OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES, FRESNO, CALIFORNIA (CHARTERED NOV. 12, 1991)
(Actually it was yesterday, June 30, 1953)
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 ENTHUSIAST 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 a
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 as per CVC
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.
VP-PUBLIC RELATIONS/ MEMBERSHIP
Mission Statement / Officers..... 2-3
A Word from our President.......... 4
Secretary’s Minutes..................... 5
Birthdays & Anniversaries............ 6
Corvette’s Birthday..................... 7
Sunshine & Clouds………………… 8-9
For Life, Liberty & Happiness..10-11
In The Garage w/Skip…….……..…12
The ’53 Corvette Story……….. 13-24
CVC Event Flyers...................26-33
Ficklin Vineyards Pics……………34-35
Madera Speedway Pics………...36-40
From our Sponsor, Ed Dena....... 41
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS - NEWS
…a word from our President!
Can you believe how the time flys. The
garrisons and I have been on two pre
runs for the mystery tour and one to
go. I think it is going to be a great time
so sign up soon don't miss out. We just
have a limited number rooms blocked.
I think our last general meeting was
great. Good friends having fun.
It was great having Ruthie and Dave at
the meeting. Hope everyone is staying
cool, it sure has been hot. I can't believe
Jan & Gary got a new corvette. Because
they loved the new color plum they had
a beautiful yellow cp with only 26k
miles. But I have to admit the plum is
beautiful!!! And so are they.
Will see all of you at the meeting.
Stay Gold and stay safe.
Central Valley Corvettes
General Meeting Minutes
June 20, 2017
The General Meeting was called to order by
President Andy Anderson at 6:31pm.
Minutes from the May meeting were read.
The following corrections need to be made.
The date for the Dukes Potluck is October
21 st . The seconded motion to adjourn the
meeting was made by Lupe Dawson. Tom
Piercy made a motion to accept the minutes
with those corrections. Chuck Laningham
Dick Johnson gave the Treasurer’s report.
The raffle brought in $210.00
VP of Activities, Dick Danielsen introduced
our guests from the Oakhurst Corvette club.
They are having a car show and BBQ on July
29 th in Oakhurst. Upcoming events are
Kingsburg Summer Band Concert, Snelling
Car Show, Harris Ranch Lunch Run, Movie
Night and the Dukes will welcome us back to
their home on October 21st. We were told
if we didn’t go on the Tahoe Run, then we
missed a great time. We also had another
great movie night. Check the newsletter or
contact Dick Danielsen for more information
on future runs. Again, Dick encouraged club
members to step up and lead a run.
There are plenty of experienced leaders that
can help new club members.
VP of Public Relations, Charlotte Renna gave
the Birthday and Anniversary announcement.
Membership stands at 90.
We welcomed Chuck Laningham back. He
collected $3.00 in badge fines. Linda
Laningham gave the Sunshine Report for
vacationing Debbie Garrison. And we all gave
Ruth Danielsen lots of hugs and love, as we
welcomed her back from her long absence. It
was good to see the Comer’s.
Old Business: None
New Business: None
The next General meeting will be Tuesday
July 18 th . The next Board meeting will be
Tuesday, June 27 th at the Johnson’s. There
being no Old Business or New Business,
Glenn Henderson made a motion to adjourn
the meeting. Bob Peluso seconded.
Meeting adjourned at 7:18pm
Respectfully submitted by
Terry Johnson, Secretary
Raffle: Thank you to the following members for
donating raffle prizes: A & C Anderson, Comer,
Danielsen, Dawson, Derringer, Dukes,
Fosnaugh, S & L Garcia, Sarah Garcia,
Henenfent, Henderson, Johnson, Laningham,
Parks, Pflepsen, Renna, Rosen, Severance
y Charlotte Renna
Skip Garrison, 7/05 – Jan Pflepsen, 7/10 – Lance Pitt, 7/24
Andy & Connie Anderson, 7/14/62 – 55 Years
Ed & Joyce Kroeker, 7/17/59 – 58 Years
Fred & Terri Parks, 7/21/21 – 16 Years
PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR CVC NAME BADGE TO ALL CLUB MEETINGS!
(NOW a 50₵ FINE without it)
SUPPORT YOUR CLUB RAFFLE AND BRING A RAFFLE PRIZE!
AND BE SURE AND RECOMEND OUR WEB SITE REGULARLY
First Corvette Built, Happy Birthday Corvette!
On this day in 1953, the first production Corvette is built at the General Motors facility in Flint,
Michigan. Tony Kleiber, a worker on the assembly line, is given the privilege of driving the nowhistoric
car off the line.
Harley J. Earl, the man behind the Corvette, got his start in his father’s business, Earl Automobile
Works, designing custom auto bodies for Hollywood movie stars such as Fatty Arbuckle. In 1927,
General Motors hired Earl to redesign the LaSalle, the mid-range option the company had
introduced between the Buick and the Cadillac. Earl’s revamped LaSalle sold some 50,000 units
by the end of 1929, before the Great Depression permanently slowed sales and it was discontinued
in 1940. By that time, Earl had earned more attention for designing the Buick “Y Job,” recognized
as the industry’s first “concept” car. Its relatively long, low body came equipped with innovations
such as disappearing headlamps, electric windows and air-cooled brake drums over the wheels
like those on an airplane.
After scoring another hit with the 1950 Buick LeSabre, Earl headed into the 1950s–a boom decade
for car manufacturers–at the top of his game. In January 1953, he introduced his latest “dream
car,” the Corvette, as part of GM’s traveling Motorama display at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in
New York City. The sleek Corvette, the first all-fiberglass-bodied American sports car, was an
instant hit. It went into production the following June in Flint; 300 models were built that year.
All 1953 Corvettes were white convertibles with red interiors and black canvas tops. Underneath
its sleek exterior, however, the Corvette was outfitted with parts standard to other GM
automobiles, including a “Blue Flame” six-cylinder engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic
transmission and the drum brakes from Chevrolet’s regular car line.
The Corvette’s performance as a sports car was disappointing relative to its European
competitors, and early sales were unimpressive. GM kept refining the design, however, and the
addition of its first V-8 engine in 1955 greatly improved the car’s performance. By 1961, the
Corvette had cemented its reputation as America’s favorite sports car. Today, it continues to rank
among the world’s elite sports cars in acceleration time, top speed and overall muscle.
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS
JUNE 20, 2017
Keith and I are sorry to miss the meeting but we’re cruising the Alaska coast with Keith’s
cousins. I’ll report back to you next month on whether Keith was a good boy or not.
Received a note from Jan Pflepsen, she and Gary had a great time in New Orleans. In just
six days they toured 3 plantations and learned how they were run. Toured an above-theground
Cemetery that had been damaged by the hurricanes, listened to Zydeco music at
Preservation Hall and drove over to Biloxi, Mississippi and saw huge homes built on stilts
to protect them from the hurricanes. And of course, they walked and danced their way
down Bourbon Street. Not to mention the creole food they devoured.
Linda and Chuck traveled to Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas. First of all, even after
32 days with each other they’re still sane, still talking to each other and still married, it
was touch and go for a while. They visited with cousins in Manhattan, Kansas then they
all went to Tennessee to visit Linda’s brother Steve and his wife Terry in Chapel Hill. They
got to see the dairy farm he built, over a thousand cows strong and overseeing the
milking 2-3 times a day. They were great hosts and it’s such a beautiful area. From there
it was on to Chatsworth, Georgia to visit with their granddaughter Janae and their 2
great-grandchildren. Then on to Austin, Texas to visit their other granddaughter Meghan.
Meghan and her husband are expecting their first child in Nov. While in Texas she visited
with Linda’s dear friend Jackie who lost her husband to brain cancer in March, through
wind, sleet, rain, sand storms, new brakes on the RV, cracked windshield and broken
passenger window, they made it home safe and sound. They had a wonderful time and
made many memories.
Art and Nancy will be spending the summer aboard their little tug “Puffin” exploring the
British Colombian waters of the Inside Passage. They will be out at least 5 weeks, then
they will spend the remainder of the summer in the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound
area. Puffin is a 27-foot small “Pocket Cruiser” so it will be an adventure just to get
provisions, water, supplies stored aboard with the 2 of them and their dog Annie. The
cool weather will be a big bonus! See you in the Fall.
Holly and Lee Baumgarten sent us a little note: During their first full year of retirement
they have been traveling. Seems like they’re always on the road the third Tuesday of each
month but their sprit is with CVC. Last Fall they attended the Albuquerque Balloon Fest
with family, followed by a tour of the South-East Colorado for 2 weeks. This Spring they
dry camped in the desert outside of Yuma, AZ with more family. Next, they did a tour of
the California coast with Lee’s brother from Idaho. All filled with visits to see their 6
grandchildren in Napa, and Denver. They are planning to be ‘house sitting’ this summer
for Lee’s brother from Idaho at his cabin in Northern Idaho, 5 acres on the Salmon River
for July and August. They said they were so pleased to be able to work it out with their
schedule to host their first CVC run to Madera Speedway and are looking forward to
many more adventures with our new friends at CVC.
Dick and Terry have been thinking about getting their ‘dream car’ at the end of the year.
After the trip to Laughlin and even though Dick is diehard red fan, once they saw a new
Black Rose in the sunshine they knew what they wanted. Took about 10 days to find her
in Pennsylvania and after proving to the bank that it was legitimate transaction she was
theirs. The car was schedule While in transit the truck broke down for 2 days in Las Vegas
turning a Wednesday delivery date into Friday and while driving to Kramer Junction to
pick up their grandsons they passed the truck. And their beautiful red car has gone to
another home. Dick was asked to chauffeur the Jr Citizen of the Year in the Kingsburg
Swedish Parade in and while in line a woman came and stood in front of it and
commented to her husband “Take a picture of me in front of my new car" and before you
could say Boo! Rose was delivered on Friday and Carmine went to his new home in
Remember to keep Amy Parkin in your thoughts, she is having another surgery later this
month. Send her your good thoughts and energy her way. Hopefully this will be her last
one and she’ll be on the road to recovery.
Frieda isn’t here tonight she’s had hernia surgery today. Send her good Thoughts too.
Our Dear Ruthie is home and recovering and getting stronger every day.
Sharon Hall sent us a little sad news, her uncle Bill “Wyldbil Shipley” has passed away
after a battle with cancer. He and her Aunt Cora own “Soup and Scoops” in downtown
Clovis. Pollasky Avenue was decorated with ribbons and flags in his honor. He was a
Fresno Policeman and a builder before they owned the businesses in Clovis. At the
reception, there was an album of the custom homes he built. Dave and Lori’s house was
included as it is a “Shipley house”. On June 10th, her aunt Cora was inducted into the
Hall of Fame for the City of Clovis and Uncle Bill had hoped to be there. Our condolences
to Sharon and the Family.
Your Sunshine Girl, Debbie G.
For Life, Liberty and Happiness
By Aimee Parkin
Independence. Freedom. Life. Liberty. Happiness. Take a moment and think, “What do
those ideals mean to me? What would I do to preserve them?”
On July 4, 1776, after years living under colonial rule, and amidst a bloody war, a group
of men, representatives from thirteen colonies, came together under the most desperate of
circumstances to draft a declaration. This was not a declaration of love, nor was it a declaration
of war, though their rulers believed it to be just that. On that hot summer day, they declared
their independence from “despotism, death, desolation, and tyranny; ravag[ing], plunder[ing],
… and destroy[ing] the lives of our people.”
They declared with faith, loyalty, and confidence – “We hold these truths to be selfevident,
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The men who bravely signed their names to this declaration did so knowing that their
lives, and those of their families, were in peril. The British would certainly hunt them down and
seal their fate with their blood. No mercy shown, their murders executed in the cruelest of
So why did they do it? Why were these values – equality, life, liberty, the pursuit of
happiness – so precious to them that they would die for them? The Founding Fathers provide
us a clear answer in the same document.
…[W]hen a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design
to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government,
and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Since the Revolutionary War, the United States has been involved in 10 formally
declared wars and numerous other conflicts in which Congress did not formally declare an act
of war. Below is a table of each war’s enlistments, non-fatal wounds, and deaths.
War Enlisted Soldiers Non-Fatal Wounds Deaths
Revolutionary War Unknown 6,188 4,435
War of 1812 286,730 4,505 2,260
Mexican American War 78,718 4,152 13,282
Civil War 2,213,363 281,881 364,511
Spanish-American War 306,760 1,662 2,446
World War I 4,734,991 204,002 116,516
World War II 16,112,566 670,846 405,339
Korean War 5,720,000 103,284 36,574
Vietnam War 8,744,000 150,341 58,220
Persian Gulf War 2,225,000 467 383
Operation Enduring Freedom 1,924,810 20,092 2,350
Operation Iraqi Freedom 31,956 4,424
Operation New Dawn 295 73
Operation Inherent Resolve 44 43
Operation Freedom’s Sentinel 192 40
TOTAL 42,346,908 1,479,907 1,010,916
NOTE: The enlisted total for Operation Enduring Freedom includes all US operations since Operation Enduring Freedom
began. The wounded and dead totals are separated to respect the lives of each individual and family affected.
One in 33 men who enlisted in conflict came home wounded, and one in 42 didn’t come home at
all. What drives them all? Why do they leave school, home, and family to fight so that their
fellow countrymen can enjoy relative peace and safety?
Stacy Midgley is a wife, mother, paramedic, and firefighter. Her husband, Jared, served
in communication operations in the US Army from 1997-2000 and was deployed to Korea and
Germany. He was discharged shortly thereafter and they added three children to their family.
After the events of 9/11, he learned that his unit was one of the first being deployed. She very
When 9/11 happened, there was this overwhelming sense of helplessness. The nation was calling for
blood, nurses, and paramedics. There was nothing I could do to help. I was too anemic to donate and was
“only” a CNA. My husband immediately started talking of re-enlistment in the US Army. He knew his
former unit would rapidly deploy, and his brothers would be sent into harm’s way. He could not send
them into the lion’s den alone, so he re-enlisted and quickly deployed to Baghdad. I was, for all intents
and purposes, a single mother of three, the youngest of which spent most of his Dad’s deployment in the
hospital. During this time, I juggled the other two, volunteered with the Family Readiness Group, and
served as the mayor of my military housing village. It was all I could do (helping back at home) at that
time, to support the deployed troops and their left-behind families
On another front, those 343 firefighters who gave their all never left my thoughts. I had always dreamed
of being a paramedic. And I was still bothered by how useless I was to the needs of the 9/11 aftermath.
Ten years after 9/11, I joined a volunteer fire department. In fact, the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 was
about a month after I joined. To anyone who doesn’t know, those brave men should have never entered the
Twin Towers. I’ve realized that as I’ve studied firefighting and fire science. They entered KNOWING
they would perish. They entered, risking their all, to save whatever lives they could save. Most of them
never got to say goodbye. The remains of some were never found. This was my calling. Right then and
Since then, I’ve trained as a firefighter, paramedic, technical rope rescue expert, and in Hazmat. I
couldn’t help that day. And I may never get called on to help in that capacity. But if that day comes, I will
not watch the events unfold on TV and be helpless. I love what I do. I love serving my community. And I
love having the freedom to make a
Front row L to R: Savannah, Will, Davin Midgley
Back Row L to R: Michael, Staci, and Jared Midgley
Staci’s experience prompted her to act. She actively protects life, liberty, and happiness each
day as a firefighter and a paramedic. What can we do to help? Maybe we can do something
small – vote in each primary and general election, send a care package or letter to someone on
active duty, teach a child, thank a veteran. Whatever it is, remember that millions died so we
could be free. That’s what Independence Day is about. When we barbeque, dip in the pool, or
go camping, remember that there is a reason we are off work and looking at fireworks.
‘In the Garage’ by Skip Severance
2017 Corvette Stats Available
General Motors has released the final 2017 model year Corvette stats. A
total of 32,782 Corvettes were produced: 34.3% Stingray Coupe, 30.2%
Grand Sport Coupe, 18.9% Z06 Coupe, 7% Stingray Convertible, 6.2%
Grand Sport Convertible and 3.3% Z06 Convertible. Once again,
automatics more than doubled the production of manuals at 77%. The 1LT
package was the most popular for Stingrays and Grand Sports, while the
3LZ package was the most popular for the Z06.
For colors, Arctic White was the most popular with 18%, followed by
Watkins Glen Gray with 17.7%, Black with 16%, Torch Red with 14%,
Admiral Blue with 9%, Blade Silver with 6%, Long Beach Red with 6%,
Corvette Racing Yellow with 4%, Black Rose with 4% and Sterling Blue
with 2%. Note that if you add the two shades of red together, then “red”
would be the most popular color with 20%.
For a complete run down of the final option counts, click here.
A Corvette Star is Born
As introduced in 1953, the Corvette was mostly a thrown together experiment. Production was
limited to 300 units total, so sales of the entirely new model was not a problem.
Right: The first Corvette reaches the end of the assembly
line on June 30, 1953. The entire 1953 production took
place in the back of a customer delivery garage in Flint
Michigan. The first two were engineering test cars and
according to official records, were destroyed. Of the first
300 Corvettes, approximately 225 are known to exist today.
The first production Corvette was finished on June 30, 1953, which is considered to be the birthday
of the Corvette. Notice the Chevrolet Bel Air wheel covers. According to GM, they were supplied
on the first 25 Corvettes.
Photo on the left is of the 13th Corvette produced. The remaining production was equipped with
the faux knock-off style (right).
All 1953 Corvettes were Polo White with a red interior and a black canvas top. There were two
options offered: a signal seeking AM radio ($145.15) and a heater ($91.40). Although listed as
options, all 1953 Corvettes were equipped with both items. The base price was $3,498.00,
including the federal excise tax and $248.00 for shipping and handling. The radio had an
interesting feature: since fiberglass is electrically inert, the antenna was simply incorporated in
the trunk lid. This would not be possible with a conventional steel body.
When introduced in 1953, the Corvette featured the "Blue Flame" six
cylinder engine. This is not as the Chevrolet engineering team wanted
things, but they had no choice. Although other GM marques featured V8
motors they were not willing to share; a very different situation compared to years later when
various divisions would feature the same powerplants. It was renowned for reliability but with a
rating of 105 HP, performance and sportiness was not included. The engineering staff responded
with the usual engine upgrade methods. A more radical camshaft rubbing on solid lifters, dual
valve springs, and a higher compression ratio cylinder head (8.0:1; previous was 7.5:1) all
contributed to the effort. The largest gain was achieved via an upgrade to the induction system
(right). Three Carter type YH sidedraft carburetors featuring "bullet" air cleaners with an aluminum
manifold were incorporated and the output soared to 150 bhp at 4,500 RPM.
1953 Corvette Part 2
Sharp eyed Corvette fans will recognize that the GM brochure images (above) are of prototype
Corvettes. The big give-aways include the "Corvette" script on the front below the badge, the
downward pointing spear on the fender behind the front tire and the air intake scoops on top of
the fender. None of these items appeared on 1953 Corvettes, although the air intake scoops did
show up on future models.
Left: Corvette headlights featured a stoneguard (or "fencing mask") treatment, part of the "sports
car" target image. They were often seen on race prepared cars as a way to prevent broken
headlights from debris and rocks. The engineers and stylists both wanted glass covers, similar to
what was used on the license plate (right) but the current laws forbid the practice.
All 1953 Corvettes came with red interiors. Left: Image from a 1953 brochure. Right: A "waterfall"
effect was found between the seats as a body piece extended into the interior. This gave a very
open feeling to the car. Later generations would pay homage to this technique and incorporate
the same design traits in the convertible models. Pressing the button released the convertible top
Note: Hold Control & Clicking on an image with this symbol (
) will lead to a larger image.
The Corvette reputation as a performance car would have to wait until 1955 when a V8 became
available. When equipped with the "Blue Flame" six cylinder, the zero to 60 time was around 11
seconds with 1/4 mile times of about 18 seconds. It's hard to say which was more at fault; the six
cylinder motor or the two speed automatic transmission.
The 1953 Corvette is probably better appreciated today than when it was new. There are two basic
reasons why it will remain a desirable model amongst collectors: 1) 1953 was the first year of
production, a strong point in collector car circles. 2) Limited production. At only 300 units it is by
far the rarest Corvette model year.
1953 Corvette Part 3
Above: All 1953-55 Corvettes had removable (as opposed to roll up/down) windows. Black oilcloth
bags were used for storage.
Below: Along with the Polo White exterior, all 1953 Corvettes came with a black canvas soft top.
The 1953 thru 1957 Corvettes featured full instrumentation, which included oil pressure, battery,
water temperature, fuel and tachometer. The bad news was that they were centrally located. The
joke of the day was that the passenger had a better view of the tachometer.
Left: Bumpers, both front and rear, were purely decorative and offered no protection. Right: Tube
type whitewall tires were mounted on steel wheels. Wheel covers were a faux knock-off design.
Right: Despite what these official press photos may imply, hardtops
were not an option supplied by Chevrolet. Aftermarket sources did
supply them and in some cases they were sold by Chevrolet dealers.
Right: Back to basics; the 1953 Corvette in pieces. The fiberglass
body was highly labor intensive which explains the high purchase
price. The tail light fin areas were particularly difficult to work with.
The 1953 Corvette production line, with not a robot in sight.
1953 Corvette Part 4
"What was the first?" is a question that applies to many things. For Corvettes, the closest to "the
first" would have to be the EX-122.
The first Corvette would be difficult to pinpoint as there were a number of prototypes, some with
sporty bodies, others just chassis that were used for development and evaluation. The EX-122 can
however legitimately claim to be the oldest Corvette still in existence.
EX-122 was on display at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance as part of the GM Motorama
exhibit. EX-122 was the serial number that denotes an experimentally built car. It was also the
first Corvette that the automotive enthusiast world fell in love with, as it was the Corvette displayed
at the famous Waldorf Astoria Motorama in New York City on Saturday, January 17th, 1953.
Although initially conceived as a show car, the public reaction was such that GM had no choice but
to put it into production.
Above: The EX-122 as it appeared in the "General Motors Motorama of
1953" brochure. The headline was "Realities of Progress . . ." and the
caption "With a graceful low-slung body of pressed fibre-glass plastic,
the scintillating Chevrolet Corvette two-seater offers all that is best in
sports car design. Powered by a special 160 horsepower Chevrolet
engine with three carburetors and a Powerglide Automatic
Right: May 11, 2012 The EX-122 returns to the Waldorf-Astoria hotel
in New York City almost 60 years after it served to introduce the public
to the Corvette.
Left: The EX-122 served to introduce the world to the Corvette on January 17, 1953 at the Waldorf-
Astoria hotel in New York City. Right: Publicity photo is signed by famed GM designer Chuck
Jordan: "For $3,500 it’s yours!".
Above: The special provenance of EX-122. Left: The funky "Corvette" script between the badge
and the front grill. No other Corvette was similarly equipped. Middle: The downward accent of the
spear on the side of the fender; all other '53 Corvettes had the accent pointed up. Right: The air
intake on the top of the fender. Although 1956 and '57 Corvettes had a similar non-functional
vent, they were not part of Corvette production until then.
Above: GM press photographs of EX-122 taken during the Motorama tour. The EX-122 1953
Corvette is owned by Kerbeck Chevrolet of Atlantic City, NJ where it is on display. Click Here for
more info on the EX-122.
Left: If you've been studying your Corvette history, you are aware that all 1953 Corvettes had
inline six cylinder engines. So why is there a V8 in the EX-122? That's the purpose of an
experimental or prototype. Soon after its duty as a show car, a V8 engine, which would become
famous as the "Chevy Small Block" became available and was installed in the EX-122 so the
performance could be tested and the concept sorted out. Middle: Jamie Ginn, Miss Delaware 2006,
brings additional sparkle to the EX-122.
As Corvette production proceeded, the EX-122 was no
longer needed as a show car so it headed back to the
engineering department where it was refurbished and
painted red. It was used as a courtesy car for about
5,000 miles and then in April, 1956 was sold to Russell
Sanders. John Ingle bought it in October, 1959 (for
only $1,000!) who sold it to Kerbeck Corvette in July
2002. The photograph at the right was taken in August
2002. Note that distinctive items such as the script
between the grill and the nose badge, the fender
mounted vent intakes and the exterior door opening
were removed. The fender was also upgraded to
include the spear with the upward pointing accent and
the gold "V" in "Chevrolet" (below) which was how the
1955 V8 equipped Corvettes were built.
In 2003 Kerbeck restored it back to its original 1953 Motorama show car configuration although
they kept the V8 engine.
Complementing the EX-122 is the last 1953 Corvette. It is owned by Jim and Evelyn Fasnacht of
Americans do love their Corvettes. They are uniquely American, with a flair, value and competitive
spirit that is unequaled in the automotive world. The qualities that have endeared the Corvette is
that it has always been the best at whatever it does and accomplishes that task with confidence,
flair and at least a medium dose of arrogance. Corvettes excel everywhere: on the racetrack, as
a styling tour de force, a boulevard cruiser or simply providing their owners with a magnificent
driving experience. WebCars! presents "The Corvette Story" for the car enthusiast who wants to
know more about this amazing American icon. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did
creating it. Oh, and don't forget to tell your friends!
Paul Pollock, The Corvette Story, Year by Year!
Editor’s note: Sorry about this long article. When I found this about the ’53
Corvette and since it was Corvettes Birthday on Friday, I just had to share it with
all of you. Hope you enjoyed it. Click on the link above to go to The Corvette Story
and find out more about any year of the Corvette! Charlie
WE NEED TO GET
SOME MORE RUNS BOOKED FOR 2017. BETWEEN JUNE 10TH (MADERA
SPEEDWAY) AND THE PRESIDENTS MYSTERY RUN IN SEPTEMBER, ONLY
FOUR RUNS ARE SCHEDULED---MUSIC IN THE PARK IN KINGSBURG, THE
SNELLING CAR SHOW, MOVIE NITE AND THE HARRIS RANCH LUNCH RUN.
PLEASE CONSIDER PUTTING ON A RUN AND, AS I HAVE PREVIOUSLY STATED,
IF YOU NEED HELP, JUST ASK! REMEMBER, THE MORE RUNS WE DO, THE
MORE FUN WE WILL HAVE! DICK DANIELSEN
July 6 Music in the Park Johnson’s
July 9 Snelling Car Show Renna/Peluso
July 26 Maya Movie Nite – Dunkirk Fosnaugh
Aug 5 Harris Ranch Lunch Run Danielsen’s
Sept 12-15 President’s Mystery Run Anderson
Oct 21 Potluck / Country Western Music Duke’s
July 2018 Colorado Rocky Mountain High Hansen’s
GENERAL MEETING ALWAYS 3 RD TUESDAY 6:30 PM
BOARD MEETING IS THE TUESDAY FOLLOWING THE
GENERAL MEETING AT 7:00PM
Dominos 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month
The Kingsburg Gang:
Henderson’s, Henenfent’s & the Johnson’s
are inviting you to an evening of dinner and music!!
Kingsburg Summer Concerts in the Park
Thursday, July 6
Patriotic Theme is scheduled
Meet at the Walgreen’s parking lot in Kingsburg 5:45pm
Sierra Ave offramp – turn left
Walgreens will be on your right at 2nd light.
One of us will be there to lead you to designated parking
Vendors include, tacos, hamburgers, tri-tip sandwiches
or pack a picnic
Ice cream sold by Kiwanis!!!!
Concert begins at 8pm until 9:30
Bring your own lawn chair
SNELLING CAR SHOW
HENDERSON PARK, SNELLING, CA
SUNDAY, JULY 9 Th
10:00AM – 2:00PM
THIS SHOW IS OPEN TO ALL MAKES AND ALL YEARS OF VEHICLES.
PRE-REGISTRATION FEE IS $30 PER CAR IF PAID BY JULY 1 ST AND
THE FEE IS $35 ON THE DAY OF THE SHOW. ONE MEAL TICKET IS
INCLUDED IN THE ENTRY FEE.
A DEEP PIT BAR-B-Q LUNCH WILL BE AVAILABLE AND ADDITIONAL
MEAL TICKETS COST $12 PER PERSON. LUNCH INCLUDES BBQ BEEF,
BEANS, SALAD, ROLL AND COFFEE. DESSERTS AND COLD DRINKS
ARE AVAIABLE FOR PURCHASE.
CALL BECKY AT (209) 652-3771 FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND
REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT: WWW.YosemiteCorvetteClub.net
RUN LEADERS ARE CHARLOTTE RENNA AND BOB PELUSO
MEET AT HERNDON AND 99---RUN WILL LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 8:00AM
Dinner & Movie Nite…
You are invited to join us in watching:
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The festivities will be held the Maya Cinema
3090 E. Campus Pointe Dr. Fresno, Ca 93710
(Dinner and Movie times to be determined)
Contact Charlie for more information, 281-2876
Who’s ready to go again?
Free Flags on 6-14 Movie nite!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 TH
- MEET AT JENSEN AND HWY. 99 AT
10:00AM ON AUGUST 5 TH .
- LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 10:15AM SO THAT WE CAN ARRIVE AT
HARRIS RANCH BY OUR RESERVATION TIME OF
OUR ROUTE WILL BE SOUTH ON HWY. 41 AND THEN WEST ON HWY.
198 TO HARRIS RANCH AT THE INTERSECTION OF 198 AND I-5.
THERE WILL BE SOME TIME AFTER LUNCH TO BROWSE IN THE GIFT
AFTER LUNCH, WE WILL UPHOLD
THE DEEPLY INGRAINED
TRADITION OF CVC AND DRIVE
TO HANFORD AND SUPERIOR
DAIRY FOR DESSERT!
YOUR CB RADIO!
CUT OFF FOR SIGN-UP IS THE
ONLY THE SHADOW KNOWS……………………
WHERE ANDY WILL BE LEADING US ON HIS
PRESIDENT’S MYSTERY RUN,
TUESDAY, SEPT. 12TH,
THRU FRIDAY, SEPT. 15TH.
TIME TO PARTY!
WHERE: THE DUKES HOUSE, 492 W. ATHENS, CLOVIS
WHEN: SATURDAY OCTOBER 21 ST
LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC WILL BE PERFORMED BY JOHN PEMBERTOM
FROM 5:00PM TO 9:00PM
THERE WILL BE A $10.00/PERSON CHARGE TO HELP COVER THE
COST OF ENTERTAINMENT
DRINKS/ALCOHOL AND PAPER GOODS WILL BE PROVIDED.
THE SIGN-UP SHEET HAS A “DISH” COLUMN FOR YOU TO INDICATE
WHAT YOU ARE BRINGING. PLEASE ENTER EITHER A MAIN DISH,
SIDE DISH, SALAD, OR DESSERT
COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN
CRAIG AND PAM HANSEN
DETAILS PROVIDED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE