2012 C4 Corvette Gathering at National Corvette Museum May 17-19, 2012

2012 C4 Gathering
May 17-19, 2012

The National Corvette Museum is the host site as the ZR-1 Net Registry http://www.zr1netregistry.com/, and the Grand Sport Registry http://www.grandsportregistry.com/, present the C4 Gathering.  Open to all those interested in the 4th Generation Corvette, these two organizations are working to bring participants activities, seminars, and information specific to their interest in this generation of Corvette.

For all information, contact David Johnson – phone 410-322-5173 or
email events@zr1netregistry.com

Registration Fee: Lifetime $10 / Member $15 / Non-Member $25
For registration assistance – please call Karen at 270-467-8804
or Roc at 270-467-8802

Special Daily Activities
 Driving Simulators Open: Demonstrations every hour on the hour, limited to 25 people per session

 Plant Tours: The BG Assembly Plant operates on a Monday through Thursday schedule and is closed on Fridays.  Plant Tours are $7.00 per person and are booked at the plant or on-line.


6:00pm – 10:00pm Welcome Reception at Holiday Inn University Plaza

  • 1021 Wilkinson Trace, Bowling Green, KY
  • Compliments of ZR-1 Net Registry
8:00am Museum Opens
8:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open

  • Advance Registration pickup
  • Onsite registration open
  • Located in front lobby
9:00am – 11:00am S1: Why & How

  • Frank Ellis – then a young Chevy marketing manager, now a retired GM executive, is an unsung Corvette Challenge Hero. He held together the patchwork of engineers, dealers, sponsors and racers that kept the series going in ’88 and ’89. But there wouldn’t have been a Corvette Challenge had not Doug Robinson orchestrated the rout of the SCCA’s Escort Endurance series in ’85, ’86 and ’87 that got the Corvettes kicked out.
  • Frank, Doug and retired Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan and others will tell all.
  • Located in the Chevrolet Theater
11:00am – 12:00pm Open Discussion on Corvette Challenge Series

  • Located in Chevrolet Theater
1:00pm – 2:30pm S2: Guts, Guile and Glory

  • This is a show-and-tell. It starts in the Chevrolet Theater and adjourns to the NCM garage, where Challenge cars will be described, inspected, and dissected.
  • Bill Cooper won the 1989 Challenge championship in Doug Rippie’s car. Hear them and others, including Chevrolet engineer Jim Minneker, discuss the racing and the machinery. How were ’88 cars different from ’89? What role did CAMS play? What rules did the racers not break?
2:30pm – 3:00pm Open Discussion on the win
3:15pm 4:15pm S4: Hoodwinks, Hanky-Panky and History

  • Hear first-hand about how Chevy dealers both affected (and were infected) by the series and about how collectors have been treated since then by a unique batch of VIN specific production C4 racers.
  • Listen to Wilkes-Barre’s Ken Wallace explain how he found himself the owner of so many ‘88s. Be awed by Curt Smith’s incredible spread sheets as he has documented and tracked Challenge Cars. Be thankful for Frank Ellis’ creativity and courage and the far-sightedness of collectors like Mike Yager and Chip Miller.
  • Located in the Chevrolet Theater
4:30pm – 5:30pm Driving to Local Corvette Shop

  • Deals in C4 used and new parts
5:00pm Museum Closes
5:30pm – 8:00pm Reception at AutoMasters

  • 790 Interstate Dr. Bowling Green, KY
8:00am Museum Opens
8:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open

  • Located in front lobby
  • Advance Registration pickup
  • Onsite registration open
9:00am – 11:00am S12: “Corvette Racing: From the Million Dollar Corvette Challenge, to the 24 Hr of LeMans. And Beyond.”

  • Speakers: Doug Rippie / Corvette Challenge & World Challenge Championship team owner and Graham Behan / Former Lotus Chief Engineer.
  • Hosted By: Jim Van Dorn
  • Rare Video and Slideshow included
  • Located in Chevrolet Theater
11:00am – 12:00pm S5: Upgrades on C4’s

  • Upgrading brakes & suspension
  • Speaker: Doug Rippie
  • Located in the Chevrolet Theater
Times TBD Drag Racing at Beech Bend

  • 798 Beech Bend Rd, Bowling Green, KY

Contact: Frank Urbinati at race@zr1netregistry.com

5:00pm Museum Closes
8:00am Museum Opens
8:00am – 11:00am Registration Continues

  • Onsite registration open
  • Located in front lobby
  • Advance Registration pickup
9:00am – 10:00pm S6: Introduction to Drag Racing

  • Speakers: Marc Haibeck / Bob Gillig / Pete Polatsidis / Al Dashto
  • Located in Chevrolet Theater
10:00am – 11:00am S7: ZR-1 Start-up hints

  • If your ZR-1 hasn’t been started in years – here is what you need to look for
  • Speaker: Marc Haibeck
  • Located in the Chevrolet Theater
11:00am – 12:00pm S8: Building & Designing a Big Inch LT5

  • Speakers: Paul Workman / Pete Polatsidis / Bob Gillig / Marc Haibeck
  • Located in the Chevrolet Theater
2:00pm – 3:00pm S10: Dual Disc Clutch for Hi-Horsepower C4 Corvette

  • “Last clutch you will ever have to buy”
  • Speaker: TBD
  • Located in the Chevrolet Theater
3:00pm – 4:00pm S11: Do it Yourself Tuning

  • ABC’s for tuning your C4 Corvette
  • Speaker: Dominic Sorresso
  • Located in the Chevrolet Theater


5:00pm Museum Closes
5:00pm – 6:00pm Cash Bar

  • Located in NCM Blvd
6:00pm – 8:00pm Banquet and Charity Auction

  • Banquet fee: $30 member / $35 non-member
  • Located in NCM Conference Room
  • Menu Includes
      • Salad
      • Entrée – Chicken Picatta & Sliced Roast Beef
      • Mashed Potatoes
      • Green Beans
      • Choice of Desserts

Click to register

Lodging Business Members for your stay in Bowling Green


Baymont Inn & Suites
165 Three Springs Rd
Bowling Green, KY  42104-7552
(270) 843-3200

Bryce Inn
592 S. Main P O Box 153
Smiths Grove, KY  42171
(270) 563-5141

Candlewood Suites
540 Wall St
Bowling Green, KY  42103-8035
(270) 843-5505

Comfort Inn
4646 Scottsville Rd
Bowling Green, KY  42104
(270) 843-1163

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