By Janet Curran, Registry Number W0477

Way Out West

by Janet Curran [C5R# W0477], Yucaipa, CA  Email

Spring has departed and summer is upon us. The Southwest is in a horrible drought. Here in Yucaipa we have had only 5” of rain instead of our normal 16”. Our usual glorious wild flower display was rather dismal this year because of the lack of moisture. We had a very rare severe freeze that killed a lot of plants, leaving only dry tender. This foretells a really bad fire season and more of our forest succumbing to disease and insects. We all need to be very careful when enjoying our beautiful outdoors.

Our beautiful and exciting Corvettes are noticed and appreciated not only by fellow owners, but by the civilian population as well. During one of my commutes home from Pahrump, I came upon the Agricultural Inspection Station where I am normally waved through without the required stop and questions. This time the young man raised his arm in the halt position and said to me “Sorry, but I had to stop you. This car looks so fricken, awesome bad”. As I left the inspection booth, I had to smile and of course hit the throttle just a little harder to open the exhaust butterflies so that he could hear that amazing Z06 LS7 engine. That smile stayed with me for many miles!

It has been a very exciting few months since my last column. Most of the Southwest continues Corvette activities throughout the year, but we have really picked up the pace this spring. There have been large and small shows, cruises to many different venues including museums, race tracks, tuner shops, manufacturing facilities, mountains, canyons, deserts, beaches and restaurants. A large number of these activities revolve around fund raising for many different charitable foundations. Please remember that you support these very worthwhile charities with your registration and raffle dollars.

The ALMS came to the Long Beach Grand Prix for the first time in March. With the ALMS came the C6.R’s and the full support of Corvette Marketing. We had a great Corvette Corral that overflowed into the Porsche Corral and a nice shaded hospitality tent. Corvette C6.R team drivers came to the hospitality tent for our own private autograph session. Lou Gigliotti dropped by to tell us about the World Challenge Race and his Corvette, signed autographs and helped us present the Car Show awards. Tom Wallace signed autographs, talked to us about Corvette Racing and Corvettes in general and chatted with the Corvette fans. Marketing Director Gary Claudio spent time with the attendees. Roc and Nancy Linkov came out from the Museum to make sure that everything ran smoothly. Ron and Lynda Fellows [C5R# Z5201] dropped by the hospitality tent just to visit with everyone.

The Ron Fellows Limited Edition Arctic White Z06 and the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car were on display for all to enjoy, and were a prime attraction for visitors posing for photos.

There were celebrity car show awards, club participation award, distance award, and many FUN raffles. Attendees received a special dash plaque and a goody bag. This was a great event and should be even larger next year. The Long Beach Grand Prix is a very big party with lots to do and lots to observe.

Corvette Track Days were held at Spring Mountain [Corporate Member # MC065] in April. There were over 100 drivers that drove in from many states including Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. There were raffle prizes that included brake lines, gift certificates, apparel and posters. A first time event was the raffle for a 3-Day, Spring Mountain Driving School with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Art and Joyce Majors [C5R# Y5122] from Carson City, Nevada won the 3-Day Driving School, donating it back for auction where it raised even more money. Corvette people are very generous and they just kept giving until we had raised over $8,000 to fight the big “C”. Everyone had a great time and learned more about their fabulous Corvettes.
Hot Nevada Vettes held a car show and rally at the Spring Mountain upper paddock during the Corvette Track Days and both groups joined together for parade laps, dinner and FUN.

The Official C5/C6 Registry’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Birthday Bash was held at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. We photographed just a few of the people representing the Western United States. Some of us had to fly, but there were many that made the cross-country journey in their Corvettes. It was really great to see so many of my long distance friends and to meet new friends. The vendors’ area had a nice selection of Corvette related products. The seminars were informative and entertaining, especially the Ron (Fellows) & Johnny (O’Connell) [C5R# Z5207] Show. There were plant tours, road trips and, of course, the introduction of the 2008 Corvette.
I loved the entire Birthday Bash, but I was really moved by the Racing Awards Dinner salute to Ron Fellows. Ron has been with Corvette Racing since Day One and loves Corvette as much as the most avid enthusiast. Johnny O presented a special award to Ron and it was obvious just how close these two Corvette drivers have become over the years. Ron and Johnny, we all feel the same way about both of you! The audience had another memorable moment when it was announced that there will be a third C6.R racing at Mosport this year on August 26th with Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim [C5R# Z5202] back together again. The ALMS motto is “For The Fans”, but for Corvette Racing the fans are made to feel like a part of the Corvette Racing family.


The last ALMS race for 2007 will be held on October 20th at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. This will be a very special “not to be missed” event. For Corvette Corral information at Laguna Seca please check .

There are many special events this summer. For an updated list please check the Registry website at

If there is an event that you believe others might care about, please let us know.
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C5/C6 Fun!


June 27-29, 2007 Corvette Action Center CruiseFest 2007, Colorado Springs, CO Contact Patrick Mulready ( )

July 13-15, 2007 22nd So Oregon Corvette Assn. Corvette Weekend, Grants Pass, OR

July 27-29, 2007 Big Bear Bash, Big Bear Lake, CA

July 26-29, 2007 Vettes on the Rockies, Breckenridge, CO


Oct 4-7, 2007 Corvettes & Ghost Riders, Tombstone, AZ


October 19-21, 2007 ALMS & Speed World Challenge, Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA

October 30 – November 2, 2007 SEMA, Las Vegas, NV

November 10-11, 2007 Corvette Museum HPDE at Spring Mountain 


If there is an event that you believe others might care about, please let us know.

Join us for some C5/C6 FUN.

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