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May 2013 Newsletter

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Next Meeting: 4th Thursday of the month.  May 23, 7 PM
Emich Chevrolet
- 2033 S. Wadsworth near Jewell in Lakewood

Dinner at the Jus Cookin (Location is at 840 Tabor St, Lakewood - just north of Simms & 6th Avenue) at 5:30pm

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.

2013 Down the Road Corvette Club Officers
Bill Schultz
Vice President
Mike Davis
Gail Krusen
Cathy Schultz

Mike Shoemaker

Board Members
Bruce Kinney
Dave Chadwick
Dave Cooper
Mike Shoemaker


Newsletter Info (Deadline the 15th)
Jani Shoemaker

Official Club Address
Down the Road Corvettes
c/o/ Mike Shoemaker
3468 S. Otis Ct.
Lakewood, CO 80227


2012 Committees
Dealer Rep
Mike Davis
 Rally Committe
Carrie Ball, Jackie Malouf
Membership & Directory
Cathy S. / Nancy B.
 Show Committee
Mike Davis and Lewis Kilbourn
Social Committee
Cathy, LynnAnn, Dave Cooper & Jani
Drag Racing Competition Director
Merchandise Committee
Mary Davis
 Roving Reporter/Photographer
Bill S.
Corvette Museum Ambassador
Barrett Benson
 Autocross Competition Director
Dave B. & John M.
Jani & Dave B.
 Caravan Coordinator and Bones carrier
Bill S.


Meeting Snacks
Jan 2013 - Jani Shoemaker   July 2013 - Barrett Benson
Feb 2013 - Cathy Schultz   Aug 2013 - LynnAnn Lamanuzzi
Mar 2013 - Gail Krusen   Sept 2013 - Malouf
Apr 2013 - Dave Cooper   Oct 2013 - Mary Davis
May 2013 - Dave Chadwick   Nov 2013- no meeting
June 2013 - Bruce Kinney   Dec 2013 - Holiday Party

Miscellaneous ramblings from the President

Hi all,
This has been a strange spring to say the least. It seems that every time we attempt to get the Vette out it rains or snows! If your like Cathy and I, we have to balance getting spring chores done yet make time to enjoy our club and the car. We did get out last weekend with Les and Kelly, Dave Cooper and Mike and Mary for the Colorado Springs rally.  Nope, no trophies brought home. We think we were right but the answers sheet was wrong.

Well, just a few weeks before our Fathers Day show. I have hit up a few of my suppliers for door prizes etc. If you have a chance see if you can gather some also. Anything is good from car wax to what ever. I will bring quite a few flyers to the meeting. I think Mary has some she will bring also. We have to tie up loose ends and this meeting because the day draws close. Next weekend quite a few of us are headed to Montrose. If you aren’t signed up think about it. It should be a great time. I look at Montrose as a get away just to be with friends.

We’ll see you at the meeting.


National Corvette Museum Report:

The National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC) has supported the National Corvette Museum (NCM) since its inception, with its very own NCM Hall of Fame members Joe Pike and Patrick Donovan involved in the original museum planning and ground breaking in 1994.  Over the years, several NCCC Presidents have sat on NCM’s Board of Directors, and many members have served as NCM Ambassadors around the country.  Today, the NCCC comprises about 275 Clubs in 16 Regions across the US with over 17,500 members, many of whom are also museum members.

Museum plans have been under way for several years to build a Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, KY across the road from the NCM; funding is solely from donations.  Contributors of $15,000 become “One-Acre Club” members.  Thus far, some NCCC members and individual Corvette Clubs have joined the “One-Acre Club”.  Douglas McMahan, NCCC National Director of Public Relations, announced that NCCC will support the Park on a national level, having contributed $15,000 to the Park’s “One-Acre Club”.  Mr. McMahan feels that NCCC, as a National Corvette organization, should continue to support NCM in promoting the Corvette, its heritage and development.  NCCC believes that the Motorsports Park will add a new dimension and opportunity to the museum for all enthusiasts.

Since a portion of annual club dues are for the NCCC, all 275 NCCC Corvette Clubs have contributed indirectly to this project.  Ground breaking ceremonies for the Motorsports Park will be on June 28, 2013 at the museum’s 60th Anniversary Event, coinciding with the NCCC annual convention in Bowling Green.  I anticipate many NCCC members will attend the ceremonies.  The event is free, but requires admission to the museum for non-NCM members; credentials for the NCCC convention are not valid for admission.

I will have $10 raffle tickets at the next DtRC meeting for the 60th Anniversary coupe, the last C6 Corvette produced.
NOTE:  I’m pleased that NCM selected my coupe, the first red ’02 off the line, to represent the 2002 year at the 60th Anniversary exhibit of Vettes for each production years. 

Submitted by Barrett Benson, Museum Ambassador

New Member Corner: Questions and answers from our newest members Les and Kelly Rhoades

Tell us how you got started with a Corvette, how many you have owned

In the past 20 plus years we have owned 5 different Corvettes and our current ride is a 2008 Victory Red coupe; 3LT, Z51, 6-Speed. Kelly drove a Mustang in High School and I purchased a new Camaro when soon after I joined the Military. Since our marriage we have owned a couple Camaro’s, a couple Datsun 280z’s, but starting a family put a hold on our budget and thus ended the 2-door era for us for several years. It was the life changing rage of the 1992 Hurricane Andrew that destroyed half of our household belongings and our beautiful 280ZX. To replace the Z-car we decided it was finally time to buy our first Corvette. We purchased a sharp looking two tone silver 1981 ….not the year we wanted, but it was a great entry level Corvette and we could afford it. It was several years later (and our third Corvette) that we finally purchased our wholly grail of Corvettes. A 1972 Sunflower Yellow Rhoadester, 350, 4-speed, white top, fully loaded. Over the next two years I rebuild everything from the suspension, engine, interior and new top. We received well over 30 trophies with that car and at its final car show before selling it in the Fall of 1999 it won First Place yet again. A job opportunity and move to Switzerland forced the sale. At that same show at Holiday Isle in the Florida Keys we received best of show out of over 300 Corvettes, which was picked by Corvette Engineer Dave McClellan himself. The trophy was called; Dave’s Pick. I still have the autographed trophy in my office. (Corvette Trivia: Dave McClellan succeeded Zora Arkus-Duntov as Corvette's Chief Engineer in 1975, and stayed in the position until his retirement in 1992.)

Where do you live, number of kids, how did you meet? how long you’ve been married

We currently live in South East Aurora across from Cherry Creek State Park. We have one daughter. Her name is Dana.  She attended one club meeting with us. Kelly and I met on a blind date, which was orchestrated by our mothers. Kelly was 19 and right out of High School and I was 24 and just finished my first hitch in the Air Force. We got married a year later and have been married for 28 years.

Sports or crafts you enjoy

I’m a professional photographer so that tops the list of hobbies for me. I have published two travel books; one featuring Switzerland and the other one details Provence, France. Kelly and I are currently on a bowling league. We enjoy hiking as we learned the value of it marching all over Switzerland from alp to alp. We tired the AVT thing for one season when we first moved to Colorado and those beasts got us around the Colorado Mountains and back roads wonderfully. We like to camp, ski, watch movies, and we are both certified scuba divers, softball, card games, board games, PS3 Golf, real golf, 4-wheeling in our Jeep...we are open to just about anything…and yes I have been sky diving. We like adventure.

Where were you born, what brought you to Colorado

Kelly was born in Florida and I’m from Vermont. A new job opportunity moved us to Colorado from Switzerland where we had spent almost 10 years working for the US Embassy there.

Where do you work

Kelly works for the Department of Justice and I run a home based ebay store where I sell just about anything of value. I work for clients as well as list my own inventory.

Anything else you think the club members might enjoy.

I retired from the US Air Force in 1999. I was an aircraft maintenance technician and worked on fighter jets; F-4, F-15 and F-16 and others. One of the F-4’s I once worked on is now sitting on static display at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. I have flown both the F-15 and the F-16…what a thrill.  Kelly is the love of my life and we both enjoy the corvette hobby equally. She picked out the new black wheels on our Corvette.

Submitted by,

Les and Kelly Rhoades


Here are just a few of the upcoming events. Let us know if you have one to add.

Rocky Mountain Region Calendar - lists all car shows, rallyes, and autocross.

Minutes of the April 2013 Meeting

Minutes for DTRC meeting on April 25, 2013
Meeting was open by Bill Schultz President.

Introductions of Guests
Guests at meeting was Bruce Succaro, with Torca Corvette Club, talked about events upcoming, Winter Park June 22, 2013, Regional BBQ May 18th at 2:00 at Longmont 2 miles off of I25, Torca Car Show at the Boulder County Fair Grounds  and Saturday Night Cruze May 18th by Good Times Corvette Club.

Verify quorum   14 Members attended

Approval of minutes, voted as approved by all members

Treasury report was read by Gail Krusen (Secretary) and approved

Membership report,  Les and Kelly Rhoades have joined our club,  we welcome them with full arms..

Merchandise report  ,  Mary is bringing some denim shirts to try on at the next meeting and those without club shirts are to see Mary to get your shirt ordered.

Social Committee:  Jus Cookins  will be the next dinner place before meeting, at 5:30 pm, location is 840 Tabor St, Lakewood, CO 80401
 Mike Maulof will set up a mystery meal in September, and upcoming mystery meals to come.

 Auto Cross will be July 14th, club voted on going with Pay Pal for early registration like last year, also voted on going Pay Pal early registration will be$ 30.00 and day on site registration will be $40.00 with Car Show .  Voted on allowing the Mustang club to join us again in the Auto Cross, it will be Corvettes only till June 1st if we do not have the track filled.  It was discussed to get a better sign up to the road of the Auto Cross as it’s hard to find the entry to the auto cross, some of the guys suggested on checking out the road up there make sure there isn’t as many holes and dips, see if there is a way to fix the road or get someone to grad it.

Governors report, Mike Shoemaker discussed upcoming events for the Rocky Mountain Region

Museum Ambassador:  Barrett discussed the September hall of fame will be a C6, and the end of June  60th Anniversary celebration, also Barrett gets to put in his 2002 corvette for the 60th Anniversary on display at the museum. 

Break:  Thank You Dave Copper for the snacks during break, next meeting will be Dave Chadwick.

Sponsor update:  Mike Davis talked to Mike with Emich Chevrolet about the trophies and upcoming car show, Emich will be helping sponsor our show up at Heritage Square again this year,  Thank You so much for a wonderful  sponsor, Emich Chevolet is the Best!

Father’s Day Show chairmen this year is Mike Davis and Lewis Kilbourn.
A Volunteer sheet was passed around for the car show , we will need lots of help to make this a great car show, Mike Davis will set up a time to meet up at Heritage Square in the next 3 weeks or so.  Voting was done on the amount of trophies to get for the show, and they will be purchased at the same location as last year, Mary Davis is in charge of the trophies.

Meeting Adjourned, submitted by Cathy S.

Club Members Birthdays


14 - Renee Roberts




1-Mary Davis
2-Bill Schultz
11-John Maxwell
19-Dave Chadwick
28-Don Roach
31-Jani Shoemaker
31-Mike Shoemaker


12 - Mike Davis


17-Bruce Kinney
17-Kelly Rhoades

3-Carrie Ball
2- Les Rhoades


2- LynnAnn Lamanuzzi
12-Cathy Schultz
13 - Mike Lindenberger
26-Muff Davis
26-Jackie Malouf
28-Nancy Keyser

1-Wanda Chadwick
7-Lewis Kilbourn
11-Sherman Ball
19-Gail Krusen
31-Barett Benson


2-Tanya Roach
4-David Burritt

3-Nancy Burritt
13-Dave Cooper
18-Mike Malouf



19-Leo Lamanuzzi



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