N E W SLE TTER D ec em b e r 2 00 8 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: H A P P Y H O L I D AY S Chairman’s Column LI Metro Chapter Meet Del-Val Chapter Meet Chairman’s Column our chapter is doing. Our An- ties. It’s new blood that al- nual Holiday Brunch has 48 ways invigorates an organiza- By Mark Rudnick CNJ Winery Road Tour people attending, which I tion. Please make a commit- First, I want to wish all of believe is the most ever. We ment to participate in as Pa. Covered Bridge Tour our members, their families just conducted a very suc- many Chapter events as pos- and loved ones the very best cessful Chapter Judge’s Re- sible in 2009. We really need CNJ Judge’s Retreat for the coming year. May the treat in November. October and appreciate your support. coming year mark good marked our Chapter Road Remember, “Great Friends health, well being and pros- Tour to the Renault Winery and Great Cars” is what the Meet the Members perity for all. and September marked our NCRS is all about. very successful and enjoyable I would like to thank Ed Chapter Judging Meet. In July we received our Chapter Top Once again, I’d like to re- Styczynski, Howard Welsh, mind the membership that we Jack Brown and Bruce Crook- Flight recognition at the NCRS National Convention in St. welcome anyone who is will- Mark Rudnick, Chairman ham for stepping forward ing to share his/her restora- once again to serve with me Louis, Missouri. This is in ad- dition to the numerous tion experience or technical Ed Styczynski,ViceChairman on the Executive Board of the knowledge with the members Central New Jersey Chapter awards received individually by our members for their in- by leading a tech session or Jack Brown, Treasurer NCRS for 2009. Likewise, my writing a technical article for sincere appreciation to Bob volvement in the NCRS and the quality of their Corvettes. our Chapter Newsletter. The Howard Welch, Secretary Zimmerman for his editorship sharing of knowledge is what of our Chapter Newsletter, Not bad for a chapter of ap- proximately 65 members. The the NCRS is all about and Bruce Crookham, Judging Gary Tresch for handling the anything relating to Corvettes Chapter apparel and Evie and best part is that everyone involved in these activities which is of interest to you, Chairman John Mulhern III, for their would be of interest to the willingness to coordinate our really enjoyed themselves. When we get together, the membership. We are more Bob Zimmerman, Newsletter chapter judging events and than willing to assist any generously share their time camaraderie is what makes the events so special. I am member who would like help Editor and talents on behalf of our in preparing their Corvette for chapter. especially pleased to see so many of our newer members a judging event or a Perform- becoming actively involved in ance Verification test. Just I’m very pleased with how our chapter events and activi- ask and I’m sure you’ll receive BUSINESS MEETINGS MEET THE MEMBERS PROFILE Hightstown Elks Club 110 Hickory Tavern Road By: Jack Brown for him. It was in 1967 when boro maroon ‘67 coupe with a Hightstown, N.J. a friend took delivery of a four speed and a 350 h.p. brand new Lyndale blue 435 327. Howard had reached an Our featured chapter per- 3rd Monday of the month at h.p. coupe. Howard considers agreement with the seller to sonality for this quarter’s that to be the point at which pay for the car and pick it up 8:00 p.m. “Meet the Members” is How- he became “hooked”. How- after a trip to the beach. ard Welsh. Howard well re- ever, it wasn’t until 1974 that When Howard arrived at the members his first Corvette he was able to acquire his (continued on page 2) experience which started it all first Corvette. It was a Marl- Page 2 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 CHAIRMAN’S COLUMN (continued from Page 1) the assistance needed. Any questions you may have regarding vendors or reliable Corvette repair shops can be answered through the experience of our membership at our meetings. Another wonderful resource available to you is the Technical Discussion Board on the NCRS web site. Just post a question or a request for information and in a matter of moments, the infor- mation will be forthcoming. When you are a member of the NCRS and the Central New Jersey Chapter, you are no longer a Cor- vette owner out there on your own. When a problem with your Corvette arises, you are a member of an organization dedicated to helping fellow members resolve problems efficiently through the sharing of knowledge and experience. With sincere appreciation for the opportunity of serving the Central New Jersey Chapter, Mark Rudnick ______________________________________________________ HOWARD WELCH MEET THE MEMBERS 1988 White/Red convertible, automatic (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) 1976 Silver/Red, T-Top, 350/350, automatic seller’s home, the seller told him that he had taken the car out for “one last spin” before signing the title over to Howard during Probably Howard’s most successfully campaigned car in the NCRS which time he blew the motor! Howard, nonetheless was in love is 1967 Silver Pearl coupe. The car is mostly original, highly docu- with the car and bought it anyway, less the motor and $1,900 mented and Howard has had the pleasure of being able to locate cheaper. Howard acquired a replacement motor for the car and interview all of its previous owners. Howard and his son did a Which turned out to have a bad timing chain which ultimately complete body off restoration and the car achieved Top Flight status resulted in his completely overhauling the engine. This was not at the Chapter, Regional and National levels. In 2008 he was the auspicious start of first time Corvette ownership that the awarded the Duntov Mark of Excellence at the National Convention General had intended. In St.Louis. You may also have seen this car at various chapter tech- nical sessions where it is often used as a training tool by Howard when instructing. Howard, however, was persevering and even though he parted with the car several years later when finances were tight and his first son was on the way he extracted a promise from his wife Howard joined the NCRS in the late 1990’s and is also a member Karen. When finances improved, he would buy another Corvette. of the NCCC as well as the very active Beach Bums Corvette Club. Sure enough, as time marched on his finances improved and His Corvette plans for the future include continued mid-year flight Howard purchased his second Corvette in 1978. It was a Lyn- judging at the Regional and National levels and possibly some more dale blue/Teal 350 h.p. 327 coupe with four speed. It was a very restoration work with his son. Howard has attained NCRS Master original car. Howard enjoyed the ‘67 until 1981 when it was Judge recognition, serves as the very able and professional Secretary stolen. The car was recovered several years later by the NJ State for the Central Jersey Chapter NCRS and is the Chapter’s Team Police when they broke up a chop-shop operation. The car had Leader for 1963-1967 classes. mostly been parted out and little was recoverable. Howard had already received a settlement from his insurance company so Howard retired about a year ago from a very successful career at the ’67 would only be a memory. General Electric. Currently he enjoys working for Rob English doing Corvette restorations at Restoration Connection in southern New Things looked up for Howard’s Corvette experiences after the Jersey. Howard and his wife Karen of 41 years live in Barnegat Light, second car. He went on to own eight more Corvettes over the NJ. They attend most Regionals and the Nationals together every years. They are as follows; year. They have two sons and four grandchildren. Funny, Karen does- n’t show the years, but Howard….well…. 1975 White.Red, T-Top, 350/350 automatic 1967 Marina Blue/Bright Blue coupe 327/350 4 speed. (This car had a body off restoration and went on to achieve NCRS Top One of Howard’s greatest pleasures is being part of the great group Flight awards and both the Chapter and Regional levels) of people who make up the NCRS, an organization he feels does an excellent job of representing the cars for what they are and what 1987 Bright Red/Red convertible, automatic they represent; a Top Flight organization. 1967 Silver Pearl/Black coupe, 327/350, 4 speed T.I. 4:11 rear __________________________________________________________ 1996 Silver/Black, Collector’s Ed. Convertible LT-4 automatic Page 3 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December2008 CNJ ROAD RALLY TO RENAULT WINERY EGG HARBOR, NJ Photo Credits: Dan Young By: Howard Welch On October 12th, members of the Central New Jersey Chapter participated in a Road Rally to the Renault Winery in Egg Harbor New Jersey. There were two legs of the rally, one originating at the Liberty Day Camp in Burlington and the other at the Forked River rest area on the Garden State Parkway. One neat aspect of the event was the participation of at least one Corvette from every generation of manufacture. Our host for the event was Nick Doroschenko. Thanks Nick for a job well done. The weather was spectacular for the event and offered the participants a glimpse of the onset of the fall foliage where colors change from green to brilliant shades of red and orange along the way. Besides a great ride in our Corvettes, we were treated to a tour of the Renault Winery, a hearty brunch and an ample opportunity to sample some of the fine wines!! If you missed this rally, you missed a great time. Members in attendance included host Nick Doroschenko, Joe Chip, Dan Young, Frank Gisondi, Dan Mosakowski and Howard Welch. Thanks to all and their families and friends for attending. Page 4 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 Page 5 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 Long Island—Metro Chapter Meet By: Bob Zimmerman One of the benefits of membership in the CNJ Chapter is regular participation in our surrounding chapter events. Likewise, members of our surrounding chapters always make it a point to help us out at our chapter meets. The Metro Long Island Chapter met on Septem- ber 28th in Jericho, NY to host their fall chapter meet. The meet was held at Champion Motors, a local Bentley Dealer with a strong inven- tory of high dollar performance sports cars in addition to luxury se- dans that boast MSRP’s measured by the fraction of a million dol- lars. Modestly appointed Bentleys sticker out at about a quarter of a million bucks. In addition to all the foreign muscle (mostly Italian) a well stocked used car inventory included a fair amount of restored classics, muscle cars and mid—fifties Chevys. A good number of us from CNJ were there to assist Metro LI with judging. The turnout was impressive and the owners of Champion obliged by providing their main showroom for the meet and provid- ing lunch and breakfast for the judges. Page 6 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 Page 7 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 Page 8 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 DELAWARE VALLEY CHAPTER RUN FOR THE RUBBONS By: Bob Zimmerman Once again, CNJ members rose to the occasion to assist a neighboring chapter with judging. The Run for the Ribbons event was held October 5th at Bryner Chevrolet in Jenkintown, Pa. Unlike most chapter meets, Del-Val’s annual meet draws atten- dance that rivals that of most regional events. Hats off to Frank Stech and the Raisners for assembling one of the best annual chapter events on the east coast. Page 9 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 Page 10 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 CORVETTE WINTER STORAGE TIPS store it in a dry place with a trickle charger attached. Newer Corvettes By: Mark Rudnick with computers need the battery to be in place to maintain the pro- gramming; so, a battery tender will keep the battery properly charged during the storage period. Now that winter is upon us here in New Jersey, most of us are putting our Corvettes into hibernation until late spring when the weather is more inviting for Corvette enjoyment. The following are Lastly, cover your car. Use a good breathable car cover that will repel a few tips which should ensure that your Corvette will awaken in dirt and moisture and protect the finish against minor mishaps in the the spring in the same good shape as when it was put to rest. garage. Don’t use a plastic sheet or tarp. They don’t breathe and will cause moisture to collect under them. First, the Corvette should be thoroughly washed with special attention paid to the wheel wells, engine bay and undercarriage A Corvette properly stored for the winter is one that can return to the where dirt has likely accumulated. Dirt retains moisture which road in the spring with little effort. results in corrosion. This is a good time to remove any tar, tree sap and bugs that can damage the paint if left on the finish for ___________________________________________________________ extended periods of time. After being washed, a good coat of wax or other sealant is recommended to protect the finish. CORVETTE TRIVIA Next a good cleaning of the interior is in order. Vacuum the car- By: Jack Brown pet, seats and rear storage area. Remove any carpet or uphol- stery stains and thoroughly wash or clean the floor mats. Vinyl 1.The dual parallel hood blisters that appear on the ‘56-’62 model surfaces should be cleaned and treated with a protectant . year cars were inspired by what other car? Leather surfaces should be cleaned with an approved leather cleaner (should contain a glycerine base) and followed with a 2. What was unique about the windshield of a ZR-1 that differentiated preservative such as Lexol. The weatherstripping around the It from windshields of standard production cars? doors and windows should be coated with a good rubber pre- 3. What were the six exterior colors that were available for the 1989 servative (silicone) to keep them from drying out, cracking and eventually falling apart. You should attempt to minimize the mois- Corvette Challenge Series cars? ture in the interior by placing several dissicant packets inside the 4. What was the only year during the Sting Ray period in which the vehicle. “Sting Ray” badge appeared on the hood? 5. What was the first year the hatchback was introduced? Gasoline turns bad in a few months time; so, fill the tank with 6. In the mid-seventies, GM abandoned its rotary engine experimenta- fresh gas and add the correct amount of “Sta-Bil” fuel stabilizer to keep the gas fresh and inhibit its breakdown. The radiator should tion for the Corvette. What was the name of this silver gull-winged be checked to make sure the anti-freeze coolant is good to –30 car? or –35 degrees Farenheit. Ignoring the anti-freeze-coolant reliabil- 7. Among the C1 generation cars, what was the only year in which the ity could result in the coolant freezing and cracking the engine design included ribbed aluminum rocker panel moldings? block, something no Corvette owner wants to experience. Before putting the car to rest for the winter, the oil and filter should be 8. Side pipes and the side vent windows disappeared on Corvettes changed, even if it’s ahead of the maintenance schedule. Used oil starting in what year? contains acids and contaminants that can damage the engine, so 9. In 1978, what was the RPO alphanumeric code for the Silver Anni- the cleaner the oil the better. All chassis components with grease fittings should be greased. versary Corvette? 10. What was the basic reason why tire manufacturers developed the Rodents and other pests, especially moths, can cause major unidirectional tire and when were these tires first offered on damage to a car during storage. Your Corvette has many openings Corvettes and by whom? that can allow these pests to enter and take up residence inside your car. One of the most common methods mice use to enter your car is to scamper up one of the front wheels to the engine (Answers on Page 14) compartment and then enter through the heater or ventilation _________________________________________________________ system or other openings in the firewall. Make sure all firewall grommets and floor plugs are in place. Close all doors and win- dows tightly and seal the exhaust tips by placing a ball of steel wool in the end of the tailpipe. Mufflers and tailpipes are known to provide a comfortable winter home for a mouse. It is suggested to place mothballs on the ground around the car to keep mice away. Another means of protection is an electronic device called Pest-A-Way that guards the vehicle against pests by producing a safe, high intensity , sweeping ultrasonic sound that repels crit- ters. If your Corvette is an older classic, disconnect the battery and Page 11 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 DEL-VAL COVERED BRIDGE TOUR By: Bob Zimmerman Many CNJ Chapter members took advantage of the Del-Val invitation to participate in their fall road tour. The event show- cased the covered bridge. Surprisingly there are some thirteen such bridges throughout Bucks County still in regular use. The weather cooperated with sunshine and temps that hit 60 de- grees. The best part of the bridge tour were the secondary roads with lots of twists and turns that are perfectly suited for the Corvette not to mention the vibrant fall foliage. Thanks to Kevin Goodman for a great ride and a thoroughly enjoyable day. The tour ended in Perkasie at the Country Restaurant where participants enjoyed a varied menu with prices familiar to the 1970’s. Page 12 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 Page 13 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 CNJ JUDGE’S RETREAT By: Bob Zimmerman The Central New Jersey Chapter conducted a chapter level Judge’s Retreat over two Sundays in November. The first day involved “classroom” participation via NCRS Training DVD’s and the second session involved actual judging techniques used in Flight Judging and Operations Judging. The course material was presented by Master Level judges. A part of the judging session on day two involved recognition of various reproduction parts associated with mid-year Corvettes. Breakfast and lunch were provided by the chapter. The event was conducted at the home of Bruce and Kimberly Crookham in Wycomb, Pa. Bruce is the Central Jersey Chapter Judging Chairman. There were approxi- mately fifteen chapter members in attendance. Page 14 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 8. 1968 9. B2Z 10. Production of unidirectional tires was undertaken when tire engineers discovered that rolling tires under a load has a different pressure footprint on one side of the contact surface than on the other. This resulted in the design of an asymmet- rical tread pattern. Goodyear first offered these tires to the Corvette for the 1992 model year. __________________________________________________________ NATIONAL CORVETTE MUSEUM By: Mark Rudnick The National Corvette Museum is more than a repository of Cor- vette history. In addition to its fantastic displays of significant Cor- vettes, engines and memorabilia, the NCM is a dynamic institution offering a vast array of programs and activities of interest to the Cor- vette community. This coming year, 2009, will be another event packed year at the National Corvette Museum. ______________________________________________________ Corvette Trivia Answers The first event of the year will be the Museum sponsored annual cruise, March 1st-7th. This year’s cruise will be to the Mexican Rivi- 1. Mercedes 300SL Gull Wing era, leaving from Los Angeles and spending seven nights aboard the 2. It was made of specially manufactured “solar” glass that Mariner of the Seas cruise ship. This event offers the opportunity of was designed to reduce the amount of heat entering the experiencing the vibrant culture, world class beaches, lush green rain passenger compartment on sunny days. The product work- forests and vividly painted architecture that lies just south of the U.S. border. Whether your idea of adventure is exploring a colonial city or ed as designed but many owners began to experience discovering the joys of a siesta on a white sand beach, a Mexican acute de-lamination problems especially in later produc- cruise vacation, with special Corvette activities is a perfect get away. tion years. 3. White, Bright Red, Black, Med. Blue Metallic, Yellow and April 23-25 are the dates for the C5/C6 bash. This is the 12th an- Charcoal. nual C5/C6 gathering with scenic road tours, technical seminars, drag racing and motorcross events planned. The second event of the 4. 1966 year at the Museum is the C4/ZR1 gathering on May 14th –16th, 5. 1982, but was only available on the Collector Edition 2009. The event continues to expand and includes all of the 4th gen- 6. Aerovette, The rotary engine was replaced with a 400 cu.in. eration Corvettes. The theme for 2009 is Mules and Milestones and there will be displays of significant models including the prototype conventional V8 and is now part of the GM Heritage Collec- Grand Sport and the pre-cursor to the Callaway twin turbo. The week- tion. end will consist of road tours, specialty seminars with many 4th gen- 7. 1962 eration Corvettes including Grand Sports, ZR1’s and Callaways on display. Page 15 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 Annual Holiday Brunch & Toys for Tots Charitable Donation The Forum Cruise-in event, May 21st—23rd, 2009 , provides By: Bob Zimmerman the online group members of the Corvette forum a chance to meet, greet and enjoy three days of technical, social and culi- nary events. The event offers participants an array of activities It’s that time of year again! Members of the CNJ Chapter gathered including seminars, road tours, autocross, drag racing, an own- at KC’s Steakhouse in Lawrenceville to exchange toasts, good tidings ers night out and the event banquet with a live auction. The and enjoy the holiday ambiance with one another. It was also the cruise-in cuts across all Corvette generations and inter- gathering point for our annual Toys for Tots donation. Members each ests….there is something for everyone to enjoy. brought a new, un-wrapped toy to the brunch. CNJ Secretary and Member Profile honoree, Howard Welch saw to it that the toys were brought to the U.S. Marine Corps for distribution on Christmas. It is a For those interested in learning how to safely and legally push real blessing to give to those less fortunate than ourselves. the envelope in their Corvette, the Museum offers High Perform- ance Driving Events. June 29th-30th are the dates for next years event at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Virginia. July 30th-31st are the dates for the High Performance Driving Event to be held at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California. Celebrating fifteen years of growth and changes, the fifteenth anniversary of the National Corvette Museum September 3rd- 5th, 2009, will be celebrated with the arrival of the National Corvette Caravans with participants from around the globe. As with past Labor Days this celebration will remain a “members only” event. Everyone registering for the Anniversary Celebration will be either an existing member or become one as part of the registration process as the Celebration continues as a member- driven event, which unites friends, family and enthusiasts for a look back on the Museum’s history and future! Those registered can enjoy three days of displays , the grand re-opening of the Museum with the newly completed expansion, road tours, spe- cial video presentations, raffles, the annual open membership meeting and more during this event in honor of your help and support! The event will also include the Lifetime/VIP dinner, 10 Some Of The Gifts Donated By Our Members year/15 year recognition, Ambassador Breakfast, and the “Corvette Hall of Fame” induction ceremony and banquet where we will induct new members into the prestigious and elite group of recipients who have made a significant contribution to Cor- vette history. September 10th-12th is the Z06 Fest. The Z06 Fest is geared towards ultra-performance fans. Enjoy everything you want and need at an event focusing on speed and performance! Co-hosted by Z06VETTE.com, this event brings enthusiasts together for a fun-packed three days with activities including road and lunch tours, seminars to give the latest Corvette performance updates, drag racing, autocross, “People’s Choice” car show, and the Z06 banquet, awards presentation and benefit auction. November 5th-7th is the VETS ’N VETTES event. This event honors Those Who Fought For Our Freedom, America’s veterans, POW’s and MIA’s. For further information on any of these events go to the Na- tional Corvette Museum website at: www.corvettemuseum.com Annual Chairman’s Award Recipients If you have not had the opportunity to visit the museum, please CNJ Chairman Mark Rudnick presented the Chairman’s Award to two put it on your agenda for 2009; you’ll be glad you did. Supporting well-deserving members; John and Evie Mulhern. Congratulations to the National Corvette Museum by becoming a member is an- both, for a continuing job well done on behalf of the Chapter! other worthwhile resolution to make for the new year. Page 16 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 Holiday Brunch Photos Page 17 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 Page 18 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL It’s that time of year again! If you haven’t renewed your membership for 2009, please go our website at www.centralnewjerseyncrs.org and download the renewal form pictured below MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL 2009 NAME:____________________________________________________________ ADDRESS:________________________________________________________ E-MAIL ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________________ HOME PHONE: ___________________________________________________________________ NATIONAL NCRS #________________________________________________________________ Dues for Membership in the Central New Jersey Chapter NCRS are $30. per year. All Chapter members must be a member in good standing with the National Organization of NCRS and agree to abide by the Constitution & Bylaws of the Central New Jersey Chapter NCRS, Inc. For Membership in the National NCRS click on: www.ncrs.org Dues can be paid at the January meeting or mailed to: Central New Jersey Chapter, NCRS C/O Jack Brown Tudor Rose 28 Hathaway Lane Essex Fells, NJ 07021-1410 Page 19 CNJ NCRS Newsletter December 2008 CARS/PARTS FOR SALE/WANTED YOUR AD COULD APPEAR HERE MAY YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED HOLIDAY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR IN 2009!
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