September 2009 Newsletter
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Next Meeting: 4th Thursday of the month.  September 24th, 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

President

Mike Davis
720-981-9796

Vice President

Bill Schultz
720-872-1259

Treasurer

Gail Krusen

Secretary

Nancy Keyser
Joan Breher

Governor

Nancy Burritt
(303) 465-4664
vintageslots@hypermall.net 

Board Members

Mike Kelley 
Roger Less
Joe Breher

 

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

 

A few words of wisdom from the Prez….

 

 

Well, by the time you get this note, it will be official, summer is over. It has been a Busy Corvette Summer. We have had particularly good Club participation in multiple events. We have seen increased participation in Car shows, The Caravan,

The Convention, Rallies, Mystery Meals, and of course our Car show.

 

I just have to deviate a bit, and try to understand the events of the Caravan….

 

First, from what I gather, Tim B. & Richard L. went on the Caravan as sort of a “Retreat”.  Martha P. has sworn off of “drinking”, (I wonder what she means). Gail K. had some kind of “Run-in” with the median of the Interstate, and gas gauge issues.  The only other item I’ve heard is that Dave & Wanda C. should have checked their tires before leaving, (not much left of the rear ones). I am envious of all the members who went, it sounds like it was a ball, and I’m glad everyone made it back safe & sound!!

 

For the First time our Car Show was at “Jays Grille & Bar”.  What a host & sponsor!!!! It seems every-one enjoyed themselves and we received many, many Congrats for a well organized event. My personal THANK YOU to all of the members who helped make it such a success!!  As Tim B. has said, it is not the (quantity, but the quality, speaking of the show). It is SAD that DtRC supports many other Club’s events, but, they do not want to support DtRC events!!!  

 

 There were many members who took it upon themselves to go the extra mile to make this Car Show an Extra special event!!!

 

Don’t forget, at this months meeting, nominations are still open for next years Officers and volunteer positions, be sure to put your choices into the hat!!!!

 

Mike

 


Miscellaneous ramblings from the Editor:

Well, as I write this, summer will officially be over in two days. That doesn’t mean that the Corvetting season is completely over, but the list of events is shrinking rapidly.

What an odd season it has been too. Participation level in events this year has been totally unguessable. It seems you are either swamped or alone and there doesn’t appear to be any reason for either direction. Not that I believe in this stuff, but astrologers will tell you that Mercury is in retrograde for a significant part of the year and as a result, people become flakey, confused and irritated. Maybe just, there is something to it. I certainly like that excuse far better than poking at other clubs for lack of participation. I’m not aware of any quid quo pro agreement between clubs and I would certainly never hold low attendance at our events against other clubs. We’re out to have a good time and if others just aren’t up to it, well, it’s their loss and our gain. After all, who wants to have an event where people feel their obligated to attend. There is enough negative energy in the world as it is without trying to concentrate it at an event where we’re having fun.

One thing that this year has brought into clear focus is that you do the best you can with the planning, you do your best to involve others, you put on the very best event that you can and you accept that whatever happens is what there is to have happen – or as I’ve started saying, “it will be whatever it will be”. One thing that we must never lose sight of is that no matter what we do, we had better be having fun at it or we should be questioning why we’re doing it.

At the car show yesterday, we had very few cars, but the cars that we did have represented the best selection of cars that I’ve seen at any Corvette show in recent memory. Percentage wise, we had a far better selection of Corvettes at our little show than LGCA had at VOTR and they had more than ten times the cars we had. Even better, at least for me, was the opportunity to meet new faces and share our club’s enthusiasm with them. I am absolutely certain that we as a club made positive impressions on every single participant at the show. Every single one of them will remember our little show and our hospitality for the rest of their lives and will judge every other car show they attend against the exceptionally high standards that we demonstrated yesterday. We also involved the participants in the show and made them feel that they were a part of the event.

One last thing I’ll point out from the car show is the club participation. Show me any other Corvette club in the area that consistently turns out 90% of its members for events. There is only one way to do that and that’s by having a good time. We’re masters at that.

Don’t forget about the mystery meal on Saturday the 26th. Richard and I have pulled in some favors from good friends outside the Corvette community to create a triple header mystery meal that you will thoroughly enjoy. You might even consider bringing a camera. The mystery meal will end with a late lunch at an outstanding highly awarded restaurant with reasonably priced down to earth cuisine that has just a bit of an attitude. After all, what else would you expect when Richard and I get our heads together? We hope to see you there.

One final thing: the main reason our club has continued to be successful is that we are never happy with the status quo. We are always upping the game because we always embrace new leadership. With the annual officer elections just around the corner, now is the time for all of you to think about what you might have to contribute to the club as one of the leaders. Please consider tossing your hat into the ring for one of those leadership positions and remember, the club is always there to support you.

Tim  



Minutes of August 27, 2009 Meeting


Guests:  Chavah & Ahron Brewer, Sean Forest

 

Quorum was present.

 

Member introductions were made.  The August newsletter was approved.

 

National Corvette Museum

 

The local Chevrolet marketing group donated money toward the caravan event at the Aurora Sports Park.  Arrival of 200+ cars is anticipated late afternoon August 31 for the BBQ dinner.  Departure is scheduled early September 1 following breakfast.

 

Treasurer’s Report:  Approved as given by Gail K.

 

Governor’s Report:

 

1.      Attendance at the National Convention in Colorado Springs was the second highest on record.  Our club’s slow-speed autocross was successful, well run, & the feedback was very positive.  Organizers & workers were thanked.  Dave Burritt displayed his four drag-racing trophies.

 

2.      Casper is hosting their event on Labor Day weekend.

3.      Zach’s Legacy scavenger hunt benefiting autism is scheduled for 9/12/09.

4.      The Pagosa Springs car show is set for 9/13/09.

5.      The Grand Junction autocross is set for 9/20/09 on the go-cart track.

 

DtRC Car Show:

 

1.   DtRC Car Show is on 9/19/09 at Jay’s Bar & Grill on 78th & Washington. 

2.   A sign-up sheet for volunteer workers is available.  Workers are requested to arrive at 8:00 a.m.

3.   Cathy S. will provide ballots & dash plaques, John M. registration forms & waivers, Mike D. trophies.  Jay’s is providing tables, chairs, tents, & 20% food discounts.

 

Gunnison Car Show:

 

1.                  Mike & Mary D. won 2nd place in the Corvette division.  The club won the Visiting Club Award.

2.                  The 2010 show will feature Corvettes with Will Cooksey (manager of the Corvette factory) the featured speaker.

 

Autocross:

 

            Frank A. will approach the owner of the IMI go-cart track about its use next summer.

 

Membership Committee

 

Three prospective members are expected to pay dues after 9/1/09 for full year’s memberships.

 

Social Committee

 

1.      Don & Tanya R. are hosting a drive to Royal Gorge 8/30/09.

2.      Nancy A. won the raffle prize (C5 BBQ set)

3.      Reminder - 12/12/09 is the date of our club’s holiday dinner at Old Neighborhood.  Gift exchange is limited to $20/person or couple.

4.      Nancie A. will provide snacks for the September meeting.

 

Officer Nominations

 

1.      Mike P. was nominated for president, Richard L. & Dave C. for VP, Gail K. for treasurer, & Bill S. for secretary.

2.      Nominations will be accepted at the September & October meetings.  Voting will occur at the October meeting.

3.      Tim B. will bring Board of Directors’ term information to the September meeting.

 

Meeting was adjourned.

 

 

Submitted by MaryKay K.

 


Club News: 

October Birthdays:  
Mike Kelley                - 8th

Cathy Schultz             - 12th

Jackie Malouf              - 26th

MaryKay Kelley         - 28th

Nancy Keyser             - 28th

Martha Palomar           - 28th

 


Tech Tips with Bill!
By Bill Schultz

 

Talking to many people, listening to even more and doing in-depth research have taught me one thing. This topic of TIRES is every bit as controversial as Obama’s “Nationalized health care plan”.

 

Everyone, it seems, has a different opinion on tires. All season, snow, rain etc. everyone has their own experiences and opinions. To keep this article as brief as possible, I am going to focus on the tires most of us Corvette owners are interested in. Good traction, decent wear, speed rating and so forth.

 

Tire longevity is rated from 100 (Control tire) to 600 (very hard high  mileage).  I have found that depending on your Corvette, the oem tires such as Goodyear F1 supercar tires are usually rated from 200 to 300. 300 is the most common as these tires add good control as well as decent wear. For general everyday driving (Gail), you should consider a tire with a 300 rating. For high speed cornering or driving (Richard, Fancy, Roger, Tim, Wanda and almost everyone else I know) you should consider 200 or lower rated tires. These tires are produced with a softer more pliable tire that offers more grip at the sacrifice of miles.

 

Tread pattern is usually selected by people such as myself that like the looks. While appearance is very important, there are other items to consider. The tread pattern in many high performance tires is very important depending on your type driving. Once again, oem tires on the Corvettes are for general high performance. They are not the best but they are very, very good. The Goodyear F1 and F1 Supercar tire tread designs are meant for high speed driving in most conditions. They are designed to run cool and funnel water away from the tire. You can imagine these wide tires on wet roads without this tread design. These tires are rated by DOT, consumer reports etc. as one of the best for preventing “hydro planning” at high speeds.

 

The speed rating is very important on a high performance Corvette. You can buy a less expensive tire for your car that has a speed rating of 100 mph. This is not to say that the tire will explode above 100 mph, but it will probably “deform”. The tread depth and material of these tires will actually swell with the centrifugal force produce by high speeds. I would suggest never putting a new tire on your Corvette that is rated less than 180 mph.

 

The air pressure is extremely important in all tires but especially when on a high performance car. Old school told us that if the center of your tire was wearing that you had too much air pressure and if the side walls are wearing, you have too little pressure. FORGET  this old rule. The tires on a Corvette are wider than the average car tire. The air pressure in these tires is a key item in holding their proper shape. If you have too little pressure at high speeds, the tire will bulge in the center causing it to wear quickly. This is in direct conflict with the old rule.

 

I would suggest you fill your tires with Nitrogen. First, the molecules are larger than the molecules in air therefore the nitrogen will not permeate through the rubber as quickly as air. Second, nitrogen is an inert gas containing no water molecules (atmosphere). It will not vary in pressure nearly as much as air. On a cold morning you will not get the “low tire” message on your dash. At higher speeds or even highway driving, the pressure will not build as much as air thus keeping the tires inflated closer to their recommendations. With that said, be cautious about who fills your tires with nitrogen. If the shop simply lets the air out of your tires then fills them with nitrogen, you have wasted you money. Because the tires have had atmospheric air in them, the nitrogen will quickly absorb the impurities giving you a very diluted nitrogen content. Your shop should either draw the tire into a vacuum for a couple of hours or, best yet, they should fill the tire with nitrogen, let it sit for several minutes, drain then refill with nitrogen. This normally will give you 90% or better nitrogen content. I fill my own tires with nitrogen and I usually will purge them twice before the final fill. I would be glad to help any of you change over if you want. The nitrogen usually will run about 15 bucks or so if we do a double purge.

 

Hope this helps you somewhat. Bottom line, before buying new tires, talk to other club members, dealers etc. Most our members have had quite a lot of experience with our tires and can probably help more than the “tire shop experts”.  

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Bill

 


 

Upcoming 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/ 

Date

Event

Sponsoring Club

Sep 26th

DtRC Mystery Meal

DtRC

Oct 04th

Double Low Speed Auto-X

CSCC

Oct 9th

Denver Dream football game?

DtRC

Oct 11th

Double Low Speed Auto-X

CWCC

Oct 18th

All Hallow’s Eve Rally

TORCA

Oct 25th

3 Low Speed Auto-X

CWCC

Nov 8th

Sno Flake Rally

CSCC

Nov 14th

9Cares Food Drive

CCC

Nov 14th

Veterans Day parade

CCC

Nov 21st

Sno Big Deal Charity Show

DtRC

Nov 22nd

Turkey Rally

DCA

Dec 12th

DtRC Christmas Party

DtRC

 


DtRC car show
From Richard and Fancy Loch

Fancy & I would like to congratulate everybody for another successful Down the Road Event.  I received a lot of positive feedback from participants on what an enjoyable show this was. We were able to speak to many potential club members.  I also got comments from other clubs members stating they wished their club events were this fun. Keep up the good work. This was just another case where other clubs will be trying to live up to our high standards. Thanks for all your efforts.

 

From Tim and Pat Barnes

Pat and I would like to congratulate the club on another outstanding job with the car show.

 

There are numerous ways to judge the success of a car show. You could judge it by the number of cars entered or you could judge it by the amount of money raised for the club treasury. However, we are proud to be members of a club that judges the success of the show by the smiles on the participants faces. We didn’t have a lot of cars or raise a lot of money, but we had very, very happy participants. From the comments I heard at the conclusion of the event, a significant number of the participants that won plaques had never taken home an award from a car show – ever. THAT is what makes our car shows so unique and satisfying for the participants. I’m sure that there is also the aspect of meeting new friends as well which everyone was able to do yesterday. We do those things better than any other club in the area!

 

From the sponsor’s perspective, I think the show was also a success. Not only did our participants support our sponsor by purchasing some of the excellent food and libations they had to offer, but the people who also wandered through to look at the cars were exposed to our sponsor – some for the first time – which is a success from their perspective.

 

There is a downside to having such a successful show though, be prepared for next year: if we do this again, we’ll have a lot more participants to take care of!

 

Thanks for everyone’s hard work in making the event a complete and utter success.

 


 

DtRC Club Bone-Head award 

Bones, bones, has anyone seen the bones?

 


 

Committee Updates

Social Committee
Mary Kay, Mary and Cathy

Watch for spur of the moment events!

Governor’s Report - 
By Nancy B.

Hi Everyone,

I can't believe it has been a month already.  I wrote the last report the day after returning from Convention. 

 

First and foremost - a reminder that Cathy will be collecting dues at the October meeting.  So this is your two month warning.  If you aren't going to be there in October - make sure to get in touch with Cathy by the first weekend in November.  I need to have all my paperwork, along with signed checks in to our Regional Membership Directory by Mid-November - so we need counts before then.  To the two new members - you are exempt from the 2010 dues because you are grandfathered in with your 2009 dues as you joined after Sept. 1st.  For the rest of you - the renewal dues are $50 per single and $80 per couple.  That is my memory anyway - someone please let me know if I am incorrect and I'll email out a correction.  So bring your check or cash to the October meeting.

 

Regional Calendar -

Event flyers are coming in a little slow and close to the events.  There are a ton of events for the rest of September and into October and November.  Plan to come out and do some playing.  A few items of note: The DCA events at LaJunta the weekend of the 25/26 of September are cancelled.  There is a new event on the calendar - Casper 2 Autocrosses on 10-11.  Check the calendar at www.rmrnccc.org to check out the upcoming events.  No flyer for the Torca rally yet - so don't know what all they are hosting.  When that one becomes available - I'll drop you an email.

 

Regional Officer Nominations are open

At the governors meeting late last month nominations for regional officers opened.  They are open for at least one more meeting.  I don't remember when that meeting was scheduled for and I don't have my notes - I think it is mid-October.  If you are interested in running for any of the regional officer positions - please let me know.  The positions are Regional Executive, Regional Competition Director, Regional Membership Director, Secretary and Treasurer.  All of the currently sitting officers have been nominated and said they are willing to run again.  Treasurer is currently open and there is one region member that has volunteered to run for that position.

 

On a non-governor note - we did the rods and rides scavenger hunt last weekend.  At one of the stops Dave found out about a football team he would actually like to go see play a game.  They only have 2 home games a year - one is the October 9th.  They play at Dick's stadium - so they are a real team.  If we are in town and the weather is decent we are thinking about going if we can get others interested.  That is their 2nd and last home game of the season so opportunities are limited.  We'll send out email when it gets closer.   The official website is: http://www.lflus.com/denverdream/ - not that I can even find ticket prices on there.  Check out their roster though - it looks like they have an opening for one player if anyone is interested.

 

(Editor’s note: Great tickets appear to be available on tickethorse.com and cost $29.00 each. Maybe we should stop in at Bar Louie in Stapleton Northfield for dinner before heading out to the game. The gates don’t open until 7:00 PM and the game is at 9:00 on Friday night October 9th)

 

We have to miss the meeting this month - so someone make sure to give Bill a hard time for me please and thank you. –

 

Nancy B

 

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

 

Thanks to all of the club members who have worked so hard to make this event a success!

 

As with our car show, we must focus on measuring the success of the event by the smiles on the faces of the participants rather than the count of participants who chose to come out and be sociable. I think it also fostered relationships between the Denver area clubs by mixing club members together to achieve a common goal.

 

As to our club member’s experiences on the caravan and at the Museum anniversary event, well, all I can say is OMG/TSB and what happened in Bowling Green stays in Bowling Green. I will say that we all had a good time, none of us wound up in jail and the expenses of the trip were within reason – at least for most of us.

 

I will also say that the remodeled and expanded Museum is truly a world class museum! The work that has been done over the last two years has transformed the Museum to a destination that every Corvette owner should visit. I hope that our club can continue to find ways to support the efforts by the Museum.

 

Thanks again for the help with the caravan. The event wouldn’t have been what it was without your support.

 

Tim 

 

Drag Racing Report
Joan B.

 

One more to go! Let’s all hope Joan’s car is up to the task!

 

AutoCross Committee
Frank A.

 

No report this month.

 

Merchandise Report

Mike and Martha P.

 

Thanks to all of the members who support the Tim’s Challenge raffle!


NCM Ambassador’s Report

Richard Loch

 

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

 

 


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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

    Open

Corvette Museum Ambassador

    Richard Loch

Webmaster

    Mike P.

Newsletter

    Tim B    

Drag Racing Competition Director

    Joan B.

Autocross Competition Director

    Frank A.

Tim’s Challenge Representative

    ?

Sno' Big Deal Extravaganza

    Open

Roving Reporter/Photographer

    Bill S.