What a Year 2005 Has Been!/bigger>/bigger>/bigger>
The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the past. What
a year this year was for Corvette and the C5/C6 Registry. It began with the
introduction of the brand new C6 Z06 for 2006 model year at the Detroit Auto
Show. This was the Highest Horse Power Vette Ever that we had been dreaming
about all our lives and now it was here right in front of us in the plastic! As
Spring and then Summer progressed we got a closer in depth view of the new Z06.
But now this Fall it is in some of our lucky members’ hands! You notice I said
“members’ hands” and not “mine!” I’m still on a waiting list (as David Hill
would say) for the Greatest Vette Ever! I’m hoping the 2007 model year is going
to be my lucky year, or maybe a miracle will take place and the factory will
double production after reading this! The Z06 has dominated the news throughout
the year with the C5/C6 Registry and the Corvette enthusiasts around the world.
I know this to be true from my travels to Le Mans this past June. Since its
unveiling in January and its production this Fall, it has truly become America’s
and the World’s Sports Car! Bravo GM!
Although the Z06 dominated my thoughts this year, we did have some great
Registry functions and some great opportunities to share the joy this hobby
brings to our lives with fellow Corvette enthusiasts. The April Birthday Bash
was fantastic with its Rock and Roll theme and two production Z06s in front of
the Museum to look at and ride in (Just ask Bob Patrella [C5R# Y3932] who was
the highest bidder in last year’s auction to ride and drive in the first Z06
with David Hill by his side!).
It was a great time!
You know me, I Love Corvette Racing! This year’s highlight was certainly the
first C6-R win at Atlanta, followed by 1st and 2nd in Class at the 24 Hours of
Le Mans. Corvette Racing’s star shone bright in France! We took 30 members and
their Vettes to Europe for a once in a lifetime trip and what a spectacular trip
it was! (Read their personal reflections of this trip starting on page 20). We
were Racing on the Autobahn, driving the NurburgRing hoping to stay alive,
staying at our favorite French Chateau, visiting the Normandy battlefields and
of course the highlight of highlights attending the 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans
where our C6-R Corvettes Dominated! But I dare say the biggest thrill for all of
us was the Parade Lap around the famous Le Mans 8.4 mile Circuit IN OUR OWN
personal Corvettes! Besides professional drivers, there are probably not more
than a couple of hundred people in the world who have done this on Race Day just
before the start
of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and we are some of them……what a thrill!
Another enjoyable event for me is always
Corvettes at Carlisle and this year was no exception. What a Show they put on!
It truly is the Grand Daddy of all Corvette Shows. Anything you want related to
Corvette is there, and not just one of them, but dozens of them. Lance Miller
has done an admirable job of bringing the Show forward since his father’s
untimely passing. The Miller family has always been close friends of the
Official C5/C6 Registry since our inception and we really enjoy visiting with
them during Corvettes at Carlisle.
2005 was a Great Year and I know 2006 will be
even better! The Birthday Bash at the National Corvette Museum is already
shaping up to be a fantastic event. Mark your calendars right now for April
20-23, 2006. Not only will we have Z06s to look at, our members will be driving
their own Z06s to this FUN event. We always start the Corvette year off with a
bang and I know next year will be NO exception. I look forward to seeing all our
I am very thankful for the gift of friendship the Registry has brought me and
the enjoyment the Corvette hobby has provided me these last eight years. As my
Miller was fond of saying, “Life is Good” and I know it is especially good when
you’re in a Corvette!
I would like to wish our C5/C6 Registry family a very safe, happy and blessed