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History of C3 Vette Registry

by Adam Wartell, Founder of C3 Vette Registry

The Official C3 Vette Registry was established November 1st, 2001.

The idea for a C3 Registry came to me as a friend of mine and I were heading back from a driving school in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania in October 2001.  He owns a C5 and I (of course) a C3.  As we were driving we were talking on our FRSes and I started asking him about the C5 Registry.  He told me all about it and that he was a member.  I asked if he knew of a C3 Registry and he did not.  So I said to him that when I got home I'd check to see if one existed.  If not, I'd start one.  I got home, and checked for the existence of a C3 Registry.  I did find that www.C3Registry.com was in use, but it appeared that it hadn't been updated in over a year.  So, I figured there was room for me to start a C3 Registry.  Problem was, www.C3Registry.com was taken, so I had to come up with something similar.  And thus www.C3VetteRegistry.com was born!

I am a computer programmer by trade, but I have never really done any serious web development, so I figured putting together this site would not only be fun but also a learning experience for me.  And believe me, it has been (a hell of a learning experience).  But it has also been a lot of fun!

The abbreviation "C3VR", which is used quite often, was not my idea.  As the site got busier, I noticed that members had started to refer to it as such.  It occurred to me that it was much easier to type, and so www.C3VR.com was purchased.

The first working feature of C3VR was the Automatic VIN Decoder.  I had noticed many people wondered what their VIN meant, and I knew it could be determined by looking at the "Black Book" or other means.  But there didn't seem to be a way to do it quickly and easily.  So, since I'm a programmer, I knew this would be an easy task for me.  I think I put it together in a day.

The next feature that was important to get working was the C3VR Forums!  I had started the site with really horrible forum software that comes with Microsoft Front Page.  It was ugly and hard to use!  So my options were to find some shareware forum software that would either not be what I wanted, or would be ugly, or many other things that I didn't want.  My second option was to buy a forum software package.  While that would have been nice, the good one that you see on other sites is quite pricey!  When I first started this site, I really didn't have any funds to spend on that software.  So, I put my programming skills to work once again and came up with the C3VR Forums software completely on my own.  That forum software was in place for over 2 years.  Eventually it was replaced with the current forum software which was built by another programmer.

Which brings me to the rest of the features that can be found throughout C3VR.  Many of them were ideas submitted by C3VR members!  Which is one of the things I pride myself on with this site, and that is making it useful by providing feature that the members want.  If I just came up with all the features on my own, members wouldn't necessarily want or use them.  I always accept new ideas and if it makes sense and I'm capable of doing it, I'll do it!

Membership continues to grow daily. Here is a list of how many new people created an account on C3VR each month since it was established:

Month/Year New Members
10/2001 1
11/2001 67
12/2001 138
1/2002 165
2/2002 171
3/2002 152
4/2002 105
5/2002 55
6/2002 89
7/2002 112
8/2002 209
9/2002 201
10/2002 164
11/2002 149
12/2002 157
1/2003 161
2/2003 155
3/2003 168
4/2003 111
5/2003 161
6/2003 161
7/2003 163
8/2003 184
9/2003 199
10/2003 160
11/2003 518
12/2003 239
1/2004 207
2/2004 175
3/2004 172
4/2004 177
5/2004 126
6/2004 75
7/2004 76
8/2004 99
9/2004 86
10/2004 101
11/2004 79
12/2004 50
1/2005 89
2/2005 77
3/2005 77
4/2005 86
5/2005 73
6/2005 83
7/2005 73
8/2005 95
9/2005 105
10/2005 67
11/2005 61
12/2005 118
1/2006 127
2/2006 94
3/2006 125
4/2006 81
5/2006 96
6/2006 91
7/2006 114
8/2006 92
9/2006 121
10/2006 105
11/2006 57
12/2006 58
1/2007 122
2/2007 111
3/2007 108
4/2007 98
5/2007 114
6/2007 99
7/2007 119
8/2007 106
9/2007 126
10/2007 154
11/2007 76
12/2007 91
1/2008 98
2/2008 62
3/2008 93
4/2008 75
5/2008 89
6/2008 86
7/2008 67
8/2008 101
9/2008 105
10/2008 71
11/2008 45
12/2008 48
1/2009 60
2/2009 55
3/2009 60
4/2009 47
5/2009 43
6/2009 41
7/2009 50
8/2009 47
9/2009 96
10/2009 40
11/2009 42
12/2009 42
1/2010 46
2/2010 37
3/2010 31
4/2010 51
5/2010 38
6/2010 35
7/2010 46
8/2010 36
9/2010 71
10/2010 46
11/2010 36
12/2010 29
1/2011 27
2/2011 37
3/2011 40
4/2011 31
5/2011 34
6/2011 35
7/2011 27
8/2011 32
9/2011 23
10/2011 39
11/2011 20
12/2011 28
1/2012 25
2/2012 27
3/2012 18
4/2012 24
5/2012 28
6/2012 44
7/2012 40
8/2012 46
9/2012 47
10/2012 40
11/2012 31
12/2012 24
1/2013 44
2/2013 36
3/2013 32
4/2013 31
5/2013 35
6/2013 43
7/2013 36
8/2013 27
9/2013 17
10/2013 37
11/2013 28
12/2013 27
1/2014 30
2/2014 31
3/2014 27
4/2014 25
5/2014 35
6/2014 31
7/2014 28
8/2014 46
9/2014 40
10/2014 29
11/2014 28
12/2014 24
1/2015 23
2/2015 23
3/2015 36
4/2015 34
5/2015 27
6/2015 33
7/2015 38
8/2015 46
9/2015 31
10/2015 25
11/2015 26
12/2015 20
1/2016 24
2/2016 19
3/2016 33
4/2016 26
5/2016 22
6/2016 27
7/2016 29
8/2016 46
9/2016 21
10/2016 33
11/2016 15
12/2016 31
1/2017 19
2/2017 29
3/2017 13
4/2017 17
5/2017 21
6/2017 15
7/2017 21
8/2017 40
9/2017 22
10/2017 12

With the membership building and especially thanks to the over 300 Gold & Lifetime Members I have the funds to make this site even better!

So please enjoy the Official C3 Vette Registry as I continue to make it "The Best Resource on the Net for C3 Vettes!"

Thank you very much for your support!


 
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