corvettes group.  Napa's Scott Swafford and his 99 Corvette had the best reaction time in round 1 with a great .004 light in his win over Tim Crane of Los Altos and his 2005 Corvette and received the best reaction award certificate from announcer Dave Hoover.


Vette Magic 33 Results Published (7/9/08)
Vette Magic 33 results for both the Car Show and Drags have been published in the July edition of the Kaleidoscope (“K”).   To view these results click on either VM33 Car Show Results or VM33 Drag Results.

NCCA Member in Qualcomm Challenge (6/30/08)
On October 18 through October 24, 2008, 100 cyclists, including NCCA Member Frank Cuenca, will ride 600 miles down the California coastline, from San Francisco to San Diego. The goal is to raise over $1 million for the Challenged Athletes Foundation - a unique organization that enables people with physical challenges to participate and compete in the sports the rest of us take for granted.

Each day of the ride the participants will cycle 56 to 114 miles across (and over!) some of the most scenic – and demanding – terrain in California. During the Million Dollar Challenge, participants will ride alongside athletes who may be missing an arm or leg … who are paralyzed and utilizing a handcycle to cover the miles … or who are vision-impaired and are riding tandem with a guide who serves as their “eyes.” Together, they will deliver a message that will reverberate across California – and across our nation: people with physical challenges can be athletes, too and all that’s standing in the way of their dreams is a chronic and pervasive lack of funding.

Entry is limited to 100 cyclists who each raise $10,000 for CAF and in return will enjoy a fully supported ride.  For more information about these Challenged Athletics, click here.  To see the Challenged Athletics Foundation video, click here.  If you wish to donate in Frank Cuenca’s name to help him reach his $10,000 goal, click here for the donation form.

NCCA Members Drag Race at Infineon (6/25/08)
Several NCCA Members attended Infineon Raceway to drag race on June 25, 2008.  To see photos of that event click here.  Click here to see a video.

NCCA Members attend Vette-O-Rama
Several NCCA Members attended the Diablo Valley Corvettes Vette-O-Rama car show on June 14, 2008 in Concord.  Those in attendance reported having fun and enjoyed the great venue.

Old car Emission Exemption Threatened (3/17/08)
Old Car Emissions Exemption Threatened in 8 California Counties; Hearing Scheduled for April 1 Legislation (S.B. 1549) has been introduced in the California State Senate by Senator Dean Florez (senator.florez@sen.ca.gov) to repeal the state’s current emissions test exemption for pre-1976 vehicles registered by new owners in the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District.  The District includes eight counties in California’s Central Valley:  San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the valley portion of Kern.  Under the bill, after Jan. 1, 2009, new owners seeking to register a pre-1976 vehicle in these eight counties would be subject to emissions tests for the life of the vehicle.  S.B. 1549 is scheduled to be considered by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on April 1, 2008. For additional information, click here.

George Robinson attends Spring Mountain Motorsports Advanced Driving School (3/2/08)
George Robinson recently attended the Spring Mountain Motorsports Advanced Driving School and has put together a story of that trip.  Click here to George’s notes on the driving school.

Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06 News (2/21/08)
The 427 Limited Edition Z06 appears destined to be a true Corvette collectible — and the price tag is not likely to deter aficionados. "It is aimed, as always with our special editions, at Corvette enthusiasts who like to have something different," said Bob Tripolsky, Chevrolet spokesman.

The 427 Limited Edition Z06 stands out from the Corvette pack in a number of ways, starting with the paint job. It features a Crystal Red tint coat exterior, which Chevy says makes it the first Z06 ever offered with a red metallic tint coat paint. Cosmetic touches include hood and fascia graphics that hark back to the style of the "stinger" hood design and graphics that were offered with 1967 models equipped with the 427 engine. Each car is numbered and signed by Wil Cooksey, the Corvette assembly plant manager. Read more at:

NCM E-member Level Now Available (2/21/08)
Many enthusiasts who live far away from the National Corvette Museum (NCM) will now have a way to take part in their membership benefits and support the Museum as they continue building the Corvette family!

If you are not already a member of the Museum, they recommend you consider joining at their new e-member level. E-members will receive a 5% discount in the Corvette Store, email membership card, discounts on bricks and flint bricks, along with the ability to list your Corvette photo online. They hope the benefits of this new membership will be a rewarding way for others to join as a member of the Museum. The E-membership is now available for a $25 annual fee and can be purchased online at:
http://services.corvettemuseum.com/PortalTools/NCMF/membership.cfm  or by calling (800) 53-VETTE.

NCCA welcomes new members! (2/5/08)
Three new members have joined NCCA.  New members include Mike Gann, Steve & Debbie Hernandez, and David & Myra Northrup.  Welcome to the club!

2008IndyCorvettePaceCars01Chevy Unveils Two Unique Corvette Pace Cars (12/28/2007)
History will be made at the 2008 Indianapolis 500 when a pair of distinctive yet highly differentiated Corvette models will serve as the official pace cars - one highlighting Chevrolet's commitment to fuel solutions and the other marking 30 years of Corvette's pace car heritage. Chevrolet and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials gathered at the Indianapolis Auto Show to make the historic announcement.

One of the pace cars is a customized Corvette Z06 E85 concept that runs on E85 ethanol fuel, a domestically produced alternative fuel similar to the E100 fuel that powers all of the racecars in the IndyCar Series. It will be driven during the race's pace lap by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. The other official pace car is a black-and-silver commemorative edition that marks the 30th anniversary of the celebrated 1978 pace car - the first Corvette to pace the field at the Indianapolis 500. Chevrolet will produce a total of 500 pace car replicas in both coupe and convertible form, each signed personally by Fittipaldi at Corvette's Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant. The 92nd Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, May 25, 2008. It will be Corvette's 10th appearance as the official pace car - a record unmatched by any other vehicle.

Chevrolet announces the 2009 Corvette ZR1 (12/20/2007)
DETROIT – Chevrolet officially announced the 2009 Corvette ZR1 – an American supercar that brings the technology and engineering refinement of carbon-fiber, ceramics and electronics together in a distinctive design.

“Chevrolet's goal with the new ZR1 is to show what an American supercar can deliver, at a price that trumps exotics that cost two, three or four times as much – and does so with exceptional driveability,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager.

The specialized components of the new ZR1 work harmoniously to deliver the most powerful and fastest automobile ever produced by General Motors. Performance estimates will be announced closer to vehicle's summer 2008 launch.

“Preliminary testing shows the ZR1 builds on the highly respected Corvette Z06 in every performance category, from acceleration and braking, to cornering grip and top speed,” said Peper. “It all boils down to the power-to-weight ratio and the ZR1's is exceptional – better than the Porsche 911 GT2, the Ferrari 599 and even the Lamborghini LP640. In fact, the ZR1 is expected to be the first production Corvette to achieve a top speed of at least 200 mph.”

For more information go to the National Corvette Museum web site at http://www.corvettemuseum.com/specs/2009zr1/index.shtml

Steve Bisset’s 2002 Corvette Convertible up for sale (12/5/2007)
Steve Bisset is selling his beautiful 2002 Corvette Convertible for $26,500.  For additional information, click here to view flyer.

WSCC Hosts Driving School (12/3/2007)
Two Level I Spring Mountain schools are being offered thru Motorsport West and WSCC.  Dates are: February 4th, 5th and 6th, 2008 (they are trying to fill this as a Ladies class) or April 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2008 (mixed). Classes are at Spring Mountain Advanced Driving School in Pahrump, NV.  This is where you drive their all Corvette fleet in the course & receive professional instruction. 
School was donated to WSCC by Spring Mountain Advanced Driving School; benefits go to the 2009 Northern California NCM Caravan.  For additional information go to www.westerncorvettes.com or Contact Buzz Marston at 408.353.3500 or click here to view flyer.

Lunch bags and bottle coolers added to NCCA store (11/22/2007)
Some 50th Anniversary lunch bags and wine coolers are still available and have been added to the NCCA store.  Contact Lloyd Peoples at 510-278-7763 for further information.

Two new members join NCCA (11/10/2007)
During November 2007, two new members joined NCCA.  New members include Ron & Mollie Hall and Joe Baldhosky & Connie Troisi.  Welcome to the club!

George Robinson attends ALMS (10/20/2007)
NCCA member George Robinson attended the recent American LeMans Series (ALMS) races at Laguna Seca.  George said that it was a “hoot.”  There were about 250 Corvettes there in the corral.  The Corvette Plant Manager was there and three top engineers including Tom Wallace of the race team.  Also there was serial number 1 of the 2008’s and Ron Fellows personal car.  Courtesy Chevrolet also had a 560hp Callaway Corvette there.  Click here to see George’s pictures of the event.

John and Tawnia Felato join NCCA (10/2/2007)
At the general business meeting on October 2, 2007, Ron and Tawnia Felato were inducted as new members into the NCCA.  Welcome to the club!

NCCA wins Club Par at Corvette Spectacular (9/9/2007)
NCCA  took "club par" at Corvette Spectacular in Los Altos on September 9.  NCCA had 15 cars there.  There were 235 corvettes entered in the show.  NCCA took 6 awards.  Five second place awards and Jeff Grounds took best engine with his car. 


Steve and Beth Magidson join NCCA (9/4/2007)
At the general business meeting on September 4, 2007, Steve and Beth Magidson were inducted as new members into the NCCA.  Welcome to the club!

NCCA banner at NCM

NCCA banner at NCM (9/3/2007)
A banner with our NCCA logo is now hanging in the parking lot of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky.  It will fly there for 18 months and then be mailed to our club for safe keeping.  Only eighteen clubs out of all the clubs in the world were selected for this honor.

New NCCA brick at NCM
On July 16, 2007, the new NCCA 50th Anniversary brick was unveiled at the National Corvette Museum (NCM).  Numerous NCCA members, including our club President Lloyd Peoples attended the unveiling.  Click here to view pictures of club members, their cars, and our new brick.


Jack Stowe (1930-2007) passes away
It is with great sadness that we announce that Jack Stowe, long time member of NCCA, passed away on July 5, 2007.  Jack was such a warm and wonderful person and he will be truly missed.  Our condolences go out to all his family and friends.

Five new members join NCCA (7/3/2007)
At the General Business Meeting on July 3, 2007, Terry and Barb Bang, Jay Sharpe, Peter Smith, John Kauppinen, and TL and Angelica Hembly were inducted as new members into the NCCA.  Welcome to the club!

Bob Garcia and Don & Julene Henning join NCCA (6/5/2007)
At the General Business Meeting on June 5, 2007, Bob Garcia and Don & Julene Henning were inducted as new members into the NCCA.  Welcome to the club!

NCCA Takes Club Par at Altamont Auto-X! (5/13/2007)
NCCA has a great turnout on May 13th at the Altamont Speedway Challenge Auto-X.  We had more club members attend this event than any other club, and NCCA took Club Par!  This was the first WSCC Auto-X at Altamont Speedway.  Portions of the banked curves of the racetrack were incorporated into the Auto-X course, making for a fast and exciting event.

Several NCCA’ers received trophies, most notably, Jan Knudsen took first in her class as well as ladies top time of the day!  Speedy Knudsen won his class, Doug Knudson and Mike Emerson were second in their classes, and Lori and Eric Brant were first in class.  We also had a few first-timers out there and everyone had a blast!

2008 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe and Convertible (4/30/2007)
If Vette = Powerful, then Better Vette = More Powerful, right? Yup.

Chevy’s mad scientists have been hard at work tweaking the C6 Corvette for its fourth model year, and the results are finally in. The most important figures: 6.2 liters of displacement, 430 hp, and 424 lb-ft of torque from its V-8 engine, which now carries the LS3 moniker. (For those without Corvette statistics tattooed to their brains, the C6’s previous LS2 V-8 displaced 6.0 liters and pumped out 400 ponies and 400 lb-ft of twist.)

Besides the bump in displacement—achieved through increasing the bore from 101.62mm to 103.25mm—the aluminum-block LS3 gets better-flowing, LS7-style heads; new cam and camshaft timing; and an easier-breathing intake. Updates to the valvetrain (bigger cylinders mean bigger valves), fuel injectors swiped directly from the 505-hp LS7 V-8, and revisions to the block for more strength round out the changes between the Vette’s shapely front fenders.

O'Connell and Magnussen Break Through with First Win for Corvette Racing (4/21/2007)
HOUSTON - Jan Magnussen and Johnny O'Connell teamed up to win their first race together since 1999 as the pair drove their No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R to their first victory of the season tonight in the Lone Star Grand Prix. Racing on the rough and rugged 1.7-mile JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park temporary street circuit was like riding a mechanical bull, but Magnussen and O'Connell held on throughout the two-hour and 45-minute race to stake their claim to the GT1 winner's circle.

With both speed and good fortune on their side, Magnussen and O'Connell completed 138 laps and finished 50 seconds ahead of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. O'Connell notched his 26th career ALMS victory, putting him third on the series' all-time winners list. Magnussen tallied his 12th ALMS win, becoming only the second driver to score at least one victory in every year since the series' inception in 1999.

Z07? The ultimate Corvette is due in 2009 (4/17/2007)
The C6 Corvette is a phenomenon. Despite a substandard interior, its power, dynamics, and styling have given it international credibility the C5 struggled to achieve and the gold-chain-inspiring C3 and C4 could only dream of. Now it's talked of as a competitor for Porsche 911, Aston Martin V-8 Vantage, various BMW Ms, and Mercedes AMGs. That 505-horsepower Z06 hasn't hurt.

But just before it's replaced by the all-new C7, the C6 will get one last shot at automotive immortality: around 700 horsepower and a new name. Word in Detroit is the long-awaited ber-Corvette, codenamed the Blue Devil after Rick Wagoner's alma mater's NCAA team, will now likely be called Z07. Purists at GM have balked at naming it the Corvette SS, after Zora Arkus-Duntov's definitive Chevy sport racer. Corvette Super Sport had been the expected name for the last year or so.

It's not coming as soon as you'd hoped: It'll be a 2009 model. And it'll essentially be a "build out" of C6 bits, combined with some powertrain parts that'll appear on the C7. As Jim Queen revealed in Motor Trend last month, General Motors is talking in the 700 horsepower neighborhood for its Top Gun C7, which jibes with the output predicted from the supercharged 7.0-liter V-8. Bet on the 505-horsepower Z06 becoming the standard C7 Corvette.

The C7 will launch in the 2010 calendar year. Just six model years for the C6? The C5 ran seven, but its predecessor was built for 13 model years, and the C3 dates back to the signing of the Magna Carta. This is a good sign: Corvette was considered for the chopping block during its 13-year C4 run.

[Motor Trend]

NCCA approves new logo (3/6/2007)
At the general business meeting on March 6, 2007, a motion was made to approve a new club logo.

Chris Hicken and Joe & Gerry Kotlar join NCCA (3/6/2007)
At the general business meeting on March 6, 2007, Chris Hicken and Joe & Gerry Kotlar were inducted as new members into the NCCA.  Welcome to the club!

NCCA has a new web site (3/2/2007)
Welcome to the new NCCA web site. We hope you like what you see and will keep coming back as the site continues to evolve.  If you have suggestions for improvements please use the Contact Usfeedback form.