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Welcome to the Valley Vettes Corvette Club
Established 1983

The purpose of this social club is to promote the
fellowship of Corvette enthusiasts.

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Club Events
June 6 Little Chute Parade & Dinner Cruise
June 6 Hot Rod Power Tour
June 7 Trip Around The Lake
June 11 Valley Vettes Club Meeting
June 13 Flag Day Parade
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Other Events 
June 6-13 Hot Rod Power Tour
June 7 Trip Around The Lake
June 13 Motostatic
June 15 Culver Car Show - Neenah 5:00pm til ?
June 25 29 Bloomington Gold
June 27 Fox Valley Region Porsche Club 25th Anniversary Concours
June 28 Kenosha Car Club 22nd Annual Car Show
June 28 Rods-n-Relics Car Club “Hot Rods-n-Blues”
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Valley Vette News


This is a true story about part of my current journey to acquire a Corvette. I recently made phone and email contact with a small auto dealer in Florida. The actual name is withheld for reasons you will read. The dealer has a 2007 Corvette Pace Car…automatic, convertible with 60,000 miles. After several phone conversations the salesman (we will call him Sparky) asked me if wanted to purchase the car. I offered 15% less than the advertised price. Well I thought the EMTs would have to revive Sparky after his minor heart attack. However he recovered quickly and asked me why so low. I said “This car has 60,000 miles…undesirable on a 2007 Vette”. Sparky rallied saying that 60,000 miles was a GOOD THING!!….the car is fully broken in, has been serviced and early failures have been corrected.…it is no stale garage queen. Well I could barely keep from laughing on the phone. I just wonder what he would have said if the car had only 20,000 miles.

Fast forward three weeks and I am at the same dealer for a test drive of the Pace Car. The car ran well and was clean. So we go to round two of price negotiation. I stick with my original offer. Sparky counters by extolling the many virtues of the Pace Car…. stating it will only go UP in value. I roll my eyes in disbelief so he brings in the general manager….let’s call him The Closer. The Closer wants to “earn my business”. I stick to my original offer. He says Tom you have to love this car. I tell him “I don’t love it….it is an investment that I might sell in two years”. The Closer says “You can’t look at it as an investment because cars always go DOWN in value”.

So there you have it folks “Corvette Voodoo Economics”:
The 2007 Corvette Pace car will simultaneously go UP and DOWN in value.
Tom Vargo


Ivan and Mary Schrodt Donate Five Corvettes

The National Corvette Museum received an early holiday gift when on December 18 Ivan and Mary Schrodt donated five of their prized Corvettes.

"When people find out that you have more than one Corvette, they often wonder why that is. My answer is that they are all so different," said Ivan. "They handle differently, they look different, their history is different and the way they evolved makes them all special."

Ivan and Mary have always been car lovers, but their Corvette passion started when Mary surprised Ivan by purchasing a 1996 Polo Green Convertible. They joined the Valley Vettes Corvette Club of Appleton, WI and shortly after, attended the C5 Bash and became members of the Museum. The couple are now not only Lifetime Members of the Museum, but also in the Duntov Society (including the Museum in their estate planning) and Ivan has served on the Museum's Board.

In addition to their first Corvette, the Schrodts donated a 1966 Rally Red 327 Convertible, 1980 Dark Blue Metallic Coupe, 2002 Millennium Yellow Z06 and 2007 Black Z06.

While the cars were originally in a trust for the Museum, their visit to the Motorsports Park set in motion the decision to change those plans. "I got to thinking that instead of waiting years before making the donation, we've got two cars that could be put to good use now by the Museum on this track. The cars would be where they belong. While a lot of people donate their cars to be preserved, and rightfully so for their history, those two cars were donated to be used up. We hope they get a lot of track miles and give a lot of track smiles," Ivan added.
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2016 Corvettes Revealed
Chevrolet today revealed several of their 2016 Model Year Corvettes, and lead a seminar to update everyone on what's new and different on the cars. Here are some of the highlights:
2016 Stingray
New Twilight Blue, Spice Red and Jet Black Suede Design Packages; New colors include Corvette Racing Yellow and Long Beach Red Metallic; Front curb view parking camera on 2LT and 3LT and more. Get the details here.
2016 Z06
Same new design packages and colors as the Stingray plus a new limited edition C7.R model. The Z07 package boasts a 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.95 seconds in the automatic and 3.2 seconds in the manual. It is offered as both coupe and convertible. Read more here.
2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition
Limited to 500; Offered in coupe and convertible models with 3LZ trim; Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat or Black exterior; C7.R Edition graphics package; Numbered C7.R Edition interior plaque showing the build number, starting with VIN 700001 and much more. Check out the complete release on this car here.



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