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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year to all the Corvetters out there

On behalf of the River Valley Vettes my wife and I would like to wish everyone out there a safe and Happy New Years !
Save the Wave !
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette]

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Christmas at the Woods Residence

A few days ago the subject of "what to do about an itchy right foot" came up with several possible cures offerred by some of our members.
Personally, my "most favorite" cure is to drive.....the pics show my ride on Christmas Day. Didn't go far but did put on few miles. Note , two....count them ....2 vettes in my yard on Monday PM. Unfortunately, 1 was red....... I'm sure there's a color change in the works.
Couple of Fords in the yard but NO SNOW.
Written by Peter Wood & Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

From 0 to 175mph in one gear

The 7 liter ZO6 Corvette tested in England. You got to see this video. Click on the link below !
http://vewgle.com/showthread.php?t=800
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Friday, December 22, 2006

Did somebody say Dec 22nd was drive your Vette to work day? Merry Christmas


Did somebody say Dec 22nd was drive your Vette to work day? Merry Christmas
Originally uploaded by redvette.

The weather has been great so why not drive your corvette to work ! Alfred did and is loving it. What's that in your hand Alfred? Christmas cheer I guess and by the way , I love your hat !
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

A True Corvette Gal

Here's a picture of Kelly Kelly and her cockerspaniel Harleigh D Kelly.She's really proud of her 2002 drop top she bought last summer and is sporting a new shirt to show you all.She truly is a corvette enthusiast and her dog Harleigh loves his new ride a little more than her 1970 coupe of which by the way is also a gorgeous car !
Written and posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Cure for an Itchy Foot
















Here's an old recipe that I found to alleviate an itchy foot.

Directions
Take one corvette (any color. If it's old and over ripe that's ok too)
Add approximately 15 gallons of gas
Roll..... All windows down ( removing top is optional) ((the cars top folks, the cars top!!!))
Add .....two occupants (any size, weight, color)
Blend ....in one sunny afternoon at low temperature (about 80 degrees)
Gently ....press and release the petals until the sun goes down (or the itch goes away-which ever occurs first)
((be careful not to work the petals too vigorously! This could over agitate the mixture causing the itch to be replaced
by a red facial rash, followed by a fine from the author of the "Cookbook On Proper Sequence"-COPS)
And finally ... SMILE.
........ That should do it.......
(reprinted from the COPS Cookbook, 1967 edition , Fredericton, New Brunswick)
Cheers everyone
Have a Safe and Merry Holiday among your family and friends
Written by Carman Schwartz & Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]



Monday, December 18, 2006

CSNB Annual Corvette Christmas Party 2006


CSNB Annual Corvette Christmas Party 2006
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Saturday Dec 16th was the annual St John Corvette Christmas party. Kelly and Leigh Kelly from the River Valley Vettes attended and apparently had a great time mixing with the St Johners. Lois and I could not attend and according to Kelly we missed a good time !Hope to see some CSNB members make it to our after Christmas party on Jan. 17th.Thanks to Ian Joyce for the photos !
Written and posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

For more photos click on the link below !

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/?saved=1

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Santa's Running Late !

Santa’s running late, but, have no fear

A cocker and a C-5 replaced Rudolph this year !

The Cocker Will Be Driving – Top Down and Music Loud –

He Told Santa What You Want – He Knows The Corvette Crowd !

NO HO HO HO From Santa As They Speed Along Your Street

Just Listen For ‘Save The Wave From This Co-Pilot’s Seat !

Merry Christmas !

Written by Kelly Kelly & Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Greater Moncton Corvette Club X-mas Party 2006


Greater Moncton Corvette Club X-mas Party 2006
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Six members from the River Valley Vettes made the trip to Moncton Friday to the "Greater Moncton Corvette Club" Christmas Party.Leigh and Kelly Kelly , Ron and Anne Gould and Tom and Lois Hiltz had a great time at the party and dance. I would like to thank Roger and Angie Bourgeois for the great party and hospitality in opening up their home to us. They were kind enogh to let Ron and Anne , Brian and Debbie Palmer ,
Tom and Lois Hiltz spend the night at their beautiful home.Thanks again to the Moncton club for a lovely time.Hope to see some of you in Fredericton on January 13th to our "after" X-mas party as well.
Cheers !
posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

For more photos click on the link below !

http://flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594413538534/

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Santa stuck in a vette

Christmas just around the corner and Santa Clause is stuck in a vette !
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Happy Birthday Anne Gould

Anne Gould here with Ron and Kelly Kelly celebrates Anne's birthday November 28th at a near by Tim Horton's.Where's your hat Kelly?
All three are a member of the River Valley Vettes of New Brunswick.Happy Birthday from everyone Anne and many more.
Gee I hope Ron got you more than a "double double"
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Sunday, November 26, 2006

PEI Summer


PEI Summer
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Just imagine coming across this lineup on the road. Too cool !!
This photo sent to me by Barry Haneveld of the Prince Edward Island Corvette Club.It was taken this past summer on a tour of the island with the other Maritime clubs.
For more photos click on the link below
http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594279540578/
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Monday, November 20, 2006

Kelly with Jim D'Arcy


Kelly with Jim D'Arcy
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Kelly ,shown here with Jim D'Arcy from St.John NB. being inducted in to the "Maritime Hall of Fame" for drag racing. Jim is also a member of the River Valley Vettes. Congratulations Jim. For more pictures click on the link below !

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594384362247/
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]


Sunday, November 19, 2006

Tim Gilby's 2002 coupe

These photos were sent to me by Tim Gilby of the Nova Scotia Corvette Club who recently purchased this beautiful 2002 electron blue coupe. Look forward to meeting you next summer somewhere along the line Tim !
Cheers ! Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]
For better view of Tim's car click on link below
http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594239933511/




Hi everyone...

My mother is in a deep depression...she probably can’t bring herself to ‘discuss corvetting.......But,I will try to find something about which I can write...............it will prob be a sad one cause I am just like her.... not liking this idea of ‘time to put corvette away....(of course, I have not been allowed in that fancy little red car since I became close friends with a “black cat” that had a white stripe running down his back......he had a funny smell and I still seem to have that same smell)

Has anybody noticed that the weather is VERY warm but the sun seems to have gone South !!!!

Harleigh D Kelly [ one fine cocker spaniel ]

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Interested Illinois visiter

Interested Viewer from Skokie Illinois U.S.A.. We have noticed that you have been a regular visitor to our blog site. We would be interested in hearing from you, and if you have a Corvette or belong to a Corvette Club. If you read this please contact us at myvette@nb.sympatico.ca . Thank you we appreciate your interest.
Written by Ron Gould & posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Friday, November 17, 2006

A very nice e-mail from Tim Gilby

Received this e-mail from Tim Gilby of the NSCC today and was quite happy to hear that he visits our site often.It makes things worth while when you hear something like this.
Hi Tom.

I just wanted to say that you guys have a great website, and I'm always looking at it. ( pretty much every day)
My wife Kim and I are members ( got our first vet and joined this summer ) of the N.S.C.C., and your site is the only interactive and regularly updates site in Atlantic Canada.
Keep up the great work. ( It's a great forum for updated information )


Tim Gilby
Location Manager
Anixter Canada Inc.
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Ron Gould's 2002 convertible awaits Spring


All shined up and put away in the corner waiting for spring.Be sure Ron's drop top will be sporting
something different next year,
whether it be a new sound or
something shiny !
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Atlantic Canada Corvette Clubs Logo

This is the new "ATLANTIC
CANADA CORVETTE
CLUBS " logo
Posted by Tom Hiltz
aka "redvette"

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The last Ride This Year !


The last Ride This Year !
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Corvettes up for the winter around here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Atlantic Canada Corvette Clubs

Atlantic Canada
Corvette Clubs

Meeting November 4th, 2006

Meeting hosted by Roger Bourgeois, President Greater Moncton Corvette Club.

Sixteen Members 5 Saint John, 4 Fredericton, 3 Moncton, 2 Nova Scotia, 2 Prince Edward Island.

Discussions from each of the members regarding club activities from past year as well as proposed dates for Club Show & Shine for 2007.

Fredericton, 15, 16, 17 June 2007 Christmas Party 2006, January 20/07

Moncton, 12, 13, 14, 15 July 2007 Christmas Party 2006 December 8/06

Nova Scotia, 28, July Christmas Party 2006

Saint John, 4 or 11 August, Christmas Party 2006 December 16/06

Prince Edward Island, 8, 9 September. Christmas Party 2006 November 28/06

Cruises planned for 2007,

Moncton plans Cruise to Gaspe/Perce Quebec and one to Mahone Bay/Bridgewater N.S.

Route 66 Cruise planned for 2008.

National Corvette Museum is planning a 15th anniversary event in 2009

Kelly suggested a party for all clubs in October 2007, possibly lake side BBQ.

Name tags to be worn at car shows already prepared by Moncton club.

Front License plate removal meetings going forward with present government officials.

Meeting ended with decisions of presented Atlantic Canadian Corvette Clubs logo and one was suggested with modifications. Moncton Club presentation nominated.

St John has suggested that the meetings last no longer than an hour followed by going for a coffee.

It has been brought up that at next years events [car shows ] that 3 or 4 people be made contacts for late comers or out of towners who would like information on the show such as where to park , how to line up , where the supper will be, or anything else pertaining to the show.These contacts would be wearing an armband as to be distinguished from the rest.

Meeting terminated at noon and members met afterward for dinner.

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Ron Gould

R.V.V. Secretary.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Peter Wood sent these pics to me


Peter Wood sent these pics to me
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Peter and Marilyn Wood's grandchildren [Quite a carload]
Some people will do manything to get a picture of a red vette.
That's Kelly and me on Campobello Island

Pictures by Peter Wood and posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Monday, October 30, 2006

Kelly's Halloween Bash


Kelly's Halloween Bash
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Kelly never comes short when throwing a party and this one was a blast !
From monks to pumpkins the costumes were great.Everyone had a great time and lots of laughs.The quiet monk at the door was a stumper for awhile but later to find out that it was Bob C.The looney on the floor fooled us all ! You had to be there .
Thanks to Kelly for an entertaining Saturday evening.

For pictures click on the link below !

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594351862669/

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka

[redvette]


Monday, October 23, 2006

Season Coming To an End

It won't be long and everyone here will be putting their babies up for the winter. Another wonderful summer that just wasn't long enough is finally over and I know I'll be watching the calender for next year ! Some of us lucky ones can of course take them down south [Bob] and continue on as if nothing ever changes but I'm not that fortunate. We'll stick the winter out here and patiently wait for warmer weather to come so we can uncover our pride and joy and continue on !
Written and posted by Tom Hiltz aka [Redvette]

Monday, October 16, 2006

Campobello Island Tour


11 vettes make their way to Harvey
Originally uploaded by redvette.

11 vettes met at Clark's on a crisp October morning to go to Harvey for a tour of Briggs and Little Woolen Mill and then on to Campobello Island. It was to be Pauline Thompson, our Prsident's Run and probably the last run of the year before everyone puts their cars to sleep .Making the run to Harvey were Joe and Charlene Travis ,Alfred Kenny ,Jim and Fran Good , Dale and Leanne Case , Charles and Minerva Gormley ,Paul and Judy Melanson , Kelly Kelly and her friend Pauline ,John and Jean Johnston , Raymond and Kathleen Cromwell , Ron and Anne Gould , and Tom and Lois Hiltz.There we met up with John and Pauline Thompson and joined by Peter and Marilyn Wood and Arnie and Gloria Adams.
John gave us an infomative and interesting tour of his woollen company.
From Harvey we went on to Calais to meet our tour guide Tom Webster at Mardens. We then went on to Machias for dinner and on to Campobello Island for a trip around the island.
I'd like to thank Tom Webster on behalf of the River Valley Vettes for his infomative tour of Campobello.
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

For photos of run to Campobello Island click on link below

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594330373645/

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

President's Run to Campobello Island Oct 15th












Sunday October 15th Pauline is holding her President's run to Campobello Island.
Members are meeting at Clark's Chevrolet at 9:00 am and travel to Briggs and
Little Woollen Mills in Harvey where John Thompson will take the group on a
tour of his plant.After the group will travel to Campobello Island for a scenic tour.
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Monday, October 9, 2006

RVV Softball game


RVV Softball game
Originally uploaded by redvette.

On Sunday October 8th amidst sunny ,warm skies Vernon held his Fall Run. Attending was Vernon and Julia Patriquin, Peter and Marilyn Wood,Wayne and Kathy Gallant from St John,Kelly Kelly , Bob Cromwell ,Danny and Karen Calhoun from Woodstock,and Tom and Lois Hiltz.
We left Clark's Chevrolet at noon and travelled on a scenic route to
Allison Carlisle 's Riverview Orchard where everyone pigged out on some delicious apples. From there we travelled to Mactaquac Softball Field where everyone had a great time playing ball.Peter thought maybe the umpire might have been bought by Kelly's kisses. You had to be there !All in all it was a great day and a lot of fun,
Stay tuned for Kelly's Halloween Party. If you know Kelly you DON'T want to miss this !
For photos of Vernon's Run click on the link below !
http://flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594319235658/

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Lowell & Joanne Onstad


Lowell & Joanne Onstad
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Received an e-mail from Lowell and Joanne Onstad today thanking everyone for the great reception they received in St John in September.
Here is a copy of their e-mail !

Tom & Lois, we just wanted to thank you and everyone at River Valley Vettes for the great reception at St. John. All of you made us feel so special and were so great to go out of your way the way you did. Please thank everyone for us and tell them if they plan a trip to Northern California to let us know at Discovery Bay Corvettes and we will make sure to show them a good time. We have placed some pictures on our website for our club to enjoy. Thanks again for hospitality and kindness.

Lowell and Joanne Onstad.
Discovery Bay Corvette Club

http://www.discoverybaycorvetteclub.com/
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

National Corvette Museum Cruise


National Corvette Museum Cruise
Originally uploaded by redvette.

These photos were taken by Terry Ricer of the Nationl Corvette Museum Cruise when they were in St John in September .
Here is an e-mail I received from him !
Hi St. John's Vetters,

It was absolutely INCREDIBLE, AWESOME, FANTABULOUS to see about two dozen CORVETTES waiting on the pier for we NCM cruisers. I cannot express our thanks enough for your folks taking time out of their busy schedules to give us a "Warm Welcome" to St. Johns, New Brunswick. Your kindness, generosity and hospitality to put together such an event is most appreciated. You all made our short stay in St. Johns the highlight of our trip. By the way, the Dulse is quite interesting - and tasty too. Never had that before.

If any of you ever wander down our way, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd love to be your "tour guides" in the Baltimore, MD & Washington, D.C. area. We'd sure like to "return the favor".

Again, thanks so much for everything.

Bev & Terry Ricer
Severn, MD
"SAVE THE WAVE"

PS - Tom, please share this note with all interested parties on your end.

For more of Terry's photos click on the link below

http://flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594312766927/
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Monday, October 2, 2006

Kelly's 2002 red hot Roadster


Kelly's 2002 Roadster
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Kelly sent me these beautiful action pictures of her red hot 2002 drop top.Nice car Kelly !

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Kelly's 60th Birthday


Kelly's 60th Birthday
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Happy Birthday Kelly
Members of the River Valley Vettes attended Kelly's birthday on Saturday at the Fredericton Golf and Curling Club. A fun and laughful evening was had by all. Kevin seems to be having a good time here as well as the Mooners who stopped off to the car show to show their respect . Wouldn't you know ,Kelly's crowd !For more photos of the evening click on the link below !

http://flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594307513771/
Posted by TomHiltz aka [ redvette ]

Clark's Corvette and Tuner Car Display


Clark's Corvette and Tuner Display
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Saturday ,September 30th was a beautiful day for a car Show at Clark's Chevrolet Dealer on Prospect St in Fredericton.A good turnout with 34 corvettes and 20 tuner cars [ rice burners ? ] Big event of the day was John Clark's new Z06. He was gracious enough to let several members take it out for a ride. One word "WOW !" Everyone that was lucky enough to go for a spin were deeply impressed. Jim Hamilton had a grin on his face all day long ! Thank's John !
Several corvettes from the port city and a few from Moncton made the show and would like to thank them for coming !
After the show we all went to Carmen's Thunder Alley simulated Nascar Racing where we all had fun in the simulated computer cars.
Supper was to follow at Mamma's Pub where John Clark and his lovely wife Pam joined us.
Later several members went to Kelly's 60th birthday party at the Fredericton Golf and Curling Club where fun was had by all !
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

For more photos from the day click on the link below

http://flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594307548910/


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

National Corvette Museum 5th Cruise to Canada


National Corvette Museum 5th Cruise to Canada
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Corvetters from the United States travel on the "Jewel of the Seas " into the St John port. There to greet them is members from the River Valley Vettes ,Corvettes from Southern NewBrunswick and the Greater Moncton Corvette Club.
For more photos click on the link below

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594302666798/

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]



Friday, September 22, 2006

River Valley Vettes to Meet Cruise Ship


River Valley Vettes
Originally uploaded by redvette.

To all Corvette Club Members.

The NATIONAL CORVETTE MUSEUM 5th ANNUAL CRUISE takes place this September, with the cruise ship arriving in Saint John on Wednesday, 27th of September, around noon. Kelly has been in contact with the cruise director and has confirmed that they would be greatful if members of our local Corvette Club would be able to meet the cruise ship Corvette members as they depart the ship in Saint John Harbour. Possibly have a meeting place at a local pub around dock area. This is being arranged as well as a parking space for about 20 Corvettes.

We would like to have as many members attend this function as possible (Taking into consideration this is a regular work day). All clubs are invited to attend, and hoping that this will bring more Corvetters to meet the cruise ship.

Anyone interested, please let myself or Kelly know as soon as possible. We will be in contact with any updates, and the probably meeting time would be at 10:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Big Stop next Wednesday 27 Sept.

Kelly says: ...........the ship arrives at 12:00 NOON...leaves at 7 PM................we hope to have some a small gift for them..(care to suggest anything ??)...ONLY 51 corvetters...a great chance to meet some Corvetters from throughout U.S. California, Pennsylvania,Kentucky,Florida and Georgia....(and other States)...a chance to make an acquaintance that you might connect with at a later date..a channe to get on a first name basis with someone from the Corvette Museum.............a chance to do a super fun corvetting thing !!!!!!!!

The travel agent suggested the nearby pub, etc.,...heck maybe someone wd like to take them somewhere for a drive.....and DO realize that there is a good chance they have already booked tours........maybe we will only see them at 1 PM - ish and they will head off on a tour...........
by Kelly Kelly
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Jim D'Arcy's 1938 Chevrolet Business Coupe-Jim is a member of the River Valley Vettes





























At least 5 Corvetters made it to the Noonan Nationals on Sunday. Alfred Kenny,Jim Good, Kevin Douglass, Charlie Gormley and the main reason for this little article Jim D'Arcy. Jim is not only still racing but still racing the same car he was class winner with at the 1966 Canadian Nationals in Ontario. I just had to get his picture next to his 1938 Chevrolet Business Coupe.This car is a piece of history and stands out from all other drag cars. It's powered by a 327 with Crane roller cam, Corvette Fuelie heads and a pair of Holley 660's. If you ever get a chance watch this car run do it. When you see the wheels in the air and Jim shifting this 4 speed it will take you back in time.
Subnitted by Alfred Kenny and Posted byTom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Thursday, September 14, 2006

PEI 2006 Show and Shine Winners




















Photos sent to me by Barry Hanaveld from the PEI Corvette Club
C1-no entry
C2-Harvey MacAusland -65 silver coupe
C3-Harold and Pauline Redmond-79 red coupe
C4-Greg MacKay-86 yellow pace car convertible
C5-Dwight and Libby Rayworth-02 magnetic red convertible
C6-Ed and Kelli Mansfield- 05 coupe
City of Charlottetown's Choice-Evelyn and Doug MacDonald-67 red coupe
Burger King's Choice- Harvey MacAusland-65 silver coupe
Charity's Choice- Jocelyn and Leon Caissie 06 magnetic red convertible
People's Choice-Gail and Scott Ferris-81 yellow coupe
Club Participation - NSCC
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]
To view photos click on the link below
http://flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594279540578/

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Updates on photos


Kelly's artistic shot from the ground
Originally uploaded by redvette.

More photos were added to the "Prince Edward Island Tour "and to "Joe and Charlene's Outing"today . Ron was over today to give me the photos.
Click on the links below

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594279540578/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/242747350/

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Monday, September 11, 2006

On the Island














Rick Holt in front leads the vetters on a tour of Prince
Edward Island. More info and photos to follow.
Click on the link below for more photos on the island
taken by Kelly Kelly.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594279540578/
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [ redvette ]

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Corvette Fever

Corvette Fever

I get a lot of flack about my car, probably because I drive a Corvette. Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking:

"A Porsche is better. You should get one of those instead."

"Americans can’t make a decent sports car."

"You could get a Cadillac or Lexus or Mercedes… something BIG!"

I’ve heard it all before. Save your breath.

I got my first taste of life in the fast lane about 10 years ago. It all started when I was shopping for a new car. "Why don’t you get a Corvette?" suggested a wise guy friend.

I laughed… but the seed had been planted. I figured, "Well, why not look? Doesn’t cost anything just to look."

Now the most popular Corvette color is red - but I wanted a white one. I went to a dealer "just to look." But the salesman, evil man, obviously hell bent on making a fat commission, talked me into driving the shinny, new red demo.

"Just take it for a spin, you don’t know if you even want one until you drive it. Noooo obligation!"

I was sort of afraid. Seems silly now, but I’d never driven a hot car like that before. I was afraid it would get away from me. But once behind the wheel, I knew what makes a Corvette a Corvette. The engine, the power, the feel! They drive and handle like a dream. I was in love, a woman obsessed. I had it bad - Corvette Fever!

I didn’t know anything about the Corvette subculture when I brought my first Vette. I just liked the car, especially the neat headlights that turned a flip. It was only later that I found out they are made in Bowling Green, Kentucky, only a short drive from Nashville on I-65. The only remaining Corvette factory in the US is there, and across the street is the National Corvette Museum.

When the National Corvette Museum opened a few years ago, there was big celebration and I decided it might fun to go. Corvettes were descending on Bowling Green from every direction. While driving to the event from Nashville, I soon found myself in an informal I-65 caravan. I fell in behind two twin Corvettes traveling together. Someone else joined in behind me, and so on. There were a several dozen Vettes, a mini road tour of our own.

When I got there I found Corvettes, car clubs and auto enthusiasts from all over the country. You’ve never seen so many Vettes, all colors, all years. Swarms of Corvettes took over the city. They were parked in fields surrounding the museum and were being driven everywhere. The parking lots were show places of their own. Antique cars seldom seen outside of a museum were being driven on the streets. Everybody was a Corvette enthusiast and it was very contagious.

The Beach Boys entertained the crowd that year at the University of Kentucky stadium, but the real show was going on outside behind them. A few overly enthusiastic Vette fans, drunk on Corvette fever, were creating an informal show of their own, showing off the Vette's quick take off by smoking rubber and spinning wheels. They received the crowd's enthusiastic cheers and applause -- at least till the cops came and ran them off, to a round of boos and jeers from the crowd who wanted to see the Corvettes more than the Beach Boys.

So, I have to take a lot of kidding about being on an ego trip, having a mid life crisis, driving a plastic car - even about having more car than I can handle. I don’t worry too much about what people think. I just keep my eyes on the road and my foot on the pedal.

Guess one of these days I’ll get the car out of my system; I haven’t yet. Something about sliding in those bucket seats and smelling the leather still makes the adrenaline flow. It has a ton of power and temptation to speed is a constant problem. It is, after all, a racecar capable of 180 mph. Some people say they are unsafe, but I say it is the way people drive them that creates the high accident rate. Actually, the low center of gravity, wide tires, fast getaway, and ability to be maneuvered can be a safety factor -- as long as you can behave yourself.

I drive mine pretty much like I would drive any other car. When I go to the local grocery store, the teenage carryout boy that brings groceries to the car will usually do a double take.

"Boy, I like your car!" he will invariable say. "That’s the kind of car I want!" I smile. He could never get insurance. At his age it would be a high-risk insurance pool, for sure.

But, I always just grin and say, "Thanks, I hope you get one some day. They are a lot of fun!" Why kill a dream?

Long live Corvette fever!

Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Thursday, September 7, 2006

RVV members in P.E.I. in 2003



















Don't forget the Prince Edward Island Show and Shine this weekend.
Meeting at the Blue Canoe Irving at 9:00 am Saturday. Good turnout
is expected.Always lots of fun on the island.Saturday calls for a tour
of the island as well as a barbeque. Show is to be on Sunday.
Posted by Tom Hiltz aka [redvette]

Monday, September 4, 2006

Woodstock September Meeting

On Sunday ,Sept.03 it was decided to travel to Woodstock , Smitty's Restaurant, for our monthly club meeting.There, we met up with Joe and Charlene Travis, Danny and Karen Calhoun & Danny Nason.Making the trip was John & Pauline Thompson,John Johnston,Peter & Marilyn Wood, Kelly Kelly, Bob Cromwell, Ron & Anne Gould , Paul Melanson ,Julia Patriquin , Arnie & Gloria Adams, Charles & Minerva Gormley, John & Linda Duncan , Roger & Angie Bourgeois [GMCC] and Tom & Lois Hiltz. After a breakfast and club meeting Joe and Charlene took us for a lovely ride acoss the border at Houlton , Presque Isle and on to Fort Fairfield ,Maine, stopping to shop along the way.We were then invited to the Travis's for a wonderful meal which I know Charlene spent many hours preparing. Thanks again for opening up your beautiful home and for your gracious hospitality. Fun was had by all and it I can tell you it sure beat setting in my recliner all day watching CNN.
Posted by Tom Hiltz [redvette]

Joe and Charlene's Outing


Joe and Charlene's Outing
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Thanks to Joe and Charlene Travis for the wonderful time and great hospitality on Sundays outing For photos click on the link below.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594268458095/

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Corvette Crash near Moncton


Corvette Crash near Moncton
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Corvette Crash that had the accident on Highway 11, just outside Buctouche, on Friday For those who have not read the story, our Premier’s entourage was traveling in a bus when a white corvette passed them at a relatively high speed. The RCMP on board the bus called in the speeder. Unknown to the group on the bus, the RCMP HQ had just received a call that a contractor, hauling a large enclosed utility trailer, carrying his tools, had a mishap whereby the hitch broke from the frame of the truck, leaving the trailer in the middle of Highway 11. Ok, now don’t get ahead of me. As the RCMP were responding to the trailer call… ok, you can get ahead of me, since now you likely have pictured the corvette hitting into the trailer as they were going too fast to realize the trailer wasn’t moving. The vette exploded and the RCMP were able to retrieve the driver and passenger, who are still in the hospital with serious injuries.On Sunday, Leon Caissie (a.k.a. Big Bird) called a friend to find out where the vette might be, since Dwight, whose 79 was stolen 3 weeks ago, couldn’t get a definite answer from the police to state whether that was his vette Kasper or not. They said there wasn’t enough left of the car to tell. Ya right. You think we can’t tell what year that thing was even after it exploded? Give us corvette owners some credit.
Well, had it not been for the one remaining wheel, the RCMP were right….you couldn’t even tell it was a vette. It could have been a Fiero based on the remaining evidence
Written by Angie Bourgeois GMCC and Posted by Tom Hiltz [redvette] RVV


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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

R.V.V. Meeting in Woodstock


To all R.V.V. Members
This is a reminder that our monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, 3 Sept.. This replaces our usual Tuesday Meeting. The meeting will be held in Woodstock at Smitty's Restaurant.
We will be meeting at Clark's Chev Cadilac dealership at 9 a.m. Sunday Morning and tour to Woodstock. From the meeting, we will be lead by Joe and Charlene Travis for a tour to Clearview and points of interest.
We hope to have a good turnout for this outing as well as showing our appreciation to members from that area who attend our meetings quite regularly.
Ron,
Club Secretary.
I will repeat this meeting at end of week. It is being forwarded early, so members can plan this weekend activity.
Posted by Tom Hiltz [ redvette ]

Monday, August 28, 2006

Joke of the Day !

Speeding Corvette

A fellow bought a new Corvette and was out on an interstate for a nice evening drive. The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what was left of his hair and he decided to open her up. As the needle jumped up to 80 mph he suddenly saw a flashing red and blue light behind him.
"There ain't no way they can catch a Corvette," he thought to himself and opened her up further. The needle hit 90, 100, 130 and finally 150 with the light still behind him. "What the hell am I doing?" he thought and pulled over.

The cop came up to him, took his license without a word and examined it and the car. ''I've had a tough shift and this is my last pull over. I don't feel like more paperwork so if you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven't heard before you can go!"

"Last week my wife ran off with a cop," the man said, "and I was afraid you were trying to give her back!"

"Off you go," said the officer.
Posted by Tom Hiltz [redvette]

Thought For The DAY

Money can't buy happiness --

but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a

Corvette than in a Yugo.

Posted by Tom Hiltz [redvette]

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Grand Lake Outing 2006


Grand Lake Outing 2006
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Grand Lake Outing 2006

Great Grand Lake Loop Tour!

August 26, 2006

This tour was planned at the last minute so the group was small:Ron and Anne, Paul and Judy and Alfred and Linda.

We met at Green Village at 10 AM sharp and from there took the beautiful scenic route along the Saint John River and along Grand Lake. Our first stop was a very nice visit with Sam and Kathy Dow at their lovely cottage. We want to thank them for their great hospitality and letting us enjoy the great view of the Lake. We then made our way to Minto for lunch at Weezie’s Diner. Try the Chicken Burger. Another stop was made at Charles and Minerva Gormley’s home where the guys got to drool over the cars and the ladies at their beautiful gardens. From there we proceeded to Chipman, making our way back along the other side of the lake to Jemseg. Final stop at Casey’s in Sheffield. Lovely tour that should be repeated.

For more pictures click on the link below

http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594253658136/
Written by Alfred and Linda Kenney and posted by Tom Hiltz [redvette]

Friday, August 25, 2006

Corvette Babes


Corvette Babes
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Some Cool Cars

Created and posted by Tom Hiltz [redvette]

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

On ferry to Grand Manan Island


On ferry
Originally uploaded by redvette.

On ferry to Grand Manan Island

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Trip to Grand Manan Island

Grand Manan was really FUN FUN FUN !!!! When I got up Sunday at 5 AM., it was raining cats and dogs...made me SO happy that I had cleaned the vette on Saturday evening....BUT, being the 'optimistic gal that I am...(not to mention stubborn and determined) I took off toward Grand Manan and less than an hour later I was in the Westfield area where I picked up my co-pilot,Bob. (he was standing by road waving me down ! ) Got to ferry less than an hour later...(after hearing passenger's view on shifting, etc. I thought , oh s---, a backseat driver and I don't even have a backseat! TRUST ME, that all worked out - no problem - Bob has now decided he wd like to hire me as his full time chauffeur..we are having a hard time settling on pay scale.....can you imagine THAT ?
We (KK and MR CROMWELL were # 3 in line at FERRY - only corvette there ! While discussiing 'what are we going to do ???? We lost place in the line; shortly after, another vette arrived...Mike Brown! Not too long later, three more arrived.........LOOKING GOOD !! (Doug and Gloria,Raymond and Kathleen, Angie & Roger)
GRAND MANAN - here we come....thanks to Raymond, we met the Captain and learned all there was to know about being a Captain on the ferry to Grand Manan.......some very interesting facts and stories....John Pattison and friend, Dennis,were waiting near the now, INFAMOUS sign when we drove off the ferry....hope it shows well in pictures !
A little rain did not dampen our spirits...the tour continued as planned...We toured the Island of Grand Manan from every angle possible...saw lighthouses,beaches,great scenery, lots of homes/cottages for sale, (I LOVED the ashes- thanks for pointing that out, John !!) The Grand Mananians - is that a word ? - loved us...the dulse factory was a favourite for everyone..learned ALL about dulse and EXACTLY what it can do...I was able to add my own little detail that made a few people start (over)eating it............We had lunch at a place that made great peanut butter fudge and good food BUT seemed to not appreciate our 'big crowd ...later hand-fed and 'force-fed that fudge to the rest of this courageous 'not afraid of the weather group....
Did you know there is a "CENTIPED" game on the ferry ? Got my name in for a high score !!!! Surely that impresses someone.
There was even SHOPPING !!!! and more food !!!!! and a lot of 'frugal remarks made toward MY passenger......Oh, and BEST YET, the rain cleared leaving us with a full afternoon of comfy corvette weather for scooting around the Island !!
Did I forget to mention ?? IT WAS A GREAT TIME...darn,I love having this 'new (to me) vette......and, i don't even mind that it will take a LONG time to get the car clean !!!A VERY long time !

When we arrived at Grand Manan, we were tickled to meet new (to us) corvetters....Carl and Bev Cheney....and as we drove around Grand Manan, we were seeing Bev's name on a lot of signs !!!!!! Now , doesn't that make you all curious !!!! We all look forward to them joining us on the 'mainland for future events !
Written by Kelly Kelly and posted by Tom Hiltz [redvette]

Sunday, August 20, 2006

1977 Chevrolet Corvette
6.5L Diesel

May 2002

I live in Cranbrook, British Columbia Canada and drive a diesel GMC Jimmy, a Chevy diesel conversion van and a 1977 Chevrolet Corvette powered by a 6.5L diesel. Some may wonder why I did this - install a 6.5 in a Corvette. To put it simply - fuel economy. Not many cars can handle the weight, is streamlined, won't rust, yet retains its value, and is a sporty - fun car to drive. The Chevrolet Corvette offers all these things. The engine and transmission were installed without any chassis or body modifications.

To reduce the diesel rattle, we re-calibrated the injectors to a lower fuel injection pressure. This reduced some of the diesel rattle, so once above idle, very little noise is heard from inside the vehicle, and there is very little smoke on full-throttle. Due to the low ground clearance of the Corvette, I needed to reduce the height of the oil pan. The ground clearance is only about 4-½ inches, but hasn't been a problem yet.

I installed the engine in May of 2001, and have driven it about 3000 miles since then. We average about 48-mpg Canadian, and have seen a high of 55-mpg. We're using a TH700R4 automatic with a manually controlled converter lock-up. I also removed the EGR valve. The acceleration is very good, but if I wanted a 0-60 in 7 seconds I would install a 427/425hp @ 8mpg (makes sense). I would consider a turbo, but am concerned about how the added heat might affect the fiberglass hood.

Buzz Bradley
Cranbrook, British Columbia Canada

Sent to me by Peter Wood and posted by Tom Hiltz

Quietly waiting for the sun to shine


Quietly waiting for the sun to shine
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Ron' beautiful 2002 drop top ! Note the floor

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Corvettes are Fun !


Corvettes are Fun !
Originally uploaded by redvette.

I THINK I CAN , I THINK I CAN

Danny and Karen Calhoun's 72

Posted by Tom Hiltz [Redvette]

Friday, August 18, 2006

Ron's "Mystery Run" photos


Ron's "Mystery Run" photos
Originally uploaded by redvette.

Here's Ron Gould's photos of the Mystery Run last weekend. A look through different eyes !

Click on the link below !

http://flickr.com/photos/redvette/sets/72157594241954119/

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