THE OFFICIALNEWSLETTEROF CENTRALVALLEYCORVETTES (CHARTERED NOVEMBER 12,1991)
VOLUME 25 JANUARY 2015
Volume 26 Number 1 January 2016
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 CORVETTES.
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, Charlotte Renna (559) 323-
0153 or any officer on the following page.
Gary Pflepsen (Jan)
Skip Severance (LeighAnn)
VP-PUBLIC RELATIONS/ MEMBERSHIP
Debby Anderson (Terry)
Mike Lebda (Mary)
Craig Hansen (Pam)
Chuck Laningham (Linda)
Mission Statement / Officers..... 2-3
A Word from our President.......... 4
Secretary’s Minutes..................... 5
CVC Board History...................... 6
Christmas Scenery...................... 7
Sunshine & Clouds...................... 8
Birthdays & Anniversaries............ 9
In The Headlights.......................10
Member Spotlight...................... 11
Cookin’ with Charlotte................ 12
In the Garage w/Dale........... 13-17
CVC Activities............................ 18
CVC Event Flyers.................. 19-23
Christmas Hayride............... 24-29
New Year’s Eve Lunch Run... 30-34
From our Sponsor, Ed Dena....... 35
Susan Walker (Del)
Charlie Fosnaugh (Kim)
Runs remain the main reason for
the club and with 33 runs last year
we’re doing a good job putting them
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We put 2015 to
bed with another great Christmas Party
and Hayride. A wonderful job was
done by Debbie and Keith Garrison on
the party and Charlotte Renna on the
hayride. Also, thanks Keith (along with
Patrick Garrahan’s help) for the ride
portion of the hayride.
My first year as President is done and
with the assistance of a terrific board
it was a good year for the club. With
some loses and some gains our
membership remained steady at 89.
Two years ago we were at 78 so we
are up by 14 percent. Attendance at
meetings remains at a high level
which indicates the interest the
members have in the club.
You may have noticed that at the
December meeting we gave the
waitress, Claudia, who has served us
so well at the meetings a card. It
expressed our appreciation for her
great service and included a $50
VISA gift card.
This is a short letter as I have to go
lock myself in a room and start
working on this year’s Mystery Run,
which is still a mystery to me. HELP!
See you all at the next meeting.
Central Valley Corvettes
General Meeting Minutes
December 15, 2015
The General Meeting was called to order
at 6:30 by President, Gary Pflepsen.
The minutes from the November
meeting were read by Debby Anderson,
Secretary. Pam Hansen made a motion
to accept the minutes as read and it was
seconded by Leigh Ann Severance.
Motion carried. Treasurer’s Report was
given by Mike Lebda. The account is solid
going into 2016.
VP of Activities, Skip Severance had the
run leaders report on the previous
month’s runs. The upcoming runs are:
Dec 23 rd Star Wars @ the Maya Theatre,
Jan 22 nd Roger Rocka, Feb 7 th Super Bowl
Party, Mar 4-6 Space Shuttle.
VP of PR/Membership, Dick Danielsen
gave the Birthday and Anniversary
report. Dick stated that we have 89
members as of tonight. The Derringer’s
were voted in, Welcome Derringer’s!
The Birds will no longer be continuing in
the club due to not being able to get in
and out of their Corvette any longer. We
will miss them. This was Dick’s last
meeting on the Board.
Thanks Dick for all your hard work this
past year! Charlotte Renna took her
place at the table as the new VP of
PR/Membership. Welcome back
Charlotte! Sgt. at Arms, Chuck
Laningham collected $2.75 and paid all
the fines as a Christmas surprise. Thanks!
Sunshine and Clouds report was given by
The club jackets have all been
distributed. Thanks Charlie for doing
that! Scott Parkin thanked everyone
again for coming to their reception and
for the generous gift of Money that was
given to him and Aimee.
We are working on a new seating
arrangement, please bear with us as we
work out the kinks.
The next General Meeting will be
Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
The next Board Meeting will be Tuesday,
December 22 nd 7:00pm at Gary’s house.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was
made by Mike Henenfent and seconded
by Del Walker.
Meeting adjourned at 7:15 pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
Debby Anderson, Secretary
Raffle: Thank you to the following members
for donating raffle prizes: A&C Anderson,
T&D Anderson, Capurro, Danielsen,
Derringer, Fosnaugh, Garrahan, Garrison,
Hall, Hansen, Hayes, Henderson,
Henenfent, Jarvis, Laningham, Lebda, Null,
Olson, Parkin, Parks, Pflepsen, Piercy,
Renna, Severance and Walker. We made
$260 on raffle tickets tonight.
CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT V.P. ACTIVITIES V.P. PUBLIC RELATIONS SECRETARY TREASURER
1992 Chuck Vencill Terry Capurso Andy Anderson Charlotte Renna Mike Paul
1993 Terry Capurso Chuck Vencill Sondra Aniotzbehere Chuck Lanningham Clayton Olson
1994 Charlotte Renna Keith Garrison Richard Mullins Jerry Mitchell Sue Comer
1995 Andy Anderson Stan Qualls Richard Mullins Cheramay Qualls Debbie Garrison
1996 Keith Garrison Mike Curtis Steve Smitha Tanya Mitchell Mike Crafton
1997 Keith Garrison Mike Curtis Marilyn Goodall Linda Laningham Mike Crafton
1998 Mike Curtis John Bird Joyce Kroeker Linda Laningham Patrick Garrahan
1999 John Bird Skip Severance Joyce Kroeker Dorothy Gregerson Patrick Garrahan
2000 John Bird Skip Severance Tamanee Krazan Dorothy Gregerson Ed Hokokian
2001 Pat Garrahan Mike Curtis Tamanee Krazan Carrie Threet Ed Hokokian
2002 Tamanee Krazan Craig Hansen Dale Comer Pam Hansen Joe Renna
2003 Charlotte Renna Craig Hansen CJ Curtis Pam Hansen Joe Renna
2004 Debbie Garrison Rodney Ainsworth Julie Sons Diane Ainsworth Jill Kroeker Rosen
2005 Debbie Garrison Ron Miller Julie Sons Peggy Cook Jill Kroeker Rosen
2006 Peggy Cook Jim Agar Mike Curtis Lynne Agar Terri Parks
2007 Jim Agar John Johnson Andy Anderson Lynne Agar Terri Parks
2008 Jim Agar John Johnson Lynn Massingham Sheryl DeMello Debbie Garrison
2009 Charlotte Renna Keith Garrison Scott Parkin Sheryl DeMello Debbie Garrison
2010 Charlotte Renna Scott Parkin Mary Case Linda Laningham Dave Case
2011 Linda Laningham Particia Garahan Jan DeMello Sheryl DeMello Judy Capurro
2012 Linda Laningham Keith Garrison Jan Pflepsen Sheryl De.-Terri Parks Judy Capurro
2013 Craig Hansen Pam Hansen Jeff Levine Terri Parks Fred Parks
2014 Craig Hansen Pam Hansen Skip Severance Kim Fosnaugh Fred Parks
2015 Gary Phlepsen Skip Severance Dick Danielsen Debby Anderson Mike Lebda
2016 Gary Phlepsen Skip Severance Charlotte Renna Debby Anderson Mike Lebda
Dale and Sue Comer’s White Christmas
Scott and Aimee Parkin’s White Christmas
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS
Jan De Mello-Pflepsen
Dec. 15, 2015
WE DON’T HAVE LOTS OF NEWS, BUT ENOUGH TO SHARE WITH ALL MEMBERS. AGAIN,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS.
1. FROM JOYCE KROEKER WE LEARN THAT ED HAS JUST HAD CATARACT SURGERY
AND IS SCHEDULED FOR THE OTHER EYE SURGERY SOON. WE AS A GROUP WITH ED
2. DEBBIE GARRISON HAS SENT A MESSAGE REGARDING OUR LINDA LANINGHAM. IT
SEEMS THAT LINDA AWAKENED THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING WITH A
DETACHED RETINA. THIS WAS VERY SCARY!! THE PHYSICIANS WERE ABLE TO DO
LASER SURGERY THE SAME DAY AND IT WAS SUCCESSFUL ENOGH THAT SHE DID
NOT HAVE TO HAVE MUCH MORE EXTENSIVE SURGERY. SO FAR SO GOOD AND
BECAUSE LINDA IS SUCH A TROOPER, SHE HAS NOT SLOWED DOWN TOO MUCH. SHE
WAS NOT ABLE TO HAVE THANKSGIVING WITH HER FAMIL BUT WAS ABLE TO CHAIR
HER GUILD LUNCHEON THIS PAST SATURDAY TO SUPPORT THE SELMA BETHEL
HOME. A LOT OF EFFORT AND WORK TO BE SURE CHUCK HAS ITCHED IN AND HAS
BECOME HER PILOT UNTIL SHE IS ABLE TO DRIVE. SO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON KEEP
GOOD THOUGHS FOR LINDA AND CHUCK, TOO.!
3. AND NOW SOME VERY GOOD NEWS FROM GLENN HENDERSON. AS OF OCTOBER30,
2015 GLENN IS RETIRED. HE SOLD THE SELF STORAGE BUSINESS AND IS NOW ABLE
TO DO WHATEVER HE WANTS (THIS IS IF LORRAINE SAYS IT IS O.K.!) HE HAS
PURCHASED A NEW CAR BUT IT IS NOT A CORVETTE. IT IS A 2016 MAZDA MX-5 CLUB
CONVERTIBLE. LOTS OF FUN TO DRIVE. GLENN HAS STARTED MEETING THE GUYS
FOR BEAKFAST AND THE MOVIES ON TUESDAYS, A FUN GROUP. LORRAINE IS
FLYING TO PALM SPRINGS NEXT MONTH WITH 4 OF HER SISTERS TO LAY BY THE
POOL. IT IS A GIRL TRIP. THE DAY AFTER SHE RETURNS HOME, GLENN AND
LORRAINE LEAVE FOR A 6 DAY TRIP WITH THE FIFTH WHEEL GROP TO CAMP IN THE
DESERT AT QUARTSIDE FOR THE RV SHOW AND SWAP MEET. IN FEBRUARY,
LORRAINE GOES ON A CRUISE WITH THE LADIES, MEN ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THIS
TRIP. GLENN IS NOT TOO SURE WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING, BUT HE ASKS NO
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS AT THIS SPECIAL TIME BE FILLED
WITH HAPPINESS AND GOOD HEALTH. PROSPERITY WOULD BE GOOD TOO!!
Tom Piercy Jan 8 th Mike & Diane Hayes Jan 3 rd 54 yrs.
David Sons Jan 10 th Charlie & Kim Fosnaugh Jan 17 th 41 yrs.
Debbie Garrison Jan 22 nd Dale & Sue Comer Jan 27 th 48 yrs.
Jan 28 th
Jan 31 st
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR NAME BADGES TO:
ALL MEETINGS, CLUB EVENTS AND RUNS (25µ FINE EA.)
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB RAFFLE AND BRING A RAFFLE PRIZE!
AND BE SURE AND RECOMEND OUR WEB SITE REGULARY
Craig & Darlene Derringer
CORVETTE: 1998 Light Pewter Corvette Coupe
AGES: Craig - 65 Darlene - 66
MARITAL STATUS: Married
CHILDREN: Craig - 2 daughters, Darlene – 1 son
PETS: 3 dogs - Gypsy, Bella & Scout
OCCUPATION: Craig, retired plumber. Darlene retired hairdresser.
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER CVC: Andy & Connie Anderson
FAVORITE FOODS: Mexican / Chinese
FAVORITE PLACES TO VISIT: Beach
Cookin’ with Charlotte??
‘In the Garage’ with Dale Comer
The 1954 Corvette Dream Cars!
For the 1954 Motorama shows, General Motors Styling Section created not one but three
distinct Corvette dream cars: the Corvair fastback coupe, the Nomad station wagon, and the
convertible coupe. All three shared some recognizable Corvette features, such as the front
grille and fascia treatment, but were given certain unique styling elements in order to set them
apart. The Corvair and the convertible coupe maintained the same wheel base and overall
length as the 1953 Corvette. The Nomad wagon had a longer wheelbase and was
approximately two feet greater in overall length.
1954 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Coupe dream car
The Corvette Convertible Coupe was the closest in styling to the production model. It was
painted in a muted yellow hue and it's main distinctive was a fiberglass removable hardtop
that gave the sports car new "all-weather utility" as touted in the Motorama brochure. This
feature would appear on production models as an aftermarket accessories beginning in 1955
and would officially become an option for the 1956 model year
1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair dream car
The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Corvair concept was a 2-door fastback, 2-passenger coupe.
When it made its debut at the 1954 GM Motorama in New York City. It was a ruby red color but
was repainted light sea foam green for the Los Angeles show in March.
It was built with a fiberglass body and was touted as a "new aerodynamic design" for the
closed sports car class. The streamlined roofline swept back into the jet exhaust-type rear
opening. The Corvair used the Corvette front end, though it sported ribbed air intakes on the
hood that routed fresh air to the interior and fender vents that allowed heat to escape the
engine compartment. The Corvair had a wrap-around windshield and the roof was aircraftinspired
sweeping back into the chrome-trimmed licensed plate housing, which resembled a
jet-fighter exhaust port. Inside the body appeared to have the roof grafted right on to a
production Corvette, as there was no storage area behind the seats. The stock trunk area was
used with a deck lid contoured to the new roofline. The seats had the production fiberglass
divider between them, just like a stock Corvette roadster. The remainder of the interior was
largely stock, with custom white seats and chromed interior C-pillar trim pieces. The chassis
and power train of the Corvair was strictly Corvette. Sluggish sales of the 1954 Corvette
deterred GM management from moving forward with the fastback coupe. The time for a
Corvette fastback eventually did come, though nearly a decade later and on a new-generation
Corvette. The Corvair nameplate would be recycled later for the 1960 Chevrolet Corvair rearengine
compact car. The Corvette Corvair was rumored to have survived the crusher, but no
trace of it has shown up. Also rumored that there was actually more than one car built, but no
paperwork has surfaced that can verify this.
1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad dream car
The Nomad combined the sleek styling of a sports car with the versatility of station wagon.
Built with a "glass fiber reinforced plastic" body, the Nomad was two-door with space for six
passengers. It was built on modified 115-inch Chevrolet wagon chassis to give it the extra
space necessary for this seating capacity. The Nomad also had an electrically operated rear
window that automatically retracted into the tailgate when unlocked or could be remotely
controlled by a button on the instrument panel. The Nomad was most lauded of the three
Corvette dream cars for 1954. A larger version of this concept appeared for the 1955 model
year and the nameplate would appear on concepts in the late 1990s and 2000s.
The 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Nomad concept station wagon, designed by Harley Earl's design
staff, was introduced at the 1954 General Motors Motorama in New York City. Nomad was
another name that Chevrolet would tag onto a production vehicle in the near future. Although
resembling a Corvette, and in fact using many Corvette components, the Nomad was built on a
modified 1953 Chevrolet sedan chassis. From the windshield posts forward, the Nomad was
strictly stock Corvette. The silver-blue and white Nomad was fitted with a Corvette 150-
horsepower, 235 C.I.D., 6-cylinder engine with a 2-speed Powerglide transmission. This 2-door
fiberglass show car station wagon had room for 6 passengers. The tailgate had electricallypowered
glass. The interior was finished in blue and white leather with a fold-down rear seat
and a ribbed headliner. Pieces of the 1954 concept "Corvette Station Wagon" were actually put
into production in 1955, and the car became the Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon.
A Trio of Corvette Motorama Cars for 1954
The production model, the Corvair fastback coupe, the Nomad wagon and the convertible
coupe Images Courtesy of General Motors Archive and The Nomad wagon Courtesy of the
Shane Collection. Click here for more pictures of the 1954 Corvette Dream Cars!
CVC Activities Schedule
Here are the runs that are currently scheduled.
2015 was a good year, let’s make 2016 even better.
Jan 20 Movie Night: “13 Hours” Fosnaugh
Jan 22 Roger Rocka’s 9 to 5 Henenfent’s
Feb 7 Super Bowl Party Anderson’s
Mar 4-6 Space Shuttle Capurro’s
Apr 14-16 Gamblers Classic Laughlin Garrison’s
April 23 Clovis Rodeo Parade Fosnaugh’s
May 1 Annual Kroekerville Picnic CVC Board
Jun ? Presidents Mystery Tour Pflepsen
Aug 27-Sep 11 North by North West Hansen’s
GENERAL MEETING ALWAYS 3 RD TUESDAY 6:30pm
BOARD MEETING ALWAYS 4 TH TUESDAY 7:00pm
Dominos 2 nd & 4 th Thursday of the Month
CVC NIGHT OUT!
January 22, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
‘9 to 5’ – Friday Evening
Date: January 22, 2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The blockbuster movie comes
roaring back to life as three
spunky women join forces to
outsmart their evil boss.
Dinner begins at 5:30pm with the
Pre-Show starting at 7:30 pm
Lynne needs to get all the money into Roger Rockas right after the Dec
Meeting. Please bring a check for $ 52.00 per person, $ 104.00 per couple
made out to CVC to the Dec meeting. That includes dinner and the show.
Drinks and deserts are extra. If you know for sure you are going but also
know you aren’t coming to the Dec. meeting please mail a check early so by
meeting time she will have it all. Thanks and call Lynne direct if you have
any questions about the event at 978-4898.
Central Valley Corvette Run To Universal Studio
and The California Science Center
March 4 th Through March 6th
We will stay at the Hilton Hotel Universal Studio. The cost is $189 per night plus tax
and $24 per night for parking. This hotel in on the grounds of Universal and easy
walking distance to the theme park and City Walk as well as the Subway station.
The cost for Universal Studio is about $85 per person. I will include that in the trip
fee as that has to be paid in advance as a group.
We will take the subway to the Science Museum on Friday at a cost of about $5.
The museum is free but they will charge a nominal fee for the group tour that will
be included in the trip fee.
We will have Dinner as a group in a restaurant in Universal City Walk on Friday
All other meals will be on your own.
Exact departure time and Trip fee cost will be given out at the January meeting.
I WANT YOUR CORVETTE
In the Clovis Rodeo’s
Annual Parade !
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Judy’s Donuts in The Trading Post Center on the SE corner of Herndon & Clovis Ave.
Time: Donuts & Coffee from 7:45 to 8:00 am - No later than 8:00 am, Saturday, April 23, 2016
We leave at 8:00 am to the parade staging area (Jefferson, just west of Sunnyside).
We MUST be in place on Jefferson before 8:25 am as they close all of the streets
in that area at that time.
We will wait on Jefferson approximately ½ to 1 hour until we are called on to line up.
Wear/Bring: Your Patriotic Cap & CVC Shirt / American Flags & Decor, Water, Chair, Umbrella, etc.
ABSOLUTELY NO BURN-OUT OF TIRES. If one car spins its tires, we will all be escorted off
the parade route and never be invited back again. No throwing of candy or trinkets. (Only
walkers may hand out goodies). Yes, you MAY honk, wave, smile, & rev your engine in neutral!
We will meet up after the Parade at Red Robin, SE corner Shaw/Clovis for lunch / Ice Cream
Contact: Charlie Fosnaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-2876
Or Co-Chair : Mike Lebda at email@example.com or 905-9971
Sign up by the April 19 st Meeting!
CVC 3 rd Annual Picnic at Kroekerville
May 1, 2016
Back by popular demand, good food,
music, desert contest, games & more.
More details to follow.
December Movie Nite!
• Torch Red Convertable
• Jet Black Interior
• Fully Loaded
• less than 100 Miles on it
• MSRP $80,410
• CVC Price, only $73,637