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, LeighAnne Severance @
593-0208 or any officer on the following
VP-PUBLIC RELATIONS/ MEMBERSHIP
Mission Statement / Officers..... 2-3
A Word from our President.......... 4
Secretary’s Minutes.................. 5-6
Birthdays & Anniversaries............ 7
In the Garage w/Charlie……….. 8-14
CVC Activities............................ 15
CVC Event Flyers.................. 16-24
San Luis Wildlife Run Pics…….25-26
Sweethearts Run Pics……...... 27-28
From our Sponsor, Ed Dena....... 29
SUNSHINE & CLOUDS - NEWS
WEBSITE & NEWSLETTER EDITOR
…a word from our President!
Here we are and another month on the
books. The mystery tour is still a mystery but
hopefully things will come together soon.
Things are picking up when it comes to
events so let’s keep them coming. We are
also welcoming new members each month
which is also a good thing.
A lot of our members are talking about
buying a C8 corvette. I wonder who will
receive the first one in our club and how
many will actually take the plunge. I want a
convertible myself and have not been able to
talk to a dealer about ordering one.
I am still trying to get my handle around this
job, and I ask that you bear with me as I
learn how to do it. Hopefully I will get it
down pat by the end of the year. It isn’t a
real hard job, and anyone can probably do
this, but I want to do it right.
As we enter the Easter season, keep those
who are dealing with health issues in your
prayers. Be safe and until next time, zoom,
Michael Lebda, President
The General meeting was called to order by Mike
Lebda at 6:30 PM. Mike opened the meeting by
reminding members that minutes will no longer be
read at the meeting. Several copies of January’s
minutes were available for members’ review.
Effective March, members will be asked to approve
or amend minutes as published on website.
Secretary – Kathy Marine – Mike Hayes made a
motion to accept the minutes as published on
website. Leighanne Severance seconded the
Treasurer’s Report - Lynn Henenfent gave the
Treasurer’s report. She also stated $265.00 was
collect in raffle ticket sales. Freida is very busy as
members eagerly purchase raffle tickets in hope of
being a winner.
VP of Public Relations/Membership – Leighanne
Severance announced 5 birthdays which were
cheerfully serenaded to and 3 anniversaries for
February. By a quick luck of a draw and a moment of
riveting pause, Bob and Kathy Marine had a little
more reason to celebrate as winners of a $25.00
Yosemite Falls Café gift card.
New club members, Randy and Cori Ray (sponsored
by Larry and Janet King); and, Araceli and Wayne
DeCamp (sponsored by Steve and Lydia Garcia)
were initiated and awarded with their membership
bag and club badges. Larry and Janet King, and,
Steve and Lydia Garcia earned a $50.00 Yosemite
Falls Café gift card for new member referral.
Guests Ron and June Dawson (brother and sisterin-law
of Dave and Lupe Dawson) were welcomed
at the meeting. They drive a 2005 yellow corvette.
VP of Activities – Jeff Engleman informed the
members of upcoming runs and activities. Each run
leader gave a brief synopsis of either their future
planned run or described the highlights and
memorable moments of their recently held run.
See Run/Activity Schedule published in the
newsletter for planned runs or contact run leaders
with any questions regarding their run.
Parliamentarian: Mike asked Dick Danielsen for his
input or comments.
Old Business - Mike queried the room for old
business. After a brief discussion, Mike proposed to
increase club donation to Kroekerville picnic from
$1,000.00 to $2,000.00. Keith made a motion to
accept proposed increase. Charlotte seconded the
motion. Increase donation was accepted by
May’s general meeting will not have a quorum
since majority of Board members will be traveling.
Mike presented several options for members’
consideration: (1) have meeting 1 week early, (2)
hold meeting at picnic, or (3) forgo May’s general
meeting. To be discussed further.
Jennie Schwan contacted club. Her membership
fees will be reimbursed. Charlie is continuing his
efforts evaluating a program to simplify CVC’s
newsletter publication, members’ website access
and club transactions. A trial period access has been
provided to the Board. More information to follow.
New Business: Mike queried the room or new
business. Mike explained his thoughts of CVC
serving the community by either sponsoring or
helping at charity events. He asked for members’
Sunshine and Clouds: Linda Laningham – It was the
month of hearts and thoughts of loved ones. Good
news and memorable moments were shared.
Sergeant-of-Arms: Chuck Laningham – Alias, “twobuck
Chuck” was foiled again. All members wore
Next General Meeting: To be held at Yosemite Falls
Café, March 17, 2020, at 6:30 PM.
Next Board Meeting: To be held at Engleman
home, Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 3:00 PM.
Members are welcome to attend Board meetings.
Please inform Club President of your attendance.
General Meeting Adjourned: Joyce made a
motion to adjourn meeting at 7:17 PM. Tom
seconded the motion.
Kathy Marine, Club Secretary
Thank you to the following members for their raffle prize donation: Danielsen, DeCamp, Engleman,
Fosnaugh, S&L Garcia, J&S Garcia, Garrahan, Garrison, Henderson, Henenfent, Jarvis, M&J King, Kroeker,
Laningham, Lebda, Marine, Null, Piercy, Ray, Renna, Severance, Tavares, Tjerrild.
Congratulations to Randy and Cori Ray, and, Ron and June Dawson on their $50.00 winnings!
Congratulations to Bob & Kathy
Marine for winning the Anniversary
Gift Card drawing!
Congratulations to Randy & Cori Ray
Receiving their New Members bag
from sponsors Steve & Lidia Garcia!
Fred Parks Mar 3 Patricia Garrahan Mar 4
Debbie Anderson Mar 8 Bob Marine Mar 8
Mike Henenfent Mar 11 Andy Anderson Mar 14
Vickie Garrison Mar 20 Jeff Engleman Mar 22 LeighAnne Severance
Stephanie Engleman Mar 22
Darlene Derringer Mar 27 V.P. Public Relations
Joe Garcia Mar 27 Jill Rosen Mar 29 and Membership
Steve & Jill Rosen Mar 19, 2000
Remember to wear your name badge or CVC shirt with your name on
it to all club meetings and events. 50 cent fine without it at meetings.
Support your club raffle by bringing a raffle
prize and thanks for that.
Recommend our web site as you get a chance.
‘In the Garage’ w/Charlie
'Flying Car Mode' and other Secrets
of the 2020 Corvette Stingray
LAS VEGAS — Evading helicopter surveillance and channeling the spirit of the
“godfather of the Corvette” were business as usual for GM engineers developing the
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, code-named C8 because it’s the eighth-generation
of the sports car. The first mid-engined production car in Corvette history, the new
Stingray had near-mythic status before it ever turned a wheel, and has won nearly
every major new car award since it debuted in 2019. The first production models will
arrive at dealers in late February or early March.
Chevrolet engineers and designers wanted to make a mid-engine ‘Vette since at least
1960, when legendary engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov led creation of Chevrolet
Engineering Research Vehicle No. 1, or CERV I. Zora, a brilliant engineer and racing
driver who transformed the 1950s Corvette from a car that was lovely but slow into
America’s great sports car, wanted to move the engine from the nose to behind the
passenger compartment. Called mid-engined, that arrangement lets cars use more
power than the traditional front-engine layout because the engine’s weight over the
rear wheels keeps the tires from spinning when the driver floors it.
“We could add horsepower, but we weren’t making the car faster,” chief engineer Ed
Piatek said of front-engine Corvettes. Through the decades, GM engineers and
designers created one proposal after another for mid-engine ‘Vettes. None made it to
production. After a saga like that, it’s no surprise the 2020 Corvette Stingray generated
stories of its own.
‘Nothing to see here. I’m just an Australian pickup.’
Plans to build a mid-engine Corvette were closely held even within GM. Around 2014,
the team built a card-access only room inside an already-secure corner of GM’s tech
center for the first prototype. Code name Blackjack, the two-seater hid the C8’s
chassis and suspension under what appeared to be the body of the Holden Ute, a
sporty car-based pickup made by GM’s Australian brand. “It was a convenient shape
to hide a mid-engine layout,” C8 lead development engineer Mike Petrucci said.
The only actual Holden parts on Blackjack are the brand’s chrome badge, headlights,
outside mirrors and taillights, but the ruse worked. The one-of-a-kind “mule,” as
development vehicles are sometimes called, served for two years of development
drives — frequently at night, so not even other GM engineers would see it — at GM’s
proving grounds in Milford and Yuma, Arizona.
Building Blackjack — by hand, of course — took eight months. The interior came from
the C7 Corvette that was in production. Its body panels were handmade fiberglass,
carefully shaped to look like a Ute while covering the C8’s bones. Those bones,
incidentally, were milled from 7,000 pounds of aluminum ingots, work done secretly at
other GM facilities. In addition to Blackjack, the C8 team considered mules that looked
like station wagons and vans, two other body styles that would allow them to hide the
fact that the engine compartment was behind, not in front of, the passengers.
‘Incoming. Hide the ‘Vette!’
Despite GM’s secrecy, rumors leaked out that a mid-engine ‘Vette was again under
consideration. It immediately became the top target for spy photographers, who
specialize in getting pictures of vehicles automakers are developing. Confirmation that
a mid-engine ‘Vette was coming, and good photos of the fabled project, could make
somebody’s career, not to mention a stack of dough higher than the car. In addition to
staking out GM’s proving grounds and areas automakers develop vehicles — Death
Valley in the summer, Finland in winter — some photographers hired helicopters to fly
over the Milford proving grounds. Buzzing Yuma was verboten, its air space restricted
because of nearby U.S. military installations.
By this time, Blackjack had been replaced by mules that, while still disguised, were
clearly for a two-seat sports car. A single clear photo would let the cat out of the bag.
The answer was a better bag: A fabric car cover designed to be folded and stowed
between the development car’s seats. You can hear helicopters before you see them
in Milford’s wooded, rolling landscape. Development drivers were told to keep the
windows open a crack, pull over, leap out and unfurl the car cover over the mule at
the first sound of rotors. They drilled to perfect covering it quickly and refolding the
cover precisely for fast deployment next time. They succeeded, standing next to the
covered car and waving at choppers overhead on at least a dozen occasions.
A wing like no other
A close look at the tall black wing rising above Blackjack’s tailgate reveals that it’s
upside down, the exact opposite of the profile you see on race cars. While most
automotive wings generate aerodynamic downforce — air pressure that pushes the
vehicle down so it doesn’t leave the ground at high speed — Blackjack’s wing actually
creates aerodynamic lift, like a plane’s wing.
That’s because wind tunnel tests showed Blackjack’s cobbled together body had
aerodynamic lift at the nose. That’d be unacceptable in a production car, but since
Blackjack’s body would never be built, the only thing that mattered was that its
aerodynamic profile be equal front and rear. Creating downforce would be the
production body’s job.
In addition, the two stanchions supporting the wing double as air intakes to cool the
engine mounted under what appeared to be a tonneau cover on the pickup bed.
The C8’s performance targets — speed, aerodynamics, braking, fuel efficiency, etc.
—were set during hundreds of thousands of computer tests before Blackjack was built.
What would Zora do?
GM had never built a car like the C8, so the engineering team had to invent many
processes on the fly. “At every turn, we asked ourselves, ‘What would Zora do?’ ”
Zora Arkus-Duntov, widely called the godfather of the Corvette because he led the
car’s development for an unprecedented 20 years, pushed the performance envelope
at GM from the day he joined the company in 1953, first and foremost by making
Corvettes faster and better.
Never afraid to ruffle feathers, while working at GM, Duntov took time off to drive for
Porsche at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race, winning once. Legend has it he got
company approval by promising to bring back competitive intelligence about Porsche,
but he also helped the German automaker improve its performance with suspension
modifications. When he retired in 1975, Duntov’s parting words to Dave McLellan, his
successor as chief engineer, were reportedly that the mid-engine Corvette was now in
To ensure every member of the C8 team understood the legacy they had the
opportunity to complete, they wore bright yellow — the color of Corvette race cars that
have won many Le Mans races — and “What Would Zora Do?” wristbands, making
that the standard for decision making.
Flying car mode
The optional adaptive Magnetic Ride Control shock absorbers talk to the Corvette’s
traction control system, a feature that comes in handy at high speeds on the track,
vehicle performance manager Alex MacDonald said.
Why? Because when a car goes airborne at very high speeds, normal traction control
senses the rear wheels spinning and responds as if they were on ice or another
slippery surface: It slows them.
That’s a handy feature in normal driving, but slowing the powered wheels costs you
time on the race track. That’s why, in performance traction mode, the front shocks
communicate that they’ve got no weight on them — meaning they’re in the air.
The rear wheels will inevitably follow, but the traction control is told to ignore it and
keep sending power when they start spinning, because it knows all four wheels will be
on the ground again momentarily. The result, a quicker lap time.
Memory for obstacles
Front bumpers and air splitters that hug the ground look good and improve
performance, but they’re easy to damage on steep driveways and tall parking blocks.
The Corvette’s suspension can raise the nose an inch to avoid such obstacles.
An optional feature called GPS-based front lift can remember up to 1,000 spots where
you raised the nose. When you approach one, it raises the nose an inch at up to 25
mph. A front camera can also be used to look down from the nose to spot obstacles
2020 Corvette Stingray fun facts
74% of orders so far are for the coupe, 26% for the convertible, which doesn’t go into
production til April.
The most popular color is Torch Red.
GT2 seats with carbon fiber trim are most popular.
There are 2,600 C7 Corvettes left at dealers, expected to fall to 2,000 by March 1 st .
“Corvette Academy” features 24 videos on the 2020 Stingray’s development and features!
Article by: Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press Published Feb. 21, 2020
Contact Mark Phelan: 313-222-6731 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter
@mark_phelan. Read more on autos and sign up for our autos newsletter.
Spring is here, time to see the west in our Corvettes! Check out the great events planned
below. But, there is always room for more! If you are thinking about a run for the first time
myself and the board are available to help. You can also think about teaming up with someone.
I can also help you with the flyer for the newsletter if needed. Before locking in a date for your
run be sure to let me know so I can make sure there are no conflicts with other events.
Jeff Engleman, VP Activities, Central Valley Corvettes
Date(s): 2020 Upcoming Events: Meet at: Run Leaders:
Mar 7 Cars and Coffee, Harris Ranch 6:30 am King's
Mar 25-29 Laughlin/Oatman Run 8:30 am Garrison's
Apr 10 David Dukes Birthday Visit TBA Duke's
Apr 22 Spring Lunch/Ice Cream Run 11:30 am Henderson’s
Apr 25 Clovis Rodeo Parade & Lunch 7:45 am Fosnaugh’s
May 3 7 th Annual CVC Kroekerville Picnic Noon Null/Henderson
May 28-31 Sonoma Speed Festival TBA TBA
TBA CSUF Downing Planetarium TBA Engelman’s
Jul 18 Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater 5:30 pm Henenfent’s
Oct 18-23 Nevada / Vegas Run TBA Engelman/Hansen
Dominos 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month
GENERAL MEETING ALWAYS 3 RD TUESDAY 6:30 PM
BOARD MEETING IS THE FOLLOWING WEEK, DATE AND TIME TBA
Cars and Coffee, Harris Ranch
Saturday March 7, 2020
We will leave from Fresno at 6:30 am from the parking lot of Carl's
Jr. at Jensen and Hwy 99 in Fresno. Then head to Harris Ranch in
Coalinga for a 'Cars and Coffee' event. The event will be held at the
Harris Ranch Inn parking lot. Complimentary coffee will be
provided. There will be prizes, raffles and more! These events draw
large numbers of cars and enthusiasts. It starts at 8 am and ends at 10
am. You will also be free to have breakfast/lunch at Harris Ranch if
you wish. There is no charge to bring a car or attend the event. All
cars are welcome, you are free to bring your Corvette or another
vehicle if you wish.
Contact Larry King 908-0495
Talk to Larry King for more information.
IS PLEASED TO INVITE THE
CENTRAL VALLEY CORVETTES
Meet at Carl's Jr, Jensen & 99, at 8:30 AM for a drivers meeting!
March 25, 2020 – March 29, 2020
Leaving at 9:00 AM on the 25th!!
ASK FOR GROUP CODE “GRVETTE”WHEN BOOKING
ROOM RATES – PER NIGHT – PER ROOM
Rate $35.00 $89.00
Resort fee $15.00 $15.00
Occ. Tax 12.5% 12.5%
Total Per Night $56.26 $117.01
CHECK IN TIME IS AT 3:00 PM – CHECK OUT TIME IS 11:00AM
FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE CALL
For other information contact Debbie Garrison 355-9548
ALL RESERVATION MUST BE BOOKED BY: 03/11/20
**If you use a debit/credit card to check in, a hold may be placed on your card account for the full anticipated amount for 72 hours
from the date of check out or longer at the discretion of your card issuer. Must be 21 or older.
All your Corvette
buddies will be
Event Description Heading
We will be headed to Three Rivers for lunch at Sierra Subs and
salads. The best sandwiches around with a nice view of the river
from the upper deck. The place is rated 5 stars on Yelp. After
lunch we will head up the road to Reimers ice cream shop for our
usual ice cream fix. We then have a choice of going to the Three
Rivers Historical Museum just down the road a little, or just
heading towards home. Everyone can decide at that time what
they want to do.
You have to try
one of their great
You know you
want to go with
on scenic twisty
If coming by way of 99 Fwy, exit at Sierra St and go East at the
end of the ramp. Cross the railroad tracks and Save Mart is on the
MEET AT 11:30 AM
909 Sierra St. Kingsburg,CA
Save Mart Parking Lot North
East end across the street
from ACE Hardware. For
more info Glenn Henderson
I WANT YOUR CORVETTE
In the Clovis Rodeo’s
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Judy’s Donuts in The Trading Post Center on the SE corner of Herndon & Clovis Ave.
Donuts & Coffee from 7:45 to 8:00 am - No later than 8:00 am, Saturday morning.
We leave at 8:05 am to the parade staging area (Barstow, just west of Sunnyside).
We MUST be in place on Jefferson before 8:30 am as they close all of the streets in the area.
We will wait on Barstow approximately ½ to 1 hour until we are called on to line up.
Parade Theme: Looking to the Future!
Wear/Bring: You’re Patriotic Cap & CVC Shirt / “Future” Decor, Water, Chair, Umbrella, etc.
ABSOLUTELY NO BURN-OUT OF TIRES. If one car spins its tires, we will all be escorted off
the parade route and never be invited back again. No throwing of candy or trinkets.
(Only walkers may hand out goodies). Yes, you MAY honk, wave, smile and sing!
We will meet up after the Parade at Red Robin, SE corner Shaw/Clovis for Lunch / Ice Cream
Contact: Charlie Fosnaugh at email@example.com or 281-2876
Sign up by the April 21 th Meeting!
Please Join us
For our 7 th Annual
Central Valley Corvettes
Sunday May 3 rd
Starts 12:00 noon
Lunch at 1:00 pm
4627 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, CA 93725
There will be a salsa contest and a dessert contest with prizes!
Balloon Toss, left-right-center game, and other games with prizes!
Includes a Catered Rib and Chicken Lunch
with green beans, rice and a roll
$5.00 per person by April meeting
Sign up at the Club Meetings
Info: 269-2283 Freida Null
786-9781 Glenn Henderson
The Sonoma Speed Festival is an Immersive and
exciting experience for all. Local cuisine and car
culture will be on display alongside special exhibits
celebrating the Evolution of Speed that will feature
Brass Era to contemporary racing vehicles.
May 28 th thru 31 st
• Over 200+ elite, historic cars will participate
• Ten invited race groups spanning the history of motorsports from the Brass Era to the
modern age competing on track
• Vehicle simulators & Virtual Reality
• Special vehicle demos and new car displays
• Curated exhibits featuring vehicles from notable museums and private collections
• RPM Foundation Judging display highlighting Restoration and Preservation
• Academy of Art University drawing competition, clay model concept car display, and car
• Wine Country food park with local favorites, plus live streaming video on large displays
so you won't miss any of the racing action!
• Sip & Savor Pavilion
FOR EVENT INFORMATION CLICK HERE
Coming soon !
Downing Planetarium show at CSUF
Waiting for their spring schedule to come out. We will
probably see a Saturday afternoon show. The Planetarium has
74 seats and a 30 foot dome. They have many different shows
and they usually run just under a hour in length. Then we can
go to Campus Pointe for an early dinner if you wish. Hope to
have a date and more information by our March 17 th general
See Jeff for more information
2020 Vegas Run October 18th to 23rd
See something else in Vegas besides the big hotels on the strip. Staying at
the Suncoast Hotel in Summerlin next to Tivoli Village (lots of shopping)
the rate is just $32 per night and just under $60 when including resort fees
and taxes. Can't beat five nights for $300.
Depart Fresno Sunday October 18 and return either Thursday Oct 22 or
Friday Oct 23 as Thursday is an open day.
With private tours of the Nevada Test Site temporarily suspended, we will
visit the Atomic Testing Museum, the Mob Museum where I will try and
reserve the recently opened Speakeasy just for us. We will do an evening
tour of the Neon Museum, take a rafting cruise down Black Rock Canyon,
visit an old gold mine near Nelson, take a dinner cruise on Lake Mead on a
paddle wheeler, stop by the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and maybe have a
picnic at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. I am looking into a tour of
Allegiant Stadium home of the Las Vegas Raiders and maybe another
surprise or two.
Please sign the interest sheet put out by Jeff and once we see the level of
interest I will lock in the activities.
For more info call Craig Hansen at 209-363-7811.
SAN LUIS WILDLIFE RUN 2-6-20
Photos by LeighAnne Severance
Photos by Debbie Garrison