Delaware Valley NCRS Chapter Newsletter
Chairman’s Notes In this issue:
by John Kane • Chairman’s Notes
—by John Kane
! e snow will stop, really, although I know it is
• From e Archives
hard to believe. Only a few short weeks to Spring. Mark
your calendar — March 20th. —text and photos by Bob Cook
A few of our members attended the NCRS • Membership Application/Renewal Form
Winter Regional Convention in Old Town in Orlando • It’s e Year Of e 1961!
Florida three weeks ago. e severe snow storms during —by John Mulhern III
the show week presented real problems especially for
those traveling by air on Wednesday and ursday • NCRS Gallery at Carlisle Application Form
coming down from the Northeast. However, once we • Photos From e Fall
got there the weather was great. Especially considering —photos by John Mulhern III
that the snow at my house was about 18 inches deep
• 2011 Chapter Oﬃcers
but luckily it fell just after I left.
• 2011 Chapter Events Calendar
Our most recent Run for the Ribbons at
County Corvette in October was a wonderful success.
Frank Stech and Elaine Raisner put forth another great
eﬀort. is year with the new venue there were many From The Archives
new issues to overcome that had become second nature by Bob Cook
to us all after all the years that this meet was held at
Bryner Chevrolet. It took a great eﬀect by the Show
Committee as well as the entire membership on show If you get a few minutes during this cold
day to make it run so smoothly. anks to everybody, winter, dig through your old les to see if you have any
especially Elaine and Frank. It is no accident when a old Delaware Valley Chapter newsletters. We need
show runs that well: it is primarily due to all the December 1986 through December 1988 and February
preparatory work done weeks before. Good job, 1991 through February 2000. If you have any of these
everybody! newsletters or any old pictures or other memorabilia,
please bring it (or them) to the meeting. I can scan and
is year was also a change in the location for
return any items to you.
the Christmas Party which was held at the Cock n' Bull
restaurant. A hearty well done to Elaine and Tim On page 2, I have
Raisner who worked very hard to manage the transition included two pictures of
to the new location. Attendance was up this year and an item from the
the food was excellent. archives — a “Vehicle
anks go to Kevin Goodman and Hal Emrich
Compartment File”. It is
for organizing the Road Tour of the remaining Bucks
an envelope in which to
County covered bridges last fall. e road tour was
keep your glove box
again very well attended and the weather cooperated.
items. You can also
record your “technical
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and maintenance information” on the
ap and reverse side [Strange. It seems
intended for people who drive their cars
— Ed.]. I believe these were sent to all
NCRS members some years ago.
Does anyone remember receiving
DELAWARE VALLEY CHAPTER
8:00 PM on the third Wednesday during February, April, June, August and October at the
W illiam F. Bolton Dixon Am erican Legion
493 Bethlehem Pike, Fort W ashington, PA
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 339 (former Exit 26), Fort Washington/ Ambler Exit; go
straight after you pay toll onto Pennsylvania Avenue. (Note: Do not go onto Route #309.) Stay on
Pennsylvania Avenue 0.9 mile until it dead-ends into Bethlehem Pike. Make left onto Bethlehem
Pike for 0.5 mile. The American Legion is on your left.
We also have a Chapter Meet in October, Judging Seminars, NCRS Gallery at Corvettes at
Carlisle, Ride and Drives, Annual Holiday Party and other activities, dates to be announced.
Membership dues are $30 per year. February is our renewal month each year.
RENEWAL / CHANGE of ADDRESS FORM
Name: ______________________________________ Spouse: ______________________________________
Street Address: _________________________________________________________ NCRS #: __________
City: _________________________________________________ State: ____ Zip + 4: __________-________
Phone Number: (______) ______-________ E-mail Address: _____________________________________
Note you must be a current National NCRS member to join the Delaware Valley Chapter.
____ I would like to join the Delaware Valley Chapter at this time. ($30)
____ My $30 annual renewal enclosed.
____ Please note my change of address.
Please return completed form with remittance if required payable to:
DELAWARE VALLEY CHAPTER NCRS
C/O Ivelis Mulhern
725 Polo Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-3825
It’s The Year Of The 1961!
by John Mulhern III
! 1961 was the
rst of two years for the
“ducktail” solid axle
Corvette, an eﬀective
updating by Bill Mitchell
and his designers of Harley Earl’s now aging mid-1950s
design. e new model year also introduced the now-
iconic four rounded taillights (currently in their 51st
year) and removed the heavy teeth from the grill. 1961
was the nal year for the availability of contrasting
coves and wide whitewall tires. It’s interesting to see
four of these styling touches included on the cover of
the 1961 brochure at the right.
Other changes for 1961 included more
standard equipment — an oft-seen Chevrolet strategy
near the end of a Corvette generation life cycle. All
Corvettes now included courtesy and parking brake
warning lights, sun shades, windshield washers, and a
temperature-controlled radiator fan (ah; the raw, second most popular exterior color) and white.
unadulterated luxury of it all!).
Either fuel injected engine (regular cam or high
Base price for 1961 was $3,934 (up $62 from lift cam) was the most expensive option, at $484.20.
1960) or about $28,900 in today’s dollars. Commonly More than half of the buyers elected to remain with the
ordered optional equipment included heater (98% of base single 4-barrel 230 bhp engine, which would still
new Corvette buyers paid $102.25 for this option), get a Corvette from 0-60 in a little over 8 seconds.
whitewall tires (89% paid $31.55), signal-seeking AM Moving to the top of the line fuel-injected engine (up
radio (85% paid $137.75), 4-speed manual 25 horsepower to 315 bhp gross for 1961) would cut
transmission (64% paid $188.30 for an upgrade over about two seconds oﬀ that time.
the standard 3-speed manual), Positraction (63% paid
Rare options for 1961 included the regular cam
$43.05 for this manual transmission-only option), and
275 bhp fuel-injected engine (about 1% of
auxiliary hardtop (52% at $236.75). Getting all this
production), the heavy duty brakes and special steering
equipment brought the price to $4,674 or about
(2%), “wide” 5.5-inch wheels (3%), power top (4%),
$34,400 in today’s dollars.
and power windows (6%). It is not known how many
e most popular exterior color was once again buyers ordered the 24 gallon fuel tank, the nylon
Ermine White (29% of production) with the most blackwall tires, or the positive crankcase ventilation (in
popular interior color once again Red (41% of its rst year of availability).
production). New exterior colors included Fawn Beige
Corvette production was up 7% over 1960 to
(fairly successful at 12% of production) and Jewel Blue
10,939. Some of this increase may have been due to the
(one year only at 8% of
premier of “Route 66” as a weekly series on CBS on
production). e most
October 7, 1960.
popular contrasting cove
color combination was
Roman Red (itself the
APPLICAT ION FORM
Please: Print or Type
Name(s) NCRS #
City State Zip
Phone Day ( ) E-Mail
Phone Eve. ( ) Cell Phone ( )
Photo: Driver’s-side, front-end, car, by itself, as shown.
REGULAR PHOTO FILM, NO DIGITAL PHOTOS if possible
Photos will not be returned.
Engine Specs: CID HP
Transmission: Rear End Ratio:
Interior Color Leather Vinyl
Body Style: Coupe T-Top Convertible Soft Top w/ Hard Top
Wheels and Tires:
Current Mileage: I am the owner for years.
Special Edition: Example: Pace Car, Grand Sport
Options: Example A/C, power steering, etc.
Prior Awards: Please include all significant awards
Brief History / Highlights: ~30 words or less
Whereas all participates, including owners, and voluntarily enter into the Delaware Valley Chapter hosted NCRS GALLERY, it is agreed as follows: All participates
will insure their vehicle(s) & property against loss, damage, & liability, & provide proof of insurance. Owners & all participants hereby agree to indemnify and hold
harmless Delaware Valley Chapter NCRS, NCRS and Carlisle Events, it’s officers, directors, agents, employees, or assigns for acts or omissions which may result
in the theft, damage, destruction, or injury to them or to others occurring during or as a consequence of this event, wherever located.
All entrants and cars will be required to arrive at the Carlisle Fairgrounds by noon on Thursday and cars will not be removed until Sunday at 3:30 pm.
Inquiries can be made by E-mail: DelValTER@aol.com
Please Complete and Return to: NCR S GALLERY PO Box 2853 Warminster, PA 18974-0086
Photos From The Fall
photos by John Mulhern III
Judging sharks at the Fall Chapter Meet
A few thousand horsepower — mostly Sportsman entries
Corvette Copper at County Corvette
Steel blue metallic convertible detail Hard at work judging mid-years
Solid axle follows C5 on the October Road Tour
NCRS Display at Corvettes for Chip in November
2011 Chapter Oﬃcers
Chairperson Treasurer Website Administrator
John Kane John Keane Hal Emrich
(215) 497-9361 (215) 542-0790 (215) 297-0646
1973 Boxwood Drive P.O. Box 404 7065 Ferry Road RD #1
Newtown, PA 18940 Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437 New Hope, PA 18938
Vice Chairperson Elaine Raisner Chapter Historian
Ivelis Mulhern (215) 675-4299 Bob Cook
(484) 432-8995 393 Camberly Drive 610-274-1447 home
725 Polo Road Warminster, PA 18974 302-753-4619 cell
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 Fax (215) 675-3775 305 Kelleher Drive
email@example.com DelValTER@aol.com Landenberg, PA 19350
Secretary Judging Chairperson
Steve Gansky Frank Stech Newsletter Editor
(215) 579-7113 (856) 665-1557 John Mulhern III
firstname.lastname@example.org 755 North Broadway (484) 432-8996
Pitman, NJ 08071 725 Polo Road
FLSJR@aol.com Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
2011 Chapter Events Calendar
16 Membership Meeting • Wm. Bolton American Legion • 8:00 PM
26-27 Mason-Dixon Chapter Spring Meet • Havre de Grace, MD
20 Membership Meeting • Wm. Bolton American Legion • 8:00 PM
28-30 Joplin Heart of America Regional • Joplin, MO
19-21 Central New Jersey Garden State Regional • Wildwood, NJ
9-11 Ontario Regional • London, ON
15 Membership Meeting/Cruise Night • Wm. Bolton American Legion • 7:00 PM
9-18 National Road Tour [dates vary depending on road tour selected]
18-23 National Convention • Novi, MI
17 Membership Meeting • Wm. Bolton American Legion • 8:00 PM
26-28 NCRS Gallery XI at Corvettes at Carlisle
5 Membership Meeting • Wm. Bolton American Legion • 8:00 PM
6-8 California Regional • Sacramento, CA
TBA 31st Run For e Ribbons • County Corvette • West Chester, PA
27-29 Texas Lone Star Regional • Frisco, TX
3 Holiday Dinner • Cock ‘N Bull Restaurant • Peddler’s Village, PA