Central Valley Corvettes - July Newsletter

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Central Valley Corvettes of Fresno - July Magazine

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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

Corvette lover.

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

OUR MEMBERS.

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

ballot

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.


PRESIDENT

Gary Pflepsen (Jan)

559-298-7241

gpflep@aol.com

VP-ACTIVITIES

Skip Severance (LeighAnn)

559-299-3550

skipseverance@att.net

VP-PUBLIC RELATIONS/MEMBERSHIP

Charlotte Renna

559-323-0153

chrenna@aol.com

SECRETARY

Debby Anderson (Terry)

559-801-7482

Debbydoo64@yahoo.com

TREASURER

Mike Lebda (Mary)

559-298-7993

mjlebda@comcast.net

PARLIMENTARIAN

Craig Hansen (Pam)

559-645-0513

hansenrt66@att.net

Mission Statement / Officers....2-3

A Word from our President.........4

Secretary’s Minutes....................5

Sunshine & Clouds..................6-7

Birthdays & Anniversaries...........8

In the Garage w/ Jeff L………..9-11

Cookin’ with Tom.................12-13

CVC Activities...........................14

CVC Event Flyers.................15-18

Grizzlies Den & Boat Show....19-25

Word from Home Car Show..26-30

Our Sponsor Ed Dena................31

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

Chuck Laningham (Linda)

559-304-2525

laningham@hotmail.com

RAFFLE TICKETS

Susan Walker (Del)

559-255-2613

delwalker@live.com

WEBSITE/NEWSLETTER EDITOR

Charlie Fosnaugh (Kim)

559-299-0547

Fosnaugh@comcast.net


Hi all. This will be a short one. I got

back from a week in Alaska fishing

yesterday and am busy getting the

finishing touches done for the

Mystery Run which is in a couple

days. I really have enjoyed putting on

the Mystery Runs. The most difficult

part is coming up with a destination.

The club has been to so many places

in 25 years it can be hard to come up

with a trip that isn’t too repetitious of

something that has already been

done. That said, it is fun talking to

people at various activities, tours,

restaurants, etc. and coming up with

a trip that members will remember as

an experience worth the time and

money invested in it.

See you all at the next meeting.

I hate to cut this so short but I’ve got

phone calls to make, things to buy, a

car to get ready, so will see everyone

going on the run next Wednesday

morning.


Skip reported charity donations are on hold

until cost to club is determined for the anniv.

& Christmas party.

Gary requested driver type day runs or

overnighters.

Board meeting time has been changed to

6:00. There will be not be a board meeting in

June.

Motion was made to adjourn by Fred Parks

and a 2nd by Tom Piercy.

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 by

president Gary Pflepsen. Charlotte Renna

read the minutes for May due to Debbie

Anderson’s absence.

Minutes were approved as read.

Skip Severance gave the treasurers report

due to Mike Lebda’s absence.

Skip Severance asked for reports on past

events and upcoming events. The upcoming

are…Presidents mystery run with Gary &

Jan Pflepsen July 7th to the 9th; North by

North west with Craig & Pam Hansen, 8/27

to 9/11; and CVC 25th Anniv. Party Oct

22nd.

Lynne Henenfent spoke about a Panama

cruise April 19, 2017.

VP PR/Membership, Charlotte Renna gave

birthday & anniv. Reports.

Our guest tonight, Steve & Lydia Garcia

have completed all requirements and will

be on a ballot at July 21st membership

meeting.

Debbie Garrison, generously treated us to

our refreshments by bringing her famous

Oreo dessert. She won first place with this

at our Kroekerville lunch.

Meeting adjourned at 6:59

Respectfully submitted by,

, Secretary


THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR MESSAGES – AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING YOUR TIME TO

PUT THEM TOGETHER.

1. FROM SKIP AND LEIGHANN: THEY HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM 3 DAYS AT

NIAGARA FALLS AND 2 DAYS IN TORONTO. THEY HAD A GREAT TIME LOTS OF

GOOD SITE SEEING. ANOTHER ITEM CROSSED OFF THEIR BUCKET LIST.

2. THIS MESSAGE IS FROM MIKE AND MARYLOU LEBDA. THEY ARE CELEBRATING

THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A CRUISE TO THE CARIBBEAN SEA. THEY HAD

A BIT OF TROUBLE WITH FLIGHTS BUT THEY MADE IT TO THE SHIP BEFORE IT

SAILED. THEY ENJOYED THEIR ANNIVERSARY DINNER WEARING THE SAME

CLOTHES FOR 2 DAYS. DINNER WAS LOVELY. WHEN THEY RETURNED TO THEIR

ROOM THEIR CLOTHES (BAGS) ARRIVED. NOW, ALL IS WELL.

3. PAM AND CRAIG HANSEN HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY WITH THEIR

GRANDDAUGHTER ISABELLA. FOR HER 8TH GRADE GRADUATION THEY TOOK

HER ON A MYSTERY TRIP. THEY WENT TO SEATTLE AND SAW ALL OF THE

POPULAR SIGHTS SUCH AS THE SPACE NEEDLE, EMP MUSEUM, AQUARIUM,

CHIHULY GLASS MUSEUM, FISH MARKET, THE BIG FARRIS WHEEL AND WHIDBEY

ISLAND, PORT TOWNSEND ETC. WE ALL KNOW HOW DETAILED CRAIG’S TRIPS

ARE. ONE OF THE BIG HIGHLIGHTS WAS THE STAR TREK EXHIBIT AT THE EMP

(EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT).

4. CHARLOTTE RENNA IS NOT LETTING ANY GRASS GROW UNDER HER FEET! SHE

AND BOB TRAVELED TO SIMI VALLEY ON JUNE 09 THROUGH JUNE 12TH. THEY

STARTED OUT WITH DINNER TO CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER

SISTER ROSEMARY AND BOB. ON FRIDAY THEY WERE JOINED CHARLOTT’S

DAUGHTER AND HER HUSBAND FOR A VISIT TO REAGAN LIBRARY FOLLOWED BY

DINNER OUT IN FILLMORE. ON SATURDAY THEY ATTENDED A WEDDING FOR

HER GREAT NIECE ALONG WITH ALL OF HER AND THEIR SPOUSES. SUNDAY WAS

BRUNCH AT THE WEDDING HOUSE AND THEY THEN RETURNED HOME. IT WAS

A WONDERFUL 4 DAYS.


5. MIKE AND LYNN HENENFENT ENJOYED A GREAT FATHER’S DAY IN MERCED

WITH THEIR SON, DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AND 2 GRANDCHILDREN. THE

HENENFENTS AND THE ANDERSONS WILL BE ENJOYING THE COOL BREEZES

NEXT WEEK ON THEIR 4 DAY BAJA CRUISE. THEY WON’T MISS THE 100

DEGREEDAYS THAT ARE EXPECTED HERE IN THE VALLEY.

6. TERRY AND DEBBIE ANDERSON HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY BUSY. THEY RECEIVED A

MESSAGE FROM THEIR SON WHO LIVES IN CHINA. HE IS GETTING MARRIED

AND WANTS TO DO THIS IN FIREBAUGH. THEN THEY GET A CALL FROM THEIR

DAUGHTER IN WASHINGTON STATE – SHE SAYS THERE ARE COMING FOR THEIR

SON’S GRADUATION. SOOOO – DEBBIE SAYS THEY DID THE UNTHINKABLE AND

DECIDED TO HAVE THE GRADUATION AND WEDDING AT THE SAME TIME!!

AND THEN, AT 3:30 THE DAY OF THE GRADUATION, DEBBIE GETS A CALL TO

REPORT TO THE SUPERINTENDENTS OFFICE TO SIGN HER NEW EMPLOYMENT

CONTRACT. OFF SHE GOES!!! GRADUATION WAS WONDERFUL; TERRY GAVE

HIS SON THE DIPLOMA WITH A HANDSHAKE AND A BIG HUG. THE NEXT DAY,

TERRY PERFORMED THE WEDDING CEREMONY IN THE GAZEBO BY THE RIVER IN

FIREBAUGH. THAT’S WHEN THEY GAINED A LOVELY NEW DTR IN LAW, CONG

CONG PRONOUNCED SONG. TERRY AND DEBBIE WERE EXHAUSTED THE NEXT

WEEK BUT REALLY ENJOYED HAVING THEIR GROWN CHILDREN AND

GRANDCHILDREN WITH THEM. IT WAS A LONG WEEK WITH FUN AND

CELEBRATION!!

7. ON JUNE 16TH THROUGH THE 18TH GARY AND DICK JOHNSON PARTICIPATED

IN THE ANNUAL INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AT BELMONT COUNTRY

CLUB. IT WAS 3 DAYS OF GOLF, LOTS OF FOOD, A PUTTING CONTEST, A

HORSERACE, AND A LOVELY DINNER AND DANCING WITH SPOUSES ON

SATURDAY NITE. NO THEY DID NOT WIN THE TOURNAMENT, BUT TRULY

ENJOYED THEMSELVES. APPROXIMATELY 120 MEN PARTICIPATED. GARY DID

LEARN THAT DICK IS A PRETTY GOOD GOLFER!!!

8. AND FINALLY SOME INTERESTING NEWS ABOUT YOUR PRESIDENT, GARY.

TONIGHT AT THE CLOSE OF THE CVC MEETING, HE WILL JUMP IN HIS LITTLE TOY

CAR (IT IS A FIAT) AND DRIVE TO BAKERSFIELD TO JOIN HIS FRIENDS FOR A 10

DAY FISHING EXCURSION IN ALASKA. HE IS VERY EXCITED AND HAS PROMISED

TO BRING HOME LOTS OF SALMON AND HALIBUT. SO BE SAFE GARY, AND HAVE

LOTS OF FUN……


y Charlotte Renna

Skip Garrison, 7/5 – Jan Pflepsen, 7/10 – Lance Pit, 7/24

Andy & Connie Anderson, 7/14/62 – 54 Years

Ed & Joyce Kroeker, 7/17/59 – 57 Years

PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR NAME BADGES TO:

ALL MEETINGS, CLUB EVENTS AND RUNS (25₵ FINE ea. without it)

SUPPORT YOUR CLUB RAFFLE AND BRING A RAFFLE PRIZE!

AND BE SURE AND RECOMEND OUR WEB SITE REGULARY

AT:

www.CentralValleyCorvettes.com


‘In the Garage’ by Jeff Levine

The secret code to a race-ready

Corvette in the late 60s. Code L88 – Part 1

The L88 Corvette is a car that, for the

most part, hid in the shadows. But it

actually cast a big shadow on the

American muscle car scene as well. Oh, if

you were keeping a close ear to the

ground, you knew about it. But if you

didn’t pay attention, it came and went in

a flash. The reason for its existence was

that Zora Arkus-Duntov, the chief Corvette engineer, was chagrined that Ford

got all this publicity for winning the 24 Hours of LeMans. Yet he knew that

Chevrolet had a durable engine in the 427 and yearned to make it available

for racing. But he had one problem – Chevrolet, officially, was not in racing.

They had their heavy duty parts lists you could peruse at a dealership, and buy

stronger parts than normal over-the-counter, but didn’t have a ready-to-race

model like Ford had with the Cobra 427 S/C, or even GT40s (of which they only

sold a handful). So Duntov pushed and shoved and surreptitiously developed

the package known as “L88.”

The 1967 Model

You have to figure they only sold 20 of

them in 1967 – the first year it was

available (you could call it a half year

model because it was only available in

Feb. ’67), so very few people knew about

it. Part of the Corporation’s problem with

the car is that it didn’t meet any of the

usual standards for

noise/vibration/harshness. It exceeded

the maximum in all areas. It idled like the

heartbeat of a thoroughbred racehorse

at the opening bell of the Kentucky Derby. It had a buckboard stiff ride. There

was no air conditioning available. In some states, the car might not have been


able to be registered due to “Off Road” labeling (but now, one could expect

them to be “grandfathered in” since they have been on the road for 45 years).

An interesting note is that on the ’67

Corvette, the humongous hood scoop

was a “dummy”. However, if you ordered

the L88, that scoop was made functional,

feeding cold air to the carburetor. That

first year, the L88 was not listed among

the available choices on the option list.

And Chevrolet resorted to a ruse to keep

sales down, a sort of feint-left to weed

out the true cognoscenti from the

wanna-be-racers. Chevy listed the L88 at

5 horsepower less than the 435 horse L71 427 in order to discourage buyers

wanting to order the fastest Corvette available. The non-savvy thought the L71

was the more powerful of the two, going by the advertised horsepower rating.

But they didn’t reckon on all the go-fast heavy-duty parts in the L88 that made

it a superior engine for race work.

There were a few mandatory heavy duty parts you had to order with the L88

option, including a heavy duty F41 front and rear suspension, the J50 vacuum

power brakes, the J56 special heavy duty brakes, the K66 transistor ignition,

and the M22 heavy duty close ratio manual gearbox.

There were no special L88 emblems, and you had to look real hard at the car

to note the hood was open in the back of the hood blister. It also had 6” wide

wheels, which you needed. If you lifted the hood, you might have been able to

spot the improved radiator—an aluminum cross-flow with a Harrison

expansion tank, where other ’67 big-block Corvettes had brass radiators. The

’67s were also the only year the L88’s block and heads came painted Chevy

Orange. The M22 gearbox was nicknamed the “Rock Crusher”. It might have

got that nickname due to its noisiness. The gears were cut at a much lower

angle – closer to straight – for a much higher torque rating. This design made

it very noisy, but allowed it to handle really powerful motors. The gear ratios

were: 1 – 2.20, 2 – 1.64, 3 – 1.27, 4 – 1.00. The ’67 L88 was just the start of

Duntov’s war against the Cobras. The package was carried over in ’68 in the

new “Mako Shark” inspired body and was phased out during the following

year (calendar year 1969). There was no chance it would be offered in

production in the future as all kinds of emissions laws were coming into being

in the early ’70s. In the new-for-’68 body, the L88 accounted for 80 units. One

way of checking on the number made is by the use of the heavy duty options.


The records show that in ’68 only 80 M-22 “Rock Crusher” gearboxes were

ordered, so they probably all went on L88 Corvettes. A bit odder is the fact that

81 1968 Corvettes were built with the heavy duty J56 special performance

brakes – which means 80 L88s got them and one non-L88 car did as well. The

last year of its offering, 1969, shows a change in sales. Word must have spread

because that year, its final year of production, it recorded sales of 116 units.

While Chevrolet acquitted themselves

well on the sports car racetrack with the

L88, they also did well in drag racing,

where they could regularly run in the low

11 second range at over 120 mph. If you

ran in a modified class where you could

choose gears (a stump pulling 4.56 was

available), stickier slicks, headers and

open sidepipes, you could rule the track.

Almost unbelievably, in the final year of

production, 1969, there was even an automatic available (one figure bandied

about on Corvette websites is that 17 were sold with automatics). The

automatic had a 3-element torque converter, compound planetary gearset,

and had the following ratios: 1 – 2.48, 2 – 1.48 and 3 – 1.00. Ironically, for all

of its thundering legend, the L88 didn’t seem to record very high top speeds –

below 155 mph certainly. Even the 427 Cobra could top that, though it too had

dicey aerodynamics (but the advantage of much less weight).

Surprising to many is the fact that the L88 came with an iron block. Iron was

heavy, but had one big advantage over aluminum – if you overheat an iron

block engine, you can usually count on no “core shift” or cylinder barrel shape

changes once it cools off. You can’t say that for aluminum blocks. The L88 did

use aluminum cylinder heads, and you had to cope with a difficult 12.5:1

compression ratio. If you didn’t have Sunoco 260 fuel in your neighborhood,

you were in trouble.

If you were to look at an L88 for possible purchase, the most important thing

to find is the RPO code on the engine, located on a machined plate in front of

the passenger side head. This tells you what year the engine was built, what

engine it is, and usually what transmission was attached to the engine. It also

reveals what manufacturing plant Chevy used to build the engine (L88 engines

were built on a special assembly line at the Tonawanda, NY, plant), what year

the engine is, and its horsepower rating. Article from:Eckler’s Pitstop Blog


Cooking with Tom !

`

We had two

recipes sent in

this month, one

from Debbie

Garrison (next

page) and one

from Patricia

Garrahan.

Unfortunately

PG’s got lost in

the emails

between Tom &

Charlie and will

be in next

month’s

newsletter!

Thanks for your

input and

support!


Quick & Easy:

Rocket Dog Brats and Brew, 88 E Shaw Ave, Fresno – 283-8096

Special Ingredients:

Garlic Wine Vinegar – Star Itialian Kitchen,

Restaurant of the Month:

TOFAS Mediterranean Grill, 1095 Herndon Ave, Clovis – 297-8632

Opening soon next to MAYA Cinemas

Corvette Foodies, please send me your suggestions on all of the above.

Thanks Tom Jarvis, kg6kyu@comcast.net


CVC Activities Schedule

Runs scheduled for the rest of the year. Call me with your ideas.

Jul 6-9 Presidents Mystery Tour Pflepsen

Jul 27 Movie Night – Star Trek, Beyond Fosnaugh

Jul 31 Soup and Scoops Hall’s

Aug 27-Sep 11 North by North West Tour Hansen’s

Sep 24 A Day at Huntington Lake Tjerrild

Oct 14 Queen Escort Clovis East Severance

Oct 22 CVC 25 th Anniversary Party Garrahan’s

Dec 8 Christmas Party Garrison’s

Dec 11 Hay Ride Renna

Dec ? Coastal Zip Line Hansen’s

Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Lunch Severance

GENERAL MEETING ALWAYS 3 RD TUESDAY 6:30pm

BOARD MEETING NORMALLY 4 TH TUESDAY 6:00pm

Dominos 2 nd & 4 th Thursday of the Month


PRESIDENT’S

MYSTERY RUN

JULY 6-9

COST: $650 PER COUPLE, DUE BY MAY 17 TH

DESTINATION: YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT!!!

Here's some info on the run. We will meet Wednesday, July 6th at 7:30am. The

meeting place is the McDonalds at Shaw and Hwy 99 (North East corner). The

address is 5222 West Shaw. There is plenty of parking alongside and behind the

restaurant. Bring walking shoes, shorts, pants, light jacket and clothes to go out

to dinner. Bring your club shirts. Please be on time with a full tank of gas.

Have a great 4th and see you Wednesday.

.


Lunch Run, Sunday ,

July 31 st , Meet at 1:00pm

@ Scoops, Soups & More

433 Pollasky in Old Town Clovis, 299-9606

(East side, between 4 th Street & 5 th Street)

Contact Chuck & Sharon Hall to let them know

if you are coming at 226-0168 or 301-4795.

Park on the street, or at EECU across the street, meet at the restaurant by 1pm.


Another great CVC road trip is now booked and we will be

on our way August 27 th 2016. Here’s part of the preview show.

This marks our third great road trip. The first adventure with 10 Corvettes was to the Southwest in October

of 2011 where we visited Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches National Park, Durango and the Silverton Railroad,

Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chilly, Monument Valley and our old friend Angel Delgadillo in Seligman. In April

of 2014 with 13 Corvettes in tow, we ventured into Sedona, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the 1945 Trinity site where

the atomic bomb was first tested in 1945, Carlsbad Caverns, Tombstone, Tucson, Yuma and more.

Now, the direction heads to the great Northwest with over 20 Corvettes signed up to explore Canada, Glacier

National Park, Custer Battlefield, Yellowstone National Park and Golden Spike National Monument as some

of the highlights. For those that have been on all three trips, you will have driven your Corvette into all 11

western contiguous states (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado,

New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada) plus the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.

Southwest Tour I

Southwest Tour II


Central Valley Corvettes turns 25!

Come Celebrate on October 22, 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.

The committee for our 25th anniversary party had their

first meeting. The Committee is: Charlotte Renna, Connie

& Andy Anderson, Debbie & Keith Garrison, Patricia &

Patrick Garrahan & Robert Peluso. The event location

was chosen. Comm. members will be contacting various

food vendors for prices. Next month we will meet again

to continue our planning.


Photos by

Diane Tjerrild


Photos by

Diane Tjerrild,

Charlotte Renna and

Pam Hansen


C7

3LT

Z51

• Torch Red Convertable

• Jet Black Interior

• Fully Loaded

• less than 100 Miles on it

• MSRP $80,410

• CVC Price, only $73,637

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