OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES, FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (CHARTERED 11/12/91)
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)
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
Sunshine & Clouds...................... 6
Birthdays & Anniversaries............ 7
Cookin’ with Tom.................... 8-10
A 25 th Anniversary Celebration.... 11
In the Garage w/Dale.............12-14
In the Garage w/Jeff.................. 15
In the Garage w/Charlie........ 16-17
CVC Activities............................ 18
CVC Event Flyers.................. 19-25
Super Bowl Party...................... 26
CVC February Meeting.......... 27-31
Our Sponsor Ed Dena............... 32
Susan Walker (Del)
Charlie Fosnaugh (Kim)
Spring is here and it’s time to get the
Corvettes back on the road. I’m looking
forward to going on the Gamblers
Classic run to Laughlin. I have never
been but hear the Bakersfield club does
a great job with all the activities. The
Poker Run sounds like a blast. We’re
even going to sneak in a round of golf
with the Walkers. There is also the
Space Shuttle run to see the shuttle
Endeavour and take in Universal
Studios. It will be interesting for me as I
saw Endeavour being built in Palmdale.
Also, in 1997 my team transported a
major International Space Station
component, Node 1, from Huntsville,
Alabama to Kennedy Space Center
which Endeavour delivered to orbit.
Also this spring is the Clovis Rodeo
Parade and our annual Kroekerville
In October we will be having a party to
celebrate our founding. The Garrahan’s
have graciously offered to host the party.
We had our twentieth anniversary party
there and it was a fun time enjoyed by
all. More information and the exact date
Planning continues for the Mystery Run
and all who go should have a good time.
Remember to sign up and pay the trip fee
by the May meeting.
See you all at the next meeting.
a.k.a.’The Big Egg’
This year marks the twenty fifth
anniversary of Central Valley Corvettes.
During the year Charlotte Renna, our VP
of Public Relations, will be writing
articles profiling charter members. I’m
sure there will be some interesting
stories from the first years of the club.
Central Valley Corvettes
General Meeting Minutes
February 16, 2016
The General meeting was called to order at
6:30 by President Gary Pflepsen. The
minutes from the January meeting were
read by Debby Anderson, Secretary. Tom
Piercy made a motion to accept the
minutes as read and it was seconded by
Scott Parkin. Motion carried. Treasurer’s
Report was given by Mike Lebda. He filed
Federal and State Taxes for the club and
renewed the club’s standing as a
Corporation. VP of Activities Skip
Severance had the run leaders report on
the previous month’s runs. The upcoming
runs are March 4-6 Space Shuttle, April 14-
16 Gamblers Classic, April 23 Clovis Rodeo
Parade, May 1 Annual Kroekerville Picnic.
Freddy Fam’s Memorial Service will be
Friday, March 4 th @ 11:00 am. Northwest
Church on the corner of Barstow and West
Ave. For those going, please meet at the
shopping center on the southwest corner
of Bullard and West at 10:15 so the club
can show up at the service all together.
There will be black ribbons to attach to the
cars. VP of PR/Membership Charlotte
Renna gave the Birthday and Anniversary
We had many guests tonight: Bob Peluso
came as Charlotte’s guest, Diane TJerrild
came as Diane & Mike Hayes guest and Lori
and David Dukes came as Charlotte’s
neighbors and guests as well. Way to grow
the club!! Sgt. at Arms Chuck Laningham
collected .50 in missing badge fees. Sunshine
and Clouds report was given by Jan Pflepsen.
There was no old business to report on.
This year is the Club’s 25 th Anniversary.
Charlotte talked about the festivities and
things we are going to do to celebrate from
now until October when we will have a big
Anniversary Celebration. The Garrahan’s
have agreed to have the party at their house
and the Board will do the planning. The
Charter Members are: Andy & Connie
Anderson, Keith & Debbie Garrison, Skip &
Vickie Garrison, Allyn & Marilyn Goodall,
Don & Connie Olson and Charlotte Renna.
There will be a feature article each month
leading up to October, telling some of the
Club history and highlighting each Charter
Member. The next General Meeting will be
Tuesday, March 15 th . The next Board
Meeting will be Tuesday, February 23 rd
7:00pm at Charlotte’s house. A motion to
adjourn the meeting was made by Chuck
Laningham and seconded by Joyce Kroeker.
Meeting adjourned at 7:03.
Respectfully submitted by,
Debby Anderson, Secretary
Raffle: Thank you to the following members
for donating raffle prizes: A & C Anderson,
Derringer, Garcia, Garrahan, Garrison,
Hayes, Henderson, Henenfent, Jarvis,
Johnson, Lanningham, Null, Parker,
Pflepsen, Renna, Severance, Walker &
Whitson. We made $220 on tonight’s raffle
February 16, 2016
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS
Jan De Mello-Pflepsen
THANK YOU FOR THE MESSAGES THOUGH THERE WAS ONLY TWO.
1. FROM PATRICIA GARRAHAN, SHE AND PATRICK WENT DOWN TO THE DESERT HOT
SPRINGS TO VISIT PATRICK’S AUNT AND UNCLE. PATRICK’S COUSIN FROM
BELLINGHAM FLEW DOWN SO THEY HAD A MINI WEST COAST REUNION. THEY
LEARNED THAT HIS AUNT IS DEVELOPING A LITTLE DEMENTIA AND THEY HAVE BEEN
HAVING PROBLEMS WITH PHONE CALLS FROM SCAMMERS. THEY HAVE BEEN
SCAMMED OUT OF SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS. IT IS UNBELIEVEABLE THE PEOPLE
WHO PREY ON THE ELDERLY AND OTHER VULNERABLE SEGEMTS OF OUR
POPULATION. ON THEIR WAY OUT OF TOWN, THEY DROPPED PATRICK’S COUSIN AT
THE AIRPORT. MOST OF THE ENTRANCES AND EXIT ROADS WERE BLOCKED LEADING
TO THE AIRPORT. IT SEEMS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS PAYING A VISIT.
2. I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM FREDA NULL TODAY AND IT SEEMS SHE AND HERB
HAVE MADE AN ADDITION TO THEIR TOYS. THEY HAVE PURCHASED A NEW 35 FOOT
5TH WHEEL. THEIR ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO KEEP ITUPRIGHT (IF YOU ALL WILL
REMEMBER, THEY WERE IN AN ACCIDENT WITH THEIR FIRST FIFTH WHEEL).
TOMORROW THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY TO PISMO TO ENJOY THEIR NEW TOY. THIS
ONE HAS 3 SLIDES, WALK IN CLOSETS, SPACE FOR A WASHER AND DRYER, ALSO. NEXT
MONTH FREDA IS ON A CRUISE (A GIRLS TRIP) AND IT SEEMS THEY WILL BE CRUISING
ON THE SAME SHIP THAT WAS CAUGHT IN A HURRICANE AT SEA. IT WAS THE ROYAL
CARRIBBEAN ANTHEM OF THE SEA.
WELL CVC MEMBERS THIS IS THE END OF THE MESSAGES FROM SUNSHINE AND
CLOUDS. HOPEFULLY, WE WILL HAVE MORE NEXT MONTH.
Thanks to all, JAN
y Charlotte Renna
Fred Park 3/3, Patricia Garrahan 3/4, Sylvia Johnson 3/7, Bob Marine 3/8, Debbie
Anderson 3/8, Mike Henenfent 3/11, Andy Anderson 3/14, Vickie Garrison, 3/20, Del
Walker 3/26, Darlene Derringer 3/27, Joe Garcia 3/27, Jill Rosen 3/29, Ed Kroeker 3/31
Steve & Jill Rosen, 3/19/00 – 16 years
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ALL MEETINGS, CLUB EVENTS AND RUNS (25µ FINE EA.)
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Cooking with Tom !
Quick & Easy – Stuffed Pork Chops
Ungreased baking pan in oven
350 degrees for one hour or 145 on meat thermometer
Save Mart Meat Counter
Add fresh veggies & salad to either dish
Special Ingredients: European Style Unsalted Butter
from California Dairies at Costco
Restaurant of the month: Richards on Belmont
559-266-4077. Do you remember this restaurant , over 40 years
at this location. Prime Rib is the best.
Corvette Foodies, please send me your suggestion on all the
Cooking with Tom !
Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops
(Full Recipe by Taste of Home)
Total Time: Prep:15 min: bake 1 hour
Makes 6 servings
1 table spoon chopped unions
1/4 cup butter
3 cups bread crump
2 cups finely chopped apples
1/4 finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
3/4 teaspoon salt divided
6 bone-in pork loin chops (1-1/2 inches thick)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1. In a small skillet, sauté onions in butter until tender. Remove from heat, add the
bread cubes, apples, celery" parsley, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
2. Cut a pocket in each chop by making a horizontal cut through the meat almost
to the bone. Sprinkle inside & out with pepper & remaining salt. Spoon stuffing
loosely into pocket.
3. In a large skillet, brown chops on both sides in oil. Place in an ungreased large
baking pan. Cover & bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover, bake 30 minutes longer
or until thermometer reads 145. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
READ ALL ABOUT IT !!
Central Valley Corvettes
TURNS 25 in October, 2016
In 1991, a group of corvette enthusiast
gathered together to make a better world for
themselves & fellow corvette lovers. During
this year, up to Oct, when this wonderful event
happened, you will read articles to remind you
of how this came to be and you will hear about
events and the people that made them happen.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE!!
‘In the Garage’ by Dale Comer
The Mid-Engine Corvette
Will Likely Be Confirmed in 2016
Look, we know what you’re thinking!!!
But after decades of rumors, speculation, and concepts, we have it on
good authority from an unnamed source that GM is poised to pull the
trigger on a mid-engine Corvette.
While there’s been chatter that any mid-engine supercar project could be
branded a Cadillac, we don’t think that idea will pass muster. Corvette
godfather Zora Arkus-Duntov long dreamed of a mid-engine version of
America’s Sports Car, and generations of protracted teasing seems to
ensure that GM will make good, and brand the next-gen car a Corvette.
Expect GM to be selective among Chevy stores authorized to sell and
service a mid-engine Corvette. The company will select dealers based
on the familiar metrics of location, sales volume, relationship, quality of
facilities, and customer service record. Ultimately, the production quantity
will be so low that neither the Chevy badge, nor the Chevy retail
experience will prevent them from selling out.
Our source says the automaker is already several years into the midengine
Corvette project, and is nipping at the point of no return. Barring
some dramatic developments, we’ll see something from Chevy
targeted against the Ford GT sooner rather than later. The car is likely in
Of course, GM has flirted with mid-engine Corvettes for years. But until
recently it has been America’s finest sports car, and the company did not
feel the need to radically alter its winning front-engine, rear-drive formula.
Moreover, the company’s conservative, risk-averse culture has
historically resisted change—but with the arrival of the Ford GT in 2005,
the Corvette unequivocally ceded its claim to being America’s
Obviously, the Ford GT and Chevrolet Corvette are not direct competitors.
That said, neither the old GM, nor the new GM enjoys being upstaged by
its cross-town rival. And given that halo cars are rarely financial winners,
there was little it could do during or immediately following the great
Given the simmering anger regarding its billion-dollar bailout, even postbankruptcy
GM couldn’t justify the development of a new halo car. But the
company is now back in private control, its products are competitive, and
the General can once again afford to allocate resources to more
speculative projects. But as it stands today, Chevy’s current halo car—the
Z06—sits squarely in the shadow of the Blue Oval’s Le Mans competitor.
And the reinvigorated GM seems unlikely to let that stand.
The Mid-Engine Corvette Plan
For motivation, look for an advanced adaptation of the Corvette’s peak
offerings. GM will employ a sophisticated derivative of the LT1/LT4 engine
family with gasoline direct injection and two turbochargers. It will produce
in excess of 700 horsepower.
Obviously, the amidships engine location presents packaging challenges
for the incumbent gear boxes.
And as with any new product program, GM is working to minimize
development costs on the mid-engine ‘Vette, which is likely exacerbated
by the excessive overruns on the C7. Internal estimates initially put that
figure at $500 million, but it eventually ballooned to $1 billion, and its
impact on transmission development is not entirely clear.
But it appears likely they will attempt to capitalize on the mechanical bits
presently available, with changes focused on packaging and weightsaving
opportunities, in conjunction with gearing optimization and
advanced tuning solutions.
So we anticipate the new car will get a seven-speed manual because
offering a standard manual transmission doesn’t prevent the development
of a more exotic, sector-competitive solution, and will help differentiate
the car from other high-dollar exotics that have forsaken them.
While the C7 cost GM $1 billion to develop, it has sold well, finding about
35,000 customers in each of its last two years. So the current Corvette will
remain. When the mid-engine car is released, GM will split the Corvette
nameplate into separate cars sold side-by-side.
Of course, engine placement is not the only factor that will differentiate
the front- and mid-engine models. The mid-engine Corvette will slot well
above the C7, which will continue to be offered in the $55,000 to $120,000
The new mid-engine model will be priced higher—much higher. Our best
guess is a sticker well above the $160,000 to $200,000 range that Audi and
Acura are asking for the R8 and NSX offerings. Expect a price point closer
to the $400,000 Ford GT and Lamborghini Aventador.
So if you have to ask how much the mid-engine ‘Vette will cost, you can’t
afford it. And when the C7 comes due for a complete redesign, GM will
analyze the programs, and then decide if room remains for a mid-engine
Look for an announcement to trump the new Ford GT as early as the L.A.
Auto Show late this year. By Dallas Williams - January 26, 2016
Click here for article from Corvette Forum.
If you have any Corvette News or Facts to contribute
to our “In The Garage” column, contact Charlie.
‘In the Garage’ by Jeff Levine
Video below from Lenny’s Garage. This just proves that
there are still many out there hiding here and there.
Click below to go to the site and enjoy.
“Lenny’s Garage,” is a profile of Leonard Shiller, a lifelong resident of
Brooklyn who has a Gowanus garage full of 58 classic cars, vintage
bikes and motorcycles, and other memorabilia. This gorgeously
photographed film is a rare opportunity to peek inside his garage. His
classic car collection includes a 1929 Durant rumble seat coupe, a 1951
Hudson Pacemaker, a 1979 New York City checker cab and a 1965 Ford
Good Humor Ice Cream truck. This isn’t the Smithsonian, though
Schiller keeps the garage jam packed with car parts and likes to get his
hands dirty. “What I really enjoy is being here and figuring what’s
wrong with one of the cars, and actually being able to fix it with my own
hands,” he says. “When I had the ’36 Chevy I actually took the whole
engine apart and rebuilt it, and I enjoy that kind of work. I find it
therapeutic.” Schiller is the president of the Antique Auto Association of
Brooklyn, a club that often participates in local street fairs and parades.
“Lenny’s Garage” was chosen as a Staff Pick by Vimeo.
‘In the Garage’ by Charlie Fosnaugh
Look what’s coming March 1 st !!
C7 Corvette Grand Sport To Debut at Geneva Motor Show
Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin has revealed Chevrolet will use the
Geneva Motor Show to introduce an all-new
Corvette Grand Sport.
Details are limited at this point but Gavin posted an image of
Chevrolet's press conference schedule and it clearly shows the Grand
Sport will be introduced tomorrow morning by Gavin and Corvette Chief
Engineer Tadge Juechter.
There's no word on specifications but the 2010 Corvette Grand
Sport featured a wide body kit, a larger rear spoiler, and a Z06-inspired
front splitter. The model also had a retuned suspension, a high-
performance braking system, and unique 18- / 19-inch alloy
wheels. Last but not least, the car was powered by a 6.2-liter
engine that produced up to 436 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of
It remains unclear how extensive the changes will be to the new
Corvette Grand Sport but the model will likely be based on the Corvette
Stingray and feature a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine that develops at least 455
hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The standard model can be equipped with
either a seven-speed speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic
transmission, so it's possible that new Grand Sport could also be offered
with two gearboxes.
Those wondering why Chevy chose Geneva for the introduction should
know that there is a historical element behind the decision.
Chevrolet debuted the C4 Corvette ZR1 at Geneva, marking its return as
a world-beating sports car. The Bowtie also used the show to introduce
the Convertible variant of the C7 Corvette Stingray in 2013.
By Patrick Rall , Torque News, 2016-02
CVC Activities Schedule
Here are the runs that are currently scheduled.
Call me with your run ideas.
Mar 4-6 Space Shuttle Capurro’s
Apr 14-16 Gamblers Classic Laughlin Garrison’s
April 23 Clovis Rodeo Parade Fosnaugh
May 1 Annual Kroekerville Picnic Board
Jun 26 Word from Home Car Show Hansen’s
Jul 6-9 Presidents Mystery Tour Pflepsen
Aug 27-Sep 11 North by North West Hansen’s
Oct ? CVC 25 th Anniversary Party Garrahan’s
Dec 8 Christmas Party Garrison’s
Dec 11 Hay Ride Renna
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Lunch Severance
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
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 email@example.com or 281-2876
Or Co-Chair : Mike Lebda at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
9 th Annual Word From Home
Car Show to Support Our Troops
care packages delivered!
Car Show &
Sunday, June 26, 2016
5:00 P.M. til Dark
Assembly of God Church
35849 Ave 13 ½
NW Corner of Road 36
and Ave 13 ½
To enter your car call
Pam Hansen (559) 474-2330
9 th Annual Word From Home Car Show
and Freedom Celebra6on to Support Our Troops
Sunday June 26, 2016 5:00 P.M. 6l Dark
Lifetree Assembly of God Church 35849 Ave 13 ½ Madera Ranchos
Call Pam Hansen (559) 474-‐2330 for more informaIon
Vehicle InformaIon – Year________________ Make_______________________Model ___________________________
Fee Enclosed $20.00 preregistraIon checks payable to Lifetree Assembly of God Church.
In considera,on of the acceptance of the right to par,cipate, entrants by the execu,on of this entry form release and discharge the sponsors and their representa,ves
from any and all known damages, injuries, losses, and/or claims from any causes whatsoever that may be suffered by entrant to his person or property. Further, each entrant
expressly agrees to indemnify all of the forgoing from any and all liability occasioned or resul,ng from the conduct of entrants or any par,cipant assis,ng or
coopera,ng with entrant under the discre,on or control of entrants. Sorry no Refunds on entry fee.
BARBEQUE CHICKEN, HAMBURGERS AND HOTDOGS
COST: $650 PER COUPLE
DESTINATION: YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT!!!
SIGN UP AND PAY CVC BY THE MAY 17 MEETING
President Gary, V.P. Skip, Treas. Mike, V.P. Charlotte & Sec. Debby
Members Emilio, Jeff, Scott, Del, Susan & 1 st Lady Jan
Members Terry, Joyce & Ed
Members Lorraine, Glenn, Tom, Marci & Mary
Guests Lori & David Guest Diane
Members Kim, Pam, Craig, Diane, Mike & guest Diane
Members Chuck, Patrick, Pat, MaryAnn, Roy, Keith, Debbie & Linda
Members Andy & Connie
Members Roy, Keith, Debbie and guests Lori & David
• Torch Red Convertable
• Jet Black Interior
• Fully Loaded
• less than 100 Miles on it
• MSRP $80,410
• CVC Price, only $73,637