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New year...going to be a fun year with lots of activities.  Need to start off the year with an old film clip so here is the link...go take a look and see how times have changed.......
 
 
 

A number of members were unable to see the video attached via the outside link that was make for July, but I thought the video was so cool for all of out club speed demons, I decided to try again and add a link...take a look.  Be sure to enlarge to full screen..click inside the small "Square", lower right corner just to the right of the words "youTube"...enjoy
 
 

Want to see the C7 hit 200 MPH....and the pipes, listen, wow.....the pipes !!!!!
 
 

Ten Commandments

Of

C O R V E T T E

Owners

  1. Thou shalt not loan a Corvette to anyone.

     

  2. Thou shalt not bring a Corvette to an Automatic car wash.

     

  3. Thou shalt not fail to wave to a fellow owner.

     

  4. Thou shalt not swear at Corvette – for it is very temperamental.

     

  5. Thou shalt not cruise on an unpaved road.

     

  6. Thou shalt not pass a fellow Corvette owner in distress without offering aid.

     

  7. Thou shalt not feed with budget grade fuel.

     

  8. Thou shalt not expose Corvette to severe weather conditions.

     

  9. Thou Shalt not forget to activate alarm.

     

  10. Thou shalt not acknowledge a Porsche or 280 Z as being true sports cars.

Note to members....Have you ever gone to a meeting or event with corvette friends and later wondered what that person did for a living or where is their home town or if they have kids, etc., etc, well, the club is trying to help and the effort is via Member Stories as noted on the left side of the web page.  The aim and hope is to try and get every member's "life" story into this section so we can all learn more about our fellow corvette friends.  So far, we only have 3 bios done.  Three more have been ask to contribute, but please take this as an individual invite....we would like a 500 to 600 word bio of you or you and your spouse .  It is really not that hard once you get started.  Go read about those people who have already completed theirs and you will see basically what is needed.  Send you "story", along with a photo, to Dennis Burchett at dino@ctos.com.  He will add it for all to read. 
 
Another pitch for the web site...go look at the Membership Directory....is it complete and up to date.  How about that photo which helps us all associate names with faces.  Please add a photo and if you are not sure how, send to our webmaster, Scott Webster or you can send it to Dennis Burchett and they will get it added to your profile....thanks

Worlds Greatest Drag Race
Includes the 2015 Corvette
 
This is not a single car race with a corvette...this is a race including many of the worlds fastest street cars for a 1/4 mile run...take a look.  
 
 

World's Fastest Jet Truck
 
Not a corvette folks, but this truck will get your attention...for you speed guys, take a look..it would get your blood racing.
 
 
 

Private Corvette Collection
 
Want to see a collection of some beautiful cars, take a look at these corvettes.  Beautiful collection.  To hear all the discussion, you may need to turn up the sound and be sure and view full screen.
 
 

Bowling Green, KY...Jan. 2016
Tour...National Corvette Museum
 

The slide show you about to see was put together following a photo trip to the National Corvette Museum by James Frazer of Nashville, TN.  He made this trip in January 2016.  He gave permission for the lick to this Flicker presentation.  If you have never been to the museum, it is worth the trip.

In February 2014, a portion of the museum floor gave way to a huge sinkhole. Many pristine museum quality cars were sent plunging 60 feet into the abyss. Since then, the facility has been repaired, but many of the cars that fell into the hole could not be saved or repaired. Those damaged cars are on display here at the museum. The damage done to these cars is beyond comprehension. Jim also found another area that had a small exhibit dedicated to American Muscle Cars....hope a few enjoy viewing the slideshow.

 
 

The Most Collectible Corvette in History

                  1969 ZL-1 Corvette: The Story of One of The Rarest Corvettes Ever Produced!

 

Yes, we did manage to locate the Holy Grail of all Corvettes. The mythical 1969 ZL-1! Chevrolet built just two of these cars that year. What is a ZL-1? It was an option that consisted merely of an aluminum engine block. That engine block was of the L-88 variety: the vaunted 427. In factory stock form, the engine generated well over 500 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. Not to mention a big weight savings over the cast iron L-88s.

The next best thing to owning a one-of-a-kind Corvette is owning a two-of-a-kind Corvette. The ZL-1 option package was almost as though GM made a last grand stand salute to the big-blocks before the emission controlled economy cars took over the highways of the 1970s. Mandatory with the L88 special Turbo Jet 427 package was the F41 special purpose suspension, a heavy duty transmission, Posi-traction rear end, transistorized ignition, and a heavy duty braking system. The ZL-1 option consisted merely of an aluminum cylinder block. The combined package added $4100 to the price of the car at the time. The L88 package was a $1100 option and the special ZL-1 aluminum cylinder and case cost an additional $3000, making this combination a big, big ticket in 1969. Only two Corvettes had been factory assembled with this ZL-1 aluminum engine option. That alone is enough to thrill a Corvette owner, but this car’s history turned out to be truly unique.


This car was originally ordered as a company car, by the Corvette plant resident engineer in St. Louis– George H. Heberling. His rationale in ordering it was that such a production vehicle would benefit from an evaluation in actual use by one of the plant’s personnel. The car was ordered with all available options, resulting in a sticker price of $10,771.

The all-aluminum 427 option shaved about 100 pounds off the engine, resulting in improved performance. When a previous owner (Wayne Walker of Zip Products) had the motor dyno tested, it produced 523 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, with all stock Chevrolet parts. According to Karl Ludvigsen’s “Corvette: America’s Star Spangled Sports Car”, the cast iron L88 427s produced over 550 horsepower. That’s a lot of power to be running on the street, but the street is just where George Heberling drove the car for its first 1200–2000 miles. Then he was transferred from St. Louis and left the ZL-1 behind. His successor was not so taken by the big horsepower Corvette, and it was put up for sale through GM at the zone level.


The car eventually found its way to Hechler’s Chevrolet in Richmond, VA, possibly because Hechler’s had become a volume dealer, specializing in high performance cars. The Corvette sat on Hechler’s floor next to a ZL-1 Camaro (of which 69 were factory produced), and it sat there quite a while– from November 1969 to January 1970– likely because of the $10,773.65 price tag.

John Zagos, a high school buddy of Wayne Walker’s, eventually bought the car for $5000 (he also had to throw in a used 1967 Corvette convertible). John was primarily into drag boat racing and he bought the car so he could put the engine into one of his boats. But the night he bought the car, he literally ran the stuffing out of it (he later reported it was so powerful it could melt the tires at will and was the fastest vehicle he had ever driven). That night, John dropped a valve resulting in a big explosion and a massive engine failure. Amazingly, an engineer from the Tonawanda engine plant reviewed the situation and after a thorough inspection, concluded that the failure was covered under warranty and authorized an engine replacement. When Zagos finally got the new motor, he put it in one of his drag boats. The car sat idle for a couple of years with a $3000 price tag, because there was little interest in a car for that amount without an engine. Eventually, John put a 454 cubic-inch passenger car engine in the Corvette and sold it back to the dealer. From there it went through a succession of owners.

Wayne Walker developed an interest in the car an eventually purchased it from a cabinet maker for $6000. From there, Walker spent several years plugging away at the body off restoration. The biggest challenge in the restoration was finding the right engine for the car. Since the original had disappeared, he didn’t bother to look for it and bought another all-aluminum 427 for $4000 from Yenko Chevrolet in Pittsburgh. One night, a man phoned Wayne and said, “Hey, I’ve got the original engine that came in that car.” It had been through three or four hands before reaching him and someone had painted it red to conceal the aluminum block, but Wayne now had the original engine– for $2200.

 

The motor was extensively rebuilt, twice, (and blown once more!) before the final body-off restoration was completed by Nabors Motors of Houston, TX. The car ended up winning Gold at Bloomington.

After Wayne Walker’s ownership of the car, it eventually ended up in the hands of the U.S. Marshall’s Office. A gentleman by the name of Roger Judski had been pursuing this car for over 12 years, and this gave him the opportunity he had been looking for. After some feverish bidding, he finally realized his dream and secured the ZL-1– which become the crown jewel of his private collection. The current value of this car runs into the millions of dollars, but Roger and other collectors simply regard it as one of the most important pieces of Corvette history ever.

You can see this extremely rare Corvette on display in the showroom at Roger’s Corvette Center in Orlando, Florida.

Need for Speed

 

The L88s, as Chevrolet produced them, typically generated well over 500 horsepower right off the showroom floor. They could run 13 second quarters at 112 mph on street tires. With proper tires and open headers, they would easily dip into the 11 second range with no modifications to the engine whatsoever.

 
   
   

 


Annual Banquet..2016
 
     
     
     
     
   

Board of Directors---2016
 
President..John Pabst
Vice-President..Ron Skaley
Secretary..Doug Suggs                                                     
Treasure..Janeen Burchett
Officer At Large...Susan Wiggett