Central Valley Corvettes Newsletter - August 2017

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Central Valley Corvettes of Fresno - August 2017

5 NEW CARS IN 5

MONTHS & ALL

GRAND SPORTS!


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 ENTHUSIAST 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 a

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 as per CVC

Bylaws.

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

Andy Anderson

977-3387

ancon545@yahoo.com

VP-ACTIVITIES

Dick Danielsen

298-5229

redanielsenr@aol.com

VP-PUBLIC RELATIONS/ MEMBERSHIP

Charlotte Renna

323-0153

chrenna@aol.com

SECRETARY

Terry Johnson

940-0876

purplegal54@gmail.com

TREASURER

Dick Johnson

940-5719

rejohnson1142@gmail.com

PARLIAMENTARIAN

Gary Pflepsen

999-2957

pgpflep@aol.com

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 Activities.............................13

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!

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS

Chuck Laningham

304-7662

laningham@hotmail.com

SUNSHINE & CLOUDS - NEWS

Debbie Garrison

875-0800

keithgar@aol.com

WEBSITE EDITOR

Charlie Fosnaugh

299-0547

fosnaugh@comcast.net


…a word from our President!

Hi Corvetter’s:

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,

Your president,

Andy

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

the raffle.

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,

Dukes’.

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,

Tjerrild, Walkers

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

AT:

www.CentralValleyCorvettes.com


SUNSHINE & CLOUDS

Debbie Garrison

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

grandchild.

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

engine reached.

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

he wants.

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


CVC

Activities

Schedule

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


HARRIS RANCH

LUNCH RUN

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

12 NOON.

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

SHOP.

AFTER LUNCH, WE WILL UPHOLD

THE DEEPLY INGRAINED

TRADITION OF CVC AND DRIVE

TO HANFORD AND SUPERIOR

DAIRY FOR DESSERT!

DON’T FORGET

YOUR CB RADIO!

CUT OFF FOR SIGN-UP IS THE

JULY MEETING


ONLY THE SHADOW KNOWS……………………

WHERE ANDY WILL BE LEADING US ON HIS

PRESIDENT’S MYSTERY RUN,

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12TH,

THROUGH FRIDAY, SEPT. 15TH.

STAY TUNED

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

$600.00


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!

WHAT: POTLUCK

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

PARDINI’S

DINNER, DANCING & MERRIMENT

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

YOUR HOSTS:

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

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