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Welcome to The Village Vettes Corvette website.  
We hope you find our site to be informative, thought provoking and entertaining.  We suggest you visit the SITE MAP menu tab to discover all that's available to you, and please, stop back as new "stuff" is added frequently that may interest you.
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INTERESTED IN JOINING?  Be prepared to have a lot of fun with your Corvette.  As you can see by the club events listed above and the recap of recent events below, we have a very, very active club, enjoying the camaraderie of our fellow members and our cars with lots of cruises, shows, drive & dines and more on our VVCC CALENDAR OF EVENTS.    Please visit our calendar page for details and links to our upcoming events.  If, after perusing our entire website you feel an unrelenting urge to join our club, please click this button for an on-line registration form  On-Line Applicattion  
Our club is open to all residents of THE VILLAGES who own CORVETTES.  Thank you and please, enjoy our site and the rest of your day. 


01-08-22: C8 MEET & GREET:  Bob Baker used not only his drone photography skills but others for this interesting vidoe.  Turnout was great, people from other clubs so the "word is out" about Bob's Central Florida events.   POINT OF INTEREST: In attendance this Saturday, were about 50 C8 Corvettes.  NOW - think about it. . . There was, sitting in the parking lot, approx. $5,000,000 (yea, you read that right) $5MILLION worth of Corvettes in ONE PLACE here in THE VILLAGES.  Click the image below for some pics and to the left is Bob's YouTube Video  

12-03-21: Central Florida International Auto Show:  Five Village Vettes Corvettes were on display at this prestigious event held at the Orange County Convention Center.  The cars on display were:

C8 Callaway - Rich & Page Udell
C8 - Tom Swiers
C7 - Charlie Taylor
C6 - Lee Samson
C5 - Bob Navigato

During the three day event literally thousands of show attendees stopped by to see our cars and to talk with us. At least one of us ( and often 2 or 3) was available at all times during the event. Our club banner was proudly displayed as well as signage reflecting the name of Village Vettes.


11-20-21: Corvette Club of Marion Cty Show: The Village Vettes are back with a vengeance.  We snagged multiple trophies AND got $100 for the most club entrants.  Winners in the PARTICIPANTS CHOICE Category: were Doug Featherstone(C8), Sandy Achor-Martinson(C7), Charlie Taylor(C7), Charlie Burga(C2), & Shawn Scott(C8).  In the JUDGED Category Bob Navigato(C5), Les Nordhagen(C6), & Tom Swiers(C8) walked off with trophies.  Once again, Tom Swiers did an excellent job of attracting members to a "CAR SHOW" as a fun, and rewarding club activity.  


11-16-21: Stetson Mansion Tour & Lunch:  Our thanks to Larry Joy and his companion, Patti White for organizing this really neat tour.  The men that own and run this historic mansion are masters of decorating and everyone who participated in the tour were treated to a truly overload experience of HOLIDAY DECORATIONS.   


11-12-21: Toys-4-Tots Driveway Party: Many thanks to all who attended and/or made donations to our Toys-4-Tots driveway party.  The final results are still being calculated BUT, as of right now, we have taken in over 60 new unwrapped toys & over $1,500 in donations.  A super special “Thanks” goes out to our friend Mary, for her hand made items as jewelry and glass snow flakes.  All of her sales monies went to .  Also to our friend and neighbor Sandy who stepped forward & volunteered to run the bar all during the entire event.


11-06-21: FLY-IN AT LOVE FIELD: The one day delay due to rain didn't stop our club from overwhelming the attendees with CORVETTES.  Our thanks to Tim & Teri Berthiaume for organizing this and to all members that enjoyed the day: 


10-30-21: HOMETOWN HALLOWEEN at Paddock Square-Brownwood was a booming success.  Members showed off their Vettes while handing out candy to the kids.  Our thanks to Denny Carrol for organizing this and to all who participated  

Click the image below for all the event pics

10-23-21: C8 MEET & GREET:  Bob Baker used his drone photography skills for this interesting vidoe.  Turnout was great, people from other clubs so the "word is out" about Bob's Central Florida events.   

10-22-21: Umatilla High School HOME COMING PARADE. A "shout-out" to Dave LeBlanc for volunteering his C6 Convertible (chariot) to present the HOME COMING QUEEN in a street parade and lap around the football field.  

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10-09-21: Our "Vette-Together" Toys-4-Tots kickoff extravaganza at Nahas Chevrolet, our club's sponsor.  We had more than 150 Corvettes from clubs all over central Florida in attendance for this annual event. Johnny Wild & the Delights "delighted" us with their professional entertainment and we raised over $12,300 in cash donations, pledges, etc, AND collected 185 toys for this worthy local charity.    Thank you to all that helped us continue our support of this great cause. 

Click the image below for all the event pics

10-05-07-21: Gene McConkey, Roger Stokes, Cindy Jaudon, & Don & Linda Chaney deserve a round of applause for their organization of this year's COLOR RUN to Neptune Beach, FL (right across the street from Atlantic Beach, FL).  The weather was spectacular, the ride there was quite interesting, and the fun we had at the Pool Bar will be remembered for years.     

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10-06-21: Another fun "drive & dine" to the infamous MONKEY ISLAND.  Yet another chance to relax, make new friends, show off our rides and talk VETTES.   

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09-26-21: MCORVETTES AT CARLISLE.  A photo montage for your viewing pleasure.

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09-15-21: Many thanks to Ray & Victoria Privott for organizing this fun trip.  The 2 lane road leading to PECK's is renowned nationally as one of the "funnest" to drive.  Lotta twists, turns, and gator to maneuver once you're off the main road.  

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09-09-21: Our monthly "parking lot" cruise-in's continue to be a hit with everyone.  A chance to relax, make new friends, show off our rides and talk VETTES.   

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08-31-21-BOONDOCKS Drive & Dine: Our thanks to Larry Joy for leading this dine & drive.  Everyone had a great time and it appears that the weather cooperated.  

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08-28-21: CORVETTES @ CARLISLE: Members Rich & Paige Udell accompanied their recently purchased C8 to Carlisle with the CALLAWAY group.  Rich, being the shy unassuming guy that he is, managed to stumble through the video from YouTuber HORSEPOWER OBSESSED.  We all await the arrival of Rich & Paige and their "one off" CALLAWAY creation at a future meeting. 

08-21-21: Meet & Greet for C8 owners: Member Bob Baker aka MacCready organized this event and he had 20 C8's in attendance at Brownwood Paddock. Some interesting info on the varied options, colors, and mods that people have chosen. 

08-12-21: Pre-meeting Cruise-in/Gathering:   With a resurgence in the COVID virus we've decided to continue our monthly get-togethers in the parking lot of the Eisenhower Rec Center. The weather cooperated and Mark-The-Shark did a fantastic job as DJ.  Please join us for our next one on Thursday Sept-9.


06-24-21,:   St. JOHNS RIVERBOAT LUNCH CRUISE:   Spectacular weather and a great turnout for this annual cruise.  Everyone enjoyed the cruise and, obviously, had a great time. Our thanks to Steven & Rosemary Marcotte for organizing this.  


06-03-21:   STUMPKNOCKERS ON THE RIVER: Our sincere thanks to Bob & Georgia Navigato leading this "annual" trek to STUMPKOCKERS ON THE RIVER.  The food, ambiance, location and the boat ride are worth the price of admission. 


05-26-21,  PF CHANGS-UF MUSEUM & RAINFOREST CRUISE:  WOW, What great pics and obviously an interesting cruise including lunch @ PF Changs, UF Harn Museum & Butterfly Rainforest.  Our thanks to Wayne Johnson for organizing this wonderful new cruise.  



The Surprising Legal Ramifications of Having a Dashcam in Your Car

Want to make sure your mechanic isn't messing with your car? Be careful, a dashcam could actually get you in trouble too.

We've all seen the hilarious footage of a customer car being taken on a joyride by a mechanic, with the whole ordeal recorded by the customer's dashboard camera. Hapless technicians and porters flog cars, often with the dash cam right in front of them preparing to make them YouTube stars.

Are there any potential legal ramifications to the car owner for any of this? Believe it or not, yes. Here is what you need to know about your dash cam, from a legal perspective.

Many states have eavesdropping statutes. And this means I have to insert the normal caveat here: This WILL vary wildly from state to state. But in general terms, eavesdropping statutes govern whether you can record a conversation without the consent of some or all of the participants to the conversation.

While most people get their dash cams so they record the view through their windshield, dash cams often record audio from inside the passenger compartment as well. In Michigan, courts have ruled that a person can record a conversation to which they are a party regardless of the other parties to the conversation knowing or giving consent in advance. So, if you have a dash cam in your own car and it is recording while you drive, you have no problem since you are a "party" to any conversation going on in your car.

The issue arises when you are not in your car. Like when you drop off your supercar for minor warranty work and leave it in the hands of professionals for the day. If your dash cam records a conversation between people in the car that you are not a part of, it would be considered "eavesdropping" in many states. Eavesdropping statutes often carry harsh penalties: In Michigan it is a felony, carrying possible prison time and a steep fine. As an attorney, I advise you to avoid eavesdropping.

There are a couple of points to be made here, however. The obvious one is that all of these statutes tend to address "conversation." As in, people talking. If the dash cam is only recording video but no audio, you would be fine. Does the camera have a mute function? If so, mute it when you will not be in the car.

If you didn't mute the recording and got some juicy footage–including audio–of your car being thrashed, you might still have some decent defenses. The obvious one is that the camera is in plain sight. Did the miscreants really not know what the dash cam was doing while they were beating on your car? If the recording was not secret, then it might not be considered eavesdropping.

It might also help you that the people abusing your car are likely breaking the law. [Fun fact: The authorization I signed to let you test drive my car did not give you permission to joy ride in it. And I HAVE litigated that issue before.] Courts often look askance at people who come before them with unclean hands, asking for help. "He eavesdropped on me while I was whipping his car!"

Of all of the cases I've seen so far–and I've seen a few–I have yet to see someone get in trouble for "eavesdropping" in their own car. But, it is just something I need to point out. I'm sure we'll hear of it one of these days. In the meantime, mute the microphone on the camera when you drop the car off – just in case. The footage will be just as funny without sound.

Here's even more that you need to know about dashcams:


If you store your C5, C6 or C7 Corvettes for the winter/summer or whenever, you should watch this video from Paul Koerner, a GM World Class Technician who can be found wrenching on Corvettes at Jackson Chevrolet in Middletown, CT.

In the video, Paul highlights Chevrolet engineering’s recommendations for storing C5, C6 and C7 Corvettes with only a quarter tank of gas. And to demonstrate why, Paul is showing a fuel system out of a 2014 Corvette with the emphasis on the fuel level module that includes the float, fuel sending unit, and fuel pump.

When you store your later model Corvette with a full tank of fuel, Paul shows how the sending unit sensor card contact point on the float would actually be submerged in fuel. That’s not an issue with normal driving because the sending unit float moving up and down helps keep the contacts clean. However, should it remain submerged over long storage periods, sulfur contaminants in the fuel can change the resistance of the sending card, causing issues with the fuel system.

The reason why most people were taught to fill up their tanks before a long-term storage would be to keep moisture out of the fuel tank. Paul then shows how the Corvette fuel system is a closed system designed to keep moisture out and that’s why you can store your Corvette with just a quarter tank of fuel.

Sulfur contaminated fuel level sensors due to storing Corvette with a full tank can happen and create huge expense, so do NOT STORE your C5/C6/C7 with more than a 1/4 tank of fuel. Let’s see why!!! 

As you may know, starting with the C5 Corvettes and continuing through C7, the Corvettes utilized a “saddle bag” design for the fuel tanks and you can see in the video what a pain it is to remove them. So take Paul’s advice and if you store your Corvette for an extended amount of time, make sure it only has a quarter tank of fuel!


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