THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF
CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES
(CHARTERED NOVEMBER 12, 1991)
VOLUME 23 NUMBER 6 JUNE 2013
The Central Valley Corvette Club was
chartered in 1991 for the owners of the only
real AMERICAN sports car, the awesome
CORVETTE. It's a social organization with
activities that provide enjoyment for the true
MONTHLY MEETINGS ARE HELD
AT 6:30 P.M. ON THE 3 RD TUESDAY
OF EVERY MONTH AT YOSEMITE
FALLS CAFE, 4278 W. ASHLAN AVE,
FRESNO CALIFORNIA. INTERESTED
CORVETTE ENTHUSIATS ARE
MORE THAN WELCOME TO
ATTEND THE MEETINGS AND MEET
Club activities include monthly meetings,
car shows, weekend Club activities,
overnighters, picnics, road rallies, summer
cruises, holiday get-to-gathers and more!
Eligibility for membership in CVC is
defined in Article III, section 1 of the
bylaws in part as follows: "Membership in
Central Valley Corvettes shall be open to all
Corvette owners who are sponsored by a
member in good standing. Additionally, a
prospective member must, within a three
month period , attend two consecutive
meetings, participate in two club sanctioned
social activities, pay current membership
dues and initiation fees, and be approved by
two- thirds vote of membership present at
any general membership meeting by secret
Sponsors shall be responsible for advising
prospective member of results. All
members must submit proof of personal
insurance in accordance with California
State Law upon application for
membership, and all members must be a
member of the association providing club
liability insurance for CENTRAL VALLEY
A prospective member who does not have a
sponsor will be provided one by the
membership committee. Non-members may
not participate in more than three meetings
or two sanctioned activities.
CVC membership dues are $67.00 plus an
initiation fee of $35.00. Membership entitles
two members at the same address voting
privileges at meetings (provided they are in
good standing) and membership rights.
Please feel free to contact the membership
chairperson, Diane Hayes (559)-559-591-
0844 or any officer on the following page.
Craig Hansen (Pam)
Pam Hansen (Craig)
Jeff Levine (Sarah)
Terri Parks (Fred)
Fred Parks (Terri)
Linda Laningham (Chuck)
Diane Hayes (Mike)
Pat Garrahan (Patrick)
Pam and I are unable to attend the June monthly
club meeting, but we will be there in spirit. With
both the president and the VP of activities gone, we
will leave you in the capable hands of VP of public
relations, Jeff Levine. Prior to accepting the
nomination for CVC office last October, I was
already booked to attend a convention in
Charleston, West Virginia on behalf of the
International Right of Way Association of which I
am president of the Central Valley chapter.
About 200 miles from Charleston is Cincinnati,
Ohio where I was born on June 3, 1955. Our family
moved to Stockton in March of 1956. We’ve not
been back since. But for as long as I can remember,
I have always wanted to return to Cincinnati and
visit the house we lived in at 8675 Cottonwood
Drive, see Christ Hospital down the street where I
was born and catch a ballgame at Crosley Field.
The house looks much the same today as it did in
our black and white photos taken when we lived
there. The hospital, while in the same location has
been completly rebuilt. Crosley Field was
abandoned by the Reds in 1970 and demolished in
1972. The Reds next home, Riverfront Stadium,
lasted about 35 years before it was imploded to
make way for another new facility. So on June 14,
2013 it will be the Reds and Milwaukee Brewers at
Great American Ballpark. Little did I know it would
take 57 years to finally fulfill an item on the bucket
Pam and I will be accompanied by my sister who is
14 years my senior and she can fill in the blanks.
Also on the itinerary is a visit to the suburb of
Norwood, Ohio where GM assembled automobiles
for seven decades, including the Chevrolet Camaro
and Pontiac Firebird. In 1987, GM shuttered the
plant. Our 1969 Camaro RS/SS 396 convertible was
built at Norwood on June 3, 1969 which was my
14 th birthday. The plant is long gone, but just to see
where it all took place, I still find intriguing.
Other stops before reaching the convention include
the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Niagara Falls,
the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY and
the Performing Arts Center and Museum in Bethel
NY which was the site of the famed August 1969
Our last stop will be Gettysburg PA to view the epic
Civil War battlefield in which over 50,000 union
and confederate soldiers died in July 1863. The
outer wall of our bedroom at the bed and breakfast
we will be staying in still contains several bullet
holes from the three day event 150 years ago.
It promises to be a memorable trip. Now if only we
could exchange our run of the mill rental car for a
Central Valley Corvettes General
May 21, 2013
General meeting was called to order at 6:31 p.m. by
President Craig Hansen.
Minutes from the April General meeting were read
by Terri Parks. Motion was made by Scott Parkin
and seconded by Ed Kroeker to accept the minutes
Membership Chairman Diane Hays introduced our
guests and potential members Del Walker and
Susan Cursi. They are friends of Jan and Gary.
Treasurer Fred Parks gave the May's Treasurer's
Vice President of Public Relations Jeff Levin
reported the on the birthdays and anniversaries of
the club members.
Vice President of Activities Pam Hansen had
members report on their past runs. She reported the
future runs as the Word from Home car show,
Phoenician Gardens, El Cid's dinner run,
Chowchilla Steakhouse dinner run, Auburn/Nevada
City, Solvang, and Alaskan cruise.
Debbie Garrison reported on the success of the
Sergeant of Arms Charlie Fosnaugh collected badge
fines of $1.25.
Our "In the News" reporter Jan Pflepsen reported
the news concerning our Corvette families.
Parliamentarian Linda Laningham had nothing to
Old Business: Craig reminded members to submit
reports on their runs for the newsletter.
Charlie Fosnaugh reported our website is under
Craig reminded members the first 50% of the
Mystery run costs are due tonight.
New Business: Patricia Garrahan asked if members
would be interested in window decals.
Craig asked members if there's interested in a run to
the coast and Hearst Castle the weekend after
Next Board meeting will be at the home of Fred
and Terri Parks on May 23th at 7:00 p.m.
Craig and Pam will not be at the June general
meeting. So, Jeff will be running the meeting.
Charlie asked if there was anyone interested in
seeing the new Star Trek movie.
Skip Severance reported on some of the new
technology of the C7.
The motion to adjourn the meeting was made by
Judy Capurro and seconded by Lupe Dawson.
Meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.
Raffle: Thank you to the following members for
donating raffle prizes; Bird, Campos, Comer,
Dawson, Fam, Fosnaugh, Garrahan, Debbie, Keith,
Skip, and Vickie Garrison, Hayes, Krebs, Kroeker,
Laningham, Null, Olson, Parkin, Pflepsen, and
Respectfully submitted by,
Terri Parks, Secretary
Hey guys, it’s me again. Many thanks to those of you who have scheduled some new runs.
Everyone, be sure to check them out below and get them on your calendar. We still need a run
leader for the Chowchilla Car Show if you are interested let me know. Gotta Run!?! Be
Fri-Sun 6/7-9 Auburn-Nevada City, Garrahans and Garrisons
Sun 6/30 Word From Home Car Show to support our troops,
Saturday 7/6 Phoenician Garden’s, Fams
Fri-Sun 7/12-14 Solvang, Capurros and Laninghams
Sat 7/27 Potluck, Capurros and Laninghams
Sat 8/3 El Cids, Oakhurst, Comers
Sat 8/10 Chowchilla Steak House, Capurros
8/18-28 Alaska Cruise – Goodalls and Garrahans
Saturday 9/21 Chowchilla Car Show (?)
Fri-Sun 10/4 – 10/6 President’s Mystery Run, Hansens
Sun 10/20 Mystery Dinner, Capurros
Thursday 12/12/13 Christmas Party
12/27 – 29 Cambria Christmas, Comers – Hansen - Hayes
3/29-4/13/14 Southwest Tour II, Hansens
WHEN: June 7-9, 2013
TIME: 8:00 a.m.
MEET AT HERNDON AND 99 by the TACO BELL
Make reservations at BEST WESTERN Golden Key
530-885-8611 CUT-OFF DATE May 7, 2013
Rooms are under Central Valley Corvettes.
1 King Bed @ $90.99 + Tax or 2 queen beds @ $110.99 + Tax
For more information contact:
PATRICK OR PAT GARRAHAN
SKIP OR VICKIE GARRISON
6 th Annual Word From
Home Car Show
Freedom Celebration to
Support Our Troops
Sunday June 30, 2013 5:00 P.M. til Dark
35849 Ave 13 ½ Madera Ranchos
Call Pam Hansen (559) 474-2330 to enter your classic car
Come Join Freddy and me for Dinner!
WHERE: Phoenician Garden
1025 E. Herndon Ave.
(SE Corner of Herndon and First)
WHEN: Saturday, July 6, 2013
at 5:00 P.M.
We will go for frozen yogurt after dinner.
There will be a sign-up sheet at the next meeting or you
can contact me.
Paula Fam 559-449-8548 or E-mail:
SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013
Join us for a Potluck at Judy and Gordon’s house!
3022 Hornet Ave.
Come early for appetizers and a little socializing at
We plan to eat at about 5:30.
There will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting
or you can sign-up by calling 559-294-7050
or E-mailing email@example.com
We’re going to cruise Bass Lake and then head
El Cid’s in Oakhurst for dinner.
Saturday August 3, 2013
Reimer’s Candy and Ice Cream
has opened a store next door to El Cid’s.
How convenient is that!
Meeting in the Target parking lot at
River Park: 3:00 P.M.
Sign-up sheet will be at the next meeting or you can contact:
Dale or Sue Comer at 559-683-6710
or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
COST WILL BE $600.00 PER COUPLE AND $435.OO FOR SINGLES.
This includes lodging, one breakfast, 2 lunches, transfers, all
admissions and tours.
WE COULD GO WEST, NORTH EAST OF SOUTH…OR ALL FOUR
DIRECTIONS! WE COULD GO HIGH OR WE MIGHT GO LOW…BOLDLY
GO WHERE CVC HAS NEVER GONE BEFORE! RESERVE YOUR SPACE
TODAY! 50 PERCENT DEPOSIT BY MAY MEETING AND 50 PERCENT BY
CALL 645-0513 OR E-MAIL US AT
CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES
CRAIG HANSEN JUNE 3
SHARON CONDLEY JUNE 17
MARY ANN WHITSON JUNE 18
GAIL TAVARES JUNE 20
CRAIG AND PAM HANSEN JUNE 14, 1979 34 YEARS
MOTHER KNOWS BEST
John invited his mother over for dinner. During the meal, his mother couldn't help noticing how
beautiful John's roommate Julie was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between John and
his roommate, and this only made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more
between John and the roommate than met the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts, John volunteered, "I
know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Julie and I are just roommates."
About a week later, Julie came to John and said, "Ever since your mother came to dinner, I can't find the
beautiful silver gravy ladle. You don't suppose she took it, do you?" John said, "Well, I doubt it, but I'll
write her a letter just to be sure." So he sat down and wrote, "Dear Mother, I'm not saying you 'did' take
a gravy ladle from my house, and I'm not saying you 'did not' take a gravy ladle. But the fact remains
that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner."
Several days later, John received a letter from his mother which read, "Dear Son, I'm not saying that you
'do' sleep with Julie, and I'm not saying that you 'do not' sleep with Julie. But the fact remains that if she
was sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR BADGES TO ALL
MEETINGS, CLUB EVENTS AND RUNS.
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB RAFFLE AND BRING A RAFFLE PRIZE
To all of you CVC members I say thank you for your
contribution regarding what is going on in your lives……
The first response was from our friend Charlotte who tells me that Don is buying a motor home for their
travels ans she is going to help with the driving…..that’s scarry!!!! I certainly hope she remembers that
they need gas to drive – considering she ran our of gas in her corvette!!!!
Charlotee also tells me that Don has been diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, is now on medication and
seems to feel a little better.
The latest exciting news for the Laninghmas is that they are going to be great-grandparents again in
Our dear Keith Garrison is going to have surgery on May 23 rd to repair two tears in his Meniscus. Keith
got a big surprise when he learned he had a fracture in this knee. Aren’t the golden years fun and full of
Debbie is participating in the Relay for Life this coming weekend, the 18 th and the 19 th . We are very
proud of you. Do well.
Peggy Cook sent this message to all: “After a successful car show, Bob and I are ready for a much
needed rest. So we have headed for the lake for a week. Thanks to all of my Corvette friends that joined
us on Saturday. Our show was awesome and the new location was a hit. I can’t wait to tell you how
much money we made for Families For Effective Autism Treatment. I will let you all know when the
totals come in.” –Peggy
The Garrahans have some unwelcome guests at their house. A termite inspection revealed dry wood
termites have moved in. Their house is being tented for 3 days. Patrick and Shawn will pitch a tent in the
back yard while Pat has chosen to stay with her daughter. There is no structural damage. The inspcter
says this is a good case for those who have yearly inspections.
Gary and Jan spent the last three days playing golf at the Ridgemark Golf Course in Hollister with 24
couples from Belmont Country Club playing golf. Jan’s team placed second in the Ladies Division and
Gary had his best game played. This golf putting is a 30 year tradition and was enjoyed by all.
It’s that time of year again when squash and
tomatoes are starting to produce in your
garden. If you are like me, you’re always
looking for new ways to fix them.
The following recipe uses both of these
summertime favorites and was shared by
Charlotte Renna. It makes a delicious and
easy side dish.
BAKED ZUCCHINI WITH GARLIC AND TOMATOES
Fresh garlic or garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Cheese: Grated Mozzarella, Parmesan, or cheese blend
Basil, fresh or dried
Slice the zucchini in half. (Slice off the bottom to keep in stable.)
Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic or garlic powder.
Top with sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle with cheese of your choice (mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese or
Sprinkle with chopped fresh or dried basil. Bake 375 for 20 to 30 minutes until
soft. (Depends on your oven.)
WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED:
Men Are Just Happier People --
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack...
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you,
He or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough..
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes..
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, even decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives
On December 24 in 25 minutes.
If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy,
Bubba and Wildman.
When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only
for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want
When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a
bar of soap, and a towel.
The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be
able to identify more than 20 of these items.
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.
A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the
phone, read a book, and get the mail.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the
Here's what the Corvette Oldsmobile
Division wanted, but never had. This
experimental sports car would have been in
direct competition with the Chevrolet
Corvette. While debating the matter, GM
built three Olds F-88 show cars, each one
slightly different, all with concealed folding
tops. It is powered by a 324-cid 'Rocket V8'
producing 250 bhp. Brought out of GM
styling in pieces, and owned briefly by
financier and luxury auto magnate, E.L.
Cord (CEO of Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg).
One version was gifted to Harley Earl upon
his retirement. The only surviving F-88 was
sold at auction in 2005 for $3.2 million.
The XP-20 project, commonly known as F-
88 was a pet project of Harley Earl (working
with him was Bill Mitchell, Ken Pickering,
Zora Duntov etc.). Four cars came out of the
project, but only styling order #2265 (this
car) survived. It was sold or given to E.L.
Cord (Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg owner) in
1955. Hundreds of internal GM documents
and original blue prints are still with this
The Oldsmobile F-88 is one of the most
historically significant vehicles of its era and
considered by many automotive historians to
be a great expression of automotive design
from the 1950s Golden Age.
Designed during 1952-1953, around the
same time as the first Motorama Corvette,
the preliminary sketches of the F-88 came
from veteran designer Bill Lange. The final
design was done in the main Oldsmobile
studio under the direction of Art Ross. A
very gifted designer, Ross is given credit for
the 1941 Cadillac egg crate ‘tombstone'
grill, the World War II Wildcat tank
destroyer, and the ‘rocket' beltline for the '59
Oldsmobile. The interior of the Oldsmobile
was designed by Jack Humbert (who later
moved on to become Pontiac's chief
The first Oldsmobile F-88 was built for the
1954 Motorama show circuit and followed
in 1957 by the Oldsmobile F-88 Mark II.
The Oldsmobile F-88 shared the stage of the
Motorama show with the Oldsmobile
Cutlass fastback coupe that shared an
identical instrument panel. Unveiled at the
General Motors Motorama on January 21,
1954 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New
York, the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 was
painted metallic gold with metallic green
inside the fender wells.
The golden Oldsmobile F-88 was a true
showstopper. For six days the vehicle
display and musical revenue ran, following
that the Oldsmobile F-88 became part of a
series of traveling Motorama shows that
caravanned by both bus and truck to Miami,
LA, San Francisco, and Chicago. Over 2
million viewers saw the five Motoramas that
season. Back in that day, after a show car
had completed its Motorama duties, it was
usually turned over to its sponsoring
division. The division's top execs were then
encouraged to eventually destroy it as they
couldn't sell such vehicle, or they could give
them away to favored dealers.
The Mark II looked entirely different than
the first F-88 and featured quad headlights
and blade-like vertical tailfins. The Mark III
was introduced in the 1959 and unveiled for
the GM Motorama, also looking nothing like
the earlier two.
An experimental, high performance, two-
passenger sports convertible, the F-88 was
Oldsmobile's legendary dream car. A
beautiful dynamo on wheel, the F-88 was
Oldsmobile's experimental convertible that
GM's stylists incorporated scores of striking
innovations into. This spectacular sports car
featured natural pigskin upholstery, lowpoised
fiberglass body, unusual rear deck
design, sparkling interior trim and a special
250 hp ‘Rocket' engine. The elliptical grille
mouth, ‘hockey stick' side trim and bullet
tail lights were designed purely period
Harley Earl, the legendary automotive
stylist, designed the F-88 under the belief
that it would have outsold the Corvette and
forever changed automotive history.
Unfortunately Chevrolet, which produced
more GM products than any of its other
divisions, convinced the GM board of
directors to cut the Oldsmobile project. The
F-88 never went into production due to that
sabotage combined with lukewarm Corvette
sales. The 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 was
strictly ever a dream car.
Meant to compete with the similarly sized
Corvette, the F-88 was one of the most
significant concept vehicles ever designed
by GM. Lightweight; the F-88 would have
outperformed even the Ford Thunderbird.
The Oldsmobile F-88 featured a Rocket 88
V8, 4 speed automatic hydromatic
transmission, power windows and door
latches, bullet tail lights, large vertical
exhaust outlets for its ‘Rocket' V-8, and a
distinguished wide-mouth grille, unlike the
Corvette, which only had a 6-cylinder
engine, a 2-speed automatic transmission
and no windows.
Powered by hopped up 324-cubic-inch V8
from the '54 Oldsmobile Super 99, the F-55
engine used a stock four-barrel carburetor
with a tiny flat air cleaner. The engine's
9.0:1 compression ratio plus additional
modifications boosted the Super 88's 185
horsepower to 250 horsepower and an
undisclosed amount of torque. With no
trouble handling the Oldsmobile's V-8
torque, power flowed through a four-speed
Hydra-Matic transmission to a 3.55:1
Corvette rear axle. The F-88 took its off-theshelf
components, its instruments, from a
1953 Oldsmobile. Humbert turned the
speedometer into a combined speedo/tach
and gave the other three dials custom faces.
Only four cars were ever built, and one
survives today and set a world record when
auctioned in January 2005 at the Barrett-
Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for
$3,240,000.00. The founder of the
Discovery Channel, John S. Hendricks is the
proud owner who has is displayed in its own
room at the Gateway Auto Museum in
By Jessica Donaldson
(Ed. note: Greg Krebs forwarded an E-mail
he got re: this car that said “the ’54 Olds
could have ‘Killed’ the Corvette”. What do
When I went to the car show,
Freida gave me the bird!
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CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES
P. O. BOX 26591
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA 93729-6591