LATEST CLUB HAPPENINGS, NEWS,VIEWS,PICS,ETC.
Welcome to the Village Vettes Corvette Club website. Here you will find a plethora of entertaining, informative, insightful, useful (or perhaps) useless information about our club and our beloved cars,
THE VILLAGES WEATHER
For Details and to Register for Events click the LINK to the right of the event.
Drive&Dine: BayStreetPlayers Musical + Dinner + Shopping REGISTER
25th Ann NCM Caravan to Bowling Green Caravan Info
Pre-Meeting Dinner @ Bone Fish Grill REGISTER
Membership Meeting, Eisenhower Reg.Rec.Ctr Mtg.Info.
Drive&Dine, Big Bob's Italian Restaurant REGISTER
Howey Mansion Tour followed by Lunch at Knickers REGISTER & Event Info
Club Cruise-in & Pig Roast Picnic REGISTER & Event Info
Flagler Beach 18th Annual Corvette Show EVENT INFO & REGISTRAION
TOYS-4-TOTS Cruise-in, Grand Oaks REGISTER & Event Info
C8 Roadshow, Don Mealey, Clermnt DonMealey.com
Vettes on the Avenue, Melbourne REGISTER & Event Info
Festival of Speed, Howey in the Hills EVENT/SHOW INFO
Color Run/Magical Mystery Tour REGISTER (6 SLOTS STILL OPEN)
C8 Roadshow, Stingray Chevy, INFO & Registration(s)
HORSE SHOW, GRAND OAKS INFO & REGISTER
Drive&Dine, Red Wing in Groveland RED WING REGISTRATION
Pre-Meeting Dinner, ROSE PLANTATION (capacity limit) REGISTER
Membership Meeting, Eisenhower Reg.Rec.Ctr Mtg.Info.
CCMC 22nd Annual All Corvette Show SHOW INFO & REGISTRATION
HONOR FLIGHT ESCORT CARAVANREGISTER
Holiday Dinner & Dance Party REGISTER NOW!!!
Corvette C8 Road Show @ NAHAS, date TBD
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They’re the Corvettes that time forgot. And 30 years ago, they were the ultimate prize in one of the most outlandish sweepstakes ever. A rare armada of 36 Chevrolet Corvettes - one from every model year, starting from the Vette's introduction in 1953 and running through 1989 - has once again seen the light of day. The incredible fleet, which originally cost cable music network VH1 $610,000 in 1989 for a sweepstakes, has sat nearly abandoned in a New York City storage lot for about 25 years.
From Dennis Amodeo, a carpenter from Long Island who won the VH1 sweepstakes, to artist Peter Max, who purchased the collection from Amodeo, to the Heller and Spindler families, who finally convinced Max to sell, the collection has remained in a series of New York City garages collecting dust and falling into disrepair.
Now in possession of the entire collection, restoration work, under the watchful eye of Corvette aficionado and occasional concours judge Chris Mazzilli has begun, starting with the 1953 Corvette. The remainder of the cars will be either restored or simply reconditioned, as determined on a car-to-car basis.
One of these 36 Chevrolet Corvettes could be yours! Click on the “Enter Sweepstakes” button to make a donation to the National Guard Educational Foundation and you will be registered for a chance to win one of the one-of-a-kind Corvettes as they come back to life again.
As you can see by the club events listed above, we have a very, very active club, enjoying the camaraderie of our fellow members and our cars with lots of cruises, shows, dine&drive's. etc. on our agenda. 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.
This was brought to our attention by two of our members during the last meeting. Their message is below. This would be a nice way to help and perhaps win a golf cart. (This is not a club sponsored raffle. It is meant as a shout out about someone in need from two of our club members).
"Blair was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 4 years ago at
age 27. She was treated with chemotherapy at that time.
Unfortunately her cancer has progressed to Stage 4 and she needs chemotherapy again.
All proceeds go to Blair for equipment not covered by her insurance
Please help us help Blair!!!
Thank you for your support
Drs. Bob and Helene Aisenstat"
07/18/19 Stumpknockers on the River
07/11/19 Sonny's BBQ, Pre-meeting Dinner
06/29/19 Honor Flight Caravan
The Village Vettes Corvette Club was honored to have participated in the HONOR FLIGHT caravan from Colony Rec Center to the Legion post 347 (THE LARGEST POST IN THE NATION). The police escorts from Sumter, Lake, and Fruitland Park kept total control of the traffic situations. The NOMADS motorcycle club led the pack, followed by the VVCC followed by our Veterans. This was a "flightless" HONOR FLIGHT with a large majority of the participating Veterans in wheel chairs. In spite of the rainy weather everyone stood to honor these wonderful men. The playing of TAPS was especially moving with many in the room wiping tears away. Lamers buses allowed those veterans in need of assistance to enter and exit the buses easily. The wheelchair lifts are a work of art.
06/26/19 St. John's Riverboat Cruise
06/13/19 Sakura Pre-Meeting Dinner
06/07/19 Gator Joe's Lunch Cruise
05/23/19 Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
04/07/19 Polo Tailgate party
03/30/19 Chris Cruz Artistry & Lunch
@ The Swamp House
03/17/19 Venice FL Vette Show
03/17/19 Muscle Car Museum
Punta Gorda, FL
02/26/19 Lake Harris Hideaway Dine & Drive
02/21/19 Old Spanish Mill Breakfast Cruise
02-14-19 Blue's Brothers Meeting
12-14-18 Holiday Dinner Party & Dance
IMPORTANT & URGENT
TECH INFO FOR
C5 - C6 & C7 OWNERS WHO STORE THEIR CARS
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!
The following video embodies what the
is all about, loving & driving our cars and taking care of our fellow man. Before you go any further, please take a moment to watch this really these great VIDEOS
Man Shares Experience of Owning a 1957 Corvette Fuelie for 47 Years
For the last 47 years, a 1957 Corvette with fuel injection has been a part of Richard Huxley’s life. In this cinematic-style video from HeavyMetalConcepts, the long-time owner shares his experiences and what he likes doing the best with the car.
Richard’s 1957 Corvette was built late in the model year and came with the 4-speed manual transmission that was introduced mid-way through 1957 production. The Fuelie was of the 283/250 variety and some owner before him swapped out the cam to make it the 283/283 V8. Richard also had custom side pipes made for the car and he says “they’re extremely loud. But that’s part of the fun.”
He purchased the car in 1971 and says that he practically grew up with the car. “I’ve had it most of my life, and it isn’t the car to use every day but the very few times a year that I do use it… it’s so much fun.”
At times the video cuts to Richard behind the wheel on a lonely two-lane road. Here he shares some of the wisdom picked up in a well-lived life: “You know, I’ve never understood why people with convertibles think that they’re out of season from October to April there’s nothing more fun than to take a car like that and drive it in winter and in cold weather with the top down, the windows open, and the heater goin. I guess you have to have an aptitude for that kind of an experience. It’s fun. It’s fun.”
The car is a little rough in places with peeling paint on the exterior and we caught a towel covering his seat. His wife actually bought him an interior restoration kit back in 1984 but he’s never even taken it out of the box. Richard will drive the ’57 Fuelie to car gatherings and everybody is always asking him when he’s going to restore it. He says “why?” I just like driving it like this.”
“It’s an investment I suppose of sorts, if I ever bring myself to part with it, but but that’s not anything to do with why I do anything to it. ” he says and continues, “Any of the cars that I have I do stuff for me. You don’t do it for who you’re gonna sell it to next, or who gets it next, they can do what they want. Like this one, I go to cruise night, things like that and people will walk around and look at it… if somebody wants to put that thing back to stock, it’ll be somebody after me.”
WORDS TO LIVE & DIE BY FROM A LOVER OF LIFE & CORVETTES. . .
AN EXCERPT FROM AN RECENT OBITUARY,
COURTESY OF THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND PACKET
Paul E. Borntrager (1940 - 2019)
Paul Ervin Borntrager punched the gas in his metallic gray Corvette convertible (his armageddon car), and sped out of this Earthly realm on Saturday, June 22, 2019. He was bid an emotional farewell at home in Glendale, Ohio, by the love of his life Sharon Ann Borntrager (wife) and his two sons Daniel Joseph Borntrager and Randall Stewart Borntrager.
Heavenly sources report that Paul careened through the pearly gates at an excessive rate of speed while blaring ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man.” His entrance was duly noted and welcomed given his premature arrival there at the tender age of 79.
Paul believed life is for livin’, and one of his final wishes was that he not be excessively mourned. Instead, he asked that family and friends hold a celebration of life at St. Edmund’s Chapel in Glendale. The event will take place on Sunday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m., and a brunch will follow, so DO NOT wear black and DO wear your eating pants.