The "ON" Calypso page is where I put pictures and videos of things I have added to Calypso to enhance (in my opinion) the whole concept of Calypso. Much of which is covered in the Pod-Casts.
Each picture will have a short description of WHY it was added. But the videos, well you're just gonna have to watch them.
Such as this video -------->>>>
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Scroll down to see all of the "things on" Calypso. In the order I did them. I will be adding them as I create this part of the story.
The FIRST thing I put on Calypso was the plate frame. Larry Hofer at the Corvette Shop told me that if I bought a C7, that I should buy the extended warranty. He said if I did I would never see him again. Calypso and I have gone to visit, but he hasn't worked on her at all, but he always did a great job with Black Rose (my C4) and my C5, which was inspired by him. SO Calypso has a "Corvette Shop" Frame to honor his friendship and the hours he spent making me love my Corvettes.
You will also note that the "Tags" show 2016. That was the last time I was stopped by the police. Not to worry though, all the subsequent tags are in the glove compartment. IF, when, or ever I get stopped again; I will update this page of the web-site. The secret is - Don't get Caught.
Finally the registration #, yes Calypso IS a C7 and she is 4 (for) Peter J. Neild, hence C74PJN. On the track her # is always #74; as is her mini-me on Butterwood Raceway. And yes I am a Veteran of the Submarine Service, but that is a whole 'nother story.
OTHER THINGS AND VENDORS
I talk about the SECOND "thing" I put "On" Calypso; Xpel protective coating. Installed twice now by Eddie at Autoshield I go over the product and the service provided by Eddie's company.
While not actually "On" Calypso, and I'm not really sure about the order of things. I talk about the PDR option which Calypso does NOT have; and the slow gradual move to GARMIN VIRB and VIRB 360 technology and the App Harry Lap Timer. All collecting a plethora of data from the car via the OBDII device which is very customize-able. I concentrate on what is provided by the device, in this case an android product.
A major change to Calypso before the end of her first year was the change to the Front Grill. Making the discovery that a ZO6 grill would fit in the same hole, the move was an obvious choice.
This video tells the story, about the "issue", how it came to be, and details of why it was a major change. Thanks to the crew of the Body Shop at Bob Stall for making it happen.
Also mentioned is the change of the Dashboard to Carbon Fiber, but that is best told with the "Paper".
And a little night-time elegance.
Following the Tornado Debris damage on my Cross country trip.
The entire team at Poway's All Star Glass does a perfect windshield replacement. Followed by a trip back to Autoshield for the decal replacement. Repeat performances of "On" Calypso by great people in both places.
Tires and Discount Tire
Something I keep putting "On" Calypso are the tires. I have it done at Discount Tire, usually here in Poway. But there was a time when on a Road Trip; that story was amazing. BUT this video, while providing a connection to the big story; tells of something either stupid on my part, or something you should be aware of. In this instance while all the tires were worn, one stuck out and is what prompted the "early" tire change.
If you "do" oval tracks - something to think about.
Badges and Stickers
The 2014 C7 Corvette came out with Chrome Badging. In January of 2015 when that year's car's parts started to become available one of the first things I did was remove all the Chrome Badging and replaced it with the Black. You will note that while I do have the lettering for the back bumper, it is not on Calypso. When I was removing the Chrome letters one at a time, I took a liking to the plain look without the lettering. So I never put the black on. It's in my office looking for the right spot. But a couple of years later, when I got really wrapped up in the Corvette Racing Teamwork, and their celebration of 20 years - I created the decal that you will see here.
One of the vendors at the 2019 Plastic Fantastic was selling the Z51 emblems, and I found a spot for them as well, just a tiny bit of separation for being "Special".
Another sticker on Calypso, is the Maui Harley Davidson Sticker. Back in the days of renting Harley's in Hawaii, this sticker got me discounts for advertising here in San Diego.
In addition to the two other Spring Mountain Stickers (seeen below) on the rear side windows is this one. It somewhat offsets the Harley Sticker.
While done almost as soon as I got her, the light black out kits were applied almost immediately and are being redone (wear and tear) again now in 2020.
Perhaps the most infamous and easily seen sticker, and by far the one that starts lots of conversations is the "Slower Traffic ->" window decal from Left Lane Drivers.org. I believe that I put this sticker on in Calypso's third year. Initially as a joke; but when I discovered, that it actually works out on the open road - it became a keeper. PLUS it gets a lot of attention at Car Shows and always leads to great conversations.
The two rear-side windows, which are virtually useless for visibility, BUT they are a great location for the stickers that are conversation starters. On the driver's side is the State of Hawaii sticker that I modified slightly with the sting-ray logo. This is there because of my love for that State - If I didn't have mainland based family, I would be there in heart-beat. On the passenger side my stickers from the National Corvette Museum membership and the North County Corvette Club are found there. Then the most recent "sticker" additions; those of the tracks that Calypso has been on. Visit the track page for more on them.
Finally, here is something that goes "ON" and off of Calypso, off when she's moving. Shawn @ JRC Print Shop here in Poway, when I described what I wanted to do; designed and printed these two sided cards as Web-Site Hand-outs. He also came up with the idea for the QR code, which will become 'stickers' at some point so that there is always a link to this web-site. The guy is Genius!! Don't take my word for it - look at their reviews on Google and YELP. These little 3"x3" cards are small enough to fit in the built in card stands (air intakes), yet large enough to stand-out and not get confused with business cards. A new hand-out for the car shows.
I have been using Sal Zaino's products for 20 years. The C4 and the C5 needed the full-up treatment, but even they eventually got to the "quarterly" treatment. Calypso started at that point and has a once a year and this "quarterly treatment". This short video in the first half explains what that is, and the second half it shows the process (slightly) sped up.
And note that NOTHING
sticks to Zaino. I made up a QR Code for Calypso's Web-site and the damned tape would not stick to the car. It fell right off.
"IN" not On Calypso.
Part of the "Delivery Thing" were the delivery shirts. Part of buying into the Museum delivery was to get my "Delivery Shirts". I bought a short sleeve and a long sleeve (shown here). They were excellent shirts and clearly marked, and more than appropriate for "formal" occasions. But - I really needed something one step down for the shows.
SIX YEARS LATER, I found a company called Trendy Sweety. Searching their web-site I found this page to the right.
THIS WAS IT - THE SHIRT!!!
I challenged them, with FOUR pictures, instead of just the one they show. I got in touch with them, regarding my order. It's been a very pleasurable experience.
I was attracted by the challenge of getting a TRUE Calypso shirt. A brighter "formal" shirt; yet not as extreme as my "delivery shirt", and definitely more than a Tee-Shirt of which I have dozens; but none are strictly a "Calypso" shirt. I found an organization that has a pretty wide world stretch, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City to name two. By the number of different products on their web-site; they have to be in a lot of places. They are a great company to work with and I am certain that you will find their wide-ranging products attractive. I certainly appreciate my new shirt. Check out the detailed picture. Yup that is CALYPSO! Four different angles arranged perfectly oriented. All on a great Hawaiian print shirt. And of course you all know that in Hawaii, an "Aloha" shirt IS considered FORMAL. And those of you with fine eyes for detail; on the close-up - can you see it? YUP. the button-hole does line up with the front wheel on the driver's side down angled shot. I'll talk to them about having black buttons on my next order.
As it is with all of the Vendors that have helped me with Calypso, my new friends at Trendy Sweety support me in other ways. They have visited this web-site and YES they have my permission to use it to promote their products.
My wife helped me with the button. She had a selection of Black buttons and I picked one that came close to looking like my rims.
IF you want something very different and customized to go with your "thing". Get in touch with them, the example picture of their site above is a link to their shirt site, and the map just above goes to their main web-site = LOTS OF OTHER STUFF.
Finally as a PS on the subject of shirts. The one shown here is MINE. My friend and main Camera Guy, Mike Smith has one as well. You can see him wearing his in the videos of the San Diego Automobile Museum Road Run (Rally) at the bottom of the SHOWS page.