5 NEW CARS IN 5
MONTHS & ALL
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
Sunshine & Clouds………………… 7-8
In The Garage w/Charlie.…….. 9-10
In The Garage w/Jeff…….…….11-12
CVC Event Flyers...................14-21
Music in the Park Pics………… 22-23
Snelling Car Show Pics………...24-25
From our Sponsor, Ed Dena....... 26
WATCH OUT FOR THE CHILDREN!
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS - NEWS
…a word from our President!
We had a great meeting last month,
was so happy to see we had 100% of
our members had their badges, first
time in 25 years. Well we made the final
pre run for the mystery tour. I think it
will be a great time. Your 600.00 trip fee
will due by August general meeting. Still
have time to sign up.
We have 19 cars going. Make sure you
have a full tank of gas before we leave
Jensen and 99 we will be leaving at 8:00
am sharp we will have a guess the
mileage to destination five dollars per
person. Good luck get ready for fun and
friendship. Make sure everyone has a CB
it will keep you from getting lost!!
Until next time,
Mystery Trip coming up! – Which way do we go?
Central Valley Corvettes
General Meeting Minutes
July 18, 2017
The General Meeting was called to order by
President Andy Anderson at 6:35pm.
Minutes from the May meeting were read.
There being no corrections (Hooray!), Chuck
Hall made a motion to accept the minutes as
read. Aimee Parkin seconded.
Dick Johnson gave the Treasurer’s report.
Our account is still in great shape. Tonight’s
raffle brought in a whopping $360.00. Way
to go club! Thanks for the ideas to energize
VP of Activities, Dick Danielsen, announced
several upcoming runs and events. Check
out our newsletter with dates, time and
meeting place information. If you still have
questions, give Dick a call at home or send an
e-mail. Dick also mentioned a couple of
WSCC events in Las Vegas in October and
Carlsbad in November. Go to their website
for more information.
read the Sunshine Report. We were so
happy to see Del & Sue Walker. Del was
hoping to have the winning ticket for one
of those $50 bills. Don & Connie Olson
also joined us tonight.
Old Business: None
New Business: None
Before Mike Henenfent started the raffle,
he let the club know – the Dukes have
donated (2) CB’s and installation at Red
Monkey for the August raffle. There will
be a separate pot for members interested.
Another round of Thank you’s to the,
The next General meeting will be Tuesday,
August 15. The next Board meeting will be
Tuesday, July 25 th at Andy Anderson’s.
There being no Old Business or New
Business, Mike Lebda made a motion to
adjourn the meeting. David Dukes
seconded. Meeting adjourned at 7:24pm
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,
Engelman, S&L Garcia, Sarah Garcia , Garrison,
Hall, Henderson, Henenfent, Jarvis, Johnson,
Lebda, Null, Olson, Parkin, Parks, Severance,
Chuck Laningham could not find one
badge violator. Good job Club! We
welcomed Debbie Garrison back as she
Scott Parkin, 8/06 – Julie Sons, 8/10 – Lydia Garcia, 8/12 – Mike Lebda, 8/13,
Diane Hayes – 8/16 and Sue Rose, 8/16
by Charlotte Renna
Dave & Lupe Dawson, 8/09/80 – 37 Years
Art & Nancy White, 8/17/63 – 54 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
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS
JULY 18, 2017
Many have noticed our friends Roy and Mary Ann Whitson haven’t been with us the last
couple of months. Roy has been really, really sick since late May. Starting with ear surgery
and the meds to deal with the pain. And still two months later he is dealing with all the
problems they caused. He will be having a procedure and hopefully that will get him back
on the road to recovery.
Glenn and Lorraine Henderson became grandparents of a baby girl on June 30th. Her
name is Emily Olive Henderson weighing in at 7 lbs. 14 oz. 19” long. She is their 2nd
Steve Garcia drove a car in the Gerhardt Classic at the Madera Speedway on July 8th. The
car he drove was the Vukovich car owned and usually driven by Janet Vukovich. The car is
a vintage hardtop racecar and part of the ‘Legends of Kearney Bowl’. Steve actually raced
the car, passed another car during the race and got a trophy!! A bucket list moment for
him. He remembered all the days with his Dad and the Kearney Bowl cars. Now anytime
Lydia says anything about his driving his reply is ‘Well I am a race car driver’.
On July 3 rd Mike and Lynne Henenfent became the proud owners of a 2017 Corvette
Racing Yellow Grand Sport.
Ed and Joyce Kroeker celebrated 58 years of marriage this month. Same thing goes on
every year, Joyce has given Ed the same card every year (changes the envelopes once in a
while), he has not caught on yet! (Don’t tell him) This year they celebrated by getting Ed
in Steve and Jill’s car, first ride in 6 months that wasn’t an ambulance. Walking is still a
challenge so they took him to a demolition job site and watched Jill’s crew pull down a
building and then drove him to the Triangle Drive-In and then a drove around to some
more job sites. Some of you might remember my 70 th birthday surprise party at Triangle,
you know the one where Ed forgot to take Joyce to the party. Party was almost over
including the Elvis impersonator, by the time their grandson came by and picked them up
to make sure they didn’t miss the whole thing. In true Joyce wisdom, she writes ‘Make
memories while you can, don’t settle for just wishes. Every day is a gift, but some may be
gag gifts. Enjoy’.
The Henderson’s, Laningham’s, and Null’s just returned from a week-long trip at the coast
enjoying the cool weather. Heard Mike and Lynne Henenfent just couldn’t stand the heat
and took their new corvette and joined them for a couple of days.
I heard from Art and Nancy White while on their sailing trip. They are currently in British
Columbia in the Broughton Islands. It has been spectacularly gorgeous with pristine
waterways and islands everywhere with tall mountains in the distance. Thank goodness
for GPS and chart plotters, without them it would be a maze navigating through. They
said they have a new respect for the early explorers that navigated with the stars. They
got to see an 80-pound Halibut caught by two very excited teenage boys, which is sure to
make them lifelong fishermen. Their sail boat has been behaving beautifully, transmitting
through 5 series of rapids with currents running up to 13 knots, so they have learned to
plan the passages at slack water. They are loving the cool weather and beautiful scenery.
Tom and Emily Piercy won’t be able to join us on the Mystery Run as Tom has to go to
Orlando for business. On the way home, they may have to sacrifice and find their way
through Bowling Green, KY.
Skip Severance had some interesting news about previous members Steve and Darlene
Siefert; they rolled their HHR back in December. Darlene’s mother broke her leg but Steve
suffered the more serious injuries, broke some ribs, broke his neck, lost his ear in the
accident but it was reattached. He is in rehab and is very slowly getting better. He is
having to re-learn motor skills. Please keep Steve and Darlene’s mother in your prayers.
Keith and I had a wonderful time on our Alaska Cruise. Weather was beautiful, the cruise
was smooth and had great entertainment. We saw a whole pod of whales, porpoises,
eagles and even a couple of bear. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous lakes.
Keith and I are just about to embark on an RV trip across the country to see Keith’s son
Butch and his family in Pikeville, KY. Will visit relatives in Southern California and Tucson,
AZ, hoping to see Peggy Smitha while in Tucson. We will visit the Alamo, relatives in
Houston and previous members the Conley’s in Star Harbor, TX. Very excited to see our
grandkids, taking the family to Dollywood and Arc Endeavor in Williamstown. Will be
going to Memphis and Nashville to see the sites. I’m sure we’ll have plenty of stories to
tell when we get back. Talk to you then.
Your Sunshine Girl, Debbie G.
‘In the Garage’ by Charlie Fosnaugh
Vietnam Veteran's 1967 Corvette sells for $675,000!
A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette purchased new by a decorated Vietnam War
veteran was sold at the recent Mecum Auctions Indianapolis event for
$675,000. That’s more than a 10,000 percent markup over what Keith
Richard Litavsky paid when he picked up the Marina Blue coupe from Jack
Douglass Chevrolet in Hinsdale, Ill., upon his return home from the front
lines. According to his son, Matt, Litavsky was awarded two Purple Hearts
during the war, and was finally released after becoming the only surviving
member of his unit in the wake of a fierce firefight and helicopter crash.
The Corvette was purchased with money that he’d been putting away
specifically for that purpose.
Litavsky took obsessively good care of the Corvette, which today is almost
all original, aside from its muffler and battery, and was sold with its full
documentation and factory-equipped tires. He never drove it in the rain,
and kept a log of every trip that even included the maximum RPM the
The Corvette now has 8,533 miles on its odometer and 427/435 hp L71 V8
engine. Though never restored and washed only with damp cloths, it
remains in excellent shape and has been kept in climate-controlled storage
in recent years. The price paid is a testament to its condition, as the
Hagerty Price Guide estimates the value of similar cars at $209,000.
It’s rarely been driven since Litavsky died in 1993 from cancer that was
caused by Agent Orange exposure during the war, according to his son. Just
15 miles in the past 15 years. Matt Litavsky didn’t say exactly why chose to
let the car go now, but told The Indianapolis Star it was “a very long year”
making the decision. Fortunately for him, the buyer was a local rare car
dealer who doesn’t plan to sell it, and told him that he can visit it anytime
Article from: FOX NEWS AUTOS
‘In the Garage’ by Jeff Levine
The Last Big Block Corvettes are a Bargain!
Although Corvette performance and styling softened in the mid-1970s
(and prices steadily rose), the period proved to be one of the most
successful for Chevy’s sports car. It was also a time of goodbyes.
The “final” convertible left the factory in 1975, although the body style
returned for 1986 in the C4 series. The year prior was the last that the Mk.
IV V-8 (aka big-block or “Rat,” which debuted for 1965) was offered in the
’Vette. Was it a sad farewell? The regular production option (RPO) LS-4 was
a 454-cid engine rated at 270 net horsepower. Not among the quickest
classic Corvettes, the LS-4 was still respectable for the day. Today, it’s the
most affordable way to get a big-block ’Vette. Although the plastic-covered
bumpers on the 1974 Corvette somewhat diluted the aggressive stance of
the C3 Stingray design that debuted for 1968, buyers liked it more than
ever. Chevy, with Zora Arkus-Duntov at the helm of the Corvette program,
kept a steady stream of improvements coming. The ’Vette didn’t get faster
in the 1970s, but it gained more refined handling and comfort. For
example, by 1974 approximately 80 percent of buyers were choosing
optional air conditioning. Most of the year’s 37,502 Corvette buyers were
perfectly happy with the standard L-48 350 V-8, rated at 195 net hp and
275 lb.-ft. of torque. The L-82 350 performance option raised those
numbers to 250 hp and 285 lb.-ft., and 6,700 buyers thought the upgrade
was worth the additional $299. The 270-hp LS-4 454 V-8 was actually
cheaper at $250, but just under 3,500 customers ordered it. The model
year had opened with the oil embargo, and the resulting gas lines and price
hikes took a toll. A 1974 big-block Corvette wears the same chrome “454”
callouts on its hood as earlier models, but how good was this one? The LS-
4 was a slightly milder version of the 1971-72 LS-5, and Chevy also offered
it in full-size models and Chevelles with a lower output rating.
The LS-4’s specs were nothing special: oval-port cast-iron cylinder heads,
two-bolt main bearing caps, cast-iron crankshaft, and forged steel
connecting rods. The 8.25:1 compression was the same as the ’72 LS-5, as
were the 2.06-inch intake and 1.72-inch exhaust valves and even the 270
net hp rating. (The 1970-71 LS-6 was an all-out performance engine, with
much higher compression, solid-lifter cam, and larger rectangular ports
and larger valves.) Most of the differences had to do with emissions
equipment: The LS-4’s cam was slightly milder, and it used the air injection
reactor emissions system (AIR) in place of the LS-5’s controlled combustion
system (CCS). There was no catalytic converter for 1974. The LS-4’s calling
card was torque. Its 380 lb.-ft. at 2,800 rpm was down slightly from the LS-
5’s 390 lb.-ft. at 3,200 rpm. The L-82 350, by comparison, produced 285 lb.-
ft. at 4,000 rpm, so it didn’t offer the same instant oomph as the larger
engine. Jim Jordan, president of County Corvette, a classic car dealership in
West Chester, Pa., laments that the 1973-74 LS-4 was not a true highperformance
powerplant like Pontiac’s 1973-74 455 Super Duty. He does,
however, understand the ’74 model’s appeal. “The ’74 Corvette is a car for
everyone, from a first-time buyer with less than 10K to spend to a worldclass
collector looking to finish off a C3 big-block collection with a great
example,” Jordan said. “There is a niche group of people that remember and
like the trend to painted bumpers, making for a sleek look for the 1974
Corvette, particularly in great colors like red/red.” Car & Driver tested the
LS-4 in a pair of 1973 ’Vettes, which were a bit lighter than the ’74s with
their new plastic-covered rear bumper assembly. An automatic-equipped
LS-4 ran the quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds at 97.2 mph / 3.08 axle ratio vs.
14.6 at 95.7 mph / 3.55 axle ratio for the 4-speed stick car. (In comparison,
a heavier, 90-pound LS-5 automatic the magazine tested in 1971—also with
a 3:08 rear axle ratio—did the deed in 14.2 at 100.3 mph.) So don’t use the
term “malaise” around a 1974 big-block Vette. Just take advantage of the
lower price. Article from: HAGERTY
THANK YOU TO
EVERYONE WHO HAS STEPPED UP AND PUT ON A RUN/EVENT SO FAR THIS
YEAR. WITH WHAT IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED THROUGH THE END OF THE
YEAR, OUR RUN TOTAL IS 26. WITH “QUEEN HAULS” IN THE FALL AND,
HOPEFULLY, A FEW MORE CLUB RUNS, WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO BEAT LAST
YEAR’S TOTAL OF 35. PLEASE CONSIDER PUTTING ON A RUN BEFORE THE
END OF THE YEAR 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
Aug 5 Harris Ranch Lunch Run Danielsen’s
Sept 12-15 President’s Mystery Run Anderson
Sept 30 Badger Lunch Run Johnson’s
Oct 21 Potluck / Country Western Music Duke’s
Oct 30 Halloween Party Anderson’s
Dec 7 CVC Christmas Party Garrison’s
Dec 17 Christmas Hayride Renna
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
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 TH
- MEET AT JENSEN AND HWY. 99 AT
10:30AM ON AUGUST 5 TH .
- LEAVE PROMPTLY AT 10:45AM 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,
THROUGH FRIDAY, SEPT. 15TH.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AUGUST MEETING IS THE
CUT OFF FOR THIS RUN. ADDITIONALLY, FOR
THOSE PARTICIPATING, THE AUGUST MEETING IS
ALSO THE CUT OFF FOR PAYING THE TRIP FEE OF
Pozo Saloon is closed due to owner illness so…..
The Johnson’s have come up with an alternate….
Badger Lunch Run
Saturday, September 30 th
Meet at Walgreen’s
In Kingsburg 10 am to leave by 10:15
For you Fresno members – South on 99
Exit Sierra Ave. – Hwy 201
Make a left turn – go over RR tracks
Walgreen’s will be on your right.
We will head East and enjoy the twisties
until we reach our destination at
Badger Mountain House
Where we will have lunch on their back deck
After lunch we will head north to
Squaw Valley for an ice cream break
and then home from there.
Sign up at the next meeting!
Questions? Contact Terry Johnson @ 940-0876
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
WHERE: ANDY AND CONNIE ANDERSON’S HOUSE
545 WEST ALLUVIAL, CLOVIS
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 TH
ADDITIONAL DETAILS TO FOLLOW AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE
CVC CHRISTMAS PARTY
SAVE THE DATE
DECEMBER 7, 2017
DINNER, DANCING & MERRIMENT
DETAILS TO FOLLOW
GARRISONS & ANDERSONS
CVC CHRISTMAS HAYRIDE!
WHERE: CHARLOTTE RENNA’S HOUSE
491 W. ATHENS, CLOVIS
WHEN: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 TH
ADDITIONAL DETAILS TO FOLLOW AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE
COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN
HIGH – CVC TOUR IV
W/CRAIG AND PAM HANSEN
Thursday, JULY 26, 2018 thru
Sunday, August 12, 2018
DETAILS PROVIDED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE
Photos by Terry Johnson
Photos by Charlotte
Renna & Lori Dukes