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COB VETTE NEWSSince 1981Volume, 36May 2017Issue 5Notes from the PresidentAt the April meeting it was my pleasure on behalf ofthe club to present Jim Owen, Executive Director ofthe Clarence Community Pantry with a monetarydonation of 1000. Jim stated this will allow them topurchase nonfood items for their clients in thecommunity. In addition, thank you to all the memberswho dropped off nonperishable items to stock thepantry shelves. Several members recently attendedour annual activity planning meeting. As a result, theCOB calendar of events was published by Skip Polowyand featured in our April newsletter. Along with theClutch Artists Calendar of Events we are lookingforward to an exciting year of activities. The month ofMay has a number of special events, starting with avisit from the NJ Corvette club, the spring BBQ, theMemorial Day Parade, in addition to many of theweekly cruise nights starting. Recently Marianne and Iran into several members at Cars & Coffee, aninformal gathering on a Sunday morning at EasternHills Mall. They had every make and model of coolcars exhibited. We guestimated there was between300/400 cars in attendance. Many were exotic carswith a good mix of Mustangs, Camaros, sixties musclecars and Corvettes. This event is held once a monthnormally on the third Sunday of the month from 912. I understand Cars & Coffee is very popular in otherparts of the country as well. You can follow them onFacebook.I can'twait for the May meeting when the church parking lotwill be filled with our great looking rides, weatherpermitting.What’s Happening This MonthSee page three.OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OFHope to see you soon.FrankCorvettes of Buffalowww.corvettesofbuffalo.com1

OfficersMay BirthdaysPresident ---------Frank Pastore ------ 716-694-9024Vice President --Mike Buccilli-------- 716-648-2037Treasurer --------Marianne Pastore -- 716-694-9024Secretary ---------John Biggie --------- 585-492-2927Board of DirectorsSue Brownlee ------------------- 716-693-4654Dick Brownlee ------------------716-693-4654Debbie Schafer ------------------716-551-6999Bruce Graham -------------------716-741-3350Lynda Graham -------------------716-741-3350Skip Polowy ----------------------716-201-1889Rich Zahner ----------------------716-225-11883rd Ruth Mussehl4th Tony Corigliano5th Joan Meegan5th Alice Greco16th Joyce Corigliano19th Bruce Mussehl24th Rose RiciglianoCommitteesMembershipBarbara Lipome716-691-8845NewsletterDennis Buckley716-759-2972Phone Comm.Lynda Graham716-741-3350Sunshine Comm.Karen Rothenberger716-675-9467OrDiane Skeide716-876-1197WebmasterJim Bonus716-695-7643Activities Dir.Lynda Graham716-741-3350Club PhotographerDan Krakowski716-675-5880Face Book page Manager Dan Wroblewski716-542-2041Liaison for Out of Town Corvette ClubsMike & Lee Buccilli716-648-2037May AnniversariesMeeting every second Saturday of the month atFirst Presbyterian Church9675 Main St. Clarence, NY, 14031Meeting starts 7:00 p.m.Visit us Newsletter Articles To:Dennis BuckleyE-Mail: djbuckley40@yahoo.comSubmissions must be in by the 27thLate submissions will be published the following month.Corvettes of Buffalo2Bruce & Linda GrahamWayne & Sally ScudderJohn & Donna BiggieMatt & Vaune BehrLee & Barb SingerGene & Bernie ColucciRay & Debbie Schafer

What’s Happening in MayMay 4-6Saratoga Springs New England Caravan Planning event for 2019 – Dave HuberMay 6? Pierce Arrow Museum event – Frank PastoreMay 9Pautler’s Cruise Night – Transit Road, Clarence, NY 5pm ( Every Tuesday)May 12Lumber City Pizza – meet and greet High Point Cruisers of New Jersey Club 12:30 pmMay 13COB Club Meeting – Clarence Church – 7 pmMay 14Hoovers Dairy - Sunday Night Cruise 5pm ( Every Sunday)May 16Variety Club Cruise – 6114 Broadway Lancaster, NY 5pmMay 19Freewheelers Friday Cruise Night Starts – Gratwick Hose & Fire, 111 Ward Rd. 5pmMay 20Springville Parade – See Lowell Rothenberger 11 am at Burger KingMay 21COB Spring BBQ at Wings of Hope, Orchard Park – See Mike & Lee BuccilliMay 25Akron Cruise Thursday Night – Main St. Akron, NY (5pm - Every Thursday)May 27The Caz Car Show – Cazenovia Park Casino, S. Buffalo, NY (10am – 6pm)May 28Olcott Super Cruise 1pm -4pmMay 29Memorial Day Parade, Williamsville, NY at 1:30 pm at South HS, Main StMay 29Lockport Monday Cruise Night starts– Ida Fritz Park 5pm (Every Monday)Clarence Community Food Pantry DonationCorvettes of Buffalo presented Jim Owen, Executive Director of the Clarence Community Pantry witha monetary donation of 1000. Jim stated this will allow them to purchase nonfood items for theirclients in the community.Corvettes of Buffalo3

Prospective Member ArticleWhat is it about those Corvettes? Is there anything not to love? I have thought about buying mydream car since I was a kid but it just was never the right time. My sons were in their teens and afriend asked if we would be interested in a project car . a 1975 Corvette coupe. He offered it to usfor a reasonable price so why not? We started working on it but after a few sessions we decided itwas more of a project than what we could handle in our driveway, actually I think I probably would bedead before it was finished! We decided to sell that one and move on to something a little moremanageable.We found a 2003 Anniversary Edition that sounded too good to be true. Of course, we were told thatabout 30 people were coming to look at it and first come first served. After giving it some thought(about 30 seconds) we jumped in our car and were on our way. We NEVER expected to find whatwe did . this car was IMACULATE! It was stored in a heated garage, on carpeting, covered,complete with a battery tender and a microfiber towel to open the door and keep off the dust! Thislady was so particular I’m surprised it wasn’t in her living room! Sadly, she was forced to part with herbeloved car due to an illness. We knew we had found our dream car. It had only 3,000 originalmiles and still had that new car smell. We felt like we had found one of those deals of a lifetime and itwas not long before we signed on the dotted line.Andy and Debbie AdamsCORVETTES of BUFFALO4

2017 Memorial Day ParadeDATEMonday, 29 May 2017ASSEMBLEWilliamsville South High School5950 Main Street, WilliamsvilleCorvettes – Back of Parking Lot as always277th Army Quartermaster Company Trucks – Front of Parking Lot as alwaysTIMEArrive between 1:15 (13:15) PM and 1:30 (13:30) PMParade Steps Off at 2:00 (14:00) PMAFTER PARTYAmerican Legion George F. Lamm Post #622962 Wehrle DriveBeer & Soda are FreeHamburgers are 3.00 and Hot Dogs are 2.00 each[prices subject to change]CORVETTES of BUFFALO5

Alexander Bay -----1000 Island Trip 2017Capt. Thomson's Resort P.O Box 160 45 James Street Alexandria Bay, NY 13607[Phone: (315) 482-9961 -------- Fax: (315) 49511]. 7,8,9 ---- check-in 7th ---- check-out 9thThousand Island Escape Package includes:2 night stay upper or lower harbor double occupancy, a drink per person @ Riley’s,a bottle of champagne in your room, 1 dinner for 2 @ Riley’s, 2 breakfasts for 2 @Riley’s, Bolt Castle Tour, 2 nation boat tour, and sales tax.Escape pkg. Price is 420.00, 150.00 deposit at time of reservation, reservationsmust be made by 5/1/17. Contact Chelsey (315)482-9961, 15 rooms reserved forcorvette club. This is open to W.N.Y Corvette Club & Corvettes of Buffalo.Contact ------ Wayne Scudder 716-861-7331CORVETTES of BUFFALO6

GM Heritage Center Trip June 12th, 2017I will have a meeting with the people that are attending the GM Heritage Center a month prior tothe event, by then I should have at least 30 people signed up, which they require for the tour. At thattime, I will get input on the time to leave, in the morning and the route thru Canada to WindsorOntario. The mileage to the Drury Hotel is 254 miles and the driving time thru Canada is 4 hours and11 minutes. Should anyone attending the trip have any questions they can call Mel at 876-1194.The phone # to call for the individual rooms is either 1-800-325-0720 or 1-800-436-1169, GroupConfirmation # is 2303096, Ask for Kate Shannon. Reservations must be made by Friday May 12,2017.Mel SkeideDrury Inn & Suites Detroit Troy575 WEST BIG BEAVER ROAD TROY, MI 48084Telephone: (248) 528-3330Thank you for allowing Drury Inn & Suites Detroit Troy to be a part of your next great event! Weare looking forward to seeing you soon and we are ready to uphold our reputation for great service &value. Rooms have been held for your group and to make reservations, please click on the .aspx?groupno 2303096As you might have heard, The Extra’s Aren’t Extra at Drury Hotels! In addition to the great rate,here are some of the amenities our group will enjoy:FREE HOT QUIKSTART Breakfast – At Drury, “hot” means Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs,biscuits & gravy, sausage and more.FREE 5:30 Kickback - Enjoy a variety of free snacks — like salads, soups and more — and coldbeverages from 5:30 to 7 p.m.FREE Long Distance - One hour every room every night.FREE Wireless Internet Access – High speed Internet in all rooms and the lobby.FREE Soda and Popcorn – From 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm every night in thelobby.Plus, much more!!Please make your reservations by Friday, May 12, 2017 to receive your group rate. Reservationsmade after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number.Kate Shannon on behalf of Ashaley McCullough-JordanNational Sales CoordinatorDrury Hotels Company, LLC1-800-436-1169 (direct)1-888-273-4638 (fax)Kate.Shannon@druryhotels.comCORVETTES of BUFFALO7


News from FloridaI had good intentions of sending you a report on the Venice Club's annual Corvette show and themonth got past me before I knew it! March was a busy month with much company (3separate sets),the Venice show [plus local Highlands City Corvette Club activities which included a lunch cruise onthe St Johns River starting out of Sanford. FL;) and our local Lake Country Cruisers Club cruise whichhas fallen into my lap to keep it going. We had record numbers in Jan and Feb!Anyway, the Venice Club is a large one and they hold an excellent show which they limit to the first165 Corvette registrations. It is held on the town mall on the island and they give a nicely designedshirt and nice door prizes. They also have a nice group of vendors, including the NCM and Eckler’s! Inaddition, they have two sets of awards for each generation. The judged awards are given first andthey are strictly wash and shine awards. The Peoples Choice awards are more significant because theyare voted on by all the Venice Club members and all participants who put cars in the Peoples Choicesection.This year I cleaned up the 69 (no small task after driving it 4000 miles to the Rockies and back!) andit turned out to be a very popular choice! I won in the C-3 division (picture attached). We will beattending one more Corvette show, the St. Armand’s Circle show which is limited to 150 Corvettes butdraws the biggest crowd of onlookers! It is on the island and is a very touristy location! The SkywayClub sponsors it and they give every entry a nice golf shirt! MC and I are both entered, my 69, her 67.I hope to be back in time to see everyone at the Memorial Day Parade. Meanwhile, hello to all andhope you have good enough weather to bring out all the Corvettes soon!Save the Wave,John M.CORVETTES of BUFFALO9

Corvette Friends out for a lunch dateIt does not get any better than this.great friends (Reas, Nancy, Berni, Gene)and beautiful weather, delicious food. Oh yeah.least we forget the Graber's CorvetteRoadster.I think NOT!Gene 2007 Z06 Ron Fellows Championship EditionTo commemorate Ron Fellows’sALMS GT1 championship,Chevrolet produced an ArcticWhite Z06 featuring red and silveraccent pieces. This scheme, as wellas the maple leaf incorporated inthe car’s graphics, is a nod toFellows’s Canadian heritage. TheFellows Championship EditionVette also featured 20-inchchrome wheels, a lip spoiler, a“Corvette” windshield banner, ared interior treatment, andFellows’s signature on thearmrest.CORVETTES of BUFFALO10

Retirement Age: Chevy Launches Special-EditionCarbon 65 Anniversary CorvettesTony Markovich4/11/2017Reprinted from: 2018 model year will mark the 65th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette. It's a bit of anarbitrary milestone to celebrate—retirement age! —but nevertheless Chevy has created theCarbon 65 Edition package specifically for 2018 Grand Sport and Z06 models.Chevrolet is building 650 of these bad boys (exclusively for the GS 3LT and Z06 3LZ trims),although the split between models was not specified. All will be painted the light gray color(here called Ceramic Matrix Gray) that has become increasingly popular in the sports-car world,and they will also receive blue graphics on the doors and front fenders. Convertible versionswill have blue tops. The rest of the package centers around, yep, carbon fiberThe Carbon 65 gear thus includes the following carbon-fiber goodies: a ground-effects package(normally a 3995 option), a hood insert ( 1995), the roof panel on coupes ( 1995), a spoiler( 2520), and side intake ducts. Dark-painted badges and side-mirror caps ( 100) are present,too, while carbon wheel centers ( 210) are fitted to black wheels wrapped in summer tires,CORVETTES of BUFFALO11

normally priced at 495 on the Grand Sport and 3740 on the Z06. Blue-painted brake caliperscomplete the exterior changes.The interior gets Carbon 65 door sills, optional Competition Sport bucket seats (usually 1995),Jet Black suede upholstery with blue stitching, a carbon-fiber-rimmed steering wheel, andglossy carbon trim. As befitting the pile of woven stuff tossed at the car—and its specialness—the special-edition package will cost 15,000. It will be released this summer.CORVETTES of BUFFALO12

2017 CORVETTE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEESReprinted with the permission of: National Corvette Museum e-NEWS @ http://corvettemuseum.orgThe National Corvette Museum has announced the following inductees to berecognized as part of the 20 th Annual Corvette Hall of Fame Ceremony in 2017:Peter Brock in the category of Enthusiast; Jim Minneker in the category ofGM/Chevrolet; and Tommy Morrison in the category of Racing. These threeindividuals will be recognized with the highest honor bestowed by the Museum fortheir contributions to the past, present and future of Corvette. The 2017 CorvetteHall of Fame recipients will be inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame during aceremony and banquet on Friday, September 1, 2017. Their induction will takeplace as part of the Museum’s 23 rd Anniversary Celebration August 31 –September 2, 2017.Peter BrockAt just 19 years old, Peter Brock wasone of the youngest designers to everbe invited to work at GM Design.When Bill Mitchell, the new VP of theStyling Section for GM, wanted tobuild a successor to the 1957 CorvetteSS concept car, he charged his teamof designers to come up with someideas. Ultimately Brock’s sketch wasselected and refined. Working withfellow designers Chuck Pohlmann,Larry Shinoda and Tony Lapine theirefforts culminated into the very firstCorvette to be called a Sting Ray, theXP87 Corvette Sting Ray Racer. (Yes,it is supposed to be two words.) Thisracing concept would go on toinfluence the lines and look of thesecond-generation Corvette andreally, every Corvette since. As anenthusiast, Brock has done just about everything relating to motorsports. He hasdesigned and raced cars, written books and articles, and even became aphotojournalist capturing one of the greatest eras of motor-racing history.He documented the Corvette’s performance history from its earliest days in themid ‘50s with Briggs Cunningham at Le Mans, through the powerful era whenCORVETTES of BUFFALO13

drivers Dave McDonald, Dick Thompson and Bob Bondurant established theCorvette as America’s only true production performance car, all the way to thepresent C7 generation. In addition to all of that he started Brock RacingEnterprises in the 1960’s and has worked on a number of other marques alongthe way, but has always had a very special place in his heart for Corvettes.Jim MinnekerJim Minneker is a great example of theway Chevrolet infuses racing DNA into theCorvette. As both a racer and an engineer,he brought to the table an understandingof what makes power, and what it takes tocontrol that power on a track. Using thatinsight he joined the Corvette team in1986, spending the next ten years workingon the LT1, LT4 and the legendary LT5engines that would become the heart ofthe ZR-1 Corvette supercar. It’s no wonderthat he became the engineering groupmanager for GM High PerformanceVehicle Operations.As a racer, he has driven for Bakeracing,Morrison-Cook Motorsports, Doug RippieRacing and Mallett Motorsports, whilecompeting in the SCCA World Challenge,the IMSA Supercar series, IMSA GT andthe Grand Am series. Perhaps his greatestachievement behind the wheel however,was as a member of the team of eight drivers that set the 24-Hour SpeedEndurance World Record Run in 1990, driving a stock ZR-1 Corvette at anaverage speed of 175.885 mph.Jim’s efforts on behalf of Corvette however, didn’t stop in Detroit or at the track.When the National Corvette Museum was just beginning, he was instrumental,helping out early on in arranging for displays relating to powertrain andengineering. Ultimately, he was elected to the position of Chairman of the Boardwhere his leadership, wisdom, direction and vision was essential in setting thecourse for a bright future at the National Corvette Museum.CORVETTES of BUFFALO14

Tommy MorrisonIf there was a Mount Rushmore forCorvette Racing, Tommy Morrison’s facemight be on it–carved in stone andwearing dark sunglasses with a confidentsmile. In the early 1980s when he teamedup with the late Jim Cook to foundMorrison-Cook Motorsports, his Corvetterace cars began dominating in showroomstock racing and making Corvette historyalong the way. He set out to prove thatMobil 1 and Corvette were a nearlyunbeatable combination racking up more24-hour endurance wins than any teambefore them–thus starting a sponsorshiprelationship that is still winning to this day.At the races and on test tracks, Tommy’steams provided GM engineers withvaluable test data that went back to theengineers designing the cars. His efforts also gave Chevrolet’s marketingdepartment a series of wins that created massive opportunities for promoting theCorvette. Perhaps the greatest example of this was the 1990 24-Hour SpeedEndurance World Record Run, where he and his team took a stock ZR-1 Corvetteand drove it 24 hours straight, averaging 175.885 miles per hour. This became aPR boost that GM would use in a series of commercials and print ads to furtherestablish Corvette’s reputation as a high-performance icon. So important was thisachievement that the National Corvette Museum has a long-term exhibit ondisplay with the actual record run car, and plaster casts of Tommy, Jim Minnekerand John Heinricy surrounding it. One of Tommy’s other race cars is part of theSmithsonian Institute collection.While Tommy would quickly attribute his success to his teammates and the “goodLord above,” his determination, courage, and leadership were also key to hisvictories, and to his induction into the 2017 Cor

informal gathering on a Sunday morning at Eastern Hills Mall. They had every make and model of cool cars exhibited. We guestimated there was between 300/400 cars in attendance. Many were exotic cars with a good mix of Mustangs, Camaros, sixties muscle cars and Corvettes. This event is held once a month normally on the third Sunday of the month .

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