Gazette

April 2022

The Vette Set Gazette is a monthly publication of The Vette Set, Inc.

Articles from members are always welcome, and are to be submitted to the Newsletter Editor by 6:00pm Sunday, following the general monthly meeting.

These meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum located at 610 Lairport Street, El Segundo, CA 90245.

Guests are always welcome to attend any Vette Set event.

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George with his new C8

at the Run to the Collector Car Vault in Santa Paula

Officers and Appointees

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Outside contact can be made with:

1.President Rob Weimer, 310-941-7061, robert.a.weimer@me.com

2.Vice President Chuck Hammer, 310-874-6657, ballpien99@hotmail.com

3.Ambassador Chris Donlou , 310 245 9653, cdog34@msn.com

Chevrolet trademark(s) used with the written permission of General Motors

 
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Hi Vette Setters,


We had a very successful April general meeting, with 50 members in attendance. Thank you all for making the effort. Lee Williams put together an excellent presentation on the upcoming C8 Z06 explaining many of the outstanding aspects of this incredible Corvette. He compared it to exotic’s that cost millions and the Z06 comes out on top and is still within a somewhat reasonable price tag. Thanks, Lee, for your Tech Talk.


The two bylaw changes passed almost unanimously. So, starting this year with membership renewals, all members will be paying the same for their membership. The costs have not changed, $35 for primary member, $10 for spouse or significant other. Officers will no longer be reimbursed for their service, and we are in complete agreement with this. The club offers many benefits and now we will all share in the costs. Thank you all for your
support of these important changes.


Jennifer will no longer be providing hard copies of the activities sheet. Over the past several years, she has provided about 500 copies per year at her expense. At one our dinner night activity meeting, many copies were simply left behind. That What triggered to stop her having to print all those copies. She will continue to email them through Chuck twice a month, simply print one as you need it.

We also had 26 members come to the after-meeting pizza and refreshments, that’s a great turnout.


The weekend of 4/9, 4/10 turns out to be a very busy weekend, with the Long Beach Grand Prix and Harry’s run to the Peterson vault/Ojai. What an awesome time to own and enjoy our Corvettes with friends and family.


We have roughly 30 people going on the Laughlin, Grand Canyon, Sedona run in May. This should be another great time. If you are still considering going with us, it’s not to late. Let me know and I will send you all the information you need. Also, Hal’s run in September is filling up fast and it’s limited to just 15 cars, sign up as soon as possible to get included on another great trip.

Save the Wave

Rob

 
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VETTE SET ACTIVITIES CALENDAR

May 5 -- General Meeting at 6:30pm at the Automobile Driving Museum, located at 610 Lairport St, in El Segundo 90245 AND ON ZOOM with social time starting @ 6pm. ZOOM ID: 833 9353 3282. Password: CORVETTE (all caps). Heading to Slice ‘n Pint afterwards.


May 13--19, 2022 -- Rob Weimer and Jerry Clement lead a run to the GAMBLER’S CLASSIC
all Corvette Car Show at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, sponsored by Corvettes of Bakersfield. See info at CorvettesofBakersfield.org or call/text Linda McNitt (661) 978 9518, lindamcnitt@gmail.com. RSVP ASAP to Rob Weimer.

 

May 25 -- DIFFERENT DATE. Activities Dinner Meeting at 6pm at Jack’s Place, inside the Gable House Bowl, 22501 Hawthorne Bl, Torrance 90505. **Upon entry, place your order at the Snack Bar (good choices!) and then sit at the inside restaurant: “Jack’s Place” with full bar.  Bring your bowling ball and bowling shoes if you want to play afterwards.  We will get a discount and it’s a lot of fun! Bring your well-researched ideas for new activities and runs.  This date change accommodates club members on the Gambler’s Classic multi-day run to Nevada and Arizona.  

May 28, 2022 -- Corvette Car Show 10-2 at the Automobile Driving Museum, 610 Lairport St, El Segundo 90245. MEET at 7:30am at Ralph’s parking lot on PCH and Mariposa, located at 500 N Sepulveda Bl, El Segundo, 90245.  From there, we’ll caravan in together at 7:45am so we can all be staged in front for the show.

June 2 -- General Meeting at 6:30pm at the Automobile Driving Museum, located at 610 Lairport St, in El Segundo 90245 AND ON ZOOM with social time starting @ 6pm.  ZOOM ID: 833-9353-3282. Password: CORVETTE (all caps).   Heading to Slice ‘n Pint afterwards.

 

June 15 -- Activities Dinner Meeting at 6pm. Location TBA.  Bring your well-researched ideas for new club runs and activities. 

 

July 4 -- Fun 4th of July Parade at 10am.  Meet @ 9:15am to decorate the cars outside the home of Jennifer Walton, 4029 Locust Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807.  Following the short parade, there are festivities at Los Cerritos Park including hotdogs, water, gunny sack races and water balloon tosses.  Afterwards, we can swim at Jennifer’s @ 1pm.  RSVP required.

 

July 7 -- General Meeting at 6:30pm at the Automobile Driving Museum, located at 610 Lairport St, in El Segundo 90245 AND ON ZOOM with social time starting @ 6pm.  ZOOM ID: 833-9353-3282. Password: CORVETTE (all caps).   Heading to Slice ‘n Pint afterwards.

July 17 19, 2022 -- Rob Weimer and Jack Walter lead your choice of a 1 day or 3 day run "Exploring Hidden Gems in the Local Mountains". Join Rob and Jack in touring Pine Mountain Club and the surrounding areas including Mt. Pinos, the San Emigdio Mountains, the Cuyama Valley and the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge, home of the California Condors. Day 1, we’ll journey 90 miles north of LAX and enjoy a potluck picnic at a beautiful private park followed by an 80 mile drive through the Los Padres National Forest including the scenic Lockwood Valley. Group dinner at the private Pine Mountain Club. Day 2 will be your choice of golf, tennis, swimming or hiking at Pine Mountain Club facilities in the morning, followed by a drive up over 800 ft to the summit of Cerro Noroeste and a backroads trip through the wildlife refuge. Group dinner at the PMC Clubhouse. Day 3 will feature driving through the Cuyama Valley and lunch in Ojai with a return home along the beach from Ventura. Lodging and dining options are VERY LIMITED in PMC, therefore ADVANCED RESERVATIONS will be REQUIRED if you wish to participate in the 3 day option. Jack will have ALL available PMC hotel/inn rooms reserved for TVS use and they will be allocated to members upon Jack's receipt of your deposit. Lodging options include booking your own Airbnb in PMC or commuting 18 miles to Lebec where there’s a Motel 6 and Holiday Inn. Questions to Rob Weimer rob.a.weimer@me.com Lodging requests to Jack Walter at j13walter@gmail.com

July 20 -- Activities Dinner Meeting at 6pm. Location TBA.  Bring your well-researched ideas for new club runs and activities. 

September 9-18 -- Vette Set ‘Reno to Redding’ California Cruise, led by former Club President, Hal Vatcher. Cruise will take us to Lone Pine, then to Reno to see Mammoth Lakes and the National Automotive Museum, continuing to Redding to see Shasta Park and Dam, Whiskeytown Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park plus Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise.

Also included is a drive to Gilroy and touring the northern coastal areas of Monterey and Carmel. Shortened miles per day, multiple days in all key areas, group events and activities planned and group social time. Sign up ASAP by emailing hal@vatcher.com so he can email you a registration form. Spots are limited. Hal is also reached at (310) 594 4615.

August 21 or 28 -- Vette Set Annual Picnic & Yard Sale Club Fundraiser 11-2 with exact date to be chosen by the membership.  Hesse Park, 29301 Hawthorne Bl, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275.

EXTRA ACTIVITIES NOT SPONSORED BY THE VETTE SET

                                         

1. Sunday, June 5 -- Classic car show called Cruzin 4 Brews ll from 10-3 in Downtown (Old Town) Torrance across from Honda HQ. Park next to Honda HQ on Van Ness.  There will be live music, vendors, a beer garden, and many restaurants. Register on line $30 per car. splegendscarclub.com.

2. Sunday, July 10 -- Inaugural Relay for Life Car Show. Benefits American Cancer Society.

Held 9-3 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Bl, Redondo Beach 90278.  INFO: Annette Porter,

3. Every Friday -- Season 21: Cruise to the Beach, Redondo Beach’s Legacy Car Show, formerly Ruby’s Diner Car Show, starts June 3 Sept 30, from 3-7pm at 245 N. Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, 90277. Show features live music, trophies, 50/50 Raffle, and great food.


4. Every Friday -- Garden Grove Car Show held on Main Street in Old Town Garden Grove 4 8pm. Entry $3/car. For info, call David Tavares at (562) 308 0390 or Jennifer Walton (562) 544 2670.


5. Every Saturday -- Caffeine Cruisers from 7 10am in Torrance, on SE corner of Artesia and Hawthorne, between Starbucks & Sizzler.


6. 1st Saturday of the month -- Morning Shift Cars & Coffee at 8am at Porsche Experience Center, 19800 Main St, Carson 90745.  All makes and models. Photographers & spectators are welcome.  For general info, call (888)204-7474.   No fees.  Free coffee. Call before going.


7. CORRECTION 1st Saturday of the month -- Cars & Coffee from 7:30 9:30am, at Peninsula Shopping Center, 67 Peninsula Center, Rolling Hills Estates, 90274. For more info, email club member Lee Williams at area51ufopilot@yahoo.com.

8. Last Saturday of the month -- Manhattan Beach Cars & Coffee from 7:30 10am located at ‘The Point’ Shopping Center, 850 S. Sepulveda, at the corner of Sepulveda and Rosecrans in Manhattan Beach. Enter from Rosecrans. Started by two high school students at Mira Costa HS. Lots of C8s, C7s, and earlier model Corvettes plus a huge array of other cars including old beaters. FREE!

9. Saturday, November 12 – Vettes for Veterans All Corvette Car Show in Carlsbad, hosted by North Coast Vettes to honor San Diego area veterans.  Proceeds go to Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Semper Fi America Fund.  Info: www.northcoastvettes.org.

NEW IDEAS FOR CLUB RUNS

1. Nethercutt Museum/Peterson Automotive Museum, Gary Gaffney
2. Filling Station/Antique Stores, Gary Gaffney/Jennifer Walton
3. Mullin Museum, Oxnard: Private tours T/Th plus two Saturdays/month, Hal Holzman
4. Central Coast Trip to Mullin Museum, Island Beach (?), Cachuma Lake, Solvang
5. Saturday run to San Antonio Winery in LA, Bill Molinelli /Dennis Chance

ONLINE VETTE SET CLUB PRESENCE

1. Visit our Vette Set WEBSITE https://www.thevetteset.com/
2. Visit our Vette Set FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/TheVetteSetInc/

Jennifer

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Everyone has heard me at the general meetings say that I did not receive a newsletter from the Museum. I finally called the Museum to ask what's up. They responded by saying that the newsletter is now published once a month on the third Thursday of the month instead of weekly as it had been. This means that some news may be old when I get it. However, the Corvette Raffles will continue to be sent out in a timely manner. 

So, there you have it.

Corvette Challenge Racing Series Marketing Corvette Donated
Thanks to a generous donation made by John & Perrie Richards, the National Corvette Museum has added to its collection a genuine RPO R7F Corvette built for 1989 Corvette Challenge Series. This specific car was not made to be a race car, but as a marketing vehicle for the Corvette Challenge Series sponsored by Mid America Motorworks. The NCM thanks John & Perrie immensely for their incredible donation to the Museum's collection.

Guided Tours are Back
EXCITING NEWS! Guided tours are officially back at the National Corvette Museum. Guided tours occur 7 days a week during two time slots, 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. CT. With an additional $5 fee, you can enjoy an educational, enriching Corvette experience. Through their Guided Tours, Museum guests can gain a more thorough insight into the history of the Corvette. Their knowledgeable tour guides will spend an hour leading the tour groups through the Museum and sharing important stories and details throughout! Guided tours are limited to a group 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. They look forward to seeing you on a Guided Tour!

Experience the Corvette Bundle!
The NCM Motorsports Park introduces a new experience for the upcoming driving season... the Corvette Bundle! This product showcases the performance capabilities of both the C7 and C8 Corvettes. Guest will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of both cars for four laps each on the 3.2, 23 turn track. This lead/follow experience is packed with exciting speeds, high adrenaline, and lots of fun.

Support the NCM and Receive Unique Pieces from the BGAP Paint Shop

Purchase unique pieces that came directly from Bowling
Green Assembly's industry-leading, state-of-the-art Paint
Shop! Thanks to Kai Spande, Plant Manager, they have a limited number of tools from the Paint Shop including tees,panel strips, and clips. The Plant Body and Paint Manager, Chuck Valentini, shared that these tools are used to hold various body panels in position during the painting process.

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The Corvette body panels are painted on a carrier and later attached to the frame during the general assembly build process. The panel strips (cut from the cars facias), the clips and the tees secure the body panels to the carrier. Once the facias are painted, they go through a Sonic Weld Cell where mounted brackets are used to secure the facia to the body. During this process, a robot cuts the support panel strips off. The prices are $500 for a golf tee and panel strip combo and $250 per clip!

Corvette Raffles

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2022 Elkhart Lake Blue Corvette Coupe
Drawing Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 2pm CT
Tickets $100 | Limited to 2,000 Tickets

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2022 Arctic White Corvette Convertible
Drawing Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 3pm CT , Tickets $20, Unlimited Tickets

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2023 Build Your Own Corvette
Drawing Friday, April 29, 2022 at 3pm CT
Tickets $250 | Limited to 1,500 Tickets

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2023 Torch Red Corvette Coupe
Drawing Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 2pm CT , Tickets $150 | Limited to 1,500 Tickets

George Person, Jr.

 
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This month’s race report starts out in our back yard with the Long Beach Grand Prix. Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor left the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday April 9th, with a 3rd-place class finish and the championship lead in their #3 Corvette. Taylor began from pole position, timed his jump at the start and protected his lead down the long front stretch into turn one. He managed to open his margin due to strategic fuel and tire management used by the race team.  Unfortunately, the race team incurred a penalty when the pit crew lost control of one of the pit equipment.
Garcia took over after the pit stop but fell back into 4th place due to the 1 lap penalty. He eventually moved back to 3rd place.

Race Results:
  1st: Aston Martin Vantage GT3
  2nd: Lexus RC F GT3
  3rd: #3 Corvette C8.R GTD
  4th: Porsche 911 GT3R
  5th: Porsche 911 GT3R
  6th: BMW M4 GT3

The next race for the #3 Corvette was at Laguna Seca on May1st.  The race team pit stop strategy for this race was working as the #3 Vette worked its way to a class lead.  Unfortunately, Tayler fell back slightly on a restart and then contacted another race car.  This put the #3 Corvette in 4thplace at the finish.

Race Results:
  1st: Porsche 911 GT3R,
  2nd: Lexus RC F GT3,
  3rd: BMW M4 GT3,
  4th: #3 Corvette C8.R GTD,
  5th: Aston Matin Vantage GT3,
  6th: Mercedes – AMG GT3

Corvette Racing will be taking a break from IMSA racing to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 24 hours of Le Mans on June11 and 12.  The next IMSA race will be the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen New York on June 23-26th. 
 
Until next time, get out there and enjoy your Vettes everyone!

David

 
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Happy

Birthday

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Rob Weimer
Paul Jackley
Nikky Jaynes
Ken Ficquette
Christine Williams
Thomas Beuthin
Jerry Clement

05/02
05/07
05/12
05/21
05/21
05/22
05/28

Happy

Anniversary

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Susan & Robert Gibbs
Toni & Dick Whitford
Dalene & Ken Ficquette
Jane & John La Bella
Laura & Chris Perez

05/02
05/07
05/13
05/25
05/27

Dixie

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