Gazette

June 2020

The Vette Set Gazette is a monthly publication of The Vette Set, Inc., sponsored by Win Chevrolet, 2201 E. 223rd Street, Carson, CA 90810.

Articles from members are always welcome, and are to be submitted to the Newsletter Editor by 6:00pm Sunday following the General Meeting. These meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Win Chevrolet.

Guests are always welcome to attend any Vette Set event.

First Monthly Zoom Meeting, May 7, 2020

 

Well, here we are living through yet another month of isolation due to the Coronavirus. 

All club activities have been cancelled to comply with government guidelines and for all of our safety.

I think we may be close to restarting our normal activities but right now we are not sure if July 1st or August 1st is the right start date. 

The officers will be meeting to make this decision soon.  We understand that initial attendance may be low and that it will increase as individuals decide that they are comfortable with their personal safety.

Rob

 

NCM NEWS

Newly Renovated Museum Galleries Open

While the Michelin NCM Bash may not have had  the same in-person connection opportunities as Corvette fans have come to expect, the camaraderie, enthusiasm and excitement could not be stifled. This year's event took place online in a 'virtual' environment, offering a number of seminars and activities much like those offered in years past.

 

As part of the event, two ribbon cutting ceremonies were held, including walk thrus of two galleries and one new exhibit. Friday's event agenda included the E. Pierce Marshall Memorial Performance Gallery ribbon cutting and walk-thru. In December, the Museum announced that thanks to the generosity of E. Pierce Marshall, Jr. the former Racing and Performance Gallery would be receiving a major face lift. The Gallery now features digital projection, interactive touch screen paired with artifact display cases, 180-degree video footage, and an impressive line up of cars. Highlighted front and center in the exhibit is Pierce's C7.R.

 

Many Corvette aficionados may remember hearing of a 1954 Corvette that was 'entombed' in a brick room in the basement of a grocery store for nearly 30 years, a car that was donated to the Museum last year. Thanks to the generosity of Robin and Mary Vann of the East Tennessee Corvette Club, a new exhibit replicates in as much detail as possible the actual tomb that the Corvette was once housed in.

Two New Colors Announced for 2021 Corvette

During the Michelin NCM Virtual Bash, both GM Corvette Assembly's Kai Spande and GM's Corvette Team Members Tadge Juechter and Harlan Charles led seminars providing viewers with updates as to what's going on.

 

Kai's seminar shared the safety measures that were taken to open the plant back up, with production having started back on Tuesday, May 26. Kai indicated it will take a few weeks to ramp production back up. Shipping will resume after at least a two-week holding period.

 

During Tadge and Harlan's presentation, the team shared statistics on the 2020 Corvettes that have been ordered. To date, Torch Red is the most popular color at 25%, followed by Arctic white at 15% and Black at 12%. Sebring Orange and Elkhart Lake Blue are at 7%, Rapid Blue, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Blade Silver and Shadow Gray are at 6%, Long Beach Red at 5%, and Accelerate Yellow and Zeus Bronze at 3%.

 

The team announced the two new colors for 2021, which you can check out on their website. Silver Flare Metallic will replace Blade Silver (a color they debuted on the 2009 model year) and Red Mist Tint Coat Metallic will replace Long Beach Red (a color that debuted on the 2016 model year).

Powertrain Warranty Now Offered from NCM Insurance

The NCM Insurance Agency team has spent the last several months developing a program, available for purchase exclusively online, for Classic Cars, Antique Automobiles, Restomods, and most other collector vehicles that they insure.

 

The limited powertrain protection mirrors your driving habits and our polices with tiered mileage plans. The coverage covers the engine, transmission and other components of the powertrain. This is the only mechanical protection plan available with built in flat-bed towing reimbursements. This program is backed by an AM Best rated insurance carrier.

Museum to Reopen Monday, June 8

The long-awaited day of reopening is slated for Monday, June 8 and they are ready and waiting! Normal hours of operation will resume starting Monday and are 8am-5pm CT.

 

You'll notice a few changes have been made to ensure your health and safety, as well as that of our staff including acrylic barriers at customer interaction points, hand sanitizer provided throughout the Museum, and social distancing reminders both on the floor, via signage, and PA announcements. They have increased the frequency of their cleaning, perform daily temperature checks of the staff, and have temporarily limited access to items like touch screens in the Museum. While face masks are not required, they have  provided them to the staff, and have some available should a visitor request one.

 

They hope you'll consider planning a visit to see all the new and exciting changes to YOUR Museum!

Win a Blade Silver Convertible Corvette

Raffle in TWO WEEKS!  Your next chance to win a Corvette is Thursday, June 18 when they raffle off a 

2020 Blade Silver Corvette Convertible.

Tickets are $200 and the raffle is limited to 1,500 Tickets.

 

Cruise with NCM to the Southern Caribbean

Join the National Corvette Museum for a cruise through the southern Caribbean! the group will board the Celebrity Cruise line with stops in the Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire May 14-23, 2021 - departing from Fort Lauderdale, FL.

 

Cost to participate in the 9-day cruise is $1,875 per person for double occupancy and $3,750 for single occupancy.

 

Special thanks to Museum Board Member Shannon Lamarche of Premiere Luxury Travel for putting this trip together with proceeds benefiting the Museum.

George Person, Jr.

 

Happy

Birthday

Patrice Walter
Cleo De Los Angeles
Anton Wijenayake
Diane DeVries
Chuck Hammer
Bob Chidsey
Caroline Nakamura
Barbara Heacox
John La Bella
Carolyn Shofner
Bonnie Chavez
Marlis Popovich

06/01
06/03
06/03
06/08
06/09
06/11
06/11
06/18
06/19
06/22
06/28
06/29

Happy

Anniversary

Bob Chidsey &
     Caroline Nakamura
Howell & Nikky Jaynes
Bill Kovacs

06/10

06/22
06/24

Kelly & Sharon

Anton surprises John with a Birthday candle
Photos by Jerry Clement.
Biking group celebrates John La Bella's birthday with Tiramisu and Champagne.
Many thanks to Anton.
 

The latest news for Corvette Racing resuming looks like the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona on Saturday, July 4th. I’m looking forward to seeing the new C8-R running on the track again.

In other racing news, Corvette racing crew chief, Dan Binks is retiring. Dan spent 38 years in motor racing.  Binks started working with the GM factory team in 2002. He was known for making the race team’s pit stops highly efficient. I have heard race announcers comment on Corvette’s short pit stop times on some of the races I’ve watched.

The last bit of news this month is the General Motors announcement that Corvette Racing will not participate in the 24 hours of Le Mans this year. This decision was based on the COVID-19 pandemic and scheduling issues with other IMSA races. This will be the first time Corvette Racing has not competed at Le Mans since the team’s debut in 1999. The team has taken eight class victories in 20 consecutive Le Mans starts, with the most recent victory coming in 2015. Sad. I’ve looked forward to this prestigious race every year.

Until next month, happy Corvetting!!

David

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"Vino To Oro" Sept 12-20  Join Chaz McManis, The Vette Set, Southwest Corvettes and other Corvette Friends on a nine-day Corvette Tour of the Wine Country and Gold Country 

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