April 2009 Newsletter
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Next Meeting: 4th Thursday of the month.  April 23rd, 7 PM Go Chevrolet - 7320 North Broadway near I-25 and the Boulder Turnpike.

Guest Presenters - Limit of 2 presentations per meeting, please make arrangements with the President at least a day in advance to be placed on the agenda and to see if the limit has been reached for this month.

2009 Down the Road Corvette Club Officers


Mike Davis

Vice President

Bill Schultz


Gail Krusen


Nancy Keyser
Joan Breher


Nancy Burritt
(303) 465-4664

Board Members

Mike Kelley 
Roger Less


Newsletter Info (Deadline the 15th)

email: grandsport5@comcast.net
303 469-1521

Official Club Address
Down the Road Corvettes
13902 Detroit St.
Thornton, CO 80602



……….Witty words of wisdom from our Prez.




Happy April everyone…


Hope everyone had a nice “Easter”…..


It doesn’t seem that the year  is already one fourth over.

We have already had a busy few months, what with the “St. Patricks Day” Party , Rally runs  , the Rally, different meetings for the Caravan, & Club meetings.

It is hard to imagine what a busy balance of 2009 holds for our club.


Again, a big Thank You to everyone that made our Rally a success, Gail, hopefully, will have the amounts we collected for the club & our charity totaled for our meeting.


Bill  and Cathy S, & Mike P. seem to have most everything under control for our first overnight mystery meal, car show, parade, road trip, whatever!!!  I am writing this before it happens, but, It is likely quite a few club members are going to Gateway for a car show & tour of  the “Gateway Auto Museum”.  For some of us, it will be a new experience, with the Museum tour & running  NEW Cars.  It will be nice to get away for a couple days with club members & friends. Also,  Just think, from what I hear, NO phones, Cell phones, T.V., Newspapers, Inter-net, or Radio in Gateway…….

But, Lets All have FUN!!!


When this month is over, be prepared, it sounds like our Social Committee, along with other Clubs activities it is going to be a VERY busy summer..


See everyone at this months meeting,

Remember One Thing…….




Misc. ramblings from the Editor

Well, the 2009 Corvetting season is having some weather related issues getting off the ground! I notice that the vegetation is also having the same difficulty as the trees and flowers are usually all out in leaf and flower by now, but are instead all sitting patiently waiting for things to straighten out.

In spite of the weather, the April Fool’s rally lived up to its name going off without a hitch for those foolish enough to run it. Other events such as TORCA’s Auto-x school were not so fortunate. I’m sure the weather will improve shortly and the season will be on with a bang!

Speaking of with a bang, how many of you are planning to head to Pahrump June 15th to the 17th to hone your driving skills at Spring Mountain? The price is right and you will hae more fun than adults are allowed to have! Be brave, just go for it!


Minutes of Past Meeting


  A quorum was present.



  The minutes were approved for Jan.



  The books balanced and the report was approved.



  No governor's report.



  No new members.



  Still researching new vendor for jackets. Remaining merchandise is marked down.



  The pre-meeting dinner was at Jay's and will also be there in April. Thank You Pat for the treats.



   The anniversary registration is available. There are raffle ticket available.



   No Report



   The first race is May 1st.



   Dave B. is doing well and is at home.

   The bones were awarded to Phil O.



   The meeting was adjourned.


submitted by Joan Breher


Club News: 

May Birthdays:  
Wanda Chadwick       - 1st – 29 again!

Tim Barnes                  - 11th over the hill and sliding fast!

Gail Krusen                 - 19th

Get well soon to:  
Dave Burritt -  we hope you are rapidly recovering!

April Fool’s Rally – another event perfectly executed!
By Tim Barnes

In spite of the weather which occasionally throws us a curve ball, the April Fool’s Rally went off just great!

Nine foolish Corvette owners came out to play with us on a day rebounding for a potential blizzard that didn’t quite happen! For a day that was supposed to have us shoveling out from several feet of snow, it actually turned out chilly, but mostly sunny. No one got lost, rally sheets were all turned in, grading went quickly, the trophies were fantastic and awards were over in minutes! You have to love it when a plan comes together!

A special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make sure that the participants had a good time!

By the way, I still have a huge stack of rally sheets if anyone wants to take a nice ride sometime.

Tech Tips with Bill!
By Bill Schultz

Ready or not—Another Tech. Tip


Corvettes are great!!! 0-60 in a few seconds, Top speed near 200 mph etc. We all talk about how fast our cars will go but you seldom hear about how fast they will stop. Stopping quickly could come in handy at times.


The tip I offer this month may be the easiest “do it yourself” tip while also being the most neglected. We all know about pads, rotors, and drums. At some time or another most of us have taken our cars in for brake problems. Usually we take them in when we hear or feel a problem. However, there is a hidden demon in our brake systems that quite frankly most of us, and our repair shops, ignore.


Have you ever noticed that sometimes if you press on the brake pedal the car reacts immediately just as it should, but then if you let up just a little on the pedal then reapply pressure the pedal seems firmer, the car reacts better? Old school dictates that you may have air in the lines or the pads may be worn a little or whatever. All most of us know is that the car slowed down just as it should. Usually a problem will develop so slowly that we do not even notice it until it stops working or we need it in an emergency such as a high speed hard braking situation.


Brake fluid is very hydroscopic. (remember the lesson last month concerning hydroscopic?) Over time the fluid will draw moisture, air and other impurities. These impurities do not compress well. Good clean brake fluid is designed to compress very well. When you apply brakes, the fluid immediately compresses and applies pressure to the calipers which in turn apply braking pressure to the pads. The only “squishiness”  may result from rubber brake lines, but this is a topic for a later tip.


If there are any impurities in the brake fluid they will not compress as well which in turn will cause a softer brake pedal or the need to “pump” a pedal. If your car is two year old or if the fluid is a very dark color in the master cylinder,  your brakes are not performing as they were designed. Here is a very simple way to bring your brakes back to life. This process can also be performed on your hydraulic clutch.


  1. Purchase a couple of quarts of DOT 3 brake fluid for the brakes, DOT 4 for the clutch. Prestone makes a synthetic that is meets DOT 3 and DOT 4 specs. Either sneak your wife’s turkey baster out of the kitchen or while you are picking up the brake fluid by a “baster” at the auto store. They usually have them by the batteries. Grab a 2 foot length of 5/16” plastic tubing. I prefer the clear stuff.
  2. Pull the cap off the brake master cylinder and suck all the fluid out that you can. Discard the old fluid in a responsible manner. DO NOT in any way touch the brake pedal at any time during this process.
  3. Fill the reservoir back to the top with new fluid.
  4. Locate the “bleed valve” on your brake caliper. Usually they are in a very convenient location on the caliper. Slip one end of the tubing you bought over the end of the bleed valve. Place the other end in a container big enough to hold a ½ pint or so. Open the bleed valve 2 or 3 turns just until you get a slow drip of the old dirty brake fluid. DO NOT TOUCH THE BRAKE PEDAL!!! Sit back and relax while letting the fluid drip into your container. Keep an eye on the brake reservoir to make sure it always has ample fluid.
  5. Let the fluid drip until it comes out clean and clear. Do the same at each wheel until all four are clean and clear.
  6. Fill the reservoir to the proper level and you are done!! You will probably notice a difference in your brakes immeadiately depending on how bad the fluid was.

This process should be done every couple of years or when the fluid looks dirty and brown in the master reservoir.


This process is by far one of the easiest maintenance projects on the car that will show the most results in an stopping emergency.


Next month--------“I can’t get any air!!!!!!!!!”


Thanks Bill




Happy Mothers Day



With “Mothers Day” fast approaching, I thought it only appropriate to write a few words I found to honor “Mothers Day“.


M……is for the million things she gave me

O…….means only that she is growing old

T………is for the tears she shed to save me

H………is for her heart of purest gold

E……….is for her eyes, with love-light shining

R……….means right, and right she’ll always be


Put them all together, they spell ‘MOTHER,’ A word that means the world to me…



Some Motherly Advice…..


* Always change your underwear; you never know when you’ll have an accident.

*Don’t make that face or it’ll freeze in that position.

*Be careful or you’ll put an eye out.

*What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it too?

*You have enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes!

*Close that door! Were you born in a barn?

*If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

*Don’t put that in your mouth; you don’t know where it’s been.


I hope everyone enjoys these tidbits & has an enjoyable day…… 

Mike D


Upcoming Other Events
Rather than try to put the entire schedule in here, I’ve opted to include items both NCCC and otherwise into a close up schedule. If you want to see the entire NCCC schedule, please go to the Rocky Mountain NCCC regional site at http://www.rmrnccc.org/ 



Sponsoring Club

April 25th

Auto-X School – PPIR


Aptil 26th

2 Low Speed Auto-X – PPIR


May 2nd

Justin Andersen Memorial Bike Day


May 2nd

Ruth’s Memorial Car Show


May 9th

Fun in the Sun Car Show


May 16th

Show Us Your Vette Car Show


May 22 – 25

Big Sky

Billings, MT

May 23rd



May 24th



May 30th

Memorial Day Parade


May 30th

Car Show


May 31st



June 6th

Dealer Appreciation Show


June 7th

3 Low Speed Auto-X


June 15th – 17th

Spring Mountain driving class


June 20th

9 Cares Colorado Shares


June 20th

People’s Choice Show – Burt Chevrolet


June 21st

Father’s Day Show at Heritage Square

Rocky Mountain Corvette

June 21st

Low Speed Auto-X


June 27th

2 Low Speed Auto-X at CSP track


July 4th

Georgetown 4th of July Parade



Justin Anderson Memorial Bike Repair Day 

The bike repair day is Saturday in May, May 2nd.

The staff and kids at Western Hills Adventure Elementary are all looking forward to our participation this year. The event organizer is once again looking for donated good used or new bicycles and parts. If you have a bike laying around gathering dust, please consider giving it a quick tune up and donating it to the event.

The event was a huge amount of fun for all of us that participated and I hope to see even more smiling faces from the club this year. It means a lot to these kids to get their bikes working safely!

Mike Palomar mounted a valiant effort to have is company sponsor the bike helmets this year. However, that effort has been met with defeat – for this year anyway. I’ve contacted the event organizer to see if they would once again like assistance from Tim’s Challenge to help cover the expense of the helmets. I should know if help will be appreciated by meeting time.


DtRC Club Bone-Head award 

Congratulations Phil! The dubious honor of the bones was captured this month by Phil for arranging the meeting time for the initial rally route planning meeting and then forgetting to set his watch to Daylight Savings Time the night before and arriving at his own meeting an hour late. 

Committee Updates

Social Committee
Mary Kay, Mary and Cathy

Watch for spur of the moment events!

Be sure to remind Pat that she’s bringing treats for the March meeting!

Governor’s Report - 
By Nancy B.

There is no governor’s report this month as Nancy has had her hands full taking care of Dave.

Be sure to check the calendar above for all the events.

50th Annual National Convention - August 7 - 14, 2009 - RMR - Colorado Springs, CO.

And a permanent reminder for the next year’s worth of newsletters.  Don't forget as you start making 2009 vacation plans - mark the following in your book. DtRC will be hosting the low-speed autocross currently scheduled for the parking lot at PPIR.  I don't have the AutoCross dates handy, but can get them if you need them this soon.  Even if you can't join us for the whole week, we'll need lots of help the days of our events (it is over two days I believe).


The regional banquet was held earlier this month. Several club members were recognized for their participation in RMR NCCC events over the prior year.

Congratulations to all of you who brought home trophies!

15th Anniversary National Corvette Caravan - August 31 – Labor Day 2009
Tim B.


Things are moving forward! Mid-America Motorworks will be hosting events in Effingham and have a page on their website covering the events.


The Denver Caravan stop committee would like to ask DtRC is the club would be willing to sponsor the event as a club event so that we can obtain a liability policy to cover the event.


Please come out to the committee meetings on the 2nd Thursday of every month to help make sure that our guests from all over the northwest US have a memorable stop in Denver!


Drag Racing Report
Joan B.


The 2009 drag racing schedule has been updated on the club web site. Please come out and at least tailgate with the DtRC warriors!


AutoCross Committee
Frank A.


DtRC has reserved Jun 27th for an autocross at the CSP track in Golden.


Merchandise Report

Mike and Martha P.


Mike and Martha are busy getting things organized and ready for the new season. Be sure to check out the merchandise table for new items and to get great prices on the old merchandise.

NCM Ambassador’s Report

By Tim Barnes


For the latest news and events at the museum go to http://www.corvettemuseum.com/.


A new raffle has just opened for 2009 Competition Corvette VIN #1. Tickets are $425 each and limited to 500 tickets.


The construction cams are also now up and running so you can watch as the final stages of the addition are completed! Be sure to go to www.corvettemuseum.com to check out the progress!



Want to Advertise?
If you are a member of Down the Road Corvettes, you may place a For Sale or Wanted Ad for any Corvette related items in our newsletter for free. Submissions must be received via  E-mail to the editor no later than the 15th of each month. 

Disclaimer: All prices listed here are not guaranteed.  You will need to confirm any and all prices with the selling party.


*** Member Ad ***

For Sale:


1980 Corvette 4 Sale, Automatic, 60K miles. glass tops, Silver / Dark Blue,True Spoke wheels & new tires, + original wheels.

Original and stock.  Good condition. Tell me what it's worth.

Bruce Kinney

(303) 543-1238 



2009 Committees:

Dealer Rep

     Mike K.

Membership & Directory

     Cathy S. / Nancy B.

Social Committee

     Mary Kay, Mary and Cathy   

Merchandise Committee

     Mike and Martha

Rally Committee

     Joan – Chair,

Show Committee


Corvette Museum Ambassador



     Mike P.


     Tim B    

Drag Racing Competition Director

     Joan B.

Autocross Competition Director

     Frank A.

Tim’s Challenge Representative


Sno' Big Deal Extravaganza


Roving Reporter/Photographer

     Bill S.