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  • 05/25/2017 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Reprint from Newsflash sent to all members 5/25/2017

    Please join us in welcoming our newest sponsors of the Cadillac V-Club, especially Covert Cadillac in Austin, Texas as a Platinum level Cadillac dealership sponsor of the local Austin Chapter.

    Chances are whether you were born and raised in Central Texas or just moved to the Austin area, you've purchased a vehicle from the Covert Auto Group or know someone who has. Since 1909, with the opening of the first automotive dealership in Central Texas, Covert has taken pride in maintaining its position as Austin's leading auto group. Now operating under its fifth generation of family members, with over 14 franchises in seven locations, Covert continues to provide an unmatched "total vehicle" experience for the surrounding Austin area.  "Cadillac is doing some amazing things right now. I don't think there has been a better time to come in and experience what American luxury has to offer." according to Brad Elliott, General Manager and Managing Partner.  If you are a member of the Austin Chapter, here are your Cadillac V-Club contacts at the dealership:

    Bryan Glenn, Sales Advocate 

    Jeff Payne, Technology Specialist

    Jason Wolk, Service Advisor 

    Covert Cadillac Shop Foreman, Dan De Pew who is a 2013 CTS-V Sedan owner and current member of the V-Club recently added "We are excited that we now have a local Cadillac dealership to offer service and support to the Austin Chapter of the V-Club."


    Located in Newport Beach, California and founded by James Renick, Renick Performance offers premium performance and body enhancement products to give the driver an unforgettable driving experience. They are a group of enthusiasts that desire excellence in parts and service. They aim for client satisfaction and experience compared to none. Renick supports their clients regardless, whether on the street or the track and they are focused on staying a small boutique company to keep quality always at its peak. This is a business built out of our passion for greater engineering and bespoke style. James Renick drives the same vehicle you do, which means he understands the vehicles and understands you expect nothing but the best in sales, service and performance.


    Located in Fairfax, Virginia, Moore Automotive, Inc. was founded in 1983 by John Moore who had a passion for cars and racing. Mr. Moore raced with some of the best driver’s in the world during his time in the Trans-AM series of the 60’s. In the early 1970’s, he was the Crew Chief for an Indy 500 team. Although his team never qualified for an Indy 500 race, his team’s car is displayed in the Indy Hall of Fame. Also during the 1970’s he worked for Porsche of America. In 1983 Mr. Moore decided to open Moore Automotive in Fairfax City, VA. as performance, tuning, fabrication, and full-service repair and maintenance facility. Moore Automotive prides itself on the result of Mr. Moore’s extensive experience, Moore Automotive became known in the area as a top-notch repair facility. In late 2006, John Moore passed away and the business was sold to its current owners. With a desire to build on Mr. Moore’s love of racing, the new owners of Moore Automotive chose to expand into the import performance market. Today, Moore Automotive is the East Coast’s premiere performance shop with their state-of-the-art equipment, ASE Certified Master Technicians, certified welders, and knowledgeable sales staff. They are dedicated to providing the best customer service in the industry.


  • 05/22/2017 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    During a recent Texas V-Club board meeting Sean O'Rourke was nominated and appointed as the South Central Director of the Cadillac V-Club during a consensus vote taken by the Board of Directors.  Sean joined the V-Club in August of 2014 and in December of 2015 was nominated and accepted the position of DFW Chapter Director.  Sean's leadership has been instrumental in the growth of the DFW Chapter which now has 175 members.

    The DFW Chapter Director position is now open for candidate applications which may be submitted by clicking here.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 26 and a new DFW Chapter Director will be selected by the Board of Directors by May 31.

  • 04/21/2017 12:15 PM | Anonymous
    The V-Club was launched as a Texas corporation in Feburary, 2013.   V-Club, Inc. will remain our official business name and effective April 15 a dba was established as  Cadillac V-Club to replace the dba of Texas V-Club.  After 5 years of sustained membership growth and minimal attrition, the V-Club has now expanded its full membership offering to all Cadillac V-Series owners regardless of their residency.  Whether members reside in the continental USA or in another country, there are new levels and classes of membership.

    There are now six national regions: Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, North Central, South Central, Atlantic Northeast and the South Central region includes the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Austin/San Antonio Chapters.  Additional Chapters Chapters will be "chartered" based on the population of V-Series owners in local areas and the availability of local sponsoring Cadillac dealers.  A minimum of 15 V-Series owners plus a minimum of 1 sponsoring Cadillac dealer is required before a new Chapter will be launched within a region.  In addition, each new Chapter nomination must include a recommended Chapter Director who is committed to serve as the leader and focal point for planning activities and events and recruitment of new members.

    Each Region within the Cadillac V-Club will be managed by a Regional Director who will champion the growth of each region, collaborate with Chapter Directors and our regional sponsors.   Our mission has not changed and continues to be to build and foster the development of a non-traditional "car club" which exemplifies the world class quality and performance of the Cadillac V.

    We are currently accepting applications for Regional Directors in each of our Regions. Click here to view the job description for Regional Directors.  If you are interested in a position and would like to apply, submit a Contact Request form and provide us a short abstract about yourself and explain why you would like to serve in the position. 

    As members of the Cadillac V-Club you have joined a community of V owners who are committed to the Cadillac brand and love to share their experiences as proud owners of a “V”!  By expanding the organization nationally, we will continue to build a network of V-Series owners that will serve as an effective channel for Cadillac to leverage to bring more "V-Performance" awareness in the marketplace at the grassroots level.

    As a V-Club member, we know you are proud to represent Cadillac and have designed new official apparel and caps so you can wear your Cadillac V-Club branded apparel with pride.  Since you drive a "V", you have already experienced the excitement and thrill that ownership brings.   With this expansion announcement and continued growth of the V-Club, each member will soon realize additional benefits and have access to a much larger network of V owners and sponsors who can help take your ownership experience to the next level.
  • 04/19/2017 5:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Demon CTS-V: Rick Knetsch’s Badass Cadillac

    LSX Magazine By Chase Christensen On April 17, 2017 

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    The story of CTS-V ownership is often one of compromise. Let us explain a little more. A common story with CTS-V owners is that they started off with an LS-powered F-body, or Corvette, or something else and eventually they had kids and had to get rid of it. But the yearning for muscle didn’t leave with it. So they went searching for something “practical” that could still put a smile on their face. Well, for Rick Knetsch and his “Demon” 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, the story goes a little different.

    In The Beginning 

    Rick grew up racing Volkswagens and was looking for a street beast that could mimic the feeling of a race-style cockpit while being civilized enough for daily driver duties—and he wanted some American muscle. That’s why he took a gamble on a 2007 C6 Corvette and its 400-horse LS2. And while the car had plenty of giddyup, it lacked the musclecar/racecar feeling Rick was craving.

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    So the search for something else to satiate his craving for a street bruiser continued. A buddy of his, who just so happened to live in nearby Laredo, Texas, just so happened to own one of the fastest Corvettes ever produced, a C6 ZR1. Rick managed to talk his friend into letting him take the car for a spin and, after nearly topping the car out, he was smitten.

    The search for a ZR1 of his very own began. Rick stumbled across an Atomic Orange example in Fort Worth and was scheduled to go take a look at the car the following weekend. However, as fate would have it, Rick’s ZR1 friend gave him a ring to let him know that there was a clean CTS-V for sale in his neck of the woods that he needed to check out.

    “At that point, I had no idea what a CTS-V even was,” Rick explained. “But they sent me some pictures of the thing and I just thought it looked great—and it didn’t hurt that the car had a little work done to it already either.”

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    Since there was no reason not to go drive the car, since it was nearby, Rick decided he’d give the car a whirl—though he was skeptical that the sedan could provide the feeling he was really searching for. That all changed as soon as Rick climbed behind the wheel.

    “I bought it right there and then,” Rick said. “I was really happy with how the car ran and drove, so I did that for a while but then I ran into some serious trouble with it.”

    Trouble

    The trouble Rick is referring to turned out to be five broken valve springs and seven bent valves. Just four months into owning the car, the top end of the motor was completely destroyed. Luckily for Rick, all of the valve spring retainers held and prevented even more damage to the bottom end of the LSA.

    Rick was about to run into more bad luck too as the original owner, and modifier, of the CTS-V was now sitting in jail for street racing. This left Rick with only a vague idea of what components where actually on, or in, the motor. So, he dove in head first and described the process to us as almost like a treasure hunt.

    2009 CTS-V

    “It was actually kind of neat because as I was taking the engine apart I would be like ‘oh, there’s 7.4-inch push rods from Texas Speed & Performance,’” Rick said. “And since there was so much Texas Speed stuff in it, I ended up contacting them and they sent me all brand new valves, new head gaskets—everything I needed to redo everything.”

    It turns out the previous owner had an aggressive LG Motorsports camshaft that had been poorly matched with the valve springs by the previous owner. This lead to the premature valve spring failure and the destruction of many components. But, like any true gear head, since the engine was apart it was time for upgrades.

    The Build Begins

    The valves were replaced in the stock LSA castings, which were then ported and polished by the guys at Texas Speed & Performance . The TVS1900 supercharger was also port matched to the heads to take advantage of the newly found flow. A 9.55-inch Integrated Motorsports lower pulley was added to a 2.85-inch upper pulley for a total of 13 pounds of boost pressure.

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    A set of American Racing Headers  long tube headers in a 2-inch primary help speed away spent exhaust gases and funnel the fumes into a Corsa  exhaust system. All of that adds up to a combination that Rick described as still “relatively conservative.”

    “I have a full-on Volkswagen racecar sitting at home and that’s all it does is sit,” Rick said. “I break it all the time, so I wanted something I could go out and drive, that was fast—not necessarily the fastest thing on the street—but something that was competitive while being fun and dependable, as much as a modded car could be anyways.”

    DemonV Track Day

    The plan was originally to convert the car over to E85 to take advantage of the increased power that it presents in boosted applications, but unfortunately for Rick the corn-based biofuel isn’t readily available where he lives. Nevertheless, the CTS-V was already making good power once it was back together and its main problem was traction.

    Excersizing The Demon

    Rick tried running the car with drag radials on the stock wheels, but that combo just wasn’t doing it. A set of Weld wheels and a tire with a little more bite were in order. Rick dialed up Tyler at Mont Motorsports  and order a set of Weld  S71B wheels and wrapped them in M&H  Front Runners up front and Mickey Thompson  ET Street R drag radial front and rear respectively.

    After a few tire combos and getting a feel for the car, Rick recently drove the car to a 10.84 at 127 mph. Not too bad for a full interior sedan. And even more impressive when you watch a 4,000+ pound car yank the front tires coming off the line.

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    This shot is from Rick’s best run of 10.84 at 127 mph.

    “Honestly, I didn’t even realize the car had pulled the front tires the first time it did it,” Rick said. “We had just got the ET Street Rs on the car and it was hooking pretty good, so I knew it would be a bit quicker. When I launched the car it really didn’t feel like anything special and the guy I was racing runs a 9.6, so relatively it didn’t feel like I was going that fast. I pulled around to pick up my slip and the Texas V Club President was like ‘You know you pulled the tires on that one right?’”

    An impressive feat, to say the least, considering the car has 100 percent stock suspension on it as well as the stock torque converter driving the stock 6L90E transmission. That means Rick is leaving the line at 1700 rpm and still managing to get the tires in the air.

    But the story doesn’t end there. While the car has a lot done to it, there is still plenty left to do according to Rick. The car is currently setup for a 100 shot of nitrous via a Zex  single nozzle wet shot system, which should carry the car well into the 10s.

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    Devilish Good Looks

    The car isn’t lacking in the looks department either. The stock hood was ditched in favor of a D3 replica hood and the car’s original black hue was changed over to a flat red—not a common color for a V, but Rick says that was one of its biggest draws.

    “When I first started going to these V Club meets, it was just rows upon rows of black cars,” Rick said. “I just wanted it to stand out from the crowd and look a little bit different. What’s the sense in modding it like this if you can’t even pick it out of a crowd?”

    Initially, Rick wanted to paint the car but knew that he had a propensity to not like the colors he chooses for extended periods of time. Since he wanted something that wasn’t permanent, he decided to Plasti-Dip the car—which he accomplished himself. But the color it ended up was not the color Rick intended.

    DemonV Track Day 5

    “It ended up looking like shit, or at least I thought so,” Rick said. “It ended up being this purply color when it was supposed to be more of a red, but for some reason people absolutely loved it and I would get compliments on it all the time.”

    The compliments encouraged Rick to keep the color for a while, but eventually he grew tired of it and began to search for something he’d be more happy with. A friend of Rick’s volunteered to help him prep and spray the car in what ever hue he wanted, so the car headed back to paint.

    Rick told his wife that he wanted the color to be “demony”, hence the cars signature moniker. Initially, they mixed red and black together to try to get the menacing red Rick was looking for, but he was still unhappy with the color. That’s when he came across Carbon Lava, which had a vaguely orange tinge to it. Once that was added, it was nearly perfect, but Rick said he threw in a few more splashes of different colors to give the car its signature look—good luck paint matching it if it ever gets scratched.

    On The Inside

    To match the beautiful exterior, Rick had all of the piano black trim panels hydro dipped with a mural of engine parts while the rest has been wrapped in carbon fiber. This gives the car a unique look whether you’re inside or out.

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    And while the car is gorgeous as well as fast, Rick said that he credits his great love of Vs to the men and women of the Texas V Club—of which he is the San Antonio Austin director. He said that the sense of community he feels within the club is like nothing he’s ever experienced.

    So, the next time you are out in the San Antonio Austin area, we hope you bring an exorcist with you. If not, this badass V just might make your night a living hell.

  • 12/18/2016 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    The annual V-Club Holiday Celebration events for each Chapter of the V-Club  are now complete and we want to thank every member and their guests who RSVP'd and attended these events.  Over 175 members attended these 3 events and at each event, multiple door prizes were awarded that were contributed by our sponsors.  The Grand Prize winner plus the Runner-up prize winners were:

    Arash Changizian - DFW Chapter - Full tuition plus guest to attend the V-Performance Academy in Pahrump, Nevada at Spring Mountain Motorsports Resort

    Joe Dean - DFW Chapter - Cadillac V-Corral/VIP Suite  ticket package for two to attend the Lonestar Lemans IMSA event where the new Cadillac DPi-R race car will compete.  Steve Whitaker actually won the prize but had a travel conflict with the date and donated his prize to V-Club Joe Dean.

    Patsy Miller - Austin/San Antonio Chapter - Cadillac V-Corral/VIP Suite  ticket package for two to attend the Lonestar Lemans IMSA event where the new Cadillac DPi-R race car will compete.

    Tom Eadie - Houston Chapter - DFW Chapter - Cadillac V-Corral/VIP Suite  ticket package for two to attend the Lonestar Lemans IMSA event where the new Cadillac DPi-R race car will compete.

    Congratulations to all prize winners and a special thanks to Cadillac Hqs and Sewell and Ken Batchelor Cadillac for contributing to these success of our annual holiday celebration events.


  • 12/03/2016 9:28 AM | Anonymous


  • 11/09/2016 8:55 AM | Anonymous
    The 2nd annual wannaGOFAST Texas 1/2 Mile kicks on this week-end on Saturday, November 12 in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Sewell Cadillac is a "Double Platinum" sponsor and representatives of the Cadillac Racing Team will also be in attendance at the event.  Johnny O'Connell and Michael Cooper will both be onsite showing support for members of the V-Club who are competing and they will be available for autographs.


    There will be 42 V-Series vehicles competing in the two day event hosted by Blake Hutchinson of wannaGOFAST.   Blake founded wannaGOFAST in 2012 in order to fill a niche in the motorsports marketplace.  His goal is to create a safe and controlled environment for fellow car enthusiasts to pursue their “Need For Speed” without the restrictions of the standard 1/8 or 1/4 mile drag strip. Competitors are able to see what it’s like to hit speeds they have only dreamed of without the risk of law enforcement or causing injury to others, while being surrounded by on-site safety personnel.

    This is the 3rd wannaGOFAST event in Texas and the 2nd at the Sulphur Springs airport.   The current 1/2 Mile record for a V-Series vehicle was set in 2015 by Kurt Decker at 182.3 MPH in his 1,000+ WHP nitrous fed CTS-V sedan.  There will be several 1,000+ WHP V's competing for the Top Gun award this week-end and no doubt the current record will be reset.

    For more details on this event, visit our event calendar.


  • 05/28/2016 7:05 AM | Anonymous


    Founded in 2013, in just 3 years the V-Club has reached the 300th member milestone and continues to grow and increase V-Series awareness for Cadillac and our title sponsor the Sewell family of Cadillac dealerships.  Launched with only 8 "charter" members, the V-Club now has 3 Chapters:  Dallas/Fort Worth (146 members), Houston (98 members) and Austin/San Antonio (51 members).  Affiliate Membership includes 5 members.

    58 have been active members in the V-Club since 2013 and although there has been some natural attrition due to members selling their V's or moving to another state, with the launch of the new Gen-3 ATS-V and CTS-V, membership continues to increase.   The V-Club membership includes a wide variation of vehicles from Gen 1 through Gen 3 some of which are factory OEM stock while others are "mild to wildly" modified.

    Our Affiliate members do not reside physically in Texas but have committed to support the V-Club and are recognized as a valuable extension of our V-Series family.   Last but certainly not least, membership includes our sponsors who are key supporters of the V-Club.   The products, services and support they have provided to our members has been outstanding and is certainly much appreciated!


  • 03/21/2016 8:13 AM | Anonymous


    Congratulations to Sean O'Rourke and Tony Ornelas, our 2016 V-Club Top Gun Shootout champions.  Sean won the drag race finals with an E/T of 9.81 vs Mike Franks 9.52 who red lighted.  In the finals of the roll racing event, Sean lined up against Tony and lost a close race with a trap speed of 143.03 vs 143.82.

    Over 100 V-Club members and sponsors attended the event on chilly and windy day at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.  The Bellatrino "wood fired pizza" truck was on-site and provided food for all competitors and sponsors.  Special thanks to Sewell Performance Group, SNL Performance, Calibrated by Karger, Resource Management and Kenny's Restaurant Group for sponsoring this event.  This was our 2nd annual event at Texas Motorplex and we already have a tentative date reserved for 2017.

    Photos and videos will be posted soon on Facebook and in our website photo /video gallery.

    Drag Race - Texas Motorplex V-Club Top Gun Shootout 
    TOP GUN: Sean O'Rourke


    TOP 20 Drag Race
    Best E/T
    Assigned
    Number
    First name Last name V-Series
    1 9.52 19 Mike Franks Gen II V
    2 9.81 27 Sean O'Rourke Gen II V
    3 10.12 10 Bo Clifton Gen II V
    4 10.22 4 Kenny Bowers Gen II V
    5 10.23 8 Dustin Callaway Gen II V
    6 10.31 20 Brent Harper Gen II V
    7 10.31 38 Steve Topletz Gen II V
    8 10.49 35 Shaun Stiefel Gen II V
    9 10.66 26 Tony Ornelas Gen II V
    10 10.71 13 Steve Dickey Gen II V
    11 10.93 29 Kevin Porter Gen II V
    12 11.22 25 Bo Munholland Gen II V
    13 11.23 33 Justin Searcy Gen II V
    14 11.34 37 Andrew Tallman Gen II V
    15 11.58 28 Rex Pope Gen II V
    16 12.03 39 Steven Tucker Gen II V
    17 12.10 32 Susan Robinson Gen II V
    18 12.11 2 Lee Bartlett Gen II V
    19 12.17 9 Albert Castillo Gen II V
    20 12.17 17 Victor Florez Gen II V

    12.46 11 Brandon Collins Gen II V

    12.49 36 Jon Sullivan V-Sport

    12.87 12 Joe Dean Gen II V

    12.87 18 Michael Ray Franks Gen I V

    13.07 30 Sam Reidland V-Sport
    Roll Race - Texas Motorplex V-Club Top Gun Shootout
    TOP GUN: Tony Ornelas


    TOP 20 Roll Race
    Best T/S
    Assigned
    Number
    First name Last name V-Series
    1 149.97 19 Mike Franks Gen II V
    2 145.67 38 Steve Topletz Gen II V
    3 143.82 27 Sean O'Rourke Gen II V
    4 143.32 20 Brent Harper Gen II V
    5 143.03 26 Tony Ornelas Gen II V
    6 139.34 10 Bo Clifton Gen II V
    7 139.21 4 Kenny Bowers Gen II V
    8 138.05 8 Dustin Callaway Gen II V
    9 135.62 13 Steve Dickey Gen II V
    10 134.51 37 Andrew Tallman Gen II V
    11 132.49 2 Lee Bartlett Gen II V
    12 132.22 25 Bo Munholland Gen II V
    13 131.79 29 Kevin Porter Gen II V
    14 130.56 11 Brandon Collins Gen II V
    15 130.33 28 Rex Pope Gen II V
    16 129.16 17 Victor Florez Gen II V
    17 128.07 34 Jordan Settle Gen II V
    18 127.71 39 Steven Tucker Gen II V
    19 124.09 12 Joe Dean Gen II V
    20 123.81 33 Justin Searcy Gen II V

    123.55 9 Albert Castillo Gen II V

    121.53 32 Susan Robinson Gen II V

    120.53 18 Michael Ray Franks Gen I V

    117.93 36 Jon Sullivan V-Sport

    111.91 30 Sam Reidland V-Sport
  • 11/15/2015 7:51 PM | Anonymous

    V-Club member and sponsor Kurt Decker of LSX Performance & Dyno Tuning in Victoria Texas reset the world 1/2 Mile record for a V-Series vehicle at the wannaGOFAST Texas 1/2 Mile event in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  The new record is 182.33 MPH!  Congratulations Kurt!

    Here's a video of the pass down the runway!


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